Must-see restaurants in Bangkok

  • Saawaan

    Bangkok

    Two exceptionally talented chefs run what can easily be called one of the finest Thai restaurants in the world. Its name meaning 'heaven', this chic…

  • Le Du

    Bangkok

    A play on the Thai word for 'season', Le Du intertwines Thai dishes with Western flavours, and applies 21st-century deconstructionist cooking techniques…

  • BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2010/08/29: The interiors of David Thompson's restaurant, Nahm, in Bangkok. Thompson, an Australian native, is widely regarded as the world's foremost expert in Thai cuisine and cooking. (Photo by Leisa Tyler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    nahm

    Bangkok

    In the modern-day melee of top-notch restaurants here, nahm may no longer be on top of the competition, but it's still one of Bangkok's nicest Thai…

  • Sühring

    Bangkok

    Twin chefs Mathias and Thomas Sühring from Germany present a mix of family recipes in explosive renditions that could be framed and hung in a modern art…

  • Men preparing food, Thip Samai.

    Thip Samai

    Banglamphu

    This institution reputedly serves the definitive version of pàt tai (fried noodles) – period. Every evening, scores of eager diners queue on the pavement…

  • Jay Fai

    Banglamphu

    Wearing ski goggles and furiously cooking over a charcoal fire, septuagenarian Jay Fai is renowned for serving Bangkok’s tastiest (and priciest) crab…

  • Il Bolognese

    Bangkok

    Run by a passionate, hands-on Italian chef, this fabulous restaurant serves a sturdy range of northern Italian goodies in its casual yet stylish premises…

  • Krua Apsorn

    Banglamphu

    This cafeteria-like dining room is a favourite of members of the Thai royal family and restaurant critics alike. Just about all of the central and…

  • Supanniga Eating Room

    Bangkok

    Supanniga has three outlets across Bangkok (plus a superpopular dinner cruise), but this branch in Sathorn is a favourite in terms of ambience and service…

  • Bacco

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    The slightly cheesy interior of this osteria (Italian-style wine bar) serves as a cover for a fabulous Italian menu. There’s an abundance of delicious…

  • Krua Apsorn

    Bangkok

    This is the original branch of this homey, award-winning and royally patronised restaurant. Expect a clientele of large families and middle-aged ladies,…

  • Indus

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Unless someone conclusively proves otherwise, Indus will reign as Bangkok's finest traditional Indian restaurant. Its North Indian staples such as biryani…

  • Tonkin Annam

    Ko Ratanakosin & Thonburi

    The retro-minimalist interior here might be a red flag for hipster ethnic cuisine, but Tonkin Annam serves some of the best Vietnamese food in Bangkok…

  • Soul Food Mahanakorn

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    This contemporary Thai diner is a favourite go-to place for a comfort meal. The menu – incorporating tasty interpretations of rustic Thai dishes – has not…

  • Bo.lan

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Upscale Thai is often more garnish than flavour, but Bo.lan has proved to be the exception. Bo and Dylan (Bo.lan is a play on words that means 'ancient')…

  • Cocotte Farm Roast & Winery

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Cocotte brings a fine selection of organic farm products – sourced from Bangkok and Chiang Mai – to the table and pairs them with a classy selection of…

  • Le Cabanon

    Bangkok

    With an emphasis on seafood, this alfresco restaurant in a cosy bungalow is the place to come if you're craving a jumbo platter of steamed mussels, juicy…

  • Sri Trat

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    This fabulous restaurant specialises in the unique fare of Thailand's eastern provinces, Trat and Chanthaburi. What this means is lots of rich, slightly…

  • Chicken satay and vegetables

    Likhit Kai Yang

    Bangkok

    Located just behind Rajadamnern Stadium, this decades-old restaurant is where locals come for a northeastern-style meal before a Thai boxing match. The…

  • Saravana Bhavan

    Bangkok

    This well-reputed overseas branch of a legendary Indian eating house makes a fabulous range of southern Indian vegetarian dishes. We love the dosai …

  • Luka

    Bangkok

    This extremely popular Silom cafe serves all-day brunch and comfort food such as truffle mushroom omelettes, shakshuka, and honey-glazed duck with burnt…

  • Issaya Siamese Club

    Bangkok

    Housed in a charming 1920s-era villa, Issaya is a top-of-the-line outpost serving Thai food. Dishes alternate between somewhat saucy, meaty items and…

  • Daniel Thaiger

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Bangkok's most-loved burgers – read ultrajuicy beef or lamb patties served in a brioche bun – are served from this American-run, food-truck-turned…

  • Ocken

    Bangkok

    The creative menu here changes as often as the seasons. Five featured courses cover imaginative appetisers, hearty pasta or risotto dishes, and…

  • Hai

    Bangkok

    An excellent introduction to the wonders of lâhp (spicy, herbal mince-meat ‘salad’), sôm·đam (spicy green papaya salad) and other Isan (northeastern)…

  • Charley Browns Mexicana

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Chef Primo's flair for living it large reflects in the menu at this fun and irreverent restaurant serving authentic provincial Mexican dishes. Go beyond…

  • Prai Raya

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    This Phuket institution's Bangkok branch – housed in a charming lime-washed villa – brings to the city the southern Thai island's uniquely spicy,…

  • Polo Fried Chicken

    Bangkok

    Although the sôm·đam (spicy green papaya salad), sticky rice and lâhp (a spicy salad of minced meat) of this former street stall give the impression of a…

  • Chef Man

    Bangkok

    If you're a dumpling fan, drop into this elegant restaurant during lunchtime, when its open kitchen serves some of the nicest dim sum and siu mai (open…

  • El Mercado

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    A restaurant, charcuterie, fromagerie, boulangerie, winery and grocery store all rolled into one pleasant alfresco commercial complex, this popular food…

  • Le Normandie

    Bangkok

    Le Normandie has maintained its niche in fine-dining-obsessed Bangkok, and is still the only place to go for a genuinely old-world ‘Continental’ dining…

  • 80/20

    Chinatown

    Freshly renovated in 2019, 80/20 continues to excel at what it has always done with perfection – blending Thai and Western ingredients and dishes to…

  • theCOMMONS

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Hip Thong Lor gets even cooler with this marketplace-style alfresco dining complex that is packed with reliable names such as Soul Food 555, Peppina and…

  • Shoshana

    Banglamphu

    One of Khao San’s longest-running Israeli restaurants, Shoshana might resemble your grandparents’ living room right down to the tacky wall art and plastic…

  • Bitterman

    Bangkok

    This leafy greenhouse is the antithesis of the steel structures in central Silom and a welcome respite from the heat for daytime dining. Dishes include…

  • Hong Bao

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Hong Bao is a rock-star Chinese restaurant for two main reasons: first, its dim sum is (arguably) the best in town and second, it's served all day long…

  • Appia

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Handmade pastas, slow-roasted meats and a carefully curated and relatively affordable wine list are the selling points of this restaurant serving Lazio…

  • Massaman curry set at Congee & Curry

    Congee & Curry

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Despite its bright yellow signage, Congee & Curry is easy to miss among the massage parlours and high-end restaurants packed along Soi 55 (Thong Lor)…

  • Straight shot of exterior of indoor dining area at Missing Burro

    Missing Burro

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    Constructed out of shipping containers surrounding a quiet garden, this Mexican restaurant is a laid-back spot to enjoy a night of tequila and Yucatán…

  • Touché Hombre

    Thanon Sukhumvit

    You won't find any sombreros or piñatas here. Instead, the walls are lined with a collage of punchy pop-culture photos and tequila spelled out by a neon…