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Papaya salad at Jay So
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The 38 Essential Bangkok Restaurants

Where to find crab-stuffed omelets, crimson roast duck, and a fresh papaya salad with formidable firepower in Thailand’s capital city

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Papaya salad at Jay So
| Austin Bush

Despite what you may have heard, the street isn’t the only place to eat in Thailand’s vibrant capital. Yes, you should make a point of indulging at the city’s peerless roadside stalls — particularly in Bangkok’s Chinatown — but that’s not to say you should neglect the city’s restaurants, which run the gamut from semi-open-air stalls in old town to sophisticated, fine dining destinations in the Silom neighborhood. Bangkok newbies should consider a meal in a mall, many of which are found in the Siam area, where menus and signs are in English and you can sample a hearty slice of the Thai culinary repertoire in one seating. And Bangkok vets pivot to the city’s increasingly sophisticated foreign offerings, many located in the Sukhumvit area, when weary of rice and noodles. The common thread is that, in Bangkok, even the fancy places are fun, informal, and a great value.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prices per person, excluding alcohol:
$ = Less than Bt500 (15 USD)
$$ = Bt550 - Bt1,500 (16 - 40 USD)
$$$ = Bt1,500 - Bt2,500 (40 - 66 USD)
$$$$ = Bt2,500 (66 USD) and up

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Somsong (สมทรง)

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112 Soi Samsen 4, Khwaeng Ban Phan Thom, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
02-282-0972

Located in the old quarter of Bangkok known as Rattanakosin Island, Somsong is a favorite mom-and-pop famous for serving Thai food not typically found outside the home. You'll have plenty of choices here: Go for Sukhothai noodles (rice noodle with pork broth and string beans), a variety of Thai curries and rice, daily one-plate meal specials, and fantastic Thai desserts like khao fang (young rice pudding), durian and sticky rice (seasonal). Try one of everything if you can, and don't leave without getting the rice with shrimp paste. [$]

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2. Kanom Beung Bang Mae Prapa (ขนมเบื้องแม่ประภา)

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102 Thanon Phra Sumen, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
02-282-9522

Traditional Thai crispy crepes, or kanom bueang, look nothing like the typical street-stall crepes you will find in many areas of Bangkok. Made from mung bean flour, the crispy shell of the crepe complements the sweet filling: sweet eggs, hand-grated young coconut, Thai egg floss (foi thong), and candied persimmon. Savory filling options include dried shrimp, grated coconut, and a pinch of makrut lime leaves and shallot. Prepare for a wait because this is one of the few places that knows how to make its crepes perfectly crisp; fortunately, there's a row of chairs for those wishing to have a sit-down snack after standing in line. [$]

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3. Nataporn Ice Cream (นัฐพรไอศกรีม)

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Phraeng Phuthon, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
081-437-7377

Thai tropical fruits have been reborn in this small, vintage, and very charming ice cream parlor in the historic Prang Bhuthorn area of old Bangkok. Nataporn Ice Cream serves cool flavors — durian, mango, coconut juice granita — with Thai-style toppings like candied palm seeds, candied yam, toasted peanuts, corns, red beans, and millet. Take a seat among the wooden furniture and enjoy the view of the historic community's common courtyard. [$]

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4. Chote Chitr (โชติจิตร)

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146 Phraeng Phuthon Rd., Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2 221 4082

A classic inside and out, Chote Chitr is a small eatery that has been around for almost a century in the preserved area of Prang Phuthorn. Run by the same family for three generations, it’s known for the classic mee krob served with chicken and shrimp. Other popular dishes include the signature banana flower salad with coconut milk and toasted chiles and the deep-fried garoupa served with spicy mango salad. Chote Chitr is a fantastic place to enjoy the Rattanakosin-era wooden shophouse ambiance. [$$]

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5. Kor Panich (ก. พานิช)

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431-3 Tanao Rd., Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2 221 3554
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In the old days, when people wanted the best sticky rice for ripe and sweet mangoes, Kor Panich would be the place. Several decades later, there are now tons of choices in Bangkok, but it remains an institution. Kor Panich at Prang Bhutorn mostly offers staples to go, but visitors can pop in just to enjoy the iconic mango sticky rice at the one and only table inside. [$]

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6. Kim Leng (กิมเล้ง)

