The hardest part about making a list of the best restaurants in Nimman is keeping down to a reasonable number! The area west of the Old City is thick with outstanding wining and dining options, covering a wide range of cuisines and budgets. Within a few hundred metres of each other, you can enjoy amazing local dishes, authentic Italian, Japanese fusion and fantastic burgers, each lovingly prepared with great ingredients.
To save you the time deciding where to eat around Nimman, we’ve scoured the main road and the surrounding maze of sois to bring you this list of the top choices. Just like the area it represents, our selection boasts a lot of variety, including high-end fine-dining and low-cost comfort food. We are confident that you’ll find something to your liking below.
This cute café-cum-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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00
- Address: 23 Soi 13, Sirimangkalajarn Road, Nimman
- Tel: +66 (0)53 218 405
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Cafedenimman
- Cuisine: Thai
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: +66 (0)53 212 339
- Cuisine: Asian
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 - 22:00
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 17, Nimman
- Tel: +66 (0)53 226 379
- Cuisine: Northern Thai
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). Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Nimmanhemin Soi 13
- Tel: +66 (0)53 894 701
- Cuisine: Thai
Beast Burger, as the name suggests, is very serious about burgers. Their menu is pretty short and consists exclusively of burgers - a legacy of the restaurant's food truck origins. All of their food is cooked to order and all cooked medium-well, unless otherwise specified. The signature Beast costs 190 baht and includes cheddar cheese, bacon, caramalised onions and a signature sauce, as well as either beef or pulled pork. Impressively, there is also a vegan option available for 180 baht. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 11:00 – 14:00, 17:00 – 21:30 (Closed Sun)
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 17
- Tel: +66 (0)80 124 1414
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/beast.burger
- Cuisine: Burgers
Rustic & Blue
Rustic & Blue calls itself an "artisanal" restaurant, serving up expertly prepared homegrown produce. They are renowned for their brunches, with the chorrizo burger and Eggs Benedict both coming highly recommended. A lot of creativity goes into each dish, and the presentation is just as impressive as the freshness, especially thanks to the very generous portions. As the name implies, there's quite a rustic look to the place, giving it a very relaxing feel which perfectly fits into the Chiang Mai dining scene.
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 7
- Tel: +66 (0)53 216 420
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/rusticandbluechiangmai
- Cuisine: International
Iberry Chiang Mai is unlike any ice cream café you may have visited before. Located on one of the sois off Nimman Road, it’s a café with a large garden area and one of the strangest art pieces in Chiang Mai. In the front garden there is a giant pink half man, half dog statue wearing glasses: You have to see it to understand it. The rest of the café is equally interesting, with a beautiful tree covered in fairy lights and a window shaped like Mickey Mouse. Look for the cartoon heads on the wall – they are actually hollow so you can put your head inside and take a photo with them. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
- Location: Soi 17, Nimman Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 610 7549
- Cuisine: Desserts
The Salad Concept
Opened by two sisters who were inspired by their father’s recovery from cancer, The Salad Concept brings the concept of eating healthily to Chiang Mai. Specifically, it aims to show that a salad can be a lot more than just an appetiser. The modern, airy restaurant serves a wide variety of different lettuce leaves with healthy toppings and dressings. There's more than just salads, though, including very nice pizzas, pastas and sandwiches. They also serve great fresh smoothies and the bakery prepares delightful desserts and bread rolls to go with the super soups. Despite the intensive preparation required for such healthy dining, the prices are very reasonable.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00
- Address: 49/9-10 Nimmanhaemin Soi 13
- Tel: +66 (0)53 894 455
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/thesaladconcept
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Why Not? Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Why Not? is noted for its authentic pizzas and delicious pasta dishes. High-quality ingredients and a lovely setting make it one of the more upmarket fine-dining establishments in the area and secures its place among the best restaurants in Nimman. It has a wonderful atmosphere, whether you’re eating in the air-conditioned dining room or out on the romantic outdoor patio. Don’t forget to take advantage of the extensive wine cellar, which features some excellent vintages. This place is a little pricier than most in the area, but it’s the ideal place for those looking to splash out a bit. After all, as the name suggests, Why Not?
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 11
- Tel: +66 (0)53 289 262
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/whynotchiangmai
- Cuisine: Italian
Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant
Anchan is regarded as one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the whole of Chiang Mai. Since the restaurant is reliant on produce from local farms, the menu changes regularly. A list of about a dozen dishes is written up on a large blackboard and, being quite a small place, it's easily visible from the nine available tables. The average dish price is around 100 baht, with a focus on great Thai food in large portions, making it excellent value for money. As it is such a small place, it does get very crowded.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 20:15
- Location: Nimmanhaemin Soi 8
- Tel: +66 (0)83 581 1689
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/AnchanVegetarianRestaurant
- Cuisine: Vegetarian, Thai