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Normal 3rd Coffee | Udon Thani | Thailand

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The sign out the front (“3rd”) and the design of the place had all the aspects of a cool new coffee shop/cafe opening here in Udon Thani.

I saw the “opening soon” banners on the front window daily for a good few weeks as I went for walks/runs/rides around Nong Prajak park…as that’s where this cute little join sits…right alongside the park.

A recent run around the park I noticed the “opening soon” banners were gone and there was a good crowd sitting inside and around the outside of this new joint…so I was kinda keen to make a stop here and see what it was all about.

To start with, the name of the place is actually “Normal 3rd Coffee”, not “3rd” (as sign writing previously suggested), but if you’re driving the past the place, you want to look out for the “3rd” sign, and not “Normal 3rd Coffee”…cause otherwise you won’t see it! 

It’s a coffee/drink stop this one, not so much a cafe to fill the belly if you’re look for something to eat. But if it’s coffee you’re after, and strolling, riding or running around Nong Prajak, then this is the place to stop.

The coffee menu offers all the populars, including a vanilla and caramel latte. I took a photo of the main menu of drinks which you can check out below.

The coffee quality is up there with the best and easily makes the top 10 (maybe even top 5) I’ve tried in Udon Thani. They roast their own coffee and it has a good strength to it. The mug/cup they give you is the perfect size to have the right balance of coffee and milk…so it’s not too milky, or not too strong.

The place isn’t huge, so there’s not a lot of seating options. The inside probably seats around 15 people and is pretty cozy. The outside has a good 5 or so tables that go around the whole cafe and probably seat in total around 15 again.

If you like quality coffee, and only wanting a quick 15-20 min stop…it’s the perfect option.

Where are they located?

99/3 Moo 11 Soi Ban Nong Na Kluea, Pho Niyom Rd, Udon Thani City 41000

Opening Hours

Every day: 8am – 6pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Ambiance - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Quality - 9/10
9/10

Playground | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Once you walk into this place, it makes you wanna “play”, whether it be on the playground type objects around the building or on a video game once you take a seat in the pacman room on the second floor. A very interesting concept from these guys and for a word/place that’s often related to children (playground), the place has some real “class” to it (so climbing over the stairs and other objects around the building might make you look….well…a little outta place. But hey…go for it I say).

The place has a huge downstairs area with basic style seating and chairs inside (around 14 tables, each seating around 4 people). Then they have a couple of booths like you’d find in a 60’s American diner which would also seat around 4 people each . Then there are a few tables with sofa type seating in a boxed off little area to the side that also seat around 4 people each. There’s also a large outdoor area which would be pretty popular for an evening I’d imagine, particularly with all the fluro lighting around the outside of the place.

I took a quick tour upstairs as they have 4 rooms that each have a different theme (Flamingo, Pacman, Vintage and Minimal), however the theme based rooms were all closed off. There was a sign saying that they opened only in the evening, so this was probably the reason for this, but it’s possible they’ve been closed off semi permanently due to the covid lockdown measures that bars and restaurants are being faced with at the moment.

I came here after seeing a photo of their Phad Krapow pizza on Facebook. I’d seen photos of the place pop up here and there on facebook, but mainly of the place (the building and outside area etc.) and not of the actual food. I thought this place was mainly a spot to have a cocktail or beer of an evening, but not a place to sit and have a decent meal. Boy was I wrong!!! Even after seeing the photo of their pizza and a few other things like french fries etc. I was still under the impression that this was just bar/snack/share food you could order while having a drink with a friend.

After sitting down, they presented me with a couple of different drinks and food menus…the selection and variety was HUGE!!! Maybe too much, because I was a little overwhelmed and wanted to try at least 50% of the menu, but that just wasn’t possible, so I had to prioritise and choose only a few of my favourites and save the rest for my next visit (or next 3-4 visits to get through the whole menu). There was a good selection of both foreign and Thai dishes, and considering I was here with a Thai friend, we decided to mix it up 50/50, so a couple of foreign dishes and a couple of Thai dishes.

So here’s what we ordered.

  • Tom Yum Talay (Thai sweet and sour soup with Mushroom and Shrimp)
  • Phad Krapow Pizza 
  • Shrimp Spring Rolls
  • Yum Voon Sen (Spicy Seafood Noodle Salad)
  • Smoothies (BlueBerry and Mango)

Tom Yum Talay

A lot of flavour and quite filling as they loaded the soup with a heap of mushrooms and good amount of seafood. There’s not much more I can say about this dish other than it was quality and a good serving, and around 170 baht.

Phad Krapow Pizza

Now this was impressive, just as I was expecting from the photos I saw on Facebook. The base was done in a different way to most places…thin…I mean super thin and very crispy. The topping was generous, both the pork, and the cheese, in fact, if there were one thing I could say negative about this pizza (which there isn’t), it’d be just a little too much cheese. I was happy with the pizza alone (I ate all of it), but I was a little piggy tonight and had to dig into everything else we ordered too. The Phad Krapow Pizza was around 260 baht….less than what you’d pay Pizza Company for the same portion. Nuf said.

