We recently wrote a post about the Ari district of Bangkok, as it’s an area that we’re considering living in once we get back from Europe in June. While checking out some possible places to live we also checked out a couple of the vegetarian restaurants in the area. We’ll add to this list as we visit more of them. But these two are considered to be the best.
Banana Family Park
This is our favorite simply because there is such a huge choice of food available. As well as Thai food, there are also stalls selling Italian, Japanese and Vietnamese food. As you can see from the image above, it’s a large space and fairly modern. There is also a small health food store and a peaceful garden area. It’s only 2-3 minutes’ walk from Ari BTS station, so easy to get to even if you don’t live in the area.
The only downside is that it shuts at 14:30, so is only suitable for breakfast (it opens at 7) or lunch. If you’re heading to Chatuchak Weekend Market, this is a good place to stop off to eat some veggie food along the way.
Banana Family Park Details
Opening Hours: 07:00-14:30
Directions: Take exit 1 from Ari BTS station and walk straight ahead towards the Esso petrol station. Right next to the Esso station you’ll see a large sign for Banana Family Park. Walk down the narrow alleyway and you’ll find Banana Family Park right at the back.
Soi Ari Vegetarian
I’m not sure what this place is called, or even if it has a name, but the food is excellent. It’s open early until late, so it’s a good place to eat at any time of day. The above meal of rice with three dishes cost around 50-60 baht (under $2).
This place is right next to Ari BTS station. Take exit 3 and you’ll see a small lane (shown above) a few meters away from the BTS steps. Turn right into the lane and you’ll pass quite a few food stalls and cafes. The vegetarian stall is near the end. There is only a very small vegetarian sign so it’s easy to miss, but it’s definitely there. If you can’t find it, just ask one of the stall holders for kin jay (vegetarian food).
Soi Ari Vegetarian Details
Opening Hours: early-late (I’ll update when I find out the exact times)
Directions: Take exit 3 from Ari BTS station and you’ll see a small lane (shown above) a few meters away from the BTS steps. Turn right into the lane and you’ll pass quite a few food stalls and cafes. The vegetarian stall is near the end. There is only a very small vegetarian sign so it’s easy to miss.
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