May 27 2012
Chiang Mai has loads of cafes; the local brew is excellent, the accompanying bakeries are good and nearly all come with free WiFi and pleasant seating areas. But when we came come across this interesting variation on a coffee shop theme the other day — a piano bar coffee shop — we thought it was worth writing home about; it’s probably the cutest looking coffee shop we’ve come across in a while.
Now while it’s a piano/coffee bar, no regular in-house pianist tinkles the ivories, so anyone who fancies a turn can go ahead themselves.
Plenty more than coffee is on the menu, including beers and a few cocktails to help get the creative juices flowing, or shakes and juices if you play better when sober. To eat you can select from the usual default bakery section of brownies, mango cheesecake and so on as well as sandwiches, some local-style light lunches such as fried rice and all day Western-style breakfasts, all at very reasonable prices.
This interesting hybrid joint is well worth checking out if you’re in the area. The cafe is located in the old city at the corner of Ratpakinai and Moonmuang Soi 6, just up from Chiang Mai Blue House. (See Chiang Mai map.)
A word on the unusual name: ‘Vigie Sist’ might sound like something highly unpleasant you’ve picked up from falling in a Bangkok canal but actually refers to the owners’ star signs; it’s run by two sisters who happen to be both Virgo and we have it on good authority that Vigie is a Thai corruption of the horoscope sign.
Vigie Sist Cafe
Sri Phum, Chiang Mai
T: (08) 1671 2113
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