Good Vibes Cafe, Chiang Mai
address: 99/5 Soi Padadtai 18 Moo. 7, Padad, Chiang Mai phone: 089 266 5909 Facebook: GoodVibesCafeCM
Google Maps: Goodvibes Cafe-CNX This is a hidden gem of southern Chiang Mai City—which is a city filled with gems! Good Vibes is a middle sized, family run cafe tucked down a side-street (soi), off a main road. Getting the first time can be just a little tricky, but well worth the effort. The interior of the Cafe is spacious, with small and large tables, comfortable seats and lounge chairs, and is decorated with photographs, memorabilia, with cat and dog stuffed pillows.
The grounds of the Cafe are carefully landscaped with lush green grass, trees, statuettes, and seating for guests. A pleasant ambiance. Walking in from the hot and somewhat dusty suburban street is quiet a change. The food on offer is tasty cakes and pastries, along with snacks. No large meals, but enough to sate, but not satiate, your hunger—portion sizes are somewhat on the small size. Abundant and varied supplies of tea, coffee, and cold drinks, but no alcohol, however, there are ‘virgin’ alternatives.
A failing is a lack of vegetarian options. Prices are a little higher than you will find elsewhere, but worth the extra. A cappuccino will set you back 80 baht (au$3). Cakes are around 100 baht (au$4). Light meals are in the 150 baht (au$6) range. Service is quick and efficient. Order and pay as you go at the counter. The cafe not only supplies food and sustenance, but also space to work. There are no frowns if you pull out a laptop and login to the free and fast wifi. Even in peak hours when full, no one will prompt you to move on while you are working, this is not always the case at other cafes.
Good Vibes is a great locale for travelling freelancers, and the Cafe does seem to attract such people. In the quiet hours you will see foreign teachers planning lessons, travelling ‘digital nomads’ working, and local Thai folk busy with their business. The one disadvantage is the hours. The Cafe opens at 9am, but shuts its doors at 6pm. Also it is closed every Wednesday. This is not the place for regular late night caffeine when you are rushing for a deadline! This is a family run establishment, and the family want their time off. Understandable, but one can wish. Busy times are lunch hours and the weekends. Other times the Cafe can be near empty. Parking is available outside the Cafe. If you are in southern Chiang Mai and want a place to sit and relax, or to work, and enjoy a good coffee and snack head to Good Vibes. You won’t be disappointed.