Best Street Food In Bangkok: Must-Try

Best Street Food In Bangkok

Best Street Food in Bangkok: 13 Restaurants and Street Food Stalls Must Try

Thailand is one of the first countries that spring to mind when you think about countries with the best food. Bangkok street food is renowned, so much so that CNN rated it the best city in the world for street food.

It’s not difficult to get delicious meals in Bangkok. Just take a stroll through one of the city’s numerous culinary enclaves or markets, and you’ll discover sellers preparing delectable platters of Thai staples like pad thai and hoy tod.

However, if you want to locate the greatest restaurants in Bangkok, our food guide will take you to twelve of the city’s best restaurants, street food stalls, markets, and food tours. The majority of the restaurants on this list were suggested to us by Bangkok food bloggers and residents, so you know you’re getting the best of everything.

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You’ll have your hands busy visiting all of Bangkok’s restaurants and markets, but if you want to go on a trip, you may be interested in one of these food-related excursions and activities.


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Best Street Food & Retaurant In Bangkok

1- Raan Jay Fai

You’ve probably heard of Jay Fai. She rose to international prominence after receiving a Michelin star in the guide’s inaugural Bangkok edition, making her the only street food seller to do so at the time.

In an instant, her previously simple kiosk quietly selling some of Bangkok’s best street food was overrun by visitors, driving wait times to four or five hours.

Jay Fai is shown below behind her woks, sporting her characteristic black aviator goggles. What a badass you are! Jay Fai translates to “sister mole” in Thai, referring to the beauty blemish on her face.

This woman, whom Martha Stewart reportedly named “the best chef in Thailand,” will be 75 in 2020 and shows no signs of slowing down.

Best street Food Raan Jay Fai

The crab omelet is Jay Fai’s trademark dish. It was pricy, but it’s well worth it. It’s about the size of a burrito and packed with massive pieces of crab flesh. You’ll see what I mean in the next image.

Best street Food Raan Jay Fai

Cut this beast open, and there you have it! It’s nearly bursting at the seams with crab.

Despite being deep-fried, it is sweet, luscious, and juicy.

It came with a side of sweet chili sauce, but I was quite content to eat it on its own. If you just order one meal at Raan Jay Fai, this should be it.

Best Street Food Raan Jay Fai

Our second course was this equally delectable platter of drunken noodles. It’s made out of stir-fried rice noodles in a hot and spicy sauce with basil leaves, fresh chiles, and the most succulent seafood bits. It was profoundly delicious and reeked of wok hei, being sweet, spicy, smoky, and savory.

Is the 4-5 hour wait worthwhile? Absolutely. Jay Fai is a fantastic chef that creates some of the best food in Bangkok.

However, you do not have to wait that long. Reservations may be made via phone (092-724-9633) or email ([email protected]).

I made reservations by email, and they were always prompt in responding. I recommend making reservations as early as possible, perhaps two months in advance, to ensure a table.

Drunken noodles at Bangkok’s Raan Jay Fai

  • Raan Jay Fai
  • Address: 327 Mahachai Road, Samranras Subdistrict, Phra Nakon District, Bangkok, Thailand 10200
  • Operating Hours: 2:30 PM-12MN, Tue-Sat
  • What to Order:  crab meat omelet, the drunken noodle, or the stir-fried prawn or crab in yellow curry.
  • Expect to pay:  around THB 1,000 for the crab meat omelet and THB 400-500 for the drunken noodles.
  • How to Get There: Raan Jay Fai is a few doors away from Thipsamai and is close to the Giant Swing and Wat Saket. It isn’t very close to any railway stations, so unless you can walk to the restaurant, it’s definitely better to take a taxi or Uber.

2- Nhong Rim Klong

This was our first lunch in Bangkok, and it was maybe my favorite of the two weeks we spent in Thailand. We headed right here after dropping off our luggage at our AirBnB since I was so thrilled to see it.

Nhong Rim klong, located within a short walk from Wattana Panich, is a street food vendor along a canal rather than a restaurant. It isn’t the most gorgeous location, but the excellent meal more than compensates for the lack of ambiance.

Nhong Rim Klong

Nhong Rim Klong, like practically every other restaurant on this list, I discovered via, Bangkok’s single finest source for Thai food. The meal is prepared in a kitchen on top of a bridge, while diners eat at three or four tables along the canal.

Thankfully, the delectable fragrances coming from the open kitchen hide any odors emerging from the canal.

