The dining scene in Chiangmai is an interesting blend of traditional northern Thai cuisine, regional Thai flavours and an array of international offerings. From street side eateries to fine dining restaurants, a great dining experience awaits you in Chiangmai. Get set to tingle your taste buds with sumptuous food as you visit the following top five restaurants in Chiangmai.
(Nimmanhemin Soi 13)
The restaurant is located on a quiet lane just off the Nimmanhaemin artist strip. The open-air restaurant with a laid back ambience is the place to head to if you are keen to sample some great northern Thai cuisine. Some of the popular dishes here include larb kua (fried minced park salad), deep-fried chicken wings), kaeng hang le (northern Thai style curry), and nam prik (chilli dips).
(25-27-29 Charoenrat Rd)
Head to the Gallery if you are seeking a fine dining experience. The restaurant combines Thai art and craft with the fine art of traditional cooking and serves up what can be termed as a treasure trove of food items. The fish is highly recommended, as are the curries on the menu that are spiced to your taste. The restaurant remains open till midnight.
(Rachamanka Rd., inside the Old City wall)
The restaurant has been serving sumptuous northern Thai fare for more than four decades. It enjoys a reputation of serving the best khao sois in Chiangmai. You can choose from a range of northern Thai fare prepared according to the family recipe. Dinner is served in the atmospheric dining room while you can also have lunch in the non-descript open-air section.
(208 Patan Rd., north of city centre)
The restaurant is owned by a local celebrity and folk-singer, Soontaree Vechanont. Head to the restaurant to enjoy a sumptuous cuisine backed by an authentic Lanna experience, and complete with music and a great ambience. The restaurant is set by the River Ping and is decorated in an impressive northern Thai style. The menu features both classic and specialty northern Thai fare and is open till midnight.
(13 Charoenrat Rd)
The riverside restaurant-bar is popular both for its food and location. Considered to be an institution in Chiangmai, it offers a fantastic Thai, Japanese and international menu and quality live band entertainment. The wooded interiors offer a cosy, living room feel. There’s also an al fresco garden terrace overlooking the river.