Magical Garden Cafe – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Featured

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - FeaturedLocated at 24 Sriwichai Road, just outside of the beautiful Wat Suan Dok complex, Magical Garden Cafe is only a 5-10 minute ride away from guesthouses inside the moat, as well as the ever-popular Nimmanhaemin Road.

Atmosphere

A beautiful garden setting sets the atmosphere at the Magical Garden Cafe, as one of its greatest selling points.

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Atmosphere

Outdoor Seating

Just on the other side of an old gate into Wat Suan Dok, you can sit in a bamboo hut, with a choice of sitting at a table or on the floor, in a serene section of carefully kept greenery. We went in the evening and and could see the full moon and plenty of stars. To ensure enjoyment of this woodsy experience, the staff provides bug spray to every guest and carefully places fans to rid the table of mosquitoes.

Vegan

The menu offers a variety of cuisines, from Italian to Mediterranean to Thai. Although vegan options are clearly marked on the menu making ordering rather easy, we felt the possibilities were quite limited.

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Hummus

Broccoli Hummus

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Eggplant Bruschetta

Eggplant Bruschetta (no cheese)

The only appetizer (out of 6 options), for example, was hummus. Additionally, many of the other vegan dishes, such as the aglio olio and the arrabiata, did not include any source of protein.

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Lettuce Wraps

Fried Mushroom Lettuce Wrap

The wait staff seemed aware of the differences between vegetarian and vegan, and knew which dishes were possible to make vegan and which were not. For example, the tofu burger is not listed as vegan because the patty is made with egg.

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Penne Arrabiata

Penne Arrabiata

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Vegetable Stew

Vegetable Stew

Prices and Service

The prices seemed on par with those in the area, although we found the portions a bit small. Staff members were quite pleasant and made sure that we were taken care of. It began to rain mid-meal and they efficiently relocated us to accommodations indoors. We were often asked if we needed anything else and if everything was OK.

Magical Garden Cafe - Chiang Mai - Mango Sticky Rice

Mango and Sticky Rice

We would gladly eat at this restaurant again and it is our hope that more vegan options pop up on the menu.

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