Rooftop bars in Chiang Mai

Big cities like Bangkok have plenty of bars and restaurants situated atop skyscrapers with marvellous urban views, but charming towns like Chiang Mai have their own arsenal of rooftop eateries with views that look just as good.

Here are 7 of the best rooftop bars, cafes, and restaurants around downtown Chiang Mai to enjoy the city from above.

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1. Monday Sick Leave

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Situated a little out of the main old town area is Monday Sick Leave, a laid-back Italian restaurant that offers a peaceful atmosphere with picturesque views of the mountains in the background.

You’ll be able to appreciate the cool northern weather without the confines of a roof or walls to block out the wind, making the whole place feel really spacious and inviting.

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Don’t miss out on their signature Western BBQ Set (4 skewers – ฿250, ~USD8.20 | 6 skewers – ฿370, ~USD12.20), including pork, chicken, squid, and big juicy shrimp on sticks coated with yummy BBQ sauce.

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Another must-try item is the Woodfire Pizzas (from ฿270, ~USD8.90) with a variety of toppings to choose from. 

Monday Sick Leave
Address: 146/1 Srijundon Rd, Muang, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM. Closed on Mondays.
Telephone: +66-93-165-1782

2. The Rectangle Coffee x Tower

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At first glance, The Rectangle Coffee x Tower might not seem like your regular bar – nor like one that has a rooftop – but this coffee shop is worthy of visiting whenever you’re in Chiang Mai. 

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This cafe is housed in an unfinished building with bare cement structures all round. One the first floor, you can hang out in an air-conditioned room or enjoy the view at the open-air seating area on the top floor.

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Keep caffeinated with the special Crispy Tower (฿90, ~USD2.95), iced Milo topped with soft cream cheese and crunchy toffee nuts. Or go for a lighter option with some Black Magic (฿95, ~USD3.15), an iced americano with honey and ginger ale. Desserts like brownies are available too.

The Rectangle Coffee x Tower
Address: 333 Moo 4 Nam Phrae, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230
Opening Hours: 9AM – 5PM, Daily
Telephone: +66-81-621-5214

3. Myst Maya

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If you want to party with the best viewed that overlook the vibrant area of Nimman Intersection, Myst Maya is the place to be.

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This bar-cum-club is situated atop Maya Shopping Mall with outdoor seats and a 2-story club that often houses both local and international DJs.

Besides classic cocktails and liquors, fuel up for the night with some Rainbow Shots (฿320, ~USD10.55) – that’s white rum mixed with refreshing juices and syrups. 

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Myst Maya
Address: 55 MAYA Shopping Center, Huaykaew Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300
Opening Hours: 5PM – 1AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-61-512-6768

4. Woods Bar

Get away from the city centre for a little bit and chill at Woods Bar, a local favourite hotspot with a super easy-going vibe.

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This simple-looking bar attracts the crowd with its shows that feature local bands, as well as rotating DJs, offering different types of music for everyone to enjoy each night.

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Here, there’s a variety of high-quality craft and local beer from just ฿100 (~USD3.30) that you can pick for yourself. If you have no idea which one suits you best, don’t be shy to ask the staff for recommendations. 

Woods Bar
Address: 213/3 12th Floor, Prestige Hotel, Huay Kaew Road, Suthep District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening Hours: 6PM – 1AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-95-690-1812

5. Yayee Rooftop Bar

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Yayee Rooftop Bar is a quaint bar with a rustic greenhouse and a mini garden for patrons to chill and take pretty IG photos at. And since it’s located near Chiang Mai Uni, you can expect a lot of young locals coming here to unwind after a long day.

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The cafe-vibes of the place makes it perfect for a mini Instagram photoshoot
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Whether you’re getting cosy at the long marble counter at the bar inside, or are sitting outside for the view, don’t forget to try their signature cocktails. Try Ananda’s Flyboy white spirits with aloe vera and grape, or a salted-caramel spirit-based Mr. & Mrs. Jeab. All cocktails start from ฿320 ( ~USD10.55).

Yayee Rooftop Bar
Address: 17/5 Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening Hours: 5PM-12AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-61-990-0416 | +66-85-396-0669

6. NORI Sky Terrace

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Located on Nimmanhaemin, NORI Sky Terrace is a convenient destination for folks who want to dine on cheap Japanese food with a very expensive-looking view. 

With the use of light-coloured wood furniture, this place feels just like a humble izakaya you’d find in Kyoto or Tokyo.

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Once you’ve settled in, get the Sashimi Salad with Sesame Dressing (฿300, ~USD9.90) to whet your appetite and some tasty Tuna or Salmon Spicy Rolls (฿350, ~USD11.50) with a nice cold beverage while admiring the vibrant sunset. 

NORI Sky Terrace
Address: 14/2 5th Floor Rooftop Nimmanhaemin Soi5, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening Hours: 5.45PM – 12AM, Daily
Telephone: +66-83-573-3888

7. Rooftop at Sala Lanna

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Rooftop At Sala Lanna is housed on top of an upscale boutique hotel of the same name. The bar has open-air cushioned seatings for ultimate comfort with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai’s night markets and river at night.  

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While you’re here, refresh yourself with some cocktails (from ฿260, ~USD8.55) like Lanna Passion Sour, a tequila-based drink with passionfruit. Or, get a glass of white or red wine (from ฿280, ~USD9.20) – a good choice for those here on a romantic night out.

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Rooftop At Sala Lanna
Address: 48 Charoenrat Road, Wat Gate, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50000
Opening Hours: 6PM – 11PM, Daily
Telephone: +66-53-242-588 |+66-93-583-0050

View Chiang Mai from the top

Chiang Mai is a bustling old town with mesmerising sights all around; from ancient ruins to lush forests and hidden temples. And by visiting these rooftop bars, you will discover a new point of view to appreciate this city. 

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Featured images adapted from@torthanit, @k.nacorn, @kobvatinee

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