Best food in Chiang Mai
Meet Annie from Sell Up Go Travel, she has worked in cosmetics and fashion, while most recently running her own successful business for 4 years. She is very fond of big dogs, loves trance music and she enjoys travelling the world at a slow pace. She wrote a guest post for us about best food in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai is located in the north of Thailand, surround by huge mountains, plenty of rain forests and warm weather all year round. These are the 3 main reasons we decided to go to Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai has my heart, not only for it’s beauty and the delicious food but for the amazing trips you can take around out of city. When you visit I highly recommend taking a trip up to Pai! It is a beautiful relaxed destination and while you are there don’t forget to check out the street food scene which I have covered deeper in my post about Pai
Thailand is one of the cheapest countries to live in South East Asia and offers a high quality of life. Unlike it’s more crowded and bustling big brother Bangkok– Chiang Mai has a slower pace of life and is one of the top hubs and ‘home’ to many digital nomads.
You can find heaps of different varieties of food from all over the world, another reason we decided to go to Thailand was our love for Pad Thai. Since we are real foodies, I started to document all the tasty and the best value for money places to eat. Here goes my list for all my favourite places to eat, hope you get to experience these places as much as we did!
2 – Eggs
2 – Toast
1 – Cup coffee
1 – Glass of orange juice
With jam/butter and a piece of ham
Cost – 59 Baht/1.80USD
This place offers a range of food at affordable prices! They have a good selection of other breakfast stuff which you can order off the menu. When you are there try the Egg Benedict with spinach. It makes your day each and every time you walk into this cafe and you are guaranteed to be greeted with a huge smile! The breakfast starts from 6am to 10am, use the side entrance as the mall doesn’t open till 11am
2 – Scrambled eggs
2 – Pieces of home baked ciabatta bread.
Side of freshly cut tomatoes and Anchor butter
Cost – 100 Baht/3USD
If you don’t feel like a proper breakfast, then order the French toast with boysenberries it is absolutely delicious. Weekends are not a good time to go as they are very busy, try to go there during the weekdays. Keep in mind they are closed on Tuesday & Wednesdays. Opening hours are 8:30am to 3pm so don’t miss out!
1 – Gourmet homemade burger
1 – Chips or onion rings
1 – Soft drink
Cost 300 Baht/10USD
If you are tired of noodles and rice, you should make your way to The Dukes restaurant. They have the best burger selection in town, this place offers a huge menu with true American style food. Here is a list of some of the items from their menu, woodfire pizza, juicy Australian beef, seafood, hot dogs and much more. Be sure to get there before 11pm as they do close at 11:30pm
The Best Pad Thai
1 – Pad Thai
Cost – 114 Baht/3.50USD
You will find Pad Thai with or without noodles everywhere in Chiang Mai, but the best Pad Thai is to be had just before you leave at the airport.
Black Canyon Coffee is on the 2nd floor and is a great way to leave the city with an awesome taste in your mouth.
Falafel BTC International restaurant
1 – Falafel Pita
1 – Fruit shake (try the mango)
Cost – 100 Baht/3USD
They have the advertisement on the fence before you enter the restaurant, this deal is not on their menu so ask for a falafel combo with the fruit shake. This restaurant is on the intersection of the night bazaar and the sushi restaurant.
Jok Sompet Chinese restaurant
2 – Chicken Jok
1 – Chicken leg with noodles or rice
Cost 135 Baht/4USD
If you like authentic Chinese food as much as we do, then this is the place to be! Jok is Chinese porridge made from rice and you can add any kind of meat. You can find dim sums and all sorts of noodle dishes starting from 30 Baht/1USD. If you are looking for a midnight snack you can stop by this restaurant as it is open 24/7
1 – Giant burrito with slow braised red chill beef served with crispy tortilla chips, tomato salsa and sour cream
Cost – 199 Baht/6USD
Salsa kitchen is a true taste of Mexico! They have a choice of combination platters so you can try bit of everything. While you are there, I highly recommend the frozen margaritas. Go for the 1 litre pitcher for 359 Baht/11USD as its great value for money.
1 – Teriyaki chicken and rice
1 – Egg
Cost – 60 Baht/USD1.90
You can find a great deal of food on the 1st floor of Maya mall, lot’s of healthy choices to choose from the food hall. Here is a quick tip, place an order and make your way to Rimpping supermarket to buy a soda as it is half the price of the food court.
We hope you like Chiang Mai and get to explore all those places listed above! Let us know in the comments below if you enjoyed reading or by sharing this article (as sharing is caring).
Bio: Hi i’m Annie from Sell Up Go Travel , our home town is Auckland, New Zealand. We love trance music and endless summers:)
We have sold up our life to pursue our dreams of slow world travel, with carry on luggage only. Currently travelling through Southeast Asia, documenting along the way her adventures on her blog.