You’re after some real tasty, plant-based food on Koh Phangan, but you feel like the options are endless? I got you! This amazing Thai island is a heaven for vegans, with a number of places to choose from.
In this Vegan Food Guide I will show you my absolute favorite places and even a few hidden gems. So check it out!
Welcome to (vegan) paradise!
If you are planning to come to Koh Phangan: You won’t regret it! The chances of having the best holiday or staycation of your life are pretty high.
To be fair, this attractive island is no longer an insider tip, since its main attraction the Full Moon Party attracts thousands of visitors each month.
But to think Koh Phangan is only good for partying is wrong. It is fairly easy to find tranquility outside of the hustle and bustle of backpacker hostels.
Lush green mountainside, quiet getaways for yoginis and peace seekers, heavenly waterfalls as well as colorful temples and some of the most beautiful beaches Thailand’s are to be found throughout the island.
And yesss, it’s a paradise for vegetarians and vegans. With plenty of authentic Thai restaurants, beach bars, smoothie stands and street food markets, Koh Phangan offers a wide selection for foodies and especially veggie lovers. But be careful, you might never want to leave again…
TOP 10 VEGAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS ON KOH PHANGAN
Note: This list of restaurants was created in August 2022. If you’re noticing any changes, please let me know in the comments below and I will update the post. Thank you 🙂
1. Taste from Heaven
Where? Close to Haad Yao Beach. – VIEW MAP.
The name says it all! This unspectacular vegan-only restaurant can be missed easily, but it would be your loss. 😛
Taste from Heaven is basically a two-women-show, so the food takes some time. Nevertheless it’s worth the waiting, since you’ll be rewarded with superb plant-based food.
Creamy curries, stir-fries with crispy “duck” but also western style food like vegan hot dogs & burgers are waiting for you. I’ve tried a lot, but especially their Khao Soi (a creamy, northern Thai curry) is one of my go-to dishes.
I also loved their huge variety of starters: spicy cauliflower wings, crispy money bags, spring rolls, deep fried mushrooms… freshly prepared and so yum!
Pro Tip: For 50 Baht extra you can add vegan chicken to your meal. Such a crispy goodness!
Good to know: Closed on saturdays!
Find Taste From Heaven on Facebook.
Where? In the heart of Srithanu! – VIEW MAP.
Mamakop serves authentic Thai food with vegan, vegetarian and non vegetarian options. What makes this place so special is their consistently amazing and inexpensive food as well as their laid-back vibe.
I’ve tried every dish with Tofu so far and loved every single one: Massaman Curry, Green Curry, Thai Basil Stir-Fry, Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry, Cashew Nut Stir-Fry…there are literally too many good ones to mention. If you are into chilled places to eat: This is it!
Pro Tip: Try their Panang Curry, it’s better than anywhere else!
Good to know: There is another Mamakop on the beach, not far from the original one. It has a slightly different vibe, but the same menu.
Check their website to see their menu & prices: Mamakob.
You can also find them on Facebook.
Where? 93 Tambon Ko Phangan. – VIEW MAP.
What would my time on Koh Phangan have been without this cosy & tasty restaurant? I don’t even want to imagine it!
This family-run restaurant right at one of the main roads makes you instantly feel welcome. Its dishes are way more than standard Thai food and the cushioned seating areas are very cosy.
To be fair, Anutta’s options for vegans are rather limited, yet very delicious. Choose from Papaya Salad with fried Tofu, Curries, Pad Thai & other Noodle dishes as well as creative Fried Rice options. Doesn’t sound too bad, right?
Pro Tip: I loved all of their vegan dishes. But especially their Pad-see-ew with Tofu & Tom Yum Fried Rice stole my heart.
Good to know: They close every wednesday. So bear that in mind 🙂
Check them out on Facebook to be up to date.
4. Ying Ying’s Kitchen
Where? Between Salad Beach and Mae Haad Beach. – VIEW MAP.
A bit out of town in the far north of Koh Phangan, this easy-going restaurant offers a good choice of tofu options.
Ying Ying’s Kitchen only has a couple of tables, but the very sweet owner cooks with lots of love and her cooking skills are outstanding. She’s also the biggest animal lover and even takes care of stray dogs.
Pro Tip: Try one of her rich curries! She will prepare them fresh & according to your prefered spice level. Very flavourful!
Good to know: It mostly gets quite busy in the evening and she mainly cooks by herself. So come early to avoid the crowd.
Check her out on Facebook: Ying Ying’s Kitchen.
5. Phangan Food Court
Where? Right in Thong Sala! – VIEW MAP.
Uff, this place is legendary! Especially at lunchtime, this big food court fills with a colorful mix of people in need of smoothies, burgers, salads & more.
It literally has every kind of food you can imagine, from rather expensive vegan smoothie bowls to “bitching” burritos, avocado on toast, buddha bowls, pizza as well as inexpensive Thai food options.
Trust me, nobody will leave hungry here!
Pro Tip: My absolute favorite is Kung Thai Food. The owner, a very friendly Thai lady, adapts every dish on the menu to your vegan needs! Try the amazing Tofu Lab, Pad-see-ew or Thai Basil Stir-Fry – she cooks with passion & only the best ingredients at her tiny food stand. LOVE IT!
