Thailand´s capital Bangkok is obviously one of the world’s best place to eat tasty Thai food. There are so many restaurants and street vendors selling Thai food that it can sometimes be difficult to spot the really good ones. Also, some restaurants cater mostly to tourists, and the food may not be top quality since visitors are usually easier to satisfy than the locals.

What we want are places that serve authentic and delicious Thai food, where the Thais themselves love to eat.

We have been in Bangkok several times, often staying for long periods of a few months at a time, and have tried a lot of Thai restaurants both indoors and on the streets. We are often asked, “Where do they serve the best Thai food in Bangkok?

While that is an impossible question to answer, here we will give you our favorite places to eat authentic Thai food. These are places that not many tourists visit, mostly Thais and expats living in Bangkok.

BONUS: We have made a free printable PDF and ePUB version of this guide to Bangkok’s best Thai food + 4 amazing bonus restaurant tips. Perfect to print out or carry on your iPad!

⇒ Click here to download the free guide to Bangkok’s best Thai food! ⇐

If you are interested in more cool things to see and do in Bangkok, be sure also to check out our 3 Day Bangkok itinerary, as well as our guide to the 6 amazing Bangkok markets you should not miss. If you are looking for a hotel in Bangkok, then read our guide to Bangkok’s best areas and hotels.

Our 7 Favorite Places To Eat Thai Food In Bangkok

1. Bangrak Cafe

If you are staying near Silom, then Bangrak Cafe is a cool and hip little place with excellent Thai food!  The place has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with live music and even an art exhibition now and then.

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Bangrak cafe is popular among Thais as well as westerners living in Bangkok.

They also serve great smoothies and drinks (with alcohol). We particularly like the shrimps wrapped in crispy bacon, chicken wings, red curry chicken and chicken cashew nuts. So tasty!

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Crispy Chicken Wings at Bangrak cafe.

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The red curry chicken at Bangrak is one of our favorites!

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Shrimps wrapped in crispy bacon at Bangrak cafe.

  • Address: 4-6 Soi Saladang, Silom Road
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there (very short).
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Closed on Sundays.
  • Bangrak’s Webpage
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

2. Bangkok’s Delicious Street Food!

All over Bangkok, you will find cheap and delicious Thai food on the street! Some places are pop-up food stalls that move around on trolleys, while others are more or less permanent, serving fresh and tasty Thai food at small tables on the street pavement.

Street food in Bangkok is tasty, quickly delivered and super cheap. You can usually have a feast for under 150 Baht!

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Enjoying some Bangkok street food

We used to love and recommend the food market at Sukhumvit Soi 38 but after serving delicious street food for decades, it has now sadly closed down. But fear not, Bangkok is the street food capital of the world, and there is plenty of fantastic options to sample the street food.

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Egg noodle soup with chicken to the left, and Pad Thai to the right

Yaowarat (Chinatown)

Chinatown Bangkok

Lots of delicious street food in Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown know locally as Yaowarat, is a great place to sample some street food, and is arguably Bangkok’s street food center. All along Yaowarat road, street stalls and small restaurants serve up some seriously tasty treats.

The mix of Thai and Chinese dishes on offer is staggering, and the smells are heavenly. A good strategy is usually just to try what looks and perhaps most importantly smells best to you.

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Stewed pork legs and knuckles

Barbecued seafood is seriously popular here, as is flat noodles in pepper broth, dim sun and all sort of fruit desserts. Walking around you can find all kinds of Thai food, from Satay, pad Thai, barbecue spears with peanut butter, chicken in different variations, fried rice, noodles and different soups, crispy duck and curries of all kinds.

Make sure to sample small portions, and do not fill up all in one place. While you can find food here all day, it comes alive in the evening when people come out to eat.

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Delicious juices and smoothies, all freshly made!

If you are in this area and find yourself with a craving for Indian food, Bangkok’s little India district (Pahurat) is also not far away.

  • Address: Yaowarat Street
  • How to get there: Taxi or MRT  to Hua Lamphong station then walk 15 minutes.
  • Opening hours: All day, but best in the evenings
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Having Chicken Massaman Curry at a Bangkok street food restaurant. Very tasty!

Saphan Taksin and the Bang Rak Area

This is an old part of town with many restaurants and food stalls that have been there for decades! These guys know some cooking secrets that would put the finest French chefs to shame. The stretch of road going from Saphan Taksin BTS station to the crossing of Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road is a foodies dream walk.