Despite its austere exterior, Nhong Rim Klong is popular, so expect a wait. We witnessed individuals receiving bag after bag of takeaway about midday, in addition to dine-in customers.

If possible, avoid the lunch crowd by going during off-hours. Just don’t leave it too long or you’ll run out of food. They are closed at 4:30 p.m.

This is the meal that piqued my interest in coming here to dine. Pad kee mao crab is a stir-fry dish prepared with large pieces of crab and vegetables such as eggplant, onion, garlic, chili, ginger, and sweet basil.

Do you see the white nuggets mixed in with the vegetables? Those are chunks of the most delectable, succulent crab flesh you’ve ever tasted. I adore crab, so this is a meal I could eat every day. It’s delicious, particularly with steaming white rice.

Another popular crab dish in Nhong Rim Klong is galam bee pad nam pla neua boo. It’s created with stir-fried cabbage, egg, crab meat, and shrimp on top. Several customers were also consuming it.

If we hadn’t planned on going to a couple other places following this lunch, I would have wanted to taste it as well!

Nhong Rim Klong

How beautiful does this look? Goong tod gratiem, meaning giant shrimp cooked in garlic, is the name of this meal. The juicy, meaty, moist, and garlicky shrimp are wonderfully prepared. It’s extremely excellent, just like the pad kee mao crab.

Nhong Rim Klong

  • Address: 30 Ekkamai 21 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand 10110.
  • Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • What to Order: Goong tod gratiem, Galam bee pad nam pla neua boo, Pad kee mao crab
  • Expect to pay: around THB 300 for the pad kee mao crab and THB 200 for the goong tod gratiem.
  • How to Get There: Take the BTS to Ekkamai Station to get there. It’s a bit too far to walk to Nhong Rim Klong from there, so take a cab or Uber to the restaurant.
  •  Raan Jay Fai is a few doors away from Thipsamai and is close to the Giant Swing and Wat Saket. It isn’t very close to any railway stations, so unless you can walk to the restaurant, it’s definitely better to take a taxi or Uber.

3- Wattana Panich

If you go to Nhong Rim Klong, you should also have the Thai beef noodles at Wattana Panich.

Wattana Panich

Wattana Panich is well-known for its slow-braised beef with coriander root and a variety of herbs and spices. Aside from its flavor, what distinguishes it is that it has been boiling in this cauldron for nearly forty years!

Every night, the previous day’s soup serves as the foundation for the next day’s dish at the restaurant. They’d leave the reduced soup cooking in a saucepan overnight, then use it as stock the next day. They’ve been doing it since the restaurant initially opened more than four decades ago.

Wattana Panich

We went on a street food trip guided by a chef with a restaurant in Hua Hin, and he said Wattana Panich is his absolute favorite restaurant in Bangkok. And it’s all because of this amazing beef cauldron.

Wattana Panich is famous for its beef, which may be ordered in a bowl with noodles or on its own with a side of rice. We only had rice at Nhong Rim Klong, so we ordered the kuay teow neau buai, which is served with kuay teow noodles and beef meatballs.

It was delectable. The soup was sweet and fragrant, and the meat was incredibly tender after being steamed for eight hours every day. If you’re in Bangkok and like beef noodle soup, you must try this.

Aside from beef, Wattana Panich is also well-known for its goat. We didn’t have it, however, if you like goat, you should try their kuay teow pae as well. It’s said to be very soft, maybe even more so than the beef.

Wattana Panich

Wattana Panich

  • Address: 338 Phanit Anan Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 6 AM-7 PM, daily
  • What to Order: Kuay teow neau buai (Thai beef noodles), Kuay teow pae (Chinese-style braised goat)
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 100 for the beef, THB 200 for the goat
  • How to Get There: Take the BTS to Ekkamai Station. Upon exiting the station, take a right onto Ekkamai Road. Wattana Panich is a little closer from here than Nhong Rim Klong, so you can either walk or take a taxi or Uber to get to the restaurant.

4- Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is one of Bangkok’s most famous street food booths. It has also been featured in the Bangkok edition of Street Food Asia and is highly recommended by almost everyone who knows delicious Thai food. It’s almost a Bangkok institution.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

According to what I’ve read, Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is known as the Soup Nazi of khao gaeng, or Thai curry rice. They want you to know exactly what you want by the time you get to the head of the line, or they will send you back.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is a traditional Bangkok food vendor. They open at 4 p.m. and do not have any tables available. Diners sit on these crimson seats, carrying their plates of curry rice.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

I’m not sure what it’s called, but we liked this creamy Thai curry with chicken and noodles.

