Chiang Mai’s dining scene is a various blend of traditional northern Thai cuisine, regional Thai flavors and multicultural influences. It’s a foodies heaven for vegetarians. Whether you are craving a spicy Thai curry, healthy salad, raw sushi rolls, a falafel wrap, or a vegan cake – you’ll find it all in Chiang Mai. This is a handpicked guide to the best vegan, fine- dine, cocktail and hipster coffee spots in Chiang Mai.
Vegan & Vegetarian restaurants
If you are looking for heavenly good vegan food, this is your place to be. Everything is freshly produced from herbal fruit juices to organic curries, pre-packed spice and herb mixes and delicious bakeries. The menu offers salads, sandwiches, fusion dishes, curries and hill tribe coffee. There is a lovely garden where you can sit back and enjoy your healthy dish!
Address:35/1 Soi 9, Th Moon Muang
A cozy and relaxed hippie hangout serving friendly priced organic vegan food. On the top floor are low tables with cushions to relax and enjoy your healthy meal. The place has a good ambiance and the staff is super friendly. The menu runs from vegetable maki rolls to blue sticky rice with papaya salad, cashew nuts and fresh carrot passion fruit shakes. It’s the perfect spot for your daily dose of vitamins!
Address: 319 Mun Mueang Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
This Thai vegetarian restaurant and cooking school just opened a new restaurant in Chiang Mai (there are three more restaurants in Bangkok). On the menu are more than 50 recipes created by the founder May Kaidee herself. We went here almost every day for an after yoga fruit shake. Try out their signature May’s famous Zinger made of Mango, pineapple, ginger, lime and orange!
Address:29/4 Chang Moi Kao Road, Muang
Imm Aim literally means ‘happiness in your heart’. This lovely place is set up in a garden with wooden tables and parasols. Everything on the menu is homemade. The plates are generous, decently priced and colorfully presented with edible flowers. On the walls are pictures the friendly owner has taken over 10 years cycling.
Address: Muang, Ching Mai Santitham Rd, ช้างเผือก เมือง Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Bubbles is a cheerful and friendly place that serves organic vegetarian food and drinks. Especially the healthy fruit- and milkshakes (with almond, cacao and coconut!) are a must try. Next to that are vegan burgers, salads, sandwiches and sweets on the menu. The French owner and his Thai wife created a lovely hippie vibe with colorful painted walls, hanging plants and different art pieces.
Address:Ratchamanka Rd 5, Soi 2 A Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Lunch & Coffee
If you are a coffee addict, your trip to Chiang Mai is not complete without having a coffee break at Ristr8to. It’s a popular hipster spot serving the most beautiful latte art creations you’ve ever seen! Arnon the owner and barista is originally from Thailand and started working in a coffee shop in Sydney while he studied English. He got inspired by his colleague who was a world champion in latte art making and started to join barista competitions himself in Thailand and Australia. Over the years he won many prices. When he moved back from Australia to Thailand he opened his own place Ristr8to. Arnon regularly flies to Singapore to select the coffee beans and offers up to eight blends from every corner of the globe. He is obsessed with the number eight. ”There are 44 chromosomes in Arabica coffee and if you double that in a doppio ristretto it is 88”. His obsession resulted in opening hours from 7:08 am until 10:08 PM and the price of every drink contains an 8.
Address: 15/3 Nimmanhaemin road, Mueang, เชียงใหม่ 50200, Thailand
This spacious hip cafe and art gallery is a true secret hipster gem. I love the interior design with wooden floors, lots of floral decorations and antique furniture. Join fellow digital nomads on the large common table, sit at a private table with friends or relax on the canopy in the garden. On the menu are a mix of Thai and Western dishes and a large selection of homemade cakes. For a colorful food experience try out the unique rice salad. The concept is to mix your own salad with colorful ingredients that are separately presented in small cups. The traditional Northern Thai Khao Soi soup became our new favorite dish here. There is an art gallery above the cafe which is free to visit for all customers.
