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.
While in Chiang Mai, don’t miss out on activities that will help immerse yourself with the city (hurry while they’re hot!):
- Chiang Mai: Elephant Care at Elephant Retirement Park
- From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip
- Chiang Mai: Authentic Thai Cooking Class and Farm Visit
- Chiang Mai: Evening Local Street Food Market Tour
The 6 Best Brunches Chiang Mai
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
Which of these Chiang Mai brunches looked best to you? Let me know in the comments section below!
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Travel writer and owner of the blog. My work has been featured on Fodors, Eater.com, International Living, and Great Escape Publishing, among many others. My story? Nearly six years ago, I left my job at an Oklahoma City law firm and embarked on a journey around the world. At the time, I thought I would only be gone for 6 months, but the more I traveled, the longer my bucket list became. Flashpacker describes how I travel. Rather than traveling as the normal world wise backpacker and staying in hostel dorms, I prefer a more comfortable experience, and typically stay in private rooms, take Ubers instead of taxis, and now use a suitcase instead of a backpack. Foodie, on the other hand, describes one of the key reasons why I travel. I love to pick a central “base camp” and then explore the surrounding area, really immersing myself in the culture and interacting with the people, and enjoying and exploring the food of an area is an essential part of this experience.