I was anticipating rice, but these noodles were as delicious.

Curry is one of my favorite meals, therefore I’ll be back here on our next vacation to Bangkok.

Khao Gaeng Jake Puey

    • Address: 427 Mangkon Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100, Thailand
    • Operating Hours: 4-9PM, Tues-Sun
    • What to Order: Curry of the day
    • Expect to Pay: About THB 60 per plate of curry rice
    • How to Get There: Khao Gaeng Jake Puey is located in Bangkok’s Chinatown at the corner of Charoen Krung Road and Mangkon Road. Take the MRT to Hua Lamphong Station (Bangkok Train Station). Upon exiting the station and crossing the river, you can walk straight on Charoen Krung Road to get to Khao Gaeng Jake Puey.

5- Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

Tom yum goong, like Pad Thai, is one of Thailand’s national foods, therefore you must eat it if you visit Bangkok.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong (also written P’Aor or Pee Aor) was featured in Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia show from Bangkok. Many believe it to have the greatest tom yum goong in Bangkok.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

That tom yum broth is where the magic happens. According to Bangkok-based food writer Mark Wiens, the creamy type of tom yum goong soup served with noodles is uncommon in Bangkok.

Pe Aor is an expert in this field.

The chef discusses to Luke in the Bangkok edition of Street Food Asia how they use nonfat milk in the broth instead of coconut milk, making it a hybrid between Singaporean laksa and Thai tom yum.

 Another secret that distinguishes Pe Aor’s tom yum is that the broth is infused with fat from shrimp heads. Yes, Tom YUM!

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

Our gorgeous dish of kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon is seen below. Take a look at the size of that prawn!

I haven’t had enough tom yum in my life to claim this was the greatest, but it was excellent.

It was creamy, thick, sour, and oh very tasty. If you like tom yum goong, you must try a bowl at Pe Aor. We too had this meal based on Mark’s advice, and it was delicious.

A rice dish topped with a gigantic prawn split in half and a ladleful of man boo or crab fat is known as khao goong rad sauce man boo. Crab fat, indeed!

It was rich and simply excellent, as you’d expect from foods prepared with crab fat.

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

  • Address: Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 10 AM-9 PM, Tues-Sun
  • What to Order: Kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, Khao goong rad sauce man boo
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 100 for the kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, THB 60 for the khao goong rad sauce man boo
  • How to Get There: Take the BTS to Ratchathewi Station. After exiting the station, make a left on Petchaburi Road, then a right on Petchaburi Soi 7. Make a left on Petchaburi Soi 5 and the restaurant will be on your right.

6- Thipsamai Pad Thai

Thipsamai is one of Bangkok’s most popular restaurants, as seen by the huge line of waiting customers. From the time they open at 5 p.m. until they close, there is a line.

Thipsamai was one of the locations on our Expique Bangkok tuk-tuk night tour, and our guide had someone already waiting in line for us, so we didn’t have to wait.

Thipsamai, which has been open since the mid-1960s, is well-known for offering some of Bangkok’s greatest pad thai. However, not everyone, at least not anymore, seems to feel this way. Continue reading to find out why.

Thipsamai Pad Thai

Thipsamai serves two types of Pad Thai: one covered in egg and another prepared with shrimp head fat. The variation seen below is the egg-wrapped form, often known as pad thai haw kai goong sot. I’ve tried pad thai many times, both in and out of Thailand, but never like this. It was delectable

Thipsamai Pad Thai

Ren ordered pad thai sen jan man goong, which was cooked with fat from shrimp heads. It was also great, but since I like eggs, I preferred the pad thai haw kai goong sot.

Thipsamai is still popular in Thailand, although some Thais believe its heyday has passed.

According to one of our tour guides, the restaurant has changed ownership and is no longer the same as when it initially opened.

To meet demand, they’ve engaged many chefs, which some believe is at the price of quality and consistency.

As a foreigner, I thought their meal was delectable. Unless you’re Thai and accustomed to eating pad thai all the time, you won’t notice the difference, in my opinion.

If you decide to dine at Thipsamai, I highly recommend that you have a glass of their freshly squeezed tangerine juice as well. It’s refreshing and excellent when it’s ice-cold with thick sediment of pulp particles.

Thipsamai Pad Thai

They manufacture it fresh every day, therefore the pricing is determined by market conditions. This glass of tangerine juice cost more than the pad thai while we were there!

