- 1. Areas in Bangkok where you can find many great restaurants
- 2. The most recommended restaurants in Bangkok
- 3. Recommended (night) markets with an abundance of food
- 4. Tips about where to eat in Bangkok
Keep in mind that we solely focus on accessible, local Thai restaurants, meaning that we did not include fancy, high-end restaurants.
1. Areas in Bangkok where you can find many great restaurants
We believe that this specific question will ultimately give you the right answer to where to eat in Bangkok. Once you know certain popular neighbourhoods, you can adjust your plans to make sure at the end of the day, or during the day, you devour some of the tastiest food Bangkok has to offer at often legendary restaurants. Bangkok is changing rapidly and older parts of Bangkok have to make room for trendy new neighbourhoods with skyscrapers and shopping malls. That’s not where you find these hidden gems. The hidden gems can be found at the following great food areas in Bangkok:
a. Maha Chai Road / Samran Rat
One of the best areas to find local Thai restaurants that serve amazing food is around Maha Chai Road in the Samran Rat District. This area is located relatively close to Khao San Road where many tourists stay during their holiday. It’s one of the oldest parts of Bangkok and luckily did not lose much of its authenticity, hence the amazing restaurant that can be found here. We highly recommend you skip the banana pancakes and the Pad Thai from the vendors on Khao San Road and explore this area instead. Some of the most famous Thai restaurants are located here, including:
Pad Thai Thip Samai, the most famous Pad Thai in Thailand.
Jay Fay, awarded with a Michelin star and is known for the Netflix series Street Food.
Krua Apsorn, legendary restaurant that often cooked for the Royal Family.
Natthaphon Coconut Ice Cream, Bangkok’s most delicious coconut ice cream.
Tee's Yen-Ta-Fo, a hugely popular noodle eatery that serves yentafo soup.
Mit Ko Yuan, known for its amazing Tom Yum Goong
Kor Panich, one of Bangkok’s most popular mango sticky rice vendor
Mont Nomsod, a hugely popular Thai dessert restaurant that serves the so-called nomsod.
The food you can expect at Maha Chai Road.
b. Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Chinatown in Bangkok is the largest Chinatown in the world and when you’re on a food exploration, one of the best areas to visit when you’re wondering where to eat in Bangkok. When the sun has set and the neon lights are lit, Chinatown turns into a completely different world and you almost forget you’re in Bangkok. In every street and alley, you can find street food and restaurants. It’s for that reason why Chinatown is so highly recommended. Keep in mind that many shops are closed on Monday. Recommended restaurants at Victory Monument are:
Nai Mong Hoy Thod, serving Bangkok’s best oyster omelette.
Nakhon Sanook, hugely popular street food restaurant that serves Khao Moo Grob.
T&K Seafood, legendary restaurant that serves Thai seafood.
Jok Toe Daew, tucked away near Chinatown fresh market that’s known for its shrimp dumplings.
Lim Lao Ngow, a street food restaurant that serves fantastic fishball noodles.
Hoy Kraeng Pa Jeen, a street food bar that serves blood cockles and mussels.
There are many other great eateries to be found. We highly recommend you read one of the following articles for more food inspiration in Chinatown:
- Best restaurants in Chinatown,
- Best (street) food in Chinatown.
The food you can expect in Chinatown.
c. Victory Monument
Victory Monument used to be a harbour but nowadays is a busy roundabout that connects many public transport routes. As you can expect, countless commuters travel here on a daily base and where there are people, there is food. Lots and lots of food. But Victory Monument is also known for the smaller area called the Boat Noodle Alley. Here, you can find several restaurants that serve this popular small noodle dish called boat noodles. In fact, these noodles originate from Bangkok (and Ayutthaya) and if you are nearby, we highly recommend you trying these soups. Recommended restaurants at Victory Monument are:
Toy Kuay Teow Reua, serving the best boat noodles in Bangkok.
Poisien, a true local eatery that serves impressive Thai food.
Pad Thai Thip Samai, serving Bangkok’s best Pad Thai (this is a different branch).
Isan Rod Ded, hugely popular restaurant that serves Isaan food.
There is a street food market located at Victory Monument with plenty of Thai food to choose from. You can find more information about this market and other street food in our Bangkok Street Food Guide.
The food you can expect at Victory Monument.
Silom is a popular area to stay in due to the abundance of great hotels, public transport connections, ideal location to visit some of Bangkok’s highlights and of course the food options. Although it’s a business district, you will find many tourists staying nearby. On Silom Soi 20, you can find a street food alley that will surely satisfy your taste buds. But closer to Sala Daeng BTS Station and also near Saphan Taksin BTS Station, you can find several legendary local restaurants. Recommended restaurants at Silom are:
Baan PhadThai, hugely popular Pad Thai restaurant that serves a more fancy Pad Thai.
Lek Seafood, highly recommended Thai seafood restaurant.
Somtum Der, serving one of the best som tams in Bangkok.
Prachak Pet Yang, serving roasted duck dishes since 1878!
Charoen Saeng Silom, known for its braised pork.
