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Bangkok is hot. Inescapably, incessantly, interminably hot. Even if you take refuge inside one of Bangkok’s air-conditioned malls, you’re going to have to face the heat sometime. What’s the best and most delicious way to counteract days with a low of 40 degrees Celsius? Ice cream. Lots of ice cream. Or gelato for the Italians, and frozen yoghurt for the... Read our full review of Ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt in Sukhumvit.
In a city that sometimes seems over run with Starbucks, this is the cafe one wishes was on every corner. It's a comfortable place to get charged up for the day, or refresh with an afternoon cuppa. Elefin coffee roasts their own beans (most sourced from Thailand). Elefin's baristas pull some very nice espresso shots indeed, and serve the classic roster of coffee drinks. They also have... Read our full review of Elefin Coffee Shop.
If you're into to vegetarian/vegan and/or organic/healthy movements, here are two cafes that dish out some great food for the health-conscious. With locations close to one another on Sukhumvit Soi 39, you can easily check both of them out at the same... Read our full review of Health food cafes on Sukhumvit Soi 39.
Do you enjoy really good coffee? A robust cup of northern Thai Arabica is readily available all over Bangkok, but sometimes a taste of Guatemala, Kenya or Brazil is in order. Located off Sukhumvit Road, Kuppa is a high-end coffee shop and restaurant that offers an array of house-roasted gourmet beans from several continents. Throw in some savouries and baked goods served in a comfy lounge and... Read our full review of Kuppa .
If you include all the stands slinging coffee streetside, there have to be a million coffee shops in Bangkok. Most sell a standard mix of decent Thai coffee, overly sweet lattes, milky chah yen (Thai iced-tea), a few juices and smoothies, perhaps some baked goods that look better than they taste, and, if the place is elaborate, sandwiches and rice plates. Conveniently located M Coffee does all of... Read our full review of M Coffee.
Well, it's time to make that fantasy come true at Hundred Children Tea House. Two stories of antiques have been combined with a ground floor cafe that serves coffee, tea, and light meals. It's a nice respite from the busy Asoke area, and the bathrooms themselves are worth a visit: dragons spray water onto your hands. Coffee from 55 baht, pots of tea from 150 baht, croissants and Chinese... Read our full review of Hundred Children Tea House.
Widely lauded as one of Bangkok’s best midrange Thai restaurants, Supanniga Eating Room does what it calls “Eastern versus Isaan cuisine” in the trendy Thong Lor area. With culinary roots both in East Thailand’s Trat province and Khon Kaen of Northeast Thailand (aka Isaan), the hotspot delivers a mix of flavours that you won’t typically find under one roof. But is it as... Read our full review of Supanniga Eating Room.
Soul Food Mahanakorn is what you want your neighbourhood Thai place to be like. The dining room is minimalist without being spare, comfortable without being complicated. The food, too, follows this successful formula: seasonal, ingredient-inspired, perfectly-executed Thai. The bar makes fantastic custom cocktails, all of them double pours of quality liquor. It's a winning combination of... Read our full review of Soul Food Mahanakorn.
This open air dining hall serves up traditional Lao and Isaan food (think som tam, laap and grilled meats) in a rustic atmosphere. If Thais were cowboys, there would be a hitching post out front. Vientiane Kitchen serves spicy food, no doubt, but they are more than happy to tone down the heat if you ask. The staff is friendly and eager to help and the menu is in English, so if all else... Read our full review of Vientiane Kitchen.
Bo.lan is presently one of les enfant terribles of Thai food in Bangkok, in fine company with Nahm and Soul Food Mahanakorn, that have changed the way that (some) Thais think about their food. Alice Waters began to refine how Americans thought about seasonality and it's affect on eating habits; Bo and Dylan are attempting a similar conversation with Thailand. It's unclear if this is the... Read our full review of Bo.lan.
