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Siam Square

Eat and meet

Siam Square

The centre of the universe for Thai students, Siam Square also has some very good eating options but somewhat lacking in the nightlife department.

  • Gallery Drip Coffee
    4.5 stars

    Phenomenal brew

    1st floor, Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Bangkok
    T: (081) 989 5244 ; (081) 917 2131

    As Thailand’s economy booms, a growing number of farmers in the mountainous northern region are focusing on gourmet coffee. Chiang Mai is undoubtedly the country’s coffee capital, but Bangkok is also on board. A love for coffee and passion for art are often blended, and Gallery Drip Coffee in ... read more

  • Som Tam Nua
    4.5 stars

    Highly recommended

    392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Siam Square
    T: (02) 251 4880

    Som Tam Nua might be wearing the flashy clothes of a Bangkok hipster, but underneath beats the heart of an Isaan grandma. ... read more

  • Sushi Masa
    4 stars

    Tuck into some sushi

    Siam Sawana Hotel, 359/1 Phaya Nak Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 215 9289

    Hole-in-the-wall Sushi Masa is a small gem in the not-so-trendy Ratchathewi area, with straightforward sushi and sashimi favourites shipped from Tokyo and chilled, but never frozen, and small surprises like the foie gras sushi and Thai-style salmon tataki ... read more

  • Krua Muang Ling
    4 stars

    Streetside scrumptiousness

    Corner of Phetchaburi and Phaya Thai Roads, Siam Square, Bangkok

    A half-dozen street restaurants churn out Isaan (Northeastern Thai) food to the masses alongside a busy road in the heart of Bangkok every night. After trying them all, we’ve gravitated back to Krua Muang Ling thanks to big portions and bigger flavours that don’t hold back on the chillies. ... read more

  • Street food: Phetchaburi Soi 10
    4 stars

    Delicious and cheap

    Phetchaburi Soi 10, Bangkok

    It’d be a mistake to assume that the Siam Square area is nothing but a cluster of malls where hi-so folks go to buy Gucci and eat at corporate chain restaurants. No matter where you are in Bangkok, a street food enclave is always nearby — if you know where to look. In a corner of the shopping ... read more

  • Deva
    4 stars

    Great choice for Thai vegetarian

    888/57 Mahathun Plaza, Ploenchit Rd
    T: (081) 750 9456

    Vegetarian food in Bangkok usually falls into two categories: vaguely Mediterranean-style (roasted vegetables and couscous) or ahaan jay, Chinese-style Buddhist cuisine heavy on seitan and tofu. Well-prepared, both styles stand ready to prove that even meat eaters can be poly amorous with their ... read more

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    Streetfood: Sam Yan Market and Today Steak
    4 stars

    Cheap and delicious

    Between Soi Chula 32 and Soi Chula 34 on Chula 9

    While Sam Yan Market itself isn't any slouch, people come here for the upstairs open-air food hall that is anchored with Today Steak, a monument to the fact that students like cheap and delicious food. Today Steak serves all manner of grilled meat, fried meat and roasted meat, along with Thai and ... read more

  • La Monita Taqueria
    4 stars

    Best Mexican in Bangkok

    888/26 Mahatun Plaza, Ploen Chit Rd, Bangkok
    T: (02) 650 9581

    Since its launching in 2009, La Monita has matured into a burgeoning Mexican food empire that now boasts four different locations around Bangkok. A visit to the original shophouse taqueria shows that, even halfway around the world from Baja California, success comes to those who can make damn good ... read more

  • BKK Bagel Bakery
    4 stars

    The real deal

    518/3 Maneeya Centre North, Ploenchit Rd
    T: (02) 254 8157

    As a New Yorker born and bred, I know just how seriously people can take their bagels. Not every roll with a hole counts. A bagel has got to have the right smell, it must be soft but not mushy, and the best bagels are so overflowing with dough that the hole is nowhere near a perfect circle. BKK ... read more

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    Koko Restaurant
    4 stars

    Great vegetarian options

    262/2 Siam Square Soi 3, Siam Square
    T: (02) 658 4094

    Koko is best known for its wide selection of vegetarian options on the menu, something not always easy to find in Thailand. ... read more

  • Sra Bua
    4 stars

    An exciting and novel exploration

    1/F, Siam Kempinski, 991/9 Rama 1 Rd
    T: (02) 162 9000

    Before it opened in 2010, Sra Bua was pitted against Nahm, Chef David Patterson's creation across town at the Metropolitan Hotel. ... read more

  • Vanilla Industry
    4 stars

    Design sense to kill

    Siam Square Soi 11, Siam Square
    T: (02) 658 4720

    This café has a design sense to kill — focused yet arty, it combines the dark wood of a European bistro with the pop-chic of west coast American design. ... read more

  • Baan Khun Mae
    4 stars

    Solid Central Thai dishes

    458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Siam Square
    T: (02) 250 1952

    Baan Khun Mae (Respected Mother's House) is an air-conditioned respite in the middle of the busy Siam Square area. ... read more

  • Food Plus Hawker Centre
    4 stars

    Best cheap option in Siam Square

    Siam Square Soi 6, 50m south of Sukhumvit Road, Siam Square

    This hawker centre, tucked away in a covered arcade off of Soi 6, is one of the best cheap eats options for the Siam Square area. ... read more

  • Bookends Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Student cafe with free WiFi

    Soi Chulalongkorn 62, Siam Square

    Bookends Cafe is a popular hangout for nearby Chulalongkorn University students. ... read more

  • See Fah
    3.5 stars

    Good value for money

    47/21 Soi Bangkok Bazar, Siam Square
    T: (02) 655 0251

    See Fah started out as an ice cream shop run by Chinese immigrants in the early 1950s. ... read more

  • Hong Kong Noodle
    3 stars

    Popular with students

    Siam Square Soi 10, Siam Square
    T: (02) 658 4154

    Hong Kong Noodle is a Bangkok chain with a few locations around the city. ... read more

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