Vegan Guide to Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is firmly on the ‘Traveller’s Trail’ in South East Asia and has so much to offer; with a constant stream of travellers from all four corners of the globe, it oozes culture, art, nature and possibly the most varied and extensive selection of vegan eateries in Thailand.

We passed through for a total of 18 days and could happily have stayed longer because vegan food options were everywhere!

We found our favourites partly by luck and partly by recommendation so here’s our Vegan Guide to Chiang Mai to help you out when you’re in town.

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant

A favourite for vegan travellers passing through (or living in) Chiang Mai and rightly so, tucked away up a small Soi in the popular Nimman area this restaurant should certainly be on your list of places to eat.

Currently number 3 on Tripadvisor out of 1400+ restaurants in town it serves dishes using organic and locally sourced products that are packed full of flavour, in a lovely setting with attentive and helpful staff.

Extra special thanks to Jessica of North & South Nomads for the ‘heads up’ to this spot and a very enjoyable evening sampling the menu and also to Shannon from Vegan Sweet and Simple; you can find great reviews of Anchan on both their sites.

Massaman Curry at Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant.

Massaman curry at Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant.

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 11:30am-8:30pm (closed Sunday & Monday)

Address:
Nimmana Haeminda Road,
Soi Hillside 3,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 83 581 1689

Free Bird Cafe

As part of the Chiang Mai based charity Thai Freedom House your visit here not only gets you some lovingly prepared vegan food, but also helps raise funds for the charity’s work with Thai families living in poverty in rural Thaialnd and refugees from neighbouring Burma.

Just outside of the old city it has a relaxed and informal vibe, great healthy salads, fast wifi and an amazing selection of fresh juices – a perfect spot to spend a few hours eating, drinking and hanging out.

Shan Salad at Freebird Cafe.

Shan salad at Freebird Cafe.

Free Bird Cafe : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 9am-5pm (closed Monday)

Address:
116 Maneenopparat Rd,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 81 028 5383

By Hand Pizza Cafe

Located at the end of Soi 7 next to Wat Lamchang this is a very popular little pizza place that definitely serves the best vegan & veggie pizzas in town, arrive early to grab a table and watch the pizzas being prepared and baked in the authentic wood fired oven.

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Our vegan pizza at By Hand Pizza Cafe.

By Hand Pizza Cafe : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 5pm-11pm (closed Monday)

Address:
25, Moonmuang,
Soi 7,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 91 071 0003

Shang Garden @ Shangri La Hotel

Just next to the night bazaar is the 5 star Shangri La and what better place to treat yourself to some vegan luxury, the staff at Shang Garden can happily serve up a Cantonese fine dining experience that will be a meal you will remember for a long time.

A detailed review of our meal at Shang Garden can be read here.

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Steamed bean curd skin rolls with vegetables at Shang Garden

Shang Garden @ Shangri La Hotel

Opening Times: 11:30am-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm

Address:
89/8 Changklan Rd,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 53 253 888

Peppermaint Vegetarian Buffet

On weekdays there is no better place to go for simple, home cooked vegan Thai food. Their buffet features 4 or 5 delicious curries with brown rice and is served from 6pm; you can eat as much as you like which is great because it’s all really fresh and delicious too!

There are only a few tables so best get there early.

Selection of Thai curries at Peppermaint.

Selection of Thai curries at Peppermaint Vegetarian Buffet.

Opening Times: 6pm-10pm (closed Saturday & Sunday)

Address:
Moon Muang Road Lane 6,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Aum Vegetarian Restaurant

Right opposite Taepae Gate this little gem has a great selection of vegan & veggie dishes including the option to add tempeh to your dish.

Family run and very friendly, we enjoyed spending a few evenings here chatting with friends and eating the tasty vegan food.

Yellow curry at Aum Vegetarian Restaurant.

Yellow curry at Aum Vegetarian Restaurant.

Aum Vegetarian Restaurant : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 11am-11pm

Address:
Moon Muang Rd,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 53 278 315

Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant

Just out of the old city and set within the grounds of Wat Suan Dok this is certainly worth a visit even if it is just to try the AMAZING tempura mushrooms, lightly fried and packed full of flavour. They were delicious, as was everything else we tried. They serve vegetarian Thai food and have a good selection of vegan options too.

Mushroom tempura at Pun Pun.

Mushroom tempura at Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant.

Pun Pun Organic Vegetarian Restaurant : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 9am-4pm (closed Wednesday)

Address:
Wat Suan Dok,
Suthep Road,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone:
+66 84 365 6581

Terraces @ Four Seasons Resort

In a stunning location overlooking the surrounding rice paddies, this is one of those luxury dining options perfect for a special occasion. It’s 20 minutes from the centre of Chiang Mai and well worth a visit to watch the sun go down and enjoy a specially created vegan meal (tell them in advance that you are vegan when you book).

