Where to eat and drink in Bangkok

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A trip to Bangkok is full of fun, freneticism and, of course, food. The culinary scene here is one of the city’s big draws: think fresh meats, noodles, vegetables in abundance – it’s so good that it’ll put your usual Thai takeaway back home to shame. But with so much choice, deciding where to eat can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. That’s where our top picks come in:

Yaowarat for Chinese and Thai cuisine

Bangkok’s Chinatown, Yaowarat is a haven for street-side cuisine. The pavements are lined with market stalls, giving off a heady aroma of spice and flavour that entices shoppers to the district after sunset. Visit during Chinese New Year to see it at its best, and to sample the most diverse range of food.

Our pick: T & K Seafood Restaurant, 49 Phading Dao, Yaowarat Road, for all things fishy.

Bang Rak for authentic dishes

With shops and stalls run by second (or even third) generation cooks, not to mention the second oldest we market in Bangkok, you can guarantee an authentic meal in Bang Rak. Even better, you’ll get a free side dish of culinary heritage too. And for those who love a hot beverage to start the day, there are few better places to taste that famous Thai tea. 

Our pick: Prachak Pet Yang, 1415 Charoen Krung Rd, for the duck.

Saphan Lueng for street food

‘Made to order’ stalls are everywhere in this renowned neighbourhood. And better yet, you can grab a dish of your choice for as little as 10THB, provided you’re happy to navigate the traffic-clogged streets and can make decision from the plethora of pop-up shops and dishes.

Our pick: Sangkaya Bread by Chai, 506/1 Soi Pranakares, for the desserts.

Old Town for the best pad Thai

Bangkok’s Old Town is steeped with history and culture – it is home to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho after all. It’s also got some great local fare, rustic and true to its roots. One restaurant has been producing delicious pad Thai for over half a century, and they only charge 30-100THB per delectable dish.

Our pick: Thip Samai for the ‘best pad Thai in the country’ and ice smoothies.

Silom for sky-high cocktails

Rooftop bars are a big deal in Bangkok, and Silom has a pretty high concentration of these soaring drinking establishments. Most are known for their casual dining, as well as some pretty potent, yet scrumptious, cocktails.

Our pick: Cloud 47 for a Cloud Martini.