Spicy Seafood Noodle Salad

Another generous portion dish with quality seafood. By quality I mean not the tiny shrimp, calamari, and muscles you find in a frozen seafood store…we’re talking fresh, good size and tasty pieces of seafood. Just take a look at the photos and you’ll see what I’m on about.

Shrimp Spring Rolls

Spring rolls were served in a different way to what you’re probably used to. The whole standing upright in a glass I’ve seen before, however the sauce was actually in the base of the glass (rather than separate), so you have to have at least one bite with the sauce…but you’ll probably be dipping in it some more as the sauce is a good match for the spring rolls.

I should also note that they have photos of most of their food (their food photos, not stock image photos), so this really helps when making your choice from their menu.

I saw that this place opened at 10am in the morning, and that their menu had a good range of coffee, so I figured I’d stop by for my Saturday morning coffee here as well.  It’s a lot quieter of the morning, so your selection of seating is basically all yours…choose where you want.

Coffee was pretty good, not up there with my top 5 coffees in Udon Thani….but still good and much better than a lot of places around town. 65 Baht you’ll pay for a coffee here and have a space to chill out in with good WiFi, and powerpoints as well should you need to charge your phone or notebook.

Smoothies

Fresh! Fresh! Fresh! By Fresh I mean it didn’t taste like they were loaded with the liquid cane sugar or sweetener that other smoothies are. From the taste it seemed the sweetness came from the natural ingredients and yogurt and were a good sweetener to whole dining experience. The smoothies were around 80 baht.

Where are they located?

56 Mak Khaeng, Tambon Mak Khaeng, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

Every day

Cafe: 10am – 8pm
Pub & Restaurant: 6pm – 1am

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Ambiance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Quality - 9/10
8.3/10

T8 Cafe Coffee Shop | Udon Thani | Thailand

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A cafe that you might just find is one of the best CoWorking spaces in Udon Thani! 

Although this modern, spacious and forest like setting cafe has nothing about “CoWorking” in it’s name, you’ll see from first glance into this awesome establishment that it’s well equipped with all the features that make a great CoWorking space for those in search of a good working environment.

Firstly the cafe is surrounded with an enormous nursery or large garden with outdoor seating options, as well as indoor seating, that overlooks the outside gardens and greenery to give you that relaxing nature vibe and a breath of fresh air. The garden is enormous, and looks more like a nursery (…maybe it is…) and offers visitors a cute stone pathway that winds around the different areas of the garden if you want to stretch your legs and take a little stroll.

The inside area has a few rooms, including the main entrance room seating around 20 or so people and has views both to the outside area and also the kitchen or bar area where the barista works his magic. This area is probably prime seating for those looking for a more cooler and comfortable area to chillout and have a bite to eat or drink.

The other rooms offer a more office type vibe, by offering tables, benches and chairs that are more like you would find in the office. It’s obvious that these areas have been designed as a coworking space as they are well equipped with power outlets and have office type chairs and tables for working away on or hosting and event or meeting.

One of these rooms faces out the front of the cafe and has a bench that runs along the front wall of the room with are 4 stools that face out towards the front of the cafe. The rest of the room has around 4 tables seating between 2-3 people. The room is partly closed off from the main area so it offers that bit of extra privacy and quiet space for getting some work done. Then there’s a larger rectangle room that sits off to the side of the cafe that really shouts “CoWorking” when you take a look inside. This room has a large rectangle table with chairs seated all around in a board/meeting room style and a large whitescreen at the front for casting a projector or slideshow. The seats are also office style ergonomic chairs.

As you move out from the main indoor area to the outdoor area, there’s a long patio/porch that has some sofa dining options (for the “lounge out” style diner), as well as traditional table and chairs (if you’re the “sit upright” style diner). From here you really get a good view of the whole garden that surrounds the back area so really get that fresh air country feeling. The advantage of this spot is you get the outdoor experience but with good shading and a solid floor. But if you take a few steps further out into the garden, you can sit right in the midst of it all with their tables and chairs that sit on the grass area. This area is still well shaded as the whole garden is well covered in trees, however perhaps not as much as you’ll find on the porch, and the ground a little more unstable being on grass and soil.

The bar/barista/drinks area is quite large and stretches almost the full length of the of the cafe. It’s a good amount of space for them to show of their quality coffee machine, freshly roasted beans and some pastries / croissants. They roast their own coffee beans under the name of “Right Hand Coffee Roaster” and have a number of bags on sale here for you to take home. So all of this along with the smell of freshly grounded coffee tells you that you’re in the right spot for a good coffee.

Well…their coffee is pretty spot on, and I’d probably give it a 7.5 for their cappuccino.

The food menu is quite interesting too, not a Bible of dishes that overwhelms you and leaves you unable to decide what to eat, but a perfect number of dishes with a good variety to choose from so the selection is quick and easy. There’s the choice of both western and Thai dishes.

For me the item that stood out the most was the pizza, not just because I’m a pizza lover, but it does seem to be one of their more popular offers as theirs a dedicated large section the promotes their pizzas alone that the other dishes don’t get.

The location of this cafe isn’t in what I’d call a “prime” area, as it’s a little far from most other places you’d probably be passing by easily whether you are a local or tourist, so it’s more one of those places that you plan to come to for the cafe alone. It is however on the way to the Airport if you’re coming from the city center and so you could make it  a stop on the way to the Airport.

