The ULTIMATE Foodie Guide to Vegan & Vegetarian Food in Chiang Mai, Thailand - The Top 30 Best Restaurants & Eats in CNX

 

Wondering what to eat in Chiang Mai if you're vegan or vegetarian? Let me rephrase that: wondering what to eat in Chiang Mai if you like incredible food and are a complete foodie? Regardless if you're vegan, vegetarian, somewhere in the middle or not, these 30 restaurants and eats will leave you wanting to come back for more. I don't know about you guys, but when I travel anywhere in the World, the food is definitely something that ties in as a big factor for me. I'm a born foodie and love good quality, great tasting, incredible food! I've been vegetarian since I was 5 (self-chosen) and plant-based for the past few years. I hope this blog post is helpful to you if you're travelling to Chiang Mai (my fav city in the entire World for so many reasons but the food..omg you guys, the food). Well, scroll down and see for yourself.

Chiang Mai, Thailand is my favourite city in the whole wide World for SO many reasons but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say that the food plays a role in that! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you have a plethora of options in Chiang Mai. It is one of the most vegetarian ↔ vegan friendly cities of all time (in my opinion) and I’ve travelled to around 25 countries and around 160 cities/places in my lifetime (thus far) across 4 continents…so hopefully that’s saying something!

Now, if you don’t know my background or if you don’t follow me on instagram and you just landed on this Blog by searching up Chiang Mai, you may not know this, but I’ve spent around half the year in Chiang Mai or around SE Asia for the past 2 years and the other half in Western Canada (at the time of writing this blog post). So, I’ve spent a good sum of time in Chiang Mai and I’ve scouted out allll the best spots for you!

Like I hinted to beforehand, there’s definitely no shortage of vegan/vegetarian restaurants and options in Chiang Mai. It has over 100 vegan/vegetarian restaurants as stated in many articles and posts online. Having said that though, I’m going to shorten your learning (and eating) curve and spill the beans on the best of the best.

I’ve personally tried around anywhere between 60-75 individual restaurants in Chiang Mai, itself. These ones I’m about to share are my “have to go to’s” and the spots I personally eat at while spending my blissful 6 months in Chiang Mai every year. You can probably bet I’ll be at one of these cafes/restaurants/spots gorging my face in the incredible food they have to offer, most of the time ;).

These below are the creme de la creme of vegan/vegetarian spots in Chiang Mai that are MUST-try’s & my personal go-to’s!

P.s…if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, don’t click off this page!

Whether you’re vegan/vegetarian or not, I can guarantee you will absolutely love these eats and a lot of them aren’t strictly vegan/vegetarian restaurants, either. Some are, some aren’t. In Chiang Mai, most of all the restaurants that serve all kinds of food most likely always have a vegan or vegetarian menu or plant-based menu if you ask for it. So, if someone you’re travelling with is veg, someone else is vegan, someone else is GF and someone else is a pescatarian and the rest eat just about anything…there’s something for everyone and these places below will work for everybody who loves good food!

All photos shown below are my personal photos from eating at these spots unless otherwise stated and of course only show a small sample of what each restaurant has to offer! This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own and I’m putting this here to help other travellers out who visit Chiang Mai :).

I’ve added google search links to ALL restaurants/spots talked about right under my mini-scoop review for each which will take you straight to the google search landing page so you can see menu photos, other peoples’ reviews, the TripAdvisor reviews, HappyCow, other blog posts etc. Most of all these spots listed in this Blog post are organic or locally sourced, made without additives, MSG, using natural, great quality ingredients etc, too! Some just market it better than others :).

Alright, let’s get started!

These are in no particular order:


1. David's Kitchen

✧ Modern French Cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has fabulous vegetarian dishes and can accommodate vegans.

Wouldn’t you like to dine and eat at the #1 restaurant in all of Asia and #10 Worldwide?! This is a must-go all in all 10/5 stars experience! A+++! Make sure to reserve a table ahead of time and it is a fancier spot, so dress appropriately. Man oh man…do they have incredible food, service, ambience…all of it! You will also fall in love with David and his lovely family and staff as well. Me and my partner go at least once a month for a special date night or occasion while in Chiang Mai.

