Phrae Restaurants

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Phrae arrival time was around 4.15? PM from memory.
Time for happy hour somewhere. We imbibed a few ice coldies in the Paradorn Coffee shop, the moved on to chug around town & check out the attractions for late on that night.

As luck would have it we spotted a few bikes parked outside little bars.
The Bike Base turned out the place to hang out at

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the guys here are really cool & welcome all bikers to Phrae.
At the end of a not inconsiderable happy hour with numerous beers consumed, they refused to accept any payment because it was their "welcome to Phrae city."
Then in response to our enquiry for good food / music / drinks in Phrae they offered to show us where.
Down the main road & side roads later we arrived at a delightful little cafe - pub. The Boran Baan Terng.

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the ambiance was very mellow & inviting

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the food was excellent, cheap & with huge servings

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There was a mix-up with the order & one dish never came, but we were pleased that it did not, because we could not eat anymore.
The music was friendly & western orientated (although no Hotel California).

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Time to pay the bill & we thought there was a mistake - it was far too cheap!
We double checked & everything was on the bill - unbelievable value for money.
Then there was another debate about who was paying - us or them. Our new found Phrae hosts wanted to pay yet again - it was their establishment too. But this time round we stuck to our guns & forced some money on the waitress & told her to keep the change.
Yep the Bike Base guys in Phrae certainly know how to look after you. Their generosity was overwhelming.
 
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We sauntered off from the Bike Base guys cafe & managed to locate the Tawandang of Phrae: Inca.
We only found the place after getting lost once & then asking an inebriated guy coming out of another pub & restaurant on the highway. He said follow me & off he roared, doing a quick U-turn* racing off down a couple of side roads. Once there he yelled out Inca, Sawade Krap & off he went.

The Inca

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we arrived late at the Inca & the place was packed & rocking.
Service was considerably slow, but we did not care, there was so much going on & to observe.
We arrived late & left late, but the Inca was still ticking over when we left.
 

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Coffee 'n Bike Bakery

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Mueang Hit Road
GPS Waypoint: N18 08 11.3 E100 08 36.5
diagonally opposite the Nakon Phrae Tower hotel

Aircon, quiet, clean & very comfy

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PLUS
excellent wifi connection & this is most important in Phrae city where the "3G" connection sucks big time.
Highly recommended.
 

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Down the main road & side roads later we arrived at a delightful little cafe - pub. The Boran Baan Terng.

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the ambiance was very mellow & inviting

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the food was excellent, cheap & with huge servings

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There was a mix-up with the order & one dish never came, but we were pleased that it did not, because we could not eat anymore.
The music was friendly & western orientated (although no Hotel California).

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Time to pay the bill & we thought there was a mistake - it was far too cheap!
We double checked & everything was on the bill - unbelievable value for money.
Then there was another debate about who was paying - us or them. Our new found Phrae hosts wanted to pay yet again - it was their establishment too. But this time round we stuck to our guns & forced some money on the waitress & told her to keep the change.
Yep the Bike Base guys in Phrae certainly know how to look after you. Their generosity was overwhelming.
Another plug for the Boran Baan Terng Pub.

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just had another ripper night in Phrae at this super nice laid back friendly pub.
A night in Phrae is good guys.
 

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Lom Mai Yai garden restaurant

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newly opened 5 months ago.

out on the new bypass road from R101 -to R1023.

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located in an ex big tree nursery, hence the name.

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Some of the best food (& service) I've had in a long time = I want to go back to Phrae just to eat at this restaurant

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Check it out guys & over night in Phrae.
GPS Waypoint: N18 07 37.4 E100 08 23.4
 

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Another plug for the Boran Baan Terng Pub.

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just had another ripper night in Phrae at this super nice laid back friendly pub.
A night in Phrae is good guys.

Sad to say that Boran Baan Terng Pub. has closed
However
the hot new "Cool spot" to go is the Beach Pub
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Live music - not too loud, so that you can still have a conversation.
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Good relaxed easy going atmosphere
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Attentive service
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Decent food & inexpensive prices
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Not far & in the area of the old Boran Baan Terng Pub.
GPS Waypoint: N18 07.776 E100 08.861

Of note too is that the guys at the Bike Base are doing well & have gone upmarket a little - business is going well
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Start your happy hour in Phrae with these guys.
All good polite, cool people.
 