Where are they located?

93 189 Atsawamit Rd., Tambon Ban Lueam, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday: 9:00am – 6:00pm

Monday: CLOSED

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 7/10
    Location - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Quality - 7/10
8/10

เฮือนน้ำคาเฟ่ อุดรธานี Cafe | Huan Nam Cafe | Udon Thani | Thailand

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For a more traditional Thai dining experience, you sometimes have to get outside of the main city and head out towards the rural farm areas where a lot of the Thai traditions you here about or see on post cards still exist..including restaurants and cafes.

Huan Nam cafe (“Huan” being an Isaan word for “house”, and “Nam” meaning “water”) is as the name suggests, houses or huts on water, as this cafe sits partly over the top of a lake, and also has a number of private huts/dining areas that sit completely on top of the water. It’s these huts and the walkway over that sit above the water that gives you that traditional Thai feeling.

OK, the cafe is quite a modern cafe, and has a “class” to it, so I’m not saying you need everything this place has to offer to enjoy Traditional Thailand. In fact if you travel out further to the real country where there’s larger and natural lakes, you can find these restaurants with huts over the water in true Thai style…just don’t expect air-conditioning, comfy seating, or even a sit down toilet). If however you want the comforts of Air-conditioning and other “modern” and “classy” extras, then this place is perfect. as there’s  out in the rural areas that are a poorer than other more wealthy areas, but the overall look and feel of the place has traditional touch to it. 

The other advantage of this place (and also why it offers more modern features), is it’s distance from Udon Thani city. เฮือนน้ำคาเฟ่ อุดรธานี CAFE | HUAN NAM CAFE is only 1-15 minutes from Udon Thani city, so it’s customers are more likely people from the city who are more used to these modern comforts.

Although the huts are very inviting, these are “huts” with curtains/drapes as the only shade on the sides of them, so it can rather hot in the middle of day, so you may want to choose the main cafe area which offers airconditioning and a modern style of dining. The main cafe is quite large and has two sections to it. A large bright open section which where the bar/counter is as well which seats around 20 or so people, and more cosy smaller area out the back seating around 12 people or more.

This cafe isn’t a place you come to for quick bite to eat or take-away (although you could), as it’s designed to offer a real relaxing experience and has some areas around the cafe to walk around and take a look at, and as most people do, take a lot of photos. So the place seems to be built to offer its customers and experience that involves more than just a meal and/or drink/s.

I was first impressed with the design of this place, from it’s photos on Facebook…it was these that got me here for my first visit. Seeing the place in real life a little didn’t dsisapoint either, it was pretty much exactly like the photos portrayed on Facebook. 

So I was already impresssed with the design and layout of the place once I arrived, but I was impressed even more once I got to see and taste the food they had on offer here as well. I order a grilled chicken breast for 180 baht, and given the whole style of the cafe I was expecting a lot of the price was probably paying for the experience and not the food….well boy was I wrong. 

The chicken was a proper well sized chicken breast that wasn’t flattened like you see a lot of here. It was served on a perfectly smooth bed of Potato Mash and came with some additional garnishings and sauces that made this a 5 star meal…and I mean 5 star! Something I would expect from a 5 star resort. The presentation was spot on as well.

Everything was cooked perfectly, the chicken soft and juicy, but cooked well. The potato mash was all pillowy, smooth and very soft…almost like cream. And all the extras like the veggies and sauces were a perfect addition to compliment the meal and add that extra flavour.

I also tried the Phad Krapow chicken here as I was travelling with a friend, and although the dish was also awesome, I can’t rave about the presentation or quality of it as Thai Meals (particular phad krapow) can only be presented in so many way without going completely fancy or fusion style.

Everything here is well priced, and for a my meal, I would say EXCEPTIONALLY priced. I will be coming back here just for this dish alone….and if they weren’t out of the city, you might just find me visiting here 2 or 3 times a week.

I was impressed with everything at this place, from the arrival and seeing the setting (layout and design), to the presentation of the food, and then to the taste and quality of the meal…it was all exceptional!

What are the prices like?

Incredible! It could be the cheapest quality western style meal I’ve had in Thailand.

Where are they located?

Village No. 1 544, Nakha Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

It’s about 10 minutes drive heading north to Nong Khai from Udon Thani

Opening Hours

Everyday: 9:30am – 8:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 7/10
    Location - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Ambiance - 8.5/10
  • 9/10
    Quality - 9/10
8.4/10

The Good Days Cafe | Udon Thani | Thailand

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One of the best Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch places in Udon Thani (if you’re after a good western style breakfast). I always thought I’d already blogged on this place until recently when wanting to share a link to a friend asking for good places for brunch around Udon Thani…and there was no post!!! for a place that stands up there in my top 5 cafe’s for western food I was quite surprised. So here we go…a brief write up on why I rate this place so highly.

The good Days Cafe has been around for quite a while so they must be doing it right, as most cafes that open their doors and don’t do it right generally close within the first 6 months (even less). I’m not sure exactly how long these guys have been open for, but they were here on my first visit to Udon Thani a few years back and were dishing out the same quality food and coffee then as they are now.

