[callout]Address: 95/2, Ratchaphakinai Road, T. Prasing, Ampur Muang, Chiang Mai 50300[/callout]
This is a fairly new place, located in the touristic area of Chiang Mai’s old city center. It is a rather small venue, but there is no doubt that you will feel comfortable here. So when you are wandering across the city, and happen to be around, step in for a refreshment.
The shop resembles a wooden shack, built around an old tree, and every second day a whole bunch of flowers is bought on the market to garnish the spot, giving the place a unique decorative design. You will end up in an oasis of nature in the middle of the old city. Especially in the evening with some mild light it is stunning.
Because of that it attracts a lot of female travelers and it is a written law that where girls show up, eventually the guys will follow. So in essence, it is a great meeting point, also because of the location. On Sunday there’s the Sunday Walking Street market closeby. This market is usually very busy, so Cowgirl Café is perfect to escape from all the fuzz of that. Just have a coffee, shake or beer and look at the people eager to go buy or returning back to the hotel satisfied with their new goods they just bought. After that, you are ready again to proceed your search for the perfect souvenir, because the market is huge.
In first instance, Cowgirl is a coffee shop, serving the typical bunch of hot and cold americano, latte, and mocca drinks. But it doesn’t stop there. They also offer a selection of cocktails, beer and fruit shakes, all at affordable prices. And when you feel hungry, there is a choice of Thaï dishes available, ranging from fried rice to – the more spicy – papaya salad. And the menu is still expanding.
You don’t come to Cowgirl to have a quick bite. You come here when it doesn’t matter how long it takes to get your meal. When ordering food, please be a little bit patient, as everything is freshly prepared. Just come and relax, have a chat and enjoy the food and drinks.
Cowgirl Café is owned by a young Thai woman with a million dollar smile. She runs the place together with her sister and two friends. The staff is friendly and helpful, though only the owner speaks English very well. But don’t let this scare you off. It is a nice spot to relax for a while in between your activities during the day.
Primarily aiming to serve foreigners, Cowgirl has a distinct Thaï atmosphere; during the daytime there is always some Isaan tune playing in the background.
And in the evening you can create your own atmosphere because the owner will put on whatever music you want to hear, as long as it’s still laidback. Because that is what Cowgirl Café stands for: laidback.
Opening hours: every day from 8am to 11pm.