Heading to Chiang Mai, Thailand and looking for some delicious, mouthwatering vegan food to munch on? A top vegan city in the world, you have SO many options! Here are my favorite vegan restaurants, cafes, and eateries in Chiang Mai to satisfy your plant-based tooth.
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As one of the best vegan cities in the world, there are a lot of vegan eateries in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It’s not that I’m complaining but…
Holy moly, it was darn hard to pick out a place to eat when the time came! With so many options (87 dedicated vegan and vegetarian places to be exact, according to HappyCow), how do you choose?
Furreal, Chiang Mai is paradise for vegan and plant-based eaters. As I chowed down on plate after plate of mouthwatering vegan deliciousness, I was continuously blown away with how dietary-friendly this strange city in Northern Thailand is.
Anywho, if you’re ready to get your hands (or should I say taste buds?) into some awesome vegan food, here’s my list of the top vegan restaurants in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
BEST VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN CHIANG MAI, THAILAND
The Reform Kafe is a top rated (and, in my humble vegan opinion, the best) vegan restaurant in Chiang Mai and holy buckets, with the incredible vegan food this place is serving up, I see why.
If you’re looking for some traditional Thai cuisine but with a twist, the Reform Kafe is the place to go. Personally, I had some of the best massaman curry ever and if I could, I’d go back to this place again and again and again.
Another awesome 100% vegan restaurant, the Goodsouls Kitchen has a different approach to plant-based food: totally delicious and totally good for your body (in other words, they make delicious, super healthy dishes).
Things like nutritious raw cheesecake, super salads, beetroot burgers, smoothie bowls, granola and homemade coconut yogurt bowls, curried chickpea quinoa steak, and even banana pancakes with “whipped” topping.
BUT if you aren’t in the mood for some super duper healthy food, they also serve up other dishes like falafels, scrambled tofu, and regular, sugary filled cakes (yum!).
Even better? This place practices sustainability with reusable metal straws, composts its leftover fruit and veg, and they focus on getting organic and local food for dishes. Awesome!
Address: 52/2 Singharat Rd, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Okay, okay, so while all of the other places on this list are definitely worth visiting for some vegan food in Chiang Mai, Ming Kwan is THE place if you want traditional Thai food that’s both unbelievably delicious and ridiculously cheap.
Ming Kwan is serving up spring rolls, papaya salad, veggie mock chicken, fried noodles, and even mock “chicken” legs made with mushroom.
BUT… the real gem here? A little delicacy with big flavor called Khao Soi!
Khao Soi is the traditional Thai dish in Northern Thailand and is a must-have if you’re traveling in this part of the country! My advice? Definitely get it here!
Address: 86, Ratchadamnoen Road (at near Wat Phra Singh), Chiang Mai, Thailand
***Note: While I personally consider this place fully vegan, it has been reported their homemade kombucha contains honey as a sweetener. BUT I wanted to include it in the list, as all of their actual food is vegan.
Heading to the laid-back town of Pai, too? (If not, you definitely should — it’s amazing!) Anywho, check out the top places to eat vegan in Pai, Thailand here.
Munchies Vegan Fast Food
Want some good ol’ fast food that’s greasy, cheap, perfect for hangovers, and totally not healthy whatsoever?
Go to Munchies.
The ultimate vegan fast food place in Chiang Mai, Munchies is like the vegan equivalent of McDonalds!
While I didn’t love it that much, the one thing that really tingled my tastebuds is their vegan mac ‘n’ cheese! And the fried green beans are also pretty good (but very greasy!).
Cheap, delicious, and easy to eat vegan food? What more could you want? Vegan Heaven in Chiang Mai serves up a mix of Western and Thai dishes that’ll satisfy any tooth you have.
Want some spaghetti with vegan cheese? Head to Vegan Heaven.
Itching for a full-on vegan breakfast with all the works? Vegan Heaven has it for ya (vegan bacon included!).
