Restaurants & Cafés

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Best Thai Restaurants in Bangkok
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Best Thai Restaurants in Bangkok

A few years back, dining in a fancy Thai restaurant that charges B300 for a bowl of kaeng som was crazy nonsense reserved for moneyed tourists. No sane Thai would willingly do that. A few years later, a new generation of chefs (many of them from abroad) brings their passion and dedication to Thai flavors and rare local ingredients to the fore, creating gourmet plates that prove that Thai cuisine can be worth the fancy prices. From the streets of Thonglor to upscale Sathorn neighborhood, here are our picks for the best Thai restaurants in Bangkok. 

Best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Bangkok
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Best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Bangkok

Sure, this town has its fair share of steakhouses, burger food trucks and moo ping stands, but Bangkok is more than just a meat eater's paradise. While vegetables get its fair share of menu love, it's about time we shined a bit more light on how delicious, not to mention versatile, they can truly be when given proper attention. We spread the glory of greens and round up the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in the city, from bohemian granola-peddling haunts, to meat-free Italian institutions, to cafes touting the possibilities of broccoli.

Bangkok's best afternoon tea
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Bangkok's best afternoon tea

Why not pleasing your indulgence at one of these venues serving some of the best scones, finger sandwiches, snacks and tea.

The best brunches in Bangkok
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The best brunches in Bangkok

Brunch has become serious business in Bangkok. The city's best restaurants and cafes have expanded their breakfast menu to include more than just eggs and bacon — a plethora of options now include poached eggs, stacked pancakes with fruits, avocado on toast, fried chicken on waffles, coffees, teas, and hangover-busting smoothies. We scour the city for the best options for this extended breakfast affair.

The best sushi restaurants in Bangkok
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The best sushi restaurants in Bangkok

Freshness and seasonality plays a pivotal role in making great sushis. Here, we have some of Bangkok’s best sushi restaurants that receive their sea bounties, flown from the best sources around the world, at least twice a week. 

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Sri Trat
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Sri Trat

For most Thai folks, Trat, a small province on the eastern seaboard, is of little significance – barring its islands, which are usually overrun by tourists. But for the food-passionate, the region is home to one of the most delightful cuisines in the country, thanks to its abundance of seafood, fresh fruits and rare herbs. Recently, Trat native Wongwich Sripinyoo, hoping to put the city’s signature dishes on the food map, opened Sri Trat, a restaurant that also pays tribute to the two things he loves the most: his hometown and his mother. Tucked in Sukhumvit 33 (a soi that’s already brimming with restaurants offering a gamut of choices), this charming house-turned-restaurant is stylishly dressed in dark indigo tones and greets diners with a make-yourself-at-home vibe. The reception room also functions as the bar, where a giant rose – the favorite flower of Wongwich’s mother – has been hand-painted on the floor. The homey dining room features chic, rustic details, with walls decked out with framed photographs recalling the owner’s childhood memories, and one corner is devoted to a colorful mural depicting his mother, a former beauty queen, elegantly clad in a locally inspired gown. The menu carries items that strictly follow old family recipes and meticulously combine an array of fresh ingredients (some of them grown on-site). It includes staple dishes from Trat like pork curry with chamuang leaves (B220), which highlights tender pork chunks swimming in a tangy herbal soup.

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Magpie Café
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Magpie Café

Award-winning designer (and part-time Insta-hunk) Nappadol “Ou” Baholyodhin has been calling himself an On Nut local for a while now—to the fact that he’s been heading the design team for home textiles at silk institution Jim Thompson, which is headquartered in Soi On Nut 30, for four years. A coffee—latte in particular—addict, Ou found himself struggling to find a good place to buy coffee before going to work. He found his solution when he discovered that this odd-shaped shophouse near his office was being rented out—Ou decided to open up his own café. The talented designer knew the moment he stepped inside the shophouse—once a ramshackle noodle shop—that he would be able to create a miracle and transform the space. And he did—starting out with the first two floors. The decor and the name of the place, Magpie, reflects Ou’s personality of collecting things. The first floor of this tiny, five-story building now boasts elegant décor inspired by an European orangerie—white walls have been hand-painted with green chinoiserie patterns, vases full of flowers, plants and ferns hang from the ceiling, and natural light filters in through huge windows—everything follows Ou’s dream of creating a lush, garden-like ambiance. The windowless second floor (actually a mezzanine) has been converted into some sort of lounge, with sophisticated sofas, Chinese porcelain and shiny mirrors. The third floor is now on its way to becoming a chef’s table-style supper club with five chefs taking over

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen
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Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen

A few yearsback, the main stretch of soi Ari (Phaholyothin 7) became known as one of the city’s most promising food hubs. Now, the parallel soi, Ari Samphan, is starting to gain equal prominence, clustered with an array of new restaurants. One in the growing long list is Cantina Wine Bar and Italian Kitchen, the one and only Italian establishment in the neighborhood.  Run by the people behind Sukhumvit hotspots like Above Eleven, Charcoal and Havana Social, Cantina seems unassuming from the outside, but a contradictory scenario hits you when you walk in. The candle lit enclave is decked out with medieval details, giving the venue the feel of an underground church in Europe. One wall holds a tall wooden wine rack – it extends up to the darker and more intimate second floor – that stores premium bottles.  The menu offers simple, produce-driven Italian favorites that deliver on-point flavor. You have a selection of bruschetta (from B230) and a variety of Neapolitan-style pizza. Try the cheese-loaded mascarpone e tartufo (B520), which is topped with mascarpone, mozzarella and San Daniele ham, and drizzled with white and black truffle oil.  Pasta spans simple carbonara (B240) to a lasagna that is whipped up following a family recipe. The homemade approach also carries into impressive desserts like tiramisu (B180) and panna cotta (B150), which are both served in hefty portions.  Co-owner Mathew Milotich is certified a sommelier so you can trust him to recommend the best wine to