I’ll start with a few of the obvious things that make this place a great spot for a western meal.

It’s in the center of town

So to start with, this place sits in the centre of town right next to most places you’ll want to see if you’re in Udon Thani for a visit (like Central Plaza, The bar street, UD Town and the markets…there’s a heap!). If you’re visiting and staying in a hotel, you’l probably find youself staying not too far from this place as it’s also the area where most of the hotels and B&B’s are, so for most of you this place will be in walking distance from where you’re staying and makes the perfect stop for your first coffee/tea and breakfast for the morning. They even have their own B&B/Hotel which I’ll cover a little later.

They open early

Considering they do such a good coffee, they definitely want to open early to catch the early birds who are up ready to make a full day of their visit to Udon Thani and start the day with a coffee. I know that’s one thing there’s not enough of in Thailand ie. cafe’s opening early. The Good Days cafe opens it’s doors at 7:30 am in the morning, which although isn’t as early as the coffee shops and cafe’s you might be used to back home, it’s about as early as you will get here in Thailand.

They do a great coffee that comes with their signature brownie on the side

As I mentioned above, they do a great coffee and in a good size cup/mug as well. It’s definitely a large cup than you’re probably used to for your standard latte or cappuccino, so it does lack a little strength you get from a smaller cup, but it’s still a quality good tasing coffee and at a good price. From memory the coffee here is around 65 baht. They also give you a little slice of their signature brownie alongside your coffee which will make you want to order the full slice.

Great Western food options and well priced

The food menu here is pretty impressive and covers a lot of the western favourites when in Thailand like the Club Sandwich, Eggs Benedict and Crispy French Fries (served as sides with a few meals as well). There’s also a fantastic eggs on toast option called “The Healthy Breakfast” which is two slices of whole wheat bread with a bruschetta / tomato type topping on top (and a VERY good serving of tomatoes). There’s an option to add two poached eggs on top as well which really makes this meal a delicious healthy start to the day…in fact I order this one often.

The Club Sandwich is possibly my favourite club in Udon Thani (but comes very close to the Club Sandwich at The Brickhouse…hard to decide as they’re both different and delicious in their own way). The sandwich is HUGE! I’m talking proper thick slices of lightly toasted bread (3 slices) and quality grilled breast chicken, cheese, mayo, egg….the whole works! You get a side serving of their Crispy French Fries as well which a nice a crispy on the outside and soft and pillowy in the center (I’m drouling just reminding myself of this meal).

The Eggs Benedict is another popular dish on this menu, and again, up their with the best Eggs Benedicts you’ll find in Udon Thani. I have to say though that there aren’t too many places serving up an Eggs Benedict, and the places that are serving them up all do a pretty good job (I haven’t had a bad one here yet).

All their meals are VERY well priced and have me questioning how they can make money from some of them, as by the time you buy the ingredients, pay your staff, and rent, there wouldn’t be much margin on top for the profit.

Good dining space and seating options

The cafe has two dining areas including an indoor area that seats around 14 people and an outside area that seats around 10 people.

The inside area is the place I generally choose because it’s nicely airconditioned and away form the noice of the main road outside. There’s 3 main tables that seat around 4 people (or more if you want to squish up a little) and a bench area that faces out to the outdoor area and main road which seats around 3 people. It’s got a rustic cottage feel to the place with it’s wooden swinging doors and other wood like features around the cafe. The high celings give you that spacious feeling and it’s also well lit with the natural light that comes in through the glass front.

The outside area has two main tables that seat around 4 people each, and they also have the thai style cushions so you can lounge back a little in Thai Style. Along the fron of the cafe is another bench that overlooks the main road and seats around 4 people also. The outdoor area has chill/relaxed vibe to it and is a good option for the early birds as it’s nice and fresh and not too hot. Later in the day you’ll probably find this area a little too hot, however there’s generally always someone choosing to take the outside option.

They have their own Hotel / B&B

Only in the last 6 months or so have these guys opened up their room above the cafe to the public as a B&B. Across the road they have a dedicated building which is more like a hotel with some rooms there as well and they are probably the best and cheapest priced rooms you’ll find in the whole of Udon Thani (in this area anyway).

What are the prices like?

Meals a really well priced and cheap (in my opinion) and the coffee is around 65 baht which is also a good price. At these prices you’d expect to see it reflected in the quality of food and coffee, however all their food and drinks are really good quality and generous servings which is what has me questioning how they can be making money from some of their meals.

Where are they located?

306 23 Prajak Sillapakhom Road, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Best to use the Google map provided below for its location.

Opening Hours

Every day: 7:30am – 6:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Ambiance - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Quality - 9/10
9.3/10

Chada Cafe | Udon Thani | Thailand

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If I were to choose one word to describe this place…”cute” would be the word. This little gem you’re most likely to miss if you’re travelling at anything over 30km an hour as it’s tucked away behind its little garden and cozy courtyard.

Walking, or riding a bicycle (in this case) is always a better way to tour a city or place, as you’ll always find more hidden gems than you would if you were travelling around on a motorbike, car or taxi. The slower you go, the more you’ll notice, and the more gems you’ll find…that’s my experience anyway.

