Unlike the overpopulated Starbucks or Coffee Bean outlets in Manila, different cafes have opened its doors all around Southeast Asia. But here’s the catch—not all of them serve A+ coffee or are even third wave in nature. They just strip it down to the basics—all-day breakfast, mains and drinks. What’s more, the prices are only a fraction of your usual cup of joe.
Out of all the cafes we visited during our Southeast Asia trip, these were the ones that became our second home for the day. Afternoons were spent reading, writing and trying out specialties from these cozy establishments.
1. New Leaf Book Café, Siem Reap
New Leaf Book Café is a bookshop, restaurant, and events space rolled into one. 100% of their profits are donated to local cause-oriented organizations.
New Leaf Book Café (Facebook | Website)
Group 10, Phum Mondul 1, Svay Dungkum,
306 Street 9, Krong Siem Reap,
2. Sister Srey Café, Siem Reap
Sister Srey Café (Facebook)
Pokambor Avenue, Siem Reap,
3. Free Bird Café, Chiang Mai
Free Bird Café’s profits are donated to Thai Freedom House, a non-government, not-for-profit, language, and arts community learning center in Northern Thailand dedicated to assisting families and individuals who are refugees from Burma and members of minority groups of Thailand.
Free Bird Café (Facebook)
Manee Nopparat Rd, Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District,
Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
4. Funky Dog Café, Chiang Mai
Funky Dog Café (Facebook)
Soi 6, Chiang Mai, Thailand
5. Wheeler’s Coffee, Penang