Good to know: There’s also a small market with cheap clothes right at the entrance, so you might want to bring some extra money.
6. Bubba’s Roastery
Bubba’s Roastery is more a chilled all day lunch café rather than a restaurant. They do have a lot of organic options for omnivores like egg benedict, but also carefully selected vegan ones. So I couldn’t resist adding it to the list of my plant-based faves.
I’ve tried their tofu scramble on dark rye bread, sauted mushrooms with beetroot hummus & vegan feta on toast as well as their acai smoothie bowl and loved it!
As the name already suggests, Bubba’s also roast their own flavourful coffee beans – sourced by local famers in northern Thailand. The perfect start for the day!
7. Lea’s Indian Food Restaurant
Where? Close to Chaloklum Beach. – VIEW MAP.
If you’re after some real tasty indian food and you happen to be in the north of the island, check this one out!
Vegan-friendly Lea’s Indian Food welcomes you with a very charming & colorful bamboo setting and offers a handful of exceptional vegan options from mouthwatering Pumpkin Curry, Dhal to Aloo Masala and Tofu Palak Paneer. Not a huge range of choices, but here is the quality key!
Pro Tip: Try her Jackfruit Curry! It’s not listed on the vegan menu, but she can veganize it. So worth it!
Good to know: You can also find her delicacies on the weekly sunday street market in Chaloklum.
8. UNCLE Café
Where? In the middle of Srithanu. – VIEW MAP.
This well-hidden gem is the perfect place to escape the busy life in Koh Phangans main district Srithanu. The café offers good (iced) coffee with coconut or almond milk, breakfast options like pancakes & fruit salads and all the regular Thai dishes like Pad Thai and Fried Rice as well.
Due to its very calm setting, plants, hammocks and cosy corners, UNCLE’s feels like a relaxed summer day at home to me.
Pro Tip: The main reason why I keep coming back is the vegan Burmese Salad for sure! Fermented tea leaves, crunchy peanuts, fried Tofu and smooth avocado make their signature dish a yummy treat.
Good to know: It closes every day at around 5:30 pm. So it’s more suitable for lunch than for dinner.
Check out their Facebook page for more details: UNCLE Café.
9. Jaja’s Restaurant Thai Vegan
Where? Easy to miss, so find it on THE MAP.
Three words: vegan pork belly! This unpretentious little food stand is situated away from all the hustle and bustle on one of Koh Phangan’s two main roads and can be easily missed when passing by.
Jaja’s offers 100 % vegan food with many different mock meat options like “pork”, “chicken”, “fish” and yes, even crunchy “pork belly”. Besides their endless stir-fry and curry options they also offer a regularly changing menu and even fried “egg” made from pumpkin to go with your rice dishes.
Vegan dreams come true at Jaja’s!
Pro Tip: Ask for their Spicy Mushroom Stir-Fry with Thai Eggplant if it’s available. Looks like tender beef stripes and it’s de-li-cious!
Good to know: Closed on sundays & mondays.
10. Chana Masala Indian Restaurant
Where? Hin Kong Road. – VIEW MAP.
Last but definetely not least, Chana Masala is a must-go-to when on Koh Phangan. This 100 % vegetarian Indian restaurant offers a full packed menu with so many good things to choose from, that it can even be overwhelming.
So let me help you: Try their Masala Dosa (a thin pancake stuffed with mashed potato, green peas, mustard seeds and masala spices), one of their Paneer options with Tofu (you won’t taste a difference, so creamy & yumm!).
Or when you’re really hungry at lunchtime, try the best selling Vegan Thali Set. It comes with one Dal of the day, 3 curries, Basmati Rice plus Naan or Roti. Seriously SO good!
Pro Tip: Since they use Ghee butter on their Garlic Naan, ask specifically for oil to make it vegan. Otherwise it’s too dry.
Other vegan restaurants on Koh Phangan
There are plenty more vegan restaurants on Koh Phangan to choose from. In my opinion, some of them are too pricey for what you actually get though.
Nevertheless, I’ll list the ones that I’ve been to for you to check them out yourself.
EAT.CO – Located on the busy street of Srithanu, this vegan restaurant offers comfort food like vegan burgers, sandwiches & cake in a comfy, stylish setting. – VIEW MAP.
Orion Healing Centre – Yes, this Healing & Yoga Centre has its own beachside restaurant. They offer vegan Thai dishes, colorful bowls and a really good raw lasagna to go with a beautiful sunset. No alcohol sold. – VIEW MAP.
Deli Devi – This small café makes its own raw chocolate and offers fairly good vegan cheese platters, good coffee and other plant-based breakfast & lunch options. – VIEW MAP.
Pure Vegan Heaven – Food as instagramable as it gets! Choose from smoothie bowls, quesadillas, pasta and more for your perfect shot of the day. – VIEW MAP.
Are you planning to visit Phuket? Check out my Top 6 Vegan Restaurants on Thailand’s largest island.
I hope you enjoyed reading it and you’ll soon experience it yourself. Feel free to contact me on Instagram (@eattravelflow) if you have any travel related questions or simply leave a comment below. 🙂
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