Thailand’s capital city has an extremely vibrant dining scene and with so many restaurants and bars to choose from, it’s hard to pick just 10 of the best places to eat and drink in Bangkok. However, we’re sharing some of our favourites and can’t wait to hear your recommendations as to where we should try next.
Celadon at Sukhothai
Within the grounds of the elegant Sukhothai hotel, Celadon is a real oasis of calm. Escape the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the duration of your meal whilst you feast upon authentic Thai cuisine. Named best restaurant in Bangkok by Travel and Leisure, the restaurant overlooks a picturesque lotus pond. We particularly liked the Celadon appetiser selection and the birdy shaped dim sum.
Sky Bar at lebua
World-famous as the bar where The Hangover Part II was filmed, Sky Bar is a must visit for its panoramic views and impressive architecture. At 820 feet, its one of the world’s highest rooftop bars and it really comes to life at night. Why not try a Hangovertini cocktail to fully get into the spirit of things? Just remember to dress smartly – long trousers are obligatory for gentlemen. There’s also a restaurant, Sirocco, where you can dine whilst admiring the illuminated State Tower and the capital’s skyline.
Breeze at lebua
Much less crowded than Sky Bar but equally photogenic, Breeze is located on the 51st and 52nd levels of lebua hotel. Executive Chef Sam Pang creates Asian dishes that successfully combine traditional and contemporary influences. Whether inside or outside, the decor is spectacular.
Nahm at COMO Metropolitan
One of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and considered by many as the best Asian restaurant anywhere, Nahm delights with its subtle blend of flavours. Chef David Thompson is originally from Australia and learnt French culinary techniques before arriving in Thailand. At Nahm, you dine overlooking the swimming pool and every course is a feast for the senses.
Café Claire at Oriental Residence
Nestled inside the luxurious Oriental Residence, a stone’s throw from the American and Dutch embassies, you’ll find Café Claire. If your tastebuds are craving European food or simply something a bit less spicy than traditional Thai food, this fits the bill perfectly. The bistro style decor is light and airy and the dishes are popular classics such as eggs benedict, croque madame and tiramisu. Their afternoon tea is a hit with locals and tourists alike.
For innovative Asian cuisine, refined service and decor, look no further than Paste. Chef owners Bee Satongun and Jason Bailey pride themselves on beautifully presented, locally sourced dishes. Just be aware that some of these are rather spicy, although the friendly waiting staff will be able to advise you which ones are most suited to your taste.
Asiatique The Riverfront
For a fun and relaxed atmosphere, head to Asiatique The Riverfront in Wat Prayakrai District. It’s on the site of the former East Asiatic freight company warehouses and bills itself as a nightime shopping experience. There are also many casual bars and restaurants as well as a ferris wheel. Brasserie 9 is a good choice for waterfront dining.
Somewhat surprisingly, Water Library started out as a bar featuring a huge variety of bottled waters. That all changed when the owner, Mr Pote Lee, an importer of water and wine met chef Mirco Keller. Since then, Water Library has expanded to 4 restaurants, each with its own stunning design. They’re a favourite with locals for after work drinks and dinner.
Inspired by who else but the iconic Audrey Hepburn, founder Janista Lewchalermvongse has created some of the most stylish cafés in Bangkok as part of the Audrey Group. A former member of Parliament and TV host, she has successfully turned her hand to dining. Who could resist these flower pot cakes from Audrey? Certainly not us, that’s for sure.
Fresh coconut at Wat Arun
Of course, Bangkok is not just famous for its high level restaurants, the street food is second to none. Whilst we didn’t have time to sample it on this visit, we did enjoy a refreshing coconut drink. When the heat is on, it’s an ideal way to cool down – we found ours at Wat Arun Temple.
We hope that you have enjoyed these suggestions of where to eat and drink in Bangkok.
Which places would you add to the list, whether for fine dining or street food?