The Best Places to Go for Lunch in Bangkok

Bangkok does come into its own after the heat subsides and the lights go down, but it also has some fabulous places to have a bite to eat for lunch. The range of choices is incredibly wide here,  from the cheapest street corner meals from vendor stalls, to some great bargains at some of the city's most posh eateries. If you favor healthy meals, head to Dressed, where you can build your own salads and wraps, or go stock up on gourmet deli fixings from the local branch of New York's Dean and Deluca. While some of Bangkok's most elegant dining spots will really break the pocketbook come dinner, one can find set lunches at these same spots without needing to whip out the credit card. The city's most elegant French restaurant, Le Normandie, is a prime example of this, but set deals can also be found at Nahm, voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world for several years running now. For Japanese fans, those who can never get a table at dinner at popular Isao will actually have a shot at lunch, along with a 'lunchtime specials' menu. For those on a budget, some of the best hole in the walls are available for lunch, spots like Nai Mong Hoi Tod and its delicious seafood omelets, or perhaps some Thai Muslim chicken biryani at Aisa Rot Dee or fried chicken at Soi Polo. The list is endless and hopefully this guide will steer you in the right direction.



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



After years in cosmopolitan Bangkok without edible bagels, the real deal has finally arrived. An American and Thai who missed chewy New York bagels opened up this centrally located eatery and now have a legion of faithful followers. As co-owner...  Read More



Aisa Rot Dee is a hard to find gem despite being just steps from touristy Khao San Road, and is the perfect example of good Thai street food, and an excellent choice for lunch if you are in the neighborhood. The fare here is almost all Thai...  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



If you like oysters this little hole in the wall serves up some of the best street fare to be found anywhere in Bangkok. Winner of the prestigious Shell Shuan Shim star award, the lady running this joint whips up divine plates of fried oyster or...  Read More



There are now several branches throughout Bangkok of this original New York gourmet delicatessen, coffee shop, and upmarket grocery featuring premium ingredients, fine wines, and all you could ask for from a Western gastronomy outlet. The...  Read More



Pala is a much welcome addition to Bangkok's pizza scene and a great spot to have lunch in. While most places here serve the standard Neopolitan Italian thin crust pizza, Pala rises its dough extra long and the result is thick, chewy, and...  Read More



Dressed is an American salad cafe franchise now firmly entrenched in the Bangkok healthy eating scene. There are five branches to choose from in downtown Bangkok, with this location in the Mercury Ville mall accessed directly from the Chidlom...  Read More



This classy French restaurant on the top floor of The Oriental Hotel is a Bangkok institution. Fois gras and roasted Sisteron rack of lamb are just some of the menu highlights prepared by the visiting French master chefs in residence here, all...  Read More

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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


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