Our Favorite Places To Eat Thai Food In Bangkok
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.
1. The Sixth
The Sixth is a cool and hip little place with excellent authentic Thai food! With only five tables, run and owned by a young couple, the place has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
The cozy The Sixth serves delicious authentic Thai food
We particularly love their red curry with prawns, chicken cashew nuts and Tom Yam Koong. So tasty!
Tom Yam Koong at The Sixth
Red Curry Chicken at The Sixth
Do try their awesomely yummy chocolate lava cake with mango or Mango sticky rice for dessert. The menu is in English, and the couple speaks excellent English.
They serve great Thai Ice Tea (our favorite!), Ice Lemon Tea, and other drinks like different sort of coffee, White Tea, Matcha Tea, and different kinds of homemade sodas.
The Sixth has the best Thai Ice Tea in Bangkok (in my opinion)!
- Address: 6 Soi Tha Tien, Maharaj Road. Khet Phra Nakhon area near Wat Pho (reclining Buddha)
- How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin station, and take the river ferry to pier no. 8 Tha Thien, and walk from there (only a short walk)
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 17:15. Closed on Sundays.
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.
Enjoying some delicious street food in Bangkok
Street food in Bangkok is tasty, quickly delivered and super cheap. You can usually have a feast for under 150 Baht! Bangkok is the street food capital of the world, and there is plenty of fantastic options to sample the street food. Here are our favorite streets in Bangkok to head to when we get hungry:
Sukhumvit Soi 38 Street
We used to love the food market along the street Sukhumvit Soi 38 but after serving delicious street food for decades, it has now sadly reduced the number of stalls due to construction work of a new huge building.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 is now more like an indoor food court but still serves excellent authentic Thai street food. It still is one of our favorite places to head for cheap delicious and fresh street food in Bangkok.
Sukhumvit Soi 38 is now more like an indoor food court, but still serves delicious street food
Tasty juicy Satay (meat skewers) at Sukhumvit Soi 38
- Address: Sukhumvit Soi 38 street
- How to get there: Taxi or BTS Skytrain to Thong Lo station and you are right by the street food area.
- Opening hours: Afternoon around 17:00 until late
Yaowarat Street (Chinatown)
Lots of delicious street food in Chinatown
Bangkok’s Chinatown known 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.
Stewed pork legs and knuckles at a street stall on Yaowarat street
Barbecued seafood is seriously popular here, as is flat noodles in pepper broth, dim sum and all sort of fruit desserts. 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.
Delicious fruit 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.
- Address: Yaowarat 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
Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station & The Bang Rak Area
This is an old part of Bangkok 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.
Lots of amazing street food and authentic Thai food restaurants along Charoen Krung Road and Silom Road
Here are our favorite street food vendors along the street from Saphan BTS station to the crossing of Charoen Krung Rd and Silom Rd:
Prachak – Bangkok`s Best Roasted Duck
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. It is delicious! The skin is perfectly crispy while the duck meat is super juicy. The rice is cooked perfectly and the Chinese sausage is delicious slightly sweet. Mmmmmm!
Yummy crispy duck at Prachak
Juicy crispy duck at Prachak
Prachak is an institution, and has served roasted duck to hungry Thais since 1909!
Prachak has been serving delicious crispy duck since 1909
- Address: 1415, Charoen Krung Road, Silom, opposite Robinson’s department store
- How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin sky train station, and walk from there.
- Opening hours: 08:00 – 20:30
Charoen Saeng Silom – Bangkok’s Best Braised Pork Knuckle
Charoen Saeng Silom has been serving their famous and delicious braised pork (Khao Kha Moo) in Bangkok since 1959 and they sure know how to cook the perfect braised pork knuckle! It is served with steamed rice and a tasty rich soy and vinegar based sauce with a lot of Chinese spices and herbs in it that goes like hand in hand with the tender and soft pork meat. The meat is so soft that it melts in the mouth.
The soft and tasty pork knuckle at Charoen Saeng Silom
Charoen Saeng Silom has been serving pork meat since 1959
In December 2017 they were even mentioned in the Michelin Guide for 2018!
