Photo: Great northeastern eating near Victory Monument.

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Eat and meet

Victory Monument

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.


Baan Paa Jazz
103 Soi Watanayotin (Rachawithi Soi 7), between Rangnam Rd and Ratchawithi Rd
T: (02) 245 1006

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.

Street food: Soi Rangnam
Soi Rangnam

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.

Khao Muu Daeng Pathom Lert Rod
West end of Rangnam Rd (across from Top Charoen Optical), Bangkok
T: (089) 115 1012

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.

Boat Noodles at Victory Monument
Next to the canal, near the northeast corner of Victory Monument traffic circle

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.

Kuang Sea Foods
107/13 Rangnam Rd (towards the east end of the road)
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 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.

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Ari

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.


Baan Suan Pai vegetarian food court
17/1 Ari Soi 1 (in Baan Ari compound), Bangkok
T: (02) 279 7838

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
Corner of Soi Ari (Phahonyothing Soi 7) and Ari Soi 4, Bangkok
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 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 .

Somtum Bangkok
9 Ari Soi 3, Bangkok
T: (02) 619 8659

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.

Street food: Soi Ari
Soi Ari (aka Phahonyothin Soi 7)

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.

Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant
36/9 Soi Ari (Phaholyothin Soi 7), Bangkok
T: (02) 271 2109

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.

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Phra Ram 9

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

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.

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Chatuchak

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.


Cafe Boran Hat Yai
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... Read our full review of Cafe Boran Hat Yai.

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Nightlife

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.


Fatty’s Bar and Diner
598/66 Asoke Din Daeng Rd, Bangkok
T: (081) 438 7221

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

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.

Sky Train Jazz Bar
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... Read our full review of Sky Train Jazz Bar.

Saxophone Pub and Restaurant
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. 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.

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Rama IX Rd

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).

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Where to next?

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


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