Street food at Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road

Lots of amazing street food and authentic Thai food restaurants along Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road

Prachak – Bangkok`s best roasted duck

There are simply too many food gems along this road to mention them all but here lies Prachak Pet Jang famous for its Chinese-style roasted duck with a dark, spicy sauce over rice. It is delicious! The skin is perfectly crispy while the duck meat is super juicy. The rice is cooked perfectly and the Chinese sausage is delicious slightly sweet. Mmmmmm!

Yummy crispy duck at Prachak

Prachak Restaurant Bangkok

Prachak is an institution, and has served roasted duck to hungry Thais since 1909!

Prachak Restaurant Bangkok

Prachak has been serving crispy duck since 1909

Prachak Restaurant Bangkok

  • Address: 1415, Charoen Krung Road, Silom, opposite Robinson’s department store
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin sky train station, and walk from there.
  • Opening hours: 08:30 – 20:30
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

Boonsap Thai Dessert

After having delicious crispy duck at Prachak, walk across the street for some mouth-watering Mango sticky rice dessert at Boonsap Thai Desserts. You can either sit there and have your dessert or have takeaway. They also sell other lovely Thai desserts, cookies, and sweets.

Sticky rice with mango and coconut milk.

Sticky rice with mango and coconut milk. Yummy!!!

  • Address: Along Charoen Krung from Saphan Taksin BTS to the crossing of Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin Station
  • Boonsaps Webpage
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

Some other great places to sample street food in Bangkok is around the Victory Monument and on Pectchaburi Soi 5 and many others. Bangkok’s street food is everywhere and is almost always tasty and freshly made, so step out of your hotel and explore!

Take a Food Tour

Another great way to explore Bangkok’s street food is to take a food tour. By going on a food tour with an expert English-speaking guide, you will get to sample a lot of food you might otherwise have missed. It is also an excellent way to learn more about Bangkok’s culture and food.

Our friends at Expique just started an Evening Food and Tuk Tuk Adventure tour! It looks absolutely awesome and we can’t wait to go back to Bangkok and try it out. What better way to spend an evening in Bangkok than whizzing around from one fabulous food experience to another in a Tuk Tuk!

It’s for the “adventurous” eater, so it goes beyond the normal green curry and Pad Thai dishes. Don’t worry, there are no bugs on the menu. Click here for more information & tickets

If you’d rather do a walking food tour during the day, then the Old Town Food Tour is a small group, half-day tour of five different locations, including more than eight food and drink samples. In between the food stops, it also explores several historic temples hidden inside this neighborhood. Click here for more information & tickets.

3. La Table de Tee

This restaurant is a real gourmet treasure in Bangkok! The food is stunning, both in its presentation and taste! Each evening the chef has a set menu where you can choose between two starters, two main dishes, and two desserts.

In between, you also get two small dishes, so altogether five dishes. All dishes are composed to fit together as a whole set dinner. It all cost 1100 Baht per person, not including drinks. Expensive by Thai standards, but so much value for your money compared to what you would have to pay for this kind of gourmet dinner in Europe or USA!

This is a real gourmet restaurant. If you are looking for a place to eat for a special occasion, for instance celebrating a birthday or anniversary, then this is the perfect place!

  • Address: 69/5 Saladaeng Road, Silom. Take the sky train to Silom station
  • How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there.
  • Opening hours: Only open in the evenings, from around 6 p.m. Pre-book a table, as this place is small and very popular!
  • La Table de Tee’s webpage 
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

4. Kalpapruek

If you are looking for a relaxed and reasonably priced place to eat while shopping in Siam, then Kalpapruek on the 7th floor of Central World is a good choice. Almost all of the big and posh shopping centers in Bangkok have food courts with food from all around the world. Most of them are in big open areas, which can get very crowded and noisy.

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Maria is entering Kalpapruek restaurant at Central World, 7th floor.

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Kalpapruek restaurant is very popular among local Thais.

With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and reasonably priced tasty Thai food, delicious smoothies, yummy cakes and excellent service, it is the perfect place to get your energy back in between the shopping! You must try the Mango Bingo smoothie; it`s sooooo good!

If you are not that hungry, and more up for something sweet, try one of their super tasty cakes!

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Tasty chicken with cashew nuts at Kalpapruek restaurant. Our favorite!

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Delicious red curry chicken at Kalpapruek restaurant.

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Kalpapruek restaurant also has a bakery and makes super tasty cakes as the lovely chocolate cake on their poster to the left. On the right is a waiter with our Mango Bingo smoothies. Mmmm!

