A Vegan Eating Guide to Koh Phangan: The Best Restaurants & Cafés

A Vegan Eating Guide to Koh Phangan: The Best Restaurants & Cafés

Koh Phangan in Thailand is vegan paradise. Here’s everything you need to know about finding the most delicious places to eat
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A big part of the reason we visited Koh Phangan on our recent trip to Thailand was the fact that we had heard so many good things about its vegan food scene.

We were absolutely thrilled to seek out as many of the island’s gems as our stomachs allowed us to.

Koh Phangan has even been dubbed “the world’s first vegan island”, and though that might be far-fetched, it’s certainly a true vegan foodie paradise.

Vegan food is everywhere. Most menus have clearly labelled green options and there are at least 15 fully vegan places to eat at plus more than 10 that are fully vegetarian.

Here’s our comprehensive guide to vegan and vegetarian food in Koh Phangan.

Find all of the mentioned restaurants & cafés on a map at the bottom of the article.

Where to stay in Koh Phangan:


  • Luxury: Anantara Rasanand – Koh Phangan’s best and most expensive hotel.
  • Value for money: Mangrove Villa – Comfortable rooms with a central location in Thong Sala.
  • Budget: Haad Yao Bay View Resort – Direct beach access and where we stayed the longest on the island.

Search for the best value accommodation in Koh Phangan here.

Sri Thanu


Eat.co is all vegan. Yay!

The menu is diverse with lots of different bowls, colourful salads, burgers, meaty mushrooms, savoury beans and desserts.

We ordered ramen and three sliders.

The ramen was more of a noodle soup freestyle than a tribute to its Japanese roots (Alex is a self-proclaimed ramen aficionado). The taste was good though and it was a big portion.

Victoria got the sliders with three samples of the burgers to assemble herself.

The bread was pieces of pita bread which were kind of difficult to make a burger out of plus a small roasted bun which was quite dry, unfortunately.

The coleslaw was great and the three different patties (falafel, mushroom and beetroot) were delicious. There were three different kinds of dips for the patties.

The pina colada freak shake with pineapple and whipped cream was truly freaky and almost too good.

Everything arrived quickly and we enjoyed the calm atmosphere and spiritual vibes.

Needless to say, we left feeling very full! All for just 620 baht (~ 19.6 USD / 17.3 EUR).

Eat.co is 100% vegan.

Eat.co doubles as a small shop.
Ramen and DIY burgers
Ramen and DIY burgers.
Freak shake
Freaky indeed.

Pure Vegan Heaven

We absolutely loved Pure Vegan Heaven in Koh Samui.

The Phangan affiliate was still good, just not as good… If you don’t have the option of visiting both places, discard this spoiled rant and read on.

Pure Vegan Heaven in Koh Phangan is nevertheless very much a place we can recommend!

It’s 100% vegan and offers a wide variety of internationally inspired dishes.

In one sitting we went a little crazy and ordered their Mexican bowl with guacamole and chilli smoky tofu chorizo, mushroom quesadillas and mung bean falafel wrap with beetroot hummus and greens.

You have to try the mango & passion shake. It’s the best.

We also tried their peach and passion smoothie bowl and the burger.

And don’t forget to add a dessert – date sticky toffee cake, anyone?

Note: We visited Pure Vegan Heaven in 2019. When we returned to Koh Phangan in 2024, it had moved location a few kilometres further south.

Pure Vegan Heaven is 100% vegan.

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Peace and love at Pure Vegan Heaven
Peace and love at Pure Vegan Heaven.
Pure Vegan
The Mexican bowl and the mushroom quesadillas were so savoury.
Falafel wrap
And so was the falafel wrap.
Smoothie bowl from Pure Vegan Heaven
Smoothie bowl from Pure Vegan Heaven.


Taboon is a small piece of the Middle East in the middle of Sri Thanu.

Open from early morning to late in the evenings, it’s the place to go for falafels at any time.

There are lots of nice seating options from where you can enjoy the eastern inspired relaxation music, plants and bird song.

At just 260 baht (~ 8.2 USD / 7.3 EUR), the pita plate for two is a real steal; 8 delicious falafels, two soft and fluffy pieces of pita bread, tahini dressing and two small bowls of salad – perfectly fitting for the both of us.

The hummus plate for 160 baht (~ 5 USD / 4.5 EUR) and baba ghanoush for 60 baht (~ 2 USD / 1.7 EUR) were also very good.

