Chiang Mai Restaurants

All the city's top hotels serve reasonably good food, but for the best Thai cuisine go to the restaurants in town. The greatest variety—from traditional Thai to Italian—are to be found within the Old City, and Nimmanhemin Road, about 2 km (1 mile) northwest of downtown, is a star-studded restaurant row. The best fish restaurants, many of them Chinese-run, are found at the Anusan Market, near the Night Bazaar. Chiang Mai also has northern Thailand's best European-cuisine restaurants.

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  • 1. Dash Teak House

    $ | Old City | Thai

    In a beautiful, traditional, two-story teak house with a balcony overlooking a garden, Dash is arguably the Old Town's best restaurant and the...Read More

  • 2. David’s Kitchen at 909

    $$$$ | European

    Dress up for this award-winning restaurant owned by a warm and welcoming British-Thai husband-wife front-of-house team and an excellent Thai...Read More

  • 3. Huen Phen

    $ | Old City | Thai

    The small rooms in this restaurant, once a private home, brim with bric-a-brac typical of the region. Select a table in any of the dining rooms...Read More

  • 4. Rachamankha

    $$$$ | Old City | Thai

    A meal at the Rachamankha hotel's elegant restaurant is a must whether you're a guest or not. The menu focuses on Lanna, Burmese, and Shan cuisine...Read More

  • 5. Add Up Coffee Bar

    $ | Thai

    An attractive riverside haunt next to the visitor information center, Add Up is more than just a coffee shop. The usual Thai dishes are served...Read More

  • 6. Aroon Rai

    $ | Thai

    This simple, open-sided restaurant has prepared such traditional northern dishes as frogs' legs fried with ginger for more than 30 years. Try...Read More

  • 7. Beast Burger

    $ | Burger

    If you find yourself craving western fast food, skip the global franchises and make a beeline for this brilliant gourmet food truck. Run by...Read More

  • 8. Ginger & Kafe

    $$ | Old City | Eclectic

    The former House restaurant transferred its kitchen and dining room to the adjacent Ginger & Kafe, which is part of the same property,...Read More

  • 9. Graph Table

    $ | Old City | Italian

    The young Thai couple behind the superb Graph Café have followed it up with this stylish yet casual trattoria nearby. The chef, who learned...Read More

  • 10. Hinlay Curry House

    $ | Wat Ket | Asian

    Tucked away in a corner of a former businessman's mansion, this small, open-sided Asian restaurant specializes in inexpensive curry dishes from...Read More

  • 11. Huen Jai Yong

    $ | Thai

    Ask a Thai chef where to find Chiang Mai's finest and most authentic Lanna food, and you'll likely be directed to this rustic restaurant a 30...Read More

  • 12. Huen Muan Jai

    $ | Thai

    On a backstreet in an increasingly cool local neighborhood dotted with cafés and small eateries, this restaurant in a traditional teak house...Read More

  • 13. Lamphun Ice Restaurant

    $ | Asian

    The odd name of this restaurant seems to derive from its origins as an ice-cream parlor. The interior has cozy booths that give the place the...Read More

  • 14. Mae Sa Valley Garden Resort

    If you're visiting the Elephant Training Center, stop for lunch at this place whose thatched cottages sit amid beautifully tended gardens. The...Read More

  • 15. Mix Restaurant and Bar

    $$ | Thai

    Thai foodies extol this glamorous restaurant for its unique form of Thai-global fusion cuisine and the awesome molecular cocktails. The selection...Read More

  • 16. Overstand

    $ | Old City | Café

    Owned by an Australian barista and his Chiang Mai–born wife, this cool little café in the Thapae Gate area serves excellent coffee sourced from...Read More

  • 17. Rim Wang

    $ | Thai

    This simple Thai restaurant sits on the banks of the Wang River, 2 km (1 mile) down the main 1034 highway in the village of Ko Kha. Fresh fish...Read More

  • 18. River Garden

    $$$ | Eclectic

    This handsome Lanna-style restaurant complex sits next to Chiang Mai's historic "Iron Bridge," and its spacious outside terrace commands views...Read More

  • 19. Riverside Bar & Restaurant

    $$ | International

    The ever-popular Riverside has an informal waterfront location and a modern and elegant dining room across the road. The boisterous atmosphere...Read More

  • 20. Rustic and Blue

    $ | International

    Part tearoom, part casual eatery, this rustic place whose furnishings include tables made of recycled wood focuses on food crafted from fresh...Read More

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