Located on the corner of Ratchapakinai road in the old city, this modern restaurant serves a incredible range of Thai and international food, perfect for lunch or a light evening meal. The restaurant really stands out in this part of town because of its modern structure. However, by keeping the design sleek and simple it adds another dimension to the surroundings, which include antique wooden buildings on the restaurant grounds. As well as the main restaurant which is housed inside the glasshouse, there is also a large covered veranda and a small selection of comfy seats on the front lawn. The Glasshouse restaurant is easy to find, across the street from Wat Chedi Lung. Be sure to check out their small flower house at the end of the main restaurant, complete with flowering elephants and lots of plants.
The menu is a good range of well-priced international and Thai food. During the day customers tend to make use of the terrace which has a casual cafe vibe, enjoying the decent selection of salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes. The house burger comes served with melted cheese, a fried egg with a side of chunky potato wedges. You can also create your own salad by choosing various vegetables, dressings and garnishes. The Thai menu includes the northern favourite Khao Soi: a spicy coconut noodle soup with chicken, pickled cabbage and lime. They also do a fresh papaya salad with deep-fried sticky rice. Although there is a lot of depth and flavour to the Thai dishes they are not as spicy as those you will usually find around Chiang Mai. I recommend that you ask for some extra chilli if you wish to eat like a local!
If you pass by in the afternoon this is the perfectplace for a coffee and cake. As well as the daily selection displayed in the fridge we are huge fans of the banana fritter served with plenty of honey and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. Another favourite is the strawberry mille-feuille. Although the pastry is not packed as densely as the classic version, it was still light and flaky, crammed with fresh cream, local strawberries and a sweet berry coulis. It’s very easy to spend more time here than you expect to, watching the world go by and admiring the temple opposite. The staff are welcoming and helpful, but perfectly happy to leave you in peace to enjoy your meal.
In the evening the atmosphere at Glasshouse changes again, with the smart main dining room becoming the focus, and a romantic vibe takes over with candles and music. There is plenty of space between tables, ideal for dinner for two or an intimate meal with friends. The bar mixes some great cocktails and there is a decent selection of wines and beer available. One thing to bear in mind is that, sadly the restaurant closes at 21:00. If you are looking for somewhere a bit different to have a meal in Chiang Mai, The Glasshouse is a good option.
The Glasshouse Restaurant
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00 daily
- Address: 169 Ratchapakinai Road T. Sripoom, Muang , Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
- Tel: +66 53 418 118