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Thanon Tanao, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
02-622-2062

Don't let the Chinese name fool you: Kim Leng is, in fact, a great place for homestyle Thai cooking. At the front, find ready-cooked food like chile pastes and crispy fried fish. But really, people come here for mee krob (crispy Thai vermicelli) plus the tom yam with fish fillets, hor mok (steamed fish cakes with curry), and winged bean salad with toasted coconut. [$]

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7. On Lok Yun (ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น)

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72 Charoen Krung Rd, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2 223 9621

This ancient cafe has become a sensation of late, thanks to local hipsters searching for nostalgic romance in its part of town. Don't let that stop you. Located on the outskirts of Bangkok’s Chinatown, On Lok Yun's wooden booths, cracking floor tiles, and stained walls have become a famous backdrop for selfies. Visitors also snap plenty of pictures of the all-day old-style Western breakfast (think greasy plates of fried eggs, ham, and Chinese sausages). Another big draw is the restaurant's signature all-white, fat-loaded, pillowy bread, which can be ordered on the side with chunks of butter, condensed milk, and gaya — a sweet, egg-based Asian spread. Your Instagram needs this. [$]

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8. Krua Apsorn (ครัวอัปษร)

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169 Dinso Rd, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2 685 4531
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Krua Apsorn is the place to go for a hearty Thai meal when strolling in the old town of Ratanakosin. The decadent crab omelet is an all-time favorite; round out an order with stir-fried crab with string beans and yellow chiles, river prawns with garlic, and a bowl of sour lotus stem and prawn soup. Do not skip the signature coconut sorbet for dessert, either. Krua Apsorn has a couple of outposts in Bangkok, but pick the Dinso Road location for a convenient meal near the city center. [$$]

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9. Bangkok Bold Cooking Studio

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503 Thanon Phra Sumen, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
+66 98 829 4310
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The brainchild of Ann Kanarak, former head chef at Four Seasons Bangkok's Spice Market Thai restaurant, Bangkok Bold, was supposed to be a small cooking school, but then her mind-blowing chef's table captured the attention of local food enthusiasts. Set in a charming restored shophouse in Bangkok's old quarter of Ratanakosin, dinner here consists of beautiful, carefully prepared Thai cuisine for groups of at least six people. Some of the dishes are ancient and forgotten, but Kanarak reawakens them with surprising and rare local ingredients. Ask for the day's menu, bring your own wine, and enjoy. [$$]
Open daily for cooking and by appointment for lunch and dinner.

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10. Hia Tai Kee (เฮี๊ยะไถ่กี่)

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78/4 ถ.ประชาธิปไตย, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
+66 2 629 1297

A charming old-school cafe that has been around for more than 60 years, the original Hia Tai Kee retains its vintage ambience, even after opening in multiple locations. Sip freshly brewed Thai-style coffees (served with condensed milk and complimentary Chinese tea) at round marble-top tables, or try one of the newer drinks like an iced latte. If you're hungry, try the delightfully greasy Chinese-Western breakfast of fried eggs, Chinese sausages cooked and served in a pan, and a small portion of banh mi. [$]

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11. Jay Fai (เจ๊ไฝ)

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327 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
092 724 9633

A one-star nod by the Michelin organization has made this once relatively quiet shophouse restaurant into one of the most famous eateries in Bangkok. It’s all about decadence here, with the seafood-packed stir-fries; immense, crab-stuffed omelets; and rich soups still prepared by the owner herself. These days, a visit requires a reservation weeks in advance or hour-long waits.

A stir-fry at Jay Fai
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12. Thipsamai (ทิพย์สมัย)

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313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

If you’re willing to brave the lines, this long-standing eatery is the most famous — if not necessarily the best — place in Bangkok for phat Thai. Assert your Bangkok cred by ordering the version with “shrimp oil,” actually the rich fat from the shrimp’s head, and cut the richness with a bottle of fresh-squeezed orange juice.

Phat Thai at Thipsamai
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13. Likhit Kai Yang (ลิขิตไก่ย่าง)

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31, 1 Phaniang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Sommanat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
02 281 1094

Located behind Bangkok’s premier Thai boxing stadium, Likhit specializes in grilled chicken. Think deliciously scrawny birds, grilled until smokey and just short of dry (in a good way), and served with two dips that the owner will encourage you to mix. A full menu featuring dishes such as papaya salad, laap, and sticky rice lends this place its northeastern accent.

