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!
- 1 Santitham
- 2 Nimman
- 3 North Gate
- 4 Tha Pae Gate
- 5 South Gate
- 6 Old City
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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.
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? 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…etc.
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 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? 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? 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!