The best restaurants in Chiang Mai are quite a mixed bag, representing a range of cultures, cuisines and costs. Like any major city, there is a fair number of swanky high-end eateries, boasting first-class international food and exceptional service, all of which naturally comes with a hefty price tag. At the other end of the spectrum are the little local joints, showcasing the delightful Lanna flavours and style unique to Chiang Mai.
In our pick of the most popular restaurants in Chiang Mai, we have tried to pick a representative selection of enjoyable dining experiences. Some may stand out for their great locations and settings, others are renowned for the skill of the chef and some just have a great buzz about them. What they all have in common is that they will all provide a memorable meal. Take a look below and see which suits your particular preferences.
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DK David’s Kitchen at 909Riverside
DK David’s kitchen at 909 is rated as one of the finest restaurants in Chiang Mai – if not the finest! The menu is a mix of French, European, Thai and fusion food, with a separate menu for wine. There is also a daily set three course menu which changes regularly. Every dish is good at DK David’s kitchen but it is the atmosphere of the restaurant, attention to detail and the excellent service that makes DK David’s Kitchen the best restaurant in the city. The head chef at DK David’s kitchen used to work at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Chiang Mai before partnering with David to create DK at 909. The location of the restaurant, on the far side of the Mae Ping River going out of town, has changed since the restaurant first opened, but they kept the 909 part of the name. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 17:00 – 22:00
- Location: 113 Bamrungrad Road, Wat Kate, Riverside, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0) 910681744
Tong Restaurant and BarNimmanhemin
Tucked in a quiet soi (lane) just off the Nimmanhaemin artist strip, this open-air restaurant is one of the best places to sample tasty northern Thai cuisine in a pleasantly laid-back atmosphere. The must-try dishes include kaeng hang le (northern Thai style curry), larb kua (fried minced park salad), deep-fried chicken wings and nam prik (chilli dips). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - midnight
- Location: Nimmanhemin Soi 13
- Tel: +66 53 22 2207
The Restaurant at AnantaraChiang Mai Riverside
The Restaurant at the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to both hotel guests and visitors from outside the hotel. The Restaurant offers a fine dining experience at one of Chiang Mai’s finest five-star hotels. The outside area has riverside views of Chiang Mai and is a great place to spend sunset. The inside area has a mix of tables and booths to sit in and large glass windows so guests can still see the river and garden area. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 6:30 – 22:30
- Location: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, 123-123/1 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Chiang Mai 50100
- Tel: +66 53 253 333
The GalleryChiang Mai Riverside
This fine dining establishment is truly a unique place that combines the beauty of art and crafts with the art of cooking. Unmistakable, the neon-lit sign that sits outside immediately draws you in from the street to what appears to be a treasure trove of goods. Try one of the curries on the menu, spiced up to your taste, the fish also comes highly recommended too. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - midnight
- Address: 25-27-29 Charoenrat Rd.
- Tel: +66 53 24 8601-2
Dash RestaurantChiang Mai Old City
Dash Restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai draws in big crowds even though it is located down a small lane in a quiet part of the old town. The setting is perfect: a beautiful wooden house with doors open onto a small patio, and tasty Thai food that suits all palates. Add to this the live band that plays in the evenings and they really have a winning combination. Dash is located on Moon Muang Road, around a five minute walk from Tha Pae Gate. If you’re not familiar with Chiang Mai’s winding back lanes then it’s best to take a map. The restaurant is open every day from 9:00 until midnight. If you end up loving the food you eat here, Dash restaurant and Bar in Chiang Mai also run cooking classes. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 00:00
- Location: Muang Road Soi 3, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 53 279 230
Huen Phen RestaurantChiang Mai Old City
This long-time favourite restaurant has been serving up mouthwatering northern Thai fare for more than four decades. It serves one of the best khao sois in Chiang Mai, along with a range of northern Thai fare prepared according to the family recipe. The non-descript open-air section is open for lunch, whereas dinner is served in an atmospheric dining room. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 16:00 and 17:00 - 22:00
- Location: 112 Rachamankha Road, inside the Old City wall
- Tel: +66 (0) 538 145 48
Ginger & Kafe at The House Chiang MaiChiang Mai Old City
While not a must-do, you might want to try a khan toke dinner at least once when in Chiang Mai. At the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center, the setup is highly elaborate – from the elegant teakwood room decked out in ethnic Lanna style to the round teak tray containing nine side dishes to the sitting arrangement on the floor – all designed to re-enact the original khan toke experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:45 - 21:30
- Location: Wualai Road
- Tel: +66 53 20 2993-5
The Good ViewChiang Mai Riverside
This riverside resto-bar is an institution in Chiang Mai, due to a stunning riverfront location, quality live band entertainment every night and a fantastic menu of Thai, Japanese and international fare at reasonable prices. The wooded interiors give the place a warm, cosy, living room feel. There’s also an al fresco garden terrace overlooking the idyllic Ping River. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 01:30
- Address: 13 Charoenrat Rd.
- Tel: +66 53 30 2764, +66 53 24 1866
The Khantoke Dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is based around the traditional Thai dinner and dancing show. For the Khantoke dinner guests sit on bamboo mats on the floor and are served a range of northern Thai food to share with the table. The food includes a rich chicken curry and a Burmese style pork curry, fried chicken, sticky rice, vegetables with a spicy chilli dip and the northern delicacy of deep fried pork skin. While you sit and eat a variety of Traditional Thai dances are shown on stage including sword dancing and a popular drum performance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 22:00
- Location: 185/3 Thipanet Road
- Address: 199 Moon Muang Road (inside Old City)
- Tel: +66 53 202 9935
- Price Range: starts from 520 baht
Free Bird CaféChiang Mai Old City
Free Bird Cafe is a colourful cafe just outside the city moat on a street corner. Their menu is extensive and has a mixture of Thai, Burmese and western dishes as well as coffee and fruit smoothies. Recommended dishes include Burmese tea leaf salad (60 Baht) and the banana, peanut butter and chocolate smoothie (80 Baht) ad a large portion of Khao Soi (100 Baht), and all dishes are made using ingredients sourced from local vendors and producers... Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - midnight
- Location: Charoen-Prathet Road (1st branch), Chiang Mai-Lamphun Highway (2nd branch)
- Tel: +66 53 27 6810 (1st branch), +66 53 24 0270 (2nd branch)