Auntie Spoon’s Selection
This month Citylife follows our sister publication Spoon&Fork, the north of Thailand’s only dedicated food magazine, and visits three exciting food destinations. If you want to find out more about Chiang Mai’s foodscape, just pick up a copy around town, subscribe for 850 baht a year or follow ‘Spoon and Fork by Citylife’ on Facebook! ([email protected] for subscriptions)
Daddy’s Antique Café & Restaurant
A little further out of the city towards Mae Hia, Hang Dong, is this cozy little European style café and restaurant that expresses a deep passion of the owner for Europe where he has lived for almost his entire life. Under the concept of serving comfort foods to customers, the menu covers all bases and needs for those looking to be comforted by all things delicious; from all day breakfasts with nice warm bread to steaks, pastas and rice dishes. Expect bold but homely European countryside flavours, while you sit surrounded by numerous antiques, ancient furniture and a greenness from the lush garden out back.
Open 9am – 10pm
45/8 Moo 1, Mae Hia, Hang Dong
Facebook: Daddy’s Antique Cafe & Restaurant – Chiang Mai
094 764 1441
Many of you may know the popular Nana Jungle that serves up freshly baked bread every Saturday morning. Now, they are finally expanding into town, with their sixth branch opening at 89 Plaza on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road. Their bakery products are known to be freshly-baked, buttery, chewy in the right places and crunch in the others, and affordable too. It is difficult to recommend a particular item since everything is worth trying, whether it is the croissant, chocolate Danish, pie, or quiche. It can sometimes be hard to pick up a good baguette in Chiang Mai so if you have yet to find a regular go-to spot, you know what we recommend. Most importantly, no preservatives are added to any of their goods. The owner even revealed that this branch will also come with a shop serving breakfast and brunch, and also a wine bar in the evening, so stay tuned for future updates!
Open 7am – 7pm
Chiang Mai 89 Plaza, Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road
052 010 0511-2
Tea Leaf Lab
After many years working for high end hotels, country restaurants and even a Michelin stared restaurant in the UK as well at prestigious restaurants in Europe, Chef Roman Sturn has set up shop right here in Chiang Mai serving up some incredible baked goods, along with a range of exotic and interesting teas that pair perfectly. Extracting flavours from European classics such as elderflower, rosehip, rose and lime blossom, Tea Leaf Lab serves up a range of hot or cold teas freshly brewed with a side serving of sweetness with one of their homemade syrups made in-house with ingredients such as tonka beans, lavender, yuzu and more. Pair up a tea with some maca macaroons (maca being a Peruvian super food), a classic brioche or homemade scones with homemade apple and rose jam and you’re in heaven. They also have a range of chilled French gateaux for those who like to indulge and both green and black tea cold brews for those looking for a softer but more intense flavour to your tea.
Open 8am – 6pm (weekends close at 7pm)
Closed every Monday
Located inside the new Chiang Mai Ram Health Centre on the moat before the hospital
Tel. 064 349 0845