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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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KRBB
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KRBB

The opening of a new Japanese restaurant on the third floor of Habito Mall seeks to take your hot pot experience to the next level.  KRBB, a play on the Thai word “krub,” is also the combined letters of the names of its four beef-loving owners: actor Chakrit “Krit” Yamnarm, Ronnasit Phumma, Ittichai “Big” Benjathanasombat and  Pratiroop “Book” Panpiemrasda. The eatery appeases millennial expectations with an Instagram-worthy space decked out with light-colored wooden furniture. A long communal table dominates the eating area. Meats are stored in display cabinets for you to choose from but are sliced in the adjacent butcher’s room.  Three types of wagyu—they claim to have some of the best from Japan—are available. The highlight is the Japanese Ozaki, a rare beef that is only grown on the farm of breeder Muneharu Ozaki in the Miyazaki prefecture. Also on offer is Oni, a legendary wagyu from Chika prefecture and Hokkaido’s F-1 premium beef. Your choice of meat is cooked to your preference (yakiniku-style, shabu-shabu or grilled).  KRBB also throws a special feast every month where some of the best chefs in the country take turn to create tasting menus that combine their signature cooking styles with KRBB’s premium beef (B4,500 with sake pairing). On 29 and 30 March, chef Weerawat Triyasenawat from Samuay and Sons in Udon Thani injects spicy Isan flavors into dishes like Hokkaido wagyu spicy pla salad served with ant’s eggs. 

Siam Tea Room
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Siam Tea Room

The building that was the Imperial Queen’s Park Hotel has been entirely refurbished into the sleeker Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, a new five-star hotel that also promises to be a mecca for food and booze. One of its outlets, Siam Tea Room, looks to invite discerning diners to either feast on authentic Thai grub or nibble on a variety of baked items – or both. A northern Thai-style, wood-crafted gable graces the restaurant’s facade, one of the few decorating pieces kept from the Imperial Queen’s Park structure. It was only later on that we learned, as revealed by the hotel’s publicist, that the iconic piece was designed by the late legendary artist Thawan Duchanee. Stepping inside, the center of the room is unusually dedicated to a pastry shop selling house-baked goodies. The adjacent wings on both sides are connected to elegant, dark-hued dining rooms that display intricate Thai-style furniture and custom-made cutlery crafted by the villagers of Aranyik, a small town in Ayutthaya.  The name is quite deceptive — the main focus here is not tea. Rather, old-school Thai dishes, whipped up by chef Anukool “Aon” Poolpipat (who previously worked at JW Marriott) dominate the menu. Chef Aon doesn’t tone down the spice and delivers flavorful versions of Thai cuisine that sentimentally reflect the tastes of his childhood. The blue swimmer crab curry (B460) represents southern Thai fare at its best. Spicy with delicate salty notes, it is served with meaty crab chunks, charcoa

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Pâtissez
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Pâtissez

The Freakshake, a milkshake of skyscraper proportions, has come to Bangkok, courtesy of newly opened Australian café Patissez. This intense, creamy concoction features thick slush, chunky cake bits, an overload of whipped cream and candy-colored toppings. Originally created by Pâtissez in 2015, this sinful and monstrous treat has spawned copies worldwide. Now, after expanding to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, Pâtissez has set foot in Bangkok with the aim of reclaiming credit for its trademark product. Tucked on the ground floor of new lifestyle and residential complex Parc39, Patissez features rustic wooden furniture, indoor plants and a giant floor-to-ceiling glass window that allows plenty of natural light to filter in. The Freakshake (B230) is offered in five different flavors. Chocolate fiends will fall in love with the Pretzella, a Nutella-flavored milkshake topped with lots of whipped cream and pretzels. Only available in Bangkok is a Thai milk tea-inspired version that comes with ganache of white chocolate and a hint of coconut.  The café also serves all-day brunch dishes such as pork belly burger (pork pieces roasted with maple syrup, crispy taro and spicy mango salad, B380) and barbecued pork ribs served with crispy taro and mashed potatoes (B420). Plans are in motion to carry the Freakshake concept over to made-to-order birthday cakes. 