Grilled chicken at Likhit Kai Yang
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14. Nai Mong Hoi Thod (นายหมงหอยทอด)

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539 Phlap Phla Chai Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
089 773 3133

Nothing epitomizes Thai-Chinese cuisine like the eponymous specialty at this this semi-outdoor, shophouse-based restaurant in Bangkok’s Chinatown: hoi thod, an eggy batter fried until crispy and topped with mussels. More experienced eaters will go with or suan, in which the batter is just barely set and topped with oysters, or or lua, which boasts a batter fried to crispy shards.

Hoi thod at Nai Mong Hoi Thod
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15. Jib Kee (จิ๊บกี่)

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335-359 ซอย นครสวรรค์ 7 Nakhon Sawan Rd, Khwaeng Wat Sommanat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
02 281 1283

Roast pork and duck are available just about everywhere in Bangkok. But once you’ve tried the versions at decades-old Jib Kee, you won’t want to go anywhere else. The pork is crispy and rich, the duck fragrant and meaty; you’ll need these flavors to get beyond the utter lack of interior design and grumpy service.

Roast duck at Jib Kee
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16. Nang Loeng Market (ตลาดนางเลิ้ง)

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Nakhon Sawan 6 Alley, Khwaeng Wat Sommanat, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

This charming, buzzy, antiquated market is a time capsule of Bangkok 80 years ago. It’s also a great place for lunch. Inside, a loosely linked community of vendors and restaurants sell the kind of dishes — jewel-like desserts, rich curries, slightly sweet snacks, rare noodle dishes — that are getting harder and harder to find in the Bangkok of today.

Nang Loeng Market
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17. Authors' Lounge

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48 Oriental Ave., Bang Rak
Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 659 9000
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If you are looking for an unmatched teatime experience, book a table on the covered veranda of the historic Authors' Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Visiting authors who have stayed at the hotel over the past centuries — Somerset Maugham, Joseph Conrad, James Michener, and Noel Coward — are immortalized with memorabilia in this frequently photographed space. Three sets of afternoon teas, served with tiers of finger foods, are available. Be sure to try the homemade scones served with clotted cream and rose petal jam. [$$-$$$]

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18. Tep Bar (เทพบาร์)

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Soi Nana, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Bangkok 10100, Thailand
+66 98 467 2944
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Tep Bar focuses on traditional Thai elements: There are live bands, drink lists composed of ya dong (Thai herbal-infused whiskeys) and cocktails with iconic Thai flavors, Thai craft beers, dishes, and snacks. And because it focuses so much on traditional Thai vibes and ingredients, the bar has become a favorite of locals and tourists alike. [$$$]

19. Nai Hong Pan Fried Chicken Noodle (นายฮ้ง)

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Soi Luk Luang 8, Khwaeng Si Yaek Maha Nak, Khet Dusit
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand
082 056 6999

Nay Hong is actually just a couple of woks set up in a decrepit, hard-to-find alleyway, and it does only one thing — really, really well: kuaytiaw khua kai, a dish of wide rice noodles fried in lard over coals, with chicken and egg. Ask the staff to score you a bottle of beer from the mini-mart nearby, and you’ve got yourself the classic Bangkok Chinatown meal.

The noodles at Nai Hong
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20. Khun Ya Restaurant (ร้านข้าวแกงคุณย่า)

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89/2 Tri Mit Rd, Khwaeng Talat Noi, Khet Samphanthawong
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand

A visit to Bangkok isn’t complete without a meal at a curry stall, and this is one of the best in town. Weave through the tourists and cars in the parking lot of the city’s famous Golden Buddha compound to find this quasi-concealed, semi-open-air eatery. Even if you don’t speak Thai, it’s a snap to simply point to the various central Thai-style curries, stir-fries, soups, and Thai dips on display, all of which exemplify the flavors and textures of central Thailand.