Set in a barely noticeable pavilion behind some bushes on Sukhumvit Soi 36, Krua Rom Mai is the sort of Thai restaurant that you expect to find along a rural highway far beyond Bangkok. If you don’t require trendy decor or a traditional dance performance to go with your meal, this slow-paced eatery dishes out big portions of tasty Thai food at backpacker-friendly... Read our full review of Krua Rom Mai.
You’ll find Southern, Central and Northeastern Thai food on practically every Bangkok street, but Northern Thai kitchens aren’t so easy to come by. Down a quiet soi off Sukhumvit, Gedhawa’s traditional Lanna decor in a homely air-con dining room sets the stage for good Northern Thai dishes at prices that are lower than we’d... Read our full review of Gedhawa.
Fear not if Southern Thailand isn’t on your travel agenda. The fiery and pungent flavours of the south are on full display at Phuket Town Restaurant in Bangkok’s trendy Thong Lor area. The little kopi-shop style cafe has always caught our eye from outside, but we were taken aback by how terrific the food turned out to... Read our full review of Phuket Town Restaurant.
Deeply concentrating, a unicyclist fits into his helmet as a crowd gathers round. A bell rings, and a flame dances atop a massive catapult. A whole fried chicken flies through the air as diners gasp in suspense. It’s just another dinner shift at Ka-tron Restaurant in Bangkok‘s southern reaches, which proves that if you’ve got a great gimmick, no one will complain about mediocre... Read our full review of Ka-Tron Restaurant (Flying Unicycle Chicken).
Opened in 2012, May Veggie Home quickly joined Bangkok’s top-notch vegetarian restaurant club thanks to creative dishes drawing on Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese and Western cuisines. Now at a central location near Asok BTS station, May’s soothing setting, house-made mock meats and vegan desserts keep on... Read our full review of May Veggie Home.
Probably the most famous stall in Sukhumvit Soi 38's nightly street food market, Pad Thai Fire Look dishes out delectable pad Thai and other quick-fried noodle dishes that attract a wide mix of locals, expats and travellers. The name only makes sense once you’ve seen the chef in... Read our full review of Pad Thai Fire Look.
The small dining room is watched over by a benevolent matriarch who also organizes the troops in the kitchen. Yellow curries, fried prawns in tamarind, and sataw (a sort of cross between a bean and a cashew with a bitter, but ever-so-satisfying taste) fried with roasted pork are specialties. Southern food is hot, so watch out for those chillies! Cool your burning lips with butterfly pea... Read our full review of Kua Kling Pak Sot.
The air con dining room is furnished with Thai antique furniture and royal newspaper clippings from the 1930s and the back patio is shaded by palms and banana trees; both options make for a relaxing meal. Baan Khanitha's food focuses on traditions from the Thai court, and they are most successful with dishes such as gai takrai (chicken fried with lemongrass) and chuchi pla tub tim, a whole... Read our full review of Baan Khanitha Restaurant.
They work to educate the public about the benefits of population control and to fund community development projects. The Sukhumvit 12 location is a popular option for travellers and expatriates. In addition to an air con bar and dining room, there is a shady patio watched over by towering palms that makes a great place to have a meal — it feels very far removed from central Bangkok.... Read our full review of Cabbages and Condoms.
While KFC outlets, chicken rice shops and grilled chicken-on-a-stick vendors are all ubiquitous in Bangkok, finding free-range, antibiotic-free chicken that you know is hygienically prepared is not an easy task. In the Gateway Ekamai shopping centre off Sukhumvit Road, Chicken T delivers exactly that — and it tastes darn good... Read our full review of Chicken T.
Update: Sadly, the shophouses that most of the food vendors on Sukhumvit Soi 38 rented for four decades are set to be demolished in January 2016 to make way for a condominium. Most, if not all, of the vendors will be forced to close. We will update this post if a number of them relocate to the same... Read our full review of Street food: Sukhumvit Soi 38 .
Known as an earthy-crunchy backpacker institution off touristy Sukhumvit Soi 11 in Bangkok, Suk 11 Hostel boasts boasts a good Thai restaurant. The extensive menu looks pricey at first glance, but Suk 11’s relaxing atmosphere, large portions and tasty food make it worth a... Read our full review of Suk 11 Restaurant.
