Food tours are our favourite way to get to know a new city. We find learning about a culture most engaging through its cuisine, and as vegetarians it’s the best way to discover what local dishes we can try. When I found Happy Guide Helsinki’s Words and Veggies food tour it seemed perfect for us, a chance to “get familiar with the most common Finnish words of organic, local and vegetarian food…find the best places for organic lunch and local coffee” and visit neighbourhoods that tourists don’t usually go to.
We have a confession: the only tours we really enjoy on our travels are food tours. History just doesn’t interest us that much, but give us a day eating our way around a new city and we’re in heaven. This was especially true in Istanbul where food was a major focus of our trip. The churches, palaces and mosques didn’t excite us as much as the alluring food shops with piles of spices and nuts, the vibrant markets, and the endless plates of vegetarian-friendly meze.
Sometimes you just need something sweet and Chiang Mai is happy to oblige. From market stalls selling Thai desserts to ice cream vendors roaming the streets and chic cafes with an array of cakes, there is plenty of choice in Chiang Mai.
We love Thai food and have written extensively about the wonderful dishes we tried in Chiang Mai’s vegetarian restaurants, but if you are craving something different then the city has plenty of options. These are our picks for what we consider the best restaurants in Chiang Mai for international food. All have vegetarian and meat options.
Chiang Mai is the best city we have ever visited for vegetarians. Sure, San Francisco has world class vegetarian restaurants and wonderfully fresh produce, but prices are high. We love cheap thalis and dosas in India – probably the best country for vegetarians – but it doesn’t have the diversity of cuisine that you’ll find in Chiang Mai. Whether you are craving a healthy salad, a spicy Thai curry, a falafel wrap, or a vegan cake – you’ll find it in Chiang Mai.