Price range: It is on the pricier side for Chiang Mai, but their vegetarian dishes are comparable to around $13-$16 CAD or around $10-$12 USD (300-400 baht each) which is the norm at a less than fine dining restaurant in the Western part of the World. For meat, fish or other specialty dishes, the prices are higher. But, since this is a vegetarian/vegan guide, I’m going to focus on my star favs at this restaurant!

My personal recommendations: The mushroom risotto you guys is the best risotto you will ever have, bar none. I have had a lot of risotto in my life and I have to say, I find it so hard going to David’s Kitchen without getting this dish! So delicious. And, if you aren’t a mushroom fan, they have a delectable asparagus risotto as well. Some other favs of mine are the gnocchi and the spicy pumpkin ravioli. Also, I can’t dine here without topping dinner off with their sticky toffee pudding dessert with a side of Thai Tea ice cream (when in Thailand, get Thai Tea everything…thank me later).

Note: This is one of the very few and rare times where I’m not 100% vegan or plant-based. I stay vegetarian when dining at David’s Kitchen but you can most definitely request things to be made vegan! I have no doubt in my mind that they have various options that they could accommodate you upon :).

Website: https://davidskitchen.co.th/
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2. Goodsouls

✧ Thai, International, Western food, tons of options!
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Goodsouls is a definite cult-fav in Chiang Mai! It is owned by a lovely couple who also runs a sister plant-based restaurant called Reform Kafe (the original, Goodsouls came afterwards). They have different restaurant vibes but nearly the same menu with Goodsouls having a larger menu. Goodsouls is an indoor (AC’d) modern restaurant. Whether you’re vegan or not, you will LOVE Goodsouls. It is amaaaazing, you guys! All kinds of dishes, from Thai, to International to smoothie bowls, to awesome drinks, to incredible desserts to Western food all the way to brunch & breakfast delights. Just, go!

Price range: The mains range from 100 baht to 180 baht per main but their serving sizes are big, too! Their drinks and smoothies and breakfast bowls/smoothie bowls range from around 90 baht to around 160 baht.

My personal recommendations: In terms of drinks, I loooove their four seasons smoothie, their thai iced tea with coconut milk and their iced matcha with coconut milk. Their hot chocolate is to die for, too! For smoothie bowls, my fav is the berry one or the mango one. I really like the muesli bowl too for the mornings. For mains, I am obsessed with the mushroom burger, the burmese tea leaf salad and the pad thai is awesome too (a bit different than authentic pad thai, but super good with their spin on it, too)! Don’t forget to get their mango sticky rice for dessert and the mango or banana pancakes!! They have a huge menu so you’ll have no problem getting your fix here.

Note: I prefer having the khao soi and papaya salad at their sister restaurant, Reform Kafe (see below) but it’s good at Goodsouls too! I just for some reason like those 2 particular dishes at Reform Kafe and how they make it a tad bit better than Goodsouls but I’m a food snob, so you know how it is…*eye roll*

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3. ADIRAK PIZZA

✧ Pizzeria
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian pizzeria specifically but has fabulous vegetarian pizza and can accommodate vegans, too!

I’ve tried many pizza joints in Chiang Mai and this one tops all. Such good pizza. Delicious options, hand made, hand tossed, small outdoorsy pizzeria near one of my fav areas in Chiang Mai (near Wat Umong and Baan Kang Wat). This is where you should go if you want artisan, handmade pizza!

Price range: The pizza’s range from 180 baht to 300 baht ish. So it’s not cheap but it’s shareable (depending on how hungry you are) and there’s sizes to choose from.

My personal recommendations: They’re all so good, honestly. I customize them to my liking :).

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4. BEE VEGAN

✧ Thai & Asian Eats
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Once I found this gem, I went almost every day or at least a couple times a week! It’s a small hole in the wall restaurant. The quality of food is exceptional for the price range. It’s actually one of my all time fav spots to eat at on a daily basis and is extremely authentic.

Price range: 50 baht to 80 baht per main. So affordable…but don’t be fooled, the servings are still super legit. I believe all their food is organic and locally grown, too!

