Adam’s Favorite Authentic Thai Food & Bakery in Chiang Mai
Pad Thai: (Fried Noodles with Bean Sprouts, Tofu, Dried Shrimp, Veggies) — optional chicken or fresh shrimp
#1. Pad Thai Street Food Stall – Some rate this as the best Pad Thai in Chiang Mai. Served with nice condiments on the side, there’s basic seating by the side of the road. It’s 2.6 KM south of the Nawarat Bridge at Charoen Muang Rd. on Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road (106) just 120 Meters south of the Holiday Inn and directly across from big tree #48. (Price: 25-35 Baht) 6 PM – 12 AM
#2. Pad Thai Restaurant – This is a simple, sit-down joint and still highly noted. It’s located 2.1 KM south of Tha Pae Rd. on Chang Klan Road next to the 7-11, which is next to Chiang Mai Land Road. (Price: 40 Baht)
#3. Pad Thai Street Food Stall, Chiang Moi Road, on Soi 3 (Look for the “Pad Thai” sign)
Hours: 6 PM??-11 PM?? (Price: 30 Baht)
https://maps.google.co.th/maps?q=18.789582,98.995441 (not 100% sure of this location)
Khao Soi: (A Northern Thailand Dish–Spicy Yellow Coconut Curry Egg Noodle Soup) – with Chicken, Pork, or Beef (traditionally served with a slice of lime, onions, and pickled cabbage.)
#1. Khao Soi Mae Sai is located on Ratchapuek Alley Road. See the map below for the location. Other wonderful condiments (crushed peanuts, chili powder/paste, sugar, vinegar) are on each table.
The easiest way to get there (from the inner city) is:
A. Go to Huay Kaew Road (heading west past Kad Suan Kaew)
B. Go past the Shell Station and take the FIRST AVAILABLE U-Turn to get to the east-bound lane.
C. Turn left (north) on Ratchapuek Alley Road (directly across from the Shell Station)
D. Proceed one block, turn right, go another block, then turn left, and go about 1-2 blocks.
The (house by night)/restaurant by day will be on your left and across from the yellow, Universal Body Building store. At noon, it’s usually very busy. Hours: 10 AM to 2 PM Mon-Sat. (Price: 35 Baht)
#2. Khao Soi Khun Yai’s - In English, Khao Soi Grandmother – Sri Poom Road (between Soi 8 and Soi 9, next to Wat Monthian – on the inner road of the northwest side of the moat.) The sign is in Thai only and it looks like a regular house. Walk through the driveway and on your left, you’ll see a small restaurant and place to sit. Hours:10:00 until 14:00 Mon-Sat. (Price: 30 Baht)
#3. Khao Soi Gai (on Chang Klan Road -Night Bizarre- on the west side just about 75 meters south of Thapae Road) Hours: 11 AM-8 PM, Mon-Fri. (40 Baht)
Pad Kee Mao Gai (Spicy Fried Noodles (or Rice) with Veggies and Chicken) – Still investigating
Khao Pad Tom Yum Gai (Spicy Fried Rice with Chicken)
1. Organic Vegetable Restaurant, Nimmanhaemin road, soi Hillside 3 | Opposite Soi 13.
Hours: 10 AM – 8:00 PM Mon-Sat Cost: 35 Baht
Koi Teaw (Noodle Soup)
#1 Chiang Mai Gate – see above.
Suki – Still investigating
Curries: Gaeng Kiew Wan (Green), Panang, Red, Yellow, Massaman – Still investigating
Tom Yum Gung or Gai (Spicy Soup with Shrimp or Chicken)
#1. Cafe Di Nimman – This is an upper styled place with a great ambiance. The soup is amazing, down to the last spoon full. The portion is enough for two people, especially if you order rice on the side. It’s located on Sirimangkalajarn road soi 13. Hours: 11AM-11 PM (Price: 150 Baht)
Som Tum (Spicy Papaya Salad)
#1. Chiang Mai Gate (Super nice guy from the little cart almost directly across from the Tesco Lotus Express — on the outer side of the inner road of the moat) This is the stand where there are numbers on hooks because there’s usually a line, NOT the other papaya salad stand nearby with the woman.) You can tell the guy if you don’t want certain ingredients added like shrimp (goong), MSG (pong-chu-roat), fish water (nam pblah) etc. Cost: 30 baht – Note: This is for take-out only, however, I usually go to an other food stall nearby, order another dish, and eat everything at one of their tables.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: The Chiang Mai gate at night also has so many other Thai food dishes that are quite delicious; Koi Tiew (noodle soup), Khao mon gai (Chicken and Rice), Pad Thai, and more — all around 30 Baht. There’s even great fruit shakes for about 15-20 Baht.
