It’s a scorcher today in Chiang Mai, oh wait, that’s everyday this time of year, 555! You’re probably still drip drying from Songkran in post party New Year’s bliss, so where exactly does one go to beat the heat after many a day spent in the full flush of the summer sun? For city dwellers looking to escape the haze and high celsius of April, look no further than Clay Studio – Coffee in the Garden, a hidden treasure in the heart of the old city. Located several blocksfrom Chiang Mai gate, about a five minute walk from the deliciously famous Chiang Mai market, Clay Studio offers patrons a welcome reprieve from bustling city life.
Surrounded by a high brick wall, this gorgeous garden and terra cotta wonderland is the perfect space to chill and escape your daily grind. Relax, recharge, and rejoice at Clay Studio – Coffee in the Garden, a gem right in the hustle of the busy city. once a splendidly overgrown garden, Clay Studio now features a café set amongst brambles and ancient ruin inspired replicas of clay bust and sculptures. The serene, fountain filled garden is lined with terra cotta reliefs depicting Buddha, Ganesha, and other famous Buddhist and Hindu deities. The open, sprawling layout of the garden keeps patrons cool with shade provided by a canopy of old growth trees.
Those who have been visiting the space for years will most likely be surprised by the changes in the garden, once a lonely tangle of banyan roots, flora, fauna, and haphazardly displayed terra cotta sculptures. The owners of the property have organized and reestablished the space as a café and soon to be restaurant, while keeping with the secret oasis vibe. One thing to keep in mind, construction may occur during your visit as work on the restaurant is currently underway. While Clay Studio has undergone some shifts in the last couple years, from secluded sculpture garden to more established marketable café, that doesn’t negate the calm and serene atmosphere.
Friendly and accommodating staff run this quaint café and while the food menu is somewhat limited, the quality is divine. Most food ranges 75-85 baht per item while classic espresso fair-latte, americano, mocha, etc – ranges from 55 baht for hot beverages and 70 baht for iced drinks. Enjoy a light lunch of tuna sandwich, ham and cheese croissant, muesli with yogurt, or perhaps mango and sticky rice for dessert. Sip on an Italian soda or bring a friend and share a pot of tea amidst moss covered clay sculptures. The small café features floor to ceiling glass and is architecturally reminiscent of a greenhouse set on the lush garden grounds.
Open daily from 8 to 18:00, Clay Studio – Coffee in the Garden, offers such soothingly tranquil ambiance, you might forget you’re even in a city. Rest in a hammock, read a book, get work done, or just enjoy the open air set up of the garden grounds. Gorgeous wooden tables and chairs make for a comfortable space to get work done and wi-fi is provided free of charge. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to enjoy a coffee or a quiet spot to sit in sweet serenity, Clay Studio definitely won’t disappoint!
36 Prapokklao, Soi 2, Mueng Chiang Mai District
Phone:: (053) 278-187