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Siam Square And Surrounds

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. This place keeps the seats packed with classic som tam, available in multiple different iterations (including with freshwater crab, with salted shrimp, or with fermented fish), ... read more

  • Deva
    4 stars

    Great choice for Thai vegetarian

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

    A one-stop-shop for your vegetarian needs in central Bangkok. Centrally located Deva serves up meatless renditions of Thai classics like spicy laap salads, massaman curry and fried holy basil dishes that will satisfy both your quest for a vegetarian meal and your craving for that unmistakable Thai ... 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, Ploenchit
    T: (02) 650 9581

    While there are a few other Mexican places in Bangkok, none of them come close to La Monita Taqueria's tacos. Their tacos al pastor hit all the right notes for your correspondent, who, it must be said, works much better when Mexican food is close at hand. La Monita uses good ingredients and ... read more

  • BKK Bagel Bakery
    4 stars

    The real deal

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

    New York-style BKK Bagel gets bagels right. Baked fresh every day, the bagels are large, doughy and come with that heavenly bagel aroma. For those of you unfamiliar, bagels are doughnut shaped pieces of dough that are boiled before they are baked to give them a chewy, insanely satisfying ... 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. Try their mushrooms fried with holy basil (kaprao het); it's a mix of tender mushrooms pan-seared and tossed with a tart dressing and Thai herbs. Fried shiitake mushroom ... 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. Sra Bua, like Nahm, has a sister restaurant with a Michelin star half way around the world in Europe. Unlike Nahm, which takes painstaking authenticity to a new level, ... 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. The second floor dining room offers French-inspired fare, with crepes and salads dominating the menu. Their desserts are excellent, as ... 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. Just like an old auntie's house might be, the furnishings are a bit faded and the service is warm but lackadaisical. The food is solid Central Thai dishes, including prawns in red ... 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. Long tables run down the centre of the arcade which stretches from Soi 6 to Soi 5 (it's easier to find from Soi 6 as there is no sign from the Soi 5 side). Flanking ... read more

  • Hong Min
    3.5 stars

    Great dim sum in MBK, seriously

    MBK shopping centre, intersection Rama I and Phaya Thai Rds, 1st floor/3rd floor
    T: T: (02) 620 9492 / (02) 611 5643

    With 12% of Thailand's population made up of southern Chinese immigrants, most of whom reside in Bangkok, you're never too far from a dim sum shop. We've searched many a Bangkok back street for the best steamer baskets of dumplings and buns around, and (believe it or not) one of our favourites -- ... 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. Set at the rear of Siam Square, it's all outdoors, with a wide, shady veranda, comfortable seating and antique fans, all amid a canopy of leafy vines. The relative leafy quiet (compared with the banging ... 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. It's steadily added to its menu as management has passed from grandfather to father to son and now has a good selection of Thai-Chinese dishes, and several locations in Bangkok. The Siam Square branch has a ... 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. A popular spot with students and young Thais, Hong Kong Noodle has a good selection of decently prepared dim sum, roasted duck and chicken dishes, and noodles. You might not bring your Chinese grandma here, but it's a ... read more



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