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Clinton Street Baking Company
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Clinton Street Baking Company

Bangkok ends a year big with the opening of Clinton Street Baking Company, a New York-born pancake purveyor of celebrity chef Neil Kleinberg. Tucked in the just-opened fine-dining zone on the ground floor of Siam Paragon, the Bangkok outpost dishes out all-day breakfast and comfort food that puts a spotlight on Kleinberg’s signature buttermilk pancake, which has been praised by some food critics as the world’s best. Your choices are two (B260) or three pieces (B320) plus the topping of your like (blueberry, banana walnut and chocolate chunk). Other goodies that made their way into the menu include Chicken & Waffles (B320) that sees the buttermilk fried chicken serves on waffles, and French toast (B260) that is made of brioche and served with caramelized banana, roasted pecans, and warm maple butter.

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Tonkin-Annam
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Tonkin-Annam

A new Vietnamese eatery serving up authentic northern and central Vietnamese fare

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Mugendai Steakhouse
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Mugendai Steakhouse

Mugendai’s take on grilled goodies is satisfaction guaranteed

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Bangkok by area

The best restaurants and cafes in Aree
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The best restaurants and cafes in Aree

Less than 10 minutes (by BTS) from Siam, Aree is best known for a home of best restaurants and cafes for food lovers. From artsy Laliart Café to fashionable Vick’s and delicious Fatbird, Aree shows the world that this area has what it takes and offers you the best cuisine as well as other hip areas of Bangkok.

The ten best restaurants and cafes in Ekkamai
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The ten best restaurants and cafes in Ekkamai

Sister to Thonglor, the popular area for best cuisine and fun nightlife – Ekkamai is known for its up-and-coming spot for good food, yummy dessert and nice coffee. Why don’t you drive here (or take BTS, of course) and stop by one of the hottest restaurants and cafes such as Peace for some hot oriental tea, The Burger Factory for some juicy meat or Perhaps Rabbits’ for its surreal atmosphere with some delicious cake you couldn’t resist. 

The best restaurants and cafes in Rattanakosin Island
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The best restaurants and cafes in Rattanakosin Island

Surrounded by Chao Phraya River and small canals dug to serve as moat for city center in the past, Rattanakosin Island is a home to Royal Palace, temples, museums and many historical places. It also offers one of the best authentic Thai cuisine as well as up-and-coming restaurants, cafes and bars in the nostalgic atmosphere and the beautiful riverview of Bangkok. 

The ten best restaurants and cafes in The EmQuartier
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The ten best restaurants and cafes in The EmQuartier

The EmQuartier, the latest shopping mall located in the heart of Bangkok, is not only famous for high-fashion stores but also wide range of food around the world. Less than a minute walk from Phrom Phong BTS Station, The EmQuartier is a home to restaurants, cafes and famous franchises such as Taiwanese chicken Hot Star, French patisserie Fuchon and BAKE Cheese Tart from Hong Kong waiting for you to try some.

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The best cake shops in Bangkok
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The best cake shops in Bangkok

If you are looking for the best dessert café in town especially those who are the master of yummy cake, you come to the right place. Time Out gather you the best cakes from French patisserie to Japanese iconic cheesecake so you can enjoy every bite after a big meal.

The best ice cream cafés in Bangkok
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The best ice cream cafés in Bangkok

As the weather is getting hotter and hotter, nothing beats a nice cone of fresh ice cream. Whether you like healthy ice cream or fluffy Japanese yoghurt, Bangkok offers you the best ice cream café you shouldn’t miss and don’t for get to visit other best dessert cafés we have gathered for you.

The best afternoon tea in Bangkok
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The best afternoon tea in Bangkok

As one of the most well-known British gastronomic culture, afternoon tea becomes more and more famous in Bangkok as the cafes who offers the treat expand more and more shops for us to enjoy. Whether you love having scones with butter and jam or just a sip of tea with small bites of dessert, we pretty sure you would enjoy a nice afternoon tea in one of the best dessert cafes in Bangkok.

Purr Cat Cafe Club
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Purr Cat Cafe Club

Attention cat lovers. Let us introduce you to the cat café owned by kitty-adoring model and actress, Petch-Rattanarat. Purr Cat Café Club is a vintage-style café separated into two sections: an outside lobby featuring a salon and a shop, and, inside, a cafe. Here, the cats welcome you to their world – you can touch and play with them, and they jump and sit on your lap! We know you love cats and don’t want to hurt them so there are rules that you need to follow in order to protect these cute kitties – and yourselves. In the off chance you’re not enjoying the company of cats, you can opt to indulge in their menu offerings. The café serves delicious cakes, ice cream and sandwiches with your favorite beverages.  All in all, Purr Cat Café Club is heaven for cat and dessert lovers like you.