Curries at Khun Ya
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21. Islamic Home Cuisine

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188 Soi Charoen Krung 36, Bang Rak
Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 234 7911
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Along Bangkok's winding Chaopraya River, the centuries-old Charoekrung neighborhood is home to a vibrant Muslim community. Opposite the French Embassy you'll find Islamic Home Cuisine, a restaurant where people of all backgrounds come for the best saffron-infused biryani rice, curries, and rasmati. It's cozy, air-conditioned, and a great starting point for a walk around this historic part of town. [$]

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22. Muslim Restaurant (ร้านอาหารมุสลิม)

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1354 1356 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
02 234 1876

Muslim-world staples have long been part of the Bangkok Thai repertoire, and this 70-year-old restaurant is the most atmospheric place in town to sample them. The biryani is colorful and fragrant and comes paired with a sweet-and-sour dip and an eggplant curry; the mataba (a type of stuffed flatbread) is fragrant and meaty; and don’t miss out on any of the coconut milk curries, including definitive green curry with beef.

Biryani at Muslim Restaurant
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23. MBK Food Island

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Wang Mai, Pathum Wan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

Malls are, for better or worse, an essential part life in Bangkok, and not just for the shopping. Food Island may not be as sexy as Bangkok’s more recent food courts, but it’s their spiritual grandfather, and it remains a convenient crash course in Thai food. Pick from stalls that range from vegetarian Thai to beef noodles, from northeastern Thai to curry stalls, all of which have handy English-language menus.

MBK Food Island
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24. Som Tam Jay So (เจ๊โส)

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Soi Phiphat 2, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

Emigration from Thailand’s northeast has meant that the rustic flavors of that region have become an essential part of Bangkok’s food scene. Come to this open-walled shack for papaya salad that’s almost too spicy to eat; smokey, umami-packed grilled chicken wings; and herb-stuffed grilled catfish. The eponymous owner makes a point of challenging foreign diners, which is all part of the fun.

Papaya salad at Jay So
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25. Eat Me Restaurant

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1 6 Convent Rd, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand

In a city where restaurants are born and die every day, Eat Me has managed to stay popular, relevant, and delicious for two decades. Fusion is a loaded term, but dishes such as steamed clams and Thai fermented pork, or wagyu laap, blend Western and Thai ingredients, techniques, and flavors in ways that just work. Save room for dessert — especially the sticky date pudding.

Giant river prawn with chili lime risotto at Eat Me Restaurant
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26. Yen Ta Fo JC (เย็นตาโฟเจซี)

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ข้างอาคารสีบุญเรือง Sala Daeng 2 Alley, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
081 814 9547

One of Bangkok’s most popular noodle dishes is yen ta fo, noodles in a slightly sweet broth, stained pink from the addition of fermented tofu and studded with fish balls. It’s available just about everywhere, but noodle aficionados know that the best version is at this streetside stall, where the cantankerous owner will tell you exactly where and how to sit (couples must not face each other).

Yen Ta Fo at the similarly named street stall
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27. Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

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991/9 Rama I Rd., Pathum Wan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
+66 2 162 9000
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Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin has inspired much debate as to whether its food is truly Thai or not. Either way, seeing how the Danish chef Henrik Yde Anderson interprets Thai food with the help of modernist techniques is an undeniably fun experience, with dishes like molecular tom yum goong, which is served with a tofu-filled needle for guests to inject into the soup, creating a string of chewy noodles. [$$-$$$$]

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28. Eathai

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Central Embassy, Pathum Wan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
02-119-7777

For those wishing to try Bangkok's best street food but dreading the outdoor heat, Eathai is the place to go. This themed food court in the basement of the posh Central Embassy has become a favorite for its delicious variety, as well as its more affordable prices, air conditioning, and comfortable ambiance. Try the duck noodle chao ta (rice noodles in dark duck broth from the Talad Noi area in Charoengkrung, another old and charming area in Bangkok), the fish-ball noodles, and the Vietnamese rice vermicelli and grilled pork, as well as the desserts and iced tea. [$]

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29. Or Tor Kor Market (ตลาด อ.ต.ก.)

