Ultimate Koh Phangan Vegan Food Guide

koh phangan vegan guide

Koh Phangan is a small island in the Gulf of Thailand between Koh Samui and Koh Tao. The island is known for hosting wild full moon parties and its incredible beaches. However, the island is also home to a thriving community of conscious expats and travelers who have turned the northwest of the island into a vegan haven.

Alongside Bali's Canggu and Ubud, Koh Phangan has the best vegan culture we've come across in Asia. From raw plant-based options to vegan comfort food, Koh Phangan is more than just an island paradise - it's a vegan paradise.

Over the past couple of years, we've used Koh Phangan as a hub to live and work from. Over that time we've tried almost everything vegan on this island. So, we thought we'd spill the pinto beans and list them for you. Enjoy!

Koh Phangan's Best Vegan Restaurants

Chana Masala

Location: Hin Kong & Thong Sala 

chana masala koh phangan thali set

This incredible Indian restaurant is our absolute favorite. While it is 100% vegetarian, they have vegan options of almost everything. You can trade paneer for tofu in curries and no visit to Phangan is complete without a dose of masala dosa.

Chana Masala has strong wifi and can also be a great place to get some work done over a vegan masala chai.

Top pick: Thali Set (lunch only)

 

 

Pure Vegan Heaven

Location: Hin Kong

pure vegan nachos phangan

Once an icon of Sri Thanu, Pure Vegan was knocked down a rebuilt on the picturesque Hin Kong sunset road. The new location is a stunning breath of fresh air and, while the scenery may have changed, the menu remained. You'll find everything from burgers, bowls and burritos here.

Top Pick: Vegan Nachos

 

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Aree's Ayurvedic Cafe

Location: Srithanu

aree's vegan buffet koh phangan

This Indian buffet is what Koh Phangan is all about. Cheap, delicious, wholesome and, of course, plants only. Sit on a floor mat and embrace the rustic, hippy vibes. You'll only pay 100 baht (around $3usd) here for a plate you can stack up. The meals change day-to-day and I'm not sure there's anyway to know what's bring served up. If you know, please let us know in the comments.

Top Pick: Whatever's being served up

Pizza Luna/Tito's Bitchin' Burritos

vegan burrito koh phangan

Location: Thong Sala

Nestled in the Thong Sala Food Court (not the famous Phantip markets) you'll find these two restaurants in one. They cook up one of the best vegan pizzas on the island using homemade cashew nut cheese.

This is also where you'll find - in our opinion - the best vegan burrito on the island. And yes, they have guac.

Top Pick: Buddha Burrito

Namaskar Restaurant

Location: Baan Tai

best indian food in koh phanganGet ready for the best naan in Koh Phangan. Namaskar is a cool Indian-Nepali restaurant owned by a friendly guy from Nepal who will turn their vegetarian dishes vegan upon request.

The restaurant uses a traditional tandoori oven to cook up incredible - and huge - naan bread. Along with Indian classics, you can also find traditional Nepali food here, including momos and dal bhat.

Definitely a must-visit for Indian food lovers in Phangan.

Top Pick: Aloo Gobi

Eat.Co

Location: Srithanu & Thong Sala (cafe)

Eat.Co vegan breakfast koh phangan

Eat Co or Eat Consciously is probably the most known vegan restaurant in Koh Phangan. The quality of food here is high and so are the prices. The menu is probably the most impressive on the island and you can get a range of delicious desserts too. They even serve Beyond Meat.

There's to restaurants to choose from. The main one in Srithanu or the brunch cafe in Thong Sala. There's no doubt, Eat.co is one of the best vegan restaurants on the island. You'll leave here satisfied and full, but I can't say the same for your wallet.

Top Pick: Meaty Mushroom Burger

Taboon

Location: Srithanu

vegan falafel koh phangan

While there's plenty of falafel on the island, you'll find some of the best in Taboon. While this isn't a vegan restaurant, there are great vegan and vegetarian options to keep you satisfied. Don't miss out on their tahini.

Top Pick: Falafel Plate

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Vegan Phangan

Location: Baan Tai

vegan phangan best food

This cool little spot on the main road in Baan Tai is well worth the visit. It's definitely the best place to get tempe in Koh Phangan with a huge range of western, and local-style dishes made entirely vegan.

And since moving from Thong Sala, Vegan Phangan have added a bunch of exciting extras to their menu including tempe sushi, a bean burger, vegan cheese cake and brownies.

