It’s no secret that Bangkok is one of the biggest foodie destinations in the world. But with so many options to choose from – how do you know exactly What and Where to Eat in Bangkok?
That’s why we enlisted the help of some of our favourite travel bloggers to help out. People that have been there, tried that, and know what and where to eat. So let us help you out with one less thing to worry about on your next vacation to Thailand….we’ve got you sorted for food in Bangkok!
Don’t miss out What & Where To Eat In Bangkok podcast at the end of this article.
Shandos – Travelnuity – Mango Sticky Rice
Mango and sticky rice makes the most delectable flavor combination. When in Bangkok, I find it so hard to resist, if I see street vendors selling it. No matter if it is dinner time or just time for a mid-afternoon sweet snack. But outside of the mango season (April to May), it’s not as easy to find.
Luckily then, there are permanent mango dessert stores to be found inside many of Bangkok’s mega malls, including my favorite, Yenly Yours. Yenly Yours has multiple locations, including the conveniently central shopping centers of MBK Center, Centralworld and Siam Center. The air conditioning is also a welcome relief from the Thailand heat.
If you’re feeling greedy, or are sharing with a friend, I recommend lashing all out with the Yenly Yours Mango Treasure. It’s a huge serving of mango sticky rice topped with mango ice cream and topping, for 149 baht (about $4 USD). Alternatively, there’s also a huge range of mango smoothies on offer, for a more reasonable 89 baht ($2.50 USD). Enjoy!
Jorge & Claudia – Couple Round The World
We love markets and Wang Lang was one of our favorites in Bangkok. Especially because of the variety and delicious street food. The market is open every day except Sundays, from 07:00 to 20:00 and it is mainly used by locals. There is a hospital nearby so many people go to market for lunch. The cool thing is that the market is very easy to get to, just catch the orange express boat and stop in the pier N10. The market is big, you will find clothes, vegetables, fruits, and lot of street food vendors. The food variety is stunning from noodles, fried pork, grilled banana, dumplings, squid skewer, fish cakes, cakes and cupcakes. We ended up trying several dishes and almost everything that looked different and smelled delicious. We always remember an omelette with coconut and vegetables which became our favorite dish in Bangkok
Chris Backe – One Weird Globe – Pad Thai
Thip Samai – The Bangkok restaurant where Pad Thai was born
Thailand’s national dish is a lesson in nationalism. Field Marshal P. Pibulsongkram – Thailand’s Prime Minister during World War II – led a campaign for Thai people to eat Thai food and use Thai products. Getting people to eat rice noodles would reduce rice consumption and increase rice exports, he reasoned.
He also produced recipe cards and instructions on how to make the noodles, and a restaurant called “Pad Thai Pratu-Phi” opened in western Bangkok by Mrs. Samat Baisamut. This restaurant garnered the Prime Minister’s recommendation whenever state visitors arrived. After being forced out by a landlord jealous of her success, she opened a new restaurant, now called Thip Samai, on September 9, 1966. The rest, as they say, is history.
There’s only a handful of offerings (including a vegetarian option), but the prices are competitive to any nearby restaurant without the history lessons on the walls. You aren’t coming here for a steak, after all.
Aaron – Nomads Nation – Crispy Pork Neck with Morning Glory
Dawn – 5 Lost Together – Siam Discovery Food Court
Bangkok has lots of Japanese restaurants, but if you want to really treat yourself head over to the posh Siam Discovery shopping center to the Oishi Grand on the 4th floor. You might have to queue, but don’t let that dissuade you. Once seated you can feast for up to 2.5 hours on a ginormous Japanese spread.
The set price (895 THB/adult) gives you access to everything: sushi, tempura, miso soup, dumplings, the yaki grill area and so much more. Start with the fresh sashimi and hand rolls, before heading over to the grill section to select raw meats, fish and veggies for the chefs to cook for you, delivered right to your table. Be adventurous and try something you wouldn’t normally pick. Surprisingly the deserts were fantastic with the Haagen Dazs ice cream being a big draw; make sure you try all the flavors!
Sarah – Fit Travels – Eat On A River Cruise
A dinner cruise on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is a must do when visiting the ‘Venice of the East.’ There are however a number of boats and companies you can choose from. The large, buffet disco boat wasn’t really our thing so we opted to dine with Loy Nava Cruises on their converted traditional rice barge. It was intimate, slow paced and romantic! Musicians sit at the front of the barge playing relaxing music and during the evening there’s a Thai dance performance.
The menu is Thai fare, with the option for seafood or vegetarian if you prefer. Our four courses were not only beautifully presented but they tasted incredible and staff explained each dish and the ingredients used to prepare them. My favourite was definitely the spicy coconut soup and the roast duck salad. This dinner cruise costs approximately USD50.00 per person (drinks are extra) and goes for around two hours. We were presented with cool towels and a jasmine garland upon boarding, plus the knowledgeable staff point out important landmarks as your travel on the Chao Phraya. The perfect sunset dining experience in Bangkok!
Hendric – The Travel Intern – Tom Yum Goong
No visit to Bangkok or Thailand is complete without trying the popular local dish, Tom Yum Goong. Said to be the mother of all Thai soups, Tom Yum Goong is a spicy and sour prawn based soup, sure to whet your appetite. On a recent trip to Thailand, we found what people say is the best and most authentic Tom Yum Goong in Bangkok.
