The humongous and culturally rich Bangkok has quite some places to eat vegan food. I unfortunately haven’t been to many during our time in the city because there is so many amazing street food to choose from. But do take a look at the HappyCow page of Bangkok.
Here are the places I’ve been to so far.
I use the following categorization:
Vegan = fully vegan restaurant
Vegan friendly = vegetarian restaurant with vegan options
Veggie friendly = sells animals but has some vegan options
Eating vegan: Bangkok
Kaodeng Kaeng Rawn (vegan) – $
A couple of minutes away from Khao San road or Rambutri there is a local-style vegan restaurant. The food is buffet-style and mostly all of the food is made in the morning so be there early to have it a bit warm and enough choice. Plate is around 40 baht.
Food can be a bit cold and bland but spice it up a bit if necessary. Special and tasty meat substitutes (sausage, nori-wrapped meat etc.) costs around 20baht each.
All ok vegan food, nice staff (don’t speak many English) and for a budget price! Look out for the yellow vegan flags.
And if you leave the street again to Khao San/Rambutri-area you can buy tasty banana-leaf packages from a cart on the left corner. These contain sweet rice with coconut, banana or egg (I am afraid the third one was egg, please check for yourself).
HappyCow: Kaodaeng Kaeng Rawn
Ethos (vegan-friendly) – $$
Great food, lovely vibe and very close to Khao San road. Mostly tourists (“farangs”) in a western-ish restaurant but offering Thai food as well next to Western.
The place looks great and we always love to sit on the ground but if you prefer: there are also chairs and tables to eat from.
The food was ok, some dishes were better than other. We had tasty falafel, banana-coconut milk porridge (big portion!), banana pancake, lasagna and a veggie-burger. They also sell kombucha and provide quite some information about this fermented drink. If you haven’t tasted it before, give it a try!
More pricy than street food but you’ll have a more stylized ambiance with a great varied and entertaining menu to choose from!
Mango (vegan-friendly) – $$
Another great find in Khao San area!
The interior didn’t pulled me in at first but I am very glad we went in.
The menu was very vegan friendly. A lot of options and all filled with lovely ingredients.
We ordered a couple of dishes because everything was looking so amazing. But the portions turned out so big that we couldn’t finish it all. Lucky us that (leftover) take-away is pretty common in SE Asia.
We ordered steamed edamame, big and doughy wontons with pumpkin, red bean and taro to name a few, pad thai-reinvented with even more delicious ingredients, next to the mixed veggies, such as lotus root, ginkgo nut, red beans and green mango. Came with a subtle passionfruit-tamarind sauce. I ordered a “big” tempeh salad which turned out to be a huge bowl filled with mouth-watering ingredients. The fruits (papaya, pineapple and dragonfruit) were a nice add-on. Although the tempeh was well prepared I’m not the biggest fan of natural/bland tempeh but they have so much more to choose. I stretched my belly and conquered this huge salad! Lovely natural hibiscus tea and a blueberry-soy shake joined our sides.
Be prepared for a chilly air conditioned temperature but if you ask they turn it off.
May look medium-pricy but the size of the portions makes it a very fair price. A definite go to!
HappyCow: Mango restaurant
In this same area is also the well known May Kaidee (vegan-friendly).
Joy luck club (veggie-friendly) – $
A small restaurant with funny looking and creative interior. Wonderful and tasty vegan options (but also sells meat) and a wonderful lady running this place. Definitely take the grilled toast with the amazing peanut sauce on the side. We took too much fried stuff together but the filled pumpkin and tempura vegetables were lovely.
Drop by if you’re in the area!
Other than restaurants there are a lot of street food vendors. Find your way in this world and you can eat cheap, vegan and whenever you want! :)
Also see if there are any vegan events while you are in the city on MeetUp (vegan+Bangkok filter)