Written by Karn Chatikavanij
“The Plant Issue”, October-November 2023
If you had told someone just three years ago that Bangkok was a haven for vegans, you’d have been laughed at. But today, the Thai capital is visibly one of the most vegan-friendly cities in all of Southeast Asia. The seemingly sudden abundance of vegan eateries around town offers infinite plant-based options that are bursting with eye-opening flavours and creativity for anyone wishing to exclude animal products from their meals.
Who can pin down the precise reason for this newfound popularity of plant-based dining? The post-pandemic surge in health consciousness is certainly a front-runner. That, and the increasing awareness of how our food choices impact the environment. Perhaps some of it could even be attributed to the good work of plant-based social media influencers and their millions of new-generation followers. All we know for sure is that when it comes to food, Bangkok doesn’t mess around. While “vegan food”, historically, hasn’t had the most mouth-watering of associations, Bangkok is certainly changing the narrative. The city’s combination of renowned culinary talent, easy access to diverse agriculture, and open-minded foodies has elevated the status of plant-based dining to being cool, exciting, sophisticated, and full of delicious possibilities.
Looking to go meatless? You’re in the right place, at certainly the right time. Discover some of the city’s most impressive plant-based eateries that are guaranteed to impress vegans and non-vegans, foodies and non-foodies alike. Who knows, you might just make meatless meals more of a regular habit.
This modern and tranquil vegan bistro is loved for its leafy interiors and non-leafy plant-based dishes. Intent on proving that vegan food isn’t all about salads, the restaurant satisfies cravings for familiar and comforting favourites—from Thai street food to dumplings and pizza— whilst ensuring everything is cruelty- free. Regulars won’t grow bored of the menu here either as the restaurant’s seasonal set menus and occasional specials regularly present even more creative and delicious options. They also have a great rotation of home-baked vegan sweet treats and vegan ice cream, which mustn’t be missed.
What to order: Khao Niew Moo Ping
Location: 46/1 Sukhumvit Soi 24
Now with three branches across the city, this charming eatery claims a cult following amongst the plant-based community and beyond. Despite its industrial-chic interiors, Broccoli Revolution is the furthest you could get from industrially produced food. Their 100 per cent vegan menu works with small local farms for fresh ingredients, and the recipes are as wholesome and unprocessed. With an extensive menu that includes juices, smoothies, and superfood add-ons, Broccoli is an all-round, feel-good option for those seeking meatless meals.
What to order: Green Power Bowl
Locations: Sukhumvit Soi 49; Central Embassy; 55/6 Charoenkrung Road
A chic café in Ekkamai, Plantiful showcases the great diversity and versatility of plants with a young founder who has passionately applied her educational background in nutrition and value of whole foods into the restaurant’s menu. The wholesome fare here includes the juicy Pumpkin Spinach Burrito and the deliciously comforting Healing Golden Pumpkin Curry, which comrpises chickpeas and root vegetables served with black rice. Plantiful also offers a meal plan delivery service with a weekly changing menu that includes homemade juices and snacks.
What to order: Healing Golden Pumpkin Curry
Location: 27 Sukhumvit Soi 61
One of the most widespread vegan restaurant chains in Bangkok, Veganerie has become something of an institution. With an impressive eight branches across Bangkok, the eatery is known and loved for its broad menu with an emphasis on familiar Thai dishes as well as healthy Western-inspired signature recipes. They’ve also got an impressive range of milkshakes, desserts, and bubble tea to prove that there’s fun and indulgence to be had in vegan dining.
What to order: Khao Soi
Locations: Sukhumvit Soi 24 (Flagship); Sukhumvit Soi 11; The EmQuartier (Grab & Go only); Siam Paragon; Silom Complex; 314 Prajadhipok Road; King Kaeo Soi 40/2; 803 Lasalle Road
Sushi may be the last dish one expects to be made vegan, but Golden State has figured out how to do just that with some incredibly creative recipes. Using textured watermelon, mushrooms, and other plant-based ingredients, this vegan Japanese-inspired restaurant has managed to recreate the texture, taste, and even smell of raw fish for some impressively convincing plant-based sushi. You’ll also find vegan versions of familiar Japanese comfort foods like udon and tempura. Explore and enjoy with a few of their fantastic cocktails.
What to order: Spider Roll
Location: 40 Ekkamai Soi 12
Going vegan for a month every year, the owner of Baan Ying, an established Thai restaurant chain, decided to open an off-shoot restaurant offering 100 per cent plant-based Thai food without any risk of contamination. Ying’s Garden hence serves the beloved original restaurant’s classic dishes in vegan form, including the signature omelette rice bowls they are best known for. Delicious desserts and drinks are available as well, made with plant-based milks.