This is not a fancy place, it is basic and about as authentic as you can get when it comes to a street food restaurant in Bangkok. Everyone from school girls to posh businessmen in suits driving fancy cars eats here.
You can sit outside or inside at Charoen Saeng Silom
You can choose to sit outside at a table on the street or inside (no aircon). The place is super popular, but the queue is elegantly handled by the old cheerful guy that owns the place so there is not much waiting. Due to its popularity, you might have to share a table with other people but hey, that is a great opportunity to have a chat with some Thais and get some more local tips about places to eat and things to see.
- Address: 492/6 Soi Charoen Krung 49
- How to get there: Take the sky train to Saphan Taksin sky train station, and walk from there.
- Opening hours: 07:30 – 13:30
Boonsap Thai Dessert
After having delicious crispy duck at Prachak, walk across the street for some mouth-watering Mango sticky rice dessert at Boonsap Thai Desserts. You can either sit there and have your dessert or have a takeaway. They also sell other lovely Thai desserts, cookies, and sweets.
Mango Sticky Rice
- 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
- Opening hours: 07:00 – 17:00. Closed on Sundays.
Some other great places to sample street food in Bangkok is around the Victory Monument and on Phetchaburi 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. Krua Apsorn – Bangkok´s Best Crab Omelet
The legendary Krua Apsorn serves delicious and authentic Thai dishes just as they are supposed to be. The owner used to work for the royal Thai family and has brought some of the recipes with her to her restaurant.
Krua Apsorn restaurant
Their menu is with pictures so it is easy to order what you want and some of the waitresses speak a little English. Not many tourists know about this place, so the staff is not that used to talking to foreigners. Therefore the service might feel a bit slow. Krua Apsorn is also mentioned in the Michelin Guide for 2018.
Their signature and the most famous dish is the Kai Food Boo, an omelet with crab meat. And I totally get why as it is delicious, and has the perfect combination of juicy, fluffy texture with lots of flavors. Very tasty!
Kai Foo Boo (crab omelet), Krua Apsorns signature dish
We also had the green curry with chicken and fish cakes, it was all very good.
- Address: Krua Apsorn has two restaurants in Bangkok, we visited the one at 169 Dinso Rd (close to the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road). The original branch of Krua Apsorn is located in Bangkok’s Dusit district at 503 Samsen Road (near Samsen Soi 9).
- Opening hours: 10:30 – 20:00. Closed on Sundays
4. 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 is seriously delicious!
We usually have one “Superb Pad Thai with small prawns wrapped with egg” (90 Baht = US$ 2,70) and one “Pad Thai Song-Kreung with fresh deep-sea prawns, crabmeat, sliced squid, and sliced mango with noodle” (300 Baht = US$ 9).
The delicious Superb Pad Thai at Thip Samai, noodles with shrimp oil, and fresh deep-sea prawns wrapped with egg (90 Baht with small prawns like this, or 200 Baht with big prawns)
Pad Thai Song-Kreung (noodles) with shrimp oil, fresh deep-sea prawns, crabmeat, sliced squid, and sliced mango (300 Baht)
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).
Bangkok’s best Pad Thai in the making
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!
- Address: 313 Th Maha Chai, Banglamphu
- How to get there: It is easiest to take a taxi or tuk-tuk here, or use the app GRAB.
- Opening hours: 17:00 – midnight
5. Raan Jay Fai – Michelin Star Street Food
Jay Fai (72) cooks all the dishes herself
Located in the same street as Thip Samai (the restaurant above at no. 4), the Raan Jay Fai is the only street food restaurant in Bangkok to be awarded a Michelin Star.
The restaurant is owned and run by the 72-year-old woman Jay Fai, and she actually makes all the dishes herself wearing her signature black goggles and a black beanie. She is a real character! Even the late Anthony Bourdain has eaten here.
The restaurant has been serving crab omelets for many many years, as it was established by Jay Fais father seventy years ago. They mainly make seafood dishes and their specialties and must-tries are crab omelets, crab curries, and dry congee, all wok over a coal fire.
