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Things to do in Bangkok • Restaurants and cafés

Looking to find the very best in Thai and international cuisine? Follow our insider tips to the Big Mango’s finest eateries

Somtum Der, Bangkok, Thailand

Things to do in Bangkok: Turning up the spice at Somtum Der © Somtum Der

Where to eat in Bangkok

Chote Chitr, Th Phraeng Phuton, Bangkok

Old ways/new school at Chote Chitr © Mark Parren Taylor

Thailand’s reputation as the ‘Kitchen of the World’ has resulted in four Bangkok eateries ranked in Asia’s top 50 restaurants, with David Thompson’s authentic Thai cuisine at Nahm, placed at Number One. Thompson’s new TV series Thai Streetfood focuses on the diversity, quality and value of dishes from city stalls and markets, whether Isaan somtam, boat noodle broth, Sino-Thai seafood or desserts in banana leaf cups.

This city of great everyday food is now becoming known for high-end cuisine. Star chef, Ian Kittichai conjures innovative Thai dishes at Issaya Siamese Club in a gorgeous old mansion. Meanwhile, a new breed of Thai comfort food places is becoming popular in places like Soul Food Mahanakorn. Old-school recipes inspired by family shophouse restaurants can be discovered in restaurants like the nuanced Chote Chitr and spicy rustic Isaan food from the Northeast is to be found in Somtum Der (which has just opened a branch in New York).

Always an open city, Bangkok offers top international cuisine, especially in Italian trattoria and Japanese food, with artisanal farmers markets and gourmet coffee among the latest fads. One standout is Gaggan, a molecular Indian sensation presided over by a protégé of Ferran Adrià.

 

Bangkok restaurant and café venue details

Nahm The Metropolitan, 27 Thanon Sathorn Tai. +66 2 625 3388. 
Issaya Siamese Club 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Thanon Chua Ploeng. +66 2672 9040.
Soul Food Mahanakorn 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor). +66 2714 7708.
Chote Chitr 146 Thanon Praeng Phuthon. +66 02 221 4082.
Somtum Der 5/5 Soi Saladaeng. +6626324499.
Gaggan 68/1 Soi Langsuan. +66 2652 1700.

 



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