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The immediate Victory Monument area boasts a top-notch eating and drinking scene. You’ll find funky pubs like Sky Train Jazz Bar and Saxophone along with loads of great street food -- don’t miss the boat noodles. Do explore beyond the places we’ve listed below, especially after dark, and you’ll find all sorts of tasty bites that haven’t been discovered by travel writers.
If you're in the Rangnam area the basic yet fantastic Baan Pa Jazz 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 -- Pa Jazz herself -- stands behind two gas burners with her hair unbelievably coiffed considering... Read our full review of Baan Paa Jazz.
Food, glorious food! Bangkok’s Rangnam neighbourhood is tucked between Phaholyothin and Ratchaprarop roads, close to the Victory Monument traffic circle. It’s a neighbourhood that holds several hospitals, colleges and a lot of businesses, which mean only one thing to us: good food, cheap. It’s a happy coincidence that college students also like bars because a few fun places have sprung up... Read our full review of Street food: Soi Rangnam.
Consisting of a few types of pork served over rice with a hard-boiled egg and gravy, khao muu daeng is a Chinese-Thai dish served at streetside kitchens all over Thailand. While we’ve always found it to hit the spot for a quick and cheap bite, the version served at Khao Muu Daeng Pathom Lert Rod is worth heading across town for.... Read our full review of Khao Muu Daeng Pathom Lert Rod.
When canals were the most reliable thoroughfares and boats plied the “Venice of the East”, boat noodles were Thailand’s answer to delivery pizza. Vendors plied their way across the city selling Chinese-style noodle soups from wooden sampans, calling out for customers as they passed by. The best of them developed loyal followings, differentiating themselves by the types of noodles and spices... Read our full review of Boat Noodles at Victory Monument.
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 delicious seafood for reasonable prices. Crab fried rice is chock full of sweet crab meat; the steamed fish in soy falls from the... Read our full review of Kuang Sea Foods.
Home to lots of expats and trendy Thais, the Ari neighbourhood has become one of Bangkok’s most exciting places to eat and drink. You’ll find a good selection of street food along with plenty of upscale restaurants and hip cafes serving a wide range of cuisines.
Founded by the family that runs Bangkok Printing, Banana Family Park was established to promote the Buddha’s teachings. The complex offers yoga, a free public Dharma library, a health food store, a coffee shop and the Baan Suan Pai food court, which brims with vegetable... Read our full review of Baan Suan Pai vegetarian food court.
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 industrial-chic cube is perched in front of a traditional Thai house on a grassy lawn, flanked by an outdoor patio popular during the cool season. The menu is ostensibly Japanese, but there is a pizza menu and a few pasta dishes to be... Read our full review of Salt .
Focusing on the bold flavours of Northeast Thailand, Somtum Bangkok doesn’t go over-the-top trendy despite its location in one of the city’s trendiest areas. Expect classic som tam with a few unusual twists served at an open-air deck or air-con dining room.... Read our full review of Somtum Bangkok.
In recent years the Ari area has become an enclave of expats and moneyed Thais that's best known for trendy cafes and bars. Those seeking a cheaper meal will find a strong selection of street food running from Ari BTS station down Soi Ari and into Ari Soi... Read our full review of Street food: Soi Ari.
While the tiny interior of Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant looks like Laura Ashley exploded in rural France, the food is quite good. Classic Vietnamese fare 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 bee bun are all excellent. Several vegetarian dishes are available and, true to the... Read our full review of Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant.
Those who don’t mind trekking out to Northeast Bangkok will find one of the city’s finest vegetarian restaurants along with happening nightlife at RCA and, our personal favourite, Fatty’s Bar and Diner.
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 veggie dishes with flourishes of Japanese and Italian to go with a great bakery, huge tea selection and soothing atmosphere. Set in an out-of-the-way East Bangkok locale, Anothai is worth every shred of the effort it takes to get... Read our full review of Anothai Vegetarian Restaurant.
The highlight of this area in far Northern Bangkok is Or Tor Kor Market, where a neighbouring eatery churns out a delicious pork and peanut dish called Phra Ram long song.
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... Read our full review of Cafe Boran Hat Yai.
Northern Bangkok is best known for the many massive clubs lining Royal City Avenue (RCA), but you’ll also find several smaller spots that are worth checking out. Some great live music can be found up this way.
Most Bangkokians immediately assume that you’re talking about the massive nightclubs of RCA when mentioning nightlife in the Phra Ram 9 area. Follow an overpass in the opposite direction and you’ll find a far more intimate sort of nightspot at Fatty’s Bar and Diner, an unlikely mainstay in the city’s craft beer and independent music scene.... Read our full review of Fatty’s Bar and Diner.
Taksura is the definition of a baan-baan hangout: homey and comfortable, this bar feels like it’s acceptable to sit around in while wearing your underwear (metaphorically, of course). It’s a great place to sit outside in shorts and flip-flops, drink cold beers and listen to live music while Thai college students flirt, business guys drink to success and everyone snacks their way towards... Read our full review of Taksura.
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... Read our full review of Sky Train Jazz Bar.
With a weekly schedule of rotating jazz, funk, big band, reggae and blues, this rarest-of-venues features two to three sets a night. For locals into Bangkok's burgeoning live music scene, Bangkok's Saxophone Bar is an institution. The famous jazz and blues pub first opened in 1987 and has won many accolades since then for the live music. Its foreigner friendly vibe and ease of access (it is... Read our full review of Saxophone Pub and Restaurant.
A massive entertainment district that hosts more than 50 bars, restaurants, clubs, and cafes, Royal City Avenue (RCA) jams every weekend and stays busy straight through the week. 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 one of Bangkok's most popular places to let loose after dark. One of the largest clubs, Route... Read our full review of Royal City Avenue (RCA).