Bangkok's Best Thai Restaurants: From Creative to Innovative to Simple Home Cooking

In a city of thousands and thousands of Thai restaurants, it is indeed a hard task to choose “ten best.” In fact, ask just about any local or expat to list their own ten, and of the 100 people you ask, you will have 1000 spots. It’s not just that there are so many good places, but that there are so many types of good places, from luxurious spreads in the most posh surroundings, right on down to the best bowl of noodles you ever tucked into out on a sweltering street corner. Upscale and innovative Thai can best be savoured at Nahm, Paste, and Issaya Siamese, restaurants that are constantly voted into the top 50 tables in Asia. For something truly novel, Sra Bua does molecular renditions that will have you shaking your head in amazement. One can also find a great selection of hard to find and authentic Thai food at spots like The Local or Supanniga Eating Room, or Kin Kao, which feature old school recipes and a wide choice of dishes. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it isn't 5 star. confirmed by great local eateries like northeastern Isaan cuisine focused Lung Yai or Baan Som Tam. Restaurants come and go here, but the longstanding Blue Elephant, where royal Thai dishes feature ingredients from the Royal Project garden and farm, keeps the crowds coming and remains another great favorite for enjoying superb Thai food.

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

If you are looking for a special evening with gorgeous surroundings, great food, and plenty of romance, Issaya Siamese Club completely fits the bill. This is the flagship restaurant for renowned Thai chef Ian Kittichai, and has received...  Read More

While new restaurants pop up daily in Bangkok, Blue Elephant remains firm as one of the best places to enjoy fine dining Thai cuisine in the country. The Bangkok branch of what is a now twelve restaurants located worldwide has been open since...  Read More

Lung Yai
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You might wonder what all the fancy Mercedes are doing in the parking lot of what looks like such a basic restaurant. Simply put Lung Yai is hands down the best local Isaan eatery in Bangkok, which is saying a lot. The homey place, hidden off...  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 Thai food one can find in Bangkok. Michelin Chef David Thompson continues his...  Read More

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

Owner Can 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

The quaint three story shophouse on Thong Lor is easy to miss it looks so small from the outside, but once through the doors, it is a relaxing and homey spot, probably a recreation of what grandma's kitchen was all about, and indeed, the owner...  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

Outside the city

You'll have to go a bit out of your way for this one, although don't let the distance from downtown deter you, as if you want some really authentic Thai food made from high end ingredients and a menu full of hard to find original recipes, you...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

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