Best Breakfast in Chiang Mai Thailand
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Our readers often ask us where to find the best breakfast in Chiang Mai Thailand. Breakfast in Chiang Mai is a real treat, so to answer your questions we set off to find the best breakfast in Chiang Mai Thailand.
- 1 Where to find the Top Chiang Mai Breakfast
- 2 Street food and Market Breakfasts in Chiang Mai
- 3 Western Style Breakfasts Chiang Mai Thailand
- 4 Best Breakfasts in Chiang Mai – Night Market Area
- 5 Top Chiang Mai Breakfasts – Old City
- 6 Best Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Breakfasts in Chiang Mai Old City
- 7 Chiang Mai Expats Club Breakfast
- 8 Summary of Best Breakfast in Chiang Mai Thailand
Where to find the Top Chiang Mai Breakfast
Breakfast can mean so many things in Chiang Mai, you can grab a quick bite from a street cart, choose one of many local dishes at the market, sit down at a small café or relax at one of the many restaurants across the city. The choice is yours and there is something for every budget.
Here is our list of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai for breakfast.
Street food and Market Breakfasts in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Street Food Carts
You will find street food carts selling anything from fried chicken to noodle and rice soups. For a healthier option you can feast on fresh tropical fruit hand cut by the street cart vendor. There are a massive range choose from and a cheap way to discover the taste of Thailand.
Chiang Mai Markets
I love markets and no matter what city I am visiting I will always gravitate to them, I enjoy the hustle and bustle, the bargains and observing daily life as a local always puts a smile on my face.
There are so many markets to chose from in Chiang Mai but one of my favourites would have to be Chiang Mai Gate market which is located at the bottom of Chiang Mai’s moated Old City.
Walking through the market, large pots of exotic dishes bubble and steam, the scent of spices fills the air and your mouth waters as you pass by.
Choose a dish that takes your fancy and they will place it in a small plastic bag to take home. One of my favourites would have to be Fish Curry Soup, a spicy noodle soup that never fails to give me a kick start to the day.All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. (John Gunther)Click To Tweet
Small Family Run Thai Restaurants in Chiang Mai
You will find these everywhere, they are cheap and a great way to discover authentic Thai cuisine.
A favourite is on Sirimangkalajarn Road in the Nimmanhamin area. This restaurant is packed every morning, motorbikes will even stop off in to pick up large orders for their fellow workers.
My favourite dish is Gao Lao, a pork soup with pork meat, sausage and crispy pork and a boiled egg. Delicious!
Western Style Breakfasts Chiang Mai Thailand
Visiting Chiang Mai doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your regular home style breakfast, Chiang Mai is an international city and there is a whole world of cuisines just waiting for you.
Best Breakfasts in Chiang Mai – Night Market Area
L’Opera French Bakery
L’Opera French Bakery would have to be my favourite café in Chiang Mai. Not only does it serve a delicious range of French patisserie style pastries and cakes but also serves a mouth-watering breakfast in Chiang Mai.
With a choice of fresh crusty baguettes with butter and jam to full breakfasts and great coffee, there is something for everyone in this popular French Bakery in Chiang Mai.
Alan’s favourite is the omelette while mine would have to be the granola, a delicious mix of fresh fruit and yoghurt sprinkled with granola, YUM!
L’Opera is a short walk from the Anantara Chiang Mai Resort on Sridonchai Road in Chiang Mai.
98/7 Sridonchai Road, Chiang Mai
Butter is Better
Many people say that Butter is Better is the best restaurant in Chiang Mai for homestyle American comfort food. I love that you are transported back in time with the 1950’s rockabilly vibe and red vinyl booths of this American style diner.
There are a great range of breakfast dishes to choose from including healthy options such as muesli and yoghurt and old favourites like biscuits and gravy and eggs benedict.
Alan chose the “Breakfast of Champions”, eggs over easy, crispy bacon, homemade hash browns, 7 grain toast, butter and jam with tea and orange juice.
Alan doesn’t like runny eggs and was happy to find that the eggs were perfectly cooked and the bacon crispy. A filling breakfast and a great start to the day.
I decided to go for a healthier option and chose the bagels and lox with cream cheese, a simple but delicious breakfast.
Butter is Better Chiang Mai is also popular for lunch, I can recommend the chicken salad sandwich and Aunt Beverly’s tuna salad sandwich.
Butter is Better can be found just down from the Shangri-La Hotel as you head toward the Night Market area on Chang Klan Road.
183/8-9 Chang Klan Rd, Chiang Mai
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Le Meridien Chiang Mai
Slept late and in the mood for bunch? Chiang Mai delivers with a spectacular Sunday brunch at one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai, Le Meridien.
Having Sunday brunch at the Latest Recipe at Le Meridien Hotel is a Chiang Mai institution and possibly the best buffet in Chiang Mai.