Service was quick and attentive and there’s free water.

Taboon is a vegetarian restaurant with many vegan options.

Taboon has created such an inviting space to dine and chill in.
Pita and falafel
And the food is g-r-e-a-t.

Chana Masala

Just south of Sri Thanu, Chana Masala serves up both North and South Indian cuisine.

Good South Indian cuisine isn’t easy to find in Thailand, so we were very excited to try this place.

Thankfully, our hopes and prayers had been heard and we loved the food as well as the cool ambience.

There are huge indoor and outdoor seating areas where you can choose between sitting on chairs or on colourful pillows at low tables.

The waiters were lovely and whatever we ordered, the food arrived quickly at our table.

We visited Chana Masala twice and both times we ordered the giga-sized vegan masala dosa with chutney and sambal for 200 baht (~ 6.3 USD / 5.6 EUR). Yum!

We also tried a few of the breads and their samosas. It was all good.

Vegan options are clearly labelled in the menu and many ingredients can be substituted.

Plus points for free water.

Chana Masala is vegetarian but very vegan friendly.

Huge dosa
Now that’s a dosa!
Decor Chana Masala
We really liked the decor at Chana Masala.
Beautiful pillows and smiling staff
Beautiful pillows and smiling staff.
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Karma Kafe

The atmosphere at Karma Kafe in Sri Thanu is very cosy with Balinese-inspired furniture, lots of plants and chill music.

Everything is vegetarian and there are also quite a few vegan options.

Victoria ordered the tropical smoothie bowl (surprise) with mango, pineapple, banana and coconut for 180 baht (~ 5.7 USD / 5 EUR).

It was on the liquid side of things with some frozen pineapples in the bottom – kinda weird but still good.

Alex couldn’t resist ordering the breakfast bowl with sweet potatoes, mushrooms, bbq tempeh, guacamole, refried beans, tomatoes and spinach for 220 baht (~ 7 USD / 6.2 EUR).

It was delicious, but a bit too small for a hungry Alex.

We also ordered a happy frappe (cold coffee) with coconut milk for 100 baht (~ 3 USD / 2.8 EUR) and a delightful raw chocolate cake for 160 baht (~ 5 USD / 4.5 EUR).

Karma Kafe is vegetarian with vegan options.

Victoria and smoothie bowl
Victoria + smoothie bowl = happiness.
Breakfast bowl
The colourful breakfast bowl filled with all kinds of healthy things.
Raw chocolate cake
This raw chocolate cake. One more, please.
Karma Kafe
Karma Kafe.

Mama Pooh’s Kitchen

It’s difficult to define Mama Pooh’s.

Part scrapyard, part beach-type restaurant, perhaps? It doesn’t really matter.

The food is good and that’s the most important thing!

And it’s pretty cheap, too…

Then there’s that stencil of Mama Pooh herself. Whoever’s behind that is a marketing genius.

We had the vegetable spring rolls (could be the best ones in Sri Thanu!), a vegan massaman curry and a vegan pad thai with tofu.

The two main dishes lacked a bit of flavour and savouriness, which might have been due to the omittance of fish sauce.

It’s easy to calibrate the dishes to your own taste buds with some soy sauce.

Mama Pooh’s Kitchen is mainly for omnivores but it was no problem veganizing the dishes.

Vegan massaman curry
The spring rolls got eaten before we had time to pull out a camera. So here’s the vegan massaman curry instead.
Mama Pooh's
Mama Pooh’s was unique.

Art Café

Art Café is hidden roadside between Sri Thanu and Haad Yao.

The first thing you’ll notice inside is the books.

As the café offers free coffee in exchange for a book, they have quite a few.

Get comfortable on the pillows on the floor or sit by a regular table and enjoy a good read and some healthy food.

We had two smoothie bowls; one pina colada and one with protein. You choose your own toppings, which was nice.

There are lots of vegan options available in the menu including desserts such as brownie and banana bread.

Art Café serves vegetarian and vegan dishes.

Smoothie bowls from Art Café
Smoothie bowls from Art Café.
Inside Art Café
Sit comfortably inside the café and read a book.

Taste From Heaven

We might have hit an unlucky night, but we weren’t thrilled with neither the food nor the service at Taste From Heaven in Sri Thanu. However, we did arrive late.