That’s how I spotted this place…on the bike (bicycle…not motorbike)! Only recently have I gotten back out on my rusty bicycle to make the better of this Covid situation and take my days a little slower (as the entertainment industry is almost dead here now), and it was on one of my rides around town I spotted this place. It was the “cute” and “organic” look to the place that made we want to come and check it out.

It’s not a big cafe, in fact it’s quite small and cozy, but that’s what makes this place likeable…it’s a not a big commercial cafe packed with loads of other people. There’s about 4 small tables and cushioned chairs around the inside as well as a bench along the side window seating around 3-4 people. The outside area is nicely closed off from the main road with a little courtyard type garden and plants that separate and close off the courtyard from the main road. This area has one table with bench type chairs that seat around 4 people (a couple more if they’re small people :-)).

I only popped in here for a quick coffee and get a few things done on the notebook. I hadn’t read any reviews about this place or about their coffee so I didn’t really have any expectations. I really only came here because the place looked cute, cozy and inviting.

Well the coffee was served in a take away cup, which for me is never as good as drinking from a cup or mug, but due to the Covid situation here now, there was no in-door dining (only take-away or sitting outside), so all their coffee is served (at the moment) in a take-away cup. Even out of the take-away cup though, the coffee was still pretty good, in fact I give it a 7.5/10 in this post as it seems they use pretty fresh beans and the whole foaminess/froth and strength of my cappuccino was pretty “spot on!”.

If a cappuccino isn’t youre preferred coffee, well of course there’s all your other options available in terms of coffee as well, such as iced lattes, americano, normal latte etc. There’s even a piccolo latte on the menu.

From the short time I spent here I didn’t see a lot in terms of food options available other than desserts and cakes etc. But you can check out their facebook page and photos using the link below…this will give you a good idea of food etc. available.

The prices here were pretty good, 50 baht for a coffee…you don’t get much cheaper than that for a quality coffee.

What are the prices like?

Quite cheap, all the coffees were around 50 baht for a hot cup, and 55 baht for a cold one.

Where are they located?

Phosri Rd., Mueang District, Udon Thani 41000

Best to use the Google map provided below for its location.

Opening Hours

Every day: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Ambiance - 8.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Quality - 7.5/10
8/10

Hop Fusion | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Craft beer, live music, great food, great location and an overall good atmosphere…what’s there not to like about this place?

Alright, so it was the craft beer that got me into this place to start with. I hadn’t long been in udon Thani city before I was searching Google on some places around town that served up good craft beer. There were a few options to choose from, however this one looked like it ticked all the boxes. It was also in a good location (UD Town) where there’s a heap of eateries, markets and other bars and restaurants that I could turn to should this place not live up to my expectations…and my expectations were high!

What dissapoints most when reading up on a place that specialises in craft beer is that sometimes they promote a large range of beers to choose from, but when you get there you find out that none of taps are working and 50% of the beers are out of stock. Well it certainly wasn’t the case with this joint!

When you first open the doors to Hop Fusion, you’re directly facing a good sized four door glass fridge with their range of bottled/canned craft beers and ciders…and there’s a LOT! So there’s none of this “sorry, we’re out of stock” nonsense going on, you can litterally see what’s on offer as soon as you walk in the door…and everytime I’ve been here the fridge (or should I say fridges) have been WELL stocked. As tempted as I was with a lot of the bottles beers, I always love to check out what’s on Tap! So to the taps I went.

The first time here they had 3 different beers on tap, an IPA, a Pilsner, and a Pale Ale (I think….from memory). With my favourite being the IPA, I opted for this, and actually ordered the promotion they had going on which was order two, and get a third one free! Each beer was around 250 baht, so I figured 500 baht for three good size glasses of an IPA on tap was a pretty good deal! And it was…absolutely delicious!

Since my first visit there I’ve tried a few more of their tap beers, as they change them regularly (which is something else that makes you want to visit this place more often…as you never know what beers they will have on tap). I’ve also tried a few of their bottled beers as well, and…well…there’s not much to say really, as a bottled beer “here” tastes the same as a bottled beer “there”…just as long as it’s cold…which it was.

So what about the food? Well there’s a good selection on offer, but not too much that you’re overwhelmed with the selection. There’s a number of popular Thai dishes, and also some popular western dishes such as Australian Rib Eye steak, and good a good pizza menu.

So far I’ve tried (and loved all of them)

  • Phad Krapow Chicken
  • Som Tum (One of my favourites in Udon Thani)
  • Pork Steak

So if you’re feeling peckish while having your beer, cider or wine…there’s a great selection of food to choose from here as well. In fact, you may just choose to come here for the food alone as the servings are quite generous and good quality that you may choose to come here just for that.

Then there’s the live music that adds to all of this. At around 7pm the acoustic live music starts up which really adds to the whole atmosphere of the place and overall experience. About every hour the band changes giving you a good mix of music over about a 3 hour period. It’s all generally soft acoustic and easy listening so you’ll still feel relaxed and chill while stille being able to talk and hear a conversation among friends. I really recommend planing your visit here to catch at least 30 mins of the live music.

