The Best Restaurants In Chiang Mai
The restaurant industry in Chiang Mai caters to a wide range of palettes. Of course, you will find traditional and regional Thai dishes easily at most any restaurant in the city, but international cuisine also plays a major role in the Chiang Mai culinary scene as well. From street food vendors to upscale sit town restaurants that offer an East Meets West foodie experience, Chiang Mai has something to satisfy virtually any taste. Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai, along with a brief overview of what to expect when you go.
DK David’s Kitchen At 909
DK David’s Kitchen At 909 is known as one of the finest eateries in the region. Menu offerings include European and French favorites like roasted duck and truffles as well as traditional Thai dishes and fusion foods. DK Davids offers a wine menu that features some of the finest labels known to wine connoisseurs. DK David’s Kitchen is everything you would expect from an upscale eatery – complete with linen table clothes and napkins. Be advised that DK David’s Kitchen is popular and fills up quickly, so reservations are recommended, which will include a personalized printed greeting from the staff on your table upon arrival.
Tong Restaurant and Bar
Tong Restaurant and Bar is the go-to place for authentic Northern Thai cuisine. Here, you will find local favorites like nam prik, larb kua and kaeng hang le. Along with the traditional flavor comes heavy usage of curry – which means most dishes are quite spicy. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Thai or aren’t familiar with the names of dishes. The menu has simplified English translations for this reason. The menu prices are a bit more expensive at Tong than other local eateries offering the same dishes, but it remains a very popular place – so expect an hour wait for a table. Tong is an open air restaurant where you can enjoy your meal outdoors on their wooden furniture as well as have a drink at their trendy outdoor bar.
The Gallery is very unique gem steeped in Thai history in the heart of Chiang Mai. The building was constructed in 1892 as a silk shop and family residence. Today, the building is home to a craft shop and art gallery in the front (hence the name), while in the back of the building you will find a quaint open air restaurant nestled along the Ping River. The Gallery is decorated in traditional Lanna style and features lots of beautiful teak wood in its design. At night, the restaurant area is lit with ambient lighting and tree lanterns that reflect off the adjacent river to create a warm, festive atmosphere. The Gallery serves mostly Thai food and is the perfect spot for a romantic evening.
You will recognize Dash as soon as you see it, even though it’s nestled in the back alleyways of the city, near the Pae Gate. It’s an impressive teak wood building with two floors, built in a traditional Thai style. Every door and window of the building opens onto the beautiful cobblestone courtyard outside, which is surrounded by lush, tropical greenery. There is also an interior dining area, which is surprisingly modern, considering the traditional architecture of the building. You will find all the traditional Thai favorites on the Dash menu, along with lots of Western cuisine like burgers, salads and even cheesecake. Dash is quite popular with locals and tourists and continues to get stellar reviews. Reservations are not required, but you may have to wait for a table when you visit.
The Khantoke Dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center is something that every visitor to the city should experience. It’s a dinner theater combo, with guests being seated on bamboo mats on the floor and are served communal dishes for sharing at the table, which consist of traditional Thai foods. While seated, guests are entertained by cultural performances on the Center’s stage, which feature sword dancers and drum performances. The show lasts about two hours and is family-friendly as well, in case you are traveling with children. The Cultural Center is also open in the daytime and features market stalls with Thai handicrafts and an on-site cafe.