Chiang Mai is known for its many vegetarian restaurants that offer fresh local and Western meat-free cuisine. However, it is not only the vegetarian restaurants that contribute to Chiang Mai's culinary reputation – there are many eateries that cater extraordinarily well to those who eat meat-free, while still serving meat-dishes.
One of the most popular healthy dining options for omnivores in Chiang Mai is The Salad Concept. The reason this spot stands out is that you can create your own salads. There is a wide selection of both cooked and raw vegetables on the menu which you can use to make up your salad. There are also meat and cheese options and a number of dressings that will suit most people.
The Salad Concept provides more than salad with a selection of warming soups and pasta dishes, cakes, juices, smoothies, herbal teas and coffee.
Dada Kafe is known for its popularity among the hipsters and the health-conscious. They have a massive menu with most variations of Thai cuisine and lots of Western options. The most impressive section of the menu is the Breakfast Menu. Because Dada Kafe is located smack-bang in the centre of Chiang Mai and in very close proximity to a lot of guesthouses and hostels, it makes this location a great choice for breakfast.
It's also very popular in particular after late nights, as there's nothing like a fresh fruit smoothie or juice to get you through the next day. Some of the most popular choices on the breakfast menu include pancakes with banana and honey and their popular peanut butter smoothie. They also serve kombucha - not something you can get everywhere. It has a nice outdoor setting and free WiFi.
This restaurant is little-known spot hidden a long Soi 11 in Nimmanhaemi, Kun Nai Teun Sai has its place as an excellent option for larger groups of people to eat when some of the party are meat-eaters and others are not.
They have attractive outdoor seating and semi-outdoor areas with tables that can be pushed together. They have a completely separate standard menu and vegetarian menu with lots of options in both. Downsides include slightly smaller portions for the price, and a longer wait time. It's definitely an option when you have a little more time on your hands.
This is a another crowd favourite in the Nimmanhaemin area of Chiang Mai. At the Burmese Restaurant the food is so amazingly cheap, yet filling. Secondly, the dishes are really earthy and flavoursome and give you flavours from one of Northern Thailand's closest neighbours.
This is a great place to bring a group as there are lots of tables, and a fair selection of dishes, although it must be said that meat options do outnumber the non-meat options. Some of the best choices include the Tamarind Leaf Salad and the Tomato Salad. Ice in a glass and pitchers of water come free with your meal. making it wonderful value.
This is one of the most popular and well-known bars in the centre of Chiang Mai. This is a great spot for a casual date, especially if you are unsure of your date's food preferences.
The meat-eaters love the U.N Irish Pub for its impressive English breakfasts, mains and a complimentary selection of table condiments - HP Brown Sauce, Heinz Tomato Sauce, Worcester Sauce and more.
Those who don't eat meat don't miss out, with goodies like the Lentil and Bean Burger and numerous Thai dishes that can be catered to vegetarians. They also do vegetarian pizzas and serve some of the best crusty bread in Chiang Mai from their attached bakery.
There is a wide selection of spirits as well as non-alcoholic beverages including herbal teas, juices and coffee. With all its options and long opening hours, this spot is a fantastic location for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Do you have a favourite vegetarian-friendly in spot in Chiang Mai that allows you to easily meet for a meal with a group of friends, regardless of their dietary considerations? Let us know.