Top Pick: Naan with Massaman Curry & Daal Fry.

Orion Cafe (Orion Healing Centre)

orion tempe vegan mealLocation: Srithanu

Orion Cafe has arguably the best vegan food in Koh Phangan. The menu is pretty health-conscious with a separate Orion Cafe detox menu for those who are cleansing. For those, who aren't, you'll have a wide choice of juices, smoothies, burgers, bowls, ramen, and heaps more. You can view their menu here. However, you'll pay western prices here, but check their Facebook page for some promotions.

Top Pick: Tempehtation Burger

Make It Pizza & Salad

Location: Thong Sala

amazing vegan pizza

Koh Phangan has a few great vegan pizza places to choose from and we didn't make it to Make It for a while... but once we tried their "Veg Out" we were hooked. They also have some garlic bread which they'll happily make vegan too. All around, a great place which offers up a couple of vegan options to choose from. And it's a little cheaper than Pizza Luna and Midnight Bistro too.

Top Pick: Veg Out pizza

Karma Kafe

karma kafe vegan food in koh phanganLocation: Srithanu

A cool vegan cafe in Srithanu where you can relax and enjoy some raw vegan food. The place is a favorite among a lot of the islander community so we couldn't leave it out of this list, but it hasn't quite won us over just yet. At least not for the prices.

Green Gallery

Location: Srithanu

planted based sweet potato cakes

Green Gallery is one of those places in Koh Phangan that does it all: food, yoga, cooking classes - and every night they have a communal bonfire where you can eat and soak up the Phangan vibes. Not a cheap eat, but worth a visit or two.

Soul Organics

Location: Thong Sala

soul organics koh phangan vegan soup

This little vegan gem is tucked away in the corner of Phantip markets. You'll find lots of affordable Thai food here that is absolutely delicious and the staff always have a friendly smile.

Top Pick: Massaman Curry

 

Midnight Bistro

Location: Srithanu

best vegan pizza koh phangan

This pizza place is really quite odd. The whole "restaurant" feels like someone opened their house door and threw some mats and tables down... but not in a quirky or original way. In an awkward, walking past bedrooms into a bathroom that has toothbrushes hanging up kinda way. But, once you get past the little weirdness, you will enjoy some of the best vegan pizza on the island - oh, and don't forget the Mr Hanky brownie. Howdy Hoe!

*Note: Midnight Bistro will be closed until high season 2021, due to Covid-19.

Pho Phangan

Location: Thong Sala Food Court

vegan pho phangan

Not a vegan restaurant, but a rare opportunity to get vegan Vietnamese in Koh Phangan. You'll have the option of Pho or Tofu Ban Mi. While we're yet to try the Pho, the Ban Mi was excellent and will satisfy that Vietnamese craving.

Top Pick: Crispy Tofu & Avocado Ban Mi

Hummus Shack

Location: Thong Sala

vegan hummus falafel bowl thong salaThis small middle-eastern style restaurant sits at the back of Thong Sala's Phantip nightm market. Around full and half moon parties you won't miss it as they blast electronic music that fills the market. They serve meat and vegan options, and their hummus and falafel is well worth it. It's more expensive than Taboon in Srithanu and lacks Taboon's ambience. However, the falafel probably nudges out Taboon.

 

Top Pick: Falafel Plate

Foods & Roots

Location: Chaloklum
chaloklum vegan restaurant food and roots

Hidden away in the north of the island is Food & Roots, a beautiful vegan restaurant that backs right onto Chaloklum beach. The setting and restaurant itself is stunning and beachy. We ordered the quinoa-avocado wrap and mashed potatoes and tofu balls, however, the food served was basic and extremely over-priced. For that reason, we haven't returned.

If you've got the money, give it a try. However, this is not a budget-friendly vegan restaurant.

Super Salad Bowl

Location: Thong Sala

vegan salad bowl thong sala

This little food stall nestled away in the corner of the Thong Sala Food Court (not Pantip) is easily missable and doesn't look like much from the outside. We'd walked past this place numerous times before realizing they make great vegan bowls at great value.

You can choose between a medium size bowl (which is big) for 80 Baht, which includes 7 ingredients of your choice. Or an even bigger bowl with 10 ingredients for 150.

You can add falafel, chickpeas, veggies, hummus, beans and about 30 more options to choose from.

The food is served cold and most of it has been left out in buffet style, but if you can look past that, you can't beat the value.