We ate wonderful little arancini balls, quinoa and barley salad, the lightest tofu and the most delicious vegan chocolate brownies (you can read a more detailed review of our meal at Terraces can here.)

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Quinoa and barley salad at Terraces.

Terraces @ Four Seasons Resort

Opening Times: 11am-16:30pm & 6pm-10pm

Address:
Mae Rim,
Samoeng Old Road,
Chiang Mai 50180,

Phone:
+66 53 298 181

Funky Monkey

Recommended by vegetarian travel bloggers Renegade Travels, Funky Monkey is a laid back cafe in Chiang Mai that just so happens to sell one of the cheapest and best falafel sandwiches options we’ve found on our Vegan Food Quest.

Less than £1 gets you home made falafels, salad, hummus and chilli sauce all wrapped up in a fresh pitta bread – almost perfection (just missing loads of tahini sauce). Good enough that we at the Vegan Food Quest made this a regular spot whilst in town…

We love falafels!

Falafel sandwich at Funky Monkey.

Opening Times: 9am-9pm

Address:
247 Moon Muang Soi 9,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Khun Kae Juice Bar

We don’t think there’s a better option for your daily fix of fresh fruit juice, king coconut and (if you’re feeling adventurous) a shot of freshly squeezed wheatgrass – these guys do a roaring trade and rightly so! It cheap and friendly and not to be missed.

Wheat grass shot at Khun Kae Juice Bar.

Wheat grass shot at Khun Kae Juice Bar.

Khun Kae Juice Bar : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 10:30am-7.30pm

Address:
Moon Muang Road Soi 7,
Chiang Mai 50200.

The Salad Concept

Started by two sisters who wanted to create a place to sell healthy food, there are a couple of branches of this modern, easy restaurant and more in the pipeline.  Think big salad bar with lots of vegan options including vegan dressings and vegan wraps; it’s great value for money, tasty, plant based cuisine that leaves you feeling healthy, virtuous and certainly full up as the portions are huge!

Mixed salad at Salad Concept.

Mixed salad at The Salad Concept.

The Salad Concept

Opening Times:11am-10pm

Address:
49/9-10 Soi 13,
Nimmanhamin Road,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone:
+66 53 894 455

Blue Diamond

A cross between a health food shop (stock up on all your healthy nuts, seeds, grains and supplements as well as buy natural toiletries and other goodies), a bakery (they sell vegan cake, bread and croissants!) and a restaurant, Blue Diamond is well established on the veggie scene in Chaing Mai.

We loved the cakes, the wholegrain croissants, cookies and even coconut yoghurt.

Wholemeal vegan croissant at Blue Diamond.

Wholemeal vegan croissant at Blue Diamond.

Blue Diamond : Facebook Page

Opening Times: 11:30am-8:30pm (closed Sunday & Monday)

Address:
Moon Muang Road Soi 9,
Chiang Mai 50200.

Phone: +66 53 217 120

Vegan Food Quest Chiang Mai Travel Tip: Eat Lots Of ‘Khanom Krok’

You must eat these whilst you are in town, in fact you must eat them whenever you get the chance to in Thailand. They are delicious rice flour and coconut milk pancakes that are accidentally vegan and sold everywhere.

Our favourites were from a street food stall at the Eastern end of the nightly market opposite Chiang Mai gate.

Khanom Krok.

Khanom Krok – whenever you see them, eat them…

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20 thoughts on “Vegan Guide to Chiang Mai

  1. Sam

    Bad, bad idea reading this on an empty stomach! I’ve heard such great things about the vegan food scene in Chiang Mai, and this guide just confirms them all! So looking forward to finally discovering these treats for myself!

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    1. Paul Post author

      thanks for the comment Sam – since leaving Chiang Mai we have missed the food SO MUCH!

      i’m currently in Siem Reap and Caryl is in Vientiane and so far we have found nothing that compares – it really is the best location for vegan food, our article only covers a few of our favourite spots and there are many more…

      hope you get to enjoy it soon 🙂

      Paul

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  2. Franca

    You make me miss Chiang Mai ad the delicious Thai food so much. I remember Blue Diamond being superb! Have you tried Diva? It’s a vegan raw food place in Chinag Mai which we went once, it was very interesting and not too bad 🙂

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    1. Paul Post author

      hi Franca
      we didn’t get to Diva, to be honest in the 3 weeks we were in town we were running out of days to get back to our favourite spots!

      the cakes at Blue Diamond were sublime and a cool place to hang out too..

      we both miss Chiang Mai 🙁

      Paul

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  3. Jess Meddows

    I so shouldn’t have read this before I managed to organise my lunch. I’m looking at making whole wheat spaghetti with spinach and tomatoes and it just does not feel anywhere as satisfying as any of these options!