The place opens at 4pm, so it’s more of an evening place…meaning most of the hours you spend there it’ll be night time, which suits the place well, as its lighting is dim and a little “romantic” offering a really relaxed, smooth and classy vibe to the place. By classy, I don’t mean “snobby”….But rather “quality”. Everything from the furniture to the wine and beer, the food, and the live music that kicks in around 7pm…it’s all real quality.

The place seats around 30 people (a few more if you consider the outside benches and tables) and has a number of seating options. There’s some laid back sofa options with tables between them for a more cruizy style of dining/drinking, the more classic style dining tables and chairs (some seating 2-4, others seating 6-8), and then some more bar type tables with stools (seating around 2-3 people).

Well that’s about all write on this place in this post, however I could go on. But if you love your craft beer, cider, or even just a good venue with some live acoustic music…Hop Fusion is definitely worth a visit!

What are the prices like?

I was impressed with the prices here considering what you get for the whole experience. People might complain about the price of craft beer, but that’s because craft beer and win are expensive in all of Thailand because of the tax, so anything imported is always going to be a little expensive. But I like they way they try and make up for this by running their promotions (like the buy 2 get one free). The food is really well priced, and quite cheap for a restaurant that holds the class and quality these guys do.

Where are they located?

If you head to the McDonalds and/or Villa Market in UD Town, you’ll see a bridge/walkway that crosses the main road (Posri Road) towards a small village (Called Mill Mall Place). It’s in this small mall/village there.  See the map below for exact details.

Address: Mill mall place ถ.โพศรี อ.เมือง จ.อุดรธานี Udon Thani, Thailand 41000

Opening Hours

Every day: 4:00pm – 12:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 10/10
    Location - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Ambiance - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Quality - 10/10
9.3/10

Song Si (Two Colours) | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Probably my favourite Phad Krapow Khung/Shrimp/Prawns in Udon Thani. It was this dish that got me coming back to this place regularly.

The first thing that got me into this place was simply its location, as it sits just below my condo, and so I thought I’d check it out on one of my lazy “stay at home – Netflix” nights. I just wanted somewhere close to home where I could grab a good thai meal in a “take home” bag.

Being a “stay at home movie night” and all, I had opted for the Phad Krapow – it’s kinda like Thai version of the pizza really, but a lot healthier. It’s that kinda dish that pleases you every time, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… and it always hits the spot.

So I knew the dish I wanted, I knew where to get it…now I just had to go out and get it!

I figured I’d go for the seafood Phad Krapow for my first test of this place (Shrimp/Khung to be exact). This isn’t the wisest choice in Udon Thani when trying out a retaurant for the first time as it’s always hit or miss with the seafood. It’s not like Hua Hin, that sits on the beach and delivers quality fresh seafood 80% of the time, in fact I think the closest beach is a good 10 hours drive away! So finding Fresh and quality seafood isn’t always easy…and judging a restaurants quality based on a seafood dish isn’t really fare in this part of the country…but hey…I was willing to give it a shot!

The first mouthful of this dish had me going “Wow!” The flavour of the sauce was…well…unique. For those who are familiar with Thai food, you’ll know that you can order the same dish from a dozern different restaurants, and although the flavour is “let’s say” a Phad Krapow flavour, each chef has there own taste or “twist”. The other thing that impressed me about my meal was the quality of shrimp/khung, they were quite big and very fresh! So that was it, I was sold on this placce…they’d already made a lasting first impression that would keep me coming back for more.

I’ve mixed it up a bit since my first visit by trying a number of other dishes including the Phad Krapow chicken (which surprisingly wasn’t that good, but still edible). All their other dishes however have been pretty impressive. For example, here’s a list of other meals I’ve tried here that have also been impressive and keep me coming back for more.

  • Som Tam – Tam Thai (Papaya Salad – Thai Style – also one of my favourites in Udon Thani)
  • Nua Tort (Deep fried beef)
  • Khung Sot (Raw Shrimp) with fresh garlic and chilli on top

One thing to note is that from my experience they only speak Thai here, so you may either want to bring a Thai friend along with you, or sharpen up on your Thai (or at least memorise a few of your favourite dishes in Thai) as you might find it a little difficult to order here otherwise.

The restaurant itself is pretty large in size, and very rarely more than half full. That’s not because of the quality of food though, I think it’s more to do with them not being well known, or even searchable on the internet. I’ve tried searching these guys on Facebook, Google, and Google Maps….NOTHING!!! So unless you know where to go, and have been referred to this place by a friend…or…reading this blog….it’s unlikely you’ll ever end up here.

The place is also quite large…so to fill this place up would mean having a good 50 or so guests. There’s a few different seating options to choose from, including a private room/function type dining area which seats around 15 or so people…this is where I sit most of the time (being VIP and all :-)). Then there’s the main area that has around 6-7 different table, and an outdoor area with a 2-3 tables.

The restaurant has airconditionaing as well, and the tables are well spaced out so you get that feeling of privacy even though you’re in a public dining area.

What are the prices like?

