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Chiang Mai Food Guide

If you're short on time, don't miss our Self-Guided Food Tour of the very best food in Chiang Mai.

Thailand's second largest city has a very different feel to Bangkok. Northern food is influenced by Laos and Myanmar (Burma). There is a lot of sticky rice and chillies.

Local dishes: Khao Soi.

Related Pages: Chiang Mai's Khao Soi .

Below is some of the best food in Chiang Mai...

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Updated: 10th February, 2019
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Khao Soi Nimman

THAI RESTAURANT

"This famous upscale restaurant has one of my favourite ever khao soi curries. They offer lots of different meat options, but obviously chicken is the most traditional."

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Kadnomsenกาดหนมเส้น

THAI STREET FOOD

"Unfortunately they'd run out of the khao soi when I arrived just before 5pm on my first visit but I had their Burmese salad (50B) which was fantastic! I wasn't impressed with their mango smoothie (50B) though as it was so thick with ice that it took me about 30 minutes to finish it."

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Som Tam Udon蟹沙律

THAI RESTAURANT

"One of my favourite restaurants in Chiang Mai. It's a huge place full of locals and it specialises in som tum (papaya salad) and BBQ meats."

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L'éléphantเลเลฟอง

FRENCH RESTAURANT

"the jewel in the crown is called L'Elephant Sirmankaljarn Soi 11 and although quite established is filled with only locals. Very talented Thai Chef who trained at cordon Bleu in Bangkok."

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Cherng Doi Roast Chicken

THAI STREET FOOD

"I initially read about this place in a Guardian article where it mentioned the "cosy garden setting" where the chef "grills boneless strips to crispy-outer and tender-inner perfection". Recently I was recommended it again by David from David's Kitchen who said it's one of his favourite restaurants in the city."

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Sornchan Chiang Mai Food

THAI RESTAURANT

"Out of the five times I've tried to go here, it's only been open once, so I have no idea what kind of business they're running, but the food is great. It's northern Thai."

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Beast Burger

AMERICAN RESTAURANT

"I had their signature Beast Burger and it was really great! The fries are good but not great."

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The Hideout

THAI RESTAURANT

"Trendy western cafe serving a range of sandwiches, salads and breakfasts. It was recommended by my sister, so I went to check it out one morning."

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Dash!

THAI RESTAURANT

"Very popular with tourists but for once I agree!"

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Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueakข้าวขาหมูช้างเผือก

THAI STREET FOOD

"Known as "Cowboy hat lady", she's very famous and is worthy of it. It's basically pork and rice but it's done really well."

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Labkai

THAI RESTAURANT

"Named after their signature chicken laab dish, this is a Northern Thai restaurant with a great menu."

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Ongtong

THAI STREET FOOD

"I had their signature salad (#1) and khao soi fried noodles with northern sausage (#44). Both were delicious and made for a good combo."

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RAWtruckr Nimman

KOREAN STREET FOOD

"Delicious Korean fried chicken. The first time I had half a kilo of boneless thigh in spicy sauce (160B) and loved it."

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Local Khao Soi

THAI STREET FOOD

"Even after asking the staff (who did't speak English) and some customers (who did), I was unable to find the name of this place. I expect it doesn't have a name."

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Best Mango Sticky Rice

THAI DESSERT

"Great place for Mango Sticky Rice (50B) but they also do egg custard and sticky rice (20B) and banana/sweet potato in coconut milk (both 20B). Seating is outside but I think if you buy something from 'At Chiang Mai' behind it, you can probably sit inside with A/C."

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By Hand Pizza Cafe

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

"Really great pizza made out in the restaurant for you to watch. I had the chorizo pizza and added some fresh ricotta."

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Khao Soi Khun Yai

THAI STREET FOOD

"Noticeably different from most Khao Sois, it had an added depth and sourness to it. It really reminded me of Boat Noodles in Bangkok, so I asked the owner if they use pork blood but she said they don't and I wasn't able to find out where the sour taste was coming from."

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Rosy-Cheeks

FUSION RESTAURANT

"The chef and owner, Fuji, spoke to me for a little while (in perfect English) and told me about his journey to lead him to convert the lower floor of his house in to a restaurant."

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