One of the best ways to experience a country is by eating locally.  There are so many culinary delights that can be enjoyed in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. We here at Camboticket have put together a curated list of areas to shop and places to eat from our well-travelled team of employees.

Street Food

Eating street food in Bangkok is one of the main pleasures of a trip to Thailand.  After a bus ride  on Virak Buntham Express from Phnom Penh, it is easy to satisfy your appetite with some affordable street food from the many stalls and carts around the city, especially in the tourist areas of Khaosan road and off of Sukhumvit road. Check out the list below of the most popular street foods you can sample to your stomach’s delight:

  • Som Tum – spicy papaya salad with dried shrimp (a must try dish, but beware of the heat index)
  • Pad Thai – fried noodles with shrimp (spice levels fluctuate)
  • Tom Yum Goong – spicy shrimp soup (not for the faint of heart)
  • Tom Kha Kai – chicken soup in coconut milk *unique flavours make this highly recommended
  • Pad Krapow Moo Saap – fried basil & ground pork *a must try with steamed or sticky rice
  • Gaeng Daeng – red curry with varying meats or vegetarian (can be extremely spicy)
  • Gaeng Keow Wan Kai – green chicken curry (not as spicy as the red curry but full of flavour)

In addition to these street foods, one can find plenty of barbecue skewers, sausages, and fresh fruits. You can also find vendors selling smoothies, fresh fruit juices, and other assorted beverages. Try one of the pomegranate juices (typically 50-100 baht, or  $1.75-$3.25 each); it is not only refreshing but packs plenty of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy living.

A sample of common items available from street vendors

Restaurants and Dining Experiences 

There are hundreds of high-quality restaurants in Bangkok, and being such an expansive city, it is easy to be overwhelmed by choice!  Below are some cuisine categories help you in your culinary quest. Make sure you’re close to the best dining options by selecting a place to stay in Bangkok that works to your advantage!

Thai Food Restaurants

If you’ve enjoyed some Tom Yum Goong or Pad Thai on the street but are looking for a more robust Thai dining experience, there are a number of great options, but Vientiane Kitchen is our top pick. A short walk from the Thong Lo BTS stop off of Sukhumvit, one can sample some high-quality Isaan cuisine at affordable prices. At night you can catch a live band playing music and an authentic dance show including gorgeous dancers donning highly ornate, traditional clothes. On weekends they will involve the audience in the festivities, providing a fully inclusive and unique Thai dining experience that should not be missed.

Other great Thai restaurants include :

  • Marshmelloon Sukhumvit Soi 11;
  • Nahmwhich is consistently ranked as one of the top Asian restaurants in the world;
  • Long Table.

For late night snacks we highly recommend the Swan Bar & Restaurant, located on Sukhumvit Soi 4, as their kitchen is open until 4:30 am for the late-night crowd.

Authentic Thai food at affordable prices

Steakhouses & Burgers

Should you be in the market for a nice steak or meat-based entree, at the top of every food critic’s list is the famous El Gaucho that has 2 locations on Soi Sukhumvit 19 and Soi Sukhumvit 11. All of the beef is imported from Australia, New Zealand, or the USA–the finest quality meats available.

The absolute best burger, french fries, and milkshake can be found at Firehouse Pub & Restaurant located on Soi Sukhumvit 11. Other great burgers and steakhouse options include Hungry Nerd, near the Independence Monument, New York Style Steak & Burger, and Beef & Shake, which serves top class burgers at street food prices.

Other International Dining Options

There is no shortage of internationally acclaimed restaurants of all nationalities, but if you are looking for a romantic Italian dinner at reasonable prices, try The Gardens. This restaurant is set in a peaceful and tranquil garden setting that will put you at ease while filling your belly with deliciousness.

Looking for a high-end dining experience? Look no further than Indigo, a top-rated French restaurant that will showcase the quality typically associated with a fine French dining experience. Reservations are required, so plan ahead! Other notable mentions are Il Bolognese for Italian food, Goji Kitchen & Bar, for buffet and Korean food, and last but not least Charcoal Tandoor Grill and Mixologyfor your Indian cuisine.

We hope that this simple guide will help you find a unique dining experience while you are spending your time in the city of Bangkok. If you are in the market for any bus or tour tickets while in the city, please check out our main web page at Camboticket.com.

A sampler platter and other local fares from Vientiane Kitchen

Additional blog articles about Bangkok:

Top 5 things to do in Bangkok
How to navigate Bangkok like a local
Bankok hotel guide