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A complete food and coffee guide to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s food scene is huge! I doubt that even a few months of living there would be enough to try every single cafe. You’ll probably find yourself exploring the city’s culinary highlights a few times per day given it’s cheaper, easier and quicker to eat out than to cook yourself. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and finding the best food spots the city has to offer, and so I’ve put together this guide to the best food of Chiang Mai - based on the places I managed to try myself and would actually recommend (or not recommend, as noted below).

A Hobbit, Spaceship, Tropical Breakfast Love Story - SS1254372 Cafe

Being a photographer and choosing my food according to the looks of it, I spend a good amount of time looking at food pictures. I had seen several tropical french toast creations all over the internet before coming to Chiang Mai, and that’s exactly what I wanted for breakfast on my very first morning there. And I sure ended up finding the best one at SS1254372 Cafe.

The Basics of Thai Cooking at Morning Glory

I made the spontaneous decision to go to Morning Glory for dinner one night while in Chiang Mai. I had the restaurant marked on Google Maps, but it wasn’t on my “definitely must go list”. Turned out, I was glad I went! Their savoury food was some of the best I had had in Thailand (and I’m quite picky/have a high standard and expectations).

Bangkok Street Food Adventures

I’ve tried a lot of street food during my time in Thailand, starting in Bangkok. Eating my way through Pad Thai to Pad See Ew to some unknown noodle soup served by local street food vendors missing any English menu description. Pad Thai and Pad See Ew were my safe go-to options, though I soon learned that being able to pronounce “vegetarian” (and ideally being able to explain that it means no meat at all) in Thai is of great help as well.

A Guide to Navigating Travel Recommendations

Everyone has different expectations when they travel. We all come from different backgrounds, prefer different things and have unique ways of how we like to see the world.

This became obviously clear to me during my recent trip to South East Asia. I spent a considerable amount of time researching cafes, restaurants and hotels, reading Google and Tripadvisor reviews, marking them on Google Maps, and then spent even more time trying out all the places. Over the course of 2,5 months travelling I became pretty good at researching and assessing places.