Bangkok, capital city in the ‘Land of Smiles’.
It’s a bustling, busy, noisy, dirty, exciting, vibrant city of extremes; with culture, adventure, beauty and amazing vegan food right at your fingertips; should you know where to look.
Vegan Food Quest has been scouring South East Asia on a mission to Find, Eat and Write about the Best Vegan Food in the World.
We love Bangkok and are always happy to visit because there are so options for vegans in this huge Asian city; every nationality’s cuisine seems to be represented here and there’s a great range of eateries meaning you can spend the time in between sightseeing enjoying tasty, vegan food.
May Veggie Home
They serve Thai, Japanese or Western food (using tofu or mock meats) plus vegan cake and ‘Coco Much’ vegan ice cream!
The Penang curry is pretty special and we loved having the choice of brown rice, other must try dishes include the mushroom Tom Kha soup and the stuffed avocado salad; both dishes are delicious and we found ourselves going back for more.
The atmosphere is relaxed and everything served is 100% vegan… which makes it a ‘must visit’ place in our book.
A detailed review of May Veggie Home can be found here.
8/3 (Asoke-Sukhumvit Intersection) Ratchadaphisek Road,
Directions: Take the BTS to Asoke station, leave via exit 4 and walk down Sukhumvit Road until you get to Ratchadaphisek Road (this is the main Asok/Sukhumvit junction), turn right, walk 100m and May Veggie Home is on your right.
The Best Vegan Food Court at Baan Suan Pai (Banana Family Park)
This local, all vegan food court serves a great variety of Thai food either ready made, or served to your table in minutes; there’s even food to take away. There are soups, mock meats, noodle dishes, tofu, veggies and every Thai flavour you could ever dream of.
It’s a local restaurant so expect spicy, but there are always a few dishes (normally the sweet and sour looking ones) that are suitable for those with a sensitive palate.
Make sure you get there before 2pm when it closes though…
Our favourite place is on the right hand side as you face the food vendors, stretching around the corner with a huge display of ready made dishes. They have red rice and a plateful of tofu, vegetables and mock meats with rice should only set you back 45 THB.
There were also some delicious fresh spring rolls and a great juice bar where you can select your chosen fruits and veggies and they’ll juice them right in front of you for 40 THB.
A visit to Baan Suan Pai can also be combined with stocking up on goodies from the small health food shop on your left as you walk in. It’s a great place to buy nutritional supplements, vegan snacks and natural cosmetics.
Baan Suan Pai
17/1 Phahon Yothin Rd,
Directions: Take the BTS to Ari, leave via exit 1 then walk towards the Esso garage. The entrance to Baan Suan Pai is just before the garage, on the right; walk all the way down to the end of the covered walkway (there’s stalls either side), turning left at the end and the food court opens up in front of you.
Vegan Street Food at the Night Market on Sukhumvit 38
Head to Sukhumvit 38 to eat on the street with the locals; it’s lively, the smell of chilies and garlic fills the air, the noise of stir frying in giant woks and you’ll be surrounded people and the hustle and bustle of Thai life.
You will need to veganise your food with the use of pointing, a few thai phrases and a bit of luck but it’s worth it for the experience.
Unless you speak Thai, phrases like ‘kin jeh’ will come in handy here (this is the closest phrase to ‘eat vegan’ that Thai people will understand).
The opportunity to try ‘Award Winning Pad Thai’ is within your grasp and although we’ve had better vegan pad thais in Thailand, a visit to this lively night market does give you a taste of street food culture.
Keep your eyes peeled for ‘khanom krok’ – our favourite sweet vegan street food made from rice flour, sugar and coconut milk. These little pancakes are nothing short of a wonder and should be eaten at every opportunity trust us!
Directions to the Night Market on Sukhumvit 38: Take the BTS to Thong Lor, head to Soi 38 and at the top of the street as you turn in, on the right hand side as you enter, there’s a sub soi where you’ll find the ‘Award Winning Pad Thai’ stall at the end.
Raw Food Bliss at Rasayana Retreat
Nearly vegan (they use honey) this raw food restaurant does amazing things with fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables. It’s well worth a visit for the raw vegan cake alone but the salads, Mexican taco cups, raw pizzas and spiralised vegetable spaghetti noodle dishes are definitely worth trying out too.
The food is fresh, colourful, full of flavour and bursting with life; it’s the kind of place where the food actually makes you feel better after eating it and it’s also the kind of place where you’ll be amazed at what an be done with plant based, whole food ingredients (who knew raw vegan cake could taste this good?!).
A detailed review of one of our visits to Rasayana Retreat can be found here.
57 Soi Prom-mitr,
Directions: Take the BTS to Phrong Pong and leave via exit 3. Take the first left onto Sukhumvit Soi 39 and walk down the street for about 10 minutes, turning right into 57 Soi Prommitr. Keep walking until you see this sign on your left, pointing up the small road that Rasayana is on.
Fine Dining at Bo.lan
Although this isn’t a vegan restaurant, they have an amazing ‘Bo.lan Botanicals’ tasting menu that is 100% vegan. This restaurant is a pretty special place and so if you love fine dining Thai vegan food, you won’t be disappointed with the magic that goes on in the kitchen.
To put it in a nutshell: Bo.lan is a vegan foodie’s paradise.
Expect beautifully presented, tasty food art, arriving in a steady stream to your table where you’ll be blown away with dish after dish of amazing Thai food.
This isn’t an ordinary dining experience, this is a place where happy food memories are made and where the wonders of beautiful Thai food are celebrated with every dish.
A detailed review of our meal at Bo.lan can be found here.
24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley,
Directions: Take the BTS to Thong Lor, leave via exit 1 and walk towards Sukhumvit Soi 24. Turn left and walk down the road for a few hundred metres, Bo.Lan is on the right hand side of the road.
There are few vegans that visit Bangkok and don’t love Veganerie and their selection of vegan cakes, waffles, shakes, ice creams, pastries and more. It’s a big fat slice of vegan heaven and you should definitely make this your first place to visit in Bangkok because you’ll definitely want to go back. You can read our write up of our (several) trips to Veganerie here but be warned, it contains some serious vegan food porn.
4th Floor Mercury Ville Mall,
Directions: Take the BTS to Chit Lom and take exit 4 which goes straight into Mercury Ville Mall (it’s the red building). Go up to the 4th Floor, turn right at the top of the elevator, you’ll see Veganerie in front of you.
Opening Hours: Daily – 10am to 10pm
We’re sure to head back through Bangkok at some stage so will update our Vegan Guide to Bangkok as we discover new places to eat, but if you get there before us, have a different favourite spot that you think should be included, or want some more information about any of the places we visited, then feel free to get in touch.
Happy vegan eating!
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