9 Best Cafes and Restaurants in Lampang - The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Lampang, Thailand

9 Best Cafes and Restaurants in Lampang

The Ultimate Foodie Guide to Lampang, Thailand

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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.

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1. Ku Chang Heng

A delicious Thai Milk Tea at Ku Chang Heng in Lampang, Thailand.

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 family that runs Ku Chang Heng in Lampang, Thailand.

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 interior of Ku Chang Heng in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

Me and Bank, the person who runs Ku Chang Heng in Lampang, Thailand.

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

The interior of Memmoth Cafe in Lamgpang, Thailand.

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 lamps and high ceiling of Memmoth Cafe in Lampang, Thailand.

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

The Haianese chicken rice from Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak in Lampang, Thailand.

Perfect For: Lunch

If you found yourself somewhere near Wat Chiang Rai in the afternoon, be sure to stop by and have lunch at Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak which was recommended to me by the family of Ku Chang Heng cafe.

The lovely owner making Hainanese chicken rice at Khao Mun Kai Ha Yak in Lampang, Thailand.

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

Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle restaurant vintage interior in Lampang, Thailand.

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 egg noodle dish with red porn at Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle restaurant in Lampang, Thailand.

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 front store of Ma Kong Ta Egg Noodle restaurant in Lampang, Thailand.

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

The interior of Khao Soi Bun Yuen in Lampang, Thailand.

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

The interior of MAHAMITr Microroaster cafe in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

An ice coffee MAHAMITr Microroaster cafe in Lampang, Thailand.

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 outside seating area of MAHAMITr Microroaster cafe in Lampang, Thailand by the Wang River.

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

All the dishes you can order at Aroy One Baht Restaurant in Lampang, Thailand.

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 interior of Aroy One Baht Restaurant in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

The servers preparing food at Aroy One Baht Restaurant in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

Eating at Aroy One Baht Restaurant with he family from Ku Chang Heng cafe in Lampang, Thailand.

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

A busy night at Rgong Garden in Lampang, Thailand.

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

A crowded seating area of the train night market in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

A Thai-style pork chop at the train night market in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

People eating dinner at the train night market in Lampang, Thailand.

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.

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