Khao San Road is for most young tourists the first stop of that long adventure they've always dreamt of. The famous street has countless food stalls and restaurants, selling common Thai dishes. But if you are looking for something special, you should pick one of these best restaurants near Khao San Road.

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The best restaurants near Khao San Road are:

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1. Phanfa Restaurant

 

This famous, and by Michelin Guide recommended, restaurant is well-known for its Steamed Crab Claws and Hainanese Chicken Rice. For generations, they serve these famous dishes to mostly Chinese people, but nowadays, it gained popularity among locals and foreigners too. Their signature Crab Claws are easy to peel as they are served cracked. You can dip the large chunks of crab meat in the spicy seafood sauce. As crab is an expensive ingredient, expect to pay around 500 baht per crab portion, but it's well worth your money. Their famous Hainanese Chicken only costs 150 THB, which is a more acceptable price though. It's places like Phanfa that make our foodie-heart beat faster due to the unique dishes and local popularity, and we highly recommend you visit this restaurant that is located near Khao San Road. For more information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions, check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Phanfa Restaurant.
 

Steamed Crab Claws

Steamed Crab Claws (500 THB)
 

Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken (150 THB)
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2. Jay Fai

 

This is perhaps the most famous local restaurant in Bangkok, which is also covered in the first episode of Netflix's popular show called Street Food, and obviously listed in this article about the best restaurants near Khao San Road. Jay Fai, the nickname of the owner, got a lot of attention once she got received her Michelin Star and nowadays you can expect queues of fellow food lovers. Her specialities are crab omelettes and crab curries, although there are a handful of other excellent dishes to choose from. Both the crab omelette and the crab curry have a price tag of 1,000 THB. Why so expensive? Well, these dishes are filled with a crazy amount of crabmeat (hence the price). Obviously, she increased the price thanks to her popularity, but who blames her? The exceptional flavouring of the dishes and the amount of love she puts in is all that matters. Besides, did you ever eat at a Michelin Star restaurant for "only" a 1,000 THB?

Note: As the restaurant is extremely popular, you have to either make a reservation or come early to sign your name on a form. It's advisable to do this at least one and a half hours before opening times. In the meantime, you can walk to and climb 
Wat Saket, which is located just around the corner. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Jay Fai.
 

Kai-Jeaw Poo

Crab Omelette (800 THB)
 

Poo Phad Yellow Curry

Crab Curry (800 THB)

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3. Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu


Listed in our Top 32 Local Thai Restaurants in Bangkok article, this local eatery named Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is more like a street food vendor than an actual restaurant. If you can handle a bit of spiciness, this is the place to go for authentic Thai food. Don't expect anything fancy, you just sit at one of the aluminium tables on a plastic chair and devour highly flavoured, no-nonsense Thai specialities. Highly recommended dishes are the Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad, Fried Shrimp with Garlic, Fried Clams with Chili Paste and Basil and of course, the Tom Yum Goong are their specialities. Expect authentic no-nonsense Thai flavours with plenty of spicinesses. All prices vary between 100 - 200 THB, which is more than acceptable since the dishes are large and packed with fresh seafood. Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is located within walking distance from Khao San Road. For more in-depth information about the restaurant itself, check out our article about Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu. General information, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu
 

Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu

Tom Yum Goong (150 THB)
 

Pla Goong

Pla Goong (Spicy Prawn Salad) (200 THB)
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4. Krua Apsorn


This mid-range restaurant near Khao San Road is a popular eatery among Thai. Krua Apsorn is a place where you take your whole family, especially you (grand)parents, to have a great dinner together, which is exactly what Thai do. It's a well-decorated, clean yet local restaurant that serves Thai food that you won't eat on a daily basis. In fact, the food here is so delicious, that Krua Apsron often cooks for the Royal Family. The highlights of their menu are the Stir-fried Chili Herbs Mussels, Stir-fried Crab Meat with Yellow Pepper Chili and Curry Powder and the Fluffy Crab Meat Omelet. Krua Apsorn has two branches with an identical menu. Prices are between 100 - 700 THB of which the crab and seafood dishes are higher in price. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Krua Apsorn.
 