    I still have so much to try out here vegan food wise. Creature of habit, can’t help but go to my favourite places. 😉

    Are you guys in Cambodia now? We are off to Burma next month to do our border run to get our last visa entry before our triple entry expires!

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    1. Paul Post author

      hi Jess,

      We certainly manages to check out a few places whilst in town but feel there were so many more we missed and also some we just didn’t visit enough! Saying that, you’re whole wheat spaghetti with toms and spinach sounds pretty good, I fancy a nice bowl of pasta…not found many options here so far but will keep looking…

      Caryl is in Laos still with my parents and I’m in Siem Reap looking for an apartment for when they arrive on Monday…

      Enjoy Burma, how long are you staying for?

      Paul

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  4. eileen

    As always, love reading your blog. I can confirm the food at Aum is excellent and such good value for money. Also, despite having sated my appetite at some of the places we enjoyed in your wake, we always had room for the delicious Khanom Krok. Hope you’re as good a guide in Siem Reap.

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    1. Caryl Post author

      Thanks for your comment Eileen, sorry for the delayed reply, we will do our best in Siem Reap although the home cooked food in our apartment is proving hard to beat!

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  5. Kiki

    Real helpfull post. I’m leaving for Thailand next week for a 4 week vacation with my husband and 3 young children. I’m vegan since a couple of months so this is very usefull information, thanks!

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    1. Caryl Post author

      Thanks Kiki, so glad we could help you out! Chiang Mai is a paradise for vegans as there are so many options and Thai food is amazing! We absolutely love Thailand… we wrote a Vegan Guide to Bangkok too, another very vegan friendly destination!Where will you be visiting in your 4 week trip?

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      1. Kiki

        Thanks for the reply. We’ll be travelling Bankgkok-Chiang Mai-Kanchanaburi-Phetchaburi-Phrachuap Khiri Khan-Bang Saphan-BKK. We’ve been to Thailand before and love to eat at nightmarkets and foodcourts, so I’m planning on pointing and nodding my way to a vegan meal at the stalls without a menu. And if all fails I’ll just get myself some fruit. Love going through your blog and reading all the tips, so very welcome for me as firsttime vegan traveller.

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        1. Caryl Post author

          If you love food courts then you’ll absolutely love the all vegan food court near Ari BTS in BKK!! Its so amazing and so cheap too! I can’t wait to go there again. Plus I love the fact that you can always get a ‘cup of sweetcorn’ (just ask for no butter) in a market but the very best thing about Thai markets? Khanom Krok – those little sweet, salty, coconut pancakes that are accidentally vegan!!! I’m so glad you find our tips helpful, I’d love to hear how you get on in your travels as you’re going to some places we haven’t explored yet… do keep us posted and happy vegan travelling!

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      HI Nicole
      You are right to want to visit Chiang Mai as it really is the perfect vegan location – we are always discussing when we can plan a return trip!
      Although, surely you are not short of plentiful vegan food being based in Berlin? Once back in Europe (not sure when that will be) a visit to Berlin is top of our list…
      Thanks for your comment 🙂
      Caryl

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    2. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Oh do! It’s such a lovely setting (and the cocktails are great!) Worth going early to catch the sun setting over the rice fields.

      Chiang Mai is so good for veggie travelers isn’t it!

      🙂

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  6. Dee Fancett

    A great list, had no idea about a couple of these. I thought I knew them all in Chiang Mai! Will be checking out Terraces for sure. Thanks!

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Thailand has some great food for vegans – you’re sure to enjoy Chiang Mai too! Thanks for the nice comment and happy vegan travels 🙂 Do let us know if you discover anywhere in Chiang Mai that we should mention in our guide! Caryl x

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  7. Mindy at Nourishing Vegan Journeys

    Yum yum!! Can’t wait to check these out on my return to Chiang Mai in April. Last time I was there I was vegetarian. I remember going to Blue Diamond but don’t recall anywhere else, I do remember thinking though that compared to other parts of Thailand this was a little veggie haven. I had just come from India where I had had it so easy as a vegetarian so got a bit of a shock on my arrival in Thailand. Once again I’ll be flying in from India, this time as a vegan, better prepared and ready to seek out all the vegan food!!….plenty of new places to discover by the looks of this!

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    1. Vegan Food Quest Post author

      Hi Mindy,
      Thanks for the comment – we can’t wait to go back either as there are so many new places that we want to try too. it’s such a little paradise for vegans! Have fun on your travels and I look forward to seeing what you discover on the way 🙂 Caryl

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