What to order: Omelette Rice Chu Chee Curry
Location: 3rd Fl., The Market Bangkok, 111 Ratchadamri Road
Previously a delivery-only kitchen, Pranaa has recently opened its first dine- in restaurant in the heart of Sukhumvit with the same mission: to serve vegan dishes with an emphasis on whole foods and non-processed plant proteins. The menu is broad and international, including recipes like tacos, various curries, and sushi as well as a build-your- own bowl menu with a great range of add-ons. There’s also a small retail space for discovering plant-based products and a small gym upstairs that diners can use for free.
What to order: Maki Roll
Location: Tower A, 39 Boulevard Executive Residences, 41 Soi Phrom Chit
Now with a second branch in Bangkok after the huge success of their original Koh Phangan restaurant, eat.co is one of the country’s earliest vegan cafés that continues to prove popular amongst local Thais as well as expats and tourists. Their broad, all-day menu includes playfully named dishes like the “50 Shades of Grain” breakfast bowl or the “Hopeless Ramentic” noodle soup. Set up along the main Sukhumvit Road and on the second floor, the location makes for a great co-working and/or people- watch spot.
What to order: Kimchi Fried Rice
Location: 2nd Fl., 700 Sukhumvit Road
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Demonstrating just how sophisticated and creative plant-based cuisine can be, CANES offers a beautiful fine dining experience with their exclusively vegan tasting menu, which utilises just seasonal plant-based ingredients and culinary magic. Try vegan substitutes for premium ingredients such as caviar, foie gras, and lobster—all house-formulated within their “culinary lab”. This is a truly eye-opening and rewarding experience that proves that plant-based cuisine opens up possibilities rather than limits them. (A review of CANES’ newer, casual outlet can be found here.)
What to order: The Vegan Tasting Menu
Location: 164/20 Chaeng Wattana-Pakkred Road
Evolved from The Earthling Café, the new Earth House takes roots in a much bigger space on Sukhumvit 53 whilst maintaining that familiar cosy, friendly, community feel of the original café. The restaurant serves up hearty vegan fare, from loaded open toasts and the signature burger to pasta and tapas-style platters that are perfect for sharing. Asking for the freshly-baked bread or dessert of the day adds to the excitement of dining here. Earth House also loves their wine and workshops. It’s a fantastic place to socialise, learn new skills, and practise some wellness activities—all while sampling delicious plant-based food.
What to order: Pesto Pasta
Location: 112/2 Sukhumvit Soi 53
A vibrant yet calming café by the river, Kappra offers the kind of space you’d want to sit leisurely and while away the afternoon. Welcoming you with a mission-inspired wall mural in its soi, the café quickly gives a sense of its genuine compassion and values in community-building. Kappra coincidently also doubles as a fabric studio, which explains its colourful and striking decor. Most exciting and vibrant of all, of course, is the food. Whether you go for lighter options like their gorgeous open-face sandwiches or want indulge in treats like the decadent cheesecake milkshake, you’ll be amazed at how all of it can be 100 per cent vegan and even relatively healthy.
What to order: Pancakes and Cream
Location: 437/22 Tha Din Daeng Road
Also known as the “Thailand 100 Miles Run Club”, this homey hidden gem is an eclectic vegan restaurant run by a marathon-running Thai and Japanese couple. Bonita has garnered a cult following for their personal and welcoming environment as well as comforting home-cooked meals. Despite a concise menu, food offerings here range from full English breakfasts— complete with coffee and fresh OJ—to Japanese curries. Everything is clearly prepared with a lot of love and care, and the three resident cats (rumoured to be the true owners of the café) make for extra-pleasant company if you’re an animal lover.
What to order: Katsu Curry
Location: 100 Soi Pramote (Silom Soi 26)
Regulars of Ekkamai’s plant-based community space, EKM6, will be familiar with the vegan café there that serves up fantastic food and drinks in a tranquil venue complete with a garden. Kynd’s talented chef creates all the recipes herself and offers light and healthy options, such as the signature Kynd tempeh bowl, to more indulgent sweet treats, like the tiramisu. A great place to stop by for a delicious plant- based lunch or a pick-me-up, Kynd’s beverage options are stacked with everything from probiotic smoothies to cookies and cream protein shakes.
What to order: Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta
Location: G Fl., EKM6, 26 Ekkamai Soi 6
A bubbly and friendly café hidden on a small road in Thonglor, Nature’s Charm does an impressive job of veganising familiar dishes, from fish and chips to banh mi. Using ingredients like banana blossom for flaky fish textures or textured watermelon to recreate raw tuna in their poke bowls, a great deal of thought and creativity goes into the menu. There’s also a small retail section stocked with the cafe’s own vegan condiments and pantry essentials, for diners who wish to recreate some of the cafe’s meals at home.
What to order: Poke Bowl
Location: 29 Sukhumvit Soi 51
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