Farm to Fork: Pai’s Best Vegan Dining in 2023

Pai, a charming town nestled in the heart of Thailand, has garnered a well-deserved reputation as a vegan’s delight. With an abundance of organic food cafes and access to farm-fresh produce, Pai has become a go-to destination for vegan travelers and backpackers seeking plant-based cuisine. Thailand can be an especially difficult place to find vegetarian options. Thanks to the surrounding farms and strong undercurrent of alt-culture that thrives in Pai, the vegan landscape is burgeoning in this small hill town. Check out our hand-picked favorites to discover plant-based Pai!

Earth Tone

Earth Tone is a small but well-known eatery about 2 kilometers from the center of Pai. The restaurant is easy to find, as is bang on the main road. The restaurant, which has recently been taken over by Remy and his family, is over ten years old. They are well-known around town for their delicious buddha bowls, salads, smoothies and more. 

They source most of their ingredients locally and even make their own in-house cakes and ice creams. Earth Tone also has a small shop where you can purchase locally made craft and self-care products like soaps, incense, oils, organic grains, flour, spices and more. Over the years, Earth Tone has really perfected what they do and you are sure to enjoy a meal there. This place is our go-to for a late breakfast.

We recommend: Blossom Bowl & homemade mocha ice cream (because you deserve it)
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Fat Cat

Fat Cat is another popular restaurant located just opposite Earth Tone. The restaurant has a number of exciting vegan and vegetarian options made with fresh and wholesome ingredients. They even brew their own kombucha! Their restaurant is a great spot for casual dining or enjoying a cup of coffee with a book. The restaurant is made on stilts so you’re eye-level with the trees when you sit down. Fat Cat is a must-visit if you’re looking for a clean and comforting meal while in Pai.

We recommend: Coconut oatmeal (it’s a total power breakfast)
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4 PM

Thai Zen

Are you bummed out that you are missing out on local cuisine just because you choose vegan or plant-based diets? Thai Zen is a restaurant that perfectly captures the essence of Thai cuisine while embracing the plant-based lifestyle. They make all their food with organic and locally sourced ingredients, bringing the farm-to-table concept to daily dining. They even make their own bread! 

The ambience of Thai Zen is casual and comfortable, with the entire restaurant built using natural materials. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Thailand without compromising on your diet! Choose Thai Zen for a late brunch or lunch. The restaurant is located along a road in the midst of fields, making it a little tricky to locate. Keep your eyes peeled and stay on the route recommended by the map.

We recommend: The butter garlic naan (pause for drool)
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 3 PM to 10 PM

Om Garden Café

Nestled in a serene garden setting, Om Garden Cafe offers a peaceful retreat where you can indulge in healthy, nourishing vegan meals. Their menu features an array of refreshing salads, hearty sandwiches, delicious smoothie bowls, and freshly brewed beverages. They also have excellent vegan coffee, as well as a range of creative non-vegetarian dishes. It’s a foodie’s delight! 

Here, you can find reasonable prices paired with charming ambience. It’s also a great spot to get some work done too. If you’re looking for spaces to spend a few hours on your computer, they have free Wi-Fi too!

We recommend: The hummus & avocado breakfast plate – it’s very filling!
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 8:30 AM to 5 PM

Ganita Café

Ganita Cafe is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Pai, Thailand, offering a delightful haven for vegans and health-conscious foodies alike. Step into this cozy, welcoming space and prepare to be enchanted by their delicious plant-based offerings. From a delicious pumpkin falafel plate to mouthwatering bagels and classic Thai dishes, Ganita Café has a diverse menu. Their commitment to using fresh, locally sourced produce shines through in every bite, ensuring a truly satisfying and guilt-free dining experience. They also have daily dessert specials that are a must-try if you have a sweet tooth!

We recommend: The hummus breakfast plate
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 8:30 AM to 5 PM

Charlie & Lek’s

Charlie & Lek’s is located in the middle of Pai, and is a very affordable place to eat on a day-to-day basis. This is the best place to explore Northern Thai cuisine, like the Burmese-influenced Khao Soi and Nam Phrik Num. They have vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian options which means that it’s the perfect place to go with a mixed group. We recommend this place for dinner as it stays open late.

We recommend: The vegetable khao soi
Location: Go to pin.
Timings: 10:30 AM to 9 PM

Falafel Queen

If you find yourself on Walking Street in the evening, you will find a number of food carts parked on the side of the road. Falafel Queen is usually parked opposite Cafe Pai but because it’s on wheels, the location is likely to be different every time you visit. Their huge falafel wraps are stuffed with tahini, hummus and fresh veggies. It is a filling, satisfying and delicious evening meal for vegans and non-vegans alike. 

We recommend: The falafel wrap with all the works!
Timings:  6 PM to 11 PM

As we conclude our culinary journey through the top six vegan restaurants in Pai, it’s clear that this vibrant town has something extraordinary to offer. As you venture through Pai’s vegan culinary scene, let your taste buds guide you, and allow yourself to be enchanted by the flavors and the passion behind each dish. Pai, with its bountiful vegan offerings and commitment to conscious dining, is a testament to the growing global movement towards a more compassionate and sustainable future. 

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