10 Best Restaurants to Enjoy in the Pathumwan Area in Bangkok, Thailand

Pathumwan is the heart of Bangkok, not only for its shopping malls, but for its amazing array of great food. Dazzle your taste buds and eyes with the molecular gastronomy creations at Sra Bua, which does Thai cuisine like it's never been seen or tasted before. All types of cuisines can be found in this neighbourhood, from top notch Italian here at the elegant JoJo, to the city's best Mexican at La Monitas, just as good for breakfast as for dinner. For Chinese xiaolongbao dumplings and Shanghai eats, Din Tai Fung in the new Central Embassy Mall is a branch of the superb Taiwan and Hong Kong eatery, and make sure to try the outstanding Japanese fusion at Zuma, where the expertly mixed cocktails are just as much of a draw as the fresh sashimi. Indian food is also a big draw here, either traditional and elegant at Bawarchi, or done molecular style at the renowned Gaggan. Also making this list of excellent eats is fine French haute cuisine at Le Beaulieu, Michelin chef creations at the newly opened Savelberg, and even good old street side cafes, with the age old Soi Polo Fried Chicken still going strong after all these years. One thing is for certain, you will never be going hungry in the Pathumwan neighbourhood.


Truth is you probably could find equally as good fried chicken in many other spots in Bangkok, but Soi Polo has been famous for so long, why bother traipsing through the heat looking for something else? The chicken here really does put the...  Read More

While Indian restaurants abound in Bangkok, finding any to dine in style in can be a tougher chore. Not only does Bawarchi serve up some of the city's finest Northern Indian cuisine, it also does so with some incredible twists on age old...  Read More

For those missing Mexican food in Bangkok, La Monita is all the rage. While most folks do head over for tacos and burritos for lunch and dinner, La Monita also does some of the best breakfasts in the city, with big plates of huevos rancheros on...  Read More

Renowned French chef Herve Frerard presides over Le Beaulieu, which recently reopened in a stylish new location in the posh Athenee Tower Complex on Wireless Road. The focus is on bistro, and the French haute cuisine remains as top notch as...  Read More

Zuma, the posh Japanese eatery with branches in London, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Miami, and Dubai, has arrived in Bangkok. Based on a traditional Japanese izakaya, yet with a very sophisticated and elegant twist, and designed by Noriyoshi Muramatsu,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of courtesy of Gaggan

Some say that Gaggan isn't really Indian, and some call it "molecular masala," but surely it is worth experiencing. This snazzy restaurant started by Gaggan Anand, the Kolkata native who interned with Michelin-starred molecular whiz Ferran...  Read More

There is a reason why Din Tai Fung has been named one of the world's ten best restaurants by the New York Times, one of the best franchises by CNN, and awarded a Michelin star. This Taiwanese originated franchise excels at clean and delicious...  Read More

Not only is JoJo sleek, sophisticated, and one of Bangkok's most elegant dining spots, it also happens to serve some of the city's most refined and delicious Italian food. You can sit in the stylish dining room or out on the romantic candlelit...  Read More

Dutch chef Henk Savelberg knows his cuisine. Awarded a Michelin star in four different restaurants across the Netherlands, Savelberg has brought his culinary magic to Bangkok, working the kitchen along with his team, creating French inspired...  Read More

Sra Bua
Photo courtesy of Siam Kempinski Bangkok

It might be more like going to a magic show than a restaurant when you see what comes out of the kitchen at Sra Bua. Modeled on the award winning Kiin Kiin restaurant in Denmark, run by chef Henrik Yde-Andersen and Lertchai Treetawatchaiwong, a...  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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