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai, their khao soi, their burmese tea leaf salad and their papaya salad (one of the most authentic ones in Chiang Mai). I also love their green/fruit juices and their popcorn they sometimes have for sale! They also have jackfruit poppers and they’re amaaazing. Me and my partner eat til’ we’re stuffed here and end up still paying around $8 CAD (200 baht ish).

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5. CAT HOUSE

✧ All kinds of food! Asian, omelettes, sandwiches, breakfast, lunch, dinner, International, Western etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has fabulous vegetarian dishes and can accommodate vegans.

Cat House is an all around great restaurant and cafe! It’s set outdoor and has all ranges of food! Great breakfast, lunch and dinner spot. Wonderful options and delicious. Keep in mind it does allow smoking at tables.

Price range: Mains range from 80 baht to 130 baht. Really well priced for the quality of food you get!

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan yellow dal burrito, their falafel platter and their pesto sandwich!

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6. PURE VEGAN HEAVEN

✧ Fusion & Healthy Eats
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Our first Pure Vegan Heaven experience was in Phuket and we were so happy and delighted to see one in Chiang Mai located in the Freeative Art Space outside of the main city. It’s also a 5 minute walk to Baan Kang Wat which is a MUST while in Chiang Mai. Baan Kang Wat is an artisanal market pop-up spot on the weekends and on weekdays it’s still got tons of little boutique-style spots, cafes, restaurants, beautiful greenery and amazing-ness around it…very instagram-worthy! Plus, it also has the cutest outdoor library with the BEST cold brewed tea’s annnnd…churros right outside the corner)!!

Okay, back to Pure Vegan Heaven. LOVE this spot, you guys! Healthy food, fusion bowls and a gorgeous outdoor setting. They also have a vegan burger, some Mexican inspired dishes, great salads and pasta’s, too!

Price range: A tad bit more expensive for Chiang Mai, but again, very health focused and great quality ingredients. You’re looking at a range of 130 baht to 200 baht for a main depending on what you get.

My personal recommendations: I love their falafel bowl, their mushroom quesadilla and their falafel wrap. For drinks, I love their Thai iced tea and turmeric latte!

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7. PAD THAI MUSTACHE STYLE

✧ Pad Thai street shop in Nimman area (near One Nimman)
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian street food item specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

This street food cart is awesome! He does only pad thai and has a gnarly mustache (hence, the name). It’s in the Nimman area and near One Nimman. This spot is a hit every time we go! Made right in front of you made to order, fresh! I loooove this spot in Chiang Mai for when I have a pad thai craving. Of course, there’s no shortage of pad thai in Chiang Mai, but this one is quick, authentic, cheap and delicious when in the Nimman area and you want to just grab and go!

Price range: The pad thai is about 50 baht to 60 baht, super affordable and delicious!!

My personal recommendations: Vegan pad thai :) Just say: no egg, no fish sauce, no meat.

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8. REFORM KAFE

✧ Thai, International, Western food, tons of options!
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

This is the sister restaurant to Goodsouls, listed above. It’s the older, original one and Goodsouls came after. Like I said earlier in my Goodsouls mini-scoop review, Reform Kafe has a different vibe. It’s set in a beautiful outdoor natural setting, whereas Goodsouls is an indoor modern restaurant. Reform was my first vegan restaurant deep dive love the first time we ever came to Chiang Mai and it will always almost be the first place I go to when I fly into the city. I love this place so so much. I always take people here when they visit and meet friends here for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Price range: The mains range from 100 baht to 180 baht per main but their serving sizes are big, too! Their drinks range from around 50 baht to 100 baht, depending on what you’re getting.

My personal recommendations: In terms of drinks, I loooove their four seasons smoothie and their thai iced tea with coconut milk. Their hot chocolate is to die for, too (literally copied and pasted from the Goodsouls section, because they have almost the same drink menu). For mains, I am obsessed with the mushroom burger, the burmese tea leaf salad and the pad thai is awesome too (a bit different than authentic pad thai, but super good with their spin on it, too)! Copied, again, from the Goodsouls section :). But, here, I absolutely adore the khao soi and think it’s the best khao soi you can get in Chiang Mai (whether you’re vegan or not). I’ve had tons of people tell me it’s the best khao soi hands down regardless of it being fully plant-based and I definitely agree. I looove their papaya salad here, too. So fresh and zesty! They also have a delicious coconut shoots stir-fry and a chow mein type noodle dish which is bomb! Don’t forget to get their mango sticky rice for dessert too…oh, and their banana pancakes!! They have a huge menu so you’ll have no problem getting your fix here.