Crab Curry

Stir-fried Crab with Yellow Powder (700 THB)
 

Crab Omelette

Fluffy Crab Meat Omelette (100 THB)


 

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5. Thip Samai

 

In case you do want to eat Pad Thai, you should check out the restaurant serving arguably the best Pad Thai in Bangkok: Thip Samai. The menu is limited to only five different Pad Thai, including a vegetarian option as well, with prices from 60 to 300 THB. It's recommended to try the Superb Padthai (200 THB) as it has two really big and juicy prawns which are definitely worth the price. Besides, you don't eat every day at Thailand's most famous Pad Thai restaurant. Thip Samai is located close to Wat Saket and within walking distance from Khao San Road. Because it's such a popular restaurant, expect to wait in line for at least fifteen minutes in order to get a seat.

Luckily the service is quick and the restaurant is used to a large number of hungry guests. Also, the new generation of the family-owned business was smart enough to extend the opening times, so that you can also eat here during day time and spread the guests evenly throughout the day. Thip Samai is also listed in our article about
the best pad thai in BangkokMore in-depth information can be found in our article about Thip Samai. General information, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Thip Samai

Note: nowadays, Thip Samai has several branches in Bangkok. The branch near Wat Saket and near Khao San Road is the original one, but you can check out the different branches if you prefer to dine at the newer restaurant (the one at ICONSIAM looks stunning!).
 

Superb Pad Thai Large

Superb Pad Thai Large (200 THB)
 

Superb Pad Thai Small

Superb Pad Thai Small (100 THB)
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6. Areesa Lote Dee 


This small and budget-friendly restaurant close to Khao San Road is a place that you easily walk past, as it's only accessible through a small alley that you easily miss. Thai don't miss that alley, in fact, it's always jam-packed with locals who are craving Khao Mok. That makes Areesa Lote Dee a hidden local’s favourite. Areesa Lote Dee has a limited menu and serves delicious Muslim-Thai food. Their specialities are Khao Mok Neua, Khao Mok Kai (both Indian-style rice with either beef or chicken), Chicken Noodle Soup and Soft Spring Rolls. Due to popularity, they occasionally run out of food halfway through the day, so make sure you arrive on time (preferably right at noon). Prices vary between 40 and 65 THB, which is as cheap as you can get in this area. Areesa Lote Dee is also listed in our article about the best halal food in Bangkok, which is an article that helps you find a good range of typical halal foods and even a halal street food area. More information about Areesa Lote Dee in general, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Areesa Lote Dee.
 

Khao Moo Neua

Khao Mok Neua (65 THB)
 

Kuay Teow Gaeng

Kuay Teow Gaeng (40 THB)
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7. Mont Nomsod


This dessert restaurant near Khao San Road serves toasted bread with all sorts of spreads. Yes, we asked ourselves as well how on earth toasted bread could be so popular? Well, first of all, the sweetened bread is much lighter than foreigners are used to and is excellent for desserts. Secondly, the toasted pieces of bread are covered in different spreads, ranging from strawberry to dark chocolate, which makes it surprisingly delicious. Finally, the desserts are really cheap. You pay around 15 to 20 THB per piece. Combine all these three factors and you have a successful restaurant. If you still have room for dessert when strolling around this area, I would highly recommend a visit to this popular restaurant. Keep in mind that it can be extremely busy, meaning it's chaotic and it's hard to get a table. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Mont Nomsod. General information, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mont Nomsod
 

Toast with Chocolate

Toast with Chocolate (25 THB)
 

Dip with Coconut Egg Custard

Dip with Coconut Egg Custard (60 THB)
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8. Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream


If you are looking for the best coconut ice cream in Bangkok, head over to Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream. This small and a bit undiscovered shop named Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream is specialized in making pure ice cream without any extra ingredients. The shop actually looks like a house and you will easily walk past. The only hint you can get is that there are people sitting outside on a wooden bench eating ice cream. Inside the shop, there is an older lady making these delicious ice creams from all sorts of fruits and the ice creams are as pure as they can get. Especially the coconut, mango and green tea flavours are heavenly good! Prices vary between 30-40 THB per scoop, which is in our opinion, very reasonable. More in-depth information can be found in our article about Nattaphon Coconut Ice Cream. General information, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream
 

