The food (and drink) scene in Bangkok is mesmerizing! You have access to literally every option from street food to fine dining. While I can’t quite stomach the street food anywhere, I enjoy checking out everything else – mall kiosks, fast casual spots, grocery stores, small eateries that are local favorites. These are some of the top vegetarian-friendly Bangkok restaurants I discovered, for everything from Mexican food to brunch to pizza to Chinese to mediterranean tapas! Remember, just because they’re vegetarian-friendly doesn’t mean they’re all vegetarian – your non-vegetarian friends and family will be equally at home at all of these Bangkok restaurants and cafes.
Also – sorry, no Thai places on this list because unfortunately we did not have a good experience at one of the supposedly well-rated Thai places (which I obviously would not recommend). I’m always on the lookout for tried and tested places so tweet me your favorites @theindiaedition or leave a comment below!
TOP VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY BANGKOK RESTAURANTS
If you’re looking for a relaxed evening with dinner and drinks in a lively environment, Quince is perfect. It’s packed with locals enjoying drinks and tapas from the locally sourced Mediterranean-inspired menu. The menu offers a good variety of salads, a nice cheese plate (on the specials menu) and a scrumptious eggplant tortellini in paprika cream. They also have a well-curated list of cocktails, wine, whiskey, etc. P.s – when I see hand-churned ice cream on the dessert menu in flavors like salted caramel, hazelnut and cafe latte, I plan my meal accordingly. They did not disappoint!
The local Mexican favorite, La Monita has several locations. We loved it so much that after we went to the main restaurant at Emquartier, we made it a point to stop at the truck at the Siam Paragon the next day. LM is a winner with fresh ingredients and truly authentic flavors. The guacamole was gone within minutes. The location at Emquartier has a nice bar and fun atmosphere with Zumba-ish Spanish music playing. I definitely shazam’d a few songs while enjoying my margarita!
SUCH good pizza. Before I visited, I stalked the website (typical me) and was delighted by the menu. We stopped by at lunch and I had a truffle pizza that rivaled some of the best ones I’ve eaten in Italy. Don’t expect fine dining, it is more of an informal spot with a focus on quality ingredients and authenticity. They too have several locations across Bangkok.
Practically an institution, Din Tai Fung serves super authentic dumplings in addition to the usual stir-fry, rice dishes, etc. They have a number of vegetarian items specially marked on their menu. If you love Chinese food and are somewhat experimental you’ll enjoy this spot – if not, skip it. Note that the servers don’t understand English well, so you’ll probably need to just go by pointing at things or checking off the list they provide you. The stir-fried morning glory and veg dumplings were excellent. Everything is made fresh in the open kitchens. Several locations at malls across Bangkok in Central World, Central Embassy and Central Plaza.
This Nordic cafe’s coffee creations beat the pants off Starbucks et al. Their breakfast/brunch menu that will leave you wanting everything on it. There’s enough and more for vegetarians (even non-egg eaters): granola and yogurt, porridge, fruit concoctions, sandwiches, salads, waffles. We went to the cafe at Central Embassy but they have locations across Bangkok. The interior is inviting and comfortable with light pouring through. On my list for next time is the Rocket Affogato Bar at the Emquartier outlet! I ate enough dessert for me and my husband so I didn’t make it there. The word affogato means drowned in Italian – traditionally a scoop of vanilla ice cream/gelato drowned with shot of espresso. Check it out if you’re as much of a coffee lover as I am.
Tip: if you’re going down the mall spiral, don’t miss the food markets at central world and siam paragon. They are teeming with fresh local fruit, organic vegetarian thai pastes, foreign products like maple syrup and Bob’s Red Mill whole grain flour mixes that aren’t readily available in India. If you care about eating well as much as I do they are a little piece of heaven on earth! And if you are into sweet treats too – check out my Bangkok dessert trail.