Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand where the past and the present merge. You can see many cultural and historical sites and Buddist temples in its old city area. At the heart of the trendiest part of Chiang Mai is Nimman Road. Also known by its full name, Nimmanhaemin Road, this area is filled with trendy restaurants, cafés, bars, shops, and boutique hotels.

We’ve compiled a list of things that you must try in the Nimman area. Find our favorite attractions, restaurants and shopping in Nimman below!

1. Go café & restaurant hunting

There are countless cafes and restaurants in Nimman Road. You’ll find some excellent local restaurants alongside trendy concept eateries. This area has a cool bohemian atmosphere which is making the area more charming. The following are some of our favorite places to eat in Nimman, including some cute and trendy cafés.

1) The Barisotel

– Opening time: 8.00 AM – 9.30 PM

– Location: Thailand, Chiang Mai, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, 7/2 Soi 9 Nimmanhaemin Road Muang.

It is a new and unique branch of The Baristro in the concept of café and hotel. The minimal ornament and the tasty menu will never let you get disappointed. The signature menu is the Golden Thread Roti. The thin Roti(Thai Pancake) with the Golden Thread(Traditional Thai dessert) and Whip Cream.

2) Rustic & Blue

– Opening time: 8.30 AM – 10.00 PM

– Location: 2/1 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 7, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

It is famous for the healthy and yummy dishes. The ambiance completely represents its concept of a farm shop. The signature menu is Maple Chicken & Cheddar Cheese Waffle.

3) Brown Café ブラウン

– Opening time: 10.00 AM – 10.00 PM

– Location: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

It is the perfect combination of Japanese decoration style and Taiwanese desserts. The signature menu is “Brown: the Taiwanese snowflake dessert. Check it out yourself and see which place is your most favorite!

4) Ristr8to

– Opening Hours: 07.00 AM – 6.00 PM

– Location: Nimmana Haeminda 15/3, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

It is arguably the best café in Chiang Mai. Ristr8to is run by the famous barista who won the World Latte Art Champion in 2017. Not only do they have the best coffee in Chiang Mai, they also have a very cozy atmosphere.

5) Tong Tem Toh

– Opening hours: 11.00 AM – 9.00 PM (Q line always starts at 11.30 AM!)

– Location: Nimmana Haeminda 13, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Tong Tem Toh is the place to go if you want to have the authentic northern Thai cuisine in Chiang Mai. They always have a long queue, but you can order while waiting for a table and food comes promptly after you are seated.

2. Learn to cook Thai food

– Opening Hours: 8.30 AM – 8.30 PM

– Location: 22/4 Siri Mangalajarn Rd. Soi 5, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

If you are a true food lover, you will really enjoy the Thai cooking class. Thai cooking class is actually kind of a rite of passage for every traveler visiting Chiang Mai. Nimman Road is also home to one of the best cooking schools in Chiang Mai, called Basil Cookery School. The hosts are incredibly warm and welcoming, and you can learn any 7 dishes on your choices!

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3. Check out the insect museum

– Opening Hours: 10 AM – 4 PM

– Location: 72 นิมมานเหมินทร์ 13 ถนนสิริมังคลาจารย์ Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

– Entrance Fee: 100 Baht

There is a very unique museum in Nimman Road called the Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders. It is a private museum with many rooms filled with bugs. The owners are very passionate about the collections and they would gladly show you around explaining every insect in the museum.

4. Get pampered at the Oasis Spa

– Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

– Location: 102 Siri Mangkalajarn Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

There is nothing better than getting a massage after a long day of traveling. Just like anywhere else in Thailand, Chiang Mai is also very well-known for its amazingly revitalizing (and cheap!) Thai massage. If you looking for the best massage shop in Nimman Road, check out Oasis Spa Nimman Branch. They have 4 more branches in & around Chiang Mai, thus just pick the best location depending on where you’re based in the city!

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5. Shop at complex malls

The shopping scene in Nimman is perhaps the most energetic in Chiang Mai. Nimman is the place where you can find the most fashionable lifestyle malls in the city. Instead of just wandering around and looking at what’s out there, we recommend checking out the following places first!

1) Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre

– Opening Hours: 10 AM – 10 PM

– Location: 22/4 Siri Mangalajarn Rd. Soi 5, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center is a mega-sized mall and urban lifestyle hub in Chiang Mai. It is the largest shopping mall in the city with six floors of fashion, tech-gadgets, health and beauty, banking, restaurants, and entertainment. It is home to over 200 International and Thai brands such as Jaspal, CC-00, Adidas, and Oakley.

2) One Nimman


– Opening Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM

– Location: 1 Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep, Mueng Chiang Mai 50200

One Nimman is located at Nimman Soi 1, and it offers various entertainment options for you such as shopping, food, lifestyle and recreational activities! At One Nimman, you will find leading brands and independent shops selling design items crafted by local manufacturers. It is also the famous spot of the organic supermarket which has a wide array of fresh agricultural products.

Another highlight besides the shopping mall is One Nimman’s Viewpoint. You can enjoy the 360-degree view of Chiang Mai town here.

More Fun Things to Do in Chiang Mai:

📍Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary Visit 

📍Chiang Rai White Temple + Black House + Blue Temple 1 Day Tour 

📍Doi Inthanon National Park 1 Day Tour

📍Chiang Rai White Temple & Golden Triangle 1 Day Tour

📍Art in Paradise Chiang Mai Discount Ticket

📍Miracle Cabaret Show Chiang Mai Ticket

If you want to learn more about the things to do in Chiang Mai, make sure to read our previous post 👉 Things to do in Chiang Mai.

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Photo Credit:

  • The Barisotel Facebook Page
  • Rustic & Blue Facebook Page
  • Brown Café Facebook Page
  • Ristr8to Facebook Page
  • Tong Tem Toh Facebook Page
  • Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders Official Website
  • Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre Official Website
  • One Nimman Official Website

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