Address: 80 Charoenrat Road, Wat gate, MuangChiangmai, เชียงใหม่ 50000, Thailand
The minute you step through the doorway into the walled garden filled with moss-covered earthenware, cobblestone paths, and lush greenery it is like you step into a beautiful Thai temple. The garden is filled with completed and broken carved and molded terra-cotta and Buddha statues. The place is known as the terracotta garden and is part of a terracotta studio that creates statues and pottery. There is a glass coffeehouse serving good coffee, fresh coconuts and delicious cakes. It’s the perfect spot to bring a book, a laptop or enjoy a lazy afternoon with friends!
Address:Prapokklao Road Soi 2 – When you notice a brick wall on your left, the entrance to the cafe can be found at the end of the wall.
Either you are looking for a healthy breakfast, organic brunch, a refreshing smoothie or a cozy work spot, Healthy B is all in one! The (iced!) coffee and healthy fruit shakes are delicious. There is lush garden outside which is a perfect spot for people watching and meet up with friends!
Address: 18 Nimmana Haeminda Rd Lane 5, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
Is a trendy resto bar serving organic ”fast food”. The most popular drink is a wheat grass shot but If you don’t like the taste of bitterness they serve wheat grass cocktails too. Perfect for a quick and healthy bite and a great work spot!
Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand
Dinner & Drinks
Sala Lanna is rated as one of the best Italian restaurants in 2015 and our favorite in Chiang Mai! We walked through the grand entrance to the elegant dining room set up with large tables and blue comfortable sofas. The menu features excellent homemade pasta, authentic Italian dishes and traditional Thai cuisine with a pairing selection of world wines. Our favorite dish was the marinated octopus carpaccio served with lemon potato, vegetables and taro chips. The thinly sliced octopus melted on the tongue. Outside there is a riverfront dining deck with an all-day bar. Perfect for a romantic river-side dinner or afternoon tea.
Address: 49 Charoenrat Road, Wat Gate, Mueang,Chiang Mai, Thailand
This is the best spot for cocktails in Chiang Mai! The stylish cozy bar is run by a mixologist, an art designer, and a food & interior specialist. The interior is a mix of vintage and new, full of greeneries and funny positive quotes everywhere, even on the menu with own created signature cocktails. For example the lovely Rebellion Lavender ”Gentleman by day, philosopher by night, pervert by choice and rebel by FATE”, it is a mix of gin, lavender, lime and your own feeling. After drinking one, you’ll definitely long for a second, or a third, so be sure to come during Happy Hour every Tue-Friday before 9PM. On the menu are also Thai food with a twist and burgers!
Address:61 6 50200, Arrag Rd 4 A, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Mix restaurant is situated in the hip Nimmanhaemin area. You can sit in the candlelit garden or in the more intimate indoor dining space with red decor and contrasting dark wooden furniture. The extensive menu (featuring 250 dishes and over 80 cocktails) features a mix of designed dishes from Thai, Chinese to Western cuisine. Each dish is creatively presented with an eye for detail. The drink menu offers molecular cocktails and a list of 500 different wines and beers to choose from.
Address: Soi 1 Nimanhemin rd. A.Muang Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
The Spanish owner and Spanish chef created a little Spanish escape from Chiang Mai with good food and refreshing drinks (try the G.T.!). Imagine yourself sitting on a patio in Barcelona sipping sangria and seasonal tapas on your table. El Patio is a perfect date spot. Enjoy a good glass of wine and you can often listen to live music!
Address: 30/3 Soi 11, Nimmanhaeminda Road, Suthep, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
David’s Kitchen Awarded as the ”Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant” in 2015, we had high expectations. The family run restaurant owned by David, his wife Prom and partner Chef O is set in a well designed spacious building with large romantic candle lit terrace. Start your evening at the wine bar in the ”glass room” with communal table. The menu features French, Italian and Thai food paired with a selection of fine wines from around the world. We especially liked the pan-seared tuna on a bed of lemongrass. David’s Kitchen didn’t live up to our probably to high expectations but is definitely a great night out!
Address: 113 Bamrungrad Road,Wat Kate,50000 Chiang Mai, Thailand.