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The best? breakfast in Phrae
at the cool folksy Ginger Bread House Cafe & Gallery & Boutique hotel
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good coffee
nice tasty brekkies
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Gingerbread House Gallery | Facebook
Recommended as the brekky place to go in Phrae + get a nice cuppa in the aircon.
Run by a wonderful family.
Plus they have 3 rooms for a nice classic home stay smack bang in the middle of beautiful Phrae.
 

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The Khrua Hom
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outside the entrance to the Nam Thong hotel soi
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A low key local restaurant, but clean, tasty food & cheap.
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+ an irresistible local dish
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GPS: N18 07.696 E100 08.953
 

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The Slope Coffee
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a classic old building on a slope = the building looks like it is going to fall down.
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it never ceases to impress me how innovative Thais can be & turn an old ramshackle joint into a nice place with a cosy ambiance.
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The Slope Coffee has nice outdoor seating / garden to relax in
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The coffee & service is good & cheerful, plus The Slope Coffee is straight across the street from Wat Pong Sanun

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GPS Location: N18.14356 E100.13697
Well worth a visit & a cuppa in Phrae - make sure you check em out.
 

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A couple of nice cosy aircon establishments - brilliant for escaping the heat of Phrae,

The T-Bone Steak House
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a small cosy aircon cafe with cheap steaks.
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Craft Beers only @ 185 baht a pop + bottled wine @ 900 baht a bottle; but cheap steaks for around 150 baht.
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All good value for money
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And within walking distance of the Nam Thong Hotel.
Google Maps Location

Wee Wee Cafe
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another cute cozy aircon cafe

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Good food. inexpensive. Interesting menu.
Recommended.
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[format=h2]Kim's Cafe[/format]

Located at the rear of the Mark Four Plaza shopping mall, see Google map:

Kim's has an extensive menu that encompasses Thai, Japanese and European food options. The place was very busy and is popular with locals. Prices are reasonable, and the Aussie steak I had on the second visit was superb. Staff are friendly and efficient...

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[format=h2]My Vietnam Restaurant[/format]

If you enjoy authentic Vietnamese food in a nice clean setting, then this is the place for you!
- see Google Map
Open from 11am until 9pm, food is delicious...

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The API Coffee & Bakery
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A smart, cosy modern aircon coffee shop.
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Loads of sweets to fatten up any biker / refugee
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Clean with a variety of seating
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Indoors & outdoors.
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Location R1024, heading out to the temples Wat Phrathat Cho Hae, Wat Phrathat Doi Leng & Wat Phrathat Chom Chaeng.
 

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The best? breakfast in Phrae
at the cool folksy Ginger Bread House Cafe & Gallery & Boutique hotel
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good coffee
nice tasty brekkies
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Gingerbread House Gallery | Facebook
Recommended as the brekky place to go in Phrae + get a nice cuppa in the aircon.
Run by a wonderful family.
Plus they have 3 rooms for a nice classic home stay smack bang in the middle of beautiful Phrae.

Confirmation the Gingerbread is still going & a cool little spot for brekky.
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Burn & Private Zone Bar
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Arguably the top night spot in Phrae, competing with Beach Bar.
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Burn is a large open-air pub & restaurant with live music.
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I've been past before & it has been too packed for my liking, but I visited on a quiet Sunday night for some pics @ 9PM (too early).

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There is an excellent aircon bar inside Burn: the Private Zone
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You can watch the football here, or maybe even MotoGP?
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They have a pool table & live music.
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The aircon & service was excellent as was the music & sound system = I shall return.
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Highly recommended.
 
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Scent Coffee Shop.
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A smart "specialty" coffee shop.

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I stumbled across this little cafe looking for an aircon break & a nice cuppa. I was not disappointed!
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Their signature options looked interesting.
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What caught my eye was the Earl Latte
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And I was a total winner: a delightful mix of flavours in there!

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Scent Coffee has a good range of imported coffees - they know their stuff.
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Highly recommended for coffee fans.

 

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The Pizza Company
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A new renovated house in gingerbread style.
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Owned by a Phrae businessman wanting to promote Phrae city & its old gingerbread style colonial houses.
They've done a fantastic job & will make money with the building as a tourist attraction.
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It really is a beautiful building.
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The service is excellent with nice friendly staff, but sadly the food doesn't deserve a rating.

Caesar salad
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Chicken salad
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A super deluxe pizza. Disappointing in the extreme, "tasteless cardboard" I thought.
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