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Victory Monument

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Victory Monument

  • Anothai Vegetarian Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    One of Bangkok's best

    976/17 Soi Rong Phayaban Rama 9 (in front of Rama IX Hospital), Bangkok
    T: (02) 641 5366

    Fifteen year-old Anothai Restaurant stands at the pinnacle of Bangkok’s vegetarian food scene. Named after its Cordon-Bleu schooled chef, it offers a mix of tasty Thai vegetarian dishes with flourishes of Japanese and Italian to go with a great bakery, huge tea selection and soothing atmosphere. ... read more

  • Baan Paa Jazz
    4.5 stars

    Highly recommended

    103 Soi Watanayotin (Rachawiti 7), Rangnam Rd
    T: (02) 245 1006

    If you're in the Rangnam area this back to basics restaurant should be at the very top of your must-try list. Covered with a corrugated tin roof, the walls plastered with newspapers articles, prizes awarded to children, and pictures of the King, the woman behind this restaurant stands behind two ... read more

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    Streetfood: Soi Rangnam
    4.5 stars

    Take a slow, munching stroll

    Soi Rangnam

    This short road feeds office workers their morning sweets and coffee, serves up dish after bowl after skewer of lunchtime fare and continues to sizzle as the sun goes down. Starting from the western end of the road (closest to the BTS station) and working your way all the way to Ratchaprarop Rd, ... read more

  • Taksura
    4 stars

    Let loose the Thai way

    Soi Worant (334/1 Phyathai Rd, beside the canal bridge)
    T: (02) 215 8879

    Taksura is the definition of a baan-baan hangout, which means it's a laidback, casual bar-club for sitting around a table with friends and eating/drinking your worries away. Rather than drawing a distinct group of people, anyone from Thai college students to older businessmen can be found here, and ... read more

  • Som Tam on Soi Ari
    4 stars

    Some of the best papaya salad around

    Soi Ari, Bangkok
    T: (087) 685 2213

    Some of the best food in Bangkok is often found at tiny, nameless shops. Case in point: a modest family-run noodle shop down the alley between Ari Soi 1 and Ari Soi 2 churns out cheap yet unforgettable som tam (unripe papaya salad). The man behind the magic can be found almost everyday ... read more

  • Hat Man Soup Shop
    4 stars

    Heaven on a plastic chair

    Soi Wattanayothin, Rangnam Rd, Victory Monument, Bangkok

    Tucked down a side street off Rangnam Road near Victory Monument you’ll find some of the city’s best noodle soup served up daily by a man with a hat. The shop doesn’t actually have a name but we settled on calling it Hat Man after enjoying his outstanding kway tiow nahm several times per ... read more

  • Sky Train Jazz Bar
    4 stars

    If you're a little bit hipster

    Soi Rangnam (near Victory Monument), Bangkok
    T: (089) 895 4299

    Are you a little bit hipster? Do you want to show off to your friends that you know somewhere to drink in Bangkok that’s off the beaten track? Can’t afford a 300 baht cocktail but fancy a bit of al fresco drinking? Then Sky Train Jazz Club is for you. ... read more

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    4 stars

    Excellent Isaan fare

    71/1 Phaholyothin Soi 7 (Soi Ari), Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 357 1597

    Inexplicably named Shambala is an excellent Isaan restaurant, with a minimalist designer interior (except for the Chinese shrine) and a host of ladyboys to bring you your plate of grilled chicken. As confusing as the décor/ladyboy/cuisine combination is, it all works. The food really ... read more

  • Salt Bar and Restaurant
    4 stars

    Wear your fancy shoes

    Soi Ari 4, Phaholyothin Soi 7, Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 619 6886

    Salt drags the young and fabulous and moneyed in every night to drink stylish cocktails and Japanese beer inside its minimalist glass cube of a dining room. The cube is perched in front of a traditional old Thai house on a grassy lawn, flanked by an outdoor patio popular during the cool season. ... read more

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    Fondue House
    4 stars

    Fondue then bypass

    Soi Chamnan Aksorn, off Phaholyothin 9, Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 279 4731

