Whether you are into street food, you prefer to eat with three pieces of silverware on each side of the plate, or you think chocolate counts as salad because it comes from a tree, in the words of Virginia Woolf: “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Bangkok’s street food map.
Colorful lights, paper lanterns, and trendy decor make this one of the most charming restaurant sois in Bangkok. The dining experience here, although catered more toward tourists, more than delivers on ambiance.
Haled as the best place to get authentic street food in Bangkok because of the abundance of vendors, variety of food, and fresh ingredients.
Ranked among the top fruit and vegetable markets in the world, this gourmet market is a favorite of many celebrities. Much of the prepared food is available “to go,” but quite a few sit-down restaurants offer delicious Thai fare from various regions, including Isan in northeastern Thailand.
Always packed with foreigners and Thais alike, this soi features traditional Thai dishes served from quaint restaurants or eaten the authentic way, on plastic tables and chairs. It might be more touristy than other areas, but it is a great way to ease in to the street food experience.
Located by the river beside Thammasat University, the street food here is generally devoured by Thai university students and is notoriously cheap. Weekdays during the day are the best time to visit.
Located near the “Giant Swing,” this cluster of street food restaurants has been a favorite destination among locals for decades. The outdoor stalls are known for their fresh ingredients and for being immaculately clean.
This popular food market serves delicious Chinese food in a busy, bustling atmosphere. The duck noodles and seafood are highly recommended.
This maze of stalls and vendors is divided between a huge wet market featuring everything from fresh produce and seafood and another section across the street with small restaurants offering authentic Thai food at some of the best prices in Bangkok. Sample the curries, minced meat, and stir-fried veggies served over rice.
Thailand’s top 10 must-try dishes, Bangkok’s street food, specialty cuisine, airplane food, and healthy food. Taste it all here.
Thinly sliced red barbequed pork served over rice. The flavorful “red sauce” makes this dish perfectly sweet and tangy.
Small circular pancakes stuffed with coconut filling and corn/chives. They are popular for breakfast, dessert or a snack.
(Chiang Mai Noodle soup)
This noodle soup is typically found in Northern Thailand. It features egg noodles and chicken, and is topped with crunchy noodles.
Minced pork with chili and basil leaf served over rice; originally a Lao dish that is also typically eaten in Isan.
Thai Tea and Thai Coffee
Thai tea is made of strongly brewed Ceylon tea, and can be ordered with condensed milk or enjoyed with lime juice and sugar, from any of the vendors all over town.
●128/2 Sukhumvit Soi 22, 081 951 9555, www.radiancewholefoods.com)
This neighborhood grocer and health store features fresh, wholesome organic foods for healthy living. It specializes in nuts, seeds and grains. Open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bangkok’s Farmers Market
●K Village, 93, 95 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 088 507 8694, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.bkkfm.com)
With the mission of connecting non-GMO/organic/pesticide free producers with consumers directly, Bangkok’s Farmers Market is the right place to go shopping for organic produce, fruits, prepared foods, artisan breads, beauty products, clothing, pottery, and more. Its next event at K Village will take place on January 25/26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Spring Epicurean Market at Spring Summer
●199 Sukhumvit Soi 49 (Promsri), opposite the Racquet Club, 02 392 2757, www.springnsummer.com)
Devoted to all things food—taste, health, and community—, it is held the last Sunday of every month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spring Summer restaurant. This month, it will be celebrated on January 26.