The food you can expect in Silom.
e. Samyan / Pathum Wan District
Banthat Thong Road, the road that connects Rama IV Road with Rama I Road, is a street where you can find some of the best local restaurants in the city. Although there are some renovations completed over the last years with a new shopping mall and park that made this area a bit more modern, it did not lose its authenticity. As this area is often packed with students from Chulalongkorn University, you find many good and fairly-priced restaurants ideally to discover exciting Thai foods. But you can always stick to the already known restaurants such as:
Jae O Chula, one of the most popular local restaurants in Bangkok. Period.
Aey Seafood, we believe this is one of the best local Thai seafood restaurants in the city.
Long Leng Noodle, hugely popular local noodle eatery.
The Cockle, seafood buffet for only 599 THB. Excellent quality.
The food you can expect in Sam Yan.
f. Khao San Road
Although party street Khao San Road itself does not offer that much amazing food, but you can find wonderful local restaurants nearby. Besides, Khao San Road is located close to the other recommended area named Maha Chai Road / Samran Rat where you find even more legendary restaurants. Have a look at our article about the best restaurants near Khao San Road if you plan to stay in this area as we’ve combined the best of both areas in one article.
Phanfa Restaurant, known for its steamed crab claws and Hainanese chicken.
Tom Yum Goong Banglamphu, serving the most authentic Tom Yum Goong in the city.
Areesa Lote Dee, a hidden gem that serves halal Thai dishes such as Khao Mok.
Nai Soie, known for its beef noodle soup.
Tom Yum Kung, a wonderful restaurant right in the middle of Khao San Road
The food you can expect in Khao San Road.
g. Tip: Udom Suk
If you want to go on a food exploration by yourself, you might want to check out Udom Suk. Although this area is located far from tourist areas, it’s worth the visit as this street is full of authentic, local restaurants and even has a pretty cool night market with many affordable all-you-can-eat restaurants. Something which Thai absolutely love!
2. The most recommended restaurants in Bangkok
Even though we wrote plenty of articles about the best restaurants in Bangkok, we summed up what we believe are the 25 most recommended local restaurants in the city. If you want to dive deeper into these restaurants, we recommend you read the articles listed at the bottom of this paragraph.
By clicking on the restaurant name, you will be directed to the TopTravelFoods review page of that restaurant where you can find information such as recommended dishes, menu including prices, opening times and location. Some of the restaurants are mentioned earlier in this article.
You can find more specific information regarding where to eat in Bangkok in one of our popular articles:
Best local Thai restaurants in Bangkok
Best Thai seafood restaurants in Bangkok
Most famous food in Bangkok
What to eat in Bangkok
Street food guide in Bangkok
3. Recommended (night) markets with an abundance of food
When you’re wondering where to eat in Bangkok, you must take (night) markets into consideration as these places offer a huge variety of street and finger food. We highly recommend you visit at least one of the following markets:
a. Ratchada Night Train Market (CLOSED)
Unfortunately, Ratchada Train Market is closed permanently. The creators opened up a new market in the hope to attract more people than during the COVID situation. The name of that market is Jodd Fairs.
b. Srinakarin Night Train Market
Srinakarin Night Train Market is located a bit out of the city, relatively close to Suvarnabhumi Airport and is much larger than its little brother Ratchada Night Train Market. Besides all the food, drinks and vintage shopping, you can also walk around the warehouse area where you find all sorts of hotrods and unique shops. When it comes to food, the variation is slightly less than Ratchada Night Train Market, but still has plenty to offer. We highly recommend you read our Srinakarin Night Market Guide for more detailed information.
c. Chatuchak Weekend Market
The largest weekend market in the world can be found in Bangkok, namely Chatuchak Weekend Market. With over 15,000 stalls, you can fairly say that you can shop for almost anything. And with so many visitors each weekend, you know you can find plenty of food here as well. We’ve made an article about the best food you can find at Chatuchak Weekend Market, which we recommend you to have a look at before visiting this hugely popular market.
4. Tips about where to eat in Bangkok
a. Food courts
Throughout the city, you can find many food courts which are often located in a shopping mall. Here, you can find many tasty food options for a bargain and the food is very clean. Popular food courts in Bangkok are Pier 21 Food Court, MBK Food Island, Paragon Foodhall and of course the food court at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
b. Restaurants with many food delivery drivers
When you're walking through the streets of Bangkok and want to discover new restaurants on your own, keep an eye out for restaurants with many food delivery drivers in front of the building. Before food delivery was popular, there was a general rule that you should eat at restaurants that are crowded. Nowadays, you can be certain when a lot of food delivery drivers waiting for their order, that restaurant serve amazing Thai food!
There you have it, our answer to where to eat in Bangkok. All the listed restaurants including their most recommended dishes can be found in our food app TopTravelFoods. The app will help you find the best food in Thailand, instead of only recommending good restaurants at popular destinations. This way, you won’t miss out on legendary restaurants and you can enjoy the local Thai cuisine to the fullest. The app is available for both iOS and Android and is completely free. If you're on a desktop, you can start searching for more dishes in Bangkok or many other cities such as Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Koh Larn, Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi and Sukhothai.
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