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  • 10 Best Restaurants in Chiang Mai

    Most Popular Restaurants in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai’s dining scene is an eclectic blend of traditional northern Thai cuisine, regional Thai flavours and a wide range of multi-cultural offerings. Besides street-side eateries, many dining establishments also offer a cultural experience, whether through the ambience, interior décor, entertainment, history or food.

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    Tong Nimmanhemin Soi 13
    Tong Chiangmai

    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). Open: 11:00-midnight Phone: 053 222 207

    The Gallery 25-27-29 Charoenrat Rd.
    The Gallery

    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. Open: 12:00-midnight Phone: 053 248 601-2

    Huen Pen Rachamanka Rd., inside the Old City wall
    Huen Pen

    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 Open: 08:30-16:00, 17:00-22:00 Phone: 053 814 548

    Huen Suntari 208 Patan Rd. (north of city centre)

    Well-known for its celebrity owner and folk singer Soontaree Vechanont, Huen Suntari is an ideal place to immerse yourself in an authentic Lanna experience, through its cuisine, music and ambience. The setting is by the River Ping, in a two-storey wooden house decked out in a lovely northern Thai style. The menu features both classic and specialty northern Thai fare Open: 16:00-midnight Phone: 053 872 707-8

    Khan Toke Dinner at Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center Wualai Rd.
    Khan Toke Dinner at Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center

    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. Open: 18:45-21:30 Phone: 053 202 993-5

    The Good View 13 Charoenrat Rd.
    The Good View

    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. Open: 10:00-1:30 Phone: 053 302 764, 053 241 866

    Charcoa Bakery & Restaurant Soi Sripoom 1 (inside Old City)
    Charcoa Bakery & Restaurant

    A gorgeous restaurant that will charm your socks off, both in setting and menu choices. The Thai dishes are delicious and spiced up to your preference, while the pad Thai has been labeled as one of the best in Chiang Mai by customers. The courtyard-cum-garden setting is romantic and nicely secluded. Breakfast comes highly recommended as does the B&B hotel to which it is attached. Open: 7:30-21:30 Phone: 053 212 681

    The House 199 Moon Muang Road (inside Old City)
    The House

    If you feel like splashing out when in Chiang Mai then this is definitely a place you should think about going. World class in terms of design, service and food, it is a stunning restaurant experience. The overriding antique vibe is enhanced by the eclectic combination of textures, colour and hand-painted Chinese antique furniture. Open: 18:00-22:30 Phone: 053 419 014

    Antique House Charoen-Prathet Road (1st branch), Chiang Mai-Lamphun Highway (2nd branch)
    Antique House

    A riverside setting, atmospheric interiors and tasty Thai dishes are what keep diners coming back to Antique House. Overlooking the Ping River, the al fresco dining terrace offers a casual, relaxing feel. The first branch in the city centre is housed inside an old teakwood house, offering the classic northern Thai ambience. Open: 10:00-midnight Tel: +66 (0)53 27 6810 (1st branch), +66 (0)53 240 270 (2nd branch)

    Whole Earth 88 Sridonchai Road
    Whole Earth

    Set in a traditional Thai-style wooden house amid landscaped tropical gardens, this Thai-Indian restaurant offers a memorable dining experience. The menu features healthy dishes, including a large vegetarian section, each immaculately presented. Whole Earth has been around more than 30 years and is truly a delightful place to indulge in a fine meal. Open: Lunch 11:00-14:00 and Dinner 17:00-22:00 Tel: +66 53 28 2463

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