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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Tha Nam

    $ | Thai

    The crumbling old building that once housed this picturesque restaurant was demolished and a brand-new Tha Nam opened for business a few hundred...Read More

  • 15. The Gallery

    $ | Eclectic

    Awards have been heaped on this attractive riverside restaurant for its architecture—a combination of Chinese and Lanna styles—and its cuisine...Read More

  • 16. The Riverside

    $ | Eclectic

    A random assortment of wooden rooms and terraces gives this place an easygoing charm—perched above the sluggish Wang River, it's a great place...Read More

  • 17. Ton Fai

    $ | Thai

    This restaurant, named for the colorful flame tree, occupies an ancient house and its shady backyard. Inside, you can climb the stairs to a...Read More

  • 18. Tong Tem Toh

    $ | Thai

    Follow your nose to the street-side barbecue of this cool Lanna restaurant on a busy alley off Nimmanhemin Road. The casual place is popular...Read More

  • 19. Writers Club & Wine Bar

    $ | Old City | Eclectic

    You don't have to be a journalist to dine at Chiang Mai's unofficial press club—the regulars include not only media types but also anyone from...Read More

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