I ate my way around this city, so if you’re looking for temples to visit or history tours or hiking recommendations, you mayyyyy want to look elsewhere. BUT- if you’re looking for food (as you probably should be), pull up a chair because you have come to the right place.
1.) Try the Rice Salad at the Woo Cafe
Okay, this one expensive (and by expensive I mean the same price of a sweetgreen salad in LA…less than $13 USD). But it is one the best dishes I’ve ever had. I loved it so much I went back and got it on four different occasions, and every time they placed the salad front of me, I still took photos of it like it was a lioness and I was on safari and I had never seen anything like this before.
2.) Try the cakes at Woo Cafe..
3.) Basically just go to Woo Cafe and spend the whole afternoon because it’s so cheerful and they have great coffee, great wine, and excellent food…
5.) Go to the Sunday Night Market and try the street food
6.) And after you’ve walked around too much (and your tum tum is full), get a massage on the sidewalk!
(And take a moment to recognize how lovely it is to have humans relaxing together!)
7.) Go to My Secret Cafe and Garden if you need to sit and work. They have AC and reliable Wifi and lots of yummy treats
8.) Grab a cocktail at Ginger & Kaf
9.) If you like Anthony Bourdain, go to the Cowboy lady and try Khao Kha Moo pork leg stew. She’s located at the Chang Phueak north gate:
Just walk along the sidewalk and look for the lady in the cowboy hat:
10.) And if there is one dish you should NOT leave Chiang Mai without trying, it’s undoubtedly Khao Soi, a slightly spicy curry dish that is served with either tender chicken or beef. I tried it a lot of different places, but I’d recommend getting it roadside, preferably at Khao Soi Khun Yai. But get there early- she sells out before 2.
Have fun! Xo