Or just want some traditional vegan Thai red curry with mock duck? You won’t be disappointed here!
For real, this place has it all — and it’s 100% plant-based! A top vegan place in Chiang Mai, check out Vegan Heaven for some awesome, cheap food.
***Tip: This place also does a fully vegan Thai cooking class! Which I HIGHLY recommend! (Blog post coming on that soon!)
Address: 44/6 Loi Kroh Rd, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50100
Asa Vegan Kitchen & Studio
A more upscale vegan restaurant in Chiang Mai, Asa Vegan Kitchen and Studio is for those who want delicious food with a weird twist!
Such as pad Thai made with plum sauce instead of tamarind, mango chickpea curry, green curry with pea flower, and even a PB&J smoothie!
Personally, I went for the masala chai pancakes with strawberry sauce topped with cacao nibs and HOLY MOLY, these were definitely in the top 3 pancakes I’ve ever had. So delicious!
While it’s a bit more expensive than your average vegan eatery in Chiang Mai, Asa Vegan Kitchen is SO worth it!
Not to mention they don’t use any single-use plastics! No straws, plastic cups, or plastic cutlery here. They also have a big jug of water where you can fill up your water bottle to help further fight plastic pollution! A big thumbs up from me.
Address: 217 Thapae Rd Soi 4, Tambon Chang Moi, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50300
Psst, my favorite water bottle to travel with is hands down the Grayl! It’s a filtering water bottle, so you can have access to clean, drinkable water no matter where you are in the world. A must for Southeast Asia! Get yours here.
Free Bird Cafe
Though I found the food to be a bit bland here (I definitely didn’t try the right things), I wholeheartedly support this place and would go again and again and again!
Why? Because as a NGO and non-profit organization, Free Bird Cafe is doing everything it can to support to the local community!
Through locally-sourced ingredients to a secondhand shop to the local gifts and trinkets it sells in store, the Free Bird Cafe is setting one helluva example for responsible tourism.
Not to mention, most of the things they sell in the shop are zero waste! So cool. Definitely check this vegan cafe out if you want to support a good cause and get some good food (or a few zero waste items!).
**Tip: Apparently their tea leaf salad is particularly famous and a must-try!
Address: 14 Sirimankalajarn Soi 9, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 50300
Top Vegetarian Restaurants & Cafes
Instead of including the following in the list above, which is strictly for 100% vegan restaurants and cafes in Chiang Mai, here are a couple top vegetarian places!
If you want some seriously good for you vegan food in Chiang Mai, Amrita Garden is the place to go! All of their dishes are created with macrobiotic ingredients that’ll feed your body with goodness.
Not to mention, most of their ingredients are gut-friendly, fermented foods (which really comes in handy when the Southeast Asia food isn’t doing your digestive system any favors!).
Though I wasn’t a massive fan of the beetroot burger I had here (I’m more of a junk food vegan 😉), it did make me feel like a superhero, as it was incredibly healthy!
Taste from Heaven
Though this isn’t a 100% vegan restaurant, as a few dishes contain dairy, Taste from Heaven has the same owners as Vegan Heaven and they have some awesome vegetarian food!
Just as good as their other fully vegan restaurant, Taste from Heaven serves up an ample mix of Western and Thai dishes and is perfect for both herbivores and omnivores!
Not to mention, this place is CHEAP! Like if you’re looking for budget vegan food in Chiang Mai, Taste from Heaven should be your go-to.
While visiting Taste from Heaven, I had the vegan Khao Soi and OMG, it’s so incredibly delicious. As mentioned above, this is a must-have dish when traveling Northern Thailand!
I’m sad to say this is only a small portion of the incredible places to grab some vegan food in Chiang Mai but holy moly, they are truly SO good!
If you’re ever visiting this city, or what many like to call the “Bangkok of Northern Thailand,” definitely hit up some of these restaurants.
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