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Top Restaurants in Chiang Mai

Top Restaurants in Chiang Mai

By Chris QuanUpdated Jun. 1, 2021

This is a city where people step over cracked sidewalks to reach food served under tin roofs and atop folding tables. The flavor of the best Chiang Mai food is intense and deep thanks to the liberal use of ingredients like lemongrass, chilies, turmeric, makrut limes and coconut.

There is a wide range of choice in restaurants in Chiang Mai, from international dishes to Asian cuisines such as Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese food. Listed below are some restaurants that serve some of the best food in Chiang Mai. If you love Thai food, don't miss these spots.


  • If a restaurant is packed with Thai people, it indicates that the food served there is great because Thai people love their food and you can find them talking about and enjoying the food.
  • Northern Thai cuisine is prominently salty and bitter, and is not as spicy as other Thai food.
  • Dietary restrictions won't be a problem, because there are many restaurants that serve vegetarian, gluten- free and halal food.
  • Try our handpicked restaurants and taste the authentic taste of northern Thai cuisine.
  • Choosing a restaurant is really important, because not every restaurant can give the real taste of northern Thai. Here we have listed some good restaurants for you to try.
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Northern Thai Food

Lanna food is a unique food set which presides in the northern regions of Thailand. The main staple food here is sticky rice (khao niaow) and is made from glutinous rice. Other than sticky rice, nam prik (spicy chili paste), fresh vegetables, and fish sauce are the most frequently used ingredients in northern Thailand.

Chili paste, or nam prik, is the base of many Thai dishes, though variations of it are also served as sauce. Soups and curries in the northern part usually have a clear broth base and do not often use coconut milk. Pan, wok and high-pressure pot are the most vital equipment for cooking these dishes.

Northern Thai food is mainly influenced by Yunnan, Shan and Burmese cuisines, which use lots of spices like turmeric, tamarind, ginger and garlic. Northern Thai cuisine is probably the most seasonal and least spicy across Thailand.

Restaurants in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is famous for its type of food; the northern Thai cuisine is one of the best cuisines in Thailand. Restaurants in Chiang Mai are quite a mixed bag, representing a range of cultures, cuisines and costs.

Like any major city, there is a fair number of high-end eateries, boasting first-class international food and exceptional service, all of which naturally comes with a hefty price tag. At the other end of the spectrum are the little local joints, showcasing the delightful Lanna flavor unique to Chiang Mai.

There are also plenty of restaurant options if you have dietary restrictions like vegetarian, halal, gluten-free, and kosher food, so you don't have to worry when visiting Chiang Mai. Book a tour with Asia Highlights and we will manage your personal needs if you have any dietary restrictions.

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Asia Highlights' Handpicked Restaurants

In our handpicked restaurants in Chiang Mai, we have selected some restaurants that serve authentic Thai food for you to enjoy in Chiang Mai. We also have picked some vegetarian-friendly restaurants, and some that serve halal food, as well as multi-national cuisines. Take a look below and see which ones suit your preferences.

Ruen Tamarind

This restaurant serves a variety of authentic Thai and International dishes, you can dine indoor or outdoor near the pool terrace and take the ambience of this cozy restaurant. This place also has vegetarian food options on their menu.

We recommend this restaurant to: Visitors who want to try Thai food, and to vegetarians

Location: 50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Pum, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • This restaurant boasts a selection of authentic northern Thai dishes
  • Cafe-style restaurant with a terrace and an outdoor pool
  • Located 3 km from the Night Bazaar
  • Main course costs range between 220-440 Baht

The House Food & Kitchen Bar

This restaurant is open from 10am until 11pm and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Start your day with a delicious and healthy meal in this place. Lunch and dinner are all about Asian and western dishes.

We recommend this restaurant to: Families and couples

Location: 199, Moonmuang Road, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, 50200, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • The ambience is relaxed and cool with an art gallery touch
  • Serves Thai and western food, also home-made cakes, coffees, teas, fresh juice and smoothies to fill up your tank
  • A peaceful place with vegan options
  • Food starting from 150 Baht
  • Located near to the famous Old City

Ruammit 1 Restaurant

Situated in the center of Chiang Mai, this place serves up fusion dishes of Chinese and Thai that you won't get anywhere else! Some of their famous meals include baked duck (Shanghai-styled), clear tom yam and beef tail soup.

We recommend it to: Muslims and people who want to try authentic Thai food

Location: 170/7 Chang Klan Rd., Tambon Chang Klan, Amphoe Mueng, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • A prayer room is available
  • Meal costs range from 100 up to 300 Baht
  • This place is spacious and surrounded by lush greenery, this restaurant can hold large meetings in their VIP room
  • This is a family owned restaurant and experienced for more than 40 years
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Aum Vegetarian Restaurant

This restaurant can be a bit difficult to find, but it's worth looking for. It is located right next to Black Canyon Coffee and opposite Thapae Gate, you can easily walk to get there. Aum typically serves any Thai food you can find, but without meat.

We recommend this restaurant to: Vegetarians

Location: 8/8 Suriyawong Alley, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • The prices of the dishes vary from 60 to 200 Baht
  • Other than curries, dumplings and spring rolls, you can find vegetarian sushi too!
  • The atmosphere of this restaurant is very relaxing, with a small lounge-garden library greenery, this restaurant can hold large meetings in their VIP room
  • This restaurant is famous for its vegetarian selection on the menu and for its good food, so if you are planning to visit the restaurant, make sure you come early to avoid the waiting list.

Rajdarbar Indian Restaurant

Rajdarbar offers a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes from north and south India. The chef's specialties are Tandoori and Paneer. The use of traditional Indian recipes and the art of blending spices and herbs makes this restaurant one of the famous Indian restaurant in Chiang Mai.

We recommend this restaurant to: Travelers who want to try Indian cuisine

Location: 99/2 Loi Kroh Rd, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • All of the food is freshly prepared with care and with thoughtful presentation
  • Authentic Indian restaurant, well known for its delicious food and its typical Indian atmosphere
  • Open every day from 11am - 11pm
  • Food price ranging from 30 - 200 Baht
  • This restaurant serves coffees, teas, fruit juice, and also beer as well as wine

The Service 1921 Restaurant and Bar

Discover unique culinary journeys that are filled with mystery and intrigue from the moment of arrival (spy peep hole in the entrance door) and enjoy contemporary Thai, Chinese Szechuan and Vietnamese dishes created by expert chefs from each cuisine.

We recommend it to: Travelers who want to try Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and international dishes

Location: 123- 123/1 Charoen Prathet Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • This restaurant serves a wide range of cuisines, from Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese to international
  • There are gluten-free and vegan options on their menu
  • The wines they offer range from old wines to new wines, and there is also a tasting room to try whisky and other kinds of alcohol
  • The restaurant is located inside the luxury Anantara Resort

Khaomao-Khaofang Restaurant

This is a famous restaurant set in a man-made jungle, complete with waterfalls, close to the city. It's one of those restaurants people like to bring their out-of-town guests to. There is also a beautiful large tree and a gorgeous tropical garden.

We recommend it to: Travelers who want to escape the crowd of the city and try authentic Thai food inside a man-made jungle

Location: Ratchapruek Rd, Tambon Nong Kwai, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

  • This restaurant is situated in Chiang Mai and Mae Sot, Tak, the place is best-known for the exquisite scenery of a rainforest, creating an unparalleled atmosphere of a jungle
  • Visitors can enjoy a wide selection of Thai, regional, and seasonal dishes, elaborately prepared with fresh vegetables, served with excellence and hospitality.
  • Open daily for lunch and dinner from 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 10pm

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