Bangkok is not only popular for it’s tremendous nightlife, but it also can invite for a delicious food journey. In this city you will find many plant based cafes and restaurants. We will share the ones, that has never disappointed our tongues.
While being a big city Bangkok has everything to offer. From street stalls to rooftop bars and restaurant, to night markets filled with fruits, juices and sweets. We always prefer local street food, but while we do not eat meat, eggs, fish and dairy it is a bit complicated in Thailand.
First of all, locals love to use fish sauce everywhere. And by saying that I mean everywhere. Even if you ask if it’s vegetarian (because in Thai there is no word for vegans and vegetarian means same thing here) they will still think that you eat eggs or prawns, or something else. We learnt how to say it in Thai, but not even that everywhere worked. So guys, you have to be patient and careful, looking to the process of making meals for you. Then you can avoid ugly situations when you get rice with egg as an example.
Nevertheless, you can still enjoy best dishes in specialised places. We gave the best ranking for Veganerie restaurant in Bangkok. If you head to this one take the Sky Train and get off on Phrom Phom station. Then it’s easy 10 minutes walk to the place. You can check the exact coordinations on HappyCow.
This place has many delicious meals to offer. From curries to pulled Jackfruit ‘pork’ burgers. It’s easy to get too full when you want to try all good plant-based meals in here.
In the second place I would place burgers in Siam Paragon Food court. There is only one stall that makes vegan dishes, but it tastes like heaven! Once we grabbed five burgers, because we felt very hungry. And ate them all. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed passing by.
Juice for lunch
And the third place goes to juices! Yes, it is still food. Especially those wheatgrass shots that are equal to one kilo of veggies. Not mentioning the nutritional value of this drink.
There is one place where you can buy any type of fruit juice (no ice, no sugar as locals like). And the price is also very good compared to quality.
We also been lucky to find a fair with amazing spirulina smoothies. If you know the benefits of spirulina you can easily imagine smiles on our faces after finding it.
Markets and street food
If you want to try inexpensive food markets there are some options too. The best we found was pancakes with bananas and no egg. This one you can try in Rod Fai night Market with a really funny owner.
More food can be found on the go. They have food stalls everywhere in Thailand. But you need a lot of dedication and some Thai language to find right food options for you. It is truly hard to find person who is willing to make a dish without fish sauce or even meat! But let’s be optimistic, okay. This is what you can and will get.
If you are desperate you can collect different food from many stalls and get a great mix. Of course it will only contain rice and veggies, but still something. If you wonder why we carry our food container always with us, read more in this article.
What’s for dessert
Other specialities you should try are sweets. The one you should not miss is ‘coconut balls’. It’s fried coconut in a special pan. Sometimes it can be made with corn, taro or even onion inside! But please, try all the flavours. You might be surprised.
Another great sweet dish is mango sticky rice. This one is our favourite. We even mastered how to prepare ourselves. You can eat it basically everywhere, but the price will wary. From 1 to 5 Euros. Sorry, no picture, because it’s always too good and we eat it before taking a picture.
And all in all, eat fruits on every corner you can find. They are delicious, nutritious and in comparison with other countries not expensive.
Fancy, but no food
As anyone in Bangkok, we were also interested in rooftop bars. And yeah, the view it’s pretty amazing. But if you are interested in food than all you can have is snack. And fancy drinks. I ate three portions of this set and they refill those nut for you for free, but still felt hungry. So immidiately after the sun set down we headed to Veganerie. And the circle from the top of this story begins again. Hope you enjoy Bangkok and it’s food options. Write us if you need any advice to plan your vegan trip.
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.