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. Akha Ama Coffee

    $ | Old City

    Founder Lee Ayu Chuepa studied the art of roasting and brewing coffee in Italy, then brought his know-how back to his home village on the...Read More

  • 2. Bombay Hut


    A charming courtyard garden leads to the cozy dining room of this predominantly Indian restaurant, where you'll be welcomed as if you were at a...Read More

  • 3. Butterhead Kitchen & Bake Shop


    Lampang native, Achareeya Chapin, studied baking and pastry at the Culinary Institute of America, and worked at a highly acclaimed restaurant in Napa Valley before...Read More

  • 4. David’s Kitchen


    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 chef. The three pride themselves...Read More

  • 5. Ginger & Kafe

    $$$ | Old City

    Guests are invited to make themselves comfortable on plump, plush armchairs and sofas and even on large cushions scattered over the polished teak floor at...Read More

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  • 6. Ginger Farm Kitchen

    $$ | City Center

    The cuisine is eclectic Thai, with ingredients sourced from Ginger's own farm on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, at this vibrant Thai bistro decorated with...Read More

  • 7. Graph Table

    $ | Old City

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

  • 8. Rachamankha

    $$ | Old City

    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...Read More

  • 9. Rim Wang


    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...Read More

  • 10. Temple House Lamphun


    This airy shophouse-turned-café, art gallery, and boutique is the kind of warm, homey space that makes you want to linger. The selection of pastries and...Read More

  • 11. The House by Ginger

    $$ | Old City

    Trendy locals have been loving this iconic restaurant that serves creative Thai and pan-Asian fare since it opened in 2004. The walls are adorned with...Read More

  • 12. Aroon Rai


    This simple, open-sided restaurant just outside the city walls has been preparing such traditional northern dishes as frogs' legs fried with ginger for more than...Read More

  • 13. Beast Burger


    If you find yourself craving Western fast food, skip the global franchises and make a beeline for this restaurant, which grew out of a popular...Read More

  • 14. Chez Marco


    This French restaurant, located in Chiang Mai's perfectly safe "red-light district," is consistently full of locals and foreigners enjoying excellent coq au vin and creamy...Read More

  • 15. Dash Teak House

    $$ | Old City

    In a beautiful, traditional, two-story teak house with a balcony overlooking a garden, Dash is one of the Old Town's best midrange restaurants. Guests receive...Read More

  • 16. Greensmoked


    The focus at this stylish modern restaurant in an old ice factory is the wood-fired oven in the open kitchen, visible throughout the dining room....Read More

  • 17. Hinlay Curry House

    $$ | Wat Ket

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

  • 18. Huen Jai Yong


    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...Read More

  • 19. Huen Muan Jai


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

  • 20. Khao Soi Khun Yai


    The colorful plastic stools and small wooden tables at this open-air khao soi spot are packed with a mix of locals and tourists slurping egg...Read More

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