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9. SABABA ISRAELI

✧ Israeli food, falafel, hummus, etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has delicious vegan and vegetarian options!

Sababa is your Israeli food fix in Chiang Mai. Mouth watering falafel platters (my go-to order)! Super authentic, such friendly service (the owners are so kind) and exceptional food all around! Their hummus and baba ghanoush are a fav for sure (I love their green chilli paste, too). It’s right near the night market/bazaar area as well and open late which is a definite plus!

Price range: Platters or mains range from 150 baht to 210 baht for a platter! A bit more expensive but you get a lot of food with your platters and everything is made fresh and it’s incredibly authentic.

My personal recommendations: I love the falafel hummus plate/platter and the falafel hummus/baba ghanoush plate/platter. Everything comes with fresh pita and fresh cut up veggies, too :). Their pickles are ah-maaazing!

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10. ACCHA Indian

✧ Indian food
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from (most of all Indian cuisine's will)!

There are lots of Indian spots in Chiang Mai but Accha is my favourite! It’s right in the heart of the Nimman area, too. They have both outdoor and indoor seating and the quality of food is suberb. Having been born in India and being Indian myself, I can really appreciate some authentic Indian cuisine!

Price range: Mains range from 160 baht to 200 baht. They also have dinner set specials as well. It is more expensive for Chiang Mai, but there dishes are well done and prepared fresh.

My personal recommendations: I love the bhindi masala (okra), channa masala and their dals. All dishes come with chutneys and a selection of Indian pickles, too.

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11. KEEP IN TOUCH

✧ Artisan cafe, brunch & dinner, fine dining, Italian, Thai etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or cafe specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

This spot is an absolute gem in Chiang Mai, you guys. A hidden, beautiful gem. This is a spot I think EVERYBODY needs to go to when in Chiang Mai. It is a seriously stunning experience in the most gorgeous setting! I can’t say enough good things about this place. It is so picturesque and just so artisanal down to the environment, little touches, decor, ambience, food, drinks…all of it! During brunch time, you eat in the brunch cafe building that serves the most beautiful desserts and waffles with tropical fruits. It is set with floral arrangements everywhere and is quite the instagrammable place. It also doubles as a little floral cafe and in the evening, you dine in the dinner building that is lit up looking like a fairytale magic-land. I recommend having both a day time brunch experience and a dinner fine-dining experience here. The owners are such sweethearts, too!

Price range: I believe we paid around 150 baht baht for brunch and for dinner since we had a vegetarian meal, we paid around 150 baht each as well (if I’m remembering correctly). Drinks range from 50 baht to 90 baht, I believe. The prices are very well set and reasonable for how gorgeous the setting is. I wouldn’t say it’s “expensive” for Chiang Mai, it’s mid-range. So worth every baht (& penny)! It is a bit out of the way but I love it as it’s a little sanctuary and getaway from the city.

My personal recommendations: I love their waffles for brunch, most out of everything! I will find any excuse to come here, honestly.

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12. TACOS BELL

✧ Mexican street food
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian street food item specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

Tacos Bell (best name ever, right?) is run by a local Thai man and is open late (until about 11pm or midnight, I believe). He is extremely hard-working and the food is made fresh to order, right in front of you! You can customize how you want things by chatting with him while he’s making it, too. Delicious, cheap and grab-and-go! It’s right across an outdoor night club in old city, it’s a happenin’ area, for sure!

Price range: Mains are 50 baht to 70 baht. Super affordable and verrrry good!

My personal recommendations: I love his vegetarian tacos!!

