Bangkok is so big, we've split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Bangkok as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don't know where to start? Read an overview of Bangkok's different areas.
While Sathorn is certainly a major Bangkok thoroughfare, it's hardly on the tourist radar for most. Nevertheless there are a number of bars and restaurants though many will stretch the average travellers budget.
Traditionalists argue that non-Thais could never understand enough about Thailand to be an excellent Thai cook, while modernists consider that since Thai chefs have been able to master French and Italian cuisines, maybe it wouldn't hurt to take a peek into David's kitchen? Where ever one fits on the debate spectrum, it has to be admitted that Chef Thompson is bringing some fantastic food to... Read our full review of Nahm.
Muslim-Thai biryani rice with chicken, or khao mok gai, is a fairly common street dish that’s especially popular in Southern Thailand. One of the finest versions we’ve come across in Bangkok is served by one of the many street carts found on food-heavy Soi Convent, just off Silom and around the corner from Sala Daeng BTS... Read our full review of Khao Mok Gai Convent.
Fronted by the awe-inspiring Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple off Silom Road, Pan Road is a bastion of vegetarianism. Chennai Kitchen and A-Ma Kitchen are two of our favourite no-frills eateries serving strictly meat-free southern Indian and Chinese-Thai fare, but poke around and you’ll find a lot... Read our full review of Vegetarian food on Pan Road.
Boasting restaurants in several parts of the world and a whole line of Thai food products for export, Blue Elephant sets a high bar for royal Thai cuisine. Set in a gorgeous Colonial-era house, the Sathorn Road location is a fine choice for a refined dinner... Read our full review of Blue Elephant.
SomTum+'s menu stays true to its name, offering over fifteen varieties of som tam, an equal number of laap (chopped meat dressed with shallot and thai herbs), and lots of sticky rice to mop it all up. This is a good choice for a cold beer and some spicy som tam after exploring the Sathorn and Suan Phlu neighbourhood. Plates from 50-90... Read our full review of SomTum+.
Real vegetarian food in Bangkok can be hard to find. Lurking behind every plate of Chinese kale or mound of vegetable fried rice are vegetarian-eating’s ninja assassins: fish sauce and oyster sauce (and sometimes, inexplicably in a “vegetarian” dish, fried slices of pork belly), which makes the food at Baan Bai Plu Vegetarian (or BP for short) all the more of a treat. BP serves ahaan jay,... Read our full review of Baan Bai Plu (BP Vegetarian Restaurant) .
Wong’s Place is a dive. It's small, its interior could only be described as eclectic-lazy and half of the time you have to get your own beer out of the coolers and open it before paying. But it's one of the best dive bars in all of Southeast... Read our full review of Wong's Place.
Chinese flavours, ingredients and cooking techniques have long been incorporated into the cuisine of Thailand. They’re evident on practically every Bangkok street in cheap staples like khao man kai (chicken rice) and noodle soup. If you’re in the mood for something different, stop by Kiew Jeen for rich northeastern Chinese Liaoning-style... Read our full review of Kiew Jeen.
Baan Somtum on Soi Si Wiang in Sathorn produces 22 varieties of som tam along with a host of other Isaan soups and salads in a modern atmosphere. You pay a little extra for the air-con spread and snappy team of servers, but when it comes to northeastern Thai flavours, Baan Somtum isn’t playing... Read our full review of Baan Somtum.
Despite the drunken-backpacker Khao San Road cliche, real beer can be hard to find in Bangkok. There are a few places worth checking out, including House of Beers and BeerVault, but brewpubs aren’t common. Enter one of our favourite beginnings to an evening: Tawandang German... Read our full review of Tawandang German Brewery.
Caffe D'Oro serves sustainably-grown coffee beans from Northern Thailand and bakery treats. The inside is bright and comfortable, and the outside patio allows those who enjoy a cigarette with their coffee that luxury. Espresso, cappuccinos and lattes are available, as well as Thai-style iced coffee made with proper espresso (it's like coffee and rocket fuel had a baby) and Thai Iced Tea.... Read our full review of Caffe D'Oro.
It's a beautiful panorama and while it lacks the river view from State Tower's Sirocco, it has a more intimate and romantic atmosphere. It's joined by Vertigo grill, serving a fusion menu. Vertigo charges premium prices for substandard alcohol and the restaurant gets mediocre reviews, but the Moon Bar is a fun place for a memorable drink and we'd say it is well worth a single visit to enjoy... Read our full review of Moon Bar and Vertigo Grill at the Banyan Tree.
The Silom area, serviced by the BTS stops at Sala Daeng and Chong Nonsi and the Silom subway stop, is both a busy financial district and a popular tourist destination. Probably as close to a CBD as Bangkok gets, many of the restaurants in the area cater to the office crowd, but there are plenty of excellent bars and restaurants, particularly along Silom's low-numbered sois: Sala Daeng, Convent, Soi 4, Patpong, and Soi Thaniya, which cumulatively contain a concentration of dining and nightlife options that rivals Sukhumvit.
Named after the side street where it was first born as a humble street stall, Polo Fried Chicken has become one of Bangkok’s best-known eateries among both Thais and foreigners. Dozens of writers have waxed about its specialty gai tort (fried chicken) for small-time travel blogs and big-name media outlets, but does Polo deserve the... Read our full review of Polo Fried Chicken.
Muslim Restaurant (yes, that’s it’s official name) on Bangrak's historic Charoen Krung Road has been serving up rich and delicious Indian-Thai Muslim fare in a classic, no-frills setting for 70... Read our full review of Muslim Restaurant.
