Thai food is one of the world’s most popular cuisines and Thailand’s capital city Bangkok is rightly famous for being one of the top food destinations in the world – not just for Thai food, but for international restaurants and chefs too.
From 5-star hotel dining, rooftop venues with stunning views, quirky converted warehouses and traditional teak houses, to market stalls and street food vendors, there is something to suit every taste (and budget) in Bangkok.
We’ve come up (with some help from our Facebook fans) with a list of our top 10 places to eat in Bangkok so get stuck into this delicious blog and share with fellow foodie friends too!
1. Cabbages & Condoms: 6 Sukhumvit Soi 12, Sukhumvit Road, Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
This photo of Cabbages & Condoms is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Great Thai food, a beautiful Thai setting under a million fairy lights, and a fun name with a serious cause – that’s Cabbages & Condoms. The concept behind the restaurant is to promote the better understanding and acceptance of family planning, HIV prevention and to generate income to improve the lives of the rural poor.
Cabbages & Condoms got the thumbs-up from 5 of our Facebook fans: Andrew Clough, Jody Forde, Julie Protchett & Sarah Basten. And as Roy Cavanagh, who runs the Thaizer Thailand blog points out, it’s the only restaurant where you’re likely to be given a condom at the end of the meal instead of a mint!
2. Sirocco at The Dome: 1055/42 Silom Road, Silom, Bangrak | State Tower 63th Floor The Dome at Lebua, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
Arrive in time to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand and be dazzled by one of the best views of Bangkok. Rooftop dining at it’s finest – go for the view but stay for the food!
3. Streetfood in Chinatown:Yaowarat, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
This photo of Chinatown – Bangkok is courtesy of TripAdvisor
In Bangkok’s Chinatown you’ll find a whole range of Chinese food available from high-end restaurants offering fine dining to fabulous food stalls providing great value Chinese dishes, especially the seafood this area is famous for.
It’s a good idea to dive off the main Yaowarat Road into the side streets – or ‘sois’ – as you’ll discover plenty of inexpensive restaurants serving up fantastic food. At night, the streets light up with colourful neon signs and seafood stalls line the pavements.
4. The Deck at Arun Residence: 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok 10200, Thailand.
Not only does The Deck at Arun Residence offer full a la carte menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it has magnificent views of Wat Arun and the Chao Phraya river – at night these views are particularly romantic.
5. Harmonique: Soi Charoen Krung 34, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand.
Don’t be put of by the French-sounding name of this quirky restaurant, which has an inner courtyard filled with an eclectic mix of flowers and other decorations. Although the food served here is designed for Western palates, the restaurant is usually crowded with a mix of tourists and locals who come for the excellent seafood and Thai dishes.
6. Seafood Market & Restaurant: 89 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
This photo of The Seafood Market and Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor
“If it swims, we have it” is the slogan for Bangkok’s Seafood Market & Restaurant. And you really can believe it as you wander among the amazing display counters. You pick your fresh seafood first and then tell the waitress how you want it cooked! A fun and tasty experience.
7. Manohra River Cruise: departs 7.30pm daily from the private pier at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd, Samrae Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand.
The Manhora – a beautifully restored rice barge – offers a relaxing and romantic dining option as it cruises up and down Bangkok’s busy Chao Phrya river by night. As you tuck in, the onboard guides provide information about the temples (such as Wat Arun and Wat Pho) and other historic landmarks along the river.
8. Issaya Siamese Club: 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand.
Not to be missed – this is the flagship restaurant for internationally famous chef Ian Kittichai. Modern Thai cuisine is served in relaxed, hip style in a wonderful 1920s mansion, complete with tropical gardens right in the heart of Bangkok. The beanbags in the garden are a great place to chill with a cocktail after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping.
9. Uncle John’s: Soi 8 Suanplu, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand.
Uncle John is a former 5* hotel chef who began to prepare top quality food in the evenings at a roadside stall before opening up his first restaurant – described by one online reviewer as “a hole in the wall cafe in an alleyway full of noodle vendors where you can dine on fois gras and filet mignon for 2 star prices!” Best to book ahead and be patient as Uncle John prepares each dish one at a time.
10. Bangkok’s Street Food: All over Bangkok but especially around the Sukhumvit Road & Silom.
Street food in Bangkok is world famous for offering fabulous quality and value. It’s also a brilliant way of really getting into the Thai culture. Remember to be adventurous and sample a variety of foods. Top tip: When buying street food, ensure the dishes are cooked fresh to order.
Here are even more suggestions from our Facebook fans:
– Paul Hastie says – “My favourite crab noodle stall is at the top of Soi Convent, Silom, usually outside Molly Malones, it’s just the best for 35B and busy busy busy… and later there’s a guy at the top who sells moo ping, khao niew, just delicious.”
– Nisaa Roberts says – “Sukhumvit Road, Soi 11. Best street food.”
– Gillian Sparrow says – “There’s a fantastic place on The Silom Rd on the way to Patpong. Sets up at night on the pavement outside The Paso Tower. Weird location (well, not for BKK) but amazing food, G&T’s and Connect Four!”
– Eileen Lawton says – “Best street food just outside The Swiss Lodge hotel could sit there all night eating the lovely fresh prepared food.”
– Raymond Keen says – “Any of the street vendors, great food and very cheap.”
– Patama Mack says – “Street food, yum.”