What a hidden gem this place is…and it really is “hidden”! Unless you were heading to the Khon Kaen zoo, you’d probably never know this place existed (unless you did a Facebook search or you’re reading this post :-)).
That’s exactly how I found this place actually…on my way to Khon Kaen Zoo! I wasn’t too keen on the zoo, the weather was WAY too hot, and walking round all day in it, wasn’t on my list, however it does have (what looks to be) a great waterpark inside…and so a few of us thought we’d spend the in the water park to keep cool in the hot weather.
Driving up to Zoo you’ll drive past this place…and it will stand out, as it’s the most modern and inviting place in the whole area. At first glance I was like “wow, check out this place…I never new this was here”. The place looked awesome from the outside, really modern, well designed…it just had “that look” of a great café (if you know what I mean). Initially I thought it was probably just one of those sweet/dessert cafes that serves sweet toast etc. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find a great coffee or some familiar western dishes out this way cause I was certain I would’ve heard of them otherwise.
So a late lunch after the waterpark was decided! We were heading here.
Well lunch came around pretty quickly, in about 10 minutes actually, as when we got to the Zoo, we found out the waterpark was closed for renovations. So that was that! We certainly weren’t walking around the zoo in this hear, so back in the car and off to check out this new café.
Just parking the car in the car park you can see these guys have really prime piece of land for this area…it’s very open sits up a little higher than the land around it, so have almost a perfect 360 view around the place. The views, peace and quiet of the location is enough alone to come and spend some time here.
So anyway, it was time to head inside and see what sweet toast, sweet drinks or bingsu they had on offer. The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a few standup promotional menus with big photos of Pizza, French Fries, Cappuccinos and other western comfort goodies. So now I was REALLY confused as to why I had never heard of this place…I mean it’s literally the only place with this much farang (foreign) food within a 30KM radius! I remained skeptical right up until I could taste the food and coffee for myself, as it just seemed weird to have such a great looking café, airconditioned, great views, and serving out some of my favourite western dishes next door to our little village.
Well it WAS ALL quality…Drinks and Food! I’m even starting to order extra food to take home with me (frozen / premade meals) to eat at home!
So anyway, this first visit was over 8 months ago. It’s only now I’m writing this post as the blog has been pretty quiet over the Covid-19 period and living on the farm.
This place is my number #1 local café! By “local”, I’m actually meaning between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. I’ve been to most of the towns that sit between Udon Thani and Khon Kaen, and there’s some quality food and coffee coming out of these small towns, but none of them tick all the boxes like this place does. Here’s a quick look at what makes this place such a great and comfortable place to visit.
- Good Wifi
- Great, modern, spacious design with large windows that look out to the countryside
- Thai and Western Food (Homemade pizzas and pies too!)
- Great prices
- Really nice outdoor area with nice views
I love the design of this place, both inside and out. The inside has that modern industrial ‘look and feel’ to it, with black painted steel, red brick, and cement rendered walls (raw concrete look, not painted or coloured cement). So yeah, the colours are a little dark, but that matches nicely with the huge glass windows on all sides that let all the light in and brighten the place up.
There’s probably enough tables and chairs to sit around 15 people.
The outdoor area is really inviting…I find myself out there a lot! Even on the hot days, there’s something draggin me outside to sit along one of the benches that overlook the countryside, and then 20 mins later I find myself sweating and wondering what the hell I’m doing outside…but there’s a good number of fans outside you can turn on to cool you down a little, and like I said, it’s just real inviting and got great views.
So the food and coffee…
Let’s start with the coffee, as that always comes first for me, and many times I come here just for that! The coffee is awesome, and easily the best (alongside one other coffee I like in Khumpurapee “Kim’s Cafe”) I can find between Khon Kaen and Udon Thani.
The food is great, and CHEAP too! But CHEAP certainly isn’t reflected in the quality, in fact it’s the opposite! I love my shrimp/prawns, and since leaving Hua Hin it can be difficult to find quality shrimp out in the country (sometimes you’re lucky to find shrimp at all). When I ordered my Phad Kapow with EXTRA shrimp, I was pretty impressed with the serving and quality of shrimp…definitely not common to find this quality in the country towns. So that dish alone (along with the coffee) was enough to convince me that this place could be my second home.
I think whatever you’re after whether it be food, a coffee, a cool drink or even a beer…you’ll this place is a MUST stop if you find yourself out this way.
What are the prices like?
Around ฿60- ฿100 for a general Thai dish.
Where are they located?
If you’re heading North (to Udon Thani), you take a RIGHT into Khao Suan Kwang (literally on the border of Khon Kaen and Udon Thani)…follow that road all the way down to the railway. At the end (the railway), take LEFT….follow that road all the way to the end, and you end up alongside the railway crossing…take a RIGHT (across the railway)….and follow that road about another 200 meters and you’ll see the café on your left side.
Make sure to check out the map to be sure (map below).
Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 – 21:00
check out their facebook page here
What to Expect