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Where to Find Droolworthy Vegan Food in Chiang Mai.

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About this post: I won’t lie to you – some of the world’s best vegan food awaits you in Chiang Mai. I’ve sampled scores of vegan, vegetarian, healthy, organic restaurants in the city, and put together this list of the absolutely best vegan restaurants in Chiang Mai. Go indulge!

Over three years ago, when I turned vegan, I accepted the possibility that someday, I might be confronted with the tough choice of either staying vegan or travelling nomadically. I couldn’t fathom then, as I resolved to say no to animal products, that I’d one day find myself in a vegan paradise, with nearly a hundred entirely vegan or vegan-friendly restaurants and cafes. Welcome to Chiang Mai, Thailand: the land of vegan food porn and my dream for the rest of the world!

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Mexican bowl at Pure Vegan Heaven.

I’ve now spent a total of 2.5 months in Chiang Mai over two trips, sampling everything from authentic Thai food, decadent desserts, vegan “eggs” and the best goddamn vegan burgers humans have made yet.

Behold, my personal selection of the best vegan restaurants in Chiang Mai, with all photos shot on my beloved iPhone XS Max:

Pure Vegan Heaven

Must try: Vegan breakfast – waffles, pancakes, smoothie bowls

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Best vegan breakfast in Chiang Mai? I think so.

Pure Vegan Heaven had just opened in Chiang Mai when I was leaving the city last year. It has since moved to a creative art space near Chiang Mai University, and continues to consistently offer beautiful, healthy, delicious vegan food. For an indulgent breakfast, I love their vegan waffles (made of sweet potato, oats and whole wheat) served with with homemade choco-nutella, coconut syrup, banana, flax and chia seeds. For a filling meal, their Mexican bowl packs in the goodness of vegan chilli, homemade salsa, quinoa, brown rice and a tiny portion of seasonal guacamole. Their huge acai berry bowl is delightful to cool off your body on a hot day!

Eco-efforts: All smoothies and drinks are served with steel straws; filtered water is available to refill your bottle.

Location: Suthep (Freeative Art Space)
Find Pure Vegan Heaven on: FacebookTripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: Why I Turned Vegan – And What It Means For My Travel Lifestyle

Bee Vegan

Must try: Morning glory stir-fry; Khao soi

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Incredible Thai vegan food at Bee Vegan.

There are few places in Chiang Mai that do authentic, vegan Thai food as brilliantly – and affordably – as Bee Vegan, a cute little resto near Chiang Mai University. Last year, I only ever saw local university students eating there, but word has probably gotten out since and led to its gentrification. The quality of ingredients and cooking – locally sourced, organic, free of MSG – remains the same though. My favorites are the morning glory stir-fry, chinese kale, basil with mushroom stir-fry, sunflower sprouts, penang curry and khao soi – all sumptuous, gently spiced and so flavorful. They’ve also recently added chocolate cookies and two ice cream flavors to their menu – but are yet to master these vegan desserts.

Eco-efforts: Bee Vegan not only uses but also sells steel straws; pick up one, especially for times you’re out drinking coconut water and can’t do without a straw.

Location: Suthep
Find Bee Vegan on: FacebookTripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: Why I Don’t Recommend Celebrating The Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai

Reform Kafe

Must try: Green curry fried rice; Mushroom burger

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Mushroom burger at Reform Kafe. SO GOOD.

If I were to eat at only one place in Chiang Mai, the all-vegan Reform Kafe would win, hands down. In a relaxed, outdoor seating surrounded by greenery, I’ve feasted on many a decadent mushroom burger – consisting of a pan-fried patty made of juicy textured mushrooms, sandwiched between vegan mayo slathered buns and veggies – possibly the best burger I’ve ever had! Besides western appetizers and sandwiches, they also offer a selection of Thai dishes, of which the green curry fried rice – rice stir-fried with Thai flavors, mushrooms and tofu – is to die for. Order the seasonal mango juice or the healthier but equally delicious green juice to keep you patient, as it tends to get quite packed (and hence slow) at meal times.

Go with an appetite, take your laptop if you intend to work (there’s fast wifi and charging points) and prepare yourself for a vegan feast that’s astonishingly light on the wallet. And by the way, even my non-vegan friends think Reform Kafe has the best food in Chiang Mai!

Eco-efforts: Full points for using steel straws and biodegradable takeaway boxes, but I wish they didn’t have a koi pond in the restaurant; why keep those pretty fish in that confined space?

Location: Near old town
Find Reform Kafe on: FacebookTripAdvisorHappyCow

Also read: 15 Awesome Hangouts in Mumbai to Enjoy Vegan Food

Feast Society

Must try: Eggplant and tahini sandwich; Dilly beetroot tahini dip.

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Dilly beetroot tahini with sourdough bread. Yum.