Around ฿50 for Thai salads like the Som Tam, and ฿80-140 for a stri fry (depending on whether you get meat or seafood – seafood being the more expensive option). Then they have the more speciality Thai dishes like your grilled fish and fresh salmon, and the prices will go up again. But what I can say is that it’s value for money here…I definitely feel like I got more than I paid for every time I dine here.

Where are they located?

Corner of Watthananuwong Road & Udon Dutsadi Soi 2, Mak Khaeng Subdistrict, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

OK, so like I said, there’s no Google Maps link for these guys, so I’m going to include my own. You can either click on the link below or see the Google map located further down this blog post.

GOOGLE MAP

Opening Hours

Every day: 16:00 – 22:00

Facebook Page

No Facebook page to share sorry 🙁

What to Expect
  • 7/10
    Location - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Price - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ambiance - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Quality - 10/10
8.5/10
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Best Coffee in Udon Thani | Udon Thani | Thailand

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Udon Thani has a good number of coffee options, but finding the best isn’t always easy, particularly if you’re just visiting and staying around the central city area. Here you can find the quality you’ll get Bangkok, but at half the price…it’s a lot like Chiang Mai really…Quality coffee at half the price you pay in Bangkok.

Chiang Mai is an awesome place for coffee, maybe one of the best in Thailand (in my opinion), and I spent a good 2 years or more there taste testing all the gorgeous coffee around the city (and yes, well priced too), but Udon Thani has it’s own coffee culture going on and well matched to the popular Chiang Mai.

OK, so there’s not as much cafe’s around town in Udon Thani as you’ll find Chiang Mai, but it doesn’t mean you won’t find the same quality and price…there’s just a little less of it…so you have to look a little harder.

The big difference I find between Chiang Mai and Udon Thani isn’t necessarily the number of coffee joints around town, but their location. You can go on a tourist walk around Chiang Mai (thinking Nimmanheiman road and Loi Kroh road here) and you’ll find a heap of good coffee shops/cafes on your stroll, but in Udon Thani…your casual stroll won’t offer you much in terms of good coffee…you gotta go a little further.

The best coffee joints in Udon Thani, you aint gonna find in the main tourist area…nope…you’re gonna have to go local. By “Local” I mean the areas that mainly only those who live here tend to hang out at. Makes sense really…the artisans don’t need a main strip with neon lights out the front begging people to come in, they love (and they’re good at) what they do, and so if you’re pushing out a quality coffee (or anything for that matteer ) it doesn’t take long for the word to get out and location is no longer important.

That’s the way it is here in Udon Thani! Most of my favourite coffee shops here you won’t find on your normal “touristy” walk around the city. They’re mostly off the beaten track and unless you know what you’re looking for, you probably won’t find them.

So that’s what I want to share on this blog post. My top 5 coffee shops in Udon Thani that you won’t find on your normal tourist track. So who are they?

NOTE: I’m no coffee or food coneseur, this is only my opinion.

Oh….and by the way, these cafe’s aren’t in order of preference. Dose is my favourite 🙂

Thai Tune Coffee Bar

Thai Tune is definitely up there on my “favourites” list, probably up the top actually. Why?

  • Well priced – 60 baht for a cappuccino
  • Quality! Their coffee is awesome! And maybe matched by other cafe’s around town, but I wouldn’t say “beaten”…here you get the best coffee
  • Ambiance and space – The place itself has a huge area for dining and a really relaxed vibe going on. A Number of seating option including your normal table and chairs, but also your thai style cushion dining so you can lay down, stretch out, and take it easy for a while. There is also a great garden area/courtyard outside if you want to separate yourself from the indoor crowd.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 21:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

Facebook Page

 

Dose Espresso

These guys were one of my first stops in Udon Thani….and yeah….maybe I’m a little biased on these guys because they promote the whole “Australian Coffee” thing a lot. But let’s face it, Australia does make a bangin coffee and coming from a city renowned for their coffee culture (Melbourne), it feels a little warm when walking into this place 🙂 But Biased or not, these guys definitely won’t dissapoint when bringing you a warm (or cold) cup of coffee. In fact, the whole experience here does feel a little like sitting back home in Port Melbourne…just without the beach. So here’s what I love about these guys.

  • Price – well priced coffee at 65 baht for a cappuccino
  • They open early (7:00am)
  • Quality – They actually roast their own coffee and so it’s always fresh and strong. I often buy my coffee beans from these guys as well.

They would be up the top there with Thai Tune cafe, and one advantage they have over Thai Tune is they roast their own coffee and number of different blends for you to buy and take home. I buy my coffee beans from these guys most of the time.

Opening Hours: 7:00 – 17:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

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Option Coffee Bar

OK, so with these guys you gotta expect a little bit of Bangkok in terms of prices, quality, and ambiance. One minute you’re on a busy, messy road of Udon Thani, and the next minute you’re stepping into a little bit of heaven. The place seriously makes you feel like you just stepped off the road in Thong Lo or Ekkamai. And it’s not just about the coffee here, their food menu is pretty incredible…or “different” might be the word. They have a selection of food here that you won’t find anywhere else around town and it’s quality food as well, and well priced!

But back to the coffee! Again, these guys aren’t beaten by anyone around town, their coffee is matched with the best you’ll find in Udon Thani (and Bangkok for that matter). Here’s what I love about these guys.

