CHIANG MAI is well known for its abundance of street food vendors and markets teeming with every kind of curry, stir fry and snack you can imagine. But Chiang Mai has a thriving international food scene as well, and the delicious foreign eats are a big reason why living here is so enjoyable. Whenever you get tired of Thai food – which is rare, considering the great variety of dishes and flavors in this country – solid Mexican, Italian or a good American-style burger is never too far away.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai for international cuisine.
For straight-up American-style dishes that get everything – flavor, sides, portions – right, there is no better place than The Duke’s. The rib platter, which consists of a rack of tasty, juicy ribs, vegetables, and French fries, is one of the best deals in the house but their pizzas, pastas and sandwiches are excellent as well. The Duke’s also has an extensive cocktail menu, including a nice variety of martinis. Prices here are higher than at your average Chiang Mai eatery, so plan to spend at least 200 baht (about $ 6 USD) on a meal, but know it will be well worth the splurge. There are Duke’s restaurants at the Night Bazaar and across from the Mae Ping River.
49/4-5 Chiangmai-Lamphun Rd.
This fusion restaurant is beloved by expats in Chiang Mai, both for the great food offerings and Jacky, the warm and friendly owner. All dishes are only 85 baht ($ 2.70), and the food is tasty and fresh. You can’t order wrong here, although the quesadillas are particularly popular. Stuffed with vegetables and your choice of chicken, prom or tofu, these are some of the most flavorful you’ll find in town. The curry wrap, made with Jacky’s special sauce, is spicy and excellent, and the breakfast burrito makes a perfect morning treat. And then there are the smoothies, which are notorious for being some of the best in town.
Chaiyapoom Rd. Soi 1
There are several quality Mexican restaurants in Chiang Mai, but Miguel’s tops them all with their fresh, flavorful, and consistent offerings. While it’s not quite authentic Mexican, the food is good and the menu is extensive enough to satisfy everyone in your party. The enchiladas and burritos here are great, as is the massive chimichanga – eat this one on an empty stomach. The quesadillas don’t compare to those at The Cat House, but everything else is a solid choice. An honorable mention for good Mexican food goes to El Diablo’s, where the big, tasty quesadilla and massive burritos are worth a try and the staff is among the friendliest and most competent you’ll find in the city.
106/1 Chaiyapoom Rd.
Smoothie Blues is consistently a delightful eating experience. It’s a great place to go for breakfast – think bagels, omelettes, Eggs Benedict – or lunch, as they offer a long list of hearty sandwiches. The Parma ham and cheese and the tuna melt are particularly good. As the name suggests, smoothies are a specialty here and you’ll want to give one a try. Plan to spend about $ 5-7, depending on your meal and if you want to indulge in one of their tasty desserts.
32/8 Nimmanhaiman Soi 6
If you’re hankering for Japanese curry, Mu’s Katsu is where to go. The food is perfectly prepared and the restaurant itself is clean and orderly. The fillet Katsu set is an especially good deal. The service is great and prices are reasonable, typically ranging from 85-120 baht.
Nimmanhaiman Soi 8, opposite Soi 13