Travelling on a budget and looking for the best cheap eats in Chiang Mai? In this article, we give you the fifteen best cheap eats in Chiang Mai up to 100 THB that makes every foodie’s heart beat faster. We recommend the best Thai dishes up to 100 THB that are unique and often among the best versions you can find in town. The idea behind this article is that you can easily explore the Chiang Mai food scene without spending too much.
 

The best cheap eats in Chiang Mai are:

 

SP Roast Chicken (90 THB) - SP Chicken


SP Chicken is one of the most famous local Thai restaurants in Chiang Mai and as the name already suggests, the restaurant is specialized in chicken. In front of the restaurant, there is a custom-build rotisserie installed where during the whole day, these small birds get roasted to perfection. A half roasted chicken only costs you 90 THB and the beautifully tender chicken is served with dipping sauce. Besides the famously roasted chicken, there are a few other dishes available as well, including a variety of Thai salads that goes perfect together with that savoury roasted chicken. We recommend combining the roasted chicken with a papaya salad and an ice-cold beer. For more in-depth information, please read our complete review of SP Chicken. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of SP Chicken.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Roasted Chicken
SP Roasted Chicken (S) (90 THB)

 

Khao Soi Beef (80 THB) - Pakorn’s Kitchen


Pakorn’s Kitchen is a small local restaurant that serves extraordinary delicious curries and soups such as massaman curry and tom yum noodle soup. But for the purpose of this article, as many of these curries and soups are slightly more expensive than 100 THB, we recommend you trying their Khao Soi Beef. Khao Soi is a tremendous popular Northern Thai curry of which Chiang Mai is famed for. In our article about the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai, Pakorn’s Kitchen is also listed. The reason for this is because the curry is by far the most creamy. Also, the use of melting-in-your-mouth-beef instead of the typical chicken drumstick is a nice addition. There are other more famous Khao Soi restaurants in town than Pakorn’s Kitchen, but it’s most definitely worth visiting this lesser-known place. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Pakorn's Kitchen.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Khao Soi
Khao Soi Beef (80 THB)

 

Fried Chicken (40 THB) - Kiet Ocha Khao Man Kai


Kiet Ocha Khao Man Kai is a hugely popular local eatery that’s known for it’s Khao Man Kai, which is a steamed chicken with rice and a delicious dipping sauce. Most of the times, this restaurant is completely packed with hungry locals. In my opinion, the fried chicken, which has a delicious crunchy layer, is even more delicious than the steamed chicken. The fried chicken is served with a sweet chilli sauce and a bowl of clear soup and costs you 40 THB. Also, besides the steamed chicken, Kiet Ocha Khao Man Kai serves Pork Satay, which cost you 40 THB for ten skewers and is recommended as well. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Kiet Ocha Khao Man Kai.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Fried Rice
Fried Chicken (40 THB)

 

Goy Teaw Nua (50 THB) - Khao Soi Maesai


Although this restaurant is famed for it’s Khao Soi, I want to show you that there are so many other delicious food options to be found in Chiang Mai, for example, these beef noodles known as Goy Team Nua. This aromatic, non-spicy noodle soup is served with tender chunks of beef, beef meatballs, vermicelli noodles and topped with fried garlic. Obviously, we recommend you also trying their Khao Soi Chicken Leg (45 THB) as it’s among the best versions in Chiang Mai. Khao Soi Maesai is also listed in our article about the best noodles in Chiang Mai. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Soi Maesai.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Beef Noodles
Goy Teaw Nua (50 THB)

 

Noodle Soup with Pork (30 THB) - Khao Soi Khun-Yai


Khao Soi Khun-Yai is similar to the previous restaurant specialized in Khao Soi but also serves other tasty noodle dishes. Among these is the Noodle Soup with Pork, a strong and slightly spicy noodle soup with minced pork, pork balls, sliced roasted pork and topped with crispy wonton. A bowl of this delicious soup only cost 30 THB and is, therefore, the cheapest dish in this article about the best cheap eats in Chiang Mai. Similar to the previous restaurant, we would still recommend you trying their famous Khao Soi, but this noodle soup is most definitely recommended as well. For more in-depth information, please read our complete review of Khao Soi Khun-Yai. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Soi Khun-Yai.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Pork Noodles
Noodle Soup with Pork (30 THB)

 

Crispy Pork with Rice (60 THB) - Kuay Jub Nam Koh


Kuay Jun Nam Koh serves the best crispy pork in Chiang Mai and with 60 THB per plate, it’s among the best cheap eat in Chiang Mai. The pork is baked out and the outer parts are completely crispy while the inside of the pork is still tender. The crispy pork is served with a thickened sweet soy sauce. You can choose between a version with or without rice. You can also order a noodle soup that has crispy bits of pork in it, however, the soup is served with intestines, a delicacy that Thai love but foreigners often don’t. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Kuay Jub Nam Kon.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Crispy Pork
Crispy Pork with Rice (60 THB)

 

Gaeng Aom Moo (80 THB) - Huen Muan Jai


Huen Muan Jai is a beautiful restaurant completely made of teak wood which gives it a unique and exotic atmosphere. The food they serve at Huen Muan is authentic Northern Thai. As the food comes in smaller portions than you are used to, Huen Muan Jai is a great place to try several traditional dishes. Highly recommended is their Gaeng Aom Moo (80 THB), which is Northern Style red curry with pork and local herbs. Huen Muan Jai is so popular that during high season, you must have a reservation in order to get a table. For more in-depth information, please read our complete review of Huen Muan Jai. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Huen Muan Jai.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Red Curry
Gaeng Aom Moo (80)

 