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13. FREE BIRD CAFE

✧ Thai food, Burmese food, Smoothie Bowls, Healthy Eats
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Free Bird Cafe is in the Nimman area and has one of my fav smoothie bowls in Chiang Mai! I love their cacao bowl (pictured below). They also have wonderful drinks (their lavender latte is awesome). It has a fully plant-based menu with thai items, burmese items, breakfast/brunch type things and more!

Price range: It’s a bit more expensive for Chiang Mai, for sure. Their smoothie bowl will cost you around 200 baht or more if I’m remembering correctly but it is really good! You can search up some menu pics by clicking the link below for more prices and so you can see what they have to offer, too.

Note: They have a no laptop policy in their cafe so it’s not a working cafe by any means. Also, it is set beautifully and they have a second-hand donation store attached to it where I believe the money goes to donation for Burma. They sell some artisanal products too, in their shop!

My personal recommendations: I love their cacao smoothie bowl, best!

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14. ANCHAN VEGETARIAN

✧ Thai, healthy eats, fusion, Asian
A full vegetarian restaurant that can easily accommodate vegans!

Anchan Vegetarian restaurant is an awesome vegetarian restaurant located in the Nimman area! They have a changing weekly menu with some staples that stay. They have Thai dishes, stir-frys, smoothies, desserts, rice dishes, salads and soups. Everything is made fresh and it’s located on the second floor :).

Price range: Mains range from around 60 baht to 90 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their anchan (butterfly pea flower) pad thai pictured below and their curries, too! Honestly, everything on their menu is so fresh, delicious and healthy!

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15. MOREGANIC

✧ Thai and International
A full vegetarian restaurant that can easily accommodate vegans!

Moreganic Vegetarian Restaurant is located in a beautiful all white wellness resort in old city. It’s an indoor fancier spot and has an all vegetarian menu. The items can be easily be customized to vegan. Everything is organic and made fresh by the chefs. They have exceptional service, too!

Price range: Mains are around 100 baht to 180 baht depending on what you get. They have specials though and discounts they offer at certain times (at the time of writing this blog post). I believe if you go at certain times (lunch time) or make a reservation for dinner on certain days you can get 30% to 40% off your meal.

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai and their spring rolls are some of the best I’ve ever had! My partner quite likes their curries & stir-fry’s too! Their coconut mini pancakes and mango sticky rice for dessert are amazing also.

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16. BAREFOOT CAFE

✧ Handmade pastas and pizzas
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but can totally customize it for vegans and vegetarians!

Barefoot is this tiny hole in the wall restaurant cafe in Chiang Mai. I love it! Make sure to reserve a spot as it’s very small (it has an upstairs but is usually booked up). They do handmade artisanal pizzas and pastas made right in front of you. It’s like a cooking class! They make the homemade pasta right before your eyes and all the pizza dough, too! Super fun spot and delicious.

Price range: Pizzas were around 200 baht and pastas were around 150 baht, I believe. You can totally customize vegetarian and vegan for both their pastas and pizzas.

My personal recommendations: I love their summer veg pasta and their mushroom one. I also love their pizzas and love how you can choose what you want for toppings!

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17. BAGEL HOUSE

✧ Bagels and breakfast
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but has awesome vegetarian and vegan bagel options!

Bagel house is your ultimate bagel fix in Chiang Mai old city! I loooove their bagels so so much. I don’t know what else there is to say: just go if you love bagels! They have loads of options and specials, too.

Price range: Bagels are 90 baht to 120 baht depending on which ones you get. They are so so good and made fresh to order!

My personal recommendations: I love their veggie delight bagel and add either a pesto or a sundried tomato homemade sauce they make to it! It is loaded so one bagel is definitely enough for one.

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18. PASTA E BASTA

✧ Authentic Italian cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

Pasta e Basta is a bit out of the main city in Chiang Mai but is right near Royal Park Rajapruek, a cool Strawberry Farm and a bunny/rabbit farm, too! It is an amazing spot for authentic Italian cuisine. The owner is from Italy and is very friendly, too! Delicious pastas and pizzas made just like you’d get them in Italy.

Price range: Pastas and mains range from about 150 baht to 300 baht depending on what you order.

My personal recommendations: I love their gnocchi and their veggie pastas!

