When you think of Thai food, what comes to mind? Is it the spicy soup, the stir fried noodles or one of the delicious curries? The first thing we think of are bugs! Freshly fried insects are a popular choice for local Thais, being a light and surprisingly healthy snack. The ‘menu’ changes according to the season and availability in the market, ranging from grasshoppers, bamboo worms, to scorpions and tarantula’s.
Bangkok is a city that is famous for its food, whether it’s local or international. There are lots of different options available even for vegan or vegetarian travelers. We have been in Bangkok several times, often staying for long periods, and have tried a lot of restaurants both Thai and western.
We’ve listed down these 10 eateries that you should definitely try on your next trip to Bangkok. Don’t worry, none of them include bugs!
Ready to check them off one by one?
A beautiful tropical garden in the heart of Bangkok where you can find a nice collection of dishes from around the Mediterranean region. They are famous for their pizza that is baked in a wood fire oven in the middle of the restaurant. Also all of the vegetarian starters are super delicious.
Our Faves: Falafel set (includes hummus, tahini, baba ganoush, a fresh diced salad, french fries and Lebanese pita bread)
JRP Thai Restaurant
With only a couple of tables, run and owned by a local family, this is one of our favorite places to head for cheap and delicious food in Bangkok. The menu covers the full range of Thai dishes, from appetizers to different curries and deserts. The service is excellent and everything is made with fresh ingredients. The chef is a charming lady who takes great pride in her food and rightfully so!
Our Faves: Veggie Noodles & Mango Sticky Rice (Did you try our super-easy recipe already?)
Known for using fresh veggies from its own organic farm, Oh Ka Jhu became very popular and has a lot of branches around the city. Design your own salad and choose between more than 20 kinds of homemade dressings. There is no salad this size and quality in Bangkok for this incredible price, a must-try. Do expect a queue as it’s almost always packed.
Our Faves: Build your own salad & garlic bread
Al Saray is a fine-dining Lebanese and indian cuisine restaurant that offers authentic, traditional dishes from both countries. Their mixed vegetable masala is delicious and the hummus an absolute winner. With many kebab options, this isn’t the place to go for vegans, however they offer lots of vegetarian dishes. There is another branch in Soonvijai, both with elegant decoration and refined service.
Our Faves: Traditional Hummus (simple, but sooo yummy!)
Ranging from a quick bite to a more formal dining experience, with several branches in Bangkok’s best spots, there is room for Mrs. Balbir on any occasion. The menu includes a great section of vegetarian dishes. If you fancy taking some recipes home with you, Mrs Balbir a.k.a. Thailand’s most recognised “Spice Girl”, started cooking classes.
Our Faves: Vegetarian Thali Set
Good Italian food is a little hard to find in Bangkok and that is what makes Amici such a gem. It is a great place to go for quality food ranging from pastas to salads however they are most famous for their pizzas. We recommend sticking around for dessert if you are not too full.
Our Faves: Tomato Soup & Pizza Margherita
MBK Center – Food Island
With 8 floors and more than 2000 stores, MBK Center is one of the most famous shopping malls in the city. The 5th floor holds a food court, and regardless of it being a food court in a shopping mall, you can get some pretty decent international and local food. There are quite a lot of vegan and vegetarian options available.
Our Faves: Vermicelli with tofu @ the Good Taste Vegetarian stand
The Corner leaves its mark with Thai comfort dishes and Middle Eastern specials. We came here mostly for breakfast or lunch to eat our favorite sandwich “Le Provencal”. You should definitely give the spring rolls a try as well, they are sooo delicious!
Our Faves: Sandwich “Le Provencal” (roasted vegetables, olives, parmesan cheese and pesto on a homemade ciabatta)
On the table; Tokyo café
We cannot ignore the fact that fusion food is big in Bangkok. People love it and many restaurants have opened to fulfill the huge demand. “On The Table” is one of them. The restaurant has a mix of Japanese, Asian and European cuisine so there is a dish for anyone. They have a separate menu for vegetarian and even vegan dishes.
Our Faves: Salmon teriyaki with garlic fried rice + Avocado salad
Kra Prao Krop 3
We’ve managed to discover one of the best local restaurant in Bangkok, the place the go for traditional Thai food. The menu offers a wide range of vegetarian options. It can be a bit challenging to communicate if you have a specific request, as the staff only speaks very basic English. Clean restaurant with fair and reasonable prices, absolutely recommended!
Our Faves: Pad Thai
Disclaimer: We understand that each one of us has different dietary / ethical standards. In our food guides you find a mix of restaurants where they serve 100% vegan food (all of the food is made from plants and no dairy, egg & meat is used in food preparation), vegetarian places (no meat is served, but dishes may contain dairy/egg/honey) and veg-friendly businesses (meat and dairy products on the menu but also animal ingredient-free dishes are available). Please double check the status before you eat at any restaurant on this list.
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