The Top 33 Best Restaurants & Eats in Chiang Mai City - The ULTIMATE Foodie Guide to Vegan & Vegetarian Food in Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

Wondering what to eat in Chiang Mai if you're vegan or vegetarian? Let me rephrase that: wondering what to eat in Chiang Mai if you like incredible food and are a complete foodie? Regardless if you're vegan, vegetarian, somewhere in the middle or not, these 30 restaurants and eats will leave you wanting to come back for more. I don't know about you guys, but when I travel anywhere in the World, the food is definitely something that ties in as a big factor for me. I'm a born foodie and love good quality, great tasting, incredible food! I've been vegetarian since I was 5 (self-chosen) and plant-based for the past few years. I hope this blog post is helpful to you if you're travelling to Chiang Mai (my fav city in the entire World for so many reasons but the food..omg you guys, the food). Well, scroll down and see for yourself.

Blog post updated September 25th 2019.

Chiang Mai, Thailand is my favourite city in the whole wide World for SO many reasons but I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say that the food plays a role in that! If you’re vegetarian or vegan, you have a plethora of options in Chiang Mai. It is one of the most vegetarian ↔ vegan friendly cities of all time (in my opinion) and I’ve travelled to around 25 countries and around 160 cities/places in my lifetime (thus far) across 4 continents…so hopefully that’s saying something!

Now, if you don’t know my background or if you don’t follow me on instagram and you just landed on this Blog by searching up Chiang Mai, you may not know this, but I’ve spent around half the year in Chiang Mai or around SE Asia for the past 2 years and the other half in Western Canada (at the time of writing this blog post). So, I’ve spent a good sum of time in Chiang Mai and I’ve scouted out allll the best spots for you!

Like I hinted to beforehand, there’s definitely no shortage of vegan/vegetarian restaurants and options in Chiang Mai. It has over 100 vegan/vegetarian restaurants as stated in many articles and posts online. Having said that though, I’m going to shorten your learning (and eating) curve and spill the beans on the best of the best.

I’ve personally tried around anywhere between 60-75 individual restaurants in Chiang Mai, itself. These ones I’m about to share are my “have to go to’s” and the spots I personally eat at while spending my blissful 6 months in Chiang Mai every year. You can probably bet I’ll be at one of these cafes/restaurants/spots gorging my face in the incredible food they have to offer, most of the time ;).

These below are the creme de la creme of vegan/vegetarian spots in Chiang Mai that are MUST-try’s & my personal go-to’s!

P.s…if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, don’t click off this page!

Whether you’re vegan/vegetarian or not, I can guarantee you will absolutely love these eats and a lot of them aren’t strictly vegan/vegetarian restaurants, either. Some are, some aren’t. In Chiang Mai, most of all the restaurants that serve all kinds of food most likely always have a vegan or vegetarian menu or plant-based menu if you ask for it. So, if someone you’re travelling with is veg, someone else is vegan, someone else is GF and someone else is a pescatarian and the rest eat just about anything…there’s something for everyone and these places below will work for everybody who loves good food!

All photos shown below are my personal photos from eating at these spots unless otherwise stated and of course only show a small sample of what each restaurant has to offer! This post is NOT sponsored. All opinions are my own and I’m putting this here to help other travellers out who visit Chiang Mai :).

I’ve added google search links to ALL restaurants/spots talked about right under my mini-scoop review for each which will take you straight to the google search landing page so you can see menu photos, other peoples’ reviews, the TripAdvisor reviews, HappyCow, other blog posts etc. Most of all these spots listed in this Blog post are organic or locally sourced, made without additives, MSG, using natural, great quality ingredients etc, too! Some just market it better than others :).

Alright, let’s get started!

These are in no particular order:


1. David's Kitchen

✧ Modern French Cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has fabulous vegetarian dishes and can accommodate vegans.

Wouldn’t you like to dine and eat at the #1 restaurant in all of Asia and #10 Worldwide?! This restaurant may be the best in the World (in my opinion & I’m a major foodie), for this type of cuisine. This is a must-go all in all 10/5 stars experience! A+++! Make sure to reserve a table ahead of time and it is a fancier spot, so dress appropriately. Man oh man…do they have incredible food, service, ambience…all of it! You will also fall in love with David and his lovely family and staff as well. Me and my partner go at least once a month for a special date night or occasion while in Chiang Mai.

Price range: It is on the pricier side for Chiang Mai, but their vegetarian dishes are comparable to around $13-$16 CAD or around $10-$12 USD (350-400 baht each) which is the norm at a less than fine dining restaurant in the Western part of the World. For meat, fish or other specialty dishes, the prices are higher. But, since this is a vegetarian/vegan guide, I’m going to focus on my star favs at this restaurant!

