Hidden down a small alleyway next to a temple complex in the centre of Chiang Mai, Peppermint Coffee House is a lucky find. It would be easy to walk right by their poster, but you would be missing out on one of the friendliest welcomes in the city. It serves Thai and western classics alongside local beers and drinks. It has quickly become a visitor favourite and it’s easy to see why. There’s nothing fancy here, but it has plenty of charm, and the prices are reasonable. It’s one of those places that you stumble upon, but its proximity to the sights and Tha Pae gate means there’s a good chance that you’ll be back. Open from 07:00 for breakfast until whenever the kitchen runs out of fried rice, Peppermint Coffee House is definitely on the banana pancake trail, and all the better for it.
The restaurant’s bold yellow colour scheme and shelves of quirky bric a brac help the space feel welcoming. There’s plenty of tables and chairs, with the most popular being the benches at the front of the restaurant, where you get a bit more of a breeze, as the restaurant is open to the elements. There’s free wireless internet available if you’re a customer and plenty of books and magazines too. Service here is extremely efficient, and the team welcome you as if you are one of the family. This is in part what keeps the guests coming back, one look at their wall and you can see the smiling faces of all their regulars who visit Chiang Mai. Their other great attraction is their prices. Peppermint Coffee House serves great food much cheaper than similar establishments.
A relatively recent addition to their menu is the pizzas. They are American style, with either a thick or thin crust depending on your preference, and the giant slices (apparently the biggest in Chiang Mai) are 69 baht. There are regular toppings such as pepperoni as well as their own barbeque chicken pizza with garlic, onion and parmesan cheese. They also serve American burgers, British meat pies, English and continental breakfasts and pancakes. It’s a real taste of home!
Of course they do excellent Thai food as well, from simple pad Thai noodles with prawn to the local spicy coconut soup synonymous with Northern Thailand: Khao Soi and even chicken feet soup for the adventurous. Peppermint Coffee House Chiang Mai is a restaurant where it’s easy strike up a conversation and the food comes in large, tasty portions. It’s a simple formula keeps the guests coming.
Peppermint Coffee House Chiang Mai
- Opening Hours: 07:00 - Late
- Address: 1/1 Soi 5 Rachadamnoen Rd., Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
- Tel: +66 53 326 539