When it comes to enjoying the eclectic tastes of France, Chiang Mai really has a great choice of restaurants. Options range from homely bistros to opulent restaurants serving dishes Michelin starred chefs would be proud of. Our recommendations for the best French restaurants in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: June 2019
A homely French style bistro, La Terrasse is close to the city’s landmark Thapae Gate. The emphasis here is on tasty home style dishes such as boeuf bourguignon and tartare de boeuf. Homemade country bread, imported cheeses, cold cuts, stews and a nice choice of wines have enticed many a fan of quality gastronomy through the doors of La Terrasse in recent years.
La Terrasse: #69, Kotchasarn Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 17:00-23:00 (Mon-Sat) | Tel: +66 83 762 6065 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Le Crystal is another fine-dining French restaurant and also beside the Ping. It is housed in a historic teakwood structure with gardens featuring aromatic flowers. Patrons have the choice of set meals or a la carte dining plus a choice of wines from one of the best wine cellars in Chiang Mai.
Le Crystal: #74/2, Paton Rd., T. Paton, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 18:00-22:30 (Daily) | Tel: +66 218 059-60 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
Occupying a central location on Khampangdin Road, Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai is within walking range of hotels and guesthouses in town. Le Bistrot is an unpretentious establishment where the emphasis is on home-cooked French delicacies. A menu boasting well in excess of 100 items includes Toulouse sausages, cassoulet, grilled duck breast and venison steaks. Merguez and paté sandwiches are ideal for a lunchtime snack while profiteroles and creme brulee are the icons of the dessert collection. A range of coffees, soft drinks and wines are the ideal complement to a Le Bistrot meal.
Le Bistrot de Chiang Mai: #42, Khampengdin Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 11:00-23:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 272 712 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
La Fourchette enjoys a prime location across from Chedi Luang temple on Phrapoklao Road. This establishment provides all the refined tastes of France in the heart of Chiang Mai Old City. Popular orders include terrine de canard and lamb rillette with blue cheese. Choice vegetarian dishes, salads and premium wines round off the draws ofa meal at La Fourchette Chiang Mai.
La Fourchette: #162/2, Phrapoklao Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 18:00-23:00 (Mon-Sat) | Tel: +66 53 277 482 | Facebook
One of a surprising number of quality French eateries in Chiang Mai, Le Coq d’Or provides a dining experience par excellence. This colonial style eatery is beside the Ping River in Nong Hoi and is the top place to enjoy French haute cuisine in Chiang Mai. Signature dishes like grilled Dover sole, Fin de Claire Oyster and a rack of lamb are guaranteed to satisfy.
Le Coq d’Or: #11, Soi 2, Koh Klang Rd., T. Nong Hoi, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 11:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 141 555 | Website | Facebook | E-mail
The Franco-Thai Place is located in a small soi (lane) at the back of the Icon Computer Centre and near the northwest corner of the Old City moat. The Franco-Thai is famed for its reasonably priced dishes and large portions. Steaks with a range of sauces and schnitzel are among recommended favourites.
Franco-Thai Place: #19/3, Soi 3, Manee Nopparat Rd., T. Sri Phum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50000 | Open: 11:00-22:30 (Closed on Mon) | Tel: +66 89 855 6697 | Facebook