Coconut Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream (30 THB)
 

Mango Ice Cream

Mango Ice Cream with Sticky Rice (30 THB)
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9. Nai Soie


This local restaurant near Khao San Road serves one of the better aromatic beef noodle soups in Bangkok. In fact, Nai Soie is listed in our article about the 24 best noodles and noodle soups in Bangkok. Nai Soie is a restaurant that's been in business for more than 50 years! Choose whether you prefer stewed or fresh beef and enjoy a large bowl of delicious soup for 80 THB. Although the scores on other platforms are not that good (more like average), we still recommend you to visit this place. The reason why people tend to give slightly lower scores is because of the price. But the quality of the beef is outstanding and a bowl of noodles under 100 THB is nothing to complain about, in our opinion. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Nai Soie.
 

Stewed Beef Soup

Stewed Beef Soup (80 THB)
 

Fresh Beef Soup

Fresh Beef Soup (80 THB)
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10. Korpanich


Thailand’s most popular dessert is Mango Sticky Rice. If you are looking for delicious mango sticky rice, Korpanich is the place to be. The menu of this famous shop is limited and has even a weirdly combination with dried fish. The "normal" Sticky Rice with Mango and the Sticky Rice with Thai Custard are the highlights and are much more delicious than the version with dried fish. Prices vary between 50 and 100 THB, which is acceptable as the mango is of exceptional quality (you can't find any juicier mangos elsewhere). Korpanich is also listed in our article about the best mango sticky rice in Bangkok, for those who are seeking more amazing sticky rice desserts. More in-depth information about this restaurant can be found in our article about Korpanich. General information, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Korpanich
 

Sticky Rice with Mango

Sticky Rice with Mango (100 THB)
 

Sticky Rice with Thai Custard

Sticky Rice with Thai Custard (50 THB)


 

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11. Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo Red Soup
 

Yen Ta Fo is a popular pink-coloured soup made of bean curd that can be found everywhere in Thailand. It's a good variation to the many noodle soups the Thai cuisine has to offer. This restaurant is specialized in this soup and has some sort of a famous status for its delicious, yet spicy Yen Ta Fo. You can order it as a soup or as a dry version (we prefer the soup slightly more). Prices for most soups are 60 THB but if you really want to try something delicious, you should order the Red Tofu Spicy Soup with Seafood. The price for this seafood feast is 200 THB and you will get a bowl full of prawns, squid, crab meat and spicy Yen Ta Fo soup. Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo has two "branches" near Khao San Road. One is a real restaurant, the other one is a street food shop. We suggest you go to the original place, which is the street food shop, to get that authentic Thai street food feeling. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo.
 

Hot Sour Soup Noodle

Hot and Sour Noodle Soup (60 THB)
 

Red Spicy Tofu Seafood Soup

Red Tofu Spicy Soup and Seafood (200 THB)
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12. Kai Yang Boran


This popular Isaan restaurant is known for its grilled chicken and many other Isaan (Northeast Thailand) specialities. The grilled chicken is nicely crispy and seasoned with lemongrass, a dish that most foreigners simply love. Make sure to order the grilled chicken with that typical sticky rice. Other great options at Kai Yang Boran are the Nam Tok (grilled pork neck) and the Deep-Fired Snakehead Fish. Prices vary around 130 - 150 THB, which won't break the bank. The fish is a little bit more expensive with a price tag of 400 THB. Kai Yang Boran is an excellent choice for simple, straightforward Thai food with plenty of herbs and spices. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Kai Yang Boran.
 