My personal recommendations: The mushroom risotto you guys is the best risotto you will ever have, bar none. I have had a lot of risotto in my life and I have to say, I find it so hard going to David’s Kitchen without getting this dish! So delicious. And, if you aren’t a mushroom fan, they have a delectable asparagus risotto as well. Some other favs of mine are the gnocchi and the spicy pumpkin ravioli. Also, I can’t dine here without topping dinner off with their sticky toffee pudding dessert with a side of Thai Tea ice cream (when in Thailand, get Thai Tea everything…thank me later).

Note: This is one of the very few and rare times where I’m not 100% vegan or plant-based. I stay vegetarian when dining at David’s Kitchen but you can most definitely request things to be made vegan! I have no doubt in my mind that they have various options that they could accommodate you upon :).

Website: https://davidskitchen.co.th/
Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

2. b samcook home 16

✧ Thai, Asian, International fusion cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but can easily accommodate any dietary restrictions, vegans and vegetarians

This may be the best restaurant in the World for this style of cuisine as well. The head chef (& all the chef’s) are absolute artists. This is an unreal experience that I recommend EVERYBODY to experience. The restaurant is Asian fusion and the entrees are so thoughtfully designed. He offers a chef special which includes an entire tasting menu where you can specify and customize for vegan/vegetarian and so on. The service is impeccable and the food is out of this World, truly. At the time of writing this post, it is now #1 on TripAdvisor in all of Chiang Mai with a striking 5 stars right across (that’s saying A LOT since Chiang Mai has some of the best restaurants in the World…and exceptional food, period). The bar is very high in Chiang Mai and in Asia in general and this restaurant raises it even higher (I didn’t think that was possible, honestly). Just go, you will not regret it. P.s. one of the brothers was a past iron chef in Thailand and the entire family is involved in the restaurant (and is so hardworking and passionate about what they do). From start to finish, all in all, again…10/5 stars! A+++!

Price range: The vegan/veg tasting menu for dinner is 690 baht per person and the regular chef tasting menu (not vegan or veg) is 990 baht per person. Worth every baht. Every penny. You would be paying at least a couple hundred dollars $$$$ for this kind of dinner in the Western part of the World or in Europe etc. He also has a, a la carte menu which is beyond reasonable for what you’re getting. Just trust me. Go.

My personal recommendations: Go for the special chef tasting menu when you go! You state your restrictions or if you’re vegetarian/vegan, what you can eat/can’t eat and then it’s a surprise from then onwards! The pairings are so unique and beautifully done. I adored every single course we had the privilege of tasting and eating here.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

3. ADIRAK PIZZA

✧ Pizzeria
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian pizzeria specifically but has fabulous vegetarian pizza and can accommodate vegans, too!

I’ve tried many pizza joints in Chiang Mai and this one tops all. Such good pizza. Delicious options, hand made, hand tossed, small outdoorsy pizzeria near one of my fav areas in Chiang Mai (near Wat Umong and Baan Kang Wat). This is where you should go if you want artisan, handmade pizza!

Price range: The pizza’s range from 180 baht to 300 baht ish. So it’s not cheap but it’s shareable (depending on how hungry you are) and there’s sizes to choose from.

My personal recommendations: They’re all so good, honestly. I customize them to my liking :).

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

4. PASTA CORNER

✧ Authentic Italian
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian Italian restaurant specifically but has extensive vegetarian and vegan menu items. They even have in house vegan cheese’s for their pizzas & pastas!

Once I found this Italian gem, we kept going back for more. They make everything in house and the pasta’s & pizza’s are insanely good. This restaurant is owned and operated by Italian’s who now live in Chiang Mai and they are super open to modifications and just overall nice guys. Anytime we have an Italian craving, we go here!

Price range: 150-300 baht depending on what you’re getting. Their pasta’s range from 150-230 ish and the pizza’s range from 200-300.

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan pizzas and the vegan ravioli. They also have a wonderful bruschetta!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

5. all you eat is love

✧ 100% Vegan & Gluten-Free outdoor cafe/restaurant
Rock n’ roll Beatles themed restaurant in the nimman area

First of all, I love the name of this cafe & the menu is so creatively set, all themed by The Beatles. Who doesn’t love The Beatles?! The food is phenomenal. The flavours, taste and presentation is nothing short of something you would get at a fine dining, very expensive restaurant. The chef and owner takes great pride in each of her dishes and is such a sweet person. She prepares each dish fresh to order and makes all the fixings and fillings herself. Her partner is a musician who helps out at the restaurant and they have converted part of their home into the cafe. Everything is homemade and so delicious! Very unique pairings and flavours are poppin’ to say the least. I highly recommend trying this hidden gem out.

Price range: Starters range from about 80 baht to 100 baht and mains are anywhere from 120 baht to 170 baht.

