Best lunch in Chiang Mai at Barefoot Cafe and Penguin Ghetto || Thailand Specialty Coffee Guide

Freshly made woodfired pizza at Barefoot cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand

Depending on where you are staying in Chiang Mai, visiting this location may seem a little out of the way. But don’t let that deter you. Rent a motorbike or take a friendly tuk tuk for a zip around Chiang Mai. A trip to Penguin Ghetto and The Barefoot Cafe for lunch is not to be missed.

If you are approaching the street by motorbike slow down. It’s super easy to miss the hidden turn into the small alley just off the highway. Or you could do what we did and just chuck a u-ey on the one way road. I’m not endorsing this move but when in Rome…eat spaghetti.

In this little enclave you will find a handful of boutique stores, bars, eateries and co-ops. The sense of community is strong here not only with each of the business’s but with their customers.

Kori Kori Penguin at Penguin Ghetto Chiang Mai specialty coffee


44/1 หมู่ที่ 1 Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

Penguin Ghetto is a specialty coffee store that sits on the right hand side of the small entrance. Sit inside the cafe or outside under the speckled lush canopy on their patio. They serve fresh beverages as well as catering to a variety of coffee enthusiasts.

If you’re worried about missing out on coffee while you eat lunch at Barefoot Cafe don’t worry! The Barefoot Cafe drinks menu is catered by Penguin Ghetto just down the lane.

Once I laid eyes on the menu I knew I had to try their Kori Kori Penguin (pictured). I was served a tall glass of steamed creamy milk, espresso ice cubes and a small pitcher of vanilla syrup. This was an interesting take on a latte that I enjoyed with my lunch.


Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Make your way down to the back of the alley. Here you will find Barefoot Cafe and a few friendly neighbourhood cats!

Sitting upstairs in a little house, I could hear the sound of an egg cracking. Moments later the rumble of cogs turning in a pasta machine. Suddenly the wooden stairs started to creak as a lady bought me my delicious bowl of carbonara. Bellissima!

Yes it really did happen like that because at Barefoot cafe they make everything in front of you from scratch. Although I wasn’t sitting at the bar downstairs I could still hear and smell the beautiful transitions my food went through before it was placed in front of me.

To my surprise I found out that Barefoot Cafe host their very own cooking classes. They have a very big community and host many events and classes. Look to their facebook page for more info!

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Freshly made pasta and pizza at Barefoot Cafe in Chiang Mai Thailand. Best Lunch in Chiang Mai.
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