Bangkok Food Trip: 10 Restaurants Worth Traveling For

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Lively, chaotic, and endlessly exciting, Bangkok is a destination everyone should visit at least once in his life—but more importantly, it’s a food lover’s paradise. For me, it’s the ultimate destination for food in Asia. I have scoured the night markets of Taiwan, devoured everything in sight in Osaka and Kyoto, and ate my way around delicious Penang, but when I’m alone craving for something hearty, tasty, and unforgettable, I find myself thinking about Bangkok.

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You can spend a week just eating your way around the city and go home still feeling like you’ve barely scratched the surface. You walk down the streets and sample street food, and you think it’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever tried; but in a matter of hours, you will find yet again another one that seems way better—and it never ends. I’m always excited when I have upcoming trips to Thailand because of the food, so below, I have compiled my top 10 places to eat in Bangkok. How many of these have you tried? Can you add more recommendations for my next trips? Enjoy!

1 | Gaggan

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First things first: Gaggan closed its doors last August and reopened in a new location in Bangkok. My exprience was in the "old Gaggan", but I still feel like it still needs to be in this list because Chef Anand Gaggan ... well, is still THE Gaggan Anand (he has other restaurants as well: Meatlicious, Sühring, Wet wine bar). Eating at Gaggan, holder of 2 Michelin stars and number 4 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2019, was a life-changing experience. The 25-course emoji menu is composed of beautiful, intricate, mind-fucking, perfectly executed dishes. I went here last May for my 32nd birthday—it was the most expensive meal I’ve had yet, but so worth it. It’s simply a meal of a lifetime—I’m glad I had dined here before it closed.

best restaurants in bangkok

8 Sukhumvit 31, Sukhumvit Rd, Klongton-Neu, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand
Reservations: +66 98 883 1022/+66 66 98 883 1028/Whatsapp: +66 66 98 883 1028 
Expect to pay: 8,000 baht and up

2 | Nai Ek Roll Noodles

best restaurants in bangkok
Sometimes the most plain-looking dishes are the most delicious. Such is the case of this guay chub from Nai Ek, a street food institution in Chinatown (open since 1989). Guay chub is rolled rice noodles, and in this very busy shop, they serve it chewy and smooth—like al dente pasta. It swims in a peppery broth that is sure to make you break into a sweat, but it’s so good you will be unable to stop slurping. Best of all? The small bowl (which is big enough, in my opinion) is just 50 baht! The crispy pork doesn’t lose its texture even when soaked in the broth—it’s so tasty we ordered an extra platter of it (100 baht). Believe me, this dish is the first thing you would want to try in Chinatown. (Also, we banged the table upon first bite, we were so shocked at how good it is.)

best restaurants in bangkok

Nai Ek
442 Soi Yaowarat 9, Bangkok, Thailand
7:30AM - 1:30AM
Expect to pay: 50 - 150 baht

3 | Supanniga Eating Room

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If you want a taste of traditional Thai home recipes, pop into Supanniga Eating Room and sample their hearty offerings. Their menu is composed of regional, home-style heirloom dishes, the kind that was passed on from generation to generation—or should I say, from grandma to grandma. I am obsessed with their light and tasty Crispy Leaf Fish Salad, dressed simply with fish sauce and probably lime, giving the salad a bright pop of flavor. The Isaan-style (northeastern Thai) Pork Steak and Panang Beef Shank Curry are both delicious and perfect for sharing. Supanniga has a number of branches around Bangkok (including a dinner cruise), but I advise going to the flagship store in Thonglor, which is the one that has a Michelin recommendation.

best restaurants in bangkok

Supanniga Eating Room (Thonglor)
160/11 Soi Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand
11:30AM - 2:30PM, 5:30PM - 11:00PM
Expect to pay: 500 baht and up

4 | Wattana Panich

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When friends ask me where to eat in Bangkok, I can’t recommend Wattana Panich enough. Known for their “40-year-old soup”, Wattana Panich is a beef noodle restaurant in the Ekkamai district. Locals and tourists flock here to sample their soups and stews. The restaurant uses an ancient cooking method, where the cook just keeps adding ingredients to the remaining stew, allowing the flavor to deepen and develop. The broth they serve is fragrant, complex, and ridiculously good—hints of star anise, cinnamon, garlic, pepper, cilantro, and a whole bunch of Chinese herbs can be tasted. The beef is literally melt-in-the-mouth. I can’t assure you that you would be satisfied with just one bowl—I had two.

