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

If you are staying near Silom, then Bangrak 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)

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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 deserts. 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.

  • AddressYaowarat 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.

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,  and Khao Kha Mu Trok Sung (slightly off Charoen Krung on Charoen Wiang) serving tasty stewed pork legs and knuckles on rice.

Don’t forget to stop off for some mouth-watering Mango sticky rice desert at Boonsap Thai Desserts, or simply grab a batter friend banana from a stall.

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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

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 have 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

If you’re looking for something even more authentic Thai in this area, you should head for Rot Dee Det in the middle of Siam Square. In an area mostly dominated by the larger food chains, Rot Dee Det is an institution.

Expect plastic chairs and plates in a simple nonair-conditioned locale. But also expect some fantastically tasty Thai dishes. Their beef noodle soup is so flavorful it is almost too much. And the Moo Wan (sweet pork) is mouthwateringly 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

5. 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.

6. Bamee Sawang – Bangkok’s best Noodle Soup

The noodle cafe Bamee Sawang has Bangkok’s best noodle soup!

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The popular noodle place Bamee Sawang has tables both outside on the pavement, as well as inside.

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The noodles at Bamee Sawang are made from the famous and unique Hgaojuei Sae-Shuri`s family receipt.

It is the king of noodle soup! People from all over the world, as well as Thais, come here for the famous and unique Hgaojuei Sae-Shuri’s family receipt of egg noodle soup.

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The egg noodles are hand-made in the restaurant, the barbecued pork is delicious and honey sweet, and the crab is salty and tasty! They use wood instead of gas, so this is the real and authentic place to have the perfect noodle soup!

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The delicious egg noodle soup with pork at Bamee Sawang.Yummiiiii!!

Bamee Sawang moved in late 2016 but there is currently some confusion as to where Bamee Sawang has relocated. We will be updating this article as soon as we determine the correct address.

7. 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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Pad Thai at Thip Samai. Yummy!!!

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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! 🙂

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, where 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 accommodation options in Bangkok. We have stayed at all of these four hotels.

Dusit Thani Hotel Bangkok

DSC85191-705x468Read our review of Dusit Thani Hotel HERE. We love this hotel, and will highly recommend it! Dusit Thani is one of the classic and legendary hotels in Bangkok, being the first five-star hotel in the city. So everybody knows where it is, including all taxi drivers and tuk-tuk drivers, so it is easy to find.

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!

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 quite area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.

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Hotel Icon is a new hotel which opened July 2014. It is very modern and have big comfortable rooms. The rooftop swimming pool is great! It is located on the same quiet street as Lohas Suites.

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 🙂

Guide Books

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailand book, which is great! On earlier Thailand trips we have used the Lonely Planet`s South-East Asia book, which we loved. You can buy both books at Amazon (click on the pictures below to read more about each book):

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