Surrounded by the Chao Phraya River and small canals, Rattanakosin Island is home to the Royal Palace, magnificent temples, fine museums and many historical places. It also has an abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars offering beautiful river views, nostalgic settings and some of the most authentic Thai food in the city.
The best restaurants and cafes in Rattanakosin Island
Wrap up your day with a perfect dinner at Krua Khun Kung, located not far from the Royal Thai Navy Club. Delicate, mild tastes, which are quite hard to find in Bangkok, are found here, and are complemented by a relaxed vibe. We suggest you go a bit earlier than usual in order to get a table by the river – the view is magnificent and worth going early for. Make sure to try the spicy fried Acacia Pennata salad, served with their signature chili sauce, and the minced pork and spicy Zalacca salad with shrimps. Both dishes will blow your mind away.
Sweet, salty, and a bit spicy. Expand your palate with the modernized version of rare Thai classics such as Kanom Jeen Sao Nam (rice noodle with coconut milk and toppings) and Kanom Beung (crispy pancake filled with pork). Their highlights are the traditional rare desserts that you might never heard of; Intanil (pandan rice dough in coconut milk), Kanom Khaofang (boiled millet in coconut milk) and much more.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be expensive. Serving an organic take on Thai local favourites, stir-fried dishes, brown rice, and curries are available in a homely atmosphere at reasonable price. There are also countless books that you can pick up and read while waiting for the food.
The highlight of Gram Cafe is the organic egg that are cooked with creativity. Not just a typical scrambled, boiled, or fried for a sunny side up, a poached egg is coated with breadcrumbs, then deep fried and topped with delicious mushroom dressing in their Creamy Crispy Egg. Salmon Royal Pancake is served similar to eggs benedict, but with the pancake base. Other non-eeg dishes are also available such as quinoa salad and soft-shell crab burger.
Err charms you with its urban-rustic décor and flavors. The ambience is comfortable and interesting, complemented by wooden decor, traditional Thai board games, and fun graffiti. The couple behind renowned Thai restaurant Bo.lan, chef Bo and chef Dylan, play a big part in this restaurant, so it’s guaranteed that the food here is some of the best in town. Quality ingredients and home-style cooking are also factors that make it worth your visit. We are quite sure you won’t be disappointed with their food. Or the drinks. Try their signature cocktail, The Err, which contains Chalong Bay Rum and passion fruit. If you don’t feel like drinking alcohol, take a sip of refreshing mocktail, If Only I Had Alcohol (what a name!).