A Vegetarian and Vegan Food Guide to Sukhumvit, Bangkok
When researching a country or city I’m travelling to, I always find a brief summary of all the best cafes and restaurants to be helpful, as long as I know that I have similar expectations to the person recommending those places. (To get an idea of my expectations and what I look for on my travels see this post.)
All my food and coffee recommendations are within walking distance from both, around the area of Phrom Phong station or Soi Sukhumvit 39.
1. On my first morning in Bangkok I was in search of a decent, ideally cosy and independent cafe. I didn’t have to walk far, as I found Thirty Nine Espresso, a tiny coffee shop pretty much right outside Phrom Phong station. It’s very small, they offer the option of either local or Allpress coffee beans, as well as decaf. And while the only non-dairy milk is soy, at least there is an alternative to dairy.
They also have a kitchen on the second floor, where food is being cooked for the stall right outside the coffee shop. I saw them bring out fresh food regularly, so I felt safe eating it (as compared to some other street food stalls that looked a little less tempting). While there are only a limited number of vegetarian dishes, you can either get takeaway, or order food to eat inside while having coffee.
2. Broccoli Revolution as to be high up on my food and drinks recommendations list! If I hadn’t been sick for so long or had had more time in Bangkok on my return trip, I would have visited every day, even if just for a coffee or cold-pressed juice. Broccoli Revolution is an all vegan eatery (without the stigma attached), with many exciting food options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as plenty of drink choices ranging from healthy cold-pressed juices to kombucha to hot drinks.
3. As a general rule, shopping mall food courts in Bangkok are a pretty good option if you’re after a safe way to try some street food. I’ve had a great experience every time I ate at EmQuartier’s or Emporium’s food court. EmQuartier’s downstairs food court even has a vegetarian stall (I got soup, which was delicious).
4. Staying with Mai and Ming at Tailorbird was helpful, as we went out for lunch and dinner together a few times. They introduced me to a couple of good restaurants at Emporium and EmQuartier malls I wouldn’t otherwise have tried.
Another Hound Cafe on the first floor of Emporium was one of them, as well as Nara (traditional Thai dishes) on the top floor of EmQuartier’s Helix building.
5. While I didn’t try Roast at EmQuartier myself, I’ve heard and read good things about it, and both Ming and Mai recommended it.
Vanilla Cafeteria at EmQuartier also looked cool from the outside (and has decent Google reviews), though I haven’t tried it myself and can’t comment on their food or coffee.
6. I went to Veganerie Concept twice, but wouldn’t go back again. While the food is vegan and certainly a good option if you’re looking for vegan-only places, I wasn’t blown away. The avocado toast I had the first time tasted weird with strange flavour combinations, and considering the overall tastes of other dishes, I found it a little overpriced. Coming from Melbourne I might have high food standards, but there are other places around that serve great vegan food which is cheaper and/or at least just as good.
7. Finally, I loved the food at Thai Lao Yeh, where they serve exciting and delicious, less well-known Isan, regional Thai and Laotian dishes. The service was great, and everyone was really helpful in recommending the best vegan/vegetarian dishes, or adjusting some of the usual dishes to be made vegan. If you’re looking for a great lunch or dinner with friends in a beautiful setting, give this restaurant a go!
I hope this short guide comes in helpful when you’re visiting or staying somewhere along Phrom Phong, Asok or Thong Lo in Sukhumvit. If you try any of the places, let me know! And if you’ve been around the area and have any great recommendations to add to the list, please share them in the comments.