Thailand’s two favourite past times – shopping and eating – combine on the streets around Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Along with the ubiquitous street stalls serving snacks and drinks, restaurants from practically every region cater to the diverse nationalities who come to shop, eat and explore. But you can’t come to the Night Bazaar and not sample some of the local Chiang Mai delicacies borne from the traditional Lanna culture such as chilli paste or ‘northern’ Thai sausage found in the food courts.
Most restaurants here cater mainly to tourists so authenticity varies, but there are several hidden gems that are perfect for a casual dinner. We have compiled our favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai Night Bazaar here for the first time:
The most charming place for lunch or afternoon tea in all of Chiang Mai is undoubtedly Raming Tea House on Tha Pae Road. This teak mansion was built by a Chinese trader who moved to the city in the 1800s, the ornate arches and lattice work inside are delightful and, in the cooler months, the garden makes the perfect spot for tea and cakes. The tea and coffee served at Raming Tea House is locally sourced and ecologically friendly, and as you enter the premises you will find a shop selling beautiful earthenware dinner sets, tea pots and other ornaments. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:30 until 18:00 daily
- Address: 158 Tha Pae Rd, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)53 234 518
Anusarn Food Court
Anusarn Food Court is located in a semi enclosed courtyard where shopping, dining and entertainment all intermingle to create a thoroughly good night out. Restaurants and bars line the periphery, market traders are lined up through the middle and the food stalls fill in the rest of the space. Everything from fresh barbequed seafood to Indian curry can be enjoyed here, and while it does feel a bit touristy, the mood is relaxed and friendly. Many stalls here sell delicious jars of Thai green chilli paste called ‘nam prik noom’ (it’s not overly spicy) and bags of crispy deep fried pork skin ‘geap moo’. This delicious snack is synonymous with Chiang Mai so pick some up at Anusarn Food Court and enjoy a taste sensation.
- Location: Chang Klan Road, Night Bazaar
Baan Jangarpor Restaurant in Chiang Mai is housed in a stunning teak mansion that is said to be 150 years old. Inside everything is freshly renovated and makes for a memorable Thai dinner in authentic surroundings. Come here to try a ‘kantoke’, which is a traditional Chiang Mai platter of vegetables, chilli dips, and meats, all arranged beautifully on a woven rattan tray. They also serve popular tourist dishes like pad Thai and spring rolls. To reach Baan Jangarpor, walk along Loi Kroh Road as it heads towards the Ping River. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 until 23:00 every evening, except the 2nd and 4th Sunday
- Address: 71 Charoenprathet Rd., Changkran, Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)53 275 030
Whole Earth Restaurant in Chiang Mai offers a charming location to have lunch or dinner, set in a traditional Thai style house. Diners can choose to eat inside or out on the extensive patio area from a menu of Thai and Indian dishes. There is also a large vegetarian section at Whole Earth Restaurant. While a meal here is more expensive than many other restaurants in the immediate vicinity, it offers the chance to really relax in immaculate surroundings. Established for more than 30 years, Whole Earth Restaurant comes highly recommended for group dining.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:00 - 14:00 and Dinner 17:00 - 22:00
- Address: 88 Sridonchai Road
- Tel: +66 (0)53 28 2463
Kao Kab Kang
Kao Kab Kang (meaning curry with rice) is an unassuming restaurant opposite the popular tourist attraction Art in Paradise on Chang Klan Road. It is a couple of kilometres south of the main Night Bazaar but the food is so highly recommended it is well worth the journey. The menu is dominated by Thai cuisine and they prepare it very well: try the Thai red curry with chicken and the beef in tamarind, prepared according to your required level of spice. Staff at Kao Kab Kang speak English and offer a noticeably warm and welcoming service. Families are welcome and they even serve rice in the shape of a teddy bear for the kids.
- Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:00 - 14:00 and Dinner: 17:00 - 23:00 Daily
- Address: 164/110 Chang Khlan
- Tel: +66 (0) 5381 8991
Le Spice is one of the finest Indian and Arabic restaurants in Chiang Mai, serving delectable curries in a pleasant restaurant environment. It is located close to Ban Haw Mosque on Chang Klan Street, central to all the night time action in the Night Bazaar area. Meats come fresh from the tandoor oven at Le Spice, which also serves vegetarian and halal dishes at very reasonable prices. Opening for dinner only at 17:00, look out for their set meal offers which combine starters and mains for two people.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Address: 31 Chareon Prathet Soi 6, Changklan Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 234 962
Favola at Le Meridien Hotel
Favola is the flagship Italian restaurant at the five-star Le Meridien Hotel, where guests will receive excellent service and be able to choose from a large menu Italian classics. Open for dinner only, this is a place to wine and dine with an elaborate three course meal or even just grab a stone-baked pizza. The dining room is modern with an open kitchen design and a wine cellar with a reported 1,000 labels. Le Meridien Hotel is located in the centre of the Night Bazaar area so it is very convenient for a sophisticated meal before or after shopping.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Address: 2nd floor, Le Meridien Hotel, 108 Chang Klan Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 5325 3666
Moxie Restaurant is the flagship dining venue in the Dusit D2 Hotel and offers a sophisticated mix of traditional Thai food and interesting fusion dishes. Located only metres from the main Night Bazaar, Moxie restaurant is easy to find on the ground floor of the hotel, but offers a chic ambiance that is relaxing and a little luxurious. Open for both lunch and dinner, it closes at 22:30. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 06:30 until 22:30
- Address: 100 Chang Klan Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 5399 9999
The typical English boozer, Red Lion serves up an impressive menu of pub grub and has a large selection of draught beers too. Come here when you get a craving for fish and chips or a hearty steak and you won’t be disappointed. The decor has enough knickknacks and pictures on the wall to remind any Englishman of their home and the location is very convenient for visitors to the Night Bazaar, as it is just a few steps from the central Loi Kroh intersection.
- Opening Hours: 11.00 - 01.00
- Address: 123 Loi Khro Road, Night Bazaar
- Tel: +66 (0)53 818847
Kalare Food Court
Kalare Food Court is located deep into the Kalare Night Market on the ground floor. Food here is definitely based on popular Thai dishes that are prepared quickly and are seriously good value. This is probably the cheapest place to eat in the whole area with noodle soup costing around 50 to 60 baht and a curry and rice no more than 100 baht. Sit down at any of the metal tables to claim your seat and order from any of the vendors that takes your fancy.
Chang Klan Road, Night Bazaar