The Ultimate Bangkok Food Guide
Bangkok is famous for its street food. Earlier this year the Thai government announced that they will ban all street for in favor of clean, organized streets in the city. Making millions of foodies and travelers loudly protest against it as one. Thankfully, later on, the government said it was all a misunderstanding and they simply meant they only plan to regulate the vendors to make sure they do adhere to a certain hygienic standard. For now, It looks like Bangkok street food stays where it belongs; on the streets of Bangkok.
We had a blast living in Bangkok and other parts of Thailand as well. And although we had wonderful feasts all over the country the most memorable ones definitely happened in Bangkok. Not just the street food, though. Unique and traditional restaurants both can be found. Not to mention we had the luck to be introduced to this city by our friend Ray, who is a born and raised Bangkokian.
Here we collected all the great places we got to try from the well-known ones to the little local eateries.
We were blown away by the endless options for eating from street food to fine dining. As being one of the most visited destinations, Bangkok hosts restaurants with cuisine from all around the world. Khao San and Yaowarat is the two favorite of all travelers. You can find all the different types of Thai cuisine here.
To some stalls, we were drawn by our noses, amazing and unknown smells spread through the street to tempt us into eating more. The cooks making dishes from scratch in front of us was just another unforgettable experience. I couldn’t stop staring while the chef cuts the veggies, soy and meats with scissors into the pan, stirs rapidly while the steam covers the sizzling mixture for a while, then it’s all done! At almost every corner or small streets (soi), you are to find a small kiosk or just a counter, grill, shelf attached to a motorbike.
Culinary pleasure in just one bite or you can buy full portions like a dish instead of skewers or snacks. Another reason we love street food is the opportunity to meet locals and familiarize with Thai culture. We had a great time sitting down on the small plastic chairs to eat and exchanging a smile with others, even getting into conversations. Locals really appreciate if you are open to their favorites. And we appreciate their hospitality very much.
A great variety of nice bites welcomed us on the streets. At almost every corner or small streets (soi), we found a small kiosk or just a counter, grill, shelf attached to a motorbike. We struggled with making choices. At the end, we just walked home with dozens of bags and boxes…
Cheng Sim Ei dessert spot. Found on Thanon Chan road, in South Bangkok (nearest BTS Silom line stop: Surasak). Favorite of the locals, a dessert stand, which offers so many different colors, sweetened fruits, and gummies. Our friend Ray showed us this great shop. People with sweet tooth stop looking for fulfillment! Have it hot or cold. You will probably see a couple of similar sweet shops around Thailand.
However, you should know this was the first and original. It’s just a plus that this is also the best one.
When we first walked into a shopping mall, we were surprised to see Mall Food is at some places similar to street food but in a completely different environment. If not brave enough to try food from street vendors, there are shopping malls, in which you get nearly the same food for a bit higher cost. A meal for one: 40-120 Baht ($1.1-3.5) on average. On our weaker days, when preferred to walk in an air conditioned “street” we just hopped into one of the many malls and had a delicious meal.
Most of the malls feature the good old fast food chains and local food as well. Going down to the food court\patio, you get food for a relatively low price and still get to try freshly made local dishes. Our favorite Mall is hands down the Paradise Park in Bangna.
When we first came across Hot Pot, did not want to come out! After traveling for a while, we missed cooking and here this hole has been filled.We like the running sushi concept, but love the running hot pot! Couldn’t stop taking the veggies and seafood off the conveyor belt and drop into our boiling soup. We were shown how to dip the ready pieces in the spicy sauce after bumbling for a few minutes.Our conclusion: everyone must try it!
This concept is often offered in all you can eat packages. At most of the restaurants offering hot pot, there is a sushi buffet as well. With soft drinks included, it is a good choice to try a little bit of everything.
Price per person: 250-400 Baht ($7-11)
Our favorite place is near Ekkamai station on the top floor of Major Cineplex, called Oishi Buffet. Although the area is touristy you’ll only see locals at this place.
Being about 20 km (12 m) south of central Bangkok, it is not the restaurant you are going to accidentally run into. It is definitely worth a visit for the quaint ambiance, the lovely food, and drinks. The restaurant is right at the seaside so you can enjoy a perfect sunset while having fresh and yummy seafood.
In case your budget can bare a much more expensive dinner do not miss a fancy dinner at one of the Sky bars in Bangkok. You should know, with drinks you will easily spend $50 or more. Although, we think it’s money well spent. Imagine a fine meal accompanied with a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline. One of the best views offered by the Lebua State Tower.