The New Romantics

 |  February 9, 2015

Looking for something new and different this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got seven fabulous Chiang Mai eateries, all fresh to death and dressed to impress. The only question is: who do you love?

David Kitchen_1821. David’s Kitchen at 909Flickering candlelight by the banks of the Ping as lovers sip a welcoming flute of champagne, intimate tables decorated with rose petals on the veranda, and food to fall in love with – velvet lobster bisque with golden croutons, pan-fried snow fish with dark chocolate sauce…go on, you are already falling in lust!
photo2. RamrimnaNestled in the rolling green rice paddies of Mae Rim, this Asian fusion dining room is set up high for picture-perfect views while you share plates of spicy cuisine with the Valentine of your choice. And if all goes well, there are five lush villas attached…just sayin’!
rustic3. Rustic & BlueYou’ll feel like you just walked into a hipster wedding at Rustic & Blue’s adorable new venue on Nimman. Cuddle up with the one you adore in a tiny tepee for two under the fairy lights and sip tea-infused cocktails and delicious international fare. For Valentine’s Day, they’re hosting a special farm to table set dinner with live music for 1,000 baht a person at Mae Hia Farm. Call 086 654 7178 for details.
The Village4. The Village Coffee and EateryThis brand new hilltop restaurant in Hang Dong is nothing short of gorgeous, with a living grass roof, a blossoming sakura garden and gently splashing waterfall. Share a few dishes of exquisite Thai dishes while Instagramming your lover into oblivion.
081 952 5687
ZenSala_015. ZensalaThis is not – yet – a hotspot for lovers…but it should be! Also set on a quiet stretch of the Ping River, the restaurant offers some of the loveliest intimate candlelit dining in town. Scrumptious Thai and western cuisine is served at river-banked tables far from the madding crowds. Make sure you book one of the very few riverside tables for a night of romance under a canopy of stars.
36. Sala Lanna RooftopSwaying lanterns, large spacious daybeds, crooning music, soft lighting and views of the Ping River below and Doi Suthep beyond makes this a wonderful spot for an intimate tete-a-tete. Lie back, cuddle up, order a bottle of wine, share finger-lickin’ food and let the atmosphere put you in the mood for love.
DSC_03727. Myst MayaFor couples who’d rather stick with what’s hip and happening than get away from it all, the chic new Myst molecular gastronomy bar and restaurant, located on Maya’s Nimman Hill rooftop, is a perfect night out. Sip expertly crafted cocktails and nibble on sexily presented fusion dishes as you look out upon the twinkling city below.