It’s been almost a month now in Chiang Mai for Ethan and I. After spending two weeks in the city, we went away in the mountains in a resort, next the elephants (read the article here about the Elefin Farm & Cafe). During our two weeks exploring Chiang Mai, I took note of my favorite places to eat, get a massage, as well as temples to see.
Of course, this is my personal picks, and I don’t claim to have seen it all (and there is so much to see!), but those are places we enjoyed and I would recommend them. If you want my list of suggested hotels, read the article here. Note that most of them can be a bit pricey – what can I say, I do like fancy hotels! However, depending on the season, prices may vary quite a bit, so it might still be worth checking them out – you might be surprised (one of them had room for about $60 a night during winter).
So in this article, I am sharing with you my favorite places for where to eat in Chiang Mai.
Here are some of my favorite places where to eat in Chiang Mai, in and out the wall of the old city. I think it’s very easy to find good food, but I liked those place for a combination of cuisine, service, location, etc.
Q2M2+HFJ, Loi Kroh Rd, Tambon Chang Moi
Here you will find traditional Thai food at small prices. It’s always busy, yet the service is pretty fast. The chicken satay was our favorite. They can make most dish not spicy if you ask them (or, like I learned to say: Mai Pei!).
Nothing fancy here, but good food and honest prices and we went several times and always liked it. It’s located right next to the Anusarn market.
The House by Ginger
199 Moonmuang Rd., T.Sriphum, A.Muang
Located in the old city, this Michelin starred restaurant is a little gem. Cuisine style, as they say on their website, is Thai Rustic Colonial Cuisine. The decor inside in quite charming (but more in a British than a Thai way). We sat on the outdoor terrasse.
The food presentation is great, and everything was delicious. Service was slow, go if you are not too much in a hurry. Better to make reservation, but we got in without one. Prices were higher then Thai standard, but not that much higher that in a fancy hotel’s restaurant.
Try the mix appetizer platter (395 bht). It’s not every where we get to eat in a Michelin starred resto for as little a price as that! the bill can go up easily, but if you are reasonable, it will be quite affordable.
Here is another Michelin starred restaurant (there is quite a few in Chiang Mai) that I would have really like to try. We tried to go twice; first time it was closed, second time it was full until closing time. Make sure to have a reservation, or else you’ll probably won’t be able to get in.
Closed on Mondays.
Try the Miang Kham – the traditional appetizer, here served in a lotus flower (139 bath). I can’t get enough of this delicious little hors d’oeuvre.
Bodhi Terrasse at Anantara Resort
123, 123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan,
This was the fanciest dinner we had here, and also by far the most pricey (but most of the time, it’s the wine that boost the bill). But it was worth it; they have a Thai wine on the wine list (Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon) that I really wanted to try and I enjoyed it a lot so no regret.
The terrasse is by the Ping River, so you’ll see big birds (cranes) fishing in the river, boats gliding by, fish jumping around. It is quite quaint and pretty romantic!
The food is excellent, probably my favorite cuisine in all the resto I tried in Chiang Mai (I liked the cuisine here even better then the Michelin starred resto I tried). Service is a-ma-zing, I would even say exceptional (shot out to P and to Fai, among others). A beautiful night to remember.
115, 115/1-5 Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum
This cafe is located in the beautiful hotel Burirattana (I told you about this hotel here in this article).
I love the (super trendy) interior design and I could spend the whole day here, inside or on the beautiful terrasse, looking at people passing by on the busy street. Coffee is great, and I loved their iced coconut green tea as well!
As for food, you can find very comforting English breakfast here, fancy grilled cheeses, beautiful and healthy bowls & copious salads, as well as great Thai food. I had the Pad Thai twice with the grilled shrimps and it was the best I had during my stay. Friendly staff and very chill ambiance.
So that’s it for now. I need to come back to Chiang Mai and try more places, because I feel like this city has a lot to offer!
I hope those places will make you happy if you try them. Let me know in the comments if you had the chance to try any of these, and don’t hesitate to share your own personal favorite as well.