Must-see restaurants in Chiang Mai

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    Laap Kao Cham Chaa

    Popularised by the late, great Anthony Bourdain, this low-key street stall beneath a rain tree (after which it is named) is now a staple for authentic…

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    A riverside, three-in-one stop for delicious meals, contemporary art and perhaps a bit of shopping. The stylish, modern cafe specialises in Thai food,…

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    Huean Jai Yong

    Northern Thai food enthusiasts shouldn't miss this out-of-town gem, where authentic, hard-to-find dishes beloved by the people of Myanmar's Shan State …

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    Ginger & Kafe @ The House

    Dining at the restaurant in The House boutique feels like eating in a posh Thai mansion, with antique furniture, comfy sofas and fine china. The Thai food…

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    Lert Ros

    As you enter this local hole in the wall, you'll pass the main course: delicious whole tilapia fish, grilled on coals and served with a fiery Isan-style…

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    Khao Soi Lam Duan Fah Ham

    North of the Th Ratanakosin bridge on the east bank, Th Faham is known as Chiang Mai’s kôw soy (wheat-and-egg noodles in curry broth) ghetto. Khao Soi Lam…

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    SP Chicken

    Chiang Mai's best chicken emerges daily from the grills at this tiny cafe near Wat Phra Singh. The menu runs to salads and soups, but most people just…

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    Talat Pratu Chiang Mai

    In the early morning, this market is Chiang Mai’s larder, selling foodstuffs and ready-made dishes. If you want to make merit to the monks, come early and…

  • Riverside Bar & Restaurant

    Almost everyone ends up at Riverside at some point in their Chiang Mai stay. Set in an old teak house, it feels like a countryside reimagining of a Hard…

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    Service 1921

    The pan-Asian restaurant at the Anantara Resort & Spa is straight out of a spy movie, with waitstaff in 1920s garb, menus delivered in 'top secret'…

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    Tong Tem Toh

    Set in an unpretentious garden of a teak house, this highly popular restaurant serves deliciously authentic northern Thai cuisine. The menu roams beyond…

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    Fahtara Coffee

    Tucked into the dreamy Fah Lanna spa complex in the old city, this ambient Thai cafe can do no wrong. The excellent coffee is grown by hill-tribe…

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    Oxygen Dining Room

    Adventurous palates will be pleased with the imaginative tasting menus dreamed up by chefs here, who bring their French training to Southeast Asian dishes…

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    Blue Diamond

    Tucked into a leafy compound with a waterfall and koi pond, Blue Diamond offers an adventurous menu of delicious breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, curries,…

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    Larder Cafe & Bar

    In hip Nimman, there are a lot of bright, healthy little cafes serving muesli bowls and salads and good coffee. The Larder is one of the best, though, and…

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    When you simply can't stomach any more Thai street food, saunter into this elegant oasis and feast on melt-in-your-mouth beef carpaccio, hearty ox tongue…

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    Kinlum Kindee

    Meaning 'eat delicious, eat well', Kinlum Kindee aims to elevate northern Thai cuisine by using high-quality, sustainable ingredients from local producers…

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    Yes, the modern black decor and gigantic, golden candelabra-style chandeliers are interesting, pastas and mains innovative and cocktails addictive – but…

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    Huen Phen

    Huen Phen restaurant serves a comprehensive, and usually quite delicious, selection of northern Thai food in an antique bric-a-brac and plant-filled house…

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    Khu Khao

    Named after the baskets that local farmers used to winnow rice (and festooned in them), Khu Khao serves a regional cuisine with influences spanning the…