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19. FOOD 4 THOUGHT

✧ Healthy eats, International, Sandwiches, Bowls, Wraps etc.
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has tons of vegetarian and vegan options!

Food 4 Thought is a cool outdoor health-focused restaurant in the Nimman area! It has tons of menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have lots of cool healthy things to buy too, including all natural bug spray and some healthy treats, too! All around a great eatery and loads of nomads eat here, too! I believe everything is organic, too.

Price range: It is on the pricier side for sure for Chiang Mai but the serving sizes are massive! For wraps or mains you’re looking at around 160 baht to 220 baht depending on what you get.

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan burmese tea leaf salad wrap and their vegan black bean mango mushroom wrap (pictured below) along with the other vegan wraps, too!

While you’re there, grab a bottle of the amazing cold brew coffee from Bays Coffee Co, too! Sooo delicious! @bayscoffeeco

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20. OLE MEXICAN

✧ Mexican fusion
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has vegan and vegetarian options!

Ole Mexican is a great mexican spot that uses fresh ingredients and fusion sauces. All around a good eat in Chiang Mai if you love Mexican with a twist!

Price range: Mains range from around 150 baht to 220 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their wet vegan burrito, so delicious and comes with a fusion thai/mexican sauce on top!

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Photo credit:   Chiang Mai Locator

Photo credit: Chiang Mai Locator

21. SALSA KITCHEN

✧ Mexican food
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has lots of vegetarian options and even a plant-based vegan menu too!

Salsa Kitchen is always packed! It’s in the Nimman area but I believe it opening more locations soon (this Blog was written in 2019). It’s got huge serving sizes and is an awesome Mexican spot for everybody, all around!

Price range: Mains are around 200 baht but are huge!

My personal recommendations: I love their jackfruit vegan tacos, their vegan cauliflower tacos and their vegan nachos (pictured below) with a side of their mango salsa.

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Photo credit:   Happy Cow

Photo credit: Happy Cow

22. KHUN KAE’S JUICE BAR

✧ Smoothies, juices, health shots, smoothie bowls
Outdoor smoothie shop in old city by Wat Chiang Man temple

Not really “food” but you can definitely have these smoothies as meal replacements or a mini meal throughout the day for sure! They make great breakfasts. This is my all time fav spot for all things smoothies, green smoothies, juices and health shots! I go at least every second day when in Chiang Mai for my Khun Kae’s fix :). So fresh, such amazing people and extremely affordable! You won’t get a better smoothie than the ones you get here. No sugar added, all natural, organic and you can choose customizations. Incredible large health focused menu! They even have smoothie bowls however, I just go for the smoothies & shots. It’s also right by (3 min walk) to one of my fav temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man.

Price range: Health shots range from 20 baht to 40 baht and smoothies are juices range between 40 baht to 40 baht. Super affordable and amazing!

My personal recommendations: I love “The One” smoothie which is mango, banana and spirulina and I like their turmeric ginger shot as well as their gotu kola and other health shots, too. I like their juices to go (the beet one and carrot) and sometimes I just pick a random smoothie off the menu and drink it! You really can’t go wrong with anything off the menu.

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23. MY SECRET CAFE IN TOWN

✧ International, cafe, waffles, platters, sandwiches etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but has awesome vegetarian/vegan options and can customize to vegan too!

My Secret Cafe in Town is located in old city and is a gem! It’s a great working cafe and is super cute inside. There’s an art gallery upstairs, too. They have great drinks, sandwiches, treats and food.

Price range: Mains are around 80 baht to 120 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their veg curry noodles, their waffles, their veggie nuts sandwich and their drinks!

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24. WRAP MASTER

✧ Wraps, mexican & fusion inside Maya Shopping Mall on the underground food court floor
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian spot specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

Wrap Master is on the underground level of Maya Shopping Mall in the Nimman area in Chiang Mai. It’s a food court type floor and also has the Rimping Grocery Store on this level (which as a lot of tourist/nomad type groceries and would be comparable to a more organic grocery store and a more specialty item store). I love wrap master and their wraps are HUGE! Very affordable and quick. You can choose your fillings and they toast if for you :). We would often grab these wraps before a movie we were catching on the top floor of Maya!

