Last Updated on August 31, 2020
The island of Koh Phangan, Thailand isn’t just for swimming and beach parties. Nowadays, it’s also a great hub for lifestyle travelers who want to eat fresh food, be relaxed, and stay healthy.
Even if you’re not into yoga or vegetarian dishes, you’d still want to know where you can get delicious salads, fruit smoothies, or pita breads. Whether it’s to cure a hangover or just to break away from the regular Pad Thai, these meals can be just as filling and delicious. Face it: you’re curious about that cucumber, lime, and spirulina smoothie, too.
So to satisfy your taste buds, here are the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Koh Phangan:
Please note: These restaurants aren’t ranked in chronological order. They’re all worthy of your attention.
Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Koh Phangan
1. Chana Masala Indian Restaurant & Café
If you’ve been hankering for some curry, mushroom Tikka, or original Lassi, then this is the place. With comfortable outdoor and indoor seating, traditional decor, and plenty of vegan options on the menu, you’ll keep coming back for more. Located on Hin Kong Road, Koh Phangan, you can’t miss it as it’s usually crowded.
2. Green Gallery
This moderately-priced restaurant not only offers tasty vegan dishes, but also live music and a warm vibe. A go-to by tourists and expats who are looking for raw or gluten-free options, try their chickpea flour omelet, pancakes, vegan cheese, and Moroccan stews along with your regular order of veggie burgers or hummus. They are located at 22/1 Moo 8, Srithanu.
3. Karma Kafe
For those who can afford it, this Bali-inspired restaurant is famous for wholesome food, great seating, and large portions. Sure, it’s more expensive than the usual fare in Koh Phangan. But once you taste their karma burrito with tempeh, you will want to go back. It’s also located at Srithanu.
The magic of Koh Phangan should be experienced along with fresh, clean food. And this restaurant near the ferry is your entry (or exit) point to everything wonderful and healthy when on the island. Its name literally stands for “eat consciously”. So why not follow their recommendation and get a load of their gluten-free waffles, mushroom wraps, zesty hummus toast, or hot rice noodle ramen?
Their place is also a great brunch spot. Grab some waffles with fruits and coconut whip, and don’t forget to purchase some yoga gear, jewelry, and protein powder to get started on healthy living.
5. Midnight Bistro
Whether you’ve been a vegan since forever, or you’re trying it for the first time, why not swing by this vegan restaurant to satisfy your cravings? Their specialities include gluten-free pizza and mac and cheese.
Travelling solo? Let the friendly staff and owner welcome you! On a couple’s retreat? Fall in love with their healthy options. They’re open until midnight (as their name suggests) so you can grab something delicious before hitting the hay!
6. Foods and Roots (formerly Capana)
Most people remember Capana as the all-vegan joint nestled at the back of Panthip Market offering sinfully tasty healthy meals. A few of their famous gems include avocado quinoa wraps, veggie burger patties, homemade granola with coconut yogurt, and choko-moko protein smoothie.
While they have closed their doors at Panthip Market, fans can still find them along the beach in Chaloklum, under the new name of Foods and Roots. So whenever you miss them, you know exactly where to find them again. So yes, the vegan journey continues!
7. Organic Vegetarian Food by Mrs. Pong
This ‘hidden gem’ along the side of the road in Koh Phangan is a must-visit, especially for vegans and would-be vegetarians. A small eatery run by Mrs. Pong and her sons, she makes all the dishes herself, and gets the herbs from her garden out back. Most of the things on the menu are vegetarian, but she can adjust the dish for you if you ask.
Open from 9AM to 9PM, this cash-only stall puts its own unique twist on traditional Thai recipes that will keep you craving until your next visit.
8. Orion Healing Center
Technically an alternative and holistic health service, this sanctuary has its own restaurant that serves good, healthy food not only to guests, but also walk-in visitors.
If you’re conscious about MSG, eggs, refined sugars, palm oil, or GMO, you’ll be glad to know that they don’t offer meals with said ingredients. There are only raw, super foods, like coconut sugar, pink Himalayan rock salt, organic brown rice, and find cold-pressed oils.
Aside from filling your tummy, you can also take advantage of their detox and yoga programs. A trip here is like getting an overall healing session. It’s definitely something new to try!
9. Wonderland Healing Center
This yoga and vegan haven in Koh Phangan is all about healing and discovering wellness. They provide holistic treatments such as yoga classes, traditional Thai massages, meditation courses, as well as FREE Reiki Level 1 workshop for guests every second weekend.
In their restaurant, you will find cruelty-free, sustainable, plant-based foods like coconut yogurt, chia seed pudding, and fluffy banana pancakes – in an all-vegan buffet.
10. Panthip Market
In general, this isn’t a single restaurant – but that’s the great thing about it!
This food market in Thong Sala offers a wide variety of food, from pizza to sushi. The location is also pretty convenient, as it’s directly right on the pier. So it’s easy to grab a quick snack or even a full meal after or before you head somewhere else. You can’t beat the price either. Aside from food, this is a nice place to catch a couple of bargains on souvenirs, craft items, and more.
So whether you’re craving for something organic or just a healthy break from all the meat, you’ll find that (along with a few surprises!) here.