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Hazel’s Ice Cream Parlor and Fine Drinks
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Hazel’s Ice Cream Parlor and Fine Drinks

An old shop which once was a printing house, has been transformed into a Prohibition-themed ice cream parlor selling frozen scoops that take on an alcoholic upgrade.  Hazel’s, the latest brainchild of Somkiat “Joke” Pairotmahakit (the man behind Seven Spoons, Sheepshank and Mad Moa), sits among other unassuming buildings in the bustling old town. The ice cream bar ticks all the boxes for vintage cool: bare concrete walls, wooden shelves stacked with antique bric-a-brac and a bar made of old-school card catalog drawers. An original Heidelberg printing press takes up much of the seating area on the first floor, embodying the history of its location.  The shop has teamed up with organic producer Farm to Table to come with their own ice cream flavors. Though Hazel’s brands itself as an alcohol-infused ice cream parlor, there were very few spiked options when we visited during the soft launch period, such as stout vanilla with salted caramel (B190/scoop), bourbon vanilla (B220/scoop) and rum raisin (B220). Also on offer are sundae selections like The Great Grandpa’s Sunday Sundae (bourbon vanilla ice cream, stout beer ice-cream, caramel brandy sauce, B280). Teetotalers with sugar cravings will be delighted as most of the sundaes and floats, like the All-American Apple Pie (vanilla ice cream served with apple pie crumble, B240), contain non-alcoholic ingredients.  The bar on the first floor slings whiskey-based concoctions. Try the Menthol Lethal (B350) which combines rye whiske

Time Out says
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Sushi Zo
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Sushi Zo

Osaka-born sushi legend Keizo Seki introduced a more delicate approach to the American concept of raw fish and rice rolls when he opened the first Sushi Zo in West LA. The omakase-style eatery earned a Michelin star in 2009. After opening another branch in Los Angeles and one in New York, the much praised sushi brand is set to raise the bar in Bangkok’s fine-dining scene with the opening of its fourth establishment (and the first Asian outpost) on bustling Wireless Road. Hidden behind an indistinctive blond wood door in the Plaza Athénée Tower, Sushi Zo’s kitchen is helmed by Toshi Onishi, the former executive chef at the downtown LA branch.Unlike the more popular edomae (traditional Tokyo) style, which highlights the essential flavors of the fish, Sushi Zo focuses on different kinds of ponzu and soy sauce to dress and marinate the fish, and mix two types of vinegars in the rice. The outcome is an interplay of contrasting sweet and sour notes and a wellbalanced umami flavor that does not overpower the freshness of the fish, which are flown daily from Japan. Around 22 pieces of the freshest nigiri and sashimi take turns enticing your palate throughout the two-hour course. Our visit kicked off with an impressive sashimi platter consisting of Hokkaido oysters drenched in tangy-sweet ponzu sauce, scattered pieces of cornetfish (yagara), bluefin tuna and sweet shrimp drizzled and marinated with different condiments. The akami tuna was melt-in-yourmouth delicious, with a slight t

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Outlaw Creative Cuisine
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Outlaw Creative Cuisine

In the modern gourmet scene, where good food is defined by how sophisticated each plate looks or how science transforms the merely edible into mind-blowing foam—and usually comes with a shocking price tag—French artist-turnedchef Romain Guiot steps into the kitchen and breaks such rules, presenting produce-driven fare that lets the flavors and ingredients do the talking. Hidden within the quiet labyrinth that is Charoenkrung, the artsy neighborhood that has recently welcomed an array of hip venues, an old building has been given a revamp and transformed into a gallery-slash-eatery. Edgy details combine to give a creative vibe to the place: the shop name is stylized and written in different quirky fonts while the second floor features cool graffiti art. The small, wood-heavy dining space acts as a gallery featuring travel photos taken by the chef (they’re all for sale). Locally made kitchenware playfully functions as ceiling lamps. Chef Romain sends out fuss-free dishes that combine local and imported ingredients, and focus on the natural flavors of each component. The signature bruschetta (B275), for example, sees a pouch of fresh Italian burratina, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and sitting on pan-toasted multigrain bread and a bed of spicy chopped tomato. (Visually, the dish looks like an Expressionist painting.) Argentinian tenderloin (B550) is briefly pan-seared and paired with white truffle-infused mashed potatoes, which adds an aromatic element to each meaty bite. The

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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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.