  • Address: Kalpapruek has three restaurants in Bangkok
    • Central World shopping center, 7th floor (take the BTS Skytrain to Siam station)
    • Pramuan Road Silom (take the BTS Skytrain to Surasak station)
    • The Mercury Ville shopping center, 1st floor (take the BTS Skytrain to Chidlom Station)
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

5. Rot Dee Det

If you’re looking to escape the shopping malls and have an authentic Thai meal in this area, you should head for Rot Dee Det at the edge of Siam Square. In an area mostly dominated by the larger food chains, Rot Dee Det is an institution.

Rot Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square

Espen enjoying some beef noodle soup at Rot Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square

Expect plastic chairs and plates in a simple nonair-conditioned locale. But also expect some fantastically tasty Thai dishes.

Rot Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square

Rot Dee Det Thai Restaurant

Their beef noodle soup is so flavorful it is almost too much!

Beef Noodle Soup Rot Dee Det Restaurant

Beef Noodle Soup at Rot Dee Det Restaurant

And the Moo Wan (sweet pork) is mouth-wateringly delicious. Avoid lunch time as it gets extremely busy.

  • Address: Rot Dee Det, 420-420/1 Rama 1 Soi 7 (Siam Square), Bangkok, Thailand
  • Opening hours: 11 am – 9 pm
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

6. Somtum Der – Bangkok’s Best Som Tam (Papaya Salad)

Somtum Der is a small cozy restaurant serving delicious northeast Isaan Thai food! The restaurant has a great outside area where you can sit and eat and drink their tasty martinis of vodka and lemongrass or Rosella.

Their specialty is the Som Tam (Papaya Salad), of which they have eight versions of the menu.

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Som Tam/ Papaya Salad with shrimps.

The easiest for beginners is the Tum Thai, the base papaya salad made with papaya, limes, tomato, chilies, peanuts and palm sugar. The Tum Thai Kai Kem with salted boiled egg and the Tum Kor Moo Yang with savory grilled pork neck are also delicious!

All of the Som Tams are however quite spicy, even the one-chili versions are hot, but you can ask for a non-spicy version (as I do 🙂 ). I am not that good at eating spicy food, but I try. Espen has no problem eating spicy food, but he sweats a lot! 🙂 Whatever Som Tam you try, order the black or regular sticky rice and dip it into the leftover sauce. Yummy!

The real star on the Somtum Der`s menu is the Moo Ping Kati Sod, thin-sliced pork (or beef) skewers marinated in coconut milk, and then grilled until the marinade caramelizes. Served with nests of coconut-scented rice noodle. So tasty! Also, the house special grilled marinated Pork is delicious!

Somtum Der also has desserts on the menu, like the Thai-styled Ice Kajang, a dish that looks intimidating and impressive but is mostly air. Harder to get past is its flavor. Let’s just say that if you’re a real fan of white bread and pink bubble gum; this is probably the desert for you!

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Cozy outside sitting area at Somtum Der.

Somtum Der is an affordable, friendly place with delicious and authentic north Isaan Thai food. The atmosphere is great! They also have a restaurant in New York with the same name.

7. Sawang Noodle- Bangkok’s best Noodle Soup

The famous and legendary noodle cafe that used to be called Bamee Sawang Noodle, moved and switched its name to just Sawang Noodle in 2016. It was originally located in the Hua Lam Phong are, next to Bangkok train station, but has moved to 982 Phetchaburi Road close to Central World at Siam.

Sawang still serves one of Bangkok’s best noodle soups!

Sawang Noodle Restaurant Bangkok

The egg noodles are hand-made, the barbecued pork is delicious and honey sweet, and the crab is salty and tasty!

Sawang Noodle Restaurant Bangkok

Noodle Soup at Sawang Noodle

But is it as special as it once was? No, the old wood fire ovens have been replaced by gas and the new location lacks the old world charm and history of the previous place.

There is the feeling that a new generation has taken over the restaurant. But the noodle soup is still tasty and worth a visit if you find yourself in its new neighborhood. The noodle soup is still cooked outside the restaurant on the street, but you have to sit inside and eat.

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The noodle soup is prepared outside at Sawang

  • Address: 982 Phetchaburi Road
  • The Sawang noodle cafe has moved from the original Hua Lam Phong location (near Bangkok train station Hua Lamphong) and is now at 982 Phetchaburi Road. The sign is on the glass door rather than on the main sign above so you have to look for it and it says Sawang Noodle.
  • How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Siam or Chit Lom station, and walk from there.
  • Opening hours: 9:30 – 23:00
  • Reviews on TripAdvisor

8. Thip Samai – Bangkok’s Best Pad Thai

The small restaurant Thip Samai apparently has the best Pad Thai in Bangkok! Not bad considering that they sell Pad Thai EVERYWHERE in this city 🙂 . So we had high expectations about this Pad Thai, and it did not disappoint!