  • Quality
  • Ambiance and space
  • Staff and funkiness

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

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UD Coffee Bar

Here’s one that you deffinitely won’t find driving around town, in fact the place is so hidden, it’s what makes it one of my favourites. You come here and you’re gonna have peace and quite for your time spent. If you’re looking for a place with a good coffee and to simply relax on your own or with a friend without being interupted, this is a good choice. It’s got a lot of seating options (all mainly surrounded with gardens and courtyards) that make you feel really relaxed. It’s off all the main roads of Udon Thani so it’s unlikely you’re gonna be interupted by another foreigner wanting to talk about “home”…we juist exscaped that eight? However I do see foreigners here sometimes, but they generally live here and what you’d call “local”, so they won’t interupt you.

Opening Hours: 8:00 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

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Marvin Coffee Roaster

I love these guys, mainly because they roast their own coffee, but also because they sit alongside one of my favourite places in Udon Thani ie. Nong Prajak Park. So I can go for my morning walk or run around the lake and then stop at these guys joint for a quality coffee. They’ve also got a great selection of food available including a more recent “healthy menu” which promotes healthy and light meals. So here’s what I like about these guys:

  • Great location being right next to Nong Prajak lake/park
  • Great prices
  • Good WiFi
  • Good food options and cheap prices
  • Roaster as well as a cafe, so you can buy some coffee beans to go home as well.

Opening Hours: 7:30 – 18:00 (Everyday)

Location: Google Map

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OK, so that’s it folks! I could have written more about all of these places, but if you check out my blog, I think you’ll find I’ve written an indivual post about all of these guys…so check it out!

Option Coffee Bar | Udon Thani | Thailand

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I was expecting angels to greet me at the door when looking into this place. It reminded me of one those scenes in a movie that depicts heaven (Grease comes to mind)…it’s very white, bright, pure, clean…a lot of perfection!! It definitely has a different vibe to most other cafe’s around town. From the chairs & tables upstairs, bar/counter, walls, staircase…it’s all so white, except for the coffee machine which is chrome, but then….well…that just reflects the white. You certainly get a bright, pure and clean feel when hanging out in this place.

What actually got me into Option Coffee Bar was a post I saw on Facebook of their food, it looked pretty amazing, especially their beef and noodle dish…that’s the photo that grabbed me. There were also some pics of awesome toasted sandwiches, and these seem to be a bit of a hit as I saw a number of people ordering them….Strangely enough though, I’ve still not yet tried the food here, I come mainly for the coffee…which is up there with the best.

At 90 baht for a coffee, you’ve hit Bangkok prices, and although being in Udon Thani, the place does make you feel like you’re in Bangkok (at least for the time you’re in the pearly gates). The decor, design, quality of coffee, quality of food…it really is above average and much like you’d find in a quality cafe in Thong Lo or Ekkamai. It’s unique and brave!  Dishes coming out of the kitchen that you’re most likely only gonna see here…so I won’t complain about the prices here. They’ve stepped out of the box and come up with their own “thing”. Nice work!

The place is made of two floors, the ground floor which has the main bar/counter area, and around 4 tables seating aprox 8-10 people (10 if you want to squish up close to your friends :-)). Then you have the second floor which has more seating options including a bench with stools that look over the first/groundf floor. The spiral staircase leading up to the second floor is kinda cool, although it is a little tight, so perhaps watch your step as I’ve heard a few people have a little stumble on their way up…quite funny actually 🙂

So back to the quality of coffee, as this is why I come to this cafe (for now anyway). When looking at the selection of coffee on the menu and the prices alongside, I was initially a little shocked…as they really are all around 90 baht which is quite a hike up from most other cafes around here. But don’t let this put you off, at the end of the day it is only 90 baht, and you’d pay this in Bangkok anyway, so it’s definitely worth the try. OK, if you’re not a coffee lover, maybe you’re happy just to find another local cafe selling 35 baht coffees with Tesco quality beans….but if you love a bangin coffee, then definitely give these guys a try. They would definitely be up the top of my list for good coffee’s in Udon Thani, and when you combine this with the quality and uniqueness of the food options here (not to forget the vibe and ambiance of the place as well), it could just be one of the best cafe’s around town…but I can’t comment on the food yet as I haven’t tried it.

One other thing I’ll mention that makes this place great, is that it’s out of the main touristy area, so you get a very local feel about the place…don’t expect to see a heap of foreigners in here!

Anyway, definitely a place worth checking out. Take a look at the photos below too where I have some snaps of the menu and prices as well.

I don’t take credit for the food photos as these are photos of their menu.

What are the prices like?

฿90 for a cappucino. Around ฿130 for a quality toatsed sandwich and around ฿200 for their more specialty dishes. Not bad right?

Where are they located?

156, 19 Udondutsadi Rd, Mak Khaeng Sub-district, Mueang Udon Thani District, Udon Thani 41000

Probably best to check the map I’ve provided below for the location as it’s not an easy place to describe the directions.

Opening Hours

Every day: 8:00am – 6:00pm

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • 6/10
    Location - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Price - 7/10
  • 10/10
    Ambiance - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee - 10/10
8.3/10

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