Try their stir-fried morning glory, whole fried fish or pork satay with peanut sauce. Popular during the afternoon with office workers nearby, in the evenings the tables fill up with Thai families and tourists and the occasional tour group that wandered off Sukhumvit. Service can be glacial, especially when busy, but their hearts are in the right place. Touts off the street can be a bit... Read our full review of Suda Restaurant .
This centre follows the standard formula: tables are communal, order your food from the vendor that sells it, order your drinks from the roving drinks server. It's a great inexpensive and authentic option in this neighbourhood. Try the sea food hot pot from a stand towards the back (sign in English) or a fantastic bamee noodle soup with pork wantons. You'll dream about these wantons... Read our full review of Streetfood: Sukhumvit Soi 1.
From China to Malaysia and just about everywhere in between, the breakfast-y snack sala bao is endlessly popular. The steamed bun craze is as strong in Bangkok as anywhere else in Asia, and you don’t have to go to Chinatown to find a good one. Sala Bao Ko Ouan on Asoke-Montri Road churns out house-made buns that are hard to... Read our full review of Sala Bao Ko Ouan.
In Bangkok, a city filled with Japanese expats and close enough to the fish markets of Tokyo to make importing fresh tuna an absurd possibility, sushi restaurants abound. But choosing which sushi restaurant to frequent should never be done haphazardly; you must take as much care in selecting your sushi restaurant as a sushi chef when filleting halibut or rolling maki. Many of the city's best... Read our full review of Great sushi in Sukhumvit.
While there is a lot of passable ramen in Thailand, but few deliver the intensely flavoured broth and chewy noodles that Tan Tan does. Tan Tan also serves up Japanese curry on rice, omu rice (japonica rice rolled in a delicate omlette) and katsudon or ebidon, both bowls of rice topped with either a fried pork cutlet or tempura fried shrimp, respectively. Ramen 160 baht per bowl, other... Read our full review of Tan Tan Men.
The food isn’t outshone by the surroundings. Bahn hoi thit quay is a glazed piece of roast pork served with vermicelli noodles, baby jackfruit and boudin that is exceptional here, as well as is the five-spice roast pigeon. There is an interior dining room as well as an outdoor courtyard. Spendy, but very chic and very indochine. Starters from 150 - 300 baht, mains from 220 - 600 baht.... Read our full review of Le Dalat.
In the centre of Bangkok’s busiest shopping and business district, Sukhumvit, a plethora of kimchi awaits. Sukhumvit Plaza, one of Bangkok’s oddest architectural eyesores between Soi 10 and Soi 12, is also home to two floors of Korean restaurants, markets and specialty item stores. Informally known as Little Seoul or Korea Town (but without the karaoke bars you might expect), Sukhumvit Plaza... Read our full review of Korean food at Sukhumvit Plaza.
Whether its roaring popularity has to do with young Thai's fascination with all things Korean or if it really is the crispy, juicy fried chicken remains to be seen, but either way, it's successful. And delicious. The restaurant is a stylish glass booth on the second floor of a shopping complex about 100 metres down Thong Lor Soi 13 — prepared to wait half an hour or so if you come Fri or... Read our full review of Bon Chon Chicken.
While in Thailand Indian food has always been a bit of a spend compared to other options, it took Indus to make Bangkok sit up and take notice of how amazing this cuisine can be when prepared by the right hands. Indus is definitely more expensive than other Indian options, but the quality of ingredients and the innovative techniques used justify a bit of an investment. The tasting menu is... Read our full review of Indus.
Her eponymous dining room is modern and airy, and the kitchen puts out solid (if slightly pricey) Punjabi and Northern Indian cuisine. The lamb rogan josh and chicken tikka masala are both exemplary, as is the grilled eggplant curry. At lunch time, the vegetaraian thali (combination plate) is a great deal, with dahl, samosas, rice, puri, chapatti, vegetable curry, chickpea curry, and others... Read our full review of Mrs. Balbir's.
