I’ve been planning to go to Chiang Mai since 2010 but it was only recently that I was able to finally visit the city. Thanks to my ASEAN blogger friends who invited me to join them for a trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand. [Read: Top Tourist Attractions in Chiang Mai]
We’re lucky that we have a Thai friend – Ping of www.blissoutthere.com who accompanied us in gallivanting around Chiang Mai. Because of her, we never ran out of ideas on where to eat and satisfy our gastronomic cravings. [Read: 3 Easy Ways to Go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok]
Here’s the top 5 must-try food and restaurants that we tried during our recent visit to Chiang Mai.
If you want to have a taste of the authentic Northern Thailand cuisine, head over to Kinlum Kindee (pronounced as Ghin Lum Ghin Dee) a popular restaurant in Chiang Mai serving one of the best Lanna food in town.
Must try: Northern Thai Spicy Sausage made from pork and chicken with herbs (Baht60-150); Puu-Ong or grilled local crab paste (Baht60); Spicy chicken turmeric soup with herbs (Baht80); and Northern Thai style stir-fried minced pork with herbs and fresh vegetables on the side.
Address: 9 Soi 11 Nimmanhaemin Rd. Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. Opens daily from 11am to 8pm. Telephone no.: +66 85 867 8993
Khao Soi Khun Yai
Khun Yai is one of the most famous Khao Soi stall in Chiang Mai. Khao Soi is a popular street food in Northern Thailand which originates in Myanmar with Indian influence. Over the years it has evolved into a distinct flavorful Thai food. It’s basically egg noodles served with a creamy coconut milk mixed with curry spices.
Khao Soi Khun Yai literally means Granma’s Kha Soi is popular to both locals and foreigners.
Must try: Khao Soi (Pork, Beef, Chicken) (Baht35-50)
Address: In front of Wat Kuan Kama Temple, Sri Poom Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai. They are open from Monday-Saturday 10am to 2pm.
Guu Fusion Roti & Tea
I must say I have had the best Roti at Guu Fusion Roti & Tea. I never thought that Roti would taste that good. I only ordered the simple roti with butter but it made me want to come back for more. Seriously, the best roti I have tasted so far.
Guu Fusion Roti & Tea serves both sweet and savory roti so you have plenty of options.
Must try: Regular roti and buttered roti (Baht45 and up). DOn’t forget to pour some more condensed milk to make it more sweet and tasty!
Address: Nimmanahaeminda Road, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. Opens daily at 9:30am to 1:30AM. Phone: +66 82 898 8992
Suki Koka Sukiyaki
Situated at the North Gate in Chiang Mai, popularly known as Chang Phueak, is a street food stall named as Suki Koka serving a mouthwatering Thai Suki.
It was already dark when we arrived at Chang Phueak and the place was already packed with diners both locals and foreigners. We had to wait for a while in order to get seated. The wait was worth it. I promise you, the food is really good here.
Must-try: Sukiyaki Stir Fry – pan fried meat (pork,beef, chicken, seafood) with vegetables and a special sauce; Sukiyaki Soup – basically same ingredients with added soup from slow-cooked pork and chicken bones. Price starts at Baht40-60.
Address: Thanon Manee Nop Parat, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Opens daily from 5:30pm to around midnight.
Anchan Noodle Restaurant
Located at Nimmanhemin Soi 7 Road, Suthep Mueang, Chiang Mai, Anchan Noodle Restaurant is one of the most popular vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai. They serve interesting and colorful dishes that will surely entice you to eat more.
Must-try: Anchan Noodle, Anchan rice, and Anchan drink. Kinda difficult to eat here if you do not have a local companion that speaks Thai. Forgot how much was it but it’s pretty much affordable.
Address: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand. Opens daily from 8am to 4pm. Phone: +66 84 949 2828
For coffee lovers, we recommend you try A Day in Chiang Mai Cafe, s small cafe which serves good coffee. It’s located at 107/, Ragang Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand. They are open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.
Where to Stay in Chiang Mai? If you are traveling on a budget, I highly recommend you stay at Fun Wahn Hostel. It’s a walking distance to Khao Soi Khun Yai and Suki Koka Sukiyaki. Also, it has a fun vibe and a good ambiance. Check rates and availability.
How to Go to Chiang Mai? Here’s three easy ways to go to Chiang Mai from Bangkok.