Their most famous signature dish is the Thai Crab Omelette Kai-Jeaw Poo, a big roll of egg with big chunks of delicious, juicy, and soft crab meat that is fried over a coal fire. The crab omelet is not the cheapest in Bangkok, however, and cost 1000 Baht = US$30. But for the amount of crab meat that you get in the omelet, it is not that expensive in my opinion as crab meat is in general expensive.
Other famous dishes are their Tom Yum Goong soup (typical Thai seafood soup), and Drunken Noodles.
Raan Jay Fai is the only street food restaurant in Bangkok to receive a Michelin Star
Receiving a Michelin Star has not been all positive for Jay Fai and her little restaurant. One consequence is the overwhelming amount of customers that want to eat here every day. So it is highly recommended that you book a table (send an email to email@example.com or phone them on 092-724 9633). They do have a waiting list for walk-in customers but expect to have to wait two to four hours to get a seat. It is best to be there when they open at 14:30.
Also after you are seated and have placed your order, you have to wait (at least one hour) for the food to arrive as Jay Fai makes all the dishes herself.
We actually gave up the wait and went over to the neighbor Thip Samai as we simply got too hungry…. 🙂
PS! This is a cash-only place, so bring cash as they don´t accept credit cards!
- Address: 327 Mahachai Road (at the intersection with Samranrat Road), next to Thip Samai restaurant
- How to get there: It is easiest to take a taxi or tuk-tuk here, or use the app GRAB.
- Opening hours: 14:30 – midnight Tuesday to Saturday. Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
This family-run Thai restaurant is a real gem in a small alley (the same alley as Charoen Saeng Silom that we have written about further up in this post). It is a rather small restaurant, but you can sit inside (aircon) or outside.
Their food is delicious and you find authentic classic Thai dishes on the menu all made from scratch. You can choose the spiciness so if you can´t handle Thai spicy (I sure cannot! 🙂 ) then they make it to your liking.
Tealicious is a family-run restaurant
They are famous for their Pad Thai, but we have unfortunately not tried it yet and went for the Massaman Curry, Red Curry chicken (yep, we sure L-O-V-E red curry chicken 🙂 ), and of course the mandatory Thai Ice Tea. Everything was perfectly delicious!
Delicious Curry Chicken at Tealicious
To sum up Tealicious: Super friendly staff, awesome food, great location next to the Sky bar from The Hangover movie if you want to have a drink with an amazing view after your meal at Tealicious.
- Address: 492 Trok To, Soi Charoen Krung 49
- How to get there: Take the BTS sky train to Saphan Taksin sky train station, and walk from there. It is located in the same street as Charoen Saeng Silom (further up in this article).
- Opening hours: 12:00 – 23:00. Closed on Wednesdays.
7. Rot Dee Det
If you’re looking to escape the shopping malls and have an authentic Thai meal in the Siam area, you should head for Rot Dee Det at the edge of Siam Square. In an area mostly dominated by the larger food chains, Rot Dee Det is an institution.
Espen enjoying some Beef Noodle Soup at Rot Dee Det Restaurant at Siam Square
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! 🙂
Beef Noodle Soup at Rot Dee Det Restaurant
And the Moo Wan (sweet pork) is mouth-wateringly delicious. Avoid lunchtime as it gets extremely busy.
- Address: Rot Dee Det, 420-420/1 Rama 1 Soi 7 (Siam Square), Bangkok, Thailand
- Opening hours: 07:30 – 20:00 every day
8. 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 and cozy 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 ten versions of on the menu.
Som Tam (Papaya Salad) at Som Tum Der, their signature dish
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! 🙂
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, Ho Chi Minh, and Tokyo with the same name.
- Address: 5/5 Sala Daeng Road, Silom. They also have a newly opened restaurant in Thonglor: 351/2 Sukhumvit 55 (take the Skytrain to Thong Lo station).
- How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there (very short).
- Opening hours: 11:00 – 14:30 and 16:30 – 22:30
- Somtum Der’s Web page
9. Sawang Noodle – Bangkok’s best Noodle Soup
The famous and legendary noodle cafe that used to be called Bamee Sawang Noodle, moved and switched its name to just Sawang Noodle in 2016. It was originally located in the Hua Lam Phong area, next to Bangkok train station, but has moved to 982 Phetchaburi Road close to Central World at Siam.
