As someone who had never had a pet before last year, I always thought pet-friendly indoor spaces were sort of strange. Frankly, I still do, but on a lazy Sunday when we wanted to go out for a long lunch I was intrigued about a dog-friendly cafe in Chiang Mai I had read about – I could go out to eat and not feel guilty about leaving the dog in the house! Plus the place was super cute…
Ketawa Dog Friendly Kafe allows dogs to come in and eat with their owners (there are even special doggie snacks) in the spacious, loft-like cafe that’s light and airy.
Connected to the Ketawa Stylish Hotel, which is also pet-friendly, in Chiang Mai’s Wat Ket neighborhood on the east side of the river, the cafe felt like it should be in downtown Bangkok or Los Angeles (and had prices to match).
Our pup was welcomed by the staff with her own dish of water and made fast friends with a table of guys almost immediately. (I always find it funny how men in particular seemed to love this little white, fluffy, princess-y dog…I regularly get stopped when walking her by rowdy backpackers, tuk tuk drivers and even monks, commenting on how cute she is and picking her up and cuddle her!)
I ordered a cappuccino and cake while my boyfriend ordered green curry. While the lemon tart and green curry were good (you can find better coffee elsewhere in Chiang Mai), the portions were small for the price, which was around $6 USD for the curry. The atmosphere felt nice and fresh though and it was fun to discover something new in Chiang Mai while being able to bring the dog along (who looooves to go just about anywhere). We also tried some of the dog treats with Manee seemed to be a little cautious of but enjoyed them more back at home.
Going again, I’d like to go with other friends who also have pets for a group outing or take Manee with me one day when I want to work out of the house for a while. Since it’s connected to the hotel, the cafe opens up earlier than many other cafes and coffeeshops in town at 7:00 a.m., so it could be a great place to get started working early instead waiting for other places to open.
Getting to the cafe is a little difficult if you don’t know the area well since it’s on a small back street. I hadn’t actually looked at a map before trying to find at as I knew where the main road was but after driving around a little and not seeing the street sign for Bumrungrat Soi 2 we stopped to ask someone where the soi (small street) was and then were essentially told that the soi didn’t exist, which was obviously completely untrue.
However, if you look at the map linked to below and try to access the soi from Charoenrat Road (which runs right along the east bank of the river) you should find it just fine.
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