The Sunday Market is one of the most famous attractions of Chiang Mai. Every Sunday afternoon, a few main streets are blocked and invaded by merchants of all sorts and all provenances: clothing items, souvenirs, tapestries, artworks, jewelry, accessories, artisanal furnitures, decorations… and food.
Not only it is invaded by colorful goods and people, but also by both locals & tourists: it is crowded and can also get quite packed. It is nice to wander around the streets and look for nice stuff to take back home, but the reason I love this market is the food.
There are several food courts.
My favorite is the one at the entrance of the market on Ratpakinai Rd (enter from the north side!): you will find there lots delicious stands of thai goodies, but also a few ‘restaurants’ where you can sit on very low tables while eating a good soup. A few examples of what you can find: chicken with honey, yum (has to be one of the best chickens in town ;), cheap sushis, different rolls – rotees – gyozas – samosas, sweets, barbecue, etc.
There is another very good food court, around a temple (although I don’t remember the name of it, sorry!). They have thai, vegetarian, but also delicious indian food – and a cool recycling center.