Last updated on May 14th, 2020 at 01:44 pm
Chiang Mai is the jewel of northern Thailand and the restaurant choices are top notch. As a favourite hangout of digital nomads, you are spoiled for choices from Thai food to the best vegan restaurants. I have visited Chiang Mai as a tourist and lived there as a DN, so I thought it’s high time I write down a list of all my favourite eateries so I can compile my recommendations in one place.
One of the most highly rated Thai restaurants in Chiang Mai, Cooking Love certainly lives up to its name. The food is delicious and affordable, although probably better for sharing than going on your own! I tried their green curry with chicken and pineapple fried rice, and I have to say I prefer the former.
The restaurant itself is small but bright in the eastern part of the old town. It gets busy during lunch and dinner time so make sure to get there earlier or book a table.
Address: 18/7-8 Ratchadamnoen Road Sri Poom Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 9:00 – 23:00
Farm House Story
Farm House Story is a cute farm themed restaurant along a quiet lane in the central east part of Chiang Mai old town. The restaurant is open air style with a raised platform floor seating as well as regular seats, serving wholesome, organic thai style food and drinks.
A meal costs around 100 Baht depending on what you order. I’ve had both their signature farm house story set as well as the thai green curry set and can vouch for both! The staff are all very nice and it’s a great place to chill with a book or chat with friends.
Address: 7 Rachadamnoen Rd Soi 5, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening times: closed Wednesday, 8:30 – 20:30
Khao Soy Maesai
Between the old town and the Maya Mall is this small local joint that has become famous for its Khao Soi. Locals and tourists alike flood to this restaurant for its delicious food and affordability.
The menu is fairly simple, and it makes no sense to order anything other than Khao Soi when you are here. It only costs me 60 Baht for Khao Soi with chicken leg and a small Thai Milk Tea. What more do you want in life?
Usually, I’m not a fan of chicken drumsticks because it can be difficult to eat.
Address: 29/1 Ratchaphuek Alley, Tambon Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300
Opening times: Closes Sunday, 8:00 – 16:00
Aroy Dee Restaurant
For good service, good price, and good food, Aroy Dee is a safe bet with fuss free dishes for individuals or groups. Pad thai, fried rice of every kind, a plethora of curries and fish dishes, it’s a collection of everyone’s favourite thai dishes. The cooking station is right by the street front, treating you to a good show, too.
I had a fried basil with crispy pork belly with a thai milk tea – which set me back 120 baht. It is pricier than street stalls but you get to sit comfortably with a clean bathroom. And WiFi!
Address: 157 Mun Mueang Rd, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300
Opening times: Close Sunday, 9:00 – 23:00
Kiet Ocha Khao Man Gai
Seeking the best chicken rice? Even the Chinese come to Kiet Ocha Khao Man Gai. It’s around the corner from the Three King’s Monument, another fuss free dining spot where you can see the chicken being prepped. I love that they have a variety of portion sizes available – small, medium, and large. The rice, interestingly, is ordered separately but will come with soup.
I got a small chicken with rice and that’s 60 baht.
Address: 41-43 Intrawarorot Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening times: 6:00 – 15:00
Although there’s nothing particularly special about Salad Concept, I like the sprawling restaurant and its location in Ninnman. They have a good variety of vegetarian and vegan food to choose from, in particular the surprisingly good recreation of mac and cheese with vegan cheese. It’s a failsafe choice that I want to put in here in case you’re in Ninnman and looking for a bite.
Address: 49/9-10 ถนน นิมมานเหมินทร์ Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 9:00 – 22:00
With its retro decor and high ceiling, Goodsouls Kitchen is a mix of old New York and Thai style. The seatings are spacious with a mostly western vegan menu. The best part is their amazing brunches – I particularly love their pancake. While it is more expensive than local eateries, it’s still great value for money.
They have Wi-Fi and outlets, so for any DN you can totally work here for the whole day and enjoy their delicious and healthy food.
Address: 52/3 Singharat Rd, Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 7:00 – 22:00
Khunkae’s Juice Bar / Healthy Juice By Khunkae
Craving something healthy and fruity? This little shack is a smoothie bowl lover’s dream come true. It resembles a colourful beach shack decorated with charms and mismatched furniture. They have Wi-Fi as well! A full smoothie bowl is a little too big even for me, so if you don’t normally have a big appetite, you might want to share.
Cost: juices are about 50 baht, a smoothie bowl 90 baht.
Address: Si Phum Sub-district, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 9:00 – 19:30
A serene restaurant with ponds and a courtyard, the Blue Diamond has both meat and veggie options. You can choose to sit on the floor between the water or on the table in the courtyard or inside. Their fried rice is delicious and there’s even a small grocery stall attached/next to it selling fresh vegetables and fruits.
It’s another good spot for working, but interestingly they do charge you for using their outlets to charge your laptop.
Address: 35/1 Moon Muang Rd Soi 9, ตำบล ศรีภูมิ Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: Closed Sunday; 7:00 – 21:00