The dining room feels anything but temporary. It's laid out in an open, industrial-style, with huge front doors and a retail section off to one side. In addition to coffee and pastries, the café serves excellent sandwiches, such as their roast beef and mustard, and also offers wine by the glass. All of this industrial elegance comes at a price, however. Dean and Deluca isn't cheap, but... Read our full review of Dean & Deluca Cafe.
The standards here are marinated and grilled chicken, skin crispy and smoky, a bevy of som tam choices (green papaya salad), and laap of every kind (chopped meat tossed with lime dressing, shallots, and Thai herbs). Being a local joint, no one speaks very much English, but the staff is kind and patient and the menu is translated. Be forewarned: these Isaan ladies make som tam like they mean... Read our full review of Hai Som Tam Convent.
205 specialises in noodle soup (yen ta foo), 207 does red roasted pork and 209 does chicken rice. This is a perfect place to load up before a night on the town — expect to wait for a seat at both lunch and dinner time as this trio of restaurants are very popular with local Bangkokians. Prices are very affordable with most dishes going for 30 to 50 baht per... Read our full review of Streetfood: Silom 205/207/209.
The nam prik gapi, an unexpectedly delicious mixture of grilled shrimp paste, fish sauce, chiles, sugar and lime is delicious, eaten with fresh vegetables dipped in, as is the sun-dried beef and the fried pork ribs. The curries are also excellent. A tasting menu is available at 680 baht if one isn't sure what to order, but most dishes run from 130 - 250 baht. The restaurant has a bar as well... Read our full review of Thanying.
Apart from pad Thai, smoothies and kebabs on Khao San Road, ordering street food in Bangkok can be frustrating if you don’t know the lingo. Menus are often posted only in Thai and many basic dishes — like som tam and noodle soup — come with a range of options that can leave travellers dumbfounded. For good and authentic street food in an accessible package, head to Silom Soi... Read our full review of Streetfood: Silom Soi 20.
Balco has the most non-descript decoration ever invented: it's like vanilla ice cream, but instead of cream they used water, and instead of vanilla they used nothing. But when the sun goes down and all the lights go on across the riverbanks, and a breeze is blowing down the Chao Phraya, and boats are sliding by below, it doesn't matter because it's really beautiful. The drinks are a good deal,... Read our full review of Balco.
Yaki Ten specialises in yakitori, the Japanese equivalent of beer food, and their maki and nigiri are placed on the menu like an afterthought. But their focus on yakitori, paired with the unmemorable facade, belies the quality of the sushi – try the spicy yellow-tailed tuna roll and you will be an immediate... Read our full review of Yaki Ten.
To my mind, any window to the past is a delight, be it a 19th century read, or old-world architecture and eats. While staying at the Mandarin Oriental will be out of my price range for, oh, the rest of my life, high tea at the Mandarin Oriental is a wonderful occasion that, when planned for, needn’t break the... Read our full review of Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental.
Themed bars can be very hit and miss but, nevertheless, Bangkok loves them. Sometimes the theme is strong, such as the blacksmith workshop-cum-bar, Iron Fairies. Other times the theme is a bit more unfathomable. The Pool is one such... Read our full review of The Pool.
We’ve passed Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant near Haroon Mosque on Charoen Krung Soi 36 several times, and as nearby Muslim Restaurant has long been a favourite of ours, we thought we’d see how Home Cuisine... Read our full review of Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant.
Like many hole-in-the-wall Bangkok restaurants, one of our go-to roast duck joints goes by a very straightforward name: Khao na ped ba mee, which translates simply as “Rice or egg noodle with duck”. It's tucked down a side alley in the terrific but hidden away Lalai Sap market off Silom... Read our full review of Khao Na Ped Ba Mee Roast Duck.
Bug & Bee Cafe on Silom Road offers standard Thai dishes, Italian and Japanese inspired vegetarian fare, French-style crepes with a Thai twist, and a host of fusion dishes that aren’t afraid to test the limits of cuisine-blending experimentation. Add a host of baked goods and extensive coffee, bubble tea and smoothie menus, and the multi-floor cafe makes for one eclectic... Read our full review of Bug and Bee Cafe.
If it's not too hot, try to sit in the candle lit courtyard that opens off the bar on the main floor — it's beautiful on a balmy tropical evening. Indigo went through a rough patch in the last couple years, but they seem to have righted themselves and are offering the same rock-solid, honest French food that made them a hub of the Francophone expatriate community. Rare for Bangkok,... Read our full review of Indigo Bar and Restaurant.
With a gaudy gold dome atop a behemoth white chunk of steel and concrete, we’ve always found the Lebua State Tower to be an eyesore in the Bangkok skyline. At 247 metres — the third tallest in Thailand — there’s no doubt it’s an imposing structure. On the 64th floor rooftop, the Sky Bar bills itself as the highest open-air bar in the world, but is it worth the sky high... Read our full review of SkyBar at Lebua State Tower.
Other than that, there's not much to distinguish Molly from the rest of the identikit Irish bars in town. They do have a tasty early bird breakfast (order before 12 noon) that provides a proper daily ration of fried eggs, fried breakfast meats, and fried potatoes, as well as a massive Sunday roast. Happy hour runs daily from 16:00 — 19:00, with domestic beer at 85 baht a pint. Guinness,... Read our full review of Molly Malone's Irish Pub.
The building has high ceilings and teak paneling and looks like it would be the perfect set for a French film about discontented colonialists. However, if those same Indochine colonialists were alive today they would be furious about the mixing of French and Italian food on the menu. The lunch set menus are a good deal at 390 baht for three courses, but the a la carte menu is a bit pricey... Read our full review of Aubergine.