My personal recommendations: I recommend the quesadilla, the tortilla pizza and the burger…but honestly everything on the menu would be fabulous I’m sure. The mango sticky rice nicecream is to die for, too!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

6. PURE VEGAN HEAVEN

✧ Fusion & Healthy Eats
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Our first Pure Vegan Heaven experience was in Phuket and we were so happy and delighted to see one in Chiang Mai located in the Freeative Art Space outside of the main city. It’s also a 5 minute walk to Baan Kang Wat which is a MUST while in Chiang Mai. Baan Kang Wat is an artisanal market pop-up spot on the weekends and on weekdays it’s still got tons of little boutique-style spots, cafes, restaurants, beautiful greenery and amazing-ness around it…very instagram-worthy! Plus, it also has the cutest outdoor library with the BEST cold brewed tea’s annnnd…churros right outside the corner)!!

Okay, back to Pure Vegan Heaven. LOVE this spot, you guys! Healthy food, fusion bowls and a gorgeous outdoor setting. They also have a vegan burger, some Mexican inspired dishes, great salads and pasta’s, too!

Price range: A tad bit more expensive for Chiang Mai, but again, very health focused and great quality ingredients. You’re looking at a range of 130 baht to 200 baht for a main depending on what you get.

My personal recommendations: I love their falafel bowl, their mushroom quesadilla and their falafel wrap. For drinks, I love their Thai iced tea and turmeric latte!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

7. PAD THAI MUSTACHE STYLE

✧ Pad Thai street shop in Nimman area (near One Nimman)
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian street food item specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

This street food cart is awesome! He does only pad thai and has a gnarly mustache (hence, the name). It’s in the Nimman area and near One Nimman. This spot is a hit every time we go! Made right in front of you made to order, fresh! I loooove this spot in Chiang Mai for when I have a pad thai craving. Of course, there’s no shortage of pad thai in Chiang Mai, but this one is quick, authentic, cheap and delicious when in the Nimman area and you want to just grab and go!

Price range: The pad thai is about 50 baht to 60 baht, super affordable and delicious!!

My personal recommendations: Vegan pad thai :) Just say: no egg, no fish sauce, no meat.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

8. REFORM KAFE

✧ Thai, International, Western food, tons of options!
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

This is the sister restaurant to Goodsouls, listed above. It’s the older, original one and Goodsouls came after. Like I said earlier in my Goodsouls mini-scoop review, Reform Kafe has a different vibe. It’s set in a beautiful outdoor natural setting, whereas Goodsouls is an indoor modern restaurant. Reform was my first vegan restaurant deep dive love the first time we ever came to Chiang Mai and it will always almost be the first place I go to when I fly into the city. I love this place so so much. I always take people here when they visit and meet friends here for brunch, lunch or dinner!

Price range: The mains range from 100 baht to 180 baht per main but their serving sizes are big, too! Their drinks range from around 50 baht to 100 baht, depending on what you’re getting.

My personal recommendations: In terms of drinks, I loooove their four seasons smoothie and their thai iced tea with coconut milk. Their hot chocolate is to die for, too (literally copied and pasted from the Goodsouls section, because they have almost the same drink menu). For mains, I am obsessed with the mushroom burger, the burmese tea leaf salad and the pad thai is awesome too (a bit different than authentic pad thai, but super good with their spin on it, too)! Copied, again, from the Goodsouls section :). But, here, I absolutely adore the khao soi and think it’s the best khao soi you can get in Chiang Mai (whether you’re vegan or not). I’ve had tons of people tell me it’s the best khao soi hands down regardless of it being fully plant-based and I definitely agree. I looove their papaya salad here, too. So fresh and zesty! They also have a delicious coconut shoots stir-fry and a chow mein type noodle dish which is bomb! Don’t forget to get their mango sticky rice for dessert too…oh, and their banana pancakes!! They have a huge menu so you’ll have no problem getting your fix here.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

9. SABABA ISRAELI

✧ Israeli food, falafel, hummus, etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has delicious vegan and vegetarian options!

Sababa is your Israeli food fix in Chiang Mai. Mouth watering falafel platters (my go-to order)! Super authentic, such friendly service (the owners are so kind) and exceptional food all around! Their hummus and baba ghanoush are a fav for sure (I love their green chilli paste, too). It’s right near the night market/bazaar area as well and open late which is a definite plus!

Price range: Platters or mains range from 150 baht to 210 baht for a platter! A bit more expensive but you get a lot of food with your platters and everything is made fresh and it’s incredibly authentic.

My personal recommendations: I love the falafel hummus plate/platter and the falafel hummus/baba ghanoush plate/platter. Everything comes with fresh pita and fresh cut up veggies, too :). Their pickles are ah-maaazing!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

10. INDISH

✧ Indian cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from (most of all Indian cuisine's will)!

There are lots of Indian spots in Chiang Mai but Indish if my favourite! It’s right by Tha Phae gate in Old City and the owner is the chef. He is super nice. I love this spot particularly because it’s way more health focused than other Indian restaurants. He makes everything himself and everything is made to order. Some Indian places use way too much oil, butter and cream and this spot is definitely much more authentic and comparable to “home food” or what you’d get with homemade Indian.

Price range: Mains range from 100 baht to 150 baht. That is extremely affordable compared to all other Indian spots in Chiang Mai. For lunch they have a thali special for only 150 baht (where you can try 3 Indian dishes, get naan and rice etc with it).