Started by the owners of Salsa Kitchen (a mexican fav in Chiang Mai; details to follow), Feast Society lives up to its name. They bake wild yeast sourdough bread fresh everyday – undoubtedly the most satisfying sourdough bread I’ve had on my travels. Though the restaurant serves meat and dairy, it offers a wonderfully creative vegan menu, featuring delights like dilly beetroot tahini dip with sourdough bread, an eggplant and tahini sandwich of “deep flavors”, grilled Carribean jerk mushrooms served with coconut rice and mango salsa, and red lentil stew with garlic sourdough bread and popadums! All vegan main courses come with a delicious beetroot and pistachio butter salad. The portions are big and immensely satisfying; my mouth’s watering just thinking of my next visit.

Eco-efforts: Please remember to refuse the plastic straw – which comes wrapped in a plastic wrapper and more often than not, lands up in the ocean and chokes marine life. Hope Feast Society will transition to steel / bamboo straws very soon.

Location: Near old town
Find Feast Society on: Facebook TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: On Life and Detachment: A Conversation With Buddhist Monks

ASA Vegan Kitchen

Must try: Beetroot hummus; Vegan chocolate cookies

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Vegan hot chocolate, anyone?

Just over a month old at the time of writing this post, ASA Vegan Kitchen has a rather small but interesting all-vegan menu, with a lovely floor seating upstairs overlooking the green backyard (the ground floor of the cafe overlooks a busy street). I loved their beetroot hummus with sourdough bread and veggies sticks; the mango and chickpea curry with brown rice was delicious but on the oily side; and I wish I had space to try their blue butterfly pea flower green curry! Also as far as I know, they have the most decadent vegan chocolate cookies in town.

I’m not a coffee person, but apparently it’s the only place in town to offer awesome vegan bulletproof coffee. Whatever that is!

Eco-efforts: ASA Vegan Kitchen offers only reusable straws and biodegradable cups for takeaway drinks. The staff is well-aware of their eco-efforts. Good stuff.

Location: Thapae Road
Find ASA Vegan Kitchen on: Facebook | TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: Vegan-friendly Restaurants and Cafes to Indulge in Bangkok

Salsa Kitchen

Must try: Vegan nachos topped with two types of vegan cheese, salsa and black beans

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Nachos with vegan cheese at Salsa Kitchen!

The sister restaurant of Feast Society, Salsa Kitchen is well-known among the expat and digital nomad circles of Chiang Mai to have the best Mexican food in the city. After 3 years of being vegan, I was nearly in tears of joy trying their famous vegan nachos – topped with black beans, 2 types of vegan cheeses and 3 types of salsa! Finger-licking good. I usually order a side of beans to get my protein fix, although the vegan menu also offers a vegan burritto and baked cauliflower tacos, each with a generous helping of vegan cheese.

Eco-efforts: Like Feast Society, I’m waiting for the owners of Salsa Kitchen to do away with plastic straws and plastic packaging. I made the mistake of packing a burrito once, which came in a box with 3 different plastic bags. The next day, I acquired a steel container from Big C Supermarket, and only take away what fits in there.

Location: Near Maya Mall
Find Salsa Kitchen on: Facebook TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: Why Long Term Travel is More Like Real Life and Less Like Instagram

Aanchan 

Must try: Penang curry; Butterfly pea flower pad thai; Almond hazelnut vegan cake

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Blue pea flower pad thai at Aanchan.

As you walk up the stairs to the second floor of the building where Aanchan sits, the aromas of Thai food will flood your nostrils and make you very hungry. Which is great, because Aanchan offers incredible Thai food, with a big, clearly labelled vegan selection, and serves generous portions. Their penang curry is the best I’ve had in Thailand, and the blue butterfly pea flower pad thai is cooked to perfection. The restaurant tends to get quite packed at meal times, so go early – and leave space for dessert. I tried the almond hazelnut vegan cake from their changing dessert menu, and loved it.

Eco-efforts: It was at Aanchan that I sipped a drink out of silicone straws for the first time!

Location: Nimman
Find Aachan on: Website TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: Where to Find the Best Vegan and Vegetarian Food in Singapore

Rosy Cheeks

Must try: Japanese bowl, customized without the egg; Pesto tortilla pizza

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Vegan pesto tortilla pizza at Rosy Cheeks.

A hip new addition to the food scene in Chiang Mai, Rosy Cheeks offers a small but creative selection of vegan dishes on its menu (also serves meat and eggs). Their pesto tortilla pizza was love at first bite, thanks to the great quality of ingredients, and there’s nothing more satisfying than their huge green smoothie after a workout. I didn’t quite relish the popular vegan pho-rrito (burrito stuffed with the Vietnamese pho), but I absolutely love their Japanese bowl (customized to be vegan without the egg), which comes with quinoa, teriyaki tofu, seaweed, mushrooms and a sesame dressing.