    Nothing says tropical living like a bowlful of bubbling cheese, n'est-ce pas? Fondue House has been serving up three types of fondue for over twenty years. Located in a residential neighbourhood a bit north of Ari, this restaurant sprawls across an air-con dining room, to a lawn terrace, right ... read more

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    Pad Thai Ari
    4 stars

    One of the best pad thai joints in Bangkok

    Between Phaholyothin Soi 6 and Soi 8, Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 270 1654

    Considered by some to be the best Pad Thai in Bangkok, Pad Thai Ari offers several choices of this popular dish. The original shop closed due to a land redevelopment, but the owners just shifted to the other side of the street and kept on frying up these famous noodles. Choose the standard ... read more

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    Som Tum Bangkok
    4 stars

    Be sure to try the Isaan sausages

    9 Soi Ari 3, Phaholyothin Soi 7 (Soi Ari), Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 619 8659

    A hundred metres off of Soi Ari (formally known as Phaholyothin Soi 7), down Soi Ari 3, is the long time favourite Som Tum Bangkok. It reliably serves up Isaan standards in a leafy green setting. Sitting outside on the patio at night is enchanting — until some extra-hot green papaya salad melts ... read more

  • Streetfood: Boat Noodles in Victory Monument
    4 stars

    Slurp it good

    Northeast corner of Victory Monument traffic circle

    Lining the banks of a small canal, this cluster of boat noodle shops is a great place to try this central Thai specialty. Boat noodles were original actually served from boats that puttered up and down the canals. Today, as the canals have become drainage-only, the restaurants have moved to the ... read more

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    Saxophone Pub and Restaurant
    4 stars

    Great tunes & crazy cocktails

    3/8 Phayathai Road, Victory Monument
    T: (02) 246 5472

    With a weekly schedule of rotating jazz, funk, big band, reggae and blues, this rarest-of-venues features two to three sets a night. The bar décor appears to be a chain restaurant gone wrong, but it's actually quite charming inside. Also, they have ice in their urinals, something that never ... read more

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    Kuang Sea Foods
    4 stars

    Amazing seafood

    107/13 Rangnam Rd, Phaya Thai
    T: (02) 642 5591

    The dining room at Kuang Sea Foods has the same charm that the stacks of aquariums out front have: wall to ceiling windows, tile, and lots of fluorescent light. At least it's not flooded with water. But from this humble and uninspired design springs forth some amazing seafood for an incredible ... read more

  • Cocowalk
    4 stars

    Go Indie funk

    87/70 Phaya Thai Rd

    Cocowalk is a covered conglomeration of small bars and restaurants popular with Thai college students and hipsters. The music is often good, with rotating acts appearing at Volks Bar and The Tube most evening. There is food to be had almost everywhere, but it's best to stop for a meal at the small ... read more

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    Royal City Avenue (RCA)
    4 stars

    Love it or hate it

    Rama IX Rd

    Love it or hate it, and if you talk to enough people who live in Bangkok they'll fall into one of those two camps, RCA is an (evolving) institution in Bangkok. An entertainment district that hosts more than 50 bars, restaurants, clubs, and cafes, RCA is jam packed every weekend. It's not the most ... read more

  • Mello Yello
    4 stars

    Swank jazz club

    29/70-72 RCA Zone S, Rama IX Rd, across from Cosmic Cafe
    T: (02) 641 4283

    Mello Yello is a swank jazz club in the popular Royal City Avenue area of Bangkok, a bar and club district. The smooth dark interior is inviting, and the acts booked are excellent with some internationally famous musicians coming in to play high-hat and bebop. Of course, it all depends on the ... read more

  • Pumpkin Lady Restaurant
    4 stars

    Top notch

    Rachatewi Soi 6

    While something of an adventure to find, this family-run spot features top-notch central Thai food at great prices. The head chef has been cooking for twenty-five years, and she never fails to deliver perfect tom yum, jungle curry (less creamy and spicier than coconut milk curries, and utterly ... read more

