You are a vegan travelling through Phuket? Then you shouldn’t miss out on these mouthwatering recommendations that will meet any budget and get your taste buds going!
From authentic plant-based Thai cuisine to romantic beach restaurants – this Vegan Food Guide of Phuket will show you my favorite vegan(-friendly) restaurants and gives you some useful tips for a stress-free travel planning.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and full of beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water, a buzzing nightlife, religious temples and a unique melting pot of different cultures and people from all over the world.
Although this tropical paradise is blessed with fantastic attractions, Phuket is not considered to be the easiest place in Thailand for vegans, if you are after delicious AND at the same time cheap food.
Of course you’ll find the classic go-to dishes like Mango Sticky Rice, Spicy Papaya Salad and Pad Thai (without fish sauce) in basically every restaurant. But if you live in Phuket for quite a while, you might want to have a bigger variety to choose from without eating repetitively or spending a fortune on a plant-based pizza in vegan Hipster bars.
Luckily, I already checked out some really cool places for you during my 5 amazing weeks on Phuket. Let’s explore my personal BEST OF vegan restaurants with cheap, plant-based Thai food options, that are too good to be true. Enjoy!
THE ULTIMATE TOP 6 VEGAN-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS IN PHUKET
Note: This list of restaurants was created in April 2022. If you’re noticing any changes, please let me know in the comments below and I will update the post. Thank you 🙂
1. Vegetarian Food
Location: 324/270 Srisoonthorn Road. – VIEW MAP.
My all-time favorite! This unpretentious vegan “Jay” restaurant is situated on the bustling main road serving lots of different hearty dishes like jackfruit stew, tofu-based curries, stir-fried morning glory and many other creative meals.
Like in pretty much every Buddhist restaurants, there is no menu you can choose from. Instead, you have to point at 2-3 dishes from the buffet, which they pile up for you on a plate with white rice.
Although it’s not nicely decorated nor pretty, the friendly owner and the delicious & very (!) cheap food is what makes this place so special. Should be on every vegan’s must-visit list!
Good to know: Lunch only! It closes at 3 PM.
Pro Tip: Check out their vegan Pad Kra Pao, a flavourful Thai Basil Tofu Stir-Fry with chili, beans & ginger. So good!
2. 108 Vegetarian Cuisine
Location: 42 Soi Cherngtalay 16. – VIEW MAP.
Cheap, tasty and authentic Thai dishes on the West Coast of Phuket. The friendly “Jay” restaurant 108 Vegetarian Cuisine welcomes its guests with two wooden tables and a colourful shrine.
The menu consists of 100 % vegan Thai food, mainly (brown! 🙂 ) fried rice with different side dishes, such as veggies with Curry Paste, Chili & Basil Stir Fry or Pineapple Curry. For 60 Baht each dish you can’t do anything wrong.
Good to know: Like many other vegetarian restaurants it closes at 3 PM, so don’t plan to go there for dinner.
Pro Tip: Try the Stir Fried Tofu Bubble with Cashew Nuts. It really is a bubble kind of feeling in your mouth – super crunchy & delicious! I’ve never tried this kind of tofu before, have you?
3. Nong J Restaurant
Location: 102, 12 Patiphat Road. – VIEW MAP.
Accidentally but luckily, I found this little gem in the busy streets of Phuket Old Town. Family-owned Nong J Restaurant looks more like a garage, but offers simple Thai veggie food including lots of mock meat, soups, fried rice and noodles.
We’ve tried their crispy fried “chicken breast” and fried tofu bites with sweet chili & peanut sauce as a starter. Our main dishes contained “duck” meat stripes with a Stir Fry of Beans & Thai Basil. Everything yummy, totally recommend it!
Pro Tip: At the entrance you can find a little shop with pre-packaged, cheap vegan sweets, seaweed crackers with sesame or marinated mock meat to go.
4. REACH Plant-Based Kitchen
Location: Close to Chalong Bay. – VIEW MAP.
Super chilled place not far from Chalong Bay with rather fancy vegan food. We were definitely amazed by the newly renovated place (formerly known as “Kon Cook’s Vegan Restaurant”). The owner of REACH Plant-based Kitchen cooks with a lot of passion and offers traditional Southern Thai Food, International delights, breakfast as well as typical Northern dishes.
Since she was born in the North of Thailand herself, we tried 3 of her signature dishes from back home. At let me tell you, the Khao Soi was divine! Crispy noodles on top of a rich, creamy curry with mock meat on the side. Extraordinary & full of flavours, YUM!
Good to know: It’s very close to famous temple Wat Chalong, so we combined those two things on a day tour down South. The perfectly realxing surrounding after some busy sightseeing!
Pro Tip: Definetely order some of her signature Northern dishes. You will taste the love!
5. Otto Restaurant
Location: 103/43 Rawai, Phuket. – VIEW MAP.
Family-run Otto Restaurant is conveniently located at the main street of Rawai Beach, the far south of Phuket. Nevertheless, the relaxed garden patio surrounded by plants, butterflies and LOTS of cute cats makes you instantly feel at home and forget about the street noises.
Otto offers authentic Thai Cuisine, cooked with ingredients from their own garden, freshly prepared in their open kitchen. Since they also offer meat, they have a separate page in the menu only for vegetarians and will adjust to your (vegan) needs. Definitely would go back anytime!
Check out their website for the whole menu.
Pro Tip: Make sure you’ll try their delightful Panang Curry and ask for some Black Tofu to add! The mouthwatering curry paste was seriously the best – homemade by chef Otto, their son.
6. Phen’s Restaurant Bar & Coffee
Location: 4027 Sakhu, Nai Yang. – VIEW MAP.
Phen’s is the ideal romantic getaway for sunsetlovers, perfectly located at Nai Yang Beach in the North of Phuket.
Although they mainly offer typical Thai seafood dishes, they also have a very extensive menu for vegetarians by request with Thai or International options.
We decided to order the Crispy Tofu Burger with French Fries, since we were craving fast food all day. The burger did not disappoint, nor did the sunset.
Sitting right next to the sea, feeling the sand between your toes, a plant-based Burger, fries & beer on the table – what else can you ask for?
Good to know: Okay, for this restaurant you’ll spend slightly more for the view. But it’s so worth it!
Do you want more vegan food tips for Thailand? Then check out my TOP 10 Vegan Restaurants on Koh Phangan.
I really hope you enjoyed reading it. 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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