I favourited all my go-to food places, so I’ll remember to hit them up when I’m back in town!
In no particular order, here is my list of top 15 places to eat in Chiang Mai!
- North Gate
- Tha Pae Gate
- South Gate
- Old City
What do I get? Chicken & Rice
Price? 35 baht = $1.5 CAD
Location? Santitham, across from Nana Bakery
Why do I go? You get a delicious chicken & rice with soup. I always ask for another bowl of soup – it’s that good! There’s normal chicken and crispy chicken.
Portion size not big enough for you?
Get another one – it’s so cheap!
This one is literally one of the places to eat in Chiang Mai that I go to almost every other day.
Oct 2019 Update:
Okay, it might be just me but I feel like their portion size has gotten smaller…
Also, I finally had the menu deciphered…kind of – I can be way off – but I discovered that you can get crispy chicken or half/half in various sizes.
Now I go for #6 on the menu. I know it says 60 baht but he only charged me 40!
Item 1 = Small common gai (boiled chicken) = 35 baht
Item 2 = Medium boiled chicken = 40 baht
Item 3 = Medium fried chicken = 40 baht
Item 4 = Jumbo boiled chicken = 50 baht
Itsm 5 = Jumbo fried chicken = 50 baht
Item 6 = Small split chicken = 60 baht
Item 7 = Medium split chicken = 80 baht
Item 8 = Large chopped chicken = 100 baht
Item 9 = Rice = 10 baht
Oct 2019 Update: Everytime I pass by, it’s not opened 🙁
What do I get? I just pick and choose what I want like a buffet with no refills. I always ask for no spicy.
Price? 35 baht for 1 dish and rice/noodle & 40 baht for 2 dishes. A bowl of dessert is only 10 baht.
Free soup if she made it that day.
Why do I go? It’s SO close to my place (30-second walk) and it’s homecooked-style.
P’Phet goes to the morning market at 4:30 am every morning to buy the ingredients, then cooks it for her customers.
She’s my Thai mom, because we all need one of those.
Her English is pretty good too.
With my Korean neighbour, Sook Sook, we pay P’Phet a visit every other day. Sometimes twice a day. Another one of our favourite places to eat at in Chiang Mai.
What do I get? smoothie bowl by Kiki! So, this is not a restaurant, she delivers to your place in Nimman or Santitham with no extra charge. I asked her to pick the fruit combinations for me twice and both times were good!
Price? 89 baht, delivered to your door
Location? Santitham / Nimman
Why do I go? It’s awesome breakfast – I think the earliest she delivers is at 10am. Always remember to put in an order the day before – it’s probably harder for her to do same day delivers.
I don’t think it’s a full-time gig for her just yet, so some times she’s unavailable. meaning I’d message her the night before, she doesn’t get back to me until the morning and can’t deliver because she’s out of town. Only happened 2x, so it’s alright.
The only thing I’d complain about is that the smoothie is delivered is plastic containers.
What do I get? I usually get one of their smoothies, a healthy breakfast or tomato spaghetti for lunch – all yummy! They also make their own organic chocolate bar!
Price? $ – depends on what you get
Why do I go? I actually go there to eat and stay to co-work!
What do I get? Freshly baked butter croissant
Price? 13 baht for a mini one
Location? Santitham (Across from Por Jed Chicken Rice No. 7), but they have 2 other locations
Why do I go? I’d ONLY go in the morning for their just-out-of-the-oven baked goods. In the afternoon, it’s not hot anymore and can be a bit stale.
Baked goods are my kryptonite! I should not but I can’t help it.
I’ve only been here a handful of times because I was resisting HARD.
A farang-favourite spot to eat in Chiang Mai, for sure.
What do I get? All the fruit – watermelon, papaya, pineapple, banana, mango, avocado…soup, omelete, whatever they have!
Why do I go? I usually come here to buy fruit for my breakfast smoothies.
Just before the market, there are two smaller, individual fruit stands that sell SOME of the fruit for much cheaper.
