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Eat and meet

Khao San Road

Adhere the 13th Blues Bar
13 Samsen Rd, Bangkok (turn right from the west end of Khao San Road, walk straight and you'll see it just after the canal on the left.)
T: (089) 769 4613

Sometimes discovery happens the hard way, requiring a lifetime of slogging through a city, measuring and weighing and comparing to see if you’ve found the one true thing you have been after. And sometimes it happens the easy way. Possibly when you are just the tiniest bit tipsy after drinking beers and complaining about live music options, a friend leads you to the one true thing you needed.... Read our full review of Adhere the 13th Blues Bar.

Nai Soey Beef Noodles
100/2-3 Phra Arthit Rd, Bangkok
T: (086) 982 9042

A really good beef noodle soup (kuay-tiao neua) is not so easy to find in Bangkok. One exception is Nai Soey, a no-frills shop near Khao San Road that’s been slinging tender beef in a delicious cow’s blood broth for over 40... Read our full review of Nai Soey Beef Noodles.

A-isa Rot Dee
178 Tani Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 6378

Hidden down a dark alley near Khao San Road, A-isa Rot Dee is a congregation of carts that churn out quality Muslim-Thai food. A mash-up of Southern Thai ingredients and flavours thought to have been brought by Middle Eastern traders many centuries ago, the cuisine is known for rich curries, turmeric-laced rice and unleavened breads. A-isa is a fine place to try all of the... Read our full review of A-isa Rot Dee.

Sor Roong Roj
Soi Nakhon Sawan 6 (next to Nang Loeng market), Bangkok
T: (02 281 9755

Located right next to century-old Nang Loeng market in a corner of Bangkok’s historic district, Sor Roong Roj has been dishing out fantastic Hokkien-Chinese fare, with a Thai touch, since... Read our full review of Sor Roong Roj.

Steve Cafe and Cuisine
68 Sri-Ayutthaya Rd, Bangkok
T: (081) 868 0744

Defined by piles of fresh fruit, bundles of flower garlands and charmingly dilapidated houses, the area around Thewet pier and market is one of the most colourful in Bangkok. This is where you’ll find Steve Cafe and Cuisine, serving quality Thai fare on a deck next to the Chao Phraya. It’s a great option if you’re after a relaxing riverside atmosphere and don’t mind paying for... Read our full review of Steve Cafe and Cuisine.

85/2 Soi Bowonrangsi (behind the Burger King off Tanao Road), Bangkok
T: (02) 280 7549

Tucked into the alley that runs behind Burger King across from the eastern end of Khao San Road, Ethos vegetarian cafe does some mean veggie food to go with an impressive spread of beverages. The ambiance is earthy-crunchy and it’s a relaxing spot to check email or read while nibbling on probiotic super-foods or sipping seven different types of Kombucha... Read our full review of Ethos.

Nang Loeng Market
Nakhon Sawan Soi 6

Historic neighbourhood, heritage site, spirit shrine, wet market, prepared foods plaza and confectionery all at once, Nang Loeng market is one of a kind. It’s been around since 1900, making it one of Bangkok’s oldest markets, and probably doesn’t feel too different today than it did at the turn of the... Read our full review of Nang Loeng Market.

Roti Mataba
136 Phra Athit Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 282 2119

Street carts selling fried roti (an unleavened bread that originated in India and is popular across South and Southeast Asia) are not hard to find in Thailand. The sweet version, often stuffed with bananas and drizzled with sweet condensed milk, is popular all over Thailand. After nearly 60 years of blending Indian, Thai and Malaysian tastes, the folks at tiny Roti Mataba restaurant on Phra Athit... Read our full review of Roti Mataba.

Street food around Khao San Road

With so many eateries around Khao San Road serving bland and pricey Thai food, it’s no surprise that street food vendors dish out some of the cheapest and tastiest eats around. The ubiquitous pad Thai is fine, but do poke around to expand your Thai food horizons.... Read our full review of Street food around Khao San Road.

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