Some of the best vegetarian food in all of Thailand can be found in the Northern city of Chiang Mai. An overall “healthy” atmosphere has found a home here in the mountainous city and rightfully so there is a high concentration of vegetarian restaurants located in and around the city walls. With so many places to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to select the perfect vegetarian eatery during a visit to Chiang Mai. Here are the best of the best in no particular order:
AUM Vegetarian RestaurantTHAI, ASIAN FUSION $$$$ 65 Th Moon Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Open daily, 10:30am – 9pm +66 89 853 9796 | Website | Facebook
Located near the Tai Phae Gate, this vegetarian restaurant offers healthy dishes in a relaxed atmosphere where you can sit on cushions in the upstairs loft section. Be sure to try the fresh spring rolls and one of the tasty, flavorful soups. Stick to more of the Asian-themed dishes as opposed to a sandwich.
Free Bird CafeTHAI, BURMESE $$$$ 116 Manee Nopparat Rd, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand Open Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm +66 81 028 5383 | Website | Facebook
You feel as if you are dining in someone’s home as opposed to a restaurant. Don’t forget to take your shoes off before entering! Free Bird Cafe is an organic vegetarian and vegan charity cafe where 100% of the profits go to Thai Freedom House, a language and arts community learning center for Indigenous Peoples and Burmese refugees. Try the traditional Burmese dish Khao soi which is usually made with pork but at this vegetarian spot its made with veggies. Super yummy!
Giva Raw Food & Drinks CaféRAW, VEGAN $$$$ Thapae Soi 1, Loi Khor Road (behind D2 Hotel), Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand Open 11am – 9pm (closed Sunday) +66 085 624 8769 | Facebook
Chiang Mai’s only purely raw vegan restaurant, this is the place to come when you’ve had your fill of Thai food and need to load your body full of healthy nutrients. Make sure to order one of their healthy green juices.
Pun Pun Organic RestaurantTHAI, INTERNATIONAL $$$$ Wat Suan Dok on Suthep Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand | Open daily, 9am – 4pm Suthep Rd near Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand | Open daily, 10am – 8pm +66 81 470 1461 | Website | Facebook
The small organic farm, seed saving center, and sustainable living and learning center called Pun Pun has two restaurant locations in Chiang Mai. Both of their restaurants use the produce grown on their farm. When supply runs short, they purchase produce from local, organic farmers. Pun Pun aims to support local, organic farmers, farmer networks and propagate biodiversity. Pun Pun is more than just an amazing restaurant – it is also a great cause.
Amrita GardenTHAI, ASIAN FUSION $$$$ 2/1 Soi 5 Samlan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand Open Wed – Sun, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm +66 86 053 9342 | Website | Facebook
Cosy up in this garden cafe serving freshly prepared macrobiotic food from a new daily menu. Every meal is an experience set in a charming and peaceful atmosphere. Amrita also has a guesthouse and gift shop offering locally made Thai goodies.
Bamboo Bee Vegetarian RestaurantTHAI, WESTERN $$$$ 177 Ratchaphakhinai Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Open daily, 10am – 8:30pm +66 90 463 6583 | Website
Located down the street from Wat Chiang Man, this cozy little vegetarian restaurant serves fresh, organic dishes from a seasonly changing menu. Offering both Thai and western dishes, this family-run joint is great for the health-conscious eater. Bamboo Bee also offers a variety of cooking classes.
Anchan Vegetarian RestaurantTHAI, INTERNATIONAL $$$$ Nimmanahaeminda Road opposite Soi 13, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Open 11am – 2:30pm and 5pm – 8:30pm; closed Sunday and Monday +66 83 581 1689 | Facebook
Serving fresh, seasonly-changing menu of delicious vegetarian food with Thai and international influences. Watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen as you indulge in some of the best vegetarian fare in the city. Book a table beforehand because the family-run place tends to book up.
TianZi Tea House & GardenTEA HOUSE, ASIAN FUSION $$$$ 119/1 Kampangdin Rd, T, Changklan, A, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand Open daily from 10am – 10pm +66 53 449 539 | Website
The outdoor seating area creates a very zen atmosphere. Sit on cushions while sipping on tea and enjoying healthy, vegetarian dishes. Come here to experience a Chinese tea ceremony with the best Puer Tea from old trees of Xishuangbanna’s mountain forest.
Beetroot StoriesTHAI, WESTERN $$$$ 71 Ratchadamnoen Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Open daily 10am – 9pm +66 87-024-6903 | Facebook
This tiny little restaurant is tucked inside the Kad Klang Wiang Plaza at the corner of Ratchadamnoen Road and Ratppakinai Road. Serving simple, vegetarian fare this is a great place to stop for a bit while wandering around the Old City. Be sure to try some of the fresh juices.
Vegetarian Food Cart at The Night BazaarTHAI $$$$ Loy Kroh Rd., Night Bazaar, Chiangmai 50100, Thailand
This food cart is located in the heart of the famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Turn down the road opposite the car-park of Mc Donald’s and at the end of the road you will find the cart – located near the Red Lion English Pub. While not purely vegetarian it serves some of the best Pad Thai in all of Thailand. This place is not to be missed. Order at the cart and then grab a seat at one of the plastic tables in the little courtyard behind cart.
See all the restaurants on a map. (Google Maps)