My personal recommendations: I love the bhindi masala (okra), saag aloo, their lunch special and their dals. All dishes come with chutneys and this bomb radish chilli stuff that’s to die for! Everything is pretty customizable, too.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

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11. KEEP IN TOUCH

✧ Artisan cafe, brunch & dinner, fine dining, Italian, Thai etc
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant or cafe specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

This spot is an absolute gem in Chiang Mai, you guys. A hidden, beautiful gem. This is a spot I think EVERYBODY needs to go to when in Chiang Mai. It is a seriously stunning experience in the most gorgeous setting! I can’t say enough good things about this place. It is so picturesque and just so artisanal down to the environment, little touches, decor, ambience, food, drinks…all of it! During brunch time, you eat in the brunch cafe building that serves the most beautiful desserts and waffles with tropical fruits. It is set with floral arrangements everywhere and is quite the instagrammable place. It also doubles as a little floral cafe and in the evening, you dine in the dinner building that is lit up looking like a fairytale magic-land. I recommend having both a day time brunch experience and a dinner fine-dining experience here. The owners are such sweethearts, too!

Price range: I believe we paid around 150 baht baht for brunch and for dinner since we had a vegetarian meal, we paid around 150 baht each as well (if I’m remembering correctly). Drinks range from 50 baht to 90 baht, I believe. The prices are very well set and reasonable for how gorgeous the setting is. I wouldn’t say it’s “expensive” for Chiang Mai, it’s mid-range. So worth every baht (& penny)! It is a bit out of the way but I love it as it’s a little sanctuary and getaway from the city.

My personal recommendations: I love their waffles for brunch, most out of everything! I will find any excuse to come here, honestly.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

12. TACOS BELL

✧ Mexican street food
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian street food item specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

Tacos Bell (best name ever, right?) is run by a local Thai man and is open late (until about 11pm or midnight, I believe). He is extremely hard-working and the food is made fresh to order, right in front of you! You can customize how you want things by chatting with him while he’s making it, too. Delicious, cheap and grab-and-go! It’s right across an outdoor night club in old city, it’s a happenin’ area, for sure!

Price range: Mains are 50 baht to 70 baht. Super affordable and verrrry good!

My personal recommendations: I love his vegetarian tacos!!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

13. may kaidee

✧ Thai food, cooking school
Fully vegetarian and vegan restaurant. Also a cooking school!

May Kaidee has one of the best pad thai’s and papaya salad’s in town and competes for my favourite Vegetarian/Vegan Thai restaurant with Morning Glory (see #31). Super authentic, very affordable and it’s also a cooking school which is a plus. It’s in old city.

Price range: It’s around 70 baht per dish, super affordable and everything is made fresh to order!

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai (I ask her to use tamarind in the pad thai to make it more authentic) and their papaya salad.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

14. ANCHAN VEGETARIAN

✧ Thai, healthy eats, fusion, Asian
A full vegetarian restaurant that can easily accommodate vegans!

Anchan Vegetarian restaurant is an awesome vegetarian restaurant located in the Nimman area! They have a changing weekly menu with some staples that stay. They have Thai dishes, stir-frys, smoothies, desserts, rice dishes, salads and soups. Everything is made fresh and it’s located on the second floor :).

Price range: Mains range from around 60 baht to 90 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their anchan (butterfly pea flower) pad thai pictured below and their curries, too! Honestly, everything on their menu is so fresh, delicious and healthy!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

15. MOREGANIC

✧ Thai and International
A full vegetarian restaurant that can easily accommodate vegans!

Moreganic Vegetarian Restaurant is located in a beautiful all white wellness resort in old city. It’s an indoor fancier spot and has an all vegetarian menu. The items can be easily be customized to vegan. Everything is organic and made fresh by the chefs. They have exceptional service, too!

Price range: Mains are around 100 baht to 180 baht depending on what you get. They have specials though and discounts they offer at certain times (at the time of writing this blog post). I believe if you go at certain times (lunch time) or make a reservation for dinner on certain days you can get 30% to 40% off your meal.

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai and their spring rolls are some of the best I’ve ever had! My partner quite likes their curries & stir-fry’s too! Their coconut mini pancakes and mango sticky rice for dessert are amazing also.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

16. BAREFOOT CAFE

✧ Handmade pastas and pizzas
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but can totally customize it for vegans and vegetarians!

Barefoot is this tiny hole in the wall restaurant cafe in Chiang Mai. I love it! Make sure to reserve a spot as it’s very small (it has an upstairs but is usually booked up). They do handmade artisanal pizzas and pastas made right in front of you. It’s like a cooking class! They make the homemade pasta right before your eyes and all the pizza dough, too! Super fun spot and delicious.

Price range: Pizzas were around 200 baht and pastas were around 150 baht, I believe. You can totally customize vegetarian and vegan for both their pastas and pizzas.