Ashoka Vegan

Location: Srithanu

vegan burrito koh phangan ashoka veganSituated on the main street in Srithanu, Ashoka is a great place to grab a bite to eat. There's a few good options here, but you can't miss out on their burritos, which are huge and delicious.

Ashoka used to have a little stall in Pantip where the burritos were a steal at 100 baht, but now it seems you can only get their food from their restaurant, which costs a little more - but still worth it.

Top pick: Red bean burrito

Big Mountain

Location: Near Secret Beach

big mountain koh phanganYou'll no doubt catch the signs for Big Mountain restaurant when driving between Srithanu and Haad Yao.

It's located on the hill right before the stunning view overlooking Secret Beach. Nothing shouts vegan about this place from the road, so it was a long time before we decided to try it out. To our surprise, there was a lot of vegan options including a big vegan breakfast, tempe and quinoa burgers and lots more.

There's not a bad view from here too.

 

Deli Devi

Location: Srithanu

vegan cake in koh phanganThis small cafe on the roadside just outside of Srithanu is the perfect place for cheese and cake lovers.

Their range of vegan cheese is incredible. They offer taste tests of almost everything so you can choose exactly what you want.

Their vegan cakes ooze quality with lots of natural alternatives to refined sugar. You can also buy cacao nibs here imported from Bali.

You won't be disappointed at Deli Devi, whether it's stopping for a coffee and cake or stocking up on vegan cheese.

 

Ando Loco

Location: Baan Tai

vegan mexican food in koh phanganAs of 2020, Ando Loco added a vegan section to their menu, which includes jackfruit burritos, nachos with vegan sour cream and tacos.

We were very excited about this as there is a lack of vegan Mexican food in Koh Phangan. However, the the food was mediocre, and lacking vegan love. Also, the jackfruit burrito came out as a mushroom burrito without warning, so double check they have vegan ingredients available.

All in all, it's great Andos is catching up to the vegan movement, they just need to fine-tune it a bit.

Pura Vida Cafe

Location: Haad Yao

vegan brunch koh phanganPura Vida is a popular brunch spot in the center of Haad Yao. The small cafe isn't vegan, but there are a couple of vegan options if you want to try out a new place.

The vegan scrambled tofu was good and they also have a vegan burger for those who want lunch here.

They have soy milk if you're craving a latte too.

Organic Love Wholefood Kitchen

Location: Srithanu

vegan cauliflower wings koh phanganThis lesser-known vegan restaurant has the disadvantage of having Aree's and Green Gallery as its neighbors. However, you will find some good vegan eats here if you give it a try.

They do serve egg here, but for the most part, it's entirely vegan.

We tried the tempe, cauliflower wings with vegan mayo, and the brekky burrito.

Vegan Local Thai Food

Luckily, Thai food can be made vegan extremely easy. This is because tofu is widely used as a meat replacement, and coconut milk commonly used instead diary. You can find these meals throughout the island at local Thai restaurants. Here's examples of our favorite local dishes, all priced between 50-100 baht ($1.50-$3 USD) so you can't go wrong.

Pineapple Fried Rice

pineapple fried rice thai food

 

Pad Thai

pad thai vegan tofu

Khao Soi

vegan khao soi

KOH PHANGAN VEGAN SNACKS & TREATS

Coconut Pancakes

thai vegan coconut pancakes

Local Tropical Fruit

tropical fruit koh phangan vegan food

Mango Sticky Rice

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14 thoughts on “Ultimate Koh Phangan Vegan Food Guide”

  1. Great information! Thank you for creating this!
    Not many people know of or know the name of the “Other Thongsala market”.
    The market actually had a big sign on the front “Koh Phangan Food Court” but they took it town because the government excise department wanted tax money for it. But it’s still referred to as such 😀

  2. Foods & Roots
    Thank you for creating this guide. However I strongly disagree with your review about Foods & Roots in Chaloklum. Yes it is not what a traveller calls budget friendly, but have you even bothered to ask the owners why the prices are as they are? Vegan is not a synonym for healthy. There are many cheap vegan places on the island, but the ingredients are of poor quality as well. Thailands prices for quality food is more expensive than for factory made, full of pesticides & fungicides and unethically grown food, just like in every other country as well. Therefore I as a long term resident on the island love to treat myself with the lovely and healthy meals from Food & Roots when I go dining out.

    1. Hi Angela, I appreciate your feedback on Foods & Roots and I see where you’re coming from.

      However, this was our experience, unfortunately. Perhaps we can give it another shot one time!

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