Best Spots for Spanish Tapas in Bangkok

For years you would have been hard pressed to find some choice cold cuts, let alone an olive in the Big Mango, but those days are now far gone and tapas bars have joined the gourmet foodie rage that is sweeping the City of Angels. Bangkok now boasts scores of nice cozy spots to unwind over some fine wine and traditional Spanish tapas. Places like Spanish on 4, sister establishment to Sukhumvit's Tapas Cafe, serve up great tapas treats like Iberian ham or Manchego cheese to go alongside of a selection of wines from around the Mediterranean. Cute El Chiringuito has plenty of atmosphere and authentic Spanish pinto tortilla. For something a bit more elegant, try out Rioja's, where the paella and cochinillo roast suckling pig are as refined as the dining room and decor. Other very elegant newcomers on the Bangkok tapas scene include Taburete, which has some true gourmet standouts like tuna tataki served with roasted paprika, pan fried leeks, and red pepper sauce, topped with black olive paste and balsamic reduction sauce, or the suave El Lugar, featuring tapas of smoked salmon with candied lemon. Some of the best tapas in town are to be found in fancy hotels, such as the aptly named Tapas y Vino in the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit or Bistro M at the Marriott Executive Apartments, both of which offer some great free flow wine and all you can eat tapas specials to keep you stuffed for days.

Bistro M, in the elegant Marriott Executive Apartments on happening Sukhumvit Soi 24, serves up a wide array of Thai and Western bistro style dishes, with a bit of international flair thrown in as well. The menu really covers a lot of ground,...  Read More

Hola is the latest player on the tapas scene in Bangkok, bringing a bit of Spain to the trendy Thonglor area. Located in the basement of the snazzy Ei8ht Thonglor dining complex, Hola has a relaxing decor with cushy sofas to chill out on while...  Read More

Iberian cuisine and tapas come well recommended at Rioja, a fine dining Spanish option in central Bangkok. Chef Luis Fernando brings a wealth of experience from Spanish restaurants to Asia, and creates specialties like cochinillo roast suckling...  Read More

The Tapas Cafe is Bangkok's first original tapas bar, and is still going strong after seven years in business. Customers return here for the laid back vibe, where you can relax with Spanish newspapers, listen to salsa or flamenco, check out the...  Read More

El Lugar

El Lugar, which means "the place" in Spanish, brings a cosmopolitan and modern feel to Bangkok's tapas dining scene. The fashionable restaurant is brightly lit, with a large communal open dining space, and an inviting decor. This contemporary...  Read More

Where else can you find the unique combination of an American deli with a tapas bar? Only at Osito-Unique Spanish. The former El Osito has rebranded and this new launch, headed by chef Daniel Kucher, now does amazing breakfasts, brunches, and...  Read More

Spanish on 4 is the new sister restaurant to the old favorite Tapas Cafe on Sukhumvit, and it is nice to have easy access to tapas now available on this side of town. Spanish on 4 sits smack amidst all the Silom nightlife, near the Patpong night...  Read More

The Thai chef here at Bangkok's newest tapas and Mediterranean restaurant spent ten years working in Spain, and surely got quite an apprenticeship into real Iberian cuisine. Taburete dishes out some of the finest tapas and fresh meat and fish...  Read More

Knock yourself out with some sophisticated tapas and great wines at Tapas y Vino, the elegant tapas eatery located in the fashionable Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel on Asoke. Indulge in various cured meats, capers, and Manchego cheese, along...  Read More

El Chiringuito is the real deal when it comes to tapas. The owner lived in Spain for six years and knows her stuff. The tiny and homey eatery is located near Chinatown in an old shophouse that has wooden furniture, a retro vibe, and oozes...  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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