Sawang still serves one of Bangkok’s best noodle soups!
The egg noodles are hand-made, the barbecued pork is delicious and honey sweet, and the crab is salty and tasty!
Noodle Soup at Sawang Noodle
But is it as special as it once was? No, the old wood fire ovens have been replaced by gas and the new location lacks the old world charm and history of the previous place.
There is the feeling that a new generation has taken over the restaurant. But the noodle soup is still tasty and worth a visit if you find yourself in its new neighborhood. The noodle soup is still cooked outside the restaurant on the street, but you have to sit inside and eat.
- Address: 982 Phetchaburi Road
- The Sawang noodle cafe has moved from the original Hua Lam Phong location (near Bangkok train station Hua Lamphong) and is now at 982 Phetchaburi Road. The sign is on the glass door rather than on the main sign above so you have to look for it and it says Sawang Noodle.
- How to get there: Take the Skytrain to Siam or Chit Lom station, and walk from there.
- Opening hours: 9:30 – 23:00
10. La Table de Tee
This restaurant is a real gourmet treasure in Bangkok! The restaurant itself is small with a casual atmosphere but the food is stunning, both in its presentation and taste! Each evening the chef has a set menu where you can choose between two starters, two main dishes, and two desserts. There is no A la Carte menu. The food is a fusion of Thai and Western influences and changes daily.
In between the main dishes, 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 meal in Europe or USA!
- Address: 69/5 Saladaeng Road, Silom
- How to get there: Take the sky train to Silom station, and walk from there.
- Opening hours: Only open in the evenings, from around 18:00. Pre-book a table, as this place is small and very popular!
- La Table de Tee’s webpage
11. Blue Elephant
Blue Elephant is an upscale Thai restaurant housed in a beautiful old Thai Chinese building built in 1903. This is one seriously charming Thai restaurant; the decor, the atmosphere, the cutlery, the service, and of course the delicious authentic Thai food.
There are actually nine Blue Elephant restaurants across Europe, the Middle East, and Bangkok. The owner and Master Chef Nooror Somany-Steppe is world-famous for her Royal Thai cooking.
The stunning building of Blue Elephant was built in 1903
The Blue Elephant restaurant has a lot of charm and elegance
You can choose dishes from either the lunch (11:30 – 14:30) or dinner menu (18:00 – 22:30). Be aware that men have to wear pants for dinner in the evening but shorts at lunch is ok (if you show up in shorts in the evening you can borrow pants at the restaurant).
The prices are a bit higher here than at the more common Thai cafes/ restaurants in Bangkok, but you come here for the total package and experience. This is the place for special occasions. It is a bit touristy, however, so it can be crowded especially when big tour groups visit the restaurant. And yep, Blue Elephant even has a gift shop 🙂 .
Blue Elephant is an upscale fine dining restaurant
We went there for lunch and had Chicken Cashew and Red Curry, and it was really good.
Blue Elephant also has a famous Thai cooking school and a small shop where they sell ingredients and do-it-yourself packages so that you can make their delicious Thai dishes at home. These packages are sold all over the world, even back home in Norway. We have made their Red curry, Green curry, and Pad Thai at home, and it is almost as good as in the restaurant!
- Address: 233 South Sathorn Road
- How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Surasak station and walk from there (short walk)
- Opening hours: 11:30 – 14:30 (lunch) and 18:00 – 22:30 (dinner with a smart casual dress code meaning pants for men)
Food Tours In Bangkok
It can be a bit overwhelming getting the hang on the Thai cuisine with all its different courses and street food. A good idea is to join a food tour that takes you to some food markets and local Thai restaurants to get an introduction to Thai cuisine. Here are some excellent food tours that we recommend:
- Evening Food and Tuk Tuk Adventure tour
- Walking tour around Chinatown to see and eat at the markets and street food
- River dinner cruise
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 different “settings”.
These places are not typically tourist sites, so you are sure to get authentic, delicious Thai food, were also the local Thais eat.