Chiang Mai is Foodie Heaven
If you're at all familiar with Chiang Mai Thailand then you have probably heard that it is a hub for foodies. This city is bursting with amazing restaurants and there is something for everyone.
Chiang Mai offers everything from authentic Thai street food, to vibrant local restaurants, killer coffee shops, ice cream parlours, and more. After a month of steadily eating my way through Chiang Mai, I have a pretty amazing list of restaurants to share with you.
Though we tried a lot of different places, I am only sharing the spots I absolutely loved and went back to multiple times (like...an embarrassing amount of times).
Most of these restaurants are in the Nimman area of Chiang Mai as there are loads of restaurants around here. It is also where we stayed, so everything was very close by.
Here are my top spots you NEED to try on your trip to Chiang Mai!
#1. Beast Burger
After about 5 days of straight Thai food, we both got a major "North American" food craving. I had been fighting a cold and was craving something comforting. Enter Beast Burger.
I must admit I struggled with some initial feelings of guilt over eating Burgers while in Thailand. I mean, we were in Thailand! We should have been eating curries and noodles and authentic local food. We did (most of the trip), but man oh man, when you are craving a burger there is nothing else that will fill that void.
Once we went to Beast Burger once we were hooked. Their menu is small and everything is perfectly executed. We tried nearly every single burger over the course of our month in Chiang Mai and each one was more perfect than the last.
Everything is scratch made with love and care. Everything is balanced, portion sizes are perfect, and prices were reasonable for "Western" food in Thailand (which tends to be more expensive than Thai food).
I won't tell you exactly how many times we ate here, but let's just say a LOT. If you're in Chiang Mai and you want a burger, go HERE!
#2. Khao Soi Mae Sai
The Khao Soi from Khao Soi Mae Sai is the best we had the entire month and it is regarded as the best in the entire city, for good reason.
It's spicy, golden curry broth poured over egg noodles and topped with your choice of meat, garnished with pickled onions, cilantro, and fresh lime. Finally, crispy fried egg noodles are placed on top. It's so unbelievably good and Khao Soi Mae Sai does it perfectly.
This little spot makes some incredible food and we can't wait to have it again next time we visit!
#3. The Sunday Market
The Chiang Mai Sunday Market is one of the best places to experience loads of different food in one spot. The street market is long and full of vendors. It's the perfect evening to stroll along the market street and nibble as you go, trying all kinds of food.
I have an entire blog post dedicated to the market which you can read here for more information and tips on what to eat too. Click here to read it!
#4. Accha Authentic Indian Cuisine
If you find yourself in the mood for Indian food, check out Accha Authentic Indian Cuisine. This restaurant has amazing service and incredible food. Their large outdoor patio is a cool spot to hang out. If it's too hot for that, they have an AC'ed interior with blazing fast WiFi.
We ate at Accha multiple times with friends and on our own. The garlic naan, butter chicken, and aloo gobi were all incredible. The saag paneer is a favourite dish of mine and Accha's is perfect.
Looking for something cold to drink? The iced masala chai is rich and sweet. So good!
When it comes to breakfast and coffee there is no shortage of coffee shops and restaurants in Nimman serving awesome brekkie and flat whites.
Manifreshto is a cute little spot that offers farm fresh eggs and home baked goodies. We went here for a full sit down brunch one Saturday and also stopped by to grab something to-go a couple of times. Mid-afternoon brownie anyone?
The full-English breakfast was amazing and so filling. Coffees and iced teas were plentiful and so tasty.
If you want a sit down spot for breakfast or brunch with great people watching go see them!
#6. Kao Soy Nimman
Craving more Khao Soi? Second, only to Khao Soi Mae Sai, is Kao Soy Nimman. This restaurant was always absolutely packed with people. We went at off times to ensure we got a table outside.
They serve mostly variations of Khao Soi with different options for your protein (The Thai sausage is delicious but hella spicy). We tried some starters as well including fried shrimp and spring rolls which were both really tasty.
So, if you're looking for a lively spot with fast service and delicious Khao Soi don't miss them!
#7. Roastniyom Coffee
This coffee shop was conveniently located just outside our condo and was a perfect spot to grab an iced coffee and a pastry in the morning.
We found ourselves in this coffee shop multiple times not only because it was awesome, but also because it was one of the only things open early. We were incredibly jet lagged and would often be up for the day at 4 am. Having a coffee shop nearby that opened well before most other restaurants, which sometimes didn't open until 9 or 10, was a blessing.
#8. Khao Tom Baht Diao
We affectionately called this place "the fried rice place" as that was the only dish we ate there (again, read multiple times). It was so good and so cheap we kept going back.
The crispy pork fried rice and chicken fried rice were our go-to's.
This place was also nearby and open late, which was helpful a couple of nights when we needed late night food and other places either weren't open or were too full.
Khao Tom Baht Diao has lots of seating, fast friendly service, and really really good food. What more can you ask for?
They are tough to find online, but I managed to track them down. Take a look!
#9. Aroy D
Aroy D was our haunt. We officially reached the status of "regulars" in the short time we were in Chiang Mai. The cook new our order by heart! This small local spot was right around the corner from our condo. So close we could look down on the restaurant from our balcony.
With meals coming in at about $2CAD per dish, we were here a LOT.
We tried the Pad Thai, Panang Curry, Garlic Pork, Stir Fried Morning Glory, and a bunch of others. It's one of those places we talk about and can't wait to go to again.
#10. Janie Scoop
Let's end on a sweet note, shall we?! Janie Scoop is an awesome little ice cream shop in Nimman. It was about 200m from our condo. Once again, dangerously close.
The staff were so friendly and the selection of ice cream flavours was great. They also had cake, cheesecake, brownies and other desserts to choose from if you weren't in the mood for ice cream.
We walked here for ice cream WAY too many times over the course of our month in Chiang Mai. Can you blame us?
Check out their Facebook page here! I hope you add them to your list for your future visit to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai captured our hearts via our stomachs and we can't wait to go back.
The countless amazing restaurants, stunning temples, beautiful parks, and digital nomad scene make it a great spot if you are looking for somewhere a little more mellow than a major city.
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