I go to the first one for fresh coconut (20 baht!) and bananas (as little as 5 baht for a big bunch!)
What do I get? Their awesome smoothies and comfort food – like a pad thai or curry rice
Price? starting at 60 baht for a main dish , 60-80 baht for a smoothie
Location? Santitham, close to the highway
Why do I go? My friend introduced me to it – it’s really really good! You see a lot of foreigners go there.
What do I get? Smoothie bowl, smoothie & kombucha
Price? 89 baht for smoothie bowl, 59 for smoothie and 50 for kombuchua – very affordable!
Location? Santitham, close to Ombra
Why do I go? My friend introduced me to it, since I’m such a huge smoothie bowl person. A normal smoothie bowl in Nimman would cost 180-250+ baht!
What do I get? Their famous slow-roasted chicken with noodles
Price? 75 baht = $3 CAD
Location? Nimman area
Why do I go? Super high ratings and glowing reviews – it’s actually VERY good!
Wow, no words can describe this yummy chicken (or ‘Gai’ in thai – learn more thai here.)
Another to-go place to eat at in Chiang Mai. I’m craving it right now actually…
What do I get? Their monthly specials – Fall-off-the-bone Lamb Shank, meatloaf, I’m waiting for their Thanksgiving special – pumpkin pie, anyone?
Price? It’s not the cheapest, but I only come here once in a while. They accept credit card!
Location? Nimman area
Why do I go? It’s western comfort food that I haven’t found anywhere else.
What do I get? No-refill buffet style, you pick what toppings you want with purple rice.
Price? 35 baht for 2 toppings – she gives you big servings too
Location? Nimman/Santitham Border
Why do I go? It’s CHEAP, good and relatively healthy.
What do I get? Pork leg rice with a veggie dish
Price? 50 Baht = $2 CAD
Location? North Gate Night Market
Why do I go? You can’t miss her – she wears a cowboy hat. I heard that she’s been on Anthony Bourdain’s show!
What do I get? They make just about everything – all very delish!
Price? $ – depends on what you get
Location? Tha Pae Gate
Why do I go? When I was in town last year, this was my favourite place (because I was staying in Tha Pae Gate area) and I still go there now. Just a bit further out for me.
Tip 1: Avoid rush hour because you’ll have to wait AKA go at odd times.
Tip 2: Remember to go to the one ACROSS (not inside!) the hotel
What do I get? Same as above – only been there once so not sure what to recommend, though everything looks delicious and healthy!
Price? $ – like you cannot believe! They are non-profit and most of the people who work there are volunteers. You’re supporting a worthy cause (whatvever it is!). Oh, and you wash your own dishes at the end.
- 1 rice + 1 topping = free
- 1 rice + 2 topping = 10 baht
- 1 rice + 3 toppings = 15 baht
- 1 cup of juice = 5 baht
Location? By the airport, swing by here when you get your visa extended!
Why do I go? Also recommended by my PT, Coach K – this place is great value, organic, healthy and everything else you would want in a good wholesome meal.
What do I get? Chicken and one of their healthy soups
Price? 140 baht for a whole chicken – you might need a whole one because they’re kind of small
Location? Inside Old City
Why do I go? A friend who lives closeby took me there. It’s good but I wouldn’t come here if I wasn’t already in the area.
What do I get? Bird’s Nest – duh! There’s also shark fish soup too.
Price? Depends on what kind you get, but ranges from 200-2000 baht, I’ve tried the 200 and 500 baht ones – can’t tell the difference lol
Location? Near West Gate
Why do I go? Because…it’s bird’s nest (an Asian delicacy) and I can afford it here!
They eat it strange here though.
I’ve never had it with an egg, honey or lotus seeds before. I didn’t mind mixing the egg in but thought it was unnecessary.
To each their own!
There you have it – my top 15 places to eat at!
I’m sure there are other gems in Chiang Mai that I haven’t tried yet,
so feel free to share with me!