I hereby officially declare Chiang Mai as one of the most vegan friendly cities in the world!
Let me just start by saying: Holy moly, this place is vegan heaven! I’ve never been to a city where it was so easy to find delicious and affordable vegan food on every street corner! If you want to go on a trip where you don’t have to worry about finding vegan restaurants, this is the place for you!
Before I forget: Your secret code word to get by in Thailand is ‘Gin Jay’, which means ‘I am/eat vegetarian’.
So are you ready to see some serious food porn and get a list of the most amazing vegan restaurants and cafés here in Chiang Mai? Here it is, the ultimate vegan food guide to Chiang Mai (no particular order):
I’m sad we only found this wonderful place at the end of our stay. They serve one of the best vegan burgers we’ve had in Chiang Mai (with avo!). Also try their eggplant salad and soba noodle salad, yum!
Samlan Road Soi 5
This place is probably my favourite spot to get authentic Thai food. The dishes are all freshly prepared and full of flavour, featuring seasonal colorful veggies. The menu consists of 10-15 dishes (vegan options are clearly marked) and changes slightly every week depending on availability of seasonal fruits and veggies. Every single dish we had there was amazing. So highly recommended if you are strolling around Nimman area.
28/12 Nimman Road
This was one of your go to places! It is located near Thapae Gate and is the perfect spot to grab dinner before heading to the Sunday Night Walking Street Market. One of your favourites includes pumpkin maki.
65 Moon Muang Road
As an Italian girl I never thought I would eat the best pizza ever outside of Italy! This Pizza restaurant serves 4 different vegan pizzas on their menu and they are all super yum (watch out for the uber spicy one!). There is also the possibility to design your own custom pizza and add all ingredients you like.
25 Moon Muang Road, Soi 7
This wonderful place might not have the best or nicest service, however their food is to die for! We went there several times (often after our ride to Doi Suthep) and tried many different dishes including: Northern Thai curry noodle soup, vegan pancakes, avo on toast, hummus, fruit platter and everything was delicious! Another big plus is that they sell vegan pastries like croissants, donuts, muffins,… and the best of all: a vegan cinnamon roll!
35/1 Moon Muang Road, Soi 9
Imm Aim has a lot to offer: from traditional Thai dishes like Pad Thai to delicious fresh salads, raw spring rolls and even Mexican wraps, fresh juices and smoothies! They recently moved to a new address not far away from the previous location.
7/3 Santirak Road
Maya Mall Vegetarian Food Stall
We love this place! Perfect for a quick (and cheap!) lunch or dinner and even take away. It is a mix and match style all vegan buffet located in the basement of the MAYA mall. Our favourites include chive cake, pumpkin curry, Masala potatoes, steamed spring rolls and green curry. Mai, the owner, is super sweet and friendly, so make sure to tell her how good her food is when you’re done.
Maya Mall, floor B1
The first time we went there was actually to take a cooking class, which I can highly recommend. You’ll learn how to make 10 different Thai dishes, so once home you can recook all your favourite dishes and spoil your family and friends. At the end of the class you’ll get a little recipe booklet and you can eat your creations right away or take them home (make sure to bring your containers #zerowaste). As for the restaurant: it is super cheap and super delicious. My favourite dish is the Massamun curry, but don’t miss out on the dessert: Mango with sticky rice at its best!
29/4 Chang Moi Kao Road (They also have a restaurant and cooking school in Bangkok!)
We love Mexican food, espescially burritos, as they are so easy to veganize (just leave out the cheese or sour cream). Olé serves, in our opinion, the best vegan burritos in town. They are oil free and super yummy, plus they’re huge and cheap. The restaurant is located near the night bazaar, so perfect to carb up before a shopping spree.
88 Thapae Road
Pun Pun Vegetarian Slow Food
This little gem is hidden in the walls of Suandok Temple on Doi Suthep Road. The dishes are delicious and cheap. The view of the temple is stunning and you’ll be sourrounded by monks, enjoy!
Doi Suthep Road – Suandok Temple
Grab your bike and cycle there, I promise you won’t be disappointed! This lovely little farm is located near Airport Plaza and has such a special vibe to it. They serve some vegan meals like black bean or mushroom burritos and their smoothies are amazeballs! Also check out their little shop where they sell home made shampoo and nut butters.
97/3 Moo 1 Tambon Padad
Taste from heaven is definetly worth a visit. The menu has both Asian as Western options and we liked both of them. Make sure to leave some space for dessert, the vegan brownie with coconut ice cream is epic.
34/1 Ratmakka Road
I did a whole post on my favourite restaurant here in Chiang Mai, check it out here.
You know we love sushi and nothing beats a good sushi night out. Unfortunately most sushi places in Chiang Mai don’t serve vegetarian sushi, but luckily we found this place with a big selection of vegan/vegetarian makis. Make sure to try ‘Lake Forest’, yum!
13 Nimman Road Soi 13
This is a place we went to for lunch. First we we’re a bit confused, as most items on their menu contain meat, but after reading the menu in detail we found out that every dish has an option to make it vegan. The menu includes wraps, burgers, pastas and salads.
15/5 Moo 1, Soi Sudjai
When the weather is hot there is no way around ice cream. Next to the old school coconut ice cream sellers on the street this place is rather fancy, but absolute worth a visit.
25/34 Suthep Road
We go crazy over these buns! We love both, the sweet and the savoury ones. They have many vegan ones (just ask the friendly staff). Try the banana pudding one!
422/1 Banpaprakarn Road
I hope this guide was helpful to all of you and gives you some inspiration for your next night out here in Chiang Mai. What are your favourite restaurants or cafés in Chiang Mai? Let me know in the comments below!