My personal recommendations: I love their summer veg pasta and their mushroom one. I also love their pizzas and love how you can choose what you want for toppings!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

17. BAGEL HOUSE

✧ Bagels and breakfast
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but has awesome vegetarian and vegan bagel options!

Bagel house is your ultimate bagel fix in Chiang Mai old city! I loooove their bagels so so much. I don’t know what else there is to say: just go if you love bagels! They have loads of options and specials, too.

Price range: Bagels are 90 baht to 120 baht depending on which ones you get. They are so so good and made fresh to order!

My personal recommendations: I love their veggie delight bagel and add either a pesto or a sundried tomato homemade sauce they make to it! It is loaded so one bagel is definitely enough for one.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

18. feast society

✧ Amazing sandwich spot + more with homemade sourdough bread
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has extensive vegan menu!

Feast Society is seriously so good. The portions are massive so watch out! One of the best vegan sandwiches I’ve EVER had in my life made on fresh sourdough bread. They also have great desserts, salads and more, too! The ambience is so adorable too, it’s like you’re having dinner or lunch in a castle. I love that it’s indoors too (great for super hot days).

Price range: 200 baht for an entree but the portions are gigantic.

My personal recommendations: I love their toasted tahini eggplant vegan sandwich. Seriously unreal.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

19. rosy-cheeks

✧ Healthy eats, International, Fusion Asian food & cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has amazing vegan and vegetarian options!

Rosy Cheeks is an incredible restaurant and dinner spot. It’s located in the CMU and Nimman area and has some of the best food in town! I love the open kitchen concept and that it’s locally owned as a family business. The owners are very sweet and the food is seriously next level. Go!

Price range: It is around 89-160 baht for the vegetarian/vegan mains. Very fair prices for the quality/presentation of the food!

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan ph-urrito wrap (a Vietnamese tempeh burrito), the pesto vegan pizza and the specials they have. They also have other vegan/veg options on the menu and of course a larger menu with all sorts of food!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

20. OLE MEXICAN

✧ Mexican fusion
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has vegan and vegetarian options!

Ole Mexican is a great mexican spot that uses fresh ingredients and fusion sauces. All around a good eat in Chiang Mai if you love Mexican with a twist!

Price range: Mains range from around 150 baht to 220 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their wet vegan burrito, so delicious and comes with a fusion thai/mexican sauce on top!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

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21. SALSA KITCHEN

✧ Mexican food
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has lots of vegetarian options and even a plant-based vegan menu too!

Salsa Kitchen is always packed! It’s in the Nimman area but I believe it opening more locations soon (this Blog was written in 2019). It’s got huge serving sizes and is an awesome Mexican spot for everybody, all around!

Price range: Mains are around 200 baht but are huge!

My personal recommendations: I love their jackfruit vegan tacos, their vegan cauliflower tacos and their vegan nachos (pictured below) with a side of their mango salsa.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

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22. mel’s saleng hotdogs

✧ Hotdog shop, not fully a vegetarian or vegan spot but can easily accommodate veggie/vegan hotdogs!
A little bit out of the way from the main city centre of Chiang Mai but worth it…it’s near the Grand Canyon area

I don’t know about you guys but I loooove a good veggie dog! Mel’s veggie dogs are incredible! He makes every hotdog and all the sides fresh and one by one to order. His veggie dogs come from a local Thai company that have literally 4 ingredients in them: Soy protein 60% , flour/starch 20%, spices 10%, coconut oil 10%. They taste fabulous! The potato wedges are phenomenal, too! Definitely worth a visit to get your hotdog fix. It’s not a hotdog stand, it’s more of a a hotdog shop and restaurant. Everything is done in a more artisan way than a hotdog stand and the service is awesome! It has an outdoor and indoor area and is located near the Grand Canyon in Chiang Mai so makes a good stopover if you’re going to the Grand Canyon, anyways.

Price range: The veggie dog I got was 135 baht! I believe most of their hotdogs range around that price and their potato wedges were around 45 baht.

My personal recommendations: I of course loved their veggie dog with caramelized onions (you can ask him to caramelize them without butter if you like and are vegan). I love the potato wedges and the lychee soda, too!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

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23. Goodsouls

✧ Thai, International, Western food, tons of options!
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Goodsouls is a definite cult-fav in Chiang Mai! It is owned by a lovely couple who also runs a sister plant-based restaurant called Reform Kafe (the original, Goodsouls came afterwards). They have different restaurant vibes but nearly the same menu with Goodsouls having a larger menu. Goodsouls is an indoor (AC’d) modern restaurant. Whether you’re vegan or not, you will LOVE Goodsouls. It is amaaaazing, you guys! All kinds of dishes, from Thai, to International to smoothie bowls, to awesome drinks, to incredible desserts to Western food all the way to brunch & breakfast delights. Just, go!

Price range: The mains range from 100 baht to 180 baht per main but their serving sizes are big, too! Their drinks and smoothies and breakfast bowls/smoothie bowls range from around 90 baht to around 160 baht.