Vegetarian Thai Food (most veggie restaurants have free, self-served, filtered water)
#1. Ming Kwan Vegetarian Restaurant, 86 Ratchadamnoen Road (near Wat Phra Singh)
This place is AWESOME with a fantastic selection, and good portions. It’s just near Wat Prah Sing toward the end of the Sunday Walking Street on the north side. Hours: 7:30 AM–8:00 PM Everyday Cost: 20-40 Baht for rice and 2-4 items
#2. Tein Sieng Taiwanese Vegetarian Restaurant, Phrapokklao Rd. (just near Chiang Mai Gate)
This popular place (for locals and tourists) has fresh food, served in healthy portions from the selectable buffet, and they cook food throughout the day. The pumpkin curry (fuk tong) –made on random days–is amazing, among other dishes. Hours: 7 AM – 5 PM Cost: 20-35 Baht for rice and 2-4 items
#3. Santhitam Vegetarian Restaurant, Ratchadamli Road, Santhitam, Chiang Mai, near the circle.
This is a small, family ran place and they are friendly and nice people. The food, prices, and service are great. Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM Cost: 20-35 Baht for rice and 1-4 items
CLOSED until further notice **Chiang Mai Vegetarian Society, 42 Mahidol Rd. (½ KM south from the SW corner of the moat) Phone: 053-271-262
This is one of the largest veggie restaurants in Chiang Mai that offer organic ingredients, an amazing selection, and a small store. Hours: Mon-Fri 6 AM – 2 PM. Cost: 15-30 Baht for 1-4 entrees.
Anchan Vegetarian, Nimmanhaeminda road, soi Hillside 3 | Opposite Soi 13
This is an upper-scaled, pricier place with a nice décor and good ambiance. The food is fantastic, made to order, and the portions are large. Hours: 11 AM – 8 PM?? Cost: 60-120 Baht per entree.
Pun Pun (Imm Aim) (Suthep Rd inside Wat Suan Dok & Aside from Sunshine House) 45-80 Baht
“#1 Vegetarian Restaurant, Suthep Road, across from the CMU Pharmacy Cost: 30-40 Baht
#1. Dang Bakery – Deemed as one of the best, this is a fantastic bakery (frequented with mostly locals). They are well known for their crème filled buns (6 for 45 Baht) and other wonderful bakery items. The brownies are also awesome and cost about 30-35 Baht each.
They’re located on Rat U-thit Soi 4, off of Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd. headed south from Chiang Mai center. It’s off the beaten path, but so worth the small trek.
#2. Gateaux House Bakery – The coconut almond pastries are superb at about 29 Baht each. They typically run out of items later in the afternoon. They’re located in the Central Kad Suan Kaew Mall (on the 1st level) at the beginning of Huay Kaew Road (the northwest corner of the moat road). Hours: 11 AM – 8 PM Daily.
#3. Baan Homemade Bakery, They are known for their great, fresh, daily bread and other items.
3/9 Suriyawong Rd., T. Haiya | A. Muang It’s located south of the CM Gate & Wulalai Rd. next to the huge new and used motorcycle shop.
Brownie Hunting: Finding the best brownies in Chiang Mai…
Minimart Convenience Store (sign is in Thai มินิมาร์) – This store has my favorite brownies (topped with cashews or raisins) in Chiang Mai. For 15 baht each, they are moist and chewy, and the are kept in the refrigerator case with the drinks. For the baht, these are better than most at twice the price, in my opinion. The store is located next to a bookstore on Soi 4 off of Suthep Road, just east of the back entrance to Chiang Mai University. They are open from 9 AM – 11 PM daily.
Jagajee Tapas Bar, Nimmanhaemin Rd., soi 15.
There’s no menu because it changes daily depending on the owner’s mood. One signature dish was the cashew nut sweet pepper puree. Cost: 50 Baht for each dish.
Palaad Tawanron: This popular restaurant enjoys an unbeatable location among the forests on the lower slopes of the mountain (above the zoo). The views are great, but it gets busy so be prepared for a long wait for your food. Follow the signs from the right turn near the top of Suthep Road and behind Chiang Mai University. Open: 11:00 AM to midnight; 100 Huay Kaew, tel: (053) 216 039/216576, 217 073, mobile: 081-884-1718, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.palaadtawanron.com.$$
Khun Nai Dern Sai: Is roughly translated as ‘the lady wakes late’ and is the delightful creation of Khun Noi. This is the place to head for an unusual Thai menu, along with cute décor, perfect background music and a nice ambience that attracts bohemian trendies. Open: 17:30 to midnight; Soi 11, Nimminhemin Road, tel: (053) 222 208. $
Dev Mandir Temple, Vegetarian Restaurant, 2 Ratanakosin Rd, Chiang Mai, Phone: 053-226-151
Open: Tues 8pm only. Cuisine: Lacto, Indian
Free Indian vegetarian food every Tuesday evening around 8-8:30pm. Free or donation.
Foreigner (Farang) Food
The Duke’s – One of Chiang Mai’s most popular restaurants for farang food.
Address: 49/4-5 Chiangmai-Lamphun Road (Phone: 053 – 249231)
The pizza they serve, despite it being on the expensive side (about 450 baht for a large for 3 people), is really decent and worth the occasional feasting. It beats out Pizza Company by far and is actually a better value for the amount you get in my opinion.