I’ve discovered little bites of heaven and they reside in Pai. I fell in love with the sleepy town in northern Thailand not only for its laid back pace of life and beautiful scenery, but also for its delicious food. Cute little cafes and quaint bakeries led me down small alleys to get my daily fix of mouth watering sweets and healthy plates. The small size of the town makes it easy to sample everything by foot or bicycle. I soon became an addict of a few savory and sweet spots in town, I’ll share them with you here.
This cute bakery decorated with bunny accents and vintage charm, fast became my favorite spot to have breakfast or have my sweet tooth satisfied. They serve the usual coffee, tea and sweets you’d find in a bakery, but also toast with eggs and avocado breakfast plates. There is also a nice selection of smoothies available. My favorite item that had me returning every day were the scones with cream and jam. My mouth is watering writing this post and remembering the savory bites sprinkled with sweet chocolate chips. The jam and cream made this combination the perfect balance of not too sweet, but just right flavor.
This charming cafe quickly became my go-to place to eat from breakfast in the morning to snacks in the evening. Full of avocado and other veggies, my breakfast plate had the green I was craving. As I placed my fork to start eating, another customer walked by and exclaimed, “I want what she’s having!” With its location right in town, Lemon Thyme Cafe is a great spot to people watch, sit outside and relax. In addition to breakfast, they serve a variety of items throughout the day and evening such as soups, sandwiches, smoothies and wonderful desserts. Aside from the great dishes and sweets you can find here, what makes the place shine are the two guys that operate it. They have the biggest smiles and great service that makes you feel at home.
Just past town and over the bridge, lies a little garden retreat of a restaurant called Fat Cat. Had I discovered this cafe earlier, I would have spent more time here. They have many health conscious options on their menu including organic, vegan and gluten free delights. I had the french toast, which after failed attempts all over Europe, Thailand got it right. I could have ordered two portions of the buttery, cinnamon sweetness that melted in my mouth.
While I didn’t have my camera to photograph my dinners, I must mention two more places for evening meals.
Edible Jazz – Back by the river and down an alley next to the shrine in town there is Edible Jazz. This restaurant has a very chill atmosphere with hammocks, decks with pillows to sit on and regular tables to enjoy your meal at. I had the veggie burger and loved it. Not only do they have great food, but this little gem has live music every night from 8-9pm.
Na’s Kitchen – Last but certainly not least, is Na’s Kitchen. She serves the best Thai food in town with a happy smile. I ate here multiple times and loved it. The steamed fish had incredible flavor to it and the curry dishes were fantastic. Make sure to grab a paper and pen at the counter to write your order down.