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Chiang Mai is a city famous for food – it’s literally a foodie paradise. Everyone knows about the street food and even local dishes like Khao soi, but living here what I was missing most were the best brunches Chiang Mai has to offer.

Sunday brunch at home was always my favorite time of the week. Sundays are made for sleeping in late and being able to drink with your first meal of the day. Fortunately, since Chiang Mai caters to its large ex-pat community, it’s easily possible to find classic Western-style dishes for my favorite meal of the week. Here in no particular order are the best brunches in Chiang Mai.

The 6 Best Brunches Chiang Mai

Food 4 Thought

Sudjai Alley  Phone: +66 091 942 5355

If you’re following me on social media you know that I basically live at Food 4 Thought. I’ve spent so much time there setting up the blog that I’ve begun to think of my near-daily commute as my drive to the office.

The menu is large enough that I always feel like there is something I haven’t tried, the staff are all so friendly, the portions are large, and the prices are fair. Food 4 Thought has vegan options and nearly every dish can be made vegetarian upon request. Can’t miss the dishes: the bacon/cheddar pancakes and the Mexican wrap.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
Farm-raised tilapia ceviche with mango and apple
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
bacon cheddar pancakes with chili spiced syrup
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
Bacon and Brie waffle with fruit chutney
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
Mexican wrap

Le Meridian

108 Chang Klan Road  Phone: +66 53 253 666

A definite splurge at 1399 baht ($40) the Sunday brunch at Le Meridian is one of the most elaborate brunches in town. The all-you-can-eat buffet features fresh seafood including crab, lobster, shrimp, and even hand-shucked oysters. Additional selections include grilled meats, salads, a cheese table, tons of desserts, made-to-order specials, and even a Bloody Mary bar. Can’t miss dishes: crab legs and imported meats and cheeses.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
steamed clams
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
Spanish potato tortilla dish with olives and cream

Rustic & Blue

Nimman Soi 7  Phone: +66 053 216 420

Featured not once but twice in my Most Memorable Meals post, Rustic & Blue has become a go-to favorite place in Chiang Mai. The restaurant has an organic, farm-to-table concept. If you’re ever in town during one of their monthly Farm Feast dinners make sure to attend. Can’t miss dishes: fried chicken and waffles with a sriracha maple syrup and the duck prosciutto three-cheese grilled cheese.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
bacon Eggs Benedict with avocado cream
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
Brekkie stack- French toast with bacon and sausage topped with a fried egg
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
pork chorizo burger
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
fried chicken and waffles with a sriracha maple syrup
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
three cheese grilled cheese with duck prosciutto
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
hummus and pita topped with a fried egg served with a simple side salad

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The Best Brunches in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Shangri-La Hotel-

89/8 Muang, Chang Klan Rd  Phone: +66 053 253 888

Another all-you-can-eat brunch found in one of the most beautiful hotels in Chiang Mai, Shangri-La focuses on seafood. As soon as we sat down, our server delivered a freshly grilled lobster au gratin to the table without us even ordering it. That’s the perfect beginning to any brunch.

Working on the patio of the restaurant, a chef will grill your meat and seafood choices and deliver them to the table. This restaurant also features pasta cooked to order and a wonton soup bar. Another splurge at 1188 baht ($34 USD) is also well worth it. Can’t miss dishes: foie gras and lamb chops, both grilled to order.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
BBQ ribs with potatoes
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
smoked salmon with dill
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
mussels
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
grilled lobster au gratin
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
grilled lamb chops
best brunches chiang mai
foie gras cooked to order
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
roast duck
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
made-to-order crepes

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Breakfast World

Moonmuang Road soi 2  Phone: +66 53 207 134

If you’ve spent a bit of time traveling in SE Asia, one of the things that you will start to miss most is cheese. Cheese is rarely if ever used in local dishes and therefore can be hard to find, and it’s expensive when you can find it. Breakfast World has an almost intimidatingly large menu that features many imported types of meat and cheeses. The menu also includes French toast, German pancakes, and many light options.

As this is one of my more recent discoveries I’ve just started working my way through the menu but so far it hasn’t disappointed me. Can’t miss dishes: smoked duck breast with scrambled eggs and the Gourmet Breakfast.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
the Gourmet Breakfast
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
the Sunday breakfast
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
French toast with mango
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
smoked duck breast and scrambled eggs

Dhara Devi-

51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road   Phone: +66 (53) 888 888

I quite possibly saved the best for last. As the best, it also happens to be the most expensive. At 1800 baht/50 USD this is quite possibly the most expensive brunch in Chiang Mai. You definitely get what you pay for. The property is gorgeous and on arrival, a golf cart whisks you to the restaurant. Inside you’ll find a huge spread of gourmet meats and cheeses, seafood, freshly made omelets, and pasta and so much more.

There’s a grill on the patio where you make your selections which are then delivered to the table. Similar to the Shangri-La brunch you are served a lobster dish on arrival. This time it was an incredible lobster thermidor that had me wanting seconds. The dessert selections were never-ending and the mango ice cream was quite possibly the best I’ve ever had. Every bite tasted like a perfectly ripe, sweet mango. This is definitely a special occasion experience but one that’s well worth it.

Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
made to order seafood pasta- fresh seafood with a lobster cream sauce made slightly spicy.
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
surf and turf- prime rib with a side of crab legs
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
lobster thermidor
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
grilled foie gras
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
seared ahi tuna
Chiang Mai is a city famous for food - it's literally a foodie paradise. Click the picture to see over 30 amazing brunch dishes
individual mango sticky rice desserts

Which of these Chiang Mai brunches looked best to you? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Ashley

Friday 26th of August 2016

Fantastic post! You know how much we love brunch and your beautiful photos are such perfect food porn! *drool* Anywho, what did you think of Healthy B and Larder?

Nathan

Saturday 27th of August 2016

Thank you! I thought they were both good but far from great. I especially didn't know what the big deal about The Larder was. I went twice to give it a fair shake but I thought it was just ok. Food 4 Thought was my go to place! Did you like The Larder?

Reni - Swiss Nomads

Friday 22nd of April 2016

OMG... that all looks super delicious. I love Chiang Mai and Thai Food. Seeing these pictures makes me love it even more. I think it's time to go back soon.

Nathan

Friday 22nd of April 2016

Chiang Mai is definitely not lacking for good food options!

Jessica

Monday 18th of April 2016

Brunch looks great in Chiang Mai. Hard to choose from your photos but I'll go for bacon cheddar pancakes with chili spiced syrup .:)

Nathan

Monday 18th of April 2016

Good choice! I'm actually going back there for breakfast tomorrow and may order those again. I'm always torn between ordering something new or having a favorite.

Nancy

Sunday 17th of April 2016

I was literally drooling on my computer looking at all these dishes. We have not been to Chiang Mai before but after reading this we may have rethink our travel plans!

Nathan

Sunday 17th of April 2016

If you start to come let me know- I have plenty of tips/advice for you. I love this city.

Connie Reed

Sunday 17th of April 2016

This all looks incredibly delicious, and you do a remarkable job photographing the food.

Nathan

Sunday 17th of April 2016

Thank you so much! I appreciate you saying that.

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