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 restaurants in Bangkok. If you’re wondering where to eat in Bangkok, look no further than these suggestions.
Best Places to Eat in Bangkok, Thailand
From street food to restaurants in the malls of Bangkok, there are lots of good options to eat out. It’s important to specify the level of spiciness that you can cope with, or you might be surprised!
What to Eat in Bangkok
- Pad Thai – this famous noodle dish is thought to have originated in China, where stir frying and cooking with noodles are traditional. Thailand put its own stamp on this delicacy by adding chili and tamarind.
- Tom Yum Goong – a delicious hot and sour shrimp soup, with lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves and chilies.
- Som Tam – this green papaya salad is made from shredded green papaya, peanuts, chillies, fish sauce and palm sugar.
- Gaeng Keow Wan Gai – Thai green curry is a classic dish with coconut milk, green chillies, vegetables and meat or fish.
- Pak Boong – known as morning glory, it’s a tasty vegetable that’s usually served fried.
- Khanom Buang – crispy Thai pancakes, that are eaten for dessert.
- Khao Neow Mamuang – mango sticky rice is a popular Thai dessert made with coconut milk.
1. 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 like the Celadon appetiser selection and the birdy shaped dim sum.
Address: Celadon at Sukhothai, 13/3 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
2. lebua Sky Bar
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. If you’re staying at the lebua hotel where the Sky Bar is located, you’ll get priority access.
At 820 feet, its one of the world’s highest rooftop bars and is a great choice when considering where to eat and drink in Bangkok. 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.
Address: lebua Sky Bar, 63rd Floor, lebua at State Tower, 1055 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
3. 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 Pan Asian dishes that successfully combine traditional and contemporary influences.
Whether inside or outside, the decor is spectacular. Diners can choose from 3,000 types of wine.
Address: Breeze at lebua, 1055 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
4. Nahm at COMO Metropolitan
One of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants of Thailand and considered by many as one of the best restaurants in Bangkok, Nahm delights with its subtle blend of flavours. Chef Pim Techamuanvivit and team have won a Michelin star for the second year running in 2019.
This stylish restaurant is also listed as one of the top 10 restaurants in Asia in the San Pellegrino awards. At Nahm, you dine overlooking the swimming pool and every course is a feast for the senses.
Address: Nahm at COMO Metropolitan, 27 Sathon Tai Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10210, Thailand
5. Cafe 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.
Address: Cafe Claire at Oriental Residence, 110 Witthayu Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
For innovative Asian cuisine, refined service and decor, look no further than Paste. Don’t be put off by the location in a shopping mall, it’s a very luxurious one and the air conditioning will make a welcome respite from Bangkok’s humidity.
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.
Address: Paste, 999 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
7. Asiatique The Riverfront
For a fun and relaxed atmosphere after dinner in Bangkok, head to Asiatique The Riverfront in Wat Prayakrai District. You can even take a river cruise to get there.
Asiatique is located 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 over 40 restaurants as well as a ferris wheel and puppet theatre.
Bear in mind that most places are closed at lunchtime, and open from 5 pm. Brasserie 9 is a good choice for waterfront dining and specializes in French cuisine.
For Thai food, try Baan Khanitha which has great views of the bay from the first floor dining room. There’s also a popular food court, with many street food vendors to choose from.
Address: Asiatique the Riverfront, 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
8. Water Library
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.
Water Library Brasserie at Central Embassy is situated inside one of the most luxurious Bangkok shopping malls. Come here for tasty French bistro dishes.
Address: Water Library at Central Embassy 1031 Ploenchit road, 5th Floor, Pathumwan, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Inspired by who else but the iconic Audrey Hepburn, founder Janista Lewchalermvongse has created some of the most stylish venues to eat and drink in Bangkok as part of the Audrey Group. A former member of Parliament and TV host, she has successfully turned her hand to dining.
There are currently 8 branches of Audrey in Bangkok and Nonthaburi province, each with their own distinctive style. However, they all have a common theme of French vintage design.
Who could resist these flower pot cakes from Audrey Cafe? They’re one of the cutest desserts in Bangkok.
Address: Audre Cafe Glamour Central Embassy, L5-03/1R Central Embassy (5th Floor) Ploenchit Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
10. Issaya Siamese Club
Chef Ian Kittichai and team cook up a storm in a historic Thai villa. The building is over 100 years old and has beautiful gardens.
Diners can relax with a drink on the colorful beanbags before heading inside to taste signature dishes like mussuman curry lamb shank. The atmosphere evokes a private members club and the vibrant interior was designed by Hans Bogetoft Christensen.
Address: Issaya Siamese Club, 4 Chuea Phloeng Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
We hope that you have enjoyed these suggestions of where to eat and drink in Bangkok. Don’t forget to check out our Bangkok 2 day itinerary and hidden gems in Bangkok during your trip too!
If you have been to Bangkok and have any recommendations for places that you would add to the list, whether fine dining or street food, let us know.
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