The ultimate guide to trendy Nimmanhaemin Road in Chiang Mai
The hub of Chiang Mai cool can be a daunting place. Do it right with this guide to the street’s most-buzzing spots.
Nobody turns their attention to big chain coffee shops when on Nimman. There are plenty of little cafes that take the art of coffee brewing very seriously. Get your first of many cups at Ristr8to (Nimmanhemin Rd., between soi 3 and 5, 053-215-278). It’s arguably the most happening coffee shop in the area and is always packed. We recommend the God Mother Mocha (B158), served in a skull shaped-glass, for its deep flavor of Brazilian cacao syrup. Another serious spot is Graph Cafe (One-Nimman, Nimmanhaemin Rd., who’ve possibly clocked up more Instagram shots than anywhere else in Chiang Mai this year. Not-to-miss concoctions like the Lost Garden (a nitrogen-brewed coffee infused with rose water, B125) use coffee from farms in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The scrumptious-looking baked goods come from sister project Find Coffee. For something a little different, Koland (Nimmanheamin Soi 1, 085-444-2124) is a cafe-slash-tearoom offering drinks like sakura perfume tea with pomelo skin, and Koland Kumquat, honey lemon with Chinese orange.
For Western comfort dishes, Rustic and Blue (Nimmanhaemin Soi 7, 086-654-7178) offers things like Nuatella-stuffed French toast, acai bowls and rich eggs Benedict. They make their own chorizo, salami, feta cheese and sourdough in-house. Have lunch at Tong Tem Toh (11 Nimmanhaemin Soi 13, 053-894-701) or Hong Taew (Nimmanhaemin Soi 17) for traditional Lanna cuisine like spicy northern-style sausage and curries. At dinnertime, the small kitchen at Blackitch (27/1 Nimmanhemin Soi 7, 084-323-1952), comes alive on the second floor of ice-cream shop Gelabar. Here they serve nine-course tasting menus of entirely local ingredients for B1,800. Read our recent profile of the restaurant.
The shopping scene in Nimman is creative, unique and driven by local designers (whose stores sit not far from big brand names, too). At the newly opened One Nimman (1 Nimmanhaemin Rd., 052-080-900), you’ll find boutiques selling colorful, local fabrics with a modern-chic energy. Check out Outfit of the Day (Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, 096-695-5520). Not into clothes shopping? Consider art hopping at Gongdee Gallery (Nimmanhaemin Soi 1, 053-225-032), which since 1989 has presented unique pieces made out of wood, C.A.P. Studio (Nimmanhaemin Soi 17, 087-810-8860), which specializes in limited-edition prints, and Gallery Seescape (22/1 Nimmanhaemin Soi 17, 093 831 9394), an experimental space with a chill courtyard. To pick up some beautiful coffee-table literature, drop by Booksmith (Nimmanhaemin Soi 3, 061-625-9624), which stocks plenty of Thai and international titles, or for Thai literature check out Ran Lao (8/7 Nimmanhaemin Rd., 053-214-888).
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