Street carts and food stalls are EVERYWHERE. Enjoy lots of tasty khao soi (egg noodles), pad thai, noodle soups, grilled meats and stir-fried veggies. Do not be afraid, enjoy as many as you can.
1. SP Chicken – Best Chicken in Your Life
Located on Sam Larn Road just around the corner from the Wat Phra Singh, SP Chicken has the most delicious Issan-style roast chicken in town. Opened in 1977 by Chavalit Van, or Mr. Lit, has created a legendary staple for both locals and travelers. Any chicken dish will be the best chicken you’ve ever had in your life!
2. Whole Earth Restaurant – Best All-Around
Looking for a good combination of Thai, Indian and vegetarian flairs? Whole Earth Restaurant is a casual and charming gem that’ll you’ll be thrilled to stumble upon. With a traditional Thai architecture serving traditional Thai cuisine, Whole Earth Restaurant is bang for the buck for what you’re getting: fantastic service, delicious dishes and gorgeous scenery. The best part: night market is right around the corner!
3. Krua Phech Doi Ngam – Best Lanna-Style Cuisine
$$$$ 267/1 Mahidon Rd, Pa Daet, Mueang,, Other Zone, Chiang Mai, Thailand (map)
Where locals hang out! Located on Mahidol Road outside the Old Town, Krua Phech Doi Ngam serves the most delectable Lanna-style food in all of Chiang Mai. The dish to get is Kang Jin Hoo, which is boiled beef in chili curry. The menu is in Thai, so it’s okay to ask the restaurant to give you a taste of their signature dishes. If you love local herbs and spicy food, then this is the perfect spot for you. Get ready to hang with the locals!
4. The House Restaurant – Best Fusion Flavors
Although its menu is on the more expensive side, The House has been hailed as one of the best fusion restaurants in Chiang Mai. Dishes are creative, such as: red tilapia with tom yam sauce, BBQ King prawns on a bed of pineapple fried rice served with strawberry fruit salad. If you’re craving for a bit of east meets west with fantastic ambiance, you won’t be disappointed at The House.
5. Tacos Bell – Best Street Food Cart
$$$$ On Ratchapachinai Road in Old Town (map)
Tacos Bell is a tiny food cart outside the farang party area on Ratchapachinai Road in Old Town. A local Thai serves up incredibly delicious tacos full of spicy Thai ingredients. That’s right, Mexican food in Chiang Mai! And each is just a little over USD $1. This makes Tacos Bell great for snacking after a long night of imbibing.
* BONUS RECOMMENDATIONS:
Kalapela – Best Ambiance For Tea Time
The continent of Asia is known for fantastic teas and specialized tea leaves vary throughout different regions. In Thailand, that’s also true. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a peaceful setting and sip on a wide variety of teas, you might want to head over to Kalapela. It’s partly a tea shop, a hotel and a restaurant. If you’re down for a glass of wine, they also have cheese plates. This place isn’t cheap compared to other restaurants in the city but it’s definitely worth a visit for good ol’ tea time!
Sukontha Buffet – Craziest Eating Experience
$$$$ 46/1 Huay Kaew Road, T. Chang Puek A.Muang Chiangmai
Sukontha Buffet is a massive hot pot place located behind the Hillside Condo Plaza. It is said that over 2,000 people can eat here at the same time, and there were no farangs in sight. Just you and 2,000 Thais, and lots of tasty hot pots cooking away. If you’re a big fan of hanging with locals and eating street food together, then find this place. Eat here, you will be very happy. Tip: If you can’t find this place, tell your driver: Sukonthan MOO-GA-TA.