Chiang Mai’s old city is the prettiest place in town — and also the best area for grabbing delicious Thai food. But with all the tourist restaurants in the ‘hood cooking mediocre khao soi and bland som tam for backpackers, it can be hard to find the good stuff if you don’t know where to look. That’s where we can help! With our local guide by your side, we can help you discover the hidden spots where the food is authentic and locals love to eat.
Let us take you on the ultimate local tour that’ll make all your foodie dreams come too. This private Chiang Mai food tour will lead you to some of the best hidden restaurants and street food stalls inside the moat walls — and all within easy walking distance of the Tha Phae, Suan Dok, and Chang Phueak gates. Our local, food-obsessed guides will share with you their handpicked all-time favourite spots. We’ll introduce you to the places that only locals know about, tucked down back alleys, in quiet corners, and even hiding in plain sight, invisible to most tourists who walk past!
Every tour is a little different as each guide has their own preferences, but if you are looking for something in particular that you want to taste, then be sure to let your guide know and they will try to find something amazing for you along the route. The time of the day can also determine what is (or isn’t) available, but we can easily take you out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You could grab an early-morning breakfast of congee and pork blood soup from a stall that locals have loved for over two decades, or sample Hainanese chicken rice from a restaurant that many travellers have heard of, but can never find. Or try the most famous khao soi in town, followed with a towering sundae topped with chocolate and cornflakes (!) at a dessert shop frequented by local students. Or, escape the old town altogether and hop aboard a songthaew (those iconic red trucks) for the best rotee in the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, or the spiciest som tam (papaya salad) you’ve ever tasted, hidden away in the residential neighbourhood of Chang Phueak.
Some of our guides’ favourites that might be on your tour include:
- Early-morning breakfast of khao man gai (chicken and rice) or joke moo (pork congee)
- Pig blood soup from a stall that’s been in business for over 20 years
- A bowl of the most famous khao soi in Chiang Mai
- Handmade curry puffs — a southern Thailand tradition that’s hard to find in the north
- A taste of kanom jeen nam ngiaw, a Shan-style northern soup that tastes unlike any other Thai flavours
- Stewed pork leg from a place that’s just as good (but not nearly as crowded) as the famous North Gate Cowgirl
- Isan-style som tam salads made not just from papaya, but also from cucumber, pomelo, and mango
- Towering dessert of sugary ice milk from a shop that’s always packed with local students
- The best rotee in Chiang Mai, from a cart that’s been in the same spot for 35 years
Note that this tour changes daily depending on what shops are open and what culinary stories your guide will tell — but no matter what, you’ll walk away from the day stuffed with delicious Thai food!
Note: This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, snacks and/or light meal at each food stall or restaurant on the tour. Note that the stalls and snack options will vary from tour to tour depending on the time of day and each guide's individual recommendations.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Chiang Mai can be extremely hot, so please wear lightweight, cool clothing.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: While walking through the markets or street stalls, please do not step over any food that is put on the floor, as this is a cultural no-no.
Closure of sites: With so many stalls to choose one, don’t worry — if one we plan to visit is closed, we can easily find another one that’s just as delicious!
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.