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Wattana Panich
336-338 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Bangkok, Thailand
10:00AM - 8:00PM
Expect to pay: 80 - 200 baht

5 | Thipsamai

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I am guilty of consuming huge quantities of pad thai sold cheap around Khao San Road, but Thipsamai is indeed something special. Watching the cooks masterfully prepare each order in an almost mechanical manner is such a delight—and it makes the wait less horrible (there’s always a queue outside). I recommend getting the signature pad thai haw kai goong sot (120 baht)—it’s an awesome combination of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. There’s tofu, bean sprouts, and rice noodles, enveloped in a delicate scrambled egg, then finally topped with perfectly cooked, juicy prawns, cilantro, and red peppers. Toppings and sauces are provided in each table—I am obsessed with their pickled chilies! Make sure you try their famous fresh orange juice, which has delicious huge chunks of fruit in it—best OJ I’ve ever had, NO KIDDING.

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313 315 Maha Chai Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
5:00PM - 1:00AM
Expect to pay: 200 - 300 baht

6 | Krua Apsorn

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With Jay Fai fully booked for centuries ahead, we decided to check out another place famous for crab omelet. Krua Apsorn, with branches in Samsen and Dinso Road (we went to the one in Dinso), serves straight-up Thai comfort food. Its patrons are mostly locals—always a good indication. The kai foo boo or fluffy Thai omelet is a must-try—this rather plain-looking yellow ball will surprise your taste buds, especially once that distinct crab flavor oozes out. I love how the crab taste is pronounced but not overwhelming—best of all, this dish is just 90 baht! Their tom yum goong was tasty but not as spicy as I would’ve liked, and their Seafood Salad was super gorgeous and fresh—I can eat it everyday.

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Krua Apsorn
169 Dinso Rd., Bangkok, Thailand
10:30AM - 8:00PM
Expect to pay: 200 - 300 baht

7 | Chinatown (Yaowarat)

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best restaurants in bangkok
Everyone who wrote a Bangkok food guide probably included Chinatown in the list, but no matter how touristy it seems, Chinatown is really a must-visit for foodies. It’s chaotic, lively, bustling—very Bangkok. People line up for seafood, and in the evenings, for Michelin-recommended donuts. You can basically find everything here—from noodles and dim sum to insects and gigantic prawns. I discovered a lot of its secrets though a tour I had with A Chef’s Tour, where our guide showed us where to get the best satay, noodles filled with dried shrimp, chive cakes, ginger soup, and a whole lot of stuff—including soy sauce ice cream (which is SOOOO GOOD by the way)! You might want to check out the below link and video for more details.

Bangkok Chinatown
Samphanthawong District, Bangkok, Thailand (main area: Yaowarat Road)
Expect to pay: as low as 50 baht
Book A Chef's Tour's Chinatown Food Tour here.

8 | Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

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No trip to Thailand is complete without eating curry. If you watch food shows on Netflix, then you must be already familiar with Khao Gaeng Jake Puey—the legendary curry stall in Chinatown. Going here is a truly unique experience. The restaurant—if you can even call it that—is composed simply of a cart holding pots of curry and plastic stools scattered around, no tables! You fall in line, order, grab a stool, place your plate on your lap, and devour their delicious curry. Try the green curry, and choose whether you want noodles or rice with it. Jake Puey can be pretty challenging to locate, but I was able to try it as part of A Chef’s Tour as well!

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Khao Gaeng Jake Puey
19 25 Mangkon Rd, Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
3:00 PM - 8:00PM
Expect to pay: 50 - 100 baht 

9 | Fill in the Blank

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If you’re craving for comforting café food and all-day breakfast, head over to Thonglor and pop into Fill in the Blank, a trendy, super-Instagrammable café offering incredible food and drinks. Moments after entering the door, we already knew we were going to have a cozy, great time. The café features an extensive menu and selection of coffee concoctions. I loved the spinach and poached egg breakfast sandwich served on English muffins, adorned beautifully with cherry tomatoes (I ordered extra bacon, for good measure). The mushroom omelet is huge and hearty, served with a generous portion of salad. For the coffee, I highly recommend their flat white and mocha.

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Fill in the Blank
28/10 Sukhumvit 61 Alley, Bangkok, Thailand
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Expect to pay: 200 - 300 baht

10 | The Commons

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You have probably heard of The Commons—a hip food complex featuring unique concepts, artisanal markets, and beautiful communal dining spaces. If you have plans to visit here, drop by Roots, a mainstay in all “Best Bangkok Cafes” listicles—and having tried it, I know why. They make amazing breads that put other places to shame. You must try their croissants and Danish selections, then pair it with coffee, of course. When we went, they had P’Chatree coffee from Chiang Mai which lovers of fruity and acidic coffee will enjoy. You might also want to check out Holy Moly Pie, which is just in front of Roots. They make gorgeous, delicious gourmet pies—try the Camembert and Caramel!

best restaurants in bangkok

The Commons
335 Thong Lo 17, Bangkok, Thailand
8:00AM - 1:00AM
Expect to pay: 200 baht and up

What are your favorite places in Bangkok?

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