Chiang Mai and its residents are hospitable and make families welcome. There are numerous activity and entertainment centres aimed at families. Families need to eat too and parents will soon discover they have a wide selection of restaurants ideally suited to their needs. In addition to these, all the major international chain restaurants are represented in Chiang Mai. These include Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen. The What’s Up has picked out a few recommended Chiang Mai Family Friendly Restaurants below.
David’s Kitchen is housed in an ambient villa and garden complex on Bamrungrad Road in the east Wat Kate area of Chiang Mai. Owners David and Prom are hospitable and determined to give all patrons the ultimate dining pleasures. Chef O is the master of the kitchen and oversees the creation of dishes ranging from gazpacho soup and prawn ravioli to pork chops and juicy steaks. The dessert collection is heaven for youngsters and features the likes of mango sorbet, toffee pudding, chocolate mousse and ice cream.
David’s Kitchen: #113, Bamrungrad Rd., T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 17:00-22:00 (Mon-Sat)| Tel: +66 91 068 1744 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE WOO CAFE
The Woo Cafe, Art Gallery and Lifestyle Shop is a combined complex also in Wat Gate which provides visitors with the chance of dining, shopping and seeing quirky art pieces in one place. The Woo Cafe’s menu is made of constantly changing Northern Thailand delicacies. The choices are enhanced by a range of delicious pastries, cakes, desserts, fruit smoothies and coffee brewed from fresh beans. The gallery is home to abstract art sure to provoke the mind.
The Woo Cafe: #80, Charoenrat Rd., T. Wat Gate, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily)| Tel: +66 052 003 717 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
CAFE DE THAAN AOAN
Cafe de Thaan Aoan is a short walk from Wat Chedi Luang and its landmark pagoda. It is family operated and has an interior dining area as well as an outdoor patio. It offers a choice of freshly prepared Thai dishes like spicy chicken and basil leaves on rice in addition to international favourites guaranteed to put smiles on youngsters’ faces. Fruit pancakes, yummy cakes and shakes with seasonal fruits are among the choices. A good selection of breakfast items and dishes round off the choices at the Cafe de Thaan Aoan.
Cafe de Thaan Aoan: #154/5, Prapokklao Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 07:30-19:30 (Daily)| Tel: +66 53 208 451 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map _note]
GENGER & KAFE
GINGER & Kafe is part of the House Restaurant and is an informal bistro which is fitted out with original ornamentation. The team of chefs here cook everything from scratch. The menu is a fusion of top international and Thai favourites covering everything from spicy pomelo salad to butter-milk pancakes served with fresh fruit. The diversity of the menu ensures young and old alike are catered for.
Ginger & Kafe: #199, Moon Muang Rd., T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 5020 | Open: 09:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 419 011 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE CAT HOUSE
The Cat House Restaurant and its sister establishment, the Cat Shack, are both close to the northeast corner of the Old City, but on opposite sides of the moat. Both are ambient venues for family meals with a fusion of Thai and Western dishes to choose from. Salads, French fries, Middle Eastern hummus and falafels, Mexican burritos, fruit salads, fruit smoothies and homemade cakes are all fresh and delicious and just a selection of what is on offer. Both Cat eateries are noted for their sizable portions and pocket-friendly prices.
The Cat House Restaurant: #8/5 Chaiyapoom, Soi 1, Chang Moi, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 07:00-22:00 (Daily)| Tel: +66 95 179 6896 | Website | Facebook | Map
NIC’S RESTAURANT & PLAYGROUND
The playground at Nic’s Restaurant is designed for under-12s. It has bamboo amusements and a good-sized trampoline. Food options are great here too and include special seafood platters, burgers and schnitzel. There is a tailored children’s menu with smaller portions. Nic’s Restaurant & Playground is a little out of town and is located just off Highway 108 in the direction of the Night Safari.
Nic’s Restaurant & Playground: #87, M.1, T. Nong Kwai, A. Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230 | Open: 11:00-21:00 (Tue-Sun)| Tel: +66 87 007 3769 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
FLIPS & FLIPS HOMEMADE DONUTS
The donuts at Flips & Flips Homemade Donuts are an excellent alternative to those served at Dunkin Donuts’ and Mister Donut. A wonderful collection of these doughy creations includes white chocolate chip, chocolate almond, peanut butter, green tea and red bean, and blueberry jam. More a café than a restaurant, Flips & Flips also serves coffee and soft drinks. It is a little away from the main tourist areas of Chiang Mai and is located in Chang Phuak. The Hotel Mercure is the nearest major landmark and is about 500 metres away.
Flips & Flips Homemade Donuts: #14, Hassadisewi Rd., T. Chang Puak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-16:00 (closed on Thu) | Tel: +66 91 865 1535 | Facebook | E-mail | Map