Chiang Mai: The best vegan restaurants
Chiang Mai, the cool city in the north of Thailand, has become one of the most visited places in Thailand because of its chill and relaxed atmosphere where you can get tons of good food. When you arrive to Chiang Mai, you won’t help but notice all the signs that points out to vegan and vegetarian restaurants. It’s one of the best cities to visit if you eat a plant based diet. Since I’m a vegetarian (going vegan), I made sure to try as many restaurants as possible. This proved to be more difficult than expected though since there are SO many of them. It’s hard to choose which plant based restaurants to go to, but after doing some research and asking around, I found a few cafés I can highly recommend. Here are my favorite ones.
It is a bit more on the expensive side, but you won’t find better vegan burgers in Chiang Mai than here. The staff are all very welcoming and friendly, the atmosphere is cozy and it’s located in the old city, which is great if your hostel/hotel is there. If you have some space in your stomach for dessert, don’t miss out on their amazing vegan cakes.
This 100% vegan restaurant is a really good bargaining since the food is both really tasty and inexpensive. One pad thai will cost you 90 baht and the rest of the meals aren’t more expensive than that. The restaurant isn’t as beautifully decorated as GoodSouls Kitchen, but it’s definitely worth a trip here if you want to go to a fully vegan café where you don’t have to break the bank.
Free Bird Café
Free Bird Café is more than just a restaurant, it’s also a social enterprise and all the profit goes to the Thai Freedom House that supports refugees from Burma and Thai Hill tribes, therefore the Burmese influenced food. There’s some Thai dishes as well but don’t forget to try the Burmese salads, they’re delicious. If you don’t have any breakfast plans, swing by here and grab some vegan pancakes.
Bodhi Tree Café
Want to eat hearty vegan food and do yoga? Then you must go to Bodhi Tree Café! They offer yoga classes everyday for 250 baht. Afterwards, have a vegan meal at their cute café. The prices here are inexpensive as well, just like Vegan Heaven, and one meal costs about 100 baht. Their menu consists mostly of Thai food. Take the opportunity to try some local food with a vegan twist to it. It quickly became one of my favorite places because the place felt so welcoming and the staff were really nice.
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