There is a reasonable choice of vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai which serve up a varied selection of meatless culinary delights. Many other restaurants like GINGER & Kafe offer a good range of vegetarian dishes in addition to their standard menu items. Those wishing to sample vegetarian versions of Thailand’s famous street food need to ask for aharn jay. We have provided a few recommendations for Chiang Mai vegetarian restaurants below.
ANCHAN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Situated on a side road off Chiang Mai’s trendy Nimmanhaemin Road, Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant is a popular choice. Anchan’s menu is a collection of classic Thai and Northern dishes reinvented for vegetarians. Mushroom pad Thai fried noodles, green curries as well as Indian and massaman flavoured curries keep the customers coming back. Purple rice and freshly prepared smoothies such as passion fruit are added bonuses.
Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant: – Nimmanhaemin Rd., T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:30-20:30 (Closed on Mon & Sun) | Tel: +66 83 581 1689 | Facebook | Map
THE MORNING GLORY RESTAURANT
The Morning Glory is a combined vegetarian restaurant and cooking school. The restaurant menu is an exciting mix of Thai and international vegetarian specialities. Spicy and pumpkin soups, Thai curries, fried mixed vegetables, pad Thai noodles, spring rolls and the celebrated Northern desert, mango and sticky rice, are sure to galvanise the taste buds of even the most picky vegetarian. The Morning Glory is just along Prapokklao Road from Chiang Mai Gate.
The Morning Glory: #34, Prapokklao Rd., T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 5020 | Open: 09:00-21:00 (Mon-Sat), 17:00-21:00 (Sun) | Tel: +66 87 717 5275 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE TWO PUN PUN RESTAURANTS
There are two Pun Pun vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai. The first is on the grounds of Wat Suan Dok and the second just south of the Airport Plaza Shopping Centre on Highway 108. The core concepts of the Pun Pun’s culinary creations are 100 per cent natural with no MSG or preservatives plus the use of unrefined grains. The end result is a range of tasty Thai themed dishes, salads, fruit smoothies and coffee brewed with organic beans.
Pun Pun Organic Farm: Suan Dok Branch – Wat Suan Dok, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:00-16:00 (Closed on Wed) | Tel: +66 84 365 6581 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map
THE FREE BIRD CAFE
Although it has moved locations a few times, the Free Bird Cafe has long been a staple of the vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai. The Free Bird offers an assortment of vegetarian dishes based on ethnic Shan and old-style Burmese recipes. Recommended dishes are papaya salad in a Shan style, noodle salads, and pastry samosas. The Free Bird is on the north side of the Old City moat.
The Free Bird Cafe: ##116, Manee Noparat Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Mon & Sun) | Tel: +66 53 261 354-9, +66 81 028 5383 | Website | Facebook | E-mail | Map