My personal recommendations: In terms of drinks, I loooove their four seasons smoothie, their thai iced tea with coconut milk and their iced matcha with coconut milk. Their hot chocolate is to die for, too! For smoothie bowls, my fav is the berry one or the mango one. I really like the muesli bowl too for the mornings. For mains, I am obsessed with the mushroom burger, the burmese tea leaf salad and the pad thai is awesome too (a bit different than authentic pad thai, but super good with their spin on it, too)! Don’t forget to get their mango sticky rice for dessert and the mango or banana pancakes!! They have a huge menu so you’ll have no problem getting your fix here.

Note: I prefer having the khao soi and papaya salad at their sister restaurant, Reform Kafe (see above) but it’s good at Goodsouls too! I just for some reason like those 2 particular dishes at Reform Kafe and how they make it a tad bit better than Goodsouls but I’m a food snob, so you know how it is…*eye roll*

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

24. lamour cafe

✧ Thai, Fusion, Desserts, Cafe & Hair Salon
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian spot specifically but can totally customize it for vegans or vegetarians!

Lamour Cafe is a beautiful spot located near Baan Kang Wat and the Freaative Art Space. It is a gorgeous setting for dinner, to have a drink/dessert…or, even get your hair did’! They have wonderful brunch options, artisan drinks, fabulous desserts and exceptional Thai cuisine. The service is great, too!

Price range: Around 90 baht to 200 baht depending on what you order. Affordable for what you get and set in a stunning area.

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai, papaya salad, their drinks, mango sticky rice and their desserts. I am sure everything else on the menu is really good, too! I got my hair done when I was here too and they have one of the best hair salons I’ve ever been to. I’m actually still friends with my hair stylists even now! The owner is super sweet, too.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

25. spices indian

✧ Indian cuisine
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian restaurant specifically but has lots of vegan and vegetarian options to choose from (most of all Indian cuisine's will)!

There are lots of Indian spots in Chiang Mai (like Rajdarbar & Accha too) but Spices is my favourite! It’s right by Barefoot Cafe and by Thapae East which is a cool bar that plays live music & jazz. It’s also near some amazing boutiques that showcases wonderful craftwomanship. It’s a family owned restaurant and she makes each dish from scratch fresh so the wait sometimes can be long. I recommend ordering in advance and then walking around the corner and taking a look at the cute shops like Rivers & Roads and the shop right behind it too. Most of everything is handmade and is local to Chiang Mai or Thailand. I love this spot particularly because it’s way more health focused than other Indian restaurants. Some Indian places use way too much oil, butter and cream and this spot is definitely much more authentic and comparable to “home food” or what you’d get with homemade Indian.

Price range: Mains range from 100 baht to 150 baht. That is extremely affordable compared to all other Indian spots in Chiang Mai. Their chapatis are only 10 baht!

My personal recommendations: I love the bhindi masala (okra), chole masala (chickpea), saag aloo, their dal makhani (black dal) and their vegetable kofta. I really enjoy their fresh chapati’s, too!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

26. hummus

✧ Middle Eastern cuisine, falafel, hummus (of course), shakshuka etc
A vegetarian restaurant that has tons of vegan options, too!

Hummus is amaaaazing and is right in Old City near Tha Phae gate. Their hummus variations are exceptional and the ambience is super trendy and cute, too! I love their shakshuka and all the things on their menu. Just go, you will NOT regret it!

Price range: Prices range from 100 baht to 200 baht depending on what you’re getting :).

My personal recommendations: I love their beetroot hummus and their mushroom hummus. I also love their shakshuka and their in house pomegranate molasses drink (soooo good). Their Muhallebi dessert is wonderful as well.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

27. MUNCHIES FAST FOOD

✧ Vegan version of McDonalds, vegan fast food
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Munchies is your one stop shop for vegan fast food! Think of it as the Vegan Mcdonalds! Burgers, hotdogs, fries, mac n’ cheese, shakes, etc! The owners are wonderful and super friendly too and super passionate about the plant-based movement. Love this spot when I’m craving vegan fast food!

Price range: Around 80 baht to 100 baht for a burger and most things range from 60 baht to 120 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their vegan cheese burger, their vegan hotdogs, their mac n’ cheese and their jalapeno poppers are to die for!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

28. ASA VEGAN KITCHEN

✧ Vegan food, smoothie bowls, soups, pancakes, fusion food
Fully vegan and plant-based restaurant. No animal products.

Asa Vegan Kitchen is in old city and is an awesome working cafe and restaurant! Love their food and their smoothie bowls!! They have delicious plant-based food, health-focused foods, comfort foods and it doubles as a yoga studio upstairs. Really cute ambience and wonderful all around experience.

