Baan din dee is a charming natural cafe on Nimmanheamin Road in Chiang Mai. Housed in an adobe (mud brick) house this little treat of a cafe is a lovely, relaxed place to stop for coffee, cake or a healthy vegetarian meal.
Baan Din Dee means good mud house, and it is made from adobe bricks and render . It’s not what you might expect to find behind a bush in the car park of Chiang Mai University Art Center! It’s been here since 2007 and it run by a Japanese lady. For those who read Japanese, the website is probably very interesting – non-Japanese-readers can see some photos of the construction project as well as dishes from the menu…
I found this place one day when cycling home from school. The Art department is at the bottom end of Nimman road near the junction with Suthep Road. The cute round building has a lovely relaxed feeling to it, you can see rice husks in the adobe walls bamboo roof and brigh blue shutters. There are an assortment of natural products for sale, from yoga bags to local honey.
The menu is vegetarian with a big selection from curries with brown rice, salads and juices to baked cheesecake and fresh bread. I opted for gobi (cauliflower) fried rice which comes with vegetable broth (89 baht) super tasty! I’ve previously had Thai pennywort salad – lightly spiced, hot and sour and really delicious.
Mr had the club sandwich set (180 baht in the main picture), which came with coffee, fries, salad, yoghurt and museli. The sandwich was meat-free but tastier than the regular version, and the generous portion size more than enough to satisfy. We’re not usually fans of soy milk, however the soy chai is a snuggle in a cup! For something a little more refreshing try the ginger ale – zingy, spicy and not too sweet.