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101 Kamphaeng Phet Rd., Chatuchak
Bangkok 10900, Thailand

Think of this market as your go-to Thai food wonderland: Apart from a fresh produce section, the space also features cooked food and desserts you can buy and try in the open-air food court. For central Thai cuisine, line up at the Samran Gaeng Thai stall, where the food is cooked fresh, and follow up with a bowl of shaved ice. Other highlights include cooked seafood, pork satay, fresh durian, and mangoes. [$]

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30. Sa-nguan Sri (สงวนศรี)

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59/1 Thanon Witthayu, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
02 251 9378

It's not fancy and it doesn't appear on international must-eat lists, but Sa-nguan Sri has been a local favorite for over four decades. Small, crowded, and a bit run down, this was the place where many of today's celebrity chefs learned modern and traditional Thai recipes. Diners can reminisce about the old no-frills Thai way of eating while enjoying green curry with fish balls, kai palo (braised eggs and pork belly), and crispy fish preserve. From March until May, be sure to drop by for the gorgeous Thai summertime rice (khao chae). [$]

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31. Prik Yuak (พริกหยวก)

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This stall at the Chatuchak Weekend Market elevates the usual Thai staples of rice and classic curries, spicy and plain stir-fries, and deep-fried preserved fish. Prik Yuak also serves one-dish favorites such as kanom cheen sao nam (rice vermicelli with fresh coconut milk) and rice with shrimp paste. The prices might seem a bit high when compared to other places in the market, but you're paying for well-curated, premium ingredients. [$$]

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32. Took Lae Dee (ถูกและดี)

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Foodland Sukhumvit Soi 16, Khlong Toei
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
+66 2 204 2177
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Call it Bangkok's all-day diner. "Took lae dee" means "cheap and good," and this is where people can tuck in for food — Thai, Asian, or Western — at all hours. It's great after a night out or when jet lag leaves you craving something substantial, like an American-style breakfast, hamburger, fried rice with deep-fried chicken drumstick and egg, or even the one-dish Thai favorite of pad kra praw (rice with spicy meat and basil stir-fry). Try to snag seats at the counter seating or the always-busy open kitchen. [$]

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33. Sri Trat (ศรีตราด)

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90 Sukhumvit 33 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Most Bangkok Thai restaurants excel in one or two dishes, but rarely will you find a menu where every dish is a star. Good luck finding a single dud at this stylish place, however, that specializes in the herb-forward, seafood-focused cuisine of Bangkok’s eastern seaboard. Don’t miss the deep-fried fish, piled high with garlic and turmeric, or the assertively herbaceous stir-fry of chicken thighs and Siamese cardamom.

Crab curry at Sri Trat
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34. Taling Pling (ตะลิงปลิง)

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25 Sukhumvit 34, Khlong Toei
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
+66 2 258 5308-9
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Run by descendants of Thailand's most famous cartoonist and columnist, the late Prayoon Chanyawong, Taling Pling serves time-honored Thai family recipes in a modern, colorful house. While the restaurant has a few other locations in Bangkok, local connoisseurs prefer the original for namprik rong reur, chile paste with salted egg, stir-fried dok kajorn with eggs, lemongrass salad with crispy fish, rice vermicelli with coconut milk, and custard apple ice cream. [$$]

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35. Bo.lan

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24 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

Bo.lan counters contemporary logic that the only good Thai food is found on the streets. Indeed, upscale Thai, when prepared by talented chefs using meticulously sourced ingredients, can yield some of the most sophisticated and satisfying dishes in the country. There’s no a la carte at Bo.lan, but the set meal is expansive enough to touch on at least a few things you like — or didn’t even know you liked.

A modernist Thai dish at Bo.lan
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36. Mae Waree Mango Sticky Rice (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วงแม่วารี)

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1 Sukhumvit 55, Vadhana
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
+66 2 392 4804

Probably the only place in Bangkok that can satisfy a craving for mango and sticky rice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Mae Waree is the first thing you see when you turn the corner in the bustling Soi Thonglor. For convenience, buy a ready-to-eat set (peeled whole mango and a small serving of the sticky rice, plus one bag of coconut cream) for 130 baht. There are a handful of other Thai desserts — kanom chan, egg flosses, and sticky rice and banana — on the shelves as well. [$]

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37. Soul Food Mahanakorn

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56/10 ถนน สุขุมวิท 55 ซอย ทองหล่อ Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand

For a foreigner-friendly yet uncompromising introduction to the tastes of Thailand, Soul Food is your place. The dishes — grilled flank steak, a smokey salad of grilled eggplant, an admirable khao soi (a northern Thai dish of noodles in a curry broth) — skirt the edges of the Thai kingdom, the flavors are bold, and there’s a bar, air-conditioning, and an English menu to boot.

