Bangkok Restaurants and Dining
Without doubt, Bangkok is home to the biggest selection of restaurants in the whole of Thailand. When dining out in Bangkok, you will never be more than a short walk from a restaurant, coffee shop or food cart, each of which has its own merits.
For many, the delicious Thai cuisine is hard to beat, with spicy soups, noodle dishes, fragrant jasmine rice, aromatic red and green curries, and specialities from both northern and southern Thailand. Ingredients often used within Thai restaurants in Bangkok include ginger, chillies, coconut milk, fresh turmeric, lemongrass and lime juice.
Those who prefer something less exotic will be pleased to find many European-style eateries and other dining venues. These include restaurants specialising in Chinese, Japanese, French, Indian, Italian and Mexican cuisines, amongst others.
Where to Eat
Restaurants are easy to find in Bangkok and the choice of dining options in Bangkok is quite astounding, suiting all price ranges and tastes. Many of the most popular restaurants in Bangkok can be found within the following parts of the city:
- Chinatown - the best location for Chinese food, with many top restaurants tucked along the backstreets and winding lanes
- Banglamphu and Ko Ratanakosin - the historic part of Bangkok and close to the river, eateries here vary greatly in both quality and price. The many restaurants along the Th Khao San cater solely for tourists and therefore those looking for authentic Thai cuisine should look elsewhere
- Thanan Silom - the very heart of Bangkok's financial district, with upmarket dining venues and many cheaper options, particularly clustered on the main avenues and close to the Sala Daeng Skytrain station
- Siam Square - one of the main shopping areas, where cheap eats abound. American-style fast-food restaurants are plentiful in this part of Bangkok
- Thanon Sukhumvit - a major city thoroughfare, stretching in an easterly direction towards the outskirts of Bangkok and lined with a variety of traditional Thai, Chinese and also Western-style restaurants and eateries
- Soi Ngam Duphli - with a range of cheap dining options, ranging from hotel restaurants and large numbers of food vendors, with a variety sited around Th Phra Ra IV and within the Thai-German Cultural Centre, where the homemade sausages are not to be missed
For an alternative to mainstream restaurants in Bangkok, consider taking one of the many dinner cruises, where you can eat whilst enjoying the passing scenery. A number of good restaurants are located within luxury hotels and whilst this fine dining may be expensive, the quality of both Western and Chinese cuisine is hard to beat.