Kiti Panit General Store brings a deep sense of soul to its heritage. Come by and you might get lost in its charming history.
The Northern Thai restaurant opened its doors in Chiang Mai last week in a 130-year-old teak tree mansion that is said to be one of the city’s most storied buildings. The vintage-looking mansion dates back to 1880 and has been unoccupied for the past 70 years. Now, we see it shine through with a rebirth. Are we a little spooked yet?
Interestingly, the house was Chiang Mai’s first general store and is still owned by the fifth generation of the descendants from the Chinese immigrants who arrived here back then.
Kiti Panit General Store is a tribute to the rich culinary heritage and deep-seated culture of the north. The restaurant is situated on Tapae Road, just a few minutes away from Chiang Mai’s famous night market and the city wall.
As you enter into the gorgeous restaurant, you will see the main dining room and a large courtyard on the first floor — quite a rare sight in central Chiang Mai. The second floor boasts a grand reception hall with 7-meter-high teak-tree ceilings. It is beautiful tribute to the history of the place, as local craftsmen have restored the original woodwork, including the ceilings, staircases, and flooring. Meanwhile, you will also see decor and furniture inspired by the objects found in the house. That’s the real beauty of Kiti Panit General Store, really. You wouldn’t find this in Bangkok.
Expect to indulge in some of your favourite traditional northern Thai foods, including Khao Soy curry soup, Sai Oua sausage, Nam Prik Noom chili paste, or even Wild Boar Curry. Also be sure to sip a homemade soda that is infused with Northern Thailand’s flora and fauna. Afterward, satisfy your sweet tooth with the Northern Thai Lanna dessert of durian tart or pineapple cheesecake.
A sneak peek of the menu:
Kiti Panit General Store, 19-23 Tha Pae Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Call +66 8 8949 7996, Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30-23:00.