A dish at Soul Food Mahanakorn
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38. Nom Jit Kai Yang (น้อมจิตต์ไก่ย่าง)

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63 Soi Ekkamai 22, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
02-392-8000

With good original recipes and a well-managed kitchen, Nom Jit Kai Yang is still the best place to go for a decent Isan meal. The selection of som tam (the famous papaya salad) represent the best of the classic preparations — from the basics to the more involved versions with Isan's famous pla ra (preserved fish). [$]

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1. Somsong (สมทรง)

112 Soi Samsen 4, Khwaeng Ban Phan Thom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
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Located in the old quarter of Bangkok known as Rattanakosin Island, Somsong is a favorite mom-and-pop famous for serving Thai food not typically found outside the home. You'll have plenty of choices here: Go for Sukhothai noodles (rice noodle with pork broth and string beans), a variety of Thai curries and rice, daily one-plate meal specials, and fantastic Thai desserts like khao fang (young rice pudding), durian and sticky rice (seasonal). Try one of everything if you can, and don't leave without getting the rice with shrimp paste. [$]

112 Soi Samsen 4, Khwaeng Ban Phan Thom, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

2. Kanom Beung Bang Mae Prapa (ขนมเบื้องแม่ประภา)

102 Thanon Phra Sumen, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
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Traditional Thai crispy crepes, or kanom bueang, look nothing like the typical street-stall crepes you will find in many areas of Bangkok. Made from mung bean flour, the crispy shell of the crepe complements the sweet filling: sweet eggs, hand-grated young coconut, Thai egg floss (foi thong), and candied persimmon. Savory filling options include dried shrimp, grated coconut, and a pinch of makrut lime leaves and shallot. Prepare for a wait because this is one of the few places that knows how to make its crepes perfectly crisp; fortunately, there's a row of chairs for those wishing to have a sit-down snack after standing in line. [$]

102 Thanon Phra Sumen, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

3. Nataporn Ice Cream (นัฐพรไอศกรีม)

Phraeng Phuthon, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Thai tropical fruits have been reborn in this small, vintage, and very charming ice cream parlor in the historic Prang Bhuthorn area of old Bangkok. Nataporn Ice Cream serves cool flavors — durian, mango, coconut juice granita — with Thai-style toppings like candied palm seeds, candied yam, toasted peanuts, corns, red beans, and millet. Take a seat among the wooden furniture and enjoy the view of the historic community's common courtyard. [$]

Phraeng Phuthon, Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

4. Chote Chitr (โชติจิตร)

146 Phraeng Phuthon Rd., Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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A classic inside and out, Chote Chitr is a small eatery that has been around for almost a century in the preserved area of Prang Phuthorn. Run by the same family for three generations, it’s known for the classic mee krob served with chicken and shrimp. Other popular dishes include the signature banana flower salad with coconut milk and toasted chiles and the deep-fried garoupa served with spicy mango salad. Chote Chitr is a fantastic place to enjoy the Rattanakosin-era wooden shophouse ambiance. [$$]

146 Phraeng Phuthon Rd., Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

5. Kor Panich (ก. พานิช)

431-3 Tanao Rd., Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Sirin Wongpanit

In the old days, when people wanted the best sticky rice for ripe and sweet mangoes, Kor Panich would be the place. Several decades later, there are now tons of choices in Bangkok, but it remains an institution. Kor Panich at Prang Bhutorn mostly offers staples to go, but visitors can pop in just to enjoy the iconic mango sticky rice at the one and only table inside. [$]

431-3 Tanao Rd., Phra Nakhon
Bangkok 10200, Thailand

6. Kim Leng (กิมเล้ง)

Thanon Tanao, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Sirin Wongpanit

Don't let the Chinese name fool you: Kim Leng is, in fact, a great place for homestyle Thai cooking. At the front, find ready-cooked food like chile pastes and crispy fried fish. But really, people come here for mee krob (crispy Thai vermicelli) plus the tom yam with fish fillets, hor mok (steamed fish cakes with curry), and winged bean salad with toasted coconut. [$]

Thanon Tanao, Khet Phra Nakhon
Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

7. On Lok Yun (ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น)

72 Charoen Krung Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand