Chiang Mai, Thailand




It can be hard to find strictly vegetarian food in Chiang Mai, as fish and oyster sauce are used frequently and the local Buddhist monks themselves often eat fish. Therefore, asking for your dish to be prepared "like the monks," which works in other places but does not get the same results in Chiang Mai. Nevertheless, there are a few completely vegetarian options in the city.

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  • Blue Diamond, Muan Muang Rd, Soi 9. M-Sa 8AM-9PM - Serves meat dishes but also known for offering vegetarian options. Offers a huge selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great salads, fruits, juices, noodle dishes, bakery and good breads.
  • Khun Churn, Nimmanhemin Rd, Soi 15 - Serves a broad range of Thai vegetarian dishes. Has a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere with indoor and outdoor dining options available.
  • Taste from Heaven, 237 Thapae Rd - Thai vegetarian restaurant owned by a friendly English expat. Thai dishes include curries, noodles, stir fries, salads, soups and deserts.
  • Pun Pun Vegetarian Restaurant, Wat Suan Dok Temple, Suthep Road - Uses organic ingredients sourced from local farmers. Serves good tofu and mushroom dishes.
  • Aum, 65 Mun Mueang Road (just inside Tha Pae Gate) - One of the best Khao Soi in Chiang Mai! Makes mushroom stock from scratch with barely any sugar and no MSG (unlike other places). Interesting yet relaxed interior with shelves of books and a cozy upstairs area.

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