Price range: Wraps are around 80 baht to 100 baht depending on what you get inside.

My personal recommendations: I love their wraps and customize them to my liking with vegan and vegetarian fillings! Their tea leaf salad is a must to get inside your wrap, too!

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25. BUBBLES LIVE

✧ Thai, health-focused, International, breakfast, brunch, smoothies, smoothie bowls, lunch, dinner etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has loads of vegetarian and vegan options!

Bubbles Live is an awesome outdoor cafe with an expansive Thai and International/Western foods menu. They even have buddha bowls and pastas, smoothie bowls and breakfast items! It’s a huge menu and it’s all organic and health-focused. We LOVE coming here for Thai curries and their pad thai. My partner loves their bowls and we’ve heard their veggie burger is bomb, too!

Price range: For Thai mains and curries you’re looking at 80 baht to 90 baht for a vegetarian main. Everything is very affordable and reasonably priced for the quality of ingredients you’re getting.

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai (it’s served on a banana leaf which I love, too)! I also love all their curries, too! Their curries are some of the best you’ll have in Thailand and are super expensive tasting but still extremely affordable. Everything is made fresh to order. One of the most authentic spots for Thai food and I’m sure all their other food is awesome too but I just can’t go here without eating Thai!

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26. THE FALAFELIST

✧ Falafel, pastas, health-focused foods
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has awesome vegan and vegetarian options!

The Falafelist is such a good falafel and vegetarian spot in old city! It’s also right by Khun Kae’s Smoothie & Juice bar mentioned above (1 min walk). Has an array of vegetarian and vegan options and the serving sizes are huge! I love how you can pick your sauces and sides, too.

Price range: For the falafel platters, I believe it was around 150 baht. You can get mains ranging from 100 baht to 150 baht and the serving sizes and quality of ingredients are great!

My personal recommendations: I love their falafel platter and their falafel wrap!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

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27. MUNCHIES FAST FOOD

✧ Vegan version of McDonalds, vegan fast food
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Munchies is your one stop shop for vegan fast food! Think of it as the Vegan Mcdonalds! Burgers, hotdogs, fries, mac n’ cheese, shakes, etc! The owners are wonderful and super friendly too and super passionate about the plant-based movement. Love this spot when I’m craving vegan fast food!

Price range: Around 80 baht to 100 baht for a burger and most things range from 60 baht to 120 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan cheese burger, their vegan hotdogs, their mac n’ cheese and their jalapeno poppers are to die for!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

28. ASA VEGAN KITCHEN

✧ Vegan food, smoothie bowls, soups, pancakes, fusion food
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Asa Vegan Kitchen is in old city and is an awesome working cafe and restaurant! Love their food and their smoothie bowls!! They have delicious plant-based food, health-focused foods, comfort foods and it doubles as a yoga studio upstairs. Really cute ambience and wonderful all around experience.

Price range: It is on the pricier side for Chiang Mai but you can tell they really put a lot of care in the food they prepare and the ingredients that go in are amazing. For mains you’re looking at between 150 baht to 180 baht. Their smoothie bowl was around 170 baht if I’m remembering correctly but so so good and served in a coconut bowl!

My personal recommendations: I love their chai pancakes, their smoothie bowls and their soups!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

29. PLoEN RUEDEE NIGHT MARKET

✧ All kinds of food carts and food spots
Serves all kinds of food but not hard to find vegetarian or vegan options!

Ploen Ruedee night market is open late, usually has live music on and does great food! It also has little boutique pop-ups and the restaurants change every now and then! It’s located in Old City and has tons of food vendors from Italian to Thai to crepes to pizza to burgers to vegan spots etc. It’s an all around fun experience to check out, for sure and foodie heaven.

Price range: The food carts range from 40 baht to 100 baht depending on what you’re getting :).

My personal recommendations: I love their crepes, vegetarian pad thai, their pastas, their veg pizzas etc. Tons to choose from! Makes a fun foodie tour.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

30. BAAN KANG WAT

✧ Market, pop-ups, cafes, restaurants, chill, beautiful outdoor district/area
Has lots of little cafes, restaurants and spots with lots of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from!

