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The locals take their coffee very seriously, and the best place to grab a latte or flat white in town is at Ristr8to. The Thai owner spent time in Sydney studying English and working in coffee shops before setting up shop in Chiang Mai. The baristas are famous for their latte art and even took sixth place in the 2011 World Latte Art Championships. (We looked it up and, yep, that’s a real competition.) Ristr8to’s success has allowed them to pop up around town like mushrooms after a rainstorm and there are currently three branches in town with more to come. The main shop is listed above, but there is a Ristr8to Lab at 14 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road and a Doppio Ristr8to on Thapae Road.