My favorite places to eat in Bangkok. Hope everyone enjoys them too!
1. Punnawithi station (E 11)
Hua Seng Hong restaurant (ภัตตาคารอาหารจีนฮั่วเซ่งฮง)
Definitely a place to go if you want to try Dim Sum. Most of the customers are local. Even though their staffs can’t speak English but they have English menu. The restaurant is quite busy during lunch and dinner, especially on the weekend.
Address: Sukhumvit 101, Bangchak, Phakanong, Bangkok, Thailand 10260
Hours: 10 am- 10 pm everyday
Mu-i Bakery & coffee shop (ร้านมูอิ เบเกอรี่)
It is in the same location as Hua Seng Hong but it’s in a different building. They have a small space to sit and sip coffee. I recommend to try egg tart. We love it so much and we brought it with us on the plane while on the way back to the US. Free WiFi with good coffee and snack.
Address: 3039 Sukhumvit 101, Bangchak, Phakanong, Bangkok
Hours: normally open around 10 am-7 or 8 pm.
Lookchin Anamai Noodle shop
This is one of my favorite noodle restuarants in Bangkok. Only 10 minutes from Punnawithi or Bangchak station. I have been eating here since I was a kid! It is opposite Kasikorn Bank.
It is the simple rice noodle with pork or beef ball. It is very busy during lunch time everyday, better to be there before noon or after 1 pm.
Tel: +662-311-2308, +662-311-3002
Hours: from 10 am – 5 pm. everyday except Thai holidays.
2. Bangchak station (E 10)
This is my neighborhood and I see more and more foreigners stay in this area. It is much cheaper than Thonglor, Asoke, Sathorn, Silom or Nana area. You can find a local market here, it calls Bangchak market (Talad Bangchak).
I went to visit my family a month ago and heard bad news, they will close this market by the end of 2015 and build a high rise condo instead. So long my market. I hope all the vendors can find a new location soon.
It is similar to Klongtoei market but much smaller. In the early morning (before 9.30 or 10 am.) and late evening (after 5 or 5.30 pm.) are a good time to shop at the market. A lot of street vendors will come out and set their carts on the street. You can find all kind of pre-made Thai food, fresh fruit, seafood, vegetable, and meat here.
Soi 95 is my usual food shopping route. In the morning, I will buy deep fried Salapao first.
Then fried chicken from the vendor name ” Gai Tod Had Yai“. This is our favorite deep fried chicken in Bangkok. You can find every part of chicken meat here. The texture is moist.It’s very crispy but not too oily like other vendors. You will see KFG on the left hand side first (I’m not kidding!), keep walking and you will see this place. His fried chicken is the best. He has sticky rice too. The price will be listed on the white board. You can see from the photo. The whiteboard is hanging from the right corner.(email@example.com,100.605147)
Here’s KFG before my favorite Gai Tod Had Yai vendor.
After that I will buy a drink from a vendor opposite Gai Tod Had Yai. You will see a small cart in front of Chinese Pharmacy, building # 12. I always order Thai tea with milk (Cha Yen). firstname.lastname@example.org,100.605063
After that I will walk to the main road (Sukhumvit road) and turn left to a Chinese restaurant. The name is
It is a Chinese restaurant. You will see grilled ducks hanging in front of the restaurant. Don’t be afraid! They have other food and also English menu too. The price is not super cheap but reasonable for this type of restaurant. It is quite busy during lunch time. My favorites are Kao Na ped (grilled ducked with a few pieces of cucumber & ginger pickle) and Goi See Mee (Yellow egg noodle with bamboo shoot and chicken meat).
Address: 2357, Sukhumvit, Bangchak, Prakanong, Bangkok Thailand 10260
Tel: 02-331-1375, 02-331-1377
Hours: 8 am- 9 pm. everyday
3. On Nut station (E 9)
It used to have a local night market next to Ideo Verve Condo. It had many vendors selling clothes, street food, and a beer garden but too bad the market was closed permanently because another high rise condo project a few months ago.
But during lunch time, you still can find many street food vendors next to Tesco Lotus.
Also, another complex mall opposite soi 83, it has restaurant names Prik Horm restaurant (ร้านอาหารพริกหอม).
It has 2 version here. The easy rule is if you sit outside, order pre-made food from outside. If you sit inside, order from the menu inside the restaurant.
The 1st version, I called it cheaper version. During lunch time, they have many pre-made food and it’s reasonable price. You can sit outside the restaurant and order pre-made food from what you see from my photo.
The 2nd version is an expensive version. You sit inside the air-conditioning restaurant and you must order only the menu from the restaurant.
It is the same owner but they have different menu and of course, they charge different prices. I prefer outside because it’s cheaper and much faster service.
Address: Sukhumvit 83, Bangkok
Hours: 11 am- 11 pm.
The price depends on how many food that you want on top of your rice. In this photo, I ordered 3 kinds of food. Salty chicken, spicy bamboo shoot and fried vegetables with squid. It costs less than $2.