Pe Aor Tom Yum Goong

  • Address: Soi Phetchaburi 5, Khwaeng Thung Phaya Thai, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 10 AM-9 PM, Tues-Sun
  • What to Order: Kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, Khao goong rad sauce man boo
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 100 for the kuay teow tom yum goong nam khon, THB 60 for the khao goong rad sauce man boo
  • How to Get There: Take the BTS to Ratchathewi Station. After exiting the station, make a left on Petchaburi Road, then a right on Petchaburi Soi 7. Make a left on Petchaburi Soi 5 and the restaurant will be on your right.

7- Soei Restaurant

I trust Mark Wiens when it comes to Thai cuisine, so when he said Soei was one of his favorite places in Bangkok, I knew I’d like it. That’s exactly what I did.

A banner showing Mark, his buddy Dwight, and P’Soei, the chef/owner, hangs on the wall outside the restaurant. The words are in Thai, so I’m not sure what it says, but there’s another banner with another of my favorite culinary personalities – Andrew Zimmern – right next to it.

He’s standing with P’Soei, and his banner reads, “The best Thai chef you’ve never heard of.”

I performed some research and it seems that Mark was the one who brought Andrew to Soei.

Andrew enjoyed the cuisine, as demonstrated by his comments at Soei:

“We’ve eaten six dishes, five of which were the greatest dishes of their category that I’ve ever had. And the sixth is the first time I’ve had anything like it, and the quality of the food here, as well as the expertise, accuracy, and a lot of fantastic technique… this is an unbelievable, amazing establishment.”

That pretty about covers up everything Soei Restaurant has to offer.

Soei Restaurant

What you’re looking at here is kaem play too tod, which is fried Indian mackerel cheeks. When Mark characterized it as a meal he’d only seen at Soei, I knew I had to have it.

The outer layer of the mackerel head is deep-fried with garlic and served with a side of chili sauce.

Soei Restaurant

Here’s a close-up of the head. Notice the jaw and eye socket?

Because it is made up of simply the outer layer of the head, it is exceptionally light and crisp, similar to eating a fish head potato chip. It’s delicious and a must-order at Soei.

We had eaten at many locations during the day, so we came here mostly for the kaem pla too tod. But we couldn’t decide on just one meal, so we asked our waiter for suggestions, and he recommended this plate of chu chee pla, which is a dish of mackerel cooked in a coconut milk curry. We’d already consumed the heads, so why not the bodies?

Soei Restaurant

The fish is deep-fried and slathered in a thick and creamy sauce, so there are no bones to worry about. The whole fish, including the tail, maybe eaten intact. It’s incredibly tasty and makes a great mackerel supper.

Soei Restaurant

  • Address: Phibun Watthana 6 Alley, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 10 AM-9:30 PM, Sun-Fri
  • What to Order: Kaem pla too tod, Chu chee pla too
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 90 for the kaem pla too tod, THB 150 for the chu chee pla too
  • How to Get There: Take the BTS to Ari Station. From there, you can catch a taxi or Uber to the restaurant.

8 - Som Tam Jay So

Mark strongly recommends this eatery as well. They specialize in Isan cuisine, a Lao-influenced dish from Thailand’s northeastern region.

According to Mark, it’s one of the most genuine Isan eateries in Bangkok, hence it’s really popular. We arrived about noon, and the restaurant was filled with office people out for lunch.

Som Tam Jay So

One of their specialties, as the name implies, is som tam, or Thai green papaya salad, which they create at a station near the front of the restaurant. Here’s the owner and chef combining all of the ingredients in enormous clay vats.

Som Tam Jay So

This form of som tam is known as tam pa, which translates to “jungle pounding salad.” It’s simply shredded green papaya, tomatoes, kulantro, crab, and diced up freshwater apple snails in a fermented fish sauce.

When I ordered it, the proprietor handed me a ladleful of the fish sauce to smell. It has a strong stench, so I believe she was simply making sure I could tolerate it before bringing us a dish.

Som Tam Jay So

Ren didn’t like it since it was too hot and tasty for him. She thought it was extremely fishy, so you may want to avoid it if you don’t want your meal to be too pungent.

These grilled chicken wings are a touch lighter on the taste. They’re sweet, smoky, and juicy, and they pair excellently with the som tam. We purchased one apiece at first, but they were so wonderful that we ended up purchasing more.

