Chiang Mai’s international food scene is impressive – you can find lots of different influences here, from French over German to Korean and Spanish. Already know what you’re craving or need some inspiration? Let’s have a closer look at seven fantastic international restaurants here in Chiang Mai:
- Auf der Au – German
Looking for solid German food? Then you’re right here! Auf der Au is managed and owned by a German chef who really knows how to make his guests’ tummies happy. Although the restaurant is kept in a simple design, the food is absolutely mouthwatering and of high quality. They offer various buffet options on different days:
Schnitzel Buffet (Mondays): You get a schnitzel of your choice along with a buffet of starters, salads, water, coffee and desserts. From 219 THB per person
Meat days (Wednesdays and Thursdays): Choose between a meat dish of your choice, along with a potato side dish and the above mentioned buffet. From 229 THB per person.
German Buffet (Friday to Sunday): All meat meals, starters, salads, sides, desserts, water and coffee inclusive. 269 THB per person.
Location: Chiang Mai Lamphun Road Open: daily, from 17:30 (closed on Tuesdays).
- The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar – contemporary Thai, Vietnamese & Chinese
The elegant restaurant is set within the colonial walls of the former British Consulate that opened in 1921. Having the feeling of being travelled back in time to the golden 1920’s, this exquisite restaurant fascinates with its classic décor, imitated secret service documents and vintage Thai postcards.
The team of expert chefs creates fascinating dishes of Thai, Chinese Szechuan and Vietnamese cuisine with an interesting modern twist. A mixologist and sommelier ensure that you’ll get the best mixed cocktails and corresponding wines with your meal while the resident Humidor advises on the best Cuban cigar and whiskey.
Location: Anantara Chiang Mai Open: daily, 11:30-14:30 and 18:00-23:00
- The Whole Earth – Indian
The Whole Earth offers delicious Indian cuisine for more than 35 years at reasonable prices. Although the restaurant is located near a main road, its large green front court and tree separation creates a small oasis in town. The restaurant is set in a traditional Thai wooden house and provides several indoor and outdoor seating facilities. Dishes offered here range from lip-smacking Ayurvedic Indian cuisine over tantalizing vegetarian Thai and Indian dishes to classic Thai whereas it praises to only use the finest and healthiest ingredients. Dishes include Vegetarian Sate with peanut sauce & cucumber salad, Palak Paneer, Chicken Kofta among many more.
Location: 88 Sridonchai Road, near Night Bazaar Open: daily, 11:00-22:00
- Le Crystal – French
Set in a wonderful garden near the Ping River comes Le Crystal, a restaurant serving superb French dishes. The restaurant is divided into two sections – the main dining area situated inside the romantic Thai teakwood building and the terrace that can accommodate up to 40 persons with great views over the river.
Signature dishes include Escargot Flambe Baked Escargots, Roasted Rack of Lamb and Crepe Suzette. The comprehensive wine cellar is definitely one of the most complete in Chiang Mai with wines from South Africa, Chile, Spain, Australia, Italy, New Zealand and of course, France.
Location: 74/2 Paton Road Open: daily, 18:00-22:30
- Tengoku De Cuisine – Japanese
Tengoku is situated in a wonderful tranquil place, in close distance to the widely knonw Dhara Devi Hotel. The restaurant offers exceptional authentic Japanese cuisine and received numerous awards since its inception, including “Best Restaurant for exceptional Cuisine and Service”. Highlights include Salmon Sashimi, Seaweed Salad, Kurobuta Pork and wagyu. Tengoku offers both, a la carte and buffet.
As the restaurant is quite popular, it’s recommended to book a table before.
Location: 55/8 Soi Wat Buak Krok Luang, near Dhara Devi Open: daily, 11:00-14:00 and 17:30-22:00
- Italics Restaurant – Italian
Italics is headed by young Thai Executive Chef Phubase Chuprakong, who is originally from Phuket and brings vast experience from some of the country’s finest restaurants with him.
The restaurant is located at the Akyra Manor, one of Chiang Mai’s latest boutique hotels and stands out with its chick and stylish ambience. Its flagship in Bangkok has been proof of concept that an Italian restaurant doesn’t need focus only on pizza and pasta (although their wood-fired pizza is already worth a visit). Try their signature starter ‘East meets West’ which blends local sausage with chorizo in a mouthwatering sauce of various herbs and spices and for the main, one of their “deluxe” burgers with buffalo mozzarella and crispy Italian salami. Yummy!
Location: Akyra Manor Chiang Mai, 22/2 Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 9 Open: daily, 11:00-17:00 and 18:00-23:00
- El Patio – Spanish
Entering El Patio feels like entering a local restaurant in a small town somewhere in the countryside of Spain. The tunes of Flamenco music, rustic interior, wine barrels that serve as tables and of course, a chilled pitcher of Sangria – all the essentials you need to start a great evening with delicious Spanish delicatessen such as Blue Cheese Risotto, steaks and of course, tapas.
Location: 30/3 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 11 Open: daily, 17:00-00:00