If you’re looking for a great smoothie bowl in Chiang Mai, Thailand I have the spot for you. I stumbled upon this small cafe that is off the outer edge of the Old City. There is nothing special about its appearance and if you weren’t looking for it you would more than likely walk straight past. I decided to look at the menu and my cravings for a hearty egg breakfast quickly changed when I saw their smoothie bowl offerings. I think I may have found the best Smoothie Bowl in Chiang Mai!
WHAT IS A SMOOTHIE BOWL?
Chances are if you are reading this post you know what a smoothie bowl is, but just in case, I wanted to give you my description! A smoothie bowl is what I like to call a deconstructed smoothie. Essentially, it is all the ingredients you would blend together in a smoothie, but instead, they are all placed neatly and aesthetically into a bowl like the one pictured above.
A smoothie bowl usually has some sort of smoothie base in the bottom of the bowl and the toppings are laid neatly on top of the base. You may find toppings like nuts, coconut, cacao nibs, pieces of fruit and many other delicious ingredients! Smoothie bowls are rich in nutrients and are really flavorful because of their high concentration of fruit and natural sugars.
FREE BIRD CAFE
Free Bird Cafe opened its doors in 2009 as a place to help bring in financial support for their learning centre for Burmese refugees and other ethnic peoples of Thailand known as the Thai Freedom House.
They are a mostly Vegan restaurant menu with the exception of a few egg dishes but they do not serve any cows milk or yoghurt. All you veganites out there will be delighted! Free Bird Cafe is very community minded and ethically responsible cafe by sourcing only local, top quality ingredients (most of their products are also organic). They are a social enterprise because they choose their staff from at-risk populations and then train them in hospitality by providing them with mentorship opportunities. All of the profits from their restaurant go to help support the Thai Freedom House and they use their cafe to educate people about the projects that they are involved in. They also have a nice little shop in the back that sells items that in turn go to educational opportunities for ethnic minority peoples in Thailand.
All of the profits from their restaurant go to help support the Thai Freedom House and they use their cafe to educate people about the projects that they are involved in. They also have a nice little shop in the back that sells items that in turn go to educational opportunities for ethnic minority peoples in Thailand. This place sounds amazing, right?
The Best Smoothie Bowl in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Not only is it a great cafe with a community focus but it may just have the best smoothie bowl in Chiang Mai! Well, in my opinion anyway. There aren’t that many restaurants in Chiang Mai offering smoothie bowls. You will certainly be able to find your normal offerings of healthy and delicious smoothies and most restaurants offering bowls of fruit, yoghurt and muesli, but there are few places that do a smoothie bowl as good as this restaurant in Chiang Mai.
Free Bird Cafe offers two kinds of smoothie bowls. Firstly, they have the Cacao Smoothie Bowl aka “Arinuma Bowl”.
This bowl is named after Arinuma Sinha who was pushed from a moving train, lost her leg and then went on to climb Sagarmatha Mountain (Mt. Everest). She is an inspiration to push forward and that is just what this bowl will do for you!
Secondly, they have the Spirulina Smoothie Bowl. This is also known as the “Green Goddess Infusion”.
This was named by someone who said it was literally fit for a goddess! I couldn’t agree more. My preference, however, was to go for the Cacao Smoothie Bowl because of my love of chocolate (pictured below):
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
This smoothie bowl in Chiang Mai really is delicious and it’s one of the best I have tasted in a while. I am all about healthy eating, as you know if you read my blog, and travelling healthy while staying fit and in shape is my passion. Smoothie bowls are healthy and the ingredients are clean and mostly fruit. Of course, fruit has lots of carbohydrates and we do need to be careful about eating too much of it. That being said, one smoothie bowl, once in a while, is a great way to start the day, recover from a workout or just enjoy because you want to!
Address: Manee Nopparat Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday – Monday: CLOSED
Phone: 081 028 5383
Free Bird Cafe had a great atmosphere – it is small, quiet and had just a few people eating and working laptops when I went in the late morning. This makes me think it might be a good spot for digital nomads in Chiang Mai, who are working on their computers or the general traveller who needs internet and a place to get online for a couple of hours. Whatever it is that you need, I highly recommend checking out Free Bird Cafe for the best smoothie bowl in Chiang Mai!
OTHER GREAT POSTS ABOUT CHIANG MAI SMOOTHIE BOWLS:
1. Eating Nourished Foods in Chiang Mai by Nourished-Life
2. Wholesome Travel Guide to Chiang Mai by Wholesome Stef
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