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.

 

The best restaurants near Khao San Road are:

 

1. Phanfa Restaurant
 

This famous and by Michelin Guide recommended restaurant is well-known for their Steamed Crab Claws and Hainanese Chicken Rice. This list of best restaurants near Khao San Road is not complete with Phanfa. 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. Their famous Hainanese Chicken only costs 150 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 Phanfa Restaurant.
 

Steamed Crab Claws

Steamed Crab Claws (500 THB)
 

Hainanese Chicken

Hainanese Chicken (150 THB)


 

2. Jay Fai

 

Perhaps the most famous local restaurant in Bangkok, which is also covered in the first episode of Netflix' popular show called Street Food, and obviously listed in this best restaurants near Khao San Road article. Jay Fai, the nickname of the owner, got a lot of attention once she got listed in the Michelin Guide and nowadays you can expect queues of fellow-food-lovers. She always wears ski goggles to prevent oil from hitting her eyes, which looks quite funny. Her specialities are crab omelettes and crab curries. Both the crab omelette and the crab curry have a price tag of 800 THB. What makes these dishes so special is that there is no shortage of crabmeat (hence the price), as well as the exceptional flavouring of the dishes. 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 hour 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)


 

3. Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu


Listed in our Top 22 Local Thai Restaurants in Bangkok in Bangkok, this hugely popular place named Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu is more like a street food vendor than an actual restaurant and it serves such delicious seafood dishes that it must be listed. 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. Prices are between 100 - 200 THB. More in-depth information can be found in 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)


 

4. Krua Apsorn


This mid-range restaurant near Khao San Road is insanely popular among Thai. Krua Apsorn is a place where you take your whole family to, which is exactly what Thai do. The food here is so delicious, that they were invited by the Royal Family to cook for them. 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. Especially the crab dishes are high 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)


 

5. Thip Samai

 

In case you do want to eat Pad Thai, you should check-out the restaurant serving the best Pad Thai in Bangkok: Thip Samai. The menu is limited with only five different Pad Thai, including a vegetarian option as well, with prices from 60 to 300 THB. It is recommended to try the Superb Padthai (200 THB) as it has two really big and juicy prawns which are definitely worth the price. Thip Samai is located close to Wat Saket and on walking distance from Khao San Road. Because this is 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 the large number of hungry guests. 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
 

Superb Pad Thai Large

Superb Pad Thai Large (200 THB)
 

Superb Pad Thai Small

Superb Pad Thai Small (100 THB)


 

6. Areesa Lote Dee

 

This small and budget-friendly restaurant close to Khao San Road is a place that you easily walk past by. 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 be on time. Prices are between 40 and 65 THB. Areesa Lote Dee is also listed in our article about the best halal food in BangkokMore information about this restaurant, 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)

 

 

7. Mont Nomsod

 

This dessert restaurant near to Khao San Road serves toasted bread with all sorts of spread. 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 used to and are excellent for desserts. Secondly, the toasted pieces of bread are covered in different spreads, which makes it really delicious. Finally, the desserts are really cheap. You pay around 15 to 20 THB per piece. If you still have room for dessert, I would highly recommend a visit to this popular restaurant. 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)

  

 

8. Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream


If you are looking for the best coconut ice cream in Bangkok, look no further. 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 by. Inside the shop, there is an older lady making these insanely delicious ice creams from all sorts of fruits. Especially the coconut, mango and green tea flavours are seriously delicious! Prices are between 30-40 THB per scoop. 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)


 

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 rather you prefer stewed or fresh beef and enjoy a large bowl of delicious soup for 80 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 Nai Soie.
 

Stewed Beef Soup

Stewed Beef Soup (80 THB)
 

Fresh Beef Soup

Fresh Beef Soup (80 THB)

  

 

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 much more delicious than the dried fish. Prices are between 50 and 100 THB. Korpanich is also listed in our article about the best mango sticky rice in BangkokMore in-depth information 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)


 

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. This restaurant is famous for its Yen Ta Fo. You can order it as a soup or as a dry version. Prices are 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. 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)


 

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. Other great options are the Nam Tok (grilled pork neck) and the Deep-Fired Snakehead Fish. Prices are around 130 - 150 THB. The fish is a little bit more expensive with a price tag of 400 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 Kai Yang Boran.
 

Grilled Chicken Kai Yang

Grilled Chicken (130 THB)
 

Nam Tok Moo Kor Moo Yang

Nam Tok Kor Moo Yang (150 THB)


 

13. Tom Yum Kung


Located in the middle of Khao San Road, this restaurant serves high-quality Thai dishes. During the day, you can sit outside in a loungy atmosphere, enjoying music and an ice-cold beer. As the restaurant name already suggests, they serve delicious Tom Yum Kung which is easily shareable for two. 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. Prices vary between 150 - 400 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 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)


 

14. Pua-Kee


Pua-Kee is a popular restaurant among locals serving all sorts of noodle soups. The soups are amazing and cheap, and therefore needs no further explanation why we listed it in this Best Restaurants near Khao San Road article. The soups are mostly served with 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. Prices vary between 55 - 100 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 Pua-Kee.
 

Rice Noodle Soup

Rice Noodle and Pork Balls without Soup (55 THB)
 

Spicy Noodle Soup

Tom Yum Flavoured Seafood Soup (100 THB)

 
 

15. Steve Café and Cuisine


If you are looking for great food and a great river view near Khao San Road, then Steve Café and Cuisine is the place to go. Highlights are the Pork Curry, Deep-fried Sun-Dried Seabass, Soft Shelled Crab Curry and Grilled Pork with Lemongrass Chili. Prices 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)


 

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. The soup is authentic Thai cuisine, so expect many chilis and plenty of herbs. 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 is the Stir-Fried Pork with Twig Frame: crispy bits of pork with salty and nicely cooked salty veggies. 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)


 

Tip: Street Food


You can find a ton of street food near Khao San Road which we dive in deeper 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.
 

street food near khao san road

curry near khao san road

street food vendor


There you have it, the best restaurants near Khao San Road. You can find this all these restaurants, and many others throughout Thailand, in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. If you are looking for the absolute best dishes near you, TopTravelFoods is the app you must have. All you have to do is select your filters and the app will show the very best dishes in any budget category near you. All these dishes are rated and reviewed by fellow-food-lovers. It's completely free and available for both iOS and Android. Or when you are on a desktop, you can explore the best local food in Bangkok.
 

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