You can’t help but fall for the Birds Nest Café. This small yet airy townhouse is located in a quiet quarter of Chiang Mai’s Old City and serves up delicious organic food. Proud of their organic values and sourcing the majority of their ingredients from local farms, the café stays true to its roots with a rustic approach and nature-inspired decor. It doesn’t feel like a cafe or restaurant, but more like being invited into the friendly owners’ living room.
Birds Nest Café is open from 09:30 to 20:00 every day and is located on a quiet soi but isn’t too difficult to find. Located on Singharaj Road Soi 3, just past Wat Prasing, close the Suan Dok Gate. The soi is rather quiet, but Birds Nest is around half way down, just opposite a small temple.
The Birds Nest Cafe has plenty of space to lounge behind its diminutive frontage. The front room has a series of comfy chairs and sofas, while upstairs you will find an even more chilled out zone with a hammock and day beds. The house is open to the elements, upstairs is more of a veranda and downstairs plenty of windows let a cool breeze flow through the space. There is a beautiful mural on the wall, a delicate painting of a tree, tigers and a peacock. If soaking up the chilled out atmosphere leaves you feeling a bit restless there are plenty of books to read, or you can challenge one of the other guests to a game of chess or Jenga. Although this place feels disconnected from the modern world in the best possible way, you can make the most of their free Wi-Fi connection. Most of the time Birds Nest Café is extremely calm and chilled, but they regularly host events, with live music most Saturdays, movie nights and also special food themed nights.
The first time we visited the Birds Nest Café we made the most of their all-day breakfast menu. Like any restaurant which takes local produce seriously, the café’s menu follows the seasons, focusing on what is abundant at that time of year. We tried the brown rice porridge with coconut milk, sun-dried bananas and a little honey. Although this may not be the most attractive dish to look at, it not only tasted delicious but you also feel like you’re giving your body a treat too. The thin omelette was jam-packed with vegetables served with fresh, fluffy pitta bread. They also do an impressive range of pastries including pains au chocolat and brioche style raisin bread.
Throughout the day they also serve a range of salads, soups and sandwiches. We are huge fans of their mezze platter which comes with dips including hummus, mozzarella and guacamole (during the avocado season). Another favourite is the warm pumpkin and carrot salad, which can be served with feta cheese. If you would rather eat Thai food there is a small selection of popular dishes including chicken or vegetarian massaman and green curries. If you fancy dessert or just popping in for a sweet treat then try the homemade chocolate and almond brownies or the individual tiramisu. They serve delicious Chiang Mai coffee and regulars rave about their smoothies, which include peanut butter and banana or dragon fruit and honey.
Birds Nest Cafe
- Opening Hours: 09:30 to 20:00 every day
- Address: Singharat Soi 3, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Tel: +66 87 177 4940