Thai cuisine is popular in most parts of the world. So, it should come as no surprise that Thais hold pride towards their local and national cuisine. In Chiang Mai, you will find many local eateries selling spicy and thick noodles dishes you won’t be able to resist. However, after daily doses of Tom Yum and plates full of Pad Thai, you may want to take a break. Luckily, there are great restaurants that serve authentic cuisines from other parts of the world. For that purpose, here are my personal recommendations on best places to eat in Chiang Mai for a break from Thai food!
Chiang Mai Breakfast World
Let’s start with the first meal of the day. Located within the Old City, Chiang Mai Breakfast World offers a wide breakfast menu. You can get anything from an English and German breakfast to a cheese platter here! Taste wise, they’re delicious. Don’t be alarmed by the price range because what you’re getting is worth every dime you spend, both in quality and quantity!
Even though it’s called the breakfast world, they are open until 5 pm! And the best part is: the breakfast menu is available all day. This place is also known as German Beer Garden, so you should try some of their best beverages in the outdoor garden area. Pick the best dish, grab a cold beer (during lunch and dinner time), and enjoy the ambiance! Please note that Chiang Mai applies a rule where any kind of alcohol beverage is only purchasable from 11 am to 1 pm and then 5 pm to midnight.
Chiang Mai Breakfast World
Address: 24/1 MoonMuang Rd Lane 2, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang M (24/1 ถนนมูลเมือง 2 ตำบล พระสิงห์ อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50200)
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm (everyday)
Website: Chiang Mai Breakfast World
With a French owner, you can expect a hint of fine dining quality and serving from My Kitchen. With a rotating menu of homemade classic dishes from ratatouille to duck confit, it’s ideal for travellers who need a break from Thai food. To prove that point, My Kitchen is visited regularly by expats, especially by French people and Europeans. Every week, My Kitchen posts their weekly menu on Facebook with a different dish of the day every day. However, there are also Western dishes if you prefer something else.
If you’re planning to try out the dish of the day, I suggest you come with an empty stomach because the portion is generous. If you can’t finish your plate, like I always couldn’t, you can always take it home for later. Keep in mind that My Kitchen is only open during lunch hour and dinner hour, with a three-hour break in between.
Address: 50/115 Moo 4 Namphueng Village, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd, Nong Phueng, Saraphi District, Chiang Mai 50140, Thailand (50/115 Moo 4 Namphueng Village, ถนน เชียงใหม่-ลำพูน ตำบล หนองผึ้ง อำเภอ สารภี เชียงใหม่ 50140)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 9:30pm (Closed on weekends)
Website: My Kitchen’s Facebook Page
Who’s up for Mexican food? Strangely enough, authentic Mexican food is hard to find even in a foodie country such as Thailand. However, we found Salsa Kitchen in Chiang Mai which serves delicious Mexican food. Got a hankering for burritos, tacos, or chilli con carne? They have it here! You can also make your own burrito by choosing your protein, condiments, and sauce. If you’re not so familiar with the flavors, you can simply select from the menu instead.
Once you enter the restaurant, it’s like you’re not in Thailand anymore. It’s a small indoor space that is often filled with chatter, clinking of glasses, and music in the background. You might want to take a look at their drink section as well. Many customers stay after their meal to enjoy one or two margaritas!
Address: 26/4 Huaykaew Rd, Chang Phueak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand (26/4 ถนน ห้วยแก้ว ตำบลช้างเผือก อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50300)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (everyday)
Website: Salsa Kitchen
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When I found Samurai Kitchen, a Japanese restaurant, I was surprised by the wide selection of food and drinks. One of the reasons for my surprise was because Chiang Mai is nowhere near the ocean. Hence, seafood is scarce around here. What surprised me even more was how affordable everything on the menu is. In fact, everything is sold at a flat rate of 59 THB. That’s less than 2 USD! Where else can you get a plate of fresh salmon sashimi for less than 2 USD? Even in Japan, it’s more expensive than that.
Expect a wide array of Japanese food, from cold dishes like sushi and sashimi, to hot dishes like ramen and miso soup. Don’t get me started on drinks. You can have Japanese beer and sake here! The Japanese theme can also been seen on the restaurant’s decoration. You’ll see Japanese posters, toys, and action figures in every corner. If this doesn’t say Instagrammable, I don’t know what will!
Address: A, 147/149 ถนน ช้างม่อย T Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (A, 147/149 ถนน ช้างม่อย T อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50200)
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (everyday)
Website: Samurai Kitchen
Rock Me Burgers & Bar
Let’s wrap this list up with our all-time favorite: burgers! Here’s a quick tip to see if a burger place is legit: they will ask how you want your meat done, all the way from rare to well-done. And that’s what you’ll get at Rock Me Burgers & Bar. First, it may take you a few extra minutes to choose from the menu. It’s not just about the many options on the menu, you just simply won’t be able to decide which one you want! If you’re not a burger connoisseur, don’t be shy and ask the waiters for recommendations.
While enjoying your cheat day with juicy meat and crispy chips, why not go all the way by ordering a milkshake for dessert? I must warn you, though, the portions are generous. So, do consider what you order because everything is better when it’s warm and fresh.
Rock Me Burgers & Bar
Address: 17, โรงแรมเรือนระมิงค์ 19 Loi Kroh Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand (17, โรงแรมเรือนระมิงค์ 19 ถนน ลอยเคราะห์ ตำบล ช้างม่อย อำเภอเมืองเชียงใหม่ เชียงใหม่ 50100)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11.15pm (everyday)
Website: Rock Me Burgers & Bar
A great alternative between your daily Thai food
Who can’t resist the exotic flavor Thai food has to offer? Plus, a trip to Thailand is not complete without indulging yourself with Thai food. But after a long night of fun, it’s always comforting to fuel yourself up with something more familiar. It’s completely understandable to take a break from the local dishes, especially if your palate is not used to the taste. Besides, alternating between cuisines is also a great way to avoid burning out on one dish. So, the next time you’re visiting Thailand, bring this list to help you find the best places to eat in Chiang Mai. Bon Appétit!
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