Top ChoiceThai in Chiang Mai

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 northern Thai food. Plop down in a plastic chair, grab a...

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Woo

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, salads and freshly baked goods, but the menu is enormous and...

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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 (and their Lanna ancestors) are served in traditional ways –...

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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 is delicious and lavishly presented, with wonderful...

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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 dipping sauce. Eaten with sticky rice, this is one of the...

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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 Duan Fah Ham is the pick of the bunch, serving delicious...

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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 pick a half (90B) or whole (170B) chicken, and dip the moist...

Top ChoiceMarket in Chiang Mai

Talat Pratu Chiang Mai

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 find the woman who sells pre-assembled food donations...

Southeast Asian in Chiang Mai

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' envelopes and interior decor resembling the offices of MI6....

Thai in Chiang Mai

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 the usual to specialities such as nám prík ong (chilli...

International in Chiang Mai

Riverside Bar & Restaurant

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 Rock Cafe, and bands play nightly until late. Stake out a...

Thai in Chiang Mai

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 communities, and the fruit shakes, hearty breakfasts, healthy...

International in Chiang Mai

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. Think lâhp croquettes and khao soi gai with sheets of...

Vegetarian in Chiang Mai

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, stir-fries and curious fusion dishes such as đôm yam...

Cafe in Chiang Mai

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 in addition to all the usual suspects, it also serves...

French in Chiang Mai

L’Elephant

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 stew and tender (and crunchy!) duck confit. Service is...

Thai in Chiang Mai

Kinlum Kindee

Meaning 'eat delicious, eat well', Kinlum Kindee aims to elevate northern Thai cuisine by using high-quality, sustainable ingredients from local producers. The brand has a food line sold in markets and online,...

Italian in Chiang Mai

Italics

Yes, the modern black decor and gigantic, golden candelabra-style chandeliers are interesting, pastas and mains innovative and cocktails addictive – but it's the perfect pizzas that make Italics a top choice in...

Thai in Chiang Mai

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 that feels more like a garden. It's phenomenally popular,...

Yunnan in Chiang Mai

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 entire Lanna kingdom. Fresh ingredients are largely sourced...