4. Prakanong station (E 8)
Prakanong market at Sukhumvit soi 71. It is similar to Bangchak market. You have to walk about 10-15 minutes from the sky train station and better to come in the evening. You will find a good number of street food vendors here.
It is a fish ball noodle place on soi Sukhumvit 71. From the beginning of the Soi Sukhumvit 71, you look for small alley name Preedee Phanomyong 4. The noodle shop is before that alley. Better to go during lunch time.
Address: Sukhumvit 71, Prakanong email@example.com,100.595181
Telephone: +881-712-4488 (mobile phone)
5. Ekamai station (E 7)
It has so many restaurants to try in this area. Here’s a few places that I always go.
Hom Duan (หอมด่วน)
A small Northern Thai restaurant family-run business. It’s a real authentic Northern food but pre-made. They are very busy during lunch time. Kao Soi (ข้าวซอย), Nam Ngiew (น้ำเงี้ยว), Nam Prik Nhum (น้ำพริกหนุ่ม), Gaeng Hung Lay (แกงฮังเล) are recommended. I recommended to check on their facebook or call for opening hours.
Address: 70/2 Soi Ekamai, Sukhumvit 63, Bangkok firstname.lastname@example.org,100.595181
Hours: Mon- Fri from 9 am until early afternoon (2 or 3 pm.), Sat 9 am- 5 pm.
Gateway Ekkamai at Sukhumvit soi 42; If you like Japanese theme, you will like this place.They have a good number of Japanese restaurant here. It has an entrance that connected to Ekkamai sky train station and you will see a small evening market in that area too.
Sabai Jai Gai Yang at Ekkamai soi 1. It is an E-Sarn (North East) food ex. Thai spicy salad (Som Tum) but the famous menu is of course grilled chicken (Gai Yang).
Address: 65 Sukhumvit 63, Ekkamai soi 1 email@example.com,100.585963
Hours: 10-12 am.
Wattana Panich Beef noodle (วัฒนาพานิช ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเนื้อ)
They are very famous for beef and goat noodle soup. Beef is tender, soup is brown color and you can smell some Chinese herbs from the soup. The price is more than 50 bath per bowl. Goat will be more expensive than beef. It’s quite far from sky train so, better to take a taxi but motorcycle taxi is faster.
Address: 336-338 Ekkamai soi 18, Bangkok firstname.lastname@example.org,100.587576
Hours: 10 am- 8 pm.
– If you are a craft beer fan, go to Mikkeller Bangkok at 26 Ekamai soi 10, Yaek 2
– For a good late night hang out, don’t miss 24 Owls Cafe and Bistro at Ekamai soi 12 (ซอยเอกมัย12, ซอยเจริญใจ). They have it all ; wine, beer, coffee, food and bakery for 24 hours exactly like their name.
– Another great hangout in the evening is Tuba Design furniture and restaurant at Ekamai soi 21(ซอย เอกมัย 21 ,แจ่มจันทร์).
They have a long list of imported and local beer. Food is good. I like Larb Todd (deep fried Larb). The parking is quite small. it’s easy to find a taxi in front of the restaurant.
6. Thonglor station (E 6)
You can find from the cheapest food carts to expensive restauranst in this area. Lots of bar and restaurants in Sukhumvit 55 but first thing that you should not missed if you are looking for street food is
Street food at soi 38, opposite Sukhumvit 55. Another bad news when I visited my home a month ago. They will close this market and build another high rise condo!!!! Seriously??? So, anyone who has a chance to be there, please go and help support those local vendors before they move by the end of 2015
It is a night street food so, you should come here after 6 or 7 pm. You will see lots of food carts after 8 pm. You can find Pad Thai, noodle, Krapao, mango & sticky rice, fresh fruit juices, smoothies (cost not even 50 cents per glass) or even grilled octopus here. Some local restaurant has toilet. If you don’t eat at their restaurant but want to use their toilet, you have to pay about 5 THB.
Mae Varee mango and sticky rice (ข้าวเหนียวมะม่วงแม่วารี)
It is at Sukhumvit 55. If you love mango and sticky rice and want to buy it back home, this is the right place. Not even 1 minute walking from Thonglor sky train station. You won’t miss it because you will see a lot of mangoes and sticky rice and many people in front of this place.
Address: 1 Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok email@example.com,100.579417
Tel: 02-392-4804, 02-714-4223
Hours: everyday 24 hours
Zaew noodle (ร้านแซว ทองหล่อ)
A local noodle restaurant family-run business has been open for more than 30 years. I have been there since I was a kid. Small local restaurant but always busy. You will see a lot of people in the early morning and lunch, especially during the weekend.The food is rice noodle with fish ball or pork meat. You can order with or without soup. From Thonglor sky train station, you walk pass Sukhumvit 55, Zaew is between 55 restaurant and Domus coffee shop.
Address: 1093, Thonglor, Bangkok
Hours: 7 am- 4 pm everyday
It is a Thai restaurant with a cocktail bar. We took our American friend there and he loves it.
