As you are well aware by now, we at Slumber Party LOVE to indulge in delicious food. Therefore, it should come to you as no surprise that we want to cover the cuisine of Chiang Mai as well. For this list, however, we want to focus on different dining options; more specifically, healthy food. Because when it comes to that, the city in Northern Thailand might be your best bet. We all love ourselves a good old-fashioned Papaya Salad or Tom Yam Soup, but many restaurants here serve some scrumptious Western and Asian-Western fusion dishes, that will provide you with all the essential health benefits. We really just want the best for you! And also for you to be fully energized when you join one of our insane Pub Crawls or Island Awesomeness Tours. It’s a win-win situation, really.
So, let’s see where we can make some good, healthy choices before we make some bad, vodka-infused ones.
Note: We will focus on places that offer plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options as well. Rumor has it that people in our modern world go completely cray-cray over that stuff.
Situated in Chiang Mai’s busy Moon Muang Road, Fresh & Wraps Restobar is a popular choice for people who are looking for a healthy, yet hearty breakfast. They do serve dinner as well, but their early morning options are where it’s at.
My, oh my, what I wouldn’t do right now for one of their Chicken-Avocado Wraps and a shot of Wheat Juice…
Besides the eponymous wraps, I love their Paninis made of focaccia bread as well. If you want to stick to the classics like eggs (scrambled, poached,
fertilized, fried and so forth) with bacon, salmon or biscuits and gravy, then you will be happy with Fresh & Wraps’ menu. In case you feel a little naughty and don’t mind some extra calories, then we highly recommend the French Toasts and Pancakes, both served with fresh fruits and honey. Round it off with a Cappuccino or Latte and one of their freshly squeezed Fruit Juices to get a successful morning head start.
“Healthy Is The New Sexy”, indeed.
You can enjoy your ‘early jumpstarter’ in the air-conditioned space inside or on the broad patio outside. I guess, it depends on how hot it is outside but that’s what cold beverages* are made for.
*beer is always an option, y’know?
Address: 127/3 Mun Mueang Rd, Thesaban Nakhon Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Opening times: 8:30 am – 6 pm (closed on Thursday)
Although we try to focus on the healthy restaurants for this list, we couldn’t help but add the fantastic, high-quality coffee shop that is Bay’s Café. What can be better than enjoying a Farmer’s Omelette with a coffee that is brewed by a highly knowledgeable and skilled barista? Food4Thought and Bay’s Cafè is the greatest pairing since Riggs and Murtaugh.
For vegans, vegetarians and ‘I-don’t-suffer-from-celiac-disease-but-I-still-don’t-eat-gluten‘ folks, Food4Thought is probably the best place in Chiang Mai. Their extensive menu has a wide variety of options and even those that are not vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free can be changed to make them so. Despite this extent, they do not offer any Thai dishes, but we are certain you will find something that you haven’t tried before. For example, their Avocado Fries. Yes, it’s a thing and double yes, they are delicious!
The real winner for me though is the Chocolate Oats Bowl with mango, banana, cashews among other tasty goodness. The Salads and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are really good as well, but I mostly end up with my bowl of oats. The prices are a bit higher, but they make up with large portions. Also, the Chocolate Oats include goji berries, which are expensive as hell if you want to buy them in a store. In general, Food4Thought uses mostly organic ingredients from local farms.
As a lover of a good cup of joe, I have to mention the adjacent café, because Bay is bae. This man knows his craft better than anyone I’ve met in Chiang Mai and maybe even in Thailand. Whether you prefer your coffee as a pour-over or prepared with a French Press or Aeropress, Bay always puts his heart and soul into each cup.
If you aren’t sold already on this food & coffee combo, then how about the kittens that regularly frequent this place? They are so sweet, you won’t even need the brown sugar syrup for your coffee anymore.
Address: 15/5 Moo 1, Soi Sudjai, Tanon Khlong Chonlapratarn, Tambon Chang Phuak, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
- Food4Thought: 9 am – 8:15 pm (Mon, Tue, Fri-Sun); 9 am – 5 pm (Wed, Thu)
- Bay’s Café: 9 am – 5 pm (Daily)
Rosy cheeks are not only something you get by drinking too much wine but also when you walk down the right street near Suthep road. Bad jokes aside, Rosy-Cheeks offers a phenomenal fusion of Asian and Western food. Particularly the Japanese Quinoa bowl is by far their most popular dish, and rightfully so. It comes with all kinds of healthy ingredients including avocado, wakame seaweed, teriyaki tofu and sesame soy dressing. If there is only one thing you should order from the menu, it is this.
Other than that I’m personally a big fan of the Fresh Spring Rolls since it skips the deep frying process, and the Chicken Jaew (Grilled chicken with spicy sauce and rice). The menu constantly changes, since the young chef uses a lot of seasonal ingredients. Therefore, vegetarians and vegans can look forward to plenty of fresh veggies. All the dishes are a feast for the eye as well, thanks to a meticulous presentation. It’s the kind of sleek and mouthwatering presentation that needs to be captured and shared on Instagram. #foodporn
So, if you are craving a portion of healthy fats and good carbs, then Rosy-Cheeks is the place to go.
Address: Suthep, Tambon Su Thep, Moung, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 11:30 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – 9 pm (Daily; Closed on Sunday)
What stands out in Rustic & Blue, is the large outdoor area with long tables, sofas, and hammocks. In general, the whole place radiates a warm and homely atmosphere with its wooden decor.
Let’s start with the breakfast because I have to mention the Açaí Smoothie Bowl. As you can already tell by my love for the chocolate oats at Food4Thought, I love me a nice bowl of deliciousness. And sweet baby Jesus, it is good. It better be, because the prices are pretty darn high. Don’t go there if you are on a serious budget because eating here will be costly. A friend of mine swears on the Eggs Benedict and they did look delicious. For something more hearty, you can opt for some Pork Tacos or, as a vegan option, Falafel Tacos. They even offer a gluten-free Chickpea Crust Pizza, if you fancy something of the like.
Before you indulge solely in food, you need to try out one of their teas. Rustic & Blue used to be a teashop and, thus, still has a great assortment of loose leaves and tea blends. I hope you are not one of the indecisive kind otherwise choosing one sort of tea will take a long time. But based on my experience, you can’t really go wrong with any of them. You can buy tea and other local products in their adjacent shop as well.
Rustic & Blue is the perfect place for you and your friends to spend an evening outside surrounded by nature and good food. If you are indeed on a strict budget, then you might consider coming here at the end of your trip.
Address: Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening Times: 8:30 am – 10 pm (daily; Closed on Monday)
No, this is unfortunately not the name of a restaurant in Chiang Mai, but the end of today’s food trip. No matter how much we love talking and writing about food, there are too many restaurants, healthy ones at that, to mention in one blog post. So, let us know in the ‘sección de comentarios’, which ones your favorites are.
Do you actually like to eat all this ‘healthy stuff’? Or do you instead prefer to dive into the world of Pad Thais and late-night 7-Eleven Ham & Cheese Toasties? Not that we can’t argue with that, but every once in a while a nice bowl of Chocolate Oats from Food4Thought feels like a necessity to me. I can’t stop talking about them…
Anyhoots! Type away in the comments and let us know!