An Expat’s Guide to Eating in Chiang Mai

As I stated in my last blog post about things to  do in Chiang Mai, I couldn’t include eating in that list. Why? Because the food in Chiang Mai is amazing and deserves its own post. Seriously, Chiang Mai has some of the most delicious restaurants I have ever tried. These are some of my favorites ranging from cheap thai joints to pricier western food. Chiang Mai truly has it all.

The Duke’s


If you are craving a bite from home, The Duke’s is the place to go. They have delicious pastas, hamburgers, and pizzas. My personal favorite are their nachos, which are loaded with sour cream, salsa, and melted cheese. SO GOOD. They have two locations- one by the night market and one on the river.

By Hand Cafe


In my opinion, By Hand Cafe serves the best pizza in Chiang Mai. However, the pizza takes lots of time to make as they only have one wood-fired oven, so don’t head here if you are in a hurry. By Hand is located on Moon Muang Rd Soi 7.

Angel’s Secrets


Breakfast at Angel’s Secrets is one of my favorite ways to start the day. They have an assortment of fresh healthy shakes, delicious croissants and pastries, and tasty mango lassi’s. They also have thai food later on in the day for lunch.

Dada Kafe


Dada Kafe has some of the best healthy western and thai food around. My personal favorite is their veggie sandwich served on whole grain bread paired with their mixed berry shake with coconut milk.

Mushashi Sushi


This trendy sushi bar is located in Nimman right next door to New York New York Hair Salon. It’s definitely a pricy option in Chiang Mai, but I adore sushi and have to get my fix every once in a while. This place has the best and most authentic sushi that I have found in Thailand.

Dash! Restaurant and Bar


Dash has delicious food and a beautiful atmosphere. The restaurant is off the main road and set in a beautiful garden. The food is very good as well, particularly their thai spicy salads and fresh spring rolls.

The Swan Burmese Cuisine


Food at the Burmese Swan is very tasty and the prices are low. The tea leaf salad here is to die for.

Addy’s Happy Smoothies


Addy’s Smoothies doesn’t look like much, but they have tasty cheap thai food and a plethora of fresh fruit for breakfast options. They are located right across from the food market on Moon Muang Soi 6. Their pad thai comes with a huge portion for only 40 baht.

Bird’s Nest


Bird’s Nest has a great laid back vibe and delicious food. They have organic and vegetarian food and small homemade goods for take-away.

Bake & Bite


I couldn’t leave out Bake & Bite as it is a personal favorite and I usually end up going here about once a week. Bake & Bite feels like an at home diner, with pancakes, omelets, and bagels with cream cheese. They also have a tasty Mexican food section on the menu. The turkey and potato enchiladas are quite good.

Hungry yet? Make sure you try these places out the next time you’re in Chiang Mai. You won’t regret it! 🙂


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