Food and fun
181 Moon Muang soi 6 (across Somphet Market, go up the multi-coloured stairs)
T: (082) 339 4722
Head to The Tea Tree Cafe if looking for some good tea and an afternoon of hanging out, reading, improvised music and meeting fellow like-minded travellers. The Tea Tree was inspired in a moment of desperation, born from owner Laura’s urgent craving for good chai masala and a place to relax in Chiang Mai.
And while we’ll get to the food, teas, and drinks, what singles out The Tea Tree Cafe from other veggie-touting health food havens in town is that the Tea Tree is a true community space in every sense of the word. While there, you might find yourself randomly picking up a ukulele to play with strangers, walking into a workshop, a group movie night, or even a by-donation yoga class. With its location overlooking Somphet market, which is in turn right at the centre of the Moon Muang traveller scene, there is no better place to chill and meet other fellow yogis, healers and wandering souls.
For an updated schedule of events, check out their Facebook page, though we recommend you start by joining the Thursday Jam Night, when Teatree opens its doors till midnight to wandering musicians. Otherwise, try the Thursday morning yoga classes, which last for an hour and a half. At a 100 baht minimum donation, it’s one of the best yoga deals in town.
The Teatree boasts a beautiful expanse of a sala, complete with a bamboo platform on which to sit and munch (or jam), and a beautiful polished concrete floor that’s been painted in parts to resemble the universe, among other things, by more than one travelling artist. Laura certainly hasn’t skimped on time or energy when it comes to the personality of the cafe, which is riddled with details down to the creeping vines growing over the shower in the bathroom to the custom plastering converting a column into a stalactite.
Vibe wise, make no mistake: there are crystals in the water and little ohm signs on the menu next to vegan items. But even if you’re planning on following that superfood salad made with homegrown organic sprouts, with some barbecued pork skewers, there’s nothing barring you from enjoying the vibrancy and homemade tahini of the Teatree.
Foodwise, Teatree is a standout when it comes to, you guessed it, tea. It’s one of those rare places where the tea menu is longer than the food menu and covers everything from ginger lime honey to detox concoctions to all sorts of homemade chai served hot or cold with soy, rice or regular milk. For the more rowdy evenings, Laura also stocks beer. The food is simple but hearty, comprising of omelettes, salads (try the superfood or tofu versions), spring rolls, and one favourite, flatbread topped with all sorts of delicious fried veggies.Their sophisticated teas and smoothies range between 30 and 70 baht while for food expect to pay anything from 60 to 100baht. All in all, the Tea Tree is a great place to go when first arriving in Chiang Mai, the promising start of a great adventure.
By Claudia Sosa
Last updated on 12th November, 2015.