The Happy Green Restaurant, Chiang Mai
The Happy Green is a vegetarian and vegan, family run restaurant about 5
kilometres south-east of the moat. It is a open, casual, and pleasant place,
where tasty vegetarian fare is served each day (closed on Mondays, and
some public holidays—best to call ahead). If you are looking for a healthy,
tasty, and low-cost alternative, point your bike in this direction!
Food is served from a buffet. There are about a dozen or so pots of treats
visible for inspection as you walk in off the street. Pick up one of the large
(excellent!) plates, spoon on a layer of brown rice, and then add whatever
you select. You can return as many times as your stomach desires, and can
accommodate. The food is Thai cuisine, mildly spicy.
Drinks, a limited but tasty selection. A coconut, a smoothie, or kombucha are
your main choices. These are extra. No coffee or tea, unfortunately. There is
also filtered ice water freely available. Desert, sometimes a serve of
something special—carrot cake, banana cake—is included, however, there
are always two or three options available. Usually a brownie or energy ball
(sweet and chocolate). These are extra.
Seating is a big plus of this restaurant. At the rear, away from the noisy
street, is a large open area filled with wooden benches and tables. After you
have loaded your plate head out back, sit, eat your food, and enjoy the view
of a beautiful garden (where some of your food is grown) and gaze at the
There is no time limit, some regulars eat, then recline, read a book, and
watch the world trickle by. It is the place to do just this.
For those of a more active persuasion cooking classes are available, where
you help the two ladies cook and prepare the day’s provender. Usually, the
cooking students are youngsters (under 30) on holiday, but anyone is
welcome to join in. Lots of peeling garlic and dicing potatoes are in store for
CHEAP VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT IN CHIANG MAI
The cost is a pleasant surprise. The buffet itself is 140 baht, add in a drink
and desert, something north of 200 baht. You can also buy and take away.
A small set of veggie goods are for sale, soap, books and so forth.
Out front there is parking for cars and bikes.
Strongly recommended for non-meat eaters who wish to sample the local
variety of guilt free cooking, and for meat eaters who desire to vary their diet.
Your two friendly hosts, Ms Oiy and Ms Mo will welcome you!