Address: 56/10 soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok
Hours: 5.30 pm- 12 am everyday
A Thai restaurant with family recipe in a warm family atmosphere at Sukhumvit 55. I came here with mom and my sister. We like Yum crispy leaf fish, Larb mushroom, and Yum tua puu goong sod.
Address: 160/11 Soi Thonglor, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok
Hours: 11.30 am -2.30 pm, 5.30 pm- 11.30 pm.
Another cool place to hang out in soi 55. It is small, dark, very loud but they have one of the best fish and chips in Bangkok! It’s on the 1st floor of Grass on Thonglor, pass soi 10.
Small place to hang out but very unique. They have an art gallery on the 2nd and 3rd floor and you can have a private party here too.
Address: 7 Sukhumvit Soi 51
Hours: Tues-Sun 6pm-1am.
7. Phrompong station (E5)
This is like a station for people who loves expensive shopping mall. It has the Emporium and The Emquartier (same owner). It has Benjasiri park next to Emporium Suite Hotel. This area is my 2nd home. My high school and my 1st job are in this area. Here’s a few places that I have been eating for decade!
Rung Ruang Noodle
A local noodle restaurant family-run business at Sukhumvit soi 26. This is one of my favorites noodle restaurants in Bangkok. I have been eating here more than 15 years! It is a simple noodle with fish balls, pork meat, and gizzard (like liver). Don’t worry, you can choose what you want to put in your noodle! They have deep fried fish skin as an appetizer. They also have Longan drink, Roselle drink or Chinese tea with ice. The portion is small. They are very busy during lunch time, so if you don’t want to wait for your 2nd bowl, better to order two bowls at the beginning. It is a small restaurant without air-conditioning and chairs are stool so, it might be uncomfortable for some people. If you don’t want to eat at the restaurant, you can order and pick it up later. The price is between 40-50 bath per bowl.
Address : Sukhumvit Soi 26. firstname.lastname@example.org,100.570542
Hours: around after 8 am to before 5 or 6 pm.
A local northern Thai restaurant. Thanks to our friend, Dao, for taking us there. It is a small place, no parking space and quite a walk but not too far from Sukhumvit road. The address is at Sukhumvit 35. About 10-15 minutes walk. You can check out some photos and more details of this place from my blog “Gedhawa Thai restaurant เก็ดถะหวา”
24 Sukhumvit 35 Rd., Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand
Hours: 11 am – 10 pm
Ramen Tei– Japanese restaurant
Easy to stop by for a quick meal from PhromPhong station. Only 15 minutes from the station to Sukhumvit 33/1. Staffs are friendly. Busy during lunch time. Lots of Japanese customers which is a good sign. The price for Ramen is more than 100++ but it is a big bowl. It is nice to go there with friends so you can try other dish too. Food come out fast.
Hours: 11 am-midnight
If you like to eat at a good atmosphere,clean and don’t mind to pay a bit high price for Thai food. This is a good place to try. I really like their food. It’s very traditional southern Thai food. Some dish might be a bit spicy for foreigners. I took my mom there and she likes Kao Yum (Southern Thai dish). She said the sauce is similar to what my grandmother made. I like the appetizer set, tender stewed pork (หมูฮ้อง), and Gang Lun Juan (แกงรัญจวน).
Hours: 11 AM- 2.30 PM, 5.30-11 PM.
Ms. Rung, Som Tum soi 22
This is a local I-San food in soi 22. It’s a bit of a walk, maybe about 15-20 minutes walking from Sukhumvit road or you can take a motorcycle taxi in soi 22 to the restaurant. I recommend to go around 11 am. so you can try her grill salted fish which serve with grilled eggplant and spicy seafood sauce. Also, it has only 3-4 small tables and 2 big tables.The price is not expensive. I always find an excuse to eat there every time that I visit my family in Bangkok! The owner is a lovely lady, names Rung.
Hours: around 10 am until their food gone. (usually before 2 or 3 pm.)
กุ๊กโภชนา (Cook Pochana) soi 22
This is absolutely a place to go for stir fried holy basil with grounded pork (Kao Krapao Moo Sub). It is a basic dish that we (Thais) eat all the time. You can order with or without fried egg. The price for this dish is about 70-80 baht. It might be a bit more expensive than other places but their portion is bigger and it’s really good. This is a local restaurant that you can order a usual Thai dish. The menu is on the wall. If you are not sure about what to order, the owner can speak a bit of English. They have soda, local beer and bottle of water.
Address: google.com/maps กุ๊กโภชนา
Just so you know, if you order seafood, the cost will be more expensive.
If you love shopping at local market, I recommended to check it out during lunch time at Srinakharinwirot University (มหาวิทยาลัย ศรีนครินทรวิโรฒ), soi 23. It is a day time market from 11 am- 2pm. Every Tuesday and Thursday only. We have so many places for lunch time shopping market in Bangkok. This is the market for office workers, when they have a break only 1 hour so, you will see many of them grab a quick lunch and wonder around the market too. You can find many local food, fruits, clothes or even smart phone accessories.