Baan Kang Wat is probably my fav spot in Chiang Mai to chill, sip, eat, explore, relax, work and get away from the city. It is a bit out of the city but is on your way to Wat Umong (one of my fav old temples with amazing underground tunnels) and is near some other wonderful temples and the freeative art space, too (which the restaurant, Pure Vegan Heaven is within mentioned above). I think everybody who visits Chiang Mai should spend time here. I could spend hours and hours on end here and not notice that time has gone by. Baan is such an eclectic, artistic, artisanal spot with lots of boutiques, handmade items, artwork, cafes, restaurants and market pop-ups (on the weekends). On weekdays, it still has so much to offer! You’ll find Chiang Mai is an extremely artistic city and Baan is one of the most fun spots to be to appreciate the art culture. Also, it’s verrrry instragrammable, too! Plus, it also has the cutest outdoor library with the BEST cold brewed tea’s annnnd…churros right outside the corner)!!

Price range: All varies depending on where you eat here. Ranges include 30 baht to 150 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love the cold brewed tea’s from the outdoor library, Mahasamut Library, the churros, the fresh orange juices, The Old Days Bistro for vegetarian food and just walking around and trying to new things and seeing new things every time I’m there!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

3 BONUS NOTEWORTHY MENTIONS:

✧ Not really “food” but still…
My 2 fav chocolate brands + a cute delicious spot for ice cream & sorbet in the shape of roses

Chocolate & Love: https://chocolateandlove.com/

My fav one from Chocolate and Love, I get them from Rimping Markets around Chiang Mai :).

My fav one from Chocolate and Love, I get them from Rimping Markets around Chiang Mai :).

My two fav ones from Siamaya, I get them straight from their shop (factory) in Chiang Mai!

My two fav ones from Siamaya, I get them straight from their shop (factory) in Chiang Mai!

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Roselato Icecream & Sorbet
This trendy little cafe is amazing for ice cream & sorbets (vegan)! I love the mango sorbet and their rose ice cream is amazing as well!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

SOME LAST USEFUL TIPS & INSIGHTS

Drink bottled water!
In Thailand & most of Asia, make sure to drink bottled water (my fav is the Singha brand) but at some of the restaurants mentioned above (and others in Chiang Mai, too), they offer filtered reverse osmosis safe-to-drink water as well, just make sure to ask.

What about the ice, though?
Ice is generally safe to drink at restaurants, cafes and at the various awesome eats in Chiang Mai. In Thailand, in general, most vendors and restaurants get their ice from a clean ice distributor. Even the street smoothie spots use clean ice, for the most part. If you’re worried, ask and ensure it is clean ice or drinking water. If you’re really concerned about a certain street vendor or street side smoothie shop, just skip it (I have never had to do this) but just sayin’ just in case. Of course, use your own discretion.

Street food:
You are totally good to eat street food in Thailand! I wouldn’t say this about all countries or places in Asia, but especially in Chiang Mai, you should be just fine. I have never gotten food poisoning or stomach sick from eating at any of the restaurants listed above or from eating street food in Thailand in general, either. Of course, if you have never ever had certain veggies, spices etc, your stomach may have a little shock and need to get used to the way or style of cooking, but in terms of sickness, I haven’t heard of really anyone who’s gotten “sick” from Thai street food unless they’ve eaten meat or fish lying there for a while. A great tip for street food (common sense-ical but common sense is not always common practice) is to go to the spots that have line ups (duh!) and only eat the street food if it’s being prepared fresh and cooked in high heat in front of you so if any pathogens were there, they die off. This isn’t to scare you into not eating street food, it’s to encourage you to indulge in it and try new things, but smartly :). So…don’t forget to indulge in Chiang Mai street food, smoothie’s and drink your heart out in coconuts, too!

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I started adding travel and more lifestyle type/style blogs to my site because I get questions and dm’s alllll the time from people from all over asking me what my top recommendations are, what to go see, what to do, where to eat, tips, hacks etc etc so I thought instead of typing it out each and every dang time, I’d just post it on the blog to help even more people (and low-key so I can just send a link to those who ask :P). I hope this blog post helped you out! If you enjoyed it, definitely feel free to share it! XO

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