Here are my favourite outdoor markets in Chiang Mai – where you can stop in to buy delicious artisan food produced by locals and hang out for a while. Find details on the venue, open times, links to websites and directions, as well as what they sell.
Sunday Morning Market at Baan Kang Wat. Open 7:00 – 11:00 on Sundays, unless there is a special event happening. Baan Kang Wat is a pretty artists village with art, craft and food, and the perfect venue for hanging out on a Sunday morning. The map on the morning market facebook page is accurate so use this one. This market is about 10 minutes south west of the old city, the other side of the airport as you look at a map. If you don’t have your own transport charter a bus to wait for you – there aren’t lots to catch back from here! Artisan foods, bread, cheese, smoked meats, burgers, almond milk, gluten free and vegan cakes, drip coffee, Thai rice porridge, Kombucha, Organic milk and yoghurts.
Friday Market in the centre of the old city 12:00 – 18:00. They are located in Yupparaj school which is close to Three Kings Monument in pretty much the centre of the old city square as you look at the map. If you are standing with your back to the Three Kings statues, walk left and cross the road. You will now be stood outside a post office, across the road is the market. The map on their FB is to Three Kings, but it’s pretty easy to find from there! Another great market to hang out in, they often have live music – check their FB for this weeks bands. Ready to eat foods as well as bread, coffee, fresh fruit and veg, clothes, wooden items, bags and sometimes shoes. The only place (I know of) to buy organic meat too.
Maeping garden market is held on a Wednesday 15:00 – 18:00. The location is a leafy garden on the ping river, and this is an all organic market. Lots of fresh fruit and veg, drinks, ready to eat snacks and free coffee. There was a pianist, though not sure if he’s a regular feature! This is located abut 30 mins South of the old city, the map on FB is good to follow. It’s just off the 121 (or outer ring road).
I’ve included Nana Jungle, held every Saturday early – 9 am, however I don’t go there any more as it’s crazy busy! Also known as Farang Fresh market, because it’s held in a little housing village affectionately known as farang farm (due to all the westerners living there). The main draw here was a French baker who started selling fresh bread here, other stalls followed but then we think there was Thai TV program who featured it, and now it’s so busy they have a ticketing system to get in! If you are super early, like 6am, or super patient, then you can buy fresh loaves of bread, croissants, cheese, organic milk, German sausages and fresh juice – if anything is left by the time you get in, that is! Oh, and there’s also very good free coffee. It used to be a nice place to hang out, but it’s a bit tight for that nowadays! The map on FB is good, or else head north on the canal road (121) turn left at the convention centre, and just keep following the road. You will know from the crazy parking when you are there!
There are lots of farmers markets selling fresh produce as well as the usual huge Thai shopping markets where you can get everything from socks to spices. But these outdoor markets have fine foodstuffs, great locations and are best for hanging out! That’s Fri, Sat, Sun and Wed are covered, if I’ve missed your favourite market or you know of others please let me know!