  • Cafe Boran Hat Yai
    3.5 stars

    Take a swim with Rama

    Next to Or Tor Kor Market, Chatuchak, Bangkok

    If you need a break from Chatuchak Market, head for nearby Or Tor Kor gourmet market for a taste of high quality fruit, sweets and prepared Thai foods. While there, don’t miss a Malay/Indonesian cum Chinese cum Thai specialty — Phra Ram long song (“swimming Rama”) — at Cafe Boran Hat Yai. ... read more

  • Street food: Soi Ari
    3.5 stars

    Let the grazing begin

    Soi Ari (aka Phahonyothin Soi 7)

    Just off Ari BTS station, Soi Ari is an excellent place to give Thai street food a shot. Here you'll find a more relaxed setting than Chinatown or Silom. Although tasty eats are found throughout the street, a stretch between sois 1 and 2 sees a tightly packed group of vendors hawking fresh ... read more

  • Baiyoke Sky Tower Rooftop Bar
    3.5 stars

    Terrific views

    222 Soi Ratchaprarop 3, Ratchaprarop Rd
    T: (02) 656 3000 

    If all of the other bars in the sky bar club are shooting for chic and cool, the Baiyoke apparently didn’t get the memo. The Rooftop Bar on the 83rd floor looks like it was put together by a sixth grade class, but it's charming in its own way (the same way that dumb kittens are charming). ... read more

  • Banana Family Park Vegetarian Food Court
    3.5 stars

    Cheap good vege fare

    Baan Ari 17, Ari Soi 1, Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 279 7838;(085) 440 9953

    Banana Family Park sounds like an amusement park, but actually is a dharma study centre. While children would be furious with the deception, this strange little complex houses a great vegetarian food court that is well worth a visit. Inexpensive, fresh vegetarian food, including tofu of all ... read more

  • iberry
    3.5 stars

    Too cute for human eyes

    La Villa, Phaholyothin Rd, Samsen Nai,
    T: (02) 613 0544

    While almost too cute for human eyes, iberry does a great job of providing sugar for the people. Coffee, tea, smoothies, shakes, and ice cream are available, to be served next to fudge cake, brownies, cookies, and fruit pastries. The ice cream comes in an amazing number of flavours by the ... read more

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    Greyhound Café
    3.5 stars

    Relaxed chain cafe

    La Villa, Phaholyothin Rd, Samsen Nai, Bangkok
    T: (02) 613 0547

    The Ari branch of this Bangkok chain has a relaxed feel to it, with a large outdoor seating area with fans and misters to keep the heat at bay. The menu has both European bistro-style dishes, like lasagna, tomato and mozzarella salad, or steamed mussels, as well as fried rice, green papaya salad, ... read more

  • Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Ignore the decor, enjoy the food

    36/9 Soi Ari (Phaholyothin Soi 7), Phaholyothin Rd
    T: (02) 271 2109

    While the interior of this restaurant looks like Laura Ashley exploded in rural France, the food is quite good. The classic Vietnamese food is well prepared, and the menu features a few Thai dishes as well. If you can ignore the floral prints and dried flowers, the shrimp toast, pho, pak mor and ... read more

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    Brown Berry Cafe and Bar
    3.5 stars


    117/4-5 Soi Phahon Yothin 7 (Soi Ari), Phahon Yothin Rd
    T: (02) 278 4544

    This adorable café on newly trendy Soi Ari has an inviting covered patio with fans from which to watch the afternoon pass by. Free Wifi, good coffee, and happy hour specials on Singha offer something for everyone. Inside seating is limited, but very air conditioned if you need to come in out ... read more

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    Victory Point Outdoor Market
    3.5 stars

    Great for noodles

    Northeast and Southeast Corners of Victory Monument

    Victory Point Outdoor Market is located southeast and northeast of the outside ring of the Victory Monument traffic circle. It's a hodgepodge of clothes, bags, cute things of every shape and size, and snacks — the northeast section is primarily clothes, while the southeast section has more food ... read more

  • Rock Pub
    3.5 stars

    Real rock

    93/26-28 Phayathai Rd
    T: (02) 251 9980

    This strange looking bar, part Disneyland castle, part underground sex chamber, has been rocking out for more than 20 years now. The service is indifferent, but the drinks are cheap and the music is and earsplitting, which is exactly how a bar dedicated to metal should be run. And make no mistake: ... read more

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