Nam Ngeaw (79 THB) - Kao Soy Nimman


Nam Ngeaw is a popular spicy northern Thai noodle dish made of tomatoes, dried local herbs and blood curd. You can find this local speciality in many Northern Thai restaurants, including this popular Kao Soi Nimman, which is specialized in Northern Thai food. The soup is served with rice noodles, crispy pork skin, bean sprouts and pickles. Besides Nam Ngeaw, Kao Soy Nimmans also serves amazing Khao Soi as well. Kao Soy Nimman is also listed in our article about the best restaurants near Nimmanhaemin Road. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Kao Soy Nimman.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Curry
Nam Ngeaw (79 THB)

 

Pineapple Fried Rice (100 THB) - Tikky Cafe


Tikky Cafe is perhaps the most popular restaurant in town among foreigners. The combination of good quality, fairly-priced food in large portions, the atmosphere and the excellent service is what makes tourists gladly come back. Among the most-ordered dishes is their delicious Pineapple Fried Rice, which costs 100 THB. The colourful, hearty, garlicky fried rice is slightly sweetened thanks to the pineapple and is packed with bits of seafood, such as prawns and squid rings. For more information about this restaurant, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Tikky Cafe.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Pineapple Fried Rice
Pineapple Fried Rice (100 THB)

 

Khao Mok Gai (50 THB) - Khao Soi Muslim Noodles


Like several other restaurants in this cheap eats in Chiang Mai article, Khao Soi Muslim Noodles is specialized in Khao Soi but also serves a handful of other delicious treats. Among these delicious treats is their Khao Mok Gai, which is a Thai version of chicken biryani. The flavorful rice is served with a large chunk of chicken as well as a bowl of clear soup and sweet chilli dipping sauce. Besides the chicken, there are also versions available with fried chicken, goat meat and beef. Khao Mok Gai is a great alternative to fried rice and at Khao Soi Muslim Noodles, they serve fantastic Khao Mok Gai. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Soi Muslim Noodles.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Pineapple Biryani Chicken
Khao Mok Gai (50 THB)

 

Stewed Pork Leg with Rice (30 THB) - Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak


The most famous street food vendor in Chiang Mai is Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak, the lady with the cowboy hat. Every evening at five o’clock, Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak starts serving her famous Khao Kha Moo, which is stewed pork leg. This insanely tender pork has a bit of sweet taste, but by adding a decent amount of chillies, the dish gets even better. Besides her famous pork leg, there are a few other options as well, such as pork intestines. This unusual delicacy is hugely popular among locals, but I recommend you stick to the pork leg instead. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Khao Kha Moo Chang Phueak.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Pineapple Stewed Pork
Stewed Pork Leg with Rice (30 THB)

 

Tea Leaf Salad (40 THB) - Nong Bee’s Burmese Restaurant


The Northern Thai cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbour country Burma or, as we now know it, Myanmar. This is not unusual, as the Northeastern cuisine is influenced by Laos and Cambodia. Nong Bee’s is a popular local budget restaurant in Chiang Mai that’s specialized in Burmese/Thai food. Their bestseller is the Tea Leaf Salad, which only cost 40 THB. Expect extraordinary flavours for a bargain. Other recommended dishes are the Young Tamarind Salad and the Pork Curry with Tomatoes, all 40 THB per plate. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Nong Bee's Burmese Restaurant.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Tea Leaf Salad
Tea Leaf Salad (40 THB)

 

Panang Chicken Curry (80 THB) - Kat’s Kitchen


At Kat’s Kitchen, you can find all sorts of Thai classics that are beautifully presented, which makes it a popular place for lunch and dinner. Among these beautiful Thai classics is the Panang Chicken Curry, which costs 80 THB. This decent-sized portion of creamy curry is served with large chunks of tender chicken. Other recommended cheap eats up to 100 THB are: Pad Thai with MaMa Noodles (70 THB), Khao Soi (70 THB), Vegetarian Spring Rolls (60 THB) and Fried Rice Curry Powder with Seafood (80 THB). For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Kat's Kitchen.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Penang
Penang Curry Chicken (80 THB)

 

Burmese Style Pork Curry (73 THB) - Tong Tem Toh


Tong Tem Toh is one of the more popular local restaurants in town and nowadays got a branch in Bangkok as well. What makes Tong Tem Toh so special is the food: authentic and affordable Northern Thai specialities. Among these specialities is their Burmese Style Pork Curry, which only costs 73 THB. This so-called Hung Lay is a creamy curry with Thai pork belly and has a bit of peanut taste. The best part of this Burmese curry is the beautifully tender pork belly. For more in-depth information, please read our complete review of Tong Tem Toh in Chiang Mai. For more general information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Tong Tem Toh.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Hang Lay
Burmese Style Pork Curry (73 THB)

 

Curry with Tofu and Coconut Cream (80 THB) - Aum Vegetarian Restaurant


Simply put it this way, Aum Vegetarian Restaurant is one of the best choices for vegetarian cheap eats in Chiang Mai. Affordable, one hundred per cent vegetarian Thai food that tastes amazing. The sixteen-page menu is full of delicious choices and one of their bestsellers is the Curry with Tofu and Coconut Cream. For more information, such as the opening times, location, other recommended dishes and TopTravelFoods users’ opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Aum Vegetarian Restaurant.
 
Cheap eats Chiang Mai Vegetarian
Curry with Tofu and Coconut Cream (80 THB)

 
There you have it, the best cheap eats in Chiang Mai. You can find all these cheap eats in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. For example, if you are looking for the best seafood in town, you can find it via our app and navigate straight to it. With the use of narrow budget filters, you can also find the best eats under 100 THB in cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. The app is available for both iOS and Android and is completely free.
 
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