Grilled Chicken Kai Yang

Grilled Chicken (130 THB)
 

Nam Tok Moo Kor Moo Yang

Nam Tok Kor Moo Yang (150 THB)
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13. Tom Yum Kung


Located right in the middle of Khao San Road, you can't find any other recommended restaurant on Khao San Road itself. It's not only the well-flavoured and nicely presented dishes that attracts so many customers. During the day, you can sit outside in a loungy atmosphere, enjoying music and an ice-cold beer as well. As the restaurant name already suggests, they serve a signature Tom Yum Kung, which is so large that it can be easily shared with two persons. But one of the most interesting dishes they serve is the baby shrimps (Meng Kung Foi). It’s an appetizer where you wrap all ingredients in beetle and lettuce leaves, dip it in a sweet sauce and what you get is a big flavour explosion. One of the cool ingredients is tiny river prawns, which are crunchy and have an amazing taste. Prices vary between 150 - 400 THB, which is above average what you can expect near Khao San Road, but you get a lot in return (good atmosphere, excited food, great location). More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Tom Yum Kung.
 

Meng Kung Foi

Meng Kung Foi (150 THB)
 

Pla Ka-pong Tod Nam Pla

Pla Ka-Pong Tod Nam Pla (400 THB)
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14. Pua-Kee



Pua-Kee is a popular restaurant among locals serving all sorts of tasty noodle soups for a fair price. It's this combination why it attracts so many people, both Thai and foreigners. The majority of the soups are served with homemade wontons, dumplings and plenty of spices. The dry Tom Yum flavoured noodles, the Tom Yum Seafood Soup and the Shrimp Wonton Soup are highly recommended, although you can find some unusual noodle dishes here as well that are ordered by mostly Thai. Prices vary between 55 - 100 THB. The combination of well-priced tasty noodles, fast service and a clean environment is why Pua-Kee earned a spot on this list of best restaurants near Khao San Road. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Pua-Kee.
 

Rice Noodle Soup

Rice Noodle and Pork Balls without Soup (55 THB)
 

Spicy Noodle Soup

Tom Yum Flavoured Seafood Soup (100 THB)
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15. Steve Café and Cuisine


If you are looking for great Thai food and a great river view near Khao San Road, then Steve Café and Cuisine is the place to go. You won't easily find a restaurant in this area with an atmosphere like this, which makes it well worth the visit. Highlights are the Pork Curry, Deep-fried Sun-Dried Seabass, Soft Shelled Crab Curry and Grilled Pork with Lemongrass Chili, all typical Thai dishes that are served with plenty of spices. If you really want to try something spicy, check out their Southern Style Yellow Curry (210 THB) and Southern Style Fish Curry with Shrimp (210 THB), which both are typical Southern Thai dishes (the spiciest Thai food of all regions). We've also added Steve Café and Cuisine to our article about the best Southern Thai restaurants in BangkokPrices are between 220 - 420 THB.  More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Steve Café and Cuisine.
 

Kaeng Hung Ley Moo

Pork Curry (220 THB)
 

Soft Shell Crab Curry

Soft Shelled Crab Curry (240 THB)
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16. Mit Ko Yuan

 

Mit Ko Yuan is a small, yet hugely popular local restaurant near Khao San Road that is especially known for Tom Yum Goong, although you can find a good variety of typical Thai food here as well. The soup is made in an authentic way, so expect many chilis and plenty of herbs and not balanced for the Western taste palette. But it's not only the tom yum soup that keeps the locals coming back. The Signature Chili Fried Clams are well-known as well. The clams are covered in a sweet dressing, which has the right amount of spiciness. One of the biggest surprises during our visit is the Stir-Fried Pork with Twig Frame: crispy bits of pork with salty and nicely cooked salty veggies. You should definitely try that as well. Prices vary between 80-120 THB. More information about this restaurant, such as opening times, location, menu and TopTravelFoods users' opinions can be found on the TopTravelFoods review page of Mit Ko Yuan.
 

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong (90 THB)
 

Stir-fried pork with stig frame

Stir-fried crispy pork with twig frame (80 THB)
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Tip: Street Food near Khao San Road


You can find a ton of street food near Khao San Road which we dive deeper into in our article about the best street food in Bangkok. Here is a great tip if you are looking for great street food near Khao San Road: in front of the 7-11 that is located at the roundabout north of Khao San Road, you find an excellent street food vendor that serves a wide variety of Thai classics for a bargain. From Massaman Curry to Pad Thai, this vendor has something delicious for everyone! Click on the following Google Maps link for the exact location: street food vendor near Khao San Road.
 

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curry near khao san road

street food vendor


 

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