Chiang Mai, Thailand



Dining Thai

Markets & Roadside Stalls
Markets and roadside stalls offer inexpensive Thai food
and may be the most authentic you'll find. Popular destinations include the Anusarn Market (Chang Khlan Road), a busy outdoor night market with lots of little Thai, Indian and Western restaurants and food vendors. The Kalare Food Centre (opposite the Night Bazaar Building) is a large open-air food court, featuring free Thai classical dance performances nightly. The nightly food carts and tables at Suthep Road (Past Canal Road) offer varieties of inexpensive Thai dishes.

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Food at the market by Papa November

 Budget Restaurants

  • Funkydog Cafe, Moonmuang Rd, Soi 6 - Fantastic Thai family restaurant, made from  fresh ingredients and prepared by hand. Great atmosphere and music, the yellow curry is recommended.
  • Kuaytiaw Reua Koliang, Moon Muang Rd (near Ratchamankha Rd) - Serves authentic kuaytiow reua (rice noodles in dark broth with beef). It's good stuff anyway!
  • Muan Baan, Moon Muang, Soi 7 - Serves varieties of dishes for breakfast and lunch. The food is excellent and the owners and staff are very pleasant and helpful.
  • Ratana’s Kitchen, Tha Pae Rd - Popular for its wide range of Thai dishes and a huge vegetarian selection.
  • Re-Feel Café, 48/4-5 Rachavithi Rd - Offers great Thai food, good atmosphere, friendly staff and free billiards.
  • Sailomjoy Restaurant, 7 Rachadamnoen Rd (near Tha Pae Gate) - Serves delicious food Thai, Western and vegetarian foods plus friendly service and relaxed atmosphere.

Cantonese-style roast duck by Takeaway

Mid-Range Restaurants

  • Ghekko Garden, opposite the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel - Highlights are the lemongrass beef and sundried beef. Their chilli crab is also worth a try.
  • Huen Phen, 112 Ratchamankha Rd - Specialises in Northern Thai food, popular with Thais and foreigners alike. Lunch in the air-conditioned hall is decent enough but dinner in the decorated old house in the back is little short of magical.
  • Sila Aat, southern edge of the Kalare Market - Fresh seafood and a wide selection of Thai and Northern/Lanna specialties.

Upscale Restaurants

  • Old Chiang Mai Culture Centre, 185/3 Wualai Rd - The first commercial khantoke dinner in Chiang Mai (more than 30 years ago). Serves Northern Thai food with nightly cultural shows.
  • Khum Khantoke, Chiang Mai Business Park - Another khantoke restaurant offering elegant dining and nightly cultural shows.
  • Galae Garden Restaurant, end of Suthep Road - Serves Thai & Northern Thai food including grilled specialties in a delightful outdoor dining.
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