Best Desserts in Chiang Mai
Divine desserts for those days when the sweet tooth has its cravings…
When you add the -est to your name like this, you are going to have to excel. Thankfully Saruda’s pastry chef has managed to do just that and these are definitely some of the finest pastries to be found in the city. Classically trained in Italy and France, the chef uses her creativity as well as techniques to create works of art which are simply divine – both on the eyes and the tongue. Not cheap though, but well worth spoiling yourself over if you fancy a treat. They also do specialty teas, cold drinks and even some homemade-style cookies and cakes for those of us whose tastes may not be so refined. Saruda seems to be not just holding their own, but drawing in an impressive daily crowd who sit road-side with a chocolate mousse watching the world go by, or snapping Insta-images as they indulge in a fancy French pastry in the pretty interior.
Nimmanhaemin Soi 3, T. Suthep
Open 9.30am – 7pm
Tel. 095 2245 536
This is a one of the few places in Chiang Mai where sweets and pastries are entirely homemade. The pastry chef recommends tiramisu as one of his highlighted desserts and promises that he hand makes all components from mascarpone cheese to the biscuit. For something a bit fruitier, check out the beautiful looking apple crumble, made from delicious golden and granny smith apples – so delicious, like Eve, you won’t be able to resist it! And if you are looking for something a bit more exotic, go Thai with the durian tart, a local twist to a French classic. Tea Leaf Lab serves a variety of dishes that changes every day using seasonal high quality ingredients, so go on and try some new sweet today!
at Chiangmai Ram Heath Center
Open 8am – 6pm (closed Mondays)
Tel. 064 349 0845
This humble Thai dessert shop near the Railway Station serves up all sorts of sweet delights where you can choose to mix and match up to five ingredients to make your own cocktail of sweetness! Choose between palm seeds, taro, lotus beads, grass jelly, kidney beans, dried fruits, milk coconut, bananas in syrup and many more favourites and you can have it warn with warm coconut milk or cold with some crushed ice. They also have various desserts you can take home at 30 and 50 baht a pop. A perfect place to stop on your way home to grab some pudding for after supper.
Just Sweet Enough
Charoen Muang Road, T. Wat Kate (Near Bangkok Bank on the road towards railway station)
Open 6.30 – 11pm (close on Wednesdays)
Tel. 099 263 6654
For over a decade Pakamon Factory has been delighting dessert lovers across the city, as baked goods suppliers to cafes and restaurants. Today Pakamon Factory has opened its very own doors to the public, inviting us behind the scenes and into the swanky renovated venue. Sit back, relax, or even lay down indoors or in the spacious garden under the makiang tree whose fruit was once made into a birthday cake for HRH Princess Sirindhorn. And she is not the only royal that Pakamon Factory has served. Casual, homey and friendly, this place serves a bewildering variety of desserts that are rich in flavour and freshly made. Try the mango pie, a refreshing bite topped with piles of fresh diced mango. The honey cheese cake is another delight with its light creamy texture and the thin honey jelly on top that gives an aromatic sensation to the flavour. Prices are wallet-friendly, so give it a try!
131 17 Moo 2 Photharam Road, T. Chang Phueak
Open 9am – 6pm
Tel. 094 826 6268
A haven for toast lovers, The Volcano specialises in sweet bready desserts at incredibly affordable prices. You can create your own, mix and match or pick from the extensive menu of over 30 toppings and sauces. Yum.
Suthep Road near CMU / Central Festival
11am – 11pm (CMU)
11am – 10.30pm (Nim City Daily)
081 1727173 / 088 261 3001
Just as the sun is setting, head down to Jardin d’ete and be transported to a romantic French villa. This cafe serves up some of the most delicious classic French desserts, but with a modern flair. Try the creme brulee served with fresh fruit and a lemon compote.
61 Airport Road
Open daily 9am – 7pm
The Dhara Dhevi hotel’s superb Victorian inspired cake shop serves up a range of traditional and modern sweet dishes to tantalise the taste buds. Try the champagne raspberry or rose petal macaroons, the delicate strawberry queen or the creamy St Honore puff.
51/4 Moo 1, Chiang Mai – Sankampaeng Road
Open daily 10am – 8pm
053 888 888
The Fern Forest Cafe is a peaceful oasis of scrumptious sweets that has long been a city favourite. Try the crispy banana fritters or the dense cinnamon infused cream cheese carrot cake.
56 Singharat Road, Si Phum
Open daily 8.30am – 8.30pm
Eat on Earth Bakery, Coffee and Restaurant serves both central Thai food and homemade bakery in a beautiful garden, along with charming live music.
199/371 Ban Suan Nonsi, Nong Chom, San Sai
Open 10.30am – 9pm (closed on Mondays)
Tel. 093 132 7222