You will be spoilt for choice as you enter Latest Recipe, they have a selection of the freshest seafood, Thai and Western delicacies, roast meats, salads, bread, cheese and charcuterie and deserts, all topped off with a refreshing glass of bubbly.
While there why not try Le Meridien’s the Favola Restaurant, a little taste of Italy in one of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.
108 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai
Top Chiang Mai Breakfasts – Old City
Chiang Mai Breakfast World
Chiang Mai Breakfast World would have to be the best restaurant in Chiang Mai for breakfast!
When they say breakfast world they mean it, there is a choice of international breakfast cuisines that include Thai, German, Italian, Scandinavian, Mediterranean, English and American.
Chiang Mai Breakfast World also have a selection of fresh fruit, pastries, waffles and rolls and a choice of cold cuts and cheeses. For drinks there are a large range of coffees, teas, fruit smoothies and shakes to choose from.
You will be spoilt for choice as the menu is extensive and portions are large so make sure you bring an appetite.
Chiang Mai Breakfast World is a must visit for the ultimate breakfast in Chiang Mai.
24/1 MoonMuang Rd, Lane 2, Chiang Mai
Fern Forest Café
For peace and tranquillity, you can’t go past the Fern Forest Café. This gorgeous tropical garden is the place to come to escape the heat of a summers day.
You can sit inside the light airy colonial inspired interior; the white cane furniture harks back to days gone by while crisp black and white cushions add a touch of class to this beautiful setting.
Outside you can sit under shady trees and admire the garden, Koi fish swim leisurely in the pond and the hot pink cushions add a splash of colour to this lush green setting.
Breakfast was a treat, Alan chose French toast with bacon and eggs while I chose the seasonal fruits with pancakes, both were beautifully presented and delicious.
The Fern Forest Café is open from 8.30 am to 20.30 pm and feature a range of Thai delicacies, pasta, salads and sandwiches as well as an extensive coffee and tea menu.
54/1 Singharat Rd, Chiang Mai
Best Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Breakfasts in Chiang Mai Old City
Mild Kitchen like to mix it up, not only do they go out of their way to cater for the vegetarian and vegan diets, the meat eaters amongst us are also satisfied.
For breakfast my friend Carol chose the potato, tomato and onion omelette which came with a croissant, butter and jam, while I chose the bruschetta, warm tomato, basil and olive oil on crusty bread, a flavour burst that welcomed the day.
This small tree shaded cafe also sells a delicious selection of vegan and gluten free treats, I tried the vegan chocolate and cranberry cookie, a crispy cookie with a rich chocolate taste. There are also a range of organic beauty products and a stand of fresh organic produce.
24 Sri Poom Road, Lane 1, Chiang Mai
The Blue Diamond Breakfast Club
Tucked away in a quiet Soi (Lane) in the Old City you will find The Blue Diamond Chiang Mai Breakfast Club, an oasis from the heat of the busy city.
The Blue Diamond Breakfast Club have a large range of Thai and Western breakfast dishes and cater to vegetarian, vegan and gluten free diets. They serve a delicious range of homemade breads, muffins, vegan cakes and treats, making it one of the best vegetarian restaurants Chiang Mai.
Alan enjoyed a vegetarian omelette while I opted for poached eggs followed by crusty bread roll and jam. Delish!
The Blue Diamond Breakfast Club is a short walk from Wat Chiang Man Buddhist temple.
35/1 MoonMuang Road, Lane 9, Chiang Mai
I have been a fan of Dada Café for years, they have a fantastic selection of wholesome, healthy and delicious food.
Dada Café caters for vegetarians as well as omnivores and have a huge breakfast range of reviving juices, fruit and porridge and egg dishes. I can’t seem to go past their delicious salad sandwich.
Dada Café is also open for lunch and has an extensive vegetarian and meat menu, with a focus on healthy eating.
20/1 Ratmakka Rd, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Expats Club Breakfast
If you are thinking of becoming an expat and settling in Chiang Mai or want to spend an extended period in Chiang Mai, the Chiang Mai Expats Club breakfast is the place meet other expats and learn more about life in Chiang Mai.
The Chiang Mai Expats Club breakfast is held on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month between 10am and 12 noon at the River Market restaurant.
The River Market restaurant is a traditional Thai Style house located on the banks of the River Ping, a pleasant setting for this buffet style breakfast. This breakfast buffet in Chiang Mai features continental, western, American and Thai cuisines.
33/12 Chareon-Phathet Road, Chiang Mai
Summary of Best Breakfast in Chiang Mai Thailand
We hope you enjoy finding the best breakfast venues in Chiang Mai as much as we did. We have only scratched the surface of the dazzling food scene in Chiang Mai and there are many others still to be discovered. The venues in this guide also have great coffee but if you are looking for that perfect coffee fix in Chiang Mai you should head to the Nimman area, which has a vibrant coffee culture.
Do you have a favourite breakfast spot in Chiang Mai? Feel free to leave a comment we would be happy to hear about the places you love.
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