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“Good cause, good food, good people” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Free Bird Cafe

Free Bird Cafe
116 Maneenoparat Rd, Chiang Mai, Thailand
+66 (0)810285383
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Ranked #25 of 1,287 restaurants in Chiang Mai
Price range: $2 - $4
Cuisines: Asian, Burmese, Thai, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: Our beautiful new 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 breakfast, lunch, smoothies or coffee and dessert.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 other 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 and natural skin care products from Arun Thai Naturals and Pure Pai.Please come and check us out today! You can park cars, motorbikes and bicycles along the side of the building.
San Francisco, California
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“Good cause, good food, good people”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2012 via mobile

The outdoor eating patio is super mellow and chilled out. We sat shaded by trees with small pockets of sun shining through. Their special smoothies were delicious, especially after adding shots of Spirulina. We were excited to finally have Burmese tea leaf salad like we do back home in San Francisco at Burma Superstar. I believe the outfit is a non-profit with proceeds going to help Burmese refugee children get a proper education.

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30 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“What A Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Usually when a restaurant is about something besides food, it doesn't care about the food. This place is different. The Western and Thai stuff couldn't be better. Everything about this place shouts excellence.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chiang Mai
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“A great place to ponder life's enigmas while eating a delicious meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

I have been in Chiang Mai one month and this is my favorite place to hang out. You know how some places have a good vibe, where you can relax, feel at ease, and not feel rushed to leave - ? - Free Bird has it in abundance! When you add the delicious food and drink (love their blueberry smoothie and red curry soup with brown rice), it makes it a place that I look forward to returning to.

I enjoy bringing my laptop and sitting in the outdoor garden, shaded by plants. There is a friendly kitten that will keep you company if you happen to be alone. Pleasant music is usually playing. The staff is friendly, and as stated in most reviews, all profits help Free Bird in their charitable work.

Note - the cafe is currently closed due to a staff emergency - it looks like it will reopen sometime in mid March - check their face book page for more info....

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A feel good kind of place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

Tucked away in an alley near a Thai temple, Free Bird Cafe offers a school, a store selling goods and a social network for Burmese refugees. The architecture, Thai hippy dippy, makes it a little different. You can sit outside or inside near the classroom. Students are often part of the staff so it is different. As far as the food goes, I had a Burmese noodle dish, healthy but nothing special; a deliciously huge brownie with ice cream; best of all was some very bitter tea sweetened with mangosteen, something I haven't tried before in tea. You can buy books for Myanmar Cuisine here-including one with all of the ethnic groups- and also borrow books. They also have a small store with various items for sale. It is an interesting and quaint operation that can offer-the choice is up to you-an experience that goes beyond that of just a restaurant.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Small Portions- Great Latte”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

I went with my two preschool kids for lunch here. The service was friendly and laid back. My kids loved playing with the toys and games that are used for the Burmese kiddos when the restaurant isn't in use. I loved the coconut milk latte I had there- best coffee drink I've had in a long time. I agree with others- portions were tiny. With my little ones they were perfect though. Overall, it was a good experience!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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