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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
1st floor, Bangkok Art & Culture Center, Bangkok
T: (081) 989 5244

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 the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC) is at the cutting edge of a coffee/art... Read our full review of Gallery Drip Coffee.

Krua Muang Ling
Corner of Phetchaburi and Phaya Thai Roads, Siam Square, Bangkok

A half-dozen street restaurants churn out Isaan (Northeastern Thai) food to the masses alongside a busy road in the heart of Bangkok every night. After trying them all, we’ve gravitated back to Krua Muang Ling thanks to big portions and bigger flavours that don’t hold back on the... Read our full review of Krua Muang Ling.

Street food: Phetchaburi Soi 10
Phetchaburi Soi 10, Bangkok

It’d be a mistake to assume that the Siam Square area is nothing but a cluster of malls where hi-so folks go to buy Gucci and eat at corporate chain restaurants. No matter where you are in Bangkok, a street food enclave is always nearby — if you know where to look. In a corner of the shopping district, Phetchaburi Soi 10 and surrounds will leave both you and your wallet nice and... Read our full review of Street food: Phetchaburi Soi 10.

La Monita Taqueria
888/26 Mahatun Plaza, Ploen Chit Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 650 9581

Since its launching in 2009, La Monita has matured into a burgeoning Mexican food empire that now boasts four different locations around Bangkok. A visit to the original shophouse taqueria shows that, even halfway around the world from Baja California, success comes to those who can make damn good tacos and... Read our full review of La Monita Taqueria.

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

As a New Yorker born and bred, I know just how seriously people can take their bagels. Not every roll with a hole counts. A bagel has got to have the right smell, it must be soft but not mushy, and the best bagels are so overflowing with dough that the hole is nowhere near a perfect circle. BKK Bagel Bakery is the closest you’ll come to the real-deal in... Read our full review of BKK Bagel Bakery.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Siam Square? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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