The menu looked promising with a range of vegetarian and vegan thai foods and classics.

We both ordered the famous “chicken” burger with sweet potato fries, and though it’s difficult to truly complain about a 170 baht meal (~ 5.4 USD / 4.8 EUR), we were just a bit underwhelmed.

Taste From Heaven is a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options.

“Chicken” burger with sweet potato fries from Taste From Heaven.

Big Mountain

Big Mountain is located on top of a hill between Sri Thanu and Haad Yao.

There’s a large seating area and a clearly labelled menu with both vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

Victoria had a huge serving oatmeal with coconut milk and fruit for 80 baht (~ 2.5 USD / 2.2 EUR).

Alex had the vegan breakfast plate consisting of scrambled tofu, potato wedges, onion, grilled tomato, sausage, two strips of facon, two thick whole wheat pieces of toast, peanut butter, strawberry jam including a coffee and a mango juice – all for 200 baht! (~ 6.3 USD / 5.6 EUR).

Big Mountain is mostly for omnivores but they do have vegan and vegetarian options.

A fully vegan breakfast plate
A fully vegan breakfast plate. Pretty impressive!

Fruit stalls in Sri Thanu

It’d be a shame not to eat as much fresh fruit as you possibly can while visiting Koh Phangan.

One of the best places to do are the fruit stalls lining the streets.

A sure bet is the stall on the opposite side of the road from Pure Vegan Heaven in Sri Thanu.

Choose between a small or a big plate for 80 baht (~ 2.5 USD / 2.2 EUR) with fruits of your choice and they’ll get cut up and served on a plate with a metal fork.

The coconuts are served with metal straws. That’s so awesome!

You can also get fruit shakes or of course buy some fruit to go.

The fruit is, of course, vegan.

Fruit and coconut
Getting that daily dose of vitamins is easy here.
Fruit stalls in Sri Thanu
Fruit stalls in Sri Thanu.

Thong Sala

Pantip Market

The Pantip Market in Thong Sala is a real foodie paradise.

In the morning you’ll only find a few Thai food stalls (not serving any animal-friendly fare as far as we’re aware), but when the clock approaches lunch, a horde of stalls and small kitchens open up and start spooning up all kinds of deliciousness until late.

An impressive percentage of the places have at least one vegan option and there are also a few all-vegan kitchens.

Alex loved the red curry he got at Soul Organics for 100 baht (~ 3 USD / 2.8 EUR). Their coconut milk is homemade and very rich. The ladies running the place were all smiles and their cooking seemed heartfelt.

Capana has a really interesting menu. The green tofu wrap with avocado for 220 baht (~ 7 USD / 6.2 EUR) felt just as healthy as it sounds and looked. We would have liked to sample more of their dishes!

Victoria got a plate of hummus with falafels and pita bread at Hummus just next to Capana for 220 baht as well (~ 7 USD / 6.2 EUR).

If you weren’t aware, you need some kanom krok in your life. Luckily, you can buy 5 of the small coconut pancake “balls” filled with coconut custard for just 20 baht (~ 0.6 USD / 0.5 EUR) from the sweetest ladies.

The 100 baht burrito (~ 3 USD / 2.8 EUR) was a surprising find. Great value and nice taste for a quick vegan meal.

At an Indian place Victoria had a samosa, some dhaal chana and garlic naan, all for 170 baht (~ 5.4 USD / 4.8 EUR).

In one of the carts close to the street, you’ll find tofu sticks and fried spring rolls for just 10 baht each (~ 0.32 USD / 0.28 EUR).

Pantip Market has something for everyone.

Curry with fresh coconut milk from Soul Organics
Curry with fresh coconut milk from Soul Organics.
Soul Organics
The green tofu wrap with avocado from Capana
The green tofu wrap with avocado from Capana.
Capana inside Pantip is 100% vegan and serves all kinds of healthy goodies.
Next to Capana you can get hummus with falafels and pita bread.
The outside part of the market seen from above
The outside part of the market seen from above.
Pantip inside
There are also lots of different places to eat inside.
Dhaal and garlic naan.
Dhaal and garlic naan.

Khunpen Vegetarian Food

Found at a cosy narrow street in Thong Sala, Khunpen is a simple and great vegetarian Thai restaurant with some international options.

Victoria had a tofu burger and Alex got a delicious eggplant dish served with rice along with a fresh pineapple juice, all for just 240 baht (~ 7.6 USD / 6.7 EUR).

