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9 Best Cafes and Restaurants in Lampang
Thailand, one of the best countries in the world for foodies with its tasty dishes that vary throughout the country from North to South to Northeast. Today, we are going to explore the food scene of Lampang, the old city of Northern Thailand where you can find a ton of hip cafes and delicious restaurants waiting for you to explore.
Lampang was supposed to be a micro trip of 2 days before I headed further north to Chiang Mai as part of my northern Thailand trip but I love the town so much as I made new local friends and they showed me around their beloved hometown, I ended up staying in Lampang for almost a week.
During that time, a family from Lampang took me in, treated me like a family, and showed me around the city, taking me to many popular local restaurants and cafes that I might not have noticed on my own and today, I have decided to compile a list of best cafes and restaurants you shouldn't miss in Lampang.
Without further ado, let's begin with an overview of where all the cafes and restaurants are in Lampang and begin with my favorite cafe that started this whole foodie journey for me.Table of Contents
- Lampang Cafes and Restaurants Map
- Thailand Travel Video
- 1. Ku Chang Heng
- 2. Memmoth Cafe
- 3. Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak
- 3. Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle Restaurant
- 5. Khao Soi Bun Yuen
- 6. MAHAMITr Microroaster
- 7. Pad Thai Yai Fong
- 8. Aroy One Baht Restaurant
- 9. Drink the Night Away at Rgong Garden
- Extra. Train Night Market
- Further Reading for Thailand
Lampang Cafes and Restaurants Map
Thailand Travel Video
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1. Ku Chang Heng
Perfect For: Morning Coffee and Light Snacks
One of the best cafes in Lampang and I have come to know the family who runs the place very well as they took me around the city and showed me their beloved hometown, is Ku Chang Heng, a small family-run cafe located not too far from Lampang Train Station.
The cafe is decorated in a Chinese teahouse style with stunning red dragon paintings done by one of the daughters of the family, furnished with wooden furniture giving a nice cozy open-air feeling. They sell Thai traditional drinks like Thai Milk Tea, strong Thai Coffee, and Thai desserts made by their mother.
The person running the cafe, Bank, also speaks very good English and she would be more than welcome to talk to you about their hometown. If you are looking for an authentic experience in Lampang, be sure to drop by Ku Chang Heng.
The cafe opens from 8 AM to 8 PM. The drinks cost around 30 - 35 THB which I think is dirt cheap compared to the quality you get. My favorite coffee is the Thai Traditional Coffee (strong and sweet) that Bank made personally for me. If you are there and would like to try to Thai coffee, just tell them you knew about the cafe from Pete from BucketListly Blog and they will personally make one for you. 😉
2. Memmoth Cafe
Perfect For: Breakfast, Coffee, and Pastries
If you are looking for a place to have breakfast, Memmoth Cafe, which is also a hostel that I stayed (book here), is a great cafe with a ton of options for breakfast as well as western-style coffee and pastries for you to pick from.
The atmosphere is also very cozy with high ceiling, balconies, and stunningly furnished with old and new decors. It is a place popular among local tourists and so you might find it crowded late in the afternoon.
The cafe opens from 7 AM to 9 PM and it is located within walking distance from the Lampang train station. Their orange cake and Thai Milk Tea are highly recommended.
3. Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak
Perfect For: Lunch
The restaurant serves Hainanese-style chicken rice which is a tasty dish of poached chicken and seasoned rice, served with chili sauce and cucumbers. They also come in fried or steamed, whichever you pick, you are sure to be mind-blown by their tasty chicken.
3. Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle Restaurant
Perfect For: Lunch
Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle Restaurant is a restaurant I stumbled upon accidentally as I was looking for lunch at the Kad Kongta market but I love their egg noodle so much I decided to put this on the list.
The restaurant is known for their delicious egg noodle, freshly steamed wonton, and red pork noodle soup. It is cheap, at around 35 THB - 45 THB per dish, and there is a ton of noodles you can pick from.
The place is decorated in an old Thai-style with vintage posters and wooden furniture that will make you feel like you have traveled back in time to the 80s in Thailand. The restaurant opens from 8 AM - 3 PM making it the perfect place for lunch especially if you are already out and about, exploring Lampang City.
5. Khao Soi Bun Yuen
Perfect For: Lunch/Dinner
Khao Soi is a household dish of Northern Thailand and one of the best restaurants to eat Khao Soi in Lampang is Khao Soi Bun Yuen, a local restaurant on the other side of the Wang River that is popular among the locals.
They serve Khao Soi as well as Satay on sticks with peanut sauce and grilled bread, which goes very well together with Khao Soi. The place is run by a local family for many years and they are very friendly and attentive.
The restaurant opens from 8 AM - 3 PM. The price of Khao Soi is around 40 THB which is average but be sure to also order a plate of satay while you are there. You will not regret it!
6. MAHAMITr Microroaster
Perfect For: Afternoon Coffee
If you are looking for a place to chill by the Wang River in Lampang, there is no better place to be than MAHAMITr Microroaster cafe, a small hip and industrial-vibe cafe that serves professionally roasted coffee with a variety of beans and machines for you to pick.
There are 2 seating areas, the air-conditioned inside and the open-air platform outside by the river. I very much prefer the latter while I enjoy my Thai-style ice coffee. You will be mostly under the shade if you choose to sit outside and with the cold wind of Thailand's north, sitting by the river, there is no better place to enjoy the river peacefully than here.
The coffee is considered to be in the premium range, especially if you compare with Ku Chang Heng but the view of the Wang River and the industrial vibe and relaxed atmosphere are priceless. The cafe is open from 9 AM - 6 PM every day.
