Foodie Paradise: 10 of Bangkok's Best Dining Options

Bangkok has always been a foodie paradise, with knockout meals on just about every block. While the street food here is still second to none, the city has also reinvented itself in recent years with an outstanding array of fine dining options and great gourmet selections from around the world. Gaggan has been voted the Best Restaurant in Asia for three years running now, serving up unique molecular influenced Indian cuisine. Also on the San Pellegrino list of top restaurants in the world, Nahm continuously gets highly ranked and is not to be missed, with chef David Thompson creating authentic and top notch traditional Thai. Other truly excellent Thai spots include the upscale Paste, as well as green friendly Bo.lan, aiming to be Bangkok's first zero carbon footprint kitchen. For authentic hard to find Thai dishes, both Supanniga Eating Room and The Local are the best places in town, and if you want Isaan northeastern spice, head to always crowded Baan Som Tam.

It's not only Thai food that visitors are coming to Bangkok for now though. In addition to Gaggan, Japanese features highly on the Bangkok menu. For creative sushi, Isao will knock your socks off, and is probably the only restaurant in Bangkok that has a line out the door 365 days a year. There are thousands of Italian places to choose from, but for classy, romantic, and super tasty, Il Bolognese is a proven winner. Finally, Bangkok now has a top notch American barbecue joint, with the Smokin' Pug becoming one of the city's most homey, happening, and supremely delicious spots all in one.

Isaan, or northeastern cuisine, is probably the most common food eaten in Thailand, by both visitors and locals alike. Some of the best Isaan food is found at corner street stalls, which most tourists find too hot and uncomfortable to sit at,...  Read More

The only Thai restaurant to be included in prestigious Restaurant Magazine's Top 50 Restaurants in the World, Nahm lives up to its billing by serving some of the best food one can find in Bangkok. However, some folks just aren't ready to fork...  Read More

Owner Kan Markawat and his sister Ploy come from a family of traditional foodies, and they have put their love of traditional and hard to find dishes from all over Thailand on display at the lovely new eatery, The Local, where one can dine in a...  Read More

Bo.lan makes almost every "Best" list when it comes to outstanding Thai food. Recently relocated to Sukhumvit Soi 53 near trendy Thong Lor, the restaurant prides itself on using bio diversified local products, works closely with local farmers,...  Read More

You might forget that you are in Bangkok after an hour of dining at this stellar Italian eatery, the food certainly is divine enough to make believe that this really is Bologna. Hidden down a quiet side street and located in a comfortable old...  Read More

Classic Thai food is renowned world over, yet rarely does one find it presented in such an innovative way as at Paste. Paste Bangkok is the brainchild of Australian award winning chef Jason Bailey and his Thai partner Bongkoch "Bee" Satongun,...  Read More

It's hard to know what is the most enjoyable facet of this fantastic addition to the Bangkok dining scene. The intimate yet lively and homey interior, the feel good story behind the restaurant (American couple who met teaching English in China...  Read More

Restaurateur extraordinaire Thanaruek Laoraowirodge continues to keep traditional Thai food on the Bangkok gourmet map with his latest opening in the trendy Soi 10, Sathorn's rapidly rising equivalent of Thonglor. With the same name and same...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Isao Bangkok

While this small eatery just off of Sukhumvit is always packed with discerning diners coming to try out creations that just aren't available elsewhere in Bangkok, so much that it is next to impossible to get a seat, lunch offers better...  Read More

Recently named Asia's Best Restaurant, Gaggan is described as progressive Indian, but it might be better to say molecular gastronomy goes Indian and comes to Bangkok! This snazzy restaurant started by Gaggan Anand, the Kolkata native who...  Read More


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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave