10 Best Restaurants in the Dusit Neighborhood District of Bangkok

Dusit is the old area of Bangkok. You won't find shopping malls or high-rises here, and while it is a popular place for many of the royal tourist sights, it isn't hugely known for its restaurant scene, although those in the know head for many of the nondescript Chinese shophouses which are home to some very authentic and local Thai food. There is though, a range of options to choose from here. You can go for excellent upscale dining in the stylish Chon, the signature restaurant at the fancy Siam Hotel, dining in an old teak house right on the Chao Phraya River. Other riverside dining options include the charming Steve Cafe, or a local seafood meal at the small family run Kaloang Home Kitchen. For great sunset and night views, settle in with all the young couples at In Love, looking out at the Rama VIII Bridge as it lights up for the evening. For some fine eclectic meals, Dusit is also a popular spot. Leading the way is Seven Spoons, where organic and locally sourced ingredients are the norm for Mediterranean inspired meals, and you can also head to the nearby Mad Moa, Bangkok's only Polynesian tiki bar that serves up great American comfort food. Don't forget to make at least one pilgrimage to Jae Fai while you are here, the small street food eatery has been written up by the New York Times, and high society types line up here to pay 10 times the going rate for a plate of pad kee mao drunkards noodles. 

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Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

Chote Chitr is a tiny family restaurant that rose to fame after former Bangkok Post food critic Bob Halliday took a NY Times correspondent to the no frills 5 tables eatery and knocked his socks off. Actually, Chote Chitr has been perfecting its...  Read More

Or Tor Kor (Marketing Organisation for Farmers) Produce Market is popular for its colorful and top notch produce, with all of the high end restaurants in town coming here to stock up on what is arguably the town's best fruit and veggie...  Read More

May Kaidee's started as a backpackers vegetarian cafe, serving the masses on Khao San Road, and has grown over the years to now have three branches in Bangkok, one in Chiang Mai, and there are even plans for a New York establishment, which is...  Read More

Pad kee mao, or drunkards noodles can be found at many street stalls for 30 baht a plate, but for an experience that has been written up by food critics around the world, head over to the Saochingchao District of Bangkok to Jay Fai. Stuck in one...  Read More


While the food here certainly isn't the best you'll find along the river, In Love nevertheless is a relaxing spot to chill out at and take in the great views of the Rama VIII Bridge, especially at night when it is all lit up. Dig into some gaeng...  Read More


This small Polynesian tiki style bar housed in the former Seven Spoons restaurant location pays homage to good old American comfort food. The four tables in here are surrounded by wooden walls festooned with Navajo and Mexican rugs, and...  Read More

Eclectic meets Mediterranean at this unique hidden gem that focuses on healthy and often organic food sourced from local markets and growers. It's out of the way to get here, but where else in Bangkok are you going to find quinoa salads or...  Read More

For Dusit's best and most intimate seafood deal, this rather nondescript simple eatery is on a dock on the Chao Phraya River, hidden down an alleyway by the National Library. They serve up delicious and large portions of fresh shrimp, fish, and...  Read More

Decorated in a colorful retro style, this 60 year old traditional Thai house is the setting for one of Bangkok's hidden gems. It is tough to find and a bit far out, but well worth the effort, as Steve's Cafe and Cuisine serves up good Thai food...  Read More

Chon is the elegant Siam Hotel's signature Thai restaurant. It's set in a pair of century old Thai teak houses, formerly owned by by an antique dealer and OSS agent who spent time entertaining the likes of Jackie Kennedy, John Rockerfeller, and...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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