The menu is heavily Punjabi, but also includes some Kashmiri influences as well as some Indian-Chinese dishes. The peshawari kebabs and Punjabi gosht karrahi are both excellent, and good vegetarian options include nauratan korma and paneer tikka masala. Starters from 100 baht, mains from 180 - 330 baht. Good value for... Read our full review of Moghul Room.
It also crushes eggplant for baba ghanoush, and makes a mean hummus drizzled with olive oil and sumac powder, served with a stack of crispy naan still soft on the inside. The dining room looks like someone's Egyptian grandmother decorated it using only thrift-shop finds and the staff is efficient to the point of being unfriendly, but this place is definitely worth a meal, even of only to... Read our full review of Shahrazad Restaurant.
Khana Khazana claims to be “Thailand’s first-ever 100% vegetarian fine-dining Indian restaurant”. Whether this is true or not (the fine dining part isn’t), the long-running establishment doesn’t fail to satisfy when it comes to vegetarian breads, curries, thali and tandoori from several different parts of... Read our full review of Khana Khazana.
We spotlighted a few of Bangkok’s best pizza joints some time ago, but that was before Pala Pizza Romana hit the scene in 2012. This casual, easy-to-reach restaurant brims with red, white and green goodness and has since become our go-to spot when an Italian craving needs... Read our full review of Pala Pizza Romana.
Somewhat difficult to walk to (it's about 800 meters up Soi 39 from Sukhumvit Rd), L'Opera has a solid if uninspiring Italian menu that features standard antipasti, pasta preparations, and roasted meats. The food is well prepared and all of the pasta is house made daily. L'Opera (and its sister establishment next-door, Opera Riserva Winebar) has a great Italian wine list and there are some... Read our full review of L'Opera Italian Restaurant.
The dining room is simple and modern, and seems appropriate to the aims of the kitchen: uncomplicated, delicious food. The weekly menu keeps things fresh and allows the chef to constantly provide seasonally-appropriate variations. Oysters are on the menu when available and are flown in weekly — they make quite the treat in tropical Bangkok. Oysters 110/150 baht each, mains from 380 -580... Read our full review of Fat Fish Bistro.
A cook for twenty-five years in Europe and the Middle East, he opened La Buca in 2002 and has slowly built a client base of people who come back because they need his pasta, his damn good pasta. The food is classic northern Italian and very well executed, and delivered to the dining room by a dumbwaiter that wouldn't have been out of place 40 years ago. Oreste will probably tell you all... Read our full review of La Buca Italian Restaurant.
With the name of an Indian god, it's a relaxed Italian bistro that only serves vegetarian fare. The food is great, and no one misses the meat, with excellent eggless pasta hand rolled in the kitchen, excellent pizza, and gnocci that are some of the best to be had in Bangkok. It's well located, a short walk down Sukhunvit Soi 22, down a subsoi on your right. Pizzas 195-220 baht, pasta... Read our full review of Govinda.
By Bangkok standards, the pizza and pasta served at Bella Napoli will surely please. Set in a fittingly dim dining room, it's a great choice for a non-pretentious Italian dining experience. It's also a great choice for gorging on crispy dough and real... Read our full review of Bella Napoli.
Tilac German Restaurant serves up classic German fare like the previously mentioned blutwurst mit sauerkraut as well as schnitzel, currywurst, and plenty of fried things. Tilac serves a nice selection of German beers as well, including Flensburger, Paulaner, and Weihenstephan, amongst others. A good selection of Thai dishes and a confusing pizza menu are also on offer, but it's best to... Read our full review of Tilac German Restaurant.
Serving a menu of faithful variations on the humble crêpe, there is also a weekly menu featuring classic French dishes. It's a bit on the spendy side, but the food is very well prepared and lunch in either their air-con French Colonial-style dining room or lounging on the comfortable bed/booths in the green courtyard is a nice indulgence. Brunch is served all day and is accompanied by... Read our full review of Crêpes & Co..
