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Chiang Mai Food Guide

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.

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

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Updated: 13th August, 2017
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Chiang Dao Nest 2

THAI RESTAURANT

"A bit pricey but fantastic Thai food. Especially the Panang curry and fried morning glory salad."

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Kanjana restaurant

THAI RESTAURANT

"Great place for khao soi. I visited multiple times."

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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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Barrab

THAI RESTAURANT

"Brilliant northern Thai food. The signature dish (barrab) was the highlight for me - a type of pork laab."

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Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak ข้าวขาหมูช้างเผือก

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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Street Pizza

ITALIAN RESTAURANT

"Possibly the best pizza I've had in SE Asia, although it doesn't have much competition. Trendy little place with great pizza dough, delicious toppings and pretty good wine to go with it."

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Huen Phen

THAI RESTAURANT

"Really great restaurant specialising in Northern Thai cuisine. I think all of the customers were Thai and Chinese when I was there but I'm not sure why it's not more popular with the western crowd."

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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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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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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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CNX Bar

THAI RESTAURANT

"A local told me it's a great place to drink and that all the food is amazing. It was pretty empty when we went but it was the final night of Songkran so that might be why."

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The Swan Burmese Cuisine

BURMESE RESTAURANT

"Tasty tea leaf salad and plenty of other choices."

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Burmese Restaurant

THAI STREET FOOD

"Cheap Burmese food. I had the tamarind leaf salad which was fresh and delicious, the egg plant curry which was nice but nothing special and some rice all for 70B."

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Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

THAI RESTAURANT

"Very popular with tourists. I had the panang curry which was quite different from the normal style (and not quite as good) but I still really enjoyed it."

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SP Chicken

THAI STREET FOOD

"roasts whole small birds on a customised spit at the front of its Old City restaurant"

— From Guardian article"

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Khao Soi Islam ร้านข้าวซอยอิสลาม

THAI STREET FOOD

"Maybe I got them on a bad day but I didn't enjoy their khao soi."

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Kat's Kitchen

THAI RESTAURANT

"I went here for the khao soi but it was average and the fried noodles weren't crispy."

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Microkosmos Chiang Dao

THAI CRAFT BEER BAR BAR

"Really nice chilled craft beer bar. They also have 2 rooms."

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Akha Ama Coffee

THAI CAFE

"Cute little cafe which mostly had tourists. They had a bottles of "black juice" which is strong cold coffee."

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