The Best Restaurants in Bangkok's Trendy Thong Lor

Mention Thong Lor to anyone in Bangkok and they will immediately think food and drink. The fashionable highbrow district is Bangkok's most happening and trendiest food area, and new restaurants pop up here daily. Despite being home to a hodgepodge of ethnic, the winners on Thong Lor remain Thai, along with a vast selection of Japanese. For Thai, Supanniga Eating Room serves up classic yet simple dishes from the owner's grandmother's recipe book (with dishes from the eastern town of Trat), while Michelin "Plate" awarded Somtum Der serves up authentic northeastern Isan cuisine. Down the road, Soul Food Mahanakorn remains a unique venue serving Thai street favourites with a twist. And one of Bangkok's Michelin star restaurants, Bo.lan, is over on Soi 53, serving a carbon free footprint menu. You can also dig into spicy southern