So is it the best in Bangkok? Impossible to say, but we have eaten a lot of Pad Thais over the years, and this one was seriously delicious!

Thip Samai also has the most amazing orange juice I have ever tasted! It was so fresh and full of flavor! I could just feel it`s healthfulness as I was drinking it, filling me up with vitamin C. So if you go here, make sure to order the orange juice and not just another Singha (which you can buy everywhere in Thailand).

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Having delicious Pad Thai and freshly squeezed orange juice with our travel blogger friends

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Bangkoks best Pad Thai in the making

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Pad Thai at Thip Samai. Yummy!!!

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Lovely freshly made Pad Thai

The first time we ate Pad Thai at Thip Samai was on a Night Tour with Tuk-Tuk, which you can read about here. We have been back several times after that! 🙂

The End

We simply LOVE Thai food, and we highly recommend these places to eat tasty and authentic Thai food! They all have delicious and freshly made Thai food, although at different price ranges and in different “settings”.

These places are not typically tourist sites, so you are sure to get authentic, delicious Thai food, were also the local Thais eat.

BONUS: We have made a free printable PDF and ePUB version of this guide to Bangkok’s best Thai food restaurants + 4 amazing bonus restaurant tips. Perfect to print out or carry on your iPad!

⇒ Click here to download the free guide to Bangkok’s best Thai food! ⇐

The many markets around Bangkok is also an excellent place to eat Thai food, and many of the shopping malls have great food courts with delicious Thai food.

If you want to learn how to make your own Thai food there are some excellent Thai Cooking classes in Bangkok.

Here are some great books about Thai food, with easy and delicious recipes (click on the pictures to read more about the books):

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Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season. Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok.  We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

DSC91281-705x468Read our review of Hotel Muse HERE. It is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok!
Click here for current prices

Avani Riverside

If you'd like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the new Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya river and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
Click here for current prices

Casa Nithra

If you're looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok's famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It's located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
Click here for current prices

Hotel Icon

Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
Click here for current prices

For more accommodation options read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

 

What To Bring To Bangkok

Bangkok is hot all year around and gets very humid during the rainy season from June to October.  Below are some of the essentials you need before heading to Bangkok, along with some links to Amazon.com for more information.
  • Travel Insurance - While Thailand has excellent international hospitals, it can also be one of the world most expensive countries to get sick in. With travel insurance costing just a few dollars a day and potentially saving you thousands of dollars if something happens, you really can't go wrong.  We've used World Nomads in the past, and they offer an excellent service for backpackers, vacationers and short-term travellers alike.

Click here to get a quote on travel insurance from World Nomads

  • Map - A good map of Bangkok is a must. Our favourite map is The Groovy Map to Bangkok. The map is accurate, durable, and also contains Skytrain & MRT maps, plus it has a lot of great tips about what to see and do in Bangkok by people that have lived there and know the city. It's really like a mini travel guide in map form.
  • Sunscreen - Sunscreen lotion is expensive in Thailand and often contains whitening, so bring some from home.
  • Walking sandals - A good pair of walking shoes are an absolute must. We have been using our Teva sandals for years.
  • Clothes for temples - For entry into religious temples and the Kings Palace you need to wear long trousers and a top/ t-shirt that covers your shoulders. We recommend getting something light and breathable that packs down small.
  • Power adapter - Make sure you can use your electronic devices in Thailand by bringing a travel power adapter. Our favourite is the FosPower Fuse. It is small, light and sturdy and can also charge USB devices.
  • Sunglasses - Bring a good pair of sunglasses.
  • Walk around daypack - A small walk around daypack is highly recommended. We travel with Osprey travel backpacks; that come with a useful detachable daypack. For stand alone daypacks, we like the Pacsafe Venturesafe with its anti-theft design.
  • Water - Make sure to drink plenty of water. With the heat and humidity, you can quickly become dehydrated.
  • Camera - Don't forget a camera to document your adventures in Bangkok! Check out our article on what camera gear to bring traveling for our recommendations 🙂

Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailand travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below:

Thailand Lonely Planet   Thailand DK   Thailands beaches      Bangkok Lonely Planet


 

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