The shop next door serves their ice creams at Rosy Cheeks, of which only the mango flavor is dairy-free – but being a lover of all desserts chocolate, I’ve never been tempted to try it.

Eco-efforts: Full points for sourcing high quality local ingredients, and using steel straws.

Location: Suthep
Find Rosy Cheeks on: Facebook TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: 5 Simple Steps to Reduce Single Use Plastic – On Our Travels and in Everyday Life

AMA Vegan Kitchen

Must try: The vegan “egg”

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Who knew I’d be feasting on vegan “egg”!

Though located in a peculiar location at the base of a condominium, AMA Vegan Kitchen has nailed the art of making a vegan “egg” – with tofu and Himalayan pink salt alone! I don’t necessarily go looking for substitutes or have an opinion for or against them, but that vegan “egg” was surprisingly delicious! This entirely vegan resto sources organic ingredients and offers a decadent selection of Thai food – well worth the detour.

Location: Trams Square Wellness Resort Residency
Find AMA Vegan Kitchen on: FacebookHappyCow

Also read: All the Vegan Food I Loved in Salzburg, Austria

Moreganic 

Must try: Basil leaf lanna 

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Organic ingredients served up at Moreganic.

Located inside the Away Chiang Mai Thapae Resort, Moreganic was probably the swankiest place I ate at in Chiang Mai – and it was worth a one-time splurge (considering Thailand prices). All the food is vegetarian, and though vegan options are not labelled, the staff understands what you can and can’t eat. The interiors are charming and romantic, beautiful for a daytime visit. We tried a couple of Thai dishes – including the spicy basil leaf lanna (with different kinds of mushrooms and veggies) – and loved the food – both how it was presented and how it tasted.

Location – Chang Klan
Find Moreganic on: Facebook TripAdvisor HappyCow

Also read: How Responsible Tourism Can Challenge Patriarchy in India

Ice Love You

Must try: Vegan dark chocolate ice cream <3

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Vegan dark chocolate ice cream. LOVE.

And you love ice cream, right? Especially when it’s available in atleast 10 vegan flavours everyday – including Belgian dark chocolate, mint chocolate chip, mango, strawberry, bubble gum and cappuccino – and comes with a vegan waffle cone! Just the idea of licking off the melting dark chocolate ice cream with a bite of the crunchy cone makes my mouth water; possibly the best vegan ice cream I’ve tried yet. And the quirky superhero decor of the ice cream parlour – chances are, you won’t find that anywhere outside of Thailand either 😉

Location – Suthep
Find Ice Love You on: Facebook TripAdvisor HappyCow

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9 Comments

  1. Hi Shivya!
    I am a very big fan of your articles and now that I have read that you also love vegan food, my fanship has also increased towards you. Keep inspiring.
    Thanks!

  2. My impression was not the same. I found vegan food in Chiang Mai heavily overpriced compared to other places and even though they are not tourist places, I would definitely recommend Hat Yai and Khon Kaen for a taste of delicious and affordable vegan food. Chang Rai, has a huge vegan restaurant despite being a very small city. If you travel from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai you MUST VISIT the white temple: it’s INCREDIBLE! Check out the Buddhist vegetarian restaurants.

  3. All of these meals look soo yummy! Chiang Mai certainly is a vegan paradise – a friend recommended this place and I’d love to visit one day. It would be such a nice change after all the non vegan cities I visited last year. Travelling Macedonia was such a struggle cause their traditional meals are made with tons of cheese and meat. I mean I loved the Balkans but hated that I could barely find a decent vegan meal…

  4. Hi Shivya, loving your blog and particularly drooling over this post with the gorgeous array of dishes. I am a vegan as well and one of the few things I missed from pre vegan days was Icecream. All tnat changed when my friend introduced me to Frozen banana vegan icecream. Never looked back since then. Can you believe that this sumptous ice cream has just one ingredient, frozen bananas. I do variations of it by adding cacao powder for the yummiest chocolate icecream or mixed frozen berries added for a berry delight, or oreos for cookie dough one, need I say more? Please do give it a try and let me know if you liked it.

    All you need is to slice banana into coins and put them in ziploc in your freezer. After 6 hrs, just take it out and use a food processor and keep at it until you see it churn into ice cream consistency. You can add a few spoons of plant milk of choice but careful not to use a lot as it may become a slushie/smoothie then.

    Hugs to you, keep rocking and we are looking forward to your next post.

  5. Prithvi Raj says

    Thank you for this Vegan guide to Chiang Mai. This has given me a list that will keep me prepared for the next Thailand trip.

    I haven’t been to Chiang Mai but in Ao Nang, Krabi there is a wonderful vegan place called Govindas run by a Chilean couple who follow the Hare Krishna faith.

    They have some great food and are probably the only vegan place in all of Krabi. The only other place you find veg food is the Indian restaurants.

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