MARINATED IN HISTORY
Stepping into Chiang Mai’s fabulously restored Kiti Panit General Store, visitors find themselves transported back to the 1800s. Built as a general store 130 years ago by Chinese immigrants, the property was owned by the same family for five generations but fell into grave disrepair after standing empty for 70 years. Award-winning Bangkok restaurateurs came to the rescue and painstakingly restored Kiti Panit to its original glory, with local artisans and craftsmen rebuilding everything from floors and ceilings to staircases and wall panels.
They refurbished the place as a restaurant, offering seating both indoors and out, as well as a menu stuffed with staples from the Thailand’s North and clever twists on Chiang Mai’s rich and venerable cuisine. Unmissable are the delectable wild boar curry and fermented tea leaf salad, while its Thai barbecue chicken, marinated with crushed dry herbs to form a delectable charred crust, is arguably the best in town.
Open 11.30am-11pm daily, 19-23 Tha Phae Road, Chiang Mai, facebook.com/kitipanit