The best vegan & vegetarian restaurants in Phuket will make you crave for vegetables so bad you will forget meat ever existed. If you are a vegan, cursing restaurants who put cheese and eggs in their salads as your hungrily devour your plate of rice and soy sauce with a side of chips, then check out this list to get yourself some proper food.
ATSUMI RAW CAFE
Atsumi Raw cafe is a haven for vegans and health nuts going through their detox as they only serve raw, plant-based products. Beautifully presented, they serve fusion meals that are filled with flavour and nutrients like the Broccoli with Cheesy Mustard & Thai Basil Cauliflower Sauce and Rawsagnia.
For the non-veggie eater who had the raw deal of being dragged into a raw vegan meal, the rich flavors of their dishes would probably convert you. If not, you can just wash it down with their delicious smoothies and sweet, creamy desserts. The chilled garden setting and free wi-fi should also make your stay here pleasurable.
LOCATION: Wiset Rd, Tambon Rawai, Muang, Chang Wat Phuket
SANTOSA DETOX AND WELLNESS CENTER
Santosa Detox and Wellness Center has a vegan restaurant which serves a variety of dishes, from raw dishes to plates of pasta and vegan cutlets and dumplings. They also have a variety of mouth-watering vegan desserts that prove dairy and animal products are unnecessary in pastry making. With a mission to introduce vegan cuisine, they also have a vegan buffet every Saturday at 18:30.
The only downside about this place is that it is quite a mission to get to. The ambiance, however, makes it all worth it. Set in a wooden open area surrounded by trees, it gives you a nice venue for a long and relaxing meal.
LOCATION: 3 Soi Plak Che2, Patak Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
MAE ORATHAI VEGETARIAN
This is a buffet made for a vegan on a budget. Feast your eyes on platters of steaming curries, mock meat, and stir-fried vegetables that are reasonably priced at 100 Baht. If you are planning on taking a day trip and do not want to take your chances on the roadside fare, then take a few vegan sausages with you. Whatever happens, you can have them with your chips or rice and soy sauce.
LOCATION: Soi Nanai 38/50, Patong, Phuket
Just off Bangla Road is Yo Green, an affordable vegan & vegetarian restaurant that serves dishes that are half the price of Atsumi and Santosa. If you are a vegan on a budget, this is the place to go to try the local take on veganism. Some vegetarian options do contain eggs and cheese, so make that you specify your dietary needs.
Give the place a call before you make your way there as some customers have complained that they do not follow the opening times on their website.
LOCATION: 54/9 Bangla Road, Soi Patong Resort,, Patong, Kathu, Phuket
PLACES WITH VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN OPTIONS
So, being the minority of the group, you need to find places your friends will also enjoy. Then, here is a list of places where herbivores and carnivores can dine together.
Located on Karon Beach, with a nice mix of Thai and Indian curries, you can take your pick from their vegan and vegetarian options while your friends can dig into their famous chicken tikka masala.
LOCATION: 375/2 Patak Rd (opposite hotel ikon), Karon, Mueang Phuket, Phuket
Explore an array of Indian, Pakistani, Muslim, Arabic, and Afghani dishes with your friends. Here, they serve Halal meats for your Muslim friends and cook the vegan and vegetarian dishes in a separate kitchen.
LOCATION: 88/6-7 Kata Rd, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket
Orient Asia offers options for vegans and vegetarians alike. Here, they would happily replace the oyster sauce and fish sauce with their salty mushroom sauce, keeping your Pad Thai animal free. Just make sure to remind them that you do not eat eggs. Another upside to coming here is the air-conditioning which can be quite welcome after a hot day out under the sun.
LOCATION: Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100, Thailand
DID WE MISS SOMETHING?
Now that this trend is picking up in Thailand, do let us know if we have missed any new vegan & vegetarian restaurants in Phuket. Also, feel free to let us know about your experiences in these restaurants, like if they put egg on your Pad Thai or sneakily put oyster sauce in your stir-fry vegetables after you have repeatedly told them not to.