7. Pad Thai Yai Fong
Perfect For: Dinner
Pad Thai Yai Fong is a popular local restaurant that serves known of its huge huge river prawn they give when you order one of their Pad Thai dishes. Apparently, the recipe of their pad thai passed on from generation to generation is what made the restaurant so popular among the locals.
Their soft yet stretchy Pad Thai noodle, wrapped with fried eggs, and the delicious tamarind sour sauce that makes their pad thai dish a household name in Lampang. You might find the place a little more expensive than other Pad Thai place but I can assure you, you will get what you paid for.
Pad Thai Yai Fong is open from 4:30 PM to 9 PM, a very small window of opening time if you asked me but if you are looking for a nice place for an early dinner, you will love Pad Thai Yai Fong.
8. Aroy One Baht Restaurant
Perfect For: Dinner in a Big Group
One of the most popular dinner places in Lampang, and you will see when you are there, is Aroy One Baht Restaurant, an old-style restaurant inside a 2-levels wooden house that serves a variety of delicious dishes that you can eat with Thai-style rice soup.
The food usually costs about 40 - 50 THB per dish which you can then proceed to order multiple of them with the Thai rice soup that costs 1 THB (hence where the name came from) per bowl and split among your friends. This place is best to come in big groups so you can try a lot of their delicious dishes.
You might have to be a little patient when it comes to finding a seat here though as it gets really crowded in the evening but once they found you a seat, the food should not take more than a few minutes to be ready for you to devour.
Aroy One Baht Restaurant opens at 4 PM - 11 PM so this restaurant is strictly for dinner so make sure you plan your visit accordingly.
9. Drink the Night Away at Rgong Garden
Perfect For: Perfect for Drinks
If you are looking for a place to go out at night and be among the youth of Lampang, Rgong Garden is a great open-space area where you will be surrounded by pubs, restaurants, and a beer garden that you can pick from. It gets really crowded and more fun especially on a Friday night so be sure to align your visit with Fridays.
Extra. Train Night Market
Perfect For: Late Night Dinner
Here is a little extra tip for you if you are looking for a place to have dinner at night. The night market by the train station has a ton of street food and small restaurants for you to indulge yourself in.
I particularly like the Thai-style steak restaurant at the Train Night Market. You get a pork chop, a salad, and a toast for 70 THB. You can also buy other street food from the surrounding markets and eat at the seating area in the night market.
The night market is open from 4:30 PM to 11 PM even during the public holidays so it is a safe bet if none of the restaurants are open around your area. I was there the night before 2020 New Year and it was the only market that opens.
And there you have it, the top 9 restaurants and cafes to try in Lampang. What do you think of the list? If you have any more suggestions, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments below.
Further Reading for Thailand
Looking for more information for your trip to Thailand? Here is a collection of articles about Thailand that you might find useful:
- Looking for a complete travel guide to Southeast Asia? You should check out our 3 Months Backpacking Itinerary for Southeast Asia.
- More often than not, your journey in Thailand will begin in Bangkok. Here is a 12-Hours Guide to Spending Time in Bangkok.
- Not sure where to begin your journey in Northern Thailand? How about an old capital with a Complete Backpacking Guide to Phitsanulok?
- Did you know that the cradle of Thailand began in the ancient city of Sukhothai north of Bangkok in the 13th Century? If you are interested in the history of Thailand, here is The Ultimate Backpacking Guide to Sukhothai.
- Sukhothai has a twin city that had prospered together since the first founding of the Siam Kingdom. The ancient city is called Si Satchanalai, 60 km north of Sukhothai and there are many less-traveled ancient ruins there waiting for you to explore. Here is A Complete Backpacking Guide to Si Satchanalai.
- Kamphaeng Phet, which translates to "The Wall of Diamond" was an outpost town than had played a role in protecting the Siam Kingdom from invasion for several decades and you can still see the remnants today. Here is A Complete Backpacking Guide to Kamphaeng Phet.
- Lampang is low-key, one of the most laid back places in the north with a northern-vibe similar to Chiang Mai but much quieter and more authentic. If you are looking to go off the beaten path in Thailand, check out The Ultimate Backpacking Guide to Lampang.
- There is no need for an introduction to the renowned old capital city of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Mai. Here is a One-Day Backpacking Itinerary and Things to Do in Chiang Mai.
- Have a day to spare in Chiang Mai? How about going on a day-trip to Lamphun? Here are 7 Best Things to Do in Lamphun.
- Looking to change things up a little? How about we head down to the south of Thailand and explore one of my favorite places in Thailand? Here is How to Travel to Khao Sok National Park, Backpacking-style.
- One of the best places to go snorkeling in Thailand is Koh Lipe, an island in the far south of Thailand. Here is The Ultimate Snorkeling Guide to Koh Lipe.
- Photos worth a thousand words, but what is worth more than photos? A video. Here are travel videos I made for Thailand: Timeless Thailand, a journey into the North of Thailand, Long Tail Thailand, explore the beautiful south of Thailand, and taking it slow with Slowed Down Bangkok travel video.
- Wondering where to go after Thailand? How about you continue on to Malaysia, Myanmar, or Indonesia?
- For all articles about Thailand, visit Thailand Travel Guide page.
- Looking to travel to Southeast Asia? Check out all my articles about Southeast Asia here: Southeast Asia Travel Guide page.
- You can see all my Asia related articles here: Asia Travel Guide page.
- For more of my travel guides like this, visit my Destinations page.
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