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Chiang Mai Restaurants & Eating

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Chiang Mai's restaurants offer a wide range of food, second only to Bangkok. Naturally it's a good place to sample northern Thai food: in particular, hunt down some khao soi, yellow wheat noodles in curry broth traditionally with chicken (kai') or beef (neua), but available some places as vegetarian or with seafood. Another local speciality is hang ley, Lanna-style pork curry. For those tired of eating rice or noodles there's also a wide range of excellent international food restaurants, from cheap hamburger stands to elaborate Italian eateries.

When you come to Chiang Mai you should try a Khantoke dinner and show. Although these are just for tourists it is still a nice way to spend an evening. The first Khantoke dinner was held in 1953 by Prof Kraisi Nimanhemin who wanted to host a special event for 2 friends leaving Chiang Mai, 2 others were held both in 1953 and thus "Khantoke" dinners are not "authentic" but a relatively recent invention. Khantoke literally means Small bowl, low table (Khan = small bowl. Tok = low level table) There are also many garden restaurants where you can enjoy an excellent Thai meal in a beautiful setting.

It can be hard to find strictly vegetarian food in Chiang Mai, as fish and oyster sauce are used frequently, and the local Buddist monks themselves often eat fish. (Thus, asking for your dish to be prepared "like the monks," which works in other places, does not get the same results in Chiang Mai.) There are a few completely vegetarian options, however.

There are also transient groups of roadside stalls set up in the evening selling simple noodles dishes and snacks that way well be the most authentic Thai food you will find.

Chiang Mai has sprouted a thriving coffee culture as well, having an abundance of roadside stalls to Starbucks-style chains seemingly every few meters. The dilettante baristas consistently squeeze out a decent cup from their electric machines regardless of the price or opulence of their premises. A standard Espresso or long black (Americano) is a mere 30 baht, iced around 35 baht and upwards of 45 baht for more elaborate milk and sprinkles.

Restaurants in Chiang Mai

Thai Funkydog Cafe
Local handmade coffee from a local hill tribe. Fantastic Thai family cooking. All fresh and made by hand, great atmosphere and music, low cost food. Genuine owner who will keep you informed of all the natural products you should eat. The yellow curry is to die for.
Low Budget, in Chiang Mai
Thai Kuaytiaw Reua Koliang
Serves authentic kuaytiow reua (literally "boat noodles", rice noodles in dark broth with beef). It's good stuff anyway.
Low Budget, 25 baht, in Chiang Mai
Thai Muan Baan
A variety of Thai meals, for breakfast and lunch. The food is excellent and the owners and staff are very pleasant and helpful.
Low Budget, in Chiang Mai
Thai Ratana’s Kitchen
Popular for its wide range of Thai dishes and a huge vegetarian selection. 
Low Budget, 30-60 baht, in Chiang Mai
Thai Re-feel Café
 Offers great Thai food, good atmosphere, friendly staff and free billiards.
Low Budget, in Chiang Mai
Thai Sailomjoy Restaurant
Delicious food (Thai, Western and vegetarian), friendly service, and simple and relaxed atmosphere.
Low Budget, in Chiang Mai
Thai Ghekko Garden Bar And Restaurant
Highlights are lemongrass beef and sundried beef. Their chilli crab is also worth a try. Enquire at the bar blackboard to daily specials.
Mid Range, in Chiang Mai
Thai Huen Phen
Specialises in Northern Thai food, and is popular with Thais and foreigners alike. Lunch in the air-conditioned hall is decent enough, but dinner in the very lovely decorated old house in the back is little short of magical. Best of all is the price: a bowl of&n... more
Mid Range, in Chiang Mai
Thai Ob Luang
Serves genuine Thai-Chinese cuisine in a secluded garden setting directly on the Ping River.
Mid Range, in Chiang Mai
Thai Sila Aat
Fresh seafood and a wide selection of Thai and Northern/Lanna specialties. Operated by two sisters.
Mid Range, in Chiang Mai
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