Som Tam Jay So

  • Address: Soi Phiphat 2, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 10AM-6PM, Mon-Sat
  • What to Order: Tam pa, Pik gai yang
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 50 for tam pa, THB 17 for pik gai yang (per wing)
  • How to Get There: Som Tam Jay So is just a short walk from Chong Nonsi BTS Station. Upon exiting the station, turn into Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 3. Walk straight for a few minutes and the restaurant will be on your left.

9- Suan Bua Thai Restaurant

Suan Bua is Centara Grand’s Thai restaurant in Central Plaza Ladprao. Chef Santiphap “Por” Petchwao oversees the restaurant, which is noted for its menu of Thai court foods drawn from King Rama V’s royal food.

We’d tasted Thai food before, but never quite like this. What an amazing experience!

Suan Bua Thai Restaurant

Have you ever seen Thai cuisine that is as appealing as this? A delicacy of river prawn in lotus leaves with sweet sauce is seen here. It’s just one of the numerous one-of-a-kind and beautifully presented meals available at Suan Bua.

Suan Bua Thai Restaurant

Chef Por seeks ingredients from throughout Thailand to make unique meals like this one.

You’re looking at a rice blend made up of sangyod brown rice and home mali white rice cultivated on Buriram Volcano soil.

We had numerous meals, and each one was as tasty and innovative as the previous one. Suan Bua is unquestionably one of Bangkok’s top Thai restaurants. More photographs and information may be found on our page at the Suan Bua Thai Restaurant.

Suan Bua Thai Restaurant

  • Address: Central Grand Plaza, 1695 Phaholyothin Rd., Chatuchak, 10900, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, 6-10:30 PM, daily
  • What to Order: River prawn in lotus leaves, tom goong yang prung sod Rama V, Phuket sea snail curry
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 350-450 for most dishes
  • How to Get There: Take the MRT to Phahon Yothin Station. From there, it’s about a 10-minute walk to Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or Grab to the hotel.

10 - Or Tor Kor Market

Or Tor Kor Market, located close to the famed Chatuchak Market, is recognized for offering only the best quality products. It’s so clean and welcoming that it seems more like a department store than a wet market!

Or Tor Kor is so well respected that CNN called it one among the world’s ten best fresh markets.

Or Tor Kor Market

Prices are greater here than at other markets, but the quality of their products is always assured. I first became aware of Or Tor Kor Market after seeing this film by Mark Wiens.

He praised Or Tor Kor for its high-quality goods, such as these perfect-looking durian segments. They’re pricey at THB 300 per 100 grams, but they’re wonderful.

If you’ve never tried durian before but are interested, here is a fantastic spot to do it.

Or Tor Kor Market

We were taken to Or Tor Kor Market by a local particularly to taste hoy tod and pad thai at stand 11/40. It is one of the numerous kiosks in the market’s food court that provide various varieties of cooked Thai food.

Or Tor Kor Market

According to Natt, our Thai acquaintance, this is the only location her father would eat hoy tod when he visits Bangkok. That’s the type of local information we seek when we travel!

Because hoy tod requires a lot of oil to make it as crisp as possible, it’s not the healthiest meal on the menu, but it’s extremely tasty.

Or Tor Kor Market

Stall 11/40 is also famed for its pad thai, which Natt believes is much superior to Thipsamai’s version. I liked both of them, but I’d never argue with a local. If you go to Or Tor Kor Market, you must stop by this stand.

Or Tor Kor Market

  • Address: 139/4 1, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 7 AM-6 PM, daily
  • What to Order: Hoy tod, Pad Thai, Durian
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 60 per order of hoy tod or Pad Thai, THB 300 per 100 grams of durian
  • How to Get There: Take the MRT to Kamphaeng Phet Station. Go to exit no. 3 and walk across the parking lot to the market.

11- Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

The first market we went to with Natt was Khlong Lat Mayom. Bangkok is famous for its floating markets, and Khlong Lat Mayom is a must-see.

It is not as large as Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa Floating Markets, but it is less hectic and simpler to reach. I haven’t visited Damnoen Saduak or Amphawa, but I’ve heard they’ve become popular tourist destinations in recent years.

Khlong Lat Mayom is largely visited by locals, thus you’ll get a lot more real floating market experience.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Khlong Lat Mayom sells both fresh vegetables and prepared meals, so you’ll be able to try a variety of Thai dishes here

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Trays of tako, a Thai pudding dessert topped with coconut custard, are seen below. We’d only tasted them in Thai restaurants outside of Thailand, so it was fantastic to finally sample the real deal.

Pla pao, or salt-crusted grilled fish, was popular at many tables. It’s a popular meal in floating markets, according to Natt, so we decided to taste it as well.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

Served in a box and cooked with several varieties of fish, you wrap bits of fish flesh in lettuce leaves with noodles, vegetables, and sauce.

