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 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. The recommendations for the best vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Last Updated: August 2019
Goodsouls serves up quality vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free main dishes and desserts. Among menu listings are mushroom steaks and burgers, pad Thai fried noodles, noodle soups, spring rolls, pancakes with fruit, tiramisu and chocolate cake. Smoothies, juices and gourmet coffees round off the eclectic menu. Goodsouls is not Chiang Mai’s cheapest veggie restaurant, but this is offset by efficient air-conditioning and WiFi. Goodsouls is in the northwest area of the Old City and about 10 minutes on foot from Phra Singh Temple.
Goodsouls Kitchen: #52/2 Singharat Rd., T. Sriphum, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 07:00-22:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 88 819 9669 | Facebook
Rustic and Blue is more of a place to enjoy premium vegetarian inspired desserts and drinks than a full meal. The garden setting is in line with the Rustic concept of serving gourmet delights created from freshly picked fruit and vegetables plus traditional artisan breads, and a collection of mouth-watering cakes, ice-creams and other desserts. This establishment is situated on Soi 7 off Nimmanhaemin Road.
Rustic and Blue: – Nimmanhaemin Soi 7, T. Suthep, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 08:30-21:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 216 420 | Website | Facebook
Located in the southwest Phra Singh area of the Old City, Amrita Garden is a great option for premium but economically priced vegetarian dishes. Combo macrobiotic lunch sets come with brown rice, vegetable side dishes and detox soups. Other menu options include rice pasta, soba buckwheat noodle soup, miso soup, somen noodle soup, mango juice and papaya leaf tea. All options are made from locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Amrita Garden: #2/1 Soi 5, Samlarn Rd., T. Phrasingh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 11:30-21:00 (Closed on Sunday) | Tel: +66 90 321 2857 | Facebook
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: 11:30-20:15 (Daily) | Tel: +66 83 581 1689 | Facebook
The Morning Glory is a combined vegetarian restaurant and cooking school. The 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 100 metres from Chiang Mai Gate Market.
Morning Glory: #34, Prapokklao Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 5020 | Open: 09:00-21:00 (Closed on Sun) | Tel: +66 87 717 5275 | Website | Facebook
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 Market: Airport Branch – 97/3, M.1, T. Padad, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-16:00 (Closed on Thu) | Tel: +66 93 181 4937 | Website | Facebook
The Free Bird Cafe has long been a staple of the vegetarian restaurants in Chiang Mai. This restaurant 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.
Free Bird Cafe: #14, Sirimankalajarn Soi 9, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 09:00-21:00 (Tue-Sat), 09:00-17:00 (Sun) | Tel: +66 99 351 4404 | Facebook