OK, well maybe it was expat and travelling North Americans who were hungry, but either way, Charlie's Cantina served it up. The menu reads like an edited version (a good, concise edit) of many tex-mex eateries: tacos and tacitos, enchiladas, fajitas, chiles rellenos and chimichangas. While some of their dishes are a compromise of availability versus authenticity (cream cheese filled... Read our full review of Charlie Brown's Mexican Cantina.
Taco plates, enchiladas (both rojo and verde, as well as suizas), and melty, spicy nachos are spot on, especially when washed down with a margarita. Not as authentic as La Monita, but it is open 24 hours a day which means a late night snack of tacos can make the next day a whole lot better. Tacos from 80 baht, combination plates from 230-450. Beer starts at 80 baht and margaritas at 150... Read our full review of Sunrise Tacos.
Kitted out it a faux Route 66 décor, it's hilariously tacky, but in a fun way. Their menu is half American highway rest stop food: hamburgers, hot dogs, full American breakfast, and half Thai classics, including fried rice, fried noodles, and curry. None of the food is mind blowing, but it is appropriate for a 3am munch. V8 diner has an insanely cheap happy hour with beer and house-pour... Read our full review of V8 Diner .
Intimate and rarefied without being exclusive, it's richly decorated bar and lounge set the mood for an evening of good liquor and smooth beats laid down by excellent DJs. Music varies by night, but is solidly lounge house with some hip-hop and old-school funk thrown in. Q Bar serves food as well, but honestly the menu is a bit of an afterthought to the club vibe. The crowd has safely... Read our full review of Q Bar.
There can’t be many cities in the world that boast entire streets dedicated to entertainment, but Bangkok – being a notorious party town – has several, including backpacker haven Khao San Road, Soi Cowboy and Patpong, which are geared towards sex tourists, and Royal City Avenue, which is packed full of clubs. Single-street nights out are a great option for the lazy planner, or those who... Read our full review of Sukhumvit Soi 11.
“Is it open?” If I had a baht for every time I heard someone ask that when we pulled up in a taxi to Bangkok’s Bar 23, I’d have enough to kit the bar out with enough toilet paper to last the entire... Read our full review of Bar 23.
Bangkok’s bountiful Thai food keeps us happy 99% of the time, but every so often, a craving for a good old-fashioned burger hits us. Like most international foods, Bangkok has no shortage of burgers that run from Big Macs up to gourmet patties with imported beef. Seeking something in-between, we gave Firehouse Pub & Restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 11 a... Read our full review of Firehouse Pub & Restaurant.
Bangkok, furniture and tat stores seem to go hand in hand with cool drinking venues. The city is full of them, and Shades of Retro is one of the... Read our full review of Shades of Retro.
The industrial feel of the exposed brick-and-beams really works in this space, and blessedly the designers left enough room for a real dance floor. Out front is a deck for socializing and some fresh air (and a place to see and be seen). The crowd is solidly post-university, meaning that there is less pretention and preening than at some other Thong Lor spots (oh, there's still plenty, don't... Read our full review of Demo.
Over 35 brews are available (with their appropriate accompanying glass ware!), but Chang, Leo, and Heineken have been banned from the building. It's pricey, but the beer is fantastic. All beers are bottled, and include Palm, Kwak, Maredsous, and Chimay, amongst the more familiar Hoegaarten and Leffe crowd. The food, frankly, is terrible for the price. Go for a beer and eat somewhere else.... Read our full review of House of Beers.
The cocktail selection is interesting, ranging from classic mixed drinks to shochu-based cocktails. There are also beer-based concoctions, including your reviewer's favourite, the Asahi Lychee. Mellow's bar staff extracts the juice from fresh lychees and combines it with lychee liquor and Asahi draft beer for a tart, just slightly bitter glass of beer. The menu is focused Thai-fusion dishes... Read our full review of Mellow.
For the record, before I moved to Asia I hated karaoke. Hated with a capital H. I grew up on the prairies where karaoke was someone named Lurleen screaming a country song about divorcing a dog into a microphone while everyone drank themselves to heaven. There’s something supremely unsettling about having a bunch of drunk old men listen to you mangle a Karen Carpenter... Read our full review of Rabbits 3 Karaoke.
