Where to Eat in Chiang Mai

Where to Eat in Chiang Mai:

There are so many choices when deciding where to eat in Chiang Mai…

One of the many highlights of visiting Chiang Mai has got to be all the incredible food! The food scene here is so diverse; from traditional Thai street food, to Mexican feasts and Organic cafes, there really is something for everyone.

I was recently lucky enough to spend a whole month eating my way through Chiang Mai…So if you are wondering where to eat in Chiang Mai, here are my top choices!

The Free Bird Cafe

The Place to eat Pancakes in Chiang Mai

Where to eat in Chiang Mai - pancakes

This quirky cafe just outside the old city serves amazing breakfasts. Healthy and indulgent options are both covered on the menu, which ranges from french toast, to smoothie bowls to free-range eggs. This organic, fair-trade and ethically sourced cafe offers plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too. Profits from Free Bird support the Thai Freedom House Charity, which is dedicated to assisting families and individuals who are refugees from Burma and members of minority groups of Thailand.

Where? : Just outside the moat of the Old City on Maneenopparat Rd

When? : 9am-5pm

How Much?: 180-210 THB

Must Try: Trail Mix pancake (just don’t eat anything before!)


The Place for Brekkie and Coffee in Chiang Mai

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Wondering where to eat a great breakfast in Chiang Mai then this is the place for you to check out.  Their amazing breakfast selection includes granola, poached eggs and breakfast pizzas! Overstated previously won the award for ‘Best Breakfast in Chiang Mai’ and it’s truly deserved. The real star of the show is their coffee! I am definitely not a coffee snob but this is where I had my best coffee in Chiang Mai. It’s also popular spot for those looking for a cafe to work or study in.

 Where? : Ratchamanka Road Soi 2

When? : 8.30am – 4pm

How Much?: 100 – 200 THB

Must Try:  Coffee (Almond milk latte!)

The Salad Concept

The place to eat Salad in Chiang Mai

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If you love fresh, healthy ingredients then you are going to love Salad Concept. This was my favourite place when I fancied a salad and it was always spot on! You can choose from the menu, or create your own from a choice of ingredients, toppings and dressings. I loved making my own combinations of all the fresh ingredients I fancied that day!  Wraps, soups and sweet treats are available too but it’s really all about the salad! Also a great spot for breakfast, smoothies and juices!

Where? : The Ninman Road

When? : 11am-10pm

How Much? : Salads around 150-250 THB

Must Try: Design your perfect salad!

The Vegetarian Stand

The place to eat a Vegetarian meal in Chiang Mai

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If you are vegetarian and looking for where to eat in Chiang Mai, head to the basement level in the Maya Mall. This vegetarian eatery was my favourite place for a quick and delicious lunch in Chiang Mai. I loved filling my plate with a selection of dishes, all which are loaded with fresh veggies and cooked only with olive oil, perfect for the health conscious.

Where? : Basement Level in Maya Mall

When? : 11am-10pm Weekdays/ 10am-10pm Weekends

How Much?:  20THB per dish or 30THB for a dish with rice.

Must Try: The Spicy Pumpkin and Shredded Mushroom (for meat lovers, this had the exact texture of chicken!)

Wrap Master

The place to eat Mexican in Chiang Mai

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Wrap Master really are the masters of Mexican food, which meant I ate here far too many times! Their freshly made tortillas are loaded, and I mean loaded, with an awesome burrito filling of rice and black beans. The original wrap is vegetarian, but you can add chicken or pork if you like. You can personalise your burrito from a huge selection of toppings, including fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts, pickles and sauces. Tacos, Nachos and sweet potato fries available too.

Where? : Basement Level in Maya Mall

When? : 11am – 9pm

How Much?:  80 THB, extra for toppings

Must Try: The original burrito

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The Larder Cafe

The place to eat Avocado in Chiang Mai

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If you are an avocado lover, (like me!), then this is the place for you. They have a great breakfast menu with plenty of avo and egg combos! Don’t worry if you fancy something sweet, they have you covered with a range of fruit, yoghurt and muesli and smoothies! We had great service here and there is a lovely outdoor area out the front. Their lunch menu looked great too.

Where? : Just off the Nimman Road

When? : 8.30- 3pm

How Much? : Around 150 – 200 THB

Must Try: Any ago and egg combo with added halloumi!

The Night Bazaar

The place to eat Street Food in Chiang Mai

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Everywhere you go in Thailand there are so many street food vendors. Often  people advise that you avoid them, but I disagree! Some of the best Thai food we had was from the stalls at the side of the road, so you must try them! The Night Bazaar is a great place to eat in Chiang Mai, with every Thai street food you can think of, plus it’s delicious and cheap! For a healthy option I often opted for the papaya salad and fresh (not fried) spring rolls!

Where? : Thanon Chang Khlan

When? : Every evening

How Much? : Cheap!!

Must Try: Fresh spring rolls

David’s Kitchen

The place to go for Fine Dining in Chiang Mai

Where to eat in Chiang Mai - fine dining

We had such an amazing experience at David’s Kitchen, it really is the place to go for a special celebration or treat (we went for my birthday!). Right from the moment we left our taxi, we were greeted with a member of staff holding an umbrella for us. At the entrance hall we were given a warm and welcoming greeting and we were treated so well throughout (including birthday decorations for me!) The menu is full of so many amazing dishes that we had to have a three course meal! The food was incredible – honestly some of the best I’ve ever tasted, the atmosphere was perfect (the piano player was such a great addition) and and I left feeling well and truly spoilt by all of the staff.

Where? : 113 Bamrungrad Road

When? : 5pm-10pm Mon-Sat

How Much? : Our most expensive meal out, but much cheaper than fine dining at home – and totally worth it!

Must Try: Beef Bouringoun – it literally fell apart!


The place to go for Sushi in Chiang Mai

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This is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down over the mountains, after a day of work, with a drink in hand. It is also the place where we found my favourite sushi. There is quite an extensive menu here, but we opted for the nibbles menu, and choose a selection of sushi plates and vegetable skewers. The food was really good… so good we had to go back on our last evening! They have a wide range of drinks on offer and a huge and crazy cocktail list,  which come in all shapes, sizes … and with smoke!

Where? : Top floor of the Maya Mall

When? : Open from 5pm

How Much? : Sharing sushi plates were around 180 THB

Must Try: Prawn and avocado sushi

I hope this helps when deciding where to eat in Chiang Mai! Let me know if you try any of these places, I would love to hear what you think! Please share any other recommendations in the comments too! Remember another great thing to do  is attend a Chiang Mai Cooking Class! 

Thank you for reading,

The Healthy Backpacker x

By | 2018-02-14T09:52:39+00:00 May 16th, 2017|3 Comments


  1. Katelyn May 29, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this! I seriously drooled over several of your Instagram photos! I just started my Chiang Mai planning and your blog (and awesome Instagram feed) is going to be my travel guide for my time in northern Thailand! Any recommendations for accommodations?

    • nicki July 3, 2017 at 4:48 am - Reply

      I’ve only just seen this Katelyn – sorry! Where did you stay in the end?

  2. Heather June 30, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    If you have kids dinner at Nic’s is a MUST!!! Great food and our kids had a wonderful time! Kuddos to their great service as well!!

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