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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.

Polo Fried Chicken
A short walk down Soi Polo (aka Soi Sanam Klee), just south of the US embassy, north of the Japanese embassy and across from Lumpini Park off Witthayu/Wireless Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 655 8489

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.

Somtum Der
5/5 Soi Sala Daeng (off Silom Rd), Bangkok
T: (02) 632 4499

From the upcountry paddies of Khon Kaen comes Somtum Der, a stylish air-conditioned eatery that stays true to the intense flavours of Isaan in Bangkok’s Silom area. Popular among office workers at lunch and hip young things preparing for a night on the town, the restaurant is also easily accessible for travellers who don’t speak a lick of Thai.... Read our full review of Somtum Der.

Khao Mok Gai Convent
Soi Convent (in front of Bua Restaurant), Bangkok

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.

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Pan Road, Bangkok

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.

Muslim Restaurant
1354-56 New Road (Soi 42), Charoen Krung, Bangkok
T: (022) 341 876

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.

Streetfood: Silom Soi 20
Silom Soi 20, Silom Rd

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.... Read our full review of Streetfood: Silom Soi 20.

Afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental
At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Charoen Krung Soi 40, Bangkok
T: (02) 659 9000

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.

Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant
186 Charoen Krung 36, Bangkok
T: (02) 234 7911

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.

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Near the corner of Silom and Naradhiwas roads, Bangkok

Patpong night market and the surrounding area on Silom Road is highlighted in most guide books as one of Bangkok’s best places to shop and eat. Yet we reckon there's a better market right in the Silom area where you’ll likely be the only foreigner in sight. It’s called Lalai Sap, and it emerges from a maze of unassuming side streets every week... Read our full review of Lalai Sap market.

Street food around Sala Daeng
Around Sal Daeng and Soi Convent

The area around Sala Daeng BTS Station on Silom Road is a microcosm of Bangkok: backpackers, office workers, luxury travellers, street musicians, sexpats and wealthy locals all rub shoulders at restaurants, markets, pubs and shopping centres. And, of course, dozens of street food outlets dish out the fuel that keeps Sala Daeng’s wheels spinning.... Read our full review of Street food around Sala Daeng.

SkyBar at Lebua State Tower
Lebua Hotel in the State Tower, intersection Silom Rd and Charoen Krung Rd
T: (02) 624 9555

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.

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Sathorn Road

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.

The Metropolitan Hotel, 27 Sathon Tai Rd
T: (02) 625 3333

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.

Blue Elephant
233 Sathorn Tai Rd, Bangkok
T: (026) 739 353, (026) 739 354

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.

Baan Bai Plu (BP Vegetarian Restaurant)
Soi Suan Plu 8, Sathorn Rd
T: (080) 080 7255

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
27/3 Soi Sribamphen, Rama 4 Rd
T: (081) 901 0235

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.

Kiew Jeen
Soi Ngam Dupli, Bangkok
T: (02) 679 7019

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
9/1 Soi Si Wiang, Sathorn, Bangkok
T: T: (026) 303 486

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.

Tawandang German Brewery
462/61 Rama 3 Rd
T: (02) 678 1114 ?

Despite the drunken-backpacker Khao San Road cliche, real beer can be hard to find in Bangkok.... Read our full review of Tawandang German Brewery.

Moon Bar and Vertigo Grill at the Banyan Tree
61st Fl, 21/100 South Sathon Rd
T: (02) 679 1200

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.

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