We even had the pleasure of being able to listen in on the live music from next door.

The portions at Khunpen Vegetarian Food aren’t huge, but they’re pretty cheap – so consider opting for two dishes if you’re hungry.

Khunpen Vegetarian Food is a vegetarian restaurant with vegan options.

Pizza Luna

Inside the food market just east of Thong Sala you’ll find Pizza Luna where Thai people serve Neapolitan sourdough pizzas.

The pizzas were beautifully charred and can be topped as you like.

Pizza Luna has a vegan cheese option made from coconut yoghurt, almond and cashew milk.

We had a Margherita with extra cherry tomatoes and onions for 240 baht (~ 7.6 USD / 6.7 EUR).

Pizza Luna mainly serves pizzas with cheese and meat but they have a vegan pizza.

Vegan cheese pizza
Really nice to see vegan cheese on the menu at Pizza Luna!
Pizza Luna
Pizza Luna is located inside this market just east of Thong Sala.

Phangan Coffee

Even though Phangan Coffee is less than five minutes driving away from Thong Sala, you probably won’t swing by here randomly.

Inside air-conditioned seatings are limited and fill up with digital nomads and other creators pretty fast.

It’s a cosy place with quirky, nostalgic decor.

The service was some of the most polite we experienced in Koh Phangan.

Phangan Coffee serves really good organic coffee from Northern Thailand. Both soy, almond and coconut milk is available.

The only vegan dessert was a healthy ball for 45 baht (~ 1.4 USD / 1.3 EUR) made from dates, goji berries and various seeds.

We had an espresso for 50 baht (~ 1.6 USD / 1.4 EUR) and a huge latte for 110 baht (~ 3.5 USD / 3 EUR).

A large plant-based organic ice latte from Phangan Coffee
A large plant-based organic latte from Phangan Coffee.
Phangan Coffee
The space was filled with fun details.

Dots Coffee

At Dots, most patrons seem to mean serious business. There are almost more laptops than people!

The wifi is good. The coffee is good. And there’s air condition. So it all makes sense.

We joined the other travel bloggers, small business owners and email-repliers and spent a few hours behind our screens here.

There weren’t a lot of food options, but we did have a pretty good vegan cookie to go along with our coffees.

At 140 baht (~ 4.4 USD / 4 EUR) for a latte with soy milk, Dots isn’t the cheapest place on the island, but if you see it as payment for office time, it’s pretty fair.

Dots Coffee is a mostly-vegetarian coffee shop with a few vegan options.

Haad Yao

Ying Ying’s Kitchen

On the road between Haad Yao and Haad Tian, make sure to stop at Ying Ying’s Kitchen for some delectable homemade Thai food.

These kinds of open kitchens are so charming and really makes you feel like you’re in Southeast Asia.

The food coming out of the frying hot pans tastes exactly as you’d expect; comfort food bursting with flavour.

For just 350 baht (~ 11 USD / 9.8 EUR) we had vegetable spring rolls, massaman curry with rice, a pad thai with vegetables and tofu as well as a mango shake and a lime shake.

Most dishes can be made vegan and it’s possible to choose your own spice level; you get a pen and paper to write your order down.

So as long as your handwriting is eligible you’re pretty sure Ying Ying gets your order right!

Ying Ying’s Kitchen is mostly for omnivores but they do have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

Thai food
Who doesn’t love Thai food??
Ying Ying’s Kitche
Ying Ying’s Kitchen.

Bubba’s Roastery

Bubba’s Roastery in Haad Yao is the Instagramming coffee lover’s dream.

With a roaster inside the café, you can be almost sure your beans are fresh.

The food menu is also very appetizing.

We each had a drip coffee; one Ethiopian natural (OMG) and a sweet cup from Northern Thailand.

We also ordered the coconut yoghurt with fresh fruit and granola, all for 480 baht (~ 15.2 USD / 13.4 EUR).

You can also find Bubba’s Coffee Bar in the south of Koh Phangan, serving breakfast and lunch.

Bubba’s has both vegan and vegetarian options.

Wonderful drip coffee from Bubba's Roastery
Wonderful drip coffee from Bubba’s Roastery.
Coconut yoghurt with fresh fruit and granola
Pretty coconut yoghurt with fresh fruit and granola.