Tucked in an unassuming street along Soi Petchaburi 5 is Pee Aor Tom Yum Goong that’s popular with both locals and tourists. There’s nothing fancy about the place, just a clean small restaurant with tiny tables and food to die for. There are tons of variations, from the humble mixed seafood Tom Yum Goong for the budget savvy (60Baht), to huge shareable bowls with king prawns, lobster, oysters, and other premium seafood (1000baht). You can even choose from four different types of noodles! We recommend the Thai glass noodles.
The soup base was rich and savoury, while the seafood were all super fresh. In fact it was so good that I ate more than one bowl!
How to get there:
Walk 5 mins from Phaya Thai BTS, Soi Petchaburi 5
Jeanette – Traveling Honeybird
Hidden away in a laneway, off a main street, is one of Bangkok’s most interesting and pleasant restaurants that you’ll find. A long time favourite with travellers Cabbages and Condoms offers wonderful traditional Thai food mixed with a good side serve of social goodness. The menu isn’t extensive but the quality coming out of the kitchen is beyond belief.
This restaurant has acquired international fame for it’s unique decorations and blatantly obvious messages about family planning and protection. The food here is guaranteed not to cause pregnancy!
The restaurant was conceptualised in part to promote better understanding and acceptance of family planning and to generate income to support various development activities of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA).
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Sarah – Live Dream Discover
If you’re looking for a special occasion restaurant or simply a place to enjoy a gourmet meal away from the busy streets of Bangkok, the award-winning Siam Wisdom is a perfect choice. Although you are still in the heart of the city you will feel like you’ve been whisked away to a serene sanctuary miles from the honking cars and street vendors.
The traditional stilt teak wood house and peaceful gardens set the stage for a meal that is as beautiful as it is delicious. The menu changes with the seasons but is always based on age old authentic Thai recipes which are displayed like a piece of contemporary art. Choose from a set menu offering three styles: Ancient, Classical and Innovative. Whatever your selection you are bound to come away relaxed and more than satisfied. Tip: Plan to arrive early or stay after dinner for a delicious libation in the sexy and exotic cocktail lounge.
Hannah – Getting Stamped – Papaya Salad
Mar – Once in a Lifetime Journey – Fine Dining Tasting Menu @ Gaggan
“Gaggan is a progressive Indian restaurant in the heart of Bangkok’s business district. A restaurant which did not exist a few years ago has climbed the ladder to the top of Asia’s San Pelegrino Best Restaurant list in a previously unseen time, unthroning also Bangkok resident Nahm, from the top place. But this is not the result of just luck. Gaggan studied under the supervision of El Bulli’s Ferran Adria. After numerous calls asking for an opportunity, the Catalan legendary chef finally accepted Gaggan insistent demands and welcomed him into his realm not to work in the kitchen but in the research lab. “What should I bring?”, asked a young Gaggan before packing for Catalunya, “Indian spices!”, he was summoned.
Eating at this young chef’s eden is a nod to Adria’s molecular cuisine. The essence of many of the dishes paired with the white washed walls, the flower cushions and the high ceilings of a Bangkok colonial house were a contradiction, a joke almost, when contrasted with Indian richness of flavors and textures. Yet Gaggan’s cuisine cannot be defined as mere Indian for he is progressive in his thinking, his ingredients and his technique.”
Gemma – Two Scots Abroad
Eating bugs in Bangkok like the locals do is a right of passage for any backpacker! We skipped to a few streets off the infamous Khao San Road and stumbled across a vendor selling a variety of beasties like they were serving up ice cream at the cinema. I selected the least offensive looking batch – flies. I squealed with excitement/disgust as a young girl looked at me bemused.
After a deep breath I chowed down on a salty winged creature, the wings fell apart in my mouth. A local man walked past and asked what we were up to, we offered him the rest of the bag and he chomped them down like a packet of crisps (chips). Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof!
What and where do we love to eat when we are in Bangkok?
Megsy & Tommo recommend:
Chinatown also known as Yaowarat Rd is a great place to head to every Friday and Saturday night for a tasty feed. The streets are literally lined with street vendors selling everything from crispy duck to various meats on a stick.
Make sure you head down some of the side streets to find the best BBQ and seafood restaurants in Bangkok. Our personal favourites include enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon (pictured) and quail eggs with soy sauce. The best idea is to go for a roaming dinner, trying a little bit of everything as you make your way down the street. Trust us there’s so much to choose from you’ll be stuffed.
What To Eat In Bangkok: Podcast
The Dish is a lively and fun podcast for food lovers, exploring the stories behind some of the worlds best and most famous dishes – and food destinations.
In this episode, the stories behind some of our favourite dishes from Bangkok.
- How Thai is Thai Curry? We discuss the controversial history of one of Thailand’s tastiest curries.
- The ancient origins of Tom Yum Soup
- A Thai-Indian fusion dish, not to be missed!
- PLUS a little adventurous eating of some of Thailand’s more unusual high protein street snacks…
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Restaurants & suggestions for dishes mentioned in this Podcast:
Tom Yum: Eaten at Siam Wisdom (for an up market version). Otherwise, search out the stalls at Chatuchak market.
Pad Thai: Learn More About The surprising History Of Pad Thai on Our Pad Thai Podcast Episode + Our top 2 recommendations for where to eat great pad thai.
Edible Insects: Try a big selection of insect in Bangkok at the Pak Khlong Market Flower Market – most vendors were around the north end of the market after dark. Or, watch Tommo eat a variety of edible insects in Chiang Mai – yum…ish.
Roti Mataba: Awesome roti bread with curries at Karim Roti Mataba. Or just look out for street vendors selling roti with banana and condensed milk around Khao San Road every afternoon and evening.
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