The French know how to cook. Luckily for us they also seem to like living in Chiang Mai and a number of French restaurants have opened up in recent years to offer us a variety of French flavours. From dizzyingly high end dining to the more rustic, check them out.
Lapin does simple French and Italian homemade style fare. The prices are very reasonable as are the wine rates. On the menu is a list of pastas, pizzas, salads, steaks and special dishes. Located in a stylish area of town with some neighbouring live music venues for after dinner drinks.
14 Sanpakoi Road, Wat Gate
081 530 9815
Grand dame of French cuisine in Chiang Mai. Tuxed waiters, London cab limo pickup, enough silverware to confuse a Pretty Woman and delicious classical dishes at deep-pocket prices.
11 Soi 2 Koh Klang Road, Nong Hoi
053 141 555
The soft lighting and deep red and wooden decor creates an ambience similar to an eatery on a Parisian boulevard. La Terrasse serves up a range of French delights ranging from the traditional to hearty country fare. For a special meal, depending on what you order, the prices are not going to break the bank.
59/5 Loi Kroh Road
083 762 6065
An intimate bistro-style restaurant, serving quality and good value for money classic French cuisine. The beef is truly melt-in-the mouth stuff, the house wines are also pretty decent. A solid little restaurant with consistently good quality and friendly service in a casual setting.
162/2 Phra Pok Klao Road, Phra Singh
Rustic, home cooked country French fare with north African influences. Limited menu, bring your own wine (not a great selection), inexpensive, HUGE portions, very different from what else is out there in town.
15/1 Ratchamankha Road, Soi 2 (Walk down the soi behind Cosy Corner on Moon Muang)
086 273 8675
Beautiful setting by the river, an incredible wine cellar, traditional French dishes such as soufflés, bouillabaisse and coq au vin. Prices to match.
74/2 Patan Road
053 072 890
Cheap and cheerful French food such as simple steaks with potatoes, salads and pates. No thrills, massive portions, so great value for the price.
19/3 Soi 3, Maneenoparat Road, Sriphum
089 855 6697
Exquisite restaurant in the magnificent Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, impeccable service, classical dishes but with wonderful twists and modern creations by an inventive chef. Bring your credit cards.
51/4 Chiang Mai-Sankampaeng Road. Moo 1 Tasala
053 888 888
Incredibly popular restaurant serving up Mediterranean French dishes at very affordable prices. Huge menu, daily specials, solid wines and a great vibe.
15/7 Loi Kroh Road
053 207 032