Best Pizza Places in Chiang Mai

20 Mar 2024
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Have you ever found yourself wandering the vibrant streets of Chiang Mai, craving something comforting, familiar, yet uniquely local? What if I told you that amidst the traditional Thai eateries and street food stalls, there's a thriving pizza scene waiting to be explored? This article dives into the world of pizza in Chiang Mai, uncovering its history, the variety of pizzas you can enjoy, and where to find the best slices in town. 

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Pizza History in Thailand and Chiang Mai 

Pizza's journey to Thailand, a phenomenon kickstarted by globalization in the late 20th century, saw its first major milestone with the opening of international pizza chains in the early 1980s. By the mid-1990s, as Thailand's economy boomed and its tourism sector flourished, Chiang Mai began to witness a significant evolution in its pizza scene. The early 2000s marked the emergence of artisanal and local pizzerias, which started to incorporate Thai flavors and ingredients into their pizzas. Ingredients such as lemongrass, Thai basil, and spicy Thai sausage found their way onto the pizza toppings list, marrying the rich culinary traditions of Italy with the vibrant tastes of Thailand. This fusion of tastes has cultivated a unique pizza culture in Chiang Mai by the 2010s, making it a must-try experience for locals and travelers alike, and positioning the city as a noteworthy destination for food enthusiasts around the globe.

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Different Styles of Pizzas in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai's pizza landscape is as diverse as its culture. Here's a look at what you can expect:

  • Traditional Italian Pizza: Thin, crispy crusts with classic toppings like tomato, mozzarella, and basil, baked in wood-fired ovens.
  • Traditional American Options: Hearty, thick-crusted pizzas loaded with various toppings, from pepperoni to a diverse range of vegetables.
  • Fusion Pizza: A creative blend of Thai and Western flavors, featuring ingredients like Thai basil, spicy sausage, and mango.
  • Vegan Pizza: Dairy-free and plant-based options are increasingly popular, with pizzerias offering vegan cheese and a plethora of vegetable toppings.

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Recommended Pizza Places in Chiang Mai

The Lighthouse Pizzeria

Located in the heart of Chiang Mai's Old City, The Lighthouse Pizzeria is known for its authentic Neapolitan pizza. Open daily from 11am to 10pm, it offers a cozy ambiance and a menu that boasts both traditional and innovative pizzas.

Big Dough

Situated near the Nimmanhaemin area, Big Dough is a favorite among locals for its American-style deep-dish pizzas. Their generous toppings and homemade sauces are a must-try, available from 12pm to 9pm every day except Mondays.

Chiang Mai Pizza House

Chiang Mai Pizza House serves a delightful mix of Italian and Thai-fusion pizzas. Perfect for those looking to experience the best of both worlds, it's located on the east side of town and is open from 10am to 11pm daily.

Green Leaf Pizza

For vegan pizza lovers, Green Leaf is renowned for its options. Located near the university, it offers a guilt-free yet delicious experience with every bite, from 11am to 9pm daily.

Firenze Pizzeria

Firenze Pizzeria, for a taste of Florence in Thailand, presents an array of traditional Italian pizzas, prepared with imported ingredients and a lot of love. Located in the bustling Night Bazaar area, it's open from 5pm to midnight, making it perfect for a late dinner.

Sky High Pizza

Enjoy your pizza with a view at Sky High Pizza. This rooftop restaurant offers a unique dining experience, pairing stunning city views with exquisite pizza flavors. Located atop a hotel in the Riverside area, it's open from 6pm to 11pm, offering an ideal setting for a romantic evening or a relaxing night out with friends.

Pizzas in Chiang Mai

Whether you're a pizza aficionado or simply looking for a taste of comfort while exploring Chiang Mai, the city's pizza scene will not disappoint. With a rich history, diverse offerings, and an array of places to choose from, there's something for everyone. Don't forget to follow Phanganist on Instagram for more on where to eat and what to do in Chiang Mai and beyond. Happy pizza hunting!


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