Pura Vida

We had high hopes when we ordered two vegan açaí bowls, an americano and a latte with coconut milk.

The coffees were good, but one of the smoothie bowls was totally liquid while the other was almost completely frozen.

Tastewise, they weren’t too bad but obviously, we had hoped for better textures.

All together the meal was 670 baht (~ 21.2 USD / 18.7 EUR).

Every day, the café looked pretty popular so perhaps we visited on the wrong time…

Pura Vida serves meat but they have plenty of vegan options available.

Vegan açaí bowls from Pura Vida
Vegan açaí bowls from Pura Vida in Haad Yao.

Rest of the island

Beach Coconuts Bowls (now Walu)

When your smoothie bowl can be turned upside down without dripping out, you know you’re in a true expert’s hands.

This is the case at Beach Coconuts Bowls (now Walu).

We ended up visiting thrice, even though we didn’t exactly live close-by.

The consistency of the smoothie bowls was incredible and the flavours subtly underplayed, showcasing the high-quality ingredients and craftsmanship.

And did we mention their attention to detail in decorating them?

The bowls cost between 180 and 200 baht (~ 5.7 to 6.3 USD / 5 to 5.6 EUR) and there were so many delightful ones to choose from!

All smoothie bowls from Beach Coconuts Bowls (now Walu) were vegan (or could be made vegan) when we visited in 2019 and they have some breakfast options with milk and eggs. For the coffee, you can choose between different kinds of plant milk besides cow milk.

Simply the best smoothie bowls
Simply the best smoothie bowls.
The coffee was also really good.
Peanut butter and banana toast with granola
Peanut butter and banana toast with granola.
Surf vibes at Beach Coconuts Bowls
Surf vibes at Beach Coconuts Bowls.
Beach Coconuts Bowls

Organic Vegetarian Food by Mrs. Pong

Getting to Mrs Pong’s will be easiest if you have your own wheels.

The place is run by a lovely lady, proud to be serving true homemade Thai foods primarily made from ingredients picked in her own organic garden.

Alex had a red curry with rice plus a deliciously healthy smoothie for 340 baht (~ 10.8 USD / 9.5 EUR).

Mrs. Pong is all vegan, except for one dish containing eggs.

Red curry
Mrs. Pong made one really tasty bowl of curry.

Lin’s Thai Vegetarian Kitchen

There was just something really loveable about Lin’s Thai Vegetarian Kitchen.

Was it the open kitchen, the old books, the silent hawk-like presence of who was presumably Lin’s mother or the tear-inducingly cheap prices?

The question is open, but the great Thai food might also have had something to do with it.

Alex went here alone on his way to town for a quick lunch and had stir-fried morning glory, cashew fried rice and fresh summer rolls, all for just 200 baht (~ 6.3 USD / 5.6 EUR).

Lin’s Thai Vegetarian Kitchen is vegetarian with vegan options.

That’s Amore

Vegan options are quite limited at That’s Amore, but when the food is this good, it’s still worth a mention.

We shared a pizza with just tomato sauce and garlic along with perfectly tender pasta, also with tomato sauce.

The quality of the Italian ingredients was top-notch and the pizza was baked (close) to perfection. Very impressive.

A nice surprise on the northeastern side of the island!

That’s Amore only has very few vegan options.

All pizzas can be made vegan
Cheeseless, but definitely not tasteless!
The colours of Italy.


Here’s a map showing all of the vegan-friendly restaurants and cafés in Koh Phangan mentioned in the article (including some that have since unfortunately closed).

Click the icon in the top left corner of the map to navigate using a list.

Hungry for some vegan food?

We hope this guide has made you hungry for the vegan and vegetarian food in Koh Phangan.

We sure are!

In fact, we would happily go back with you to try everything again and to also dine at the places we missed the first time around.

For even more options, check out the Koh Phangan map on Happycow for an updated overview of all the animal-friendly places to eat on the island.

Have you tried any of the above mentioned places? Or do you know of any restaurants or cafés on the island that we should visit next time? See you in the comment section below.

Everything you need to know about finding the most delicious vegan and vegetarian places on the Awesome Thai island Koh Phangan.
Everything you need to know about finding the most delicious vegan and vegetarian places on the Awesome Thai island Koh Phangan.
Everything you need to know about finding the most delicious vegan and vegetarian places on the Awesome Thai island Koh Phangan.
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