It’s late. You’ve been pounding the streets of Bangkok all day and you need a drink or six. You turn out your pockets and find a measly 500 baht. Never fear; this is Bangkok. Cheap drinks can be had. If you’re looking for a little more atmosphere than chugging bottles of Chang outside 7-eleven will provide, head to Cheap Charlie’s, where beers come at rock bottom prices and the atmosphere... Read our full review of Cheap Charlie's.
VW bars are converted Volkswagen buses with staff operating the cocktail shakers from inside. Decorated with neon fairy lights, disco balls and impressive sound systems blaring out the latest pop hits, they’re a noticeable addition to Bangkok party street Sukhumvit Soi... Read our full review of VW bus bars.
Sukhumvit Soi 11 is bursting with newish high-end bars and restaurants, including Marshmallow, which opened its doors in early 2012. If you have something a little more respectable than flip-flops and harem pants to wear, you might want to venture into Bangkok’s hi-so (that’s high society for the uninitiated)... Read our full review of Marshmallow.
You’ll never be short of somewhere to drink on Sukhumvit Soi 11 and there seems to be a continual increase in the number of new bars and clubs opening their doors. Competition is stiff, but Levels is proving to be one of the most successful launches. Hop in the lift to the sixth floor at Aloft Hotel, and you’ll find a deceptively big club of three distinct sections, each with its own... Read our full review of Levels.
There’s nothing nicer than sinking your feet into deep sand, feeling the breeze ruffle your hair and sipping on a fruity cocktail. Well, that’s the thinking behind Spot On, a newcomer on the buzzing Thong Lo nightlife scene,... Read our full review of Spot On.
Rooftop bars are Bangkok’s specialty. But unless you’ve got an awful lot of cash to flash, most people are limited to sipping on one expensive cocktail, taking the obligatory tourist snaps and then heading back down in the lift. Above Eleven is a little... Read our full review of Above Eleven.
If you think about it, Bangkok and New Orleans have quite a few things in common. Both are hot, flat cities prone to serious flooding. Both are set along major rivers that feed into major gulfs, each of which teem with shrimp. Both are cultural centres and premier nightlife destinations. And, most importantly, both are among the world’s best food cities. Southeast Asia’s only Cajun-Creole... Read our full review of Bourbon Street Bangkok.
The underground lounge space is actually pretty cool and has a good bar to keep the edge off things, but the music selection and DJ roster can be a bit confusing sometimes. Their sound system is amazing, though. Check their events list for an up-to-date roster of who's playing, and what special parties they are promoting. Drinks 150 - 400 baht, entrance varies by... Read our full review of Glow Club.
Aussie beers Pure Blonde and Victoria Bitter amongst others are on tap alongside regional brews Tiger, Heineken (yes, it's brewed in Singapore, so it's regional now) and SIngha. The Australian draws a crowd when the sport is hot, but otherwise it's a chill place to grab some cold beer. The front deck is a nice place to sit when the weather is good, but there's plenty of air-con seating inside... Read our full review of The Australian.
Typically, the purpose of a rooftop bar is to experience the cool breeze of the heady heights of the 66th (or another ridiculously high) floor and enjoy incredible cityscapes. Bangkok’s Nest, the rooftop lounge at Le Fenix Hotel on Sukhumvit Soi 11, doesn’t really offer much fresh breeze, nor views. Okay, so there is definitely a cool breeze, but it more likely comes from the dozens and... Read our full review of Nest.
If you're looking to go somewhere cosier than Glow’s dance floor on a Friday night, you can always head to one of Bangkok’s world-famous pubs. No, I jest. Pubs are like pizzerias in Bangkok – keep your expectations low, your stomach empty, and you will be pleasantly, if not moderately, surprised. Here's a list of some “traditional” Irish/English pubs, and by traditional I mean an... Read our full review of Irish and English pubs in Sukhumvit.