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Free Bird Cafe

116 Maneenoparat Rd, Chiang Mai 50301, Thailand
+66 81 028 5383
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Ranked #35 of 1,361 Restaurants in Chiang Mai
4.5 of 5 stars 197 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $4
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: Asian, Burmese, Thai, Vegetarian, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Our beautiful location is on the North side of the moat that surrounds the quaint "old city" of Chiang Mai. It is a perfect place to sit, enjoy the breeze, sunlight and people watching on the main road.The interior is attractive, colorful and bright with our student's art work and long share tables to encourage customers to sit together and make new friends or private tables and a small sofa in the kids corner where there are plenty of books, toys and art supplies to keep the kids happy while parents enjoy their healthy vegetarian or vegan western or local style breakfast, lunch, smoothies or coffee and dessert.We serve many Burmese and ethnic foods that you can't get anywhere else so it is fun to try something new! We also have a fun and funky little Pre-Loved Charity Shop in the cafe where you can not only donate your old clothing, household items, books and more but purchase goods and support our charity at the same time. We have loads of English language novels, travel guides, hats, shoes, scarves, jewelry, men's and women's clothing and more. We also sell organic spirulina, triphala and natural skin care products from local vendors.Please come and check us out today! You can park cars, motorbikes and bicycles along the side of the building.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Go here. You will not regret. There is a lovely story behind what you are eating and seeing. Bring stuff to dontate as goes directly to help people, who need helping

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Awesome cafe with a great social purpose and amazing smoothies and Khao Soi. A+ for their mission...and their grub!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We love this little place! We have eaten there twice now and the food has been great both times - the green tea leaf fried rice was particularly delicious!! The service is great, with very friendly waitresses. The cafe supports an organisation which teaches Burmese refugees so your money is going to a great cause. We will definitely be going... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I had the shan yellow noodles and you could taste that they were homemade. It was loaded with vegetables and so fresh. I also had a really tasty smoothie called the immune booster. My husband had the black and white smoothie which was incredible. The server was really nice and had a bio in the front of our menus since... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It's a great cafe for us to hang around, 100% no MSG, organics & vegan. Price is reasonable as the foods was so delicious as I never expect it. Great service & they are very friendly. Ping ping (waitress) can speak mandarin very well. She introduce lots of foods for us as we can't really take spicy food. While she... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

After reading so many praising reviews about this cafe's vegan menu I was eager to try it out myself. It's a corner building located past the old city moat (second moat if you count from the right edge) - 3 times I have been going around and couldn't find it so just make sure you go exactly past the moat... More 

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Sliema, Malta
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30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The vegan banana pancake is the BEST. It is a must try. The fruit salad with yoghurt and muesli is also great, so is the Kao Soy. The Burmese samosas and the tea leaf salad are also very good choices. They make an awesome cappuccino and great fresh juices. With your visit you do support their social projects.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

Always when I'm visiting a new city the first thing I want to know is where I can get a decent breakfast or brunch because for me it's the most important meal of the day. Anyway, in Chiang Mai I was lucky to find a cafe that meets my idea of a good breakfast exactly. And I'm very picky when... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Follow the above instruction for happiness. It's really that simple. I also had the energy booster smoothie which was delicious. Fruit plate to finish was also fresh and ripe.

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This has become one of (if not my favorite) place to eat in Chiang Mai for a number of reasons. The Good: 1) The food is awesome. Fresh, organic ingredients. Dishes made with a lot of care. 2) The service. The employ Burmese students (not clear as to whether or not they're refugees) but they are so incredibly sweet. The... More 

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Additional Information about Free Bird Cafe

Address: 116 Maneenoparat Rd, Chiang Mai 50301, Thailand
Phone Number: +66 81 028 5383
Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Chiang Mai Province  >  Chiang Mai
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 4
Cuisine: Asian, Burmese, Thai, Vegetarian, Café

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