We tried the Thai tilapia, which was juicy, smoky, and flavorful. It’s very light, so two people can easily finish the whole fish without feeling stuffed.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

If you enjoy fish, you must taste the pla pao at Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market.

Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market

  • Address: Soi Bang Ramat, Bang Phrom, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: 9AM-6 PM, Mon-Fri
  • What to Order: Pla pao
  • Expect to Pay: About THB 180 for the pla pao
  • How to Get There: There’s no easy way to get to Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market by public transportation. The best way is to go by Uber or Taxi. It should cost you around THB 200 or so each way from Central Bangkok.

12- Go on a Food or Bar Hopping Tour

Aside from searching out the top Bangkok restaurants and street food vendors, we also like going on culinary excursions on our vacations. It’s a terrific method to discover hidden treasures that don’t always appear on Google.

We do a lot of study before each trip, but occasionally we need the assistance of a local to identify the most obscure locations. Stall 11/40 in Or Tor Kor Market is a nice example.

Do you think we would have discovered it if it hadn’t been for a local?

If you want to go on a local-led food trip in Bangkok, check out this Chinatown night food tour or this Bangrak Market tour. Both will lead you to local haunts that provide some of Bangkok’s best street food.

Food or Bar Hopping Tour

If you like to drink, you may want to do this Siam bar hopping tour as well. It serves both street food and beer, which is usually a winning combo in Thailand. I’ve taken their Shinjuku food tour in Tokyo and their Gion food tour in Kyoto, and I quite loved both.

Food or Bar Hopping Tour

13- Guay Tiew Mu Rung Rueang Tung

Guay Tiew Mu Rung Rueang Tung

When a dish is the only item offered, you know it’s perfection. Since 2018, this steaming bowl of flavorful minced pork has gained Michelin’s Bib Gourmand accolade. You may tailor your meal to your preferences, such as size, spiciness, and whether it’s dry or drowned in clear broth, and top it with bouncy fish balls and crispy fish skin for more texture and flavor.

  • Address 10/3 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon-Sun
  • Expect to pay: 100 THB

14- Sae Phun - Chicken stew

Sae Phun Bangkok

Don’t be deceived by the contemporary appearance; despite recent renovations, Sae Phun has existed on Mahannop Road for almost 80 years. Recipes have been handed down through generations of family cooks who have mastered the technique of chicken stew over rice or noodles.

The chicken is delicate, the rice airy, and the sauce silky – it’s no wonder that Sae Phun was awarded Bib Gourmand status by Michelin.

  • Address 112 Mahannop Road, Sao Ching Cha, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon-Sun
  • Expect to pay: 120 THB

15- Kuay jab Mr. Joe - crispy pork belly

Kuay jab Mr.Joe
Kuay jab Mr.Joe

Lunch is served at this Bib Gourmand-awarded restaurant on Thanon Chan, which is open from early morning till late afternoon. Mr. Joe’s is famous for its very crispy pork belly, which may be eaten as an entrée or with guay jub (a peppery rice noodle soup).

This dish is so amazing that the restaurant is named after it.

  • Address 313/7 Soi Chan 42-44, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
  • Operating Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon-Sun
  • Expect to pay: 70 THB

16- Charoen Saeng Silom - pork knuckle

charoen saeng silom
Charoen Saeng

Charoen Saeng Silom, off Silom Road in Bang Rak, has been a local favorite since 1959 due to the excellence of its braised pork – notably its pig leg. Consider caramelized soft pork in a flavorful sauce with Chinese herbs.

Diners may experiment with homemade vinegar, spicy sauces, and pickles to enhance this Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded meal.

  • Address 492/6 Soi Charoen Krung 49, Si Lom Road, Suriyawong, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
  • Operating Hours: Lunch & Dinner, Mon-Sun
  • Expect to pay: 240 THB

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Bangkok Street Food Final Thoughts

Bangkok has so much great cuisine that our list of twelve just touches the surface. But I hope it sparks many thoughts and steers you in the right way.

Mark Wiens of provided several of these food ideas. Mark is the expert when it comes to Thai cuisine in Bangkok, so many thanks to him for these fantastic dining suggestions.

On our EAT-itineraries page, you can also download a copy of our whole 2-week Thailand itinerary in editable Word format. It applies to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai.

Thank you for reading, and we hope you enjoy these fantastic Bangkok eateries!

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