Hipster Coffee Shop Crawl Around Southeast Asia: Siem Reap, Chiang Mai, and Penang

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

1. Cover

2. Books

3. Food

4. Interior

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

1. Cover

2. Nook

3. Wall

Sister Srey Café (Facebook)
Pokambor Avenue, Siem Reap,

3. Free Bird Café, Chiang Mai

1. Cover

2. Wall Art

3. Wall

4. Guitar

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

1. Cover

2. Drink

Funky Dog Café (Facebook)
Soi 6, Chiang Mai, Thailand

5. Wheeler’s Coffee, Penang

1. Cover

2. Bear

3. Food

4. Signage

Wheeler’s Coffee (Facebook)
67 Jalan Love Lane, Chinatown, Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia

7 Responses

  1. I’ve been to both Sister Srey and New Leaf. I enjoyed New Leaf Book Cafe better. They show films at the top floor on Monday nights for $2, with free popcorn on paper cones and a drink. I left a few books behind, too.

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