Price range: It is on the pricier side for Chiang Mai but you can tell they really put a lot of care in the food they prepare and the ingredients that go in are amazing. For mains you’re looking at between 120 baht to 170 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love their chai pancakes, their mushroom burger, their pad thai, their smoothie bowls and their curries!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

29. PLoEN RUEDEE NIGHT MARKET (V SECRET FOOD STALL + MORE)

✧ All kinds of food carts and food spots
Serves all kinds of food but not hard to find vegetarian or vegan options!

Ploen Ruedee night market is open late, usually has live music on and does great food! It also has little boutique pop-ups and the restaurants change every now and then! It’s located in Old City and has tons of food vendors from Italian to Thai to crepes to pizza to burgers to vegan spots etc. It’s an all around fun experience to check out, for sure and foodie heaven. It’s right by night bazaar and is easily walkable from that area. My fav is V Secret, a small fully vegan food stall that has such good Thai eats (any 3 items for 140 baht)!! Also, the gyoza spot is really good too. It’s honestly all so delicious.

Price range: The food carts range from 40 baht to 100 baht depending on what you’re getting :).

My personal recommendations: I love their crepes, gyoza, thai rotee’s, vegetarian pad thai, their pastas, their veg pizzas etc. My FAV spot is V Secret, a vegan food stall in Ploen Ruedee. They also have incredible live music playing usually between 8pm and 9pm (the vocalists are some of the best you’ll ever hear). Tons to choose from! Makes a fun foodie tour.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

30. BAAN KANG WAT

✧ Market, pop-ups, cafes, restaurants, chill, beautiful outdoor district/area
Has lots of little cafes, restaurants and spots with lots of vegetarian and vegan options to choose from!

Baan Kang Wat is probably my fav spot in Chiang Mai to chill, sip, eat, explore, relax, work and get away from the city. It is a bit out of the city but is on your way to Wat Umong (one of my fav old temples with amazing underground tunnels) and is near some other wonderful temples and the freeative art space, too (which the restaurant, Pure Vegan Heaven is within mentioned above). I think everybody who visits Chiang Mai should spend time here. I could spend hours and hours on end here and not notice that time has gone by. Baan is such an eclectic, artistic, artisanal spot with lots of boutiques, handmade items, artwork, cafes, restaurants and market pop-ups (on the weekends). On weekdays, it still has so much to offer! You’ll find Chiang Mai is an extremely artistic city and Baan is one of the most fun spots to be to appreciate the art culture. Also, it’s verrrry instragrammable, too! Plus, it also has the cutest outdoor library with the BEST cold brewed tea’s annnnd…churros right outside the corner)!!

Price range: All varies depending on where you eat here. Ranges include 30 baht to 150 baht.

My personal recommendations: I love the cold brewed tea’s from the outdoor library, Mahasamut Library, the churros, the fresh orange juices, The Old Days Bistro for vegetarian food and just walking around and trying to new things and seeing new things every time I’m there! One of my fav new cafes in town is Obchoei in Baan Kang Wat (it’s near the back) and is exceptional.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

31. morning glory

✧ Vegan restaurant & cooking school
Located in old city

Morning Glory is tied with May Kaidee for my favourite authentic Vegetarian/Vegan Thai restaurant in the city! And, the pad thai is no exception. The pad thai is served with a peanut sauce and is so deliciously done with fresh veggies! All their Thai food is great, too! Definitely a top spot, in general. Their curries are delicious also!

Price range: All of their menu items are 70 baht! A very good deal and price for the quality and taste! Highly recommend you try it out :).

My personal recommendations: Pad thai, of course. I also love their fresh spring rolls, their papaya salad and curries too! Pretty much everything on the menu.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

32. Bowls&breads

✧ Salads, bowls & paninis
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian cafe specifically but has awesome vegetarian and vegan options where you can build your own!

This spot is golden. Such a cute little cafe located right at Nong Buak Hard Public Park (which is a beautiful park in the middle of the city). The prices are insanely fair and the owners are very very sweet! It also has great wifi by the way. You can build your own salad or panini! They have house made sauces too and wonderful drinks/juices/smoothies and baked goods, too! Definitely highly recommend this spot.

Price range: The vegetarian build my own panini is 75 baht and the drinks are around 55 baht to 85 baht. The panini’s range from 75 to 115 baht. The salads range from 30 baht to 150 baht. Everything is organic and homemade fresh right there for you.

My personal recommendations: I build my own panini with grilled pumpkin, red apple, onion and capers and it’s absolutely delicious! The bruschetta panini is fabulous too! I also love their iced tea’s and green smoothie/juice (the ready to drink salad).

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

33. the faces gallery & gastrobar

✧ Thai, Fusion, Pizza, Pasta
Serves meat dishes. Not a vegan or vegetarian spot specifically but has vegetarian and vegan options

The Faces is one of the most beautiful ambiences and environments to eat a meal in, period. It has both outdoor and indoor areas and both are stunning. The outside is breathtaking with hanging baskets, plants and flowers everywhere. There are also wonderful statues and wall carvings along the entire restaurant and a mini waterfall. This place is top notch both in service, food and design. I absolutely love going here (it’s beautiful both during the day and at night). For sure check it out! It is a bit of a more fine dining spot as well so keep that in mind :).

Price range: The vegan pad thai and papaya salad are just 100 baht each which is fab a price considering it’s my favourite papaya salad and one of my favourite pad thai’s in Chiang Mai (and for the setting that’s a crazy good deal). They also have pizzas, pastas and tons of other dishes that are more expensive as they include meat, fish, dairy etc. You can find menu pics by clicking the link below and looking into it there but if I remember correctly most other dishes are anywhere from 150 baht to 300 baht, or in that range.

My personal recommendations: I love their pad thai, papaya salad, their smoothies and their mango sticky rice is perfection!

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4 BONUS NOTEWORTHY MENTIONS:

✧ Not really “food or meals” but still, if you read this far, you deserve some extras…;)

KHUN KAE’S JUICE BAR

✧ Smoothies, juices, health shots, smoothie bowls
Outdoor smoothie shop in old city by Wat Chiang Man temple

Not really “food” but you can definitely have these smoothies as meal replacements or a mini meal throughout the day for sure! They make great breakfasts. This is my all time fav spot for all things smoothies, green smoothies, juices and health shots! I go at least every second day when in Chiang Mai for my Khun Kae’s fix :). So fresh, such amazing people and extremely affordable! You won’t get a better smoothie than the ones you get here. No sugar added, all natural, organic and you can choose customizations. Incredible large health focused menu! They even have smoothie bowls however, I just go for the smoothies & shots. It’s also right by (3 min walk) to one of my fav temples in Chiang Mai, Wat Chiang Man.

Price range: Health shots range from 20 baht to 40 baht and smoothies are juices range between 40 baht to 40 baht. Super affordable and amazing!

My personal recommendations: I love “The One” smoothie which is mango, banana and spirulina and I like their turmeric ginger shot as well as their gotu kola and other health shots, too. I like their juices to go (the beet one and carrot) and sometimes I just pick a random smoothie off the menu and drink it! You really can’t go wrong with anything off the menu.

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

My 2 fav chocolate brands + a cute delicious spot for ice cream & sorbet in the shape of roses

Chocolate & Love: https://chocolateandlove.com/

My fav one from Chocolate and Love, I get them from Rimping Markets around Chiang Mai :).

My fav one from Chocolate and Love, I get them from Rimping Markets around Chiang Mai :).

My two fav ones from Siamaya, I get them straight from their shop (factory) in Chiang Mai!

My two fav ones from Siamaya, I get them straight from their shop (factory) in Chiang Mai!

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Roselato Icecream & Sorbet
This trendy little cafe is amazing for ice cream & sorbets (vegan)! I love the mango sorbet and their rose ice cream is amazing as well!

Link to Google reviews, TripAdvisor + more

SOME LAST USEFUL TIPS & INSIGHTS

Drink bottled water!
In Thailand & most of Asia, make sure to drink bottled water (my fav is the Singha brand) but at some of the restaurants mentioned above (and others in Chiang Mai, too), they offer filtered reverse osmosis safe-to-drink water as well, just make sure to ask.

What about the ice, though?
Ice is generally safe to drink at restaurants, cafes and at the various awesome eats in Chiang Mai. In Thailand, in general, most vendors and restaurants get their ice from a clean ice distributor. Even the street smoothie spots use clean ice, for the most part. If you’re worried, ask and ensure it is clean ice or drinking water. If you’re really concerned about a certain street vendor or street side smoothie shop, just skip it (I have never had to do this) but just sayin’ just in case. Of course, use your own discretion.

Street food:
You are totally good to eat street food in Thailand! I wouldn’t say this about all countries or places in Asia, but especially in Chiang Mai, you should be just fine. I have never gotten food poisoning or stomach sick from eating at any of the restaurants listed above or from eating street food in Thailand in general, either. Of course, if you have never ever had certain veggies, spices etc, your stomach may have a little shock and need to get used to the way or style of cooking, but in terms of sickness, I haven’t heard of really anyone who’s gotten “sick” from Thai street food unless they’ve eaten meat or fish lying there for a while. A great tip for street food (common sense-ical but common sense is not always common practice) is to go to the spots that have line ups (duh!) and only eat the street food if it’s being prepared fresh and cooked in high heat in front of you so if any pathogens were there, they die off. This isn’t to scare you into not eating street food, it’s to encourage you to indulge in it and try new things, but smartly :). So…don’t forget to indulge in Chiang Mai street food, smoothie’s and drink your heart out in coconuts, too!

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I started adding travel and more lifestyle type/style blogs to my site because I get questions and dm’s alllll the time from people from all over asking me what my top recommendations are, what to go see, what to do, where to eat, tips, hacks etc etc so I thought instead of typing it out each and every dang time, I’d just post it on the blog to help even more people (and low-key so I can just send a link to those who ask :P). I hope this blog post helped you out! If you enjoyed it, definitely feel free to share it! XO

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