Finding a good restaurant on or around Nimmanhaemin Road is not exactly difficult. This, after all, is a street famous in Chiang Mai for its wining and dining options, so there are plenty of great places to eat morning, noon and night.
The range of cuisine here is about as eclectic as you’ll find in the city too, with everything from long- standing shophouses serving up traditional khao soi noodles, to huge ‘restobars’ specialising in seafood, burger joints and posh Italian restaurants… the list goes on. To save you the time searching for a suitable spot, we’ve scoured Nimman Road and the surrounding maze of sois to bring you this list of the Top 10 restaurants in Nimmanhaemin.
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This cute cafe-slash-restaurant is tucked quite far down Soi 13, just a few minutes’ walk from the main Nimmanhaemin stretch. The design of the place is bold, spacious and partly open-air, with an outside terrace for when it’s not too hot. For a café, the menu is surprisingly long; they do a pretty mean bowl of khao soi (90 baht), plenty of stir-fried dishes with rice and their selection of fresh fish served in a variety of ways is excellent.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 - 22:00
- Location: Nimman Soi 13, Chiang Mai
- Tel: 053 218 405
Although more of a nightlife venue – complete with live band and groups of local yuppies sloshing back the whisky before moving onto the club – the funky Maldives Resort Bar actually serves up some excellent food. Their menus are huge, with all the usual Thai pub food, some more creative Asian fusion dishes, and sushi sets. Our advice is to skip all of that and go straight for their seafood, such as the succulent seabass that comes served on a bubble herby broth, snakehead fish curry soup, tom yam goong or fresh Thai oyster set. Most fish-based mains are around the 350 baht mark. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 02:00
- Location: 69/1, Soi Nimmanhaemin 6, Prasert Land (Kadchengdoi) Building, Nimmanhaemin Road
- Tel: 053 212 339
For authentic Northern Thai (Lanna) food near Nimman Road, look no further than Khun Mor’s, a cheap and cheerful restaurant that’s been going strong for over two decades. Don’t opt for one dish here – there is simply too much deliciousness on the menu that you’ll miss out on. Top picks include the freshly made ‘sai oua’ (Chiang Mai sausage), nam prik noon (chilli dip), geb moo (pork crackling) and several different kinds of sweet curry and noodle dish (of course they do a good khao soi too!). Most dishes are priced around 100-200 baht, although the traditional dinner sets for sharing will cost you a bit more.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00
- Location: Nimman Soi 17
Sitting right on Nimman Road, At Nine is your standard upscale restobar offering an extensive range of finger food and Thai dishes, yet prices do remain relatively cheap (80-200 baht per dish). While the level of cuisine can easily be beaten elsewhere in the city, what we really like about this place is the light atmosphere and funky fake garden they have put together to make a nice alfresco setting. The views from one of the roadside tables or from the second level may not be awe-inspiring, but it is a good spot to watch the buzzing Nimman Road liven up as the night goes on. Good promos on beer too, with three large bottles of Leo for less than 200 baht.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 01:00
- Location: Nimman Road, opposite soi 6
- Tel: 089 756 9037
Khun Nai Dern Sai – with its sign only written in Thai – is about as rustic a restaurant you’ll find in this part of town, with a mish-mash of old wooden furniture, vintage TVs and fans and retro artwork draped clumsily on the walls. Chose to sit inside to admire the furnishings, a take a seat outside in the cute garden next to all the greenery. The menu, unlike the restaurant’s main sign, is in both Thai and English, and features a broad range of Thai and western food with prices kept quite low (60-150 baht for most dishes).
- Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00
- Location: 3 Nimanhaemin Soi 11, Chiang Mai
- Tel: 053-222-208
For traditional Northern Thai food with a twist, this newly opened shophouse ticks all the right boxes. Their menu is definitely fusion in places, with the likes of tempura nam (Japanese-style fried chili), Lanna gyoza and lab (spicy pork salad) served up in an omelette. They do also serve dishes which stay closer to the original, such as their khao soi gai (although presentation on a flat plate makes it stand out). Soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails are also available too, with most food items on the menu coming in at under 100 baht.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 7
- Tel: 082-388-3993
This cute converted bungalow makes for a romantic setting, while the open kitchen allows you to watch your pasta or salads being freshly prepared in front of you. Some of the kitchen staff trained at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, so expect the food to be up to scratch. Top choices are Caesar salad with cos lettuce, croutons, crispy bacon and parmesan with Caesar dressing and roasted chicken. For something more wholesome try a pasta dish, the penne arrabbiata is especially good.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:00 and Dinner 18:00-23:00
- Location: 21 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 5
- Tel: +66 53 357 310
Another great Italian restaurant to try out when you get bored of spicy Thai food, Beccofino on Soi 7 serves a range of Italian classics, such as pizzas, pastas, salads and cold cuts. In fact, they even have an in-built wooden fire oven, so your can rest assured that the pizzas here are thin and crispy – just like they would be if you were sitting in a restaurant in head chef Angelo Rotelli’s hometown of Napoli. The daily appetizer buffet is also well worth checking out.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30-14:30 and Dinner 18:00-22:30
- Location: 20/2 Soi 7, Nimmanhaemin Road
- Tel: +66 53 226 590-2
Just like the upscale neighbourhood of Thonglor in Bangkok (which Nimman is often compared with), this area has a few obligatory Middle Eastern bars and restaurants; one of the best about has to be Sahara Thai, which serves everything you’d expect from a restaurant with a name like this, such as hummus, falafel and juicy kebabs. It’s a good nightlife spot too, with shisha pipes proving a hit with local uni students before they stumble off to enjoy the rest of the night at a nearby club. Grab a table on the second floor near the roadside for some nice views of the traffic, or head towards the back if you want a more peaceful spot.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00 daily
- Location: 9/9 Nimmana Haeminda Road, Mueang, Chiang Mai 50200
- Tel: 053 222 088
Tucked in a quiet soi just off the Nimmanhaemin strip, this open-air restaurant is one of the best places to sample tasty northern Thai cuisine in a pleasantly laid-back atmosphere. The extensive menu features a large variety of dishes whipped up from locally sourced vegetables and ingredients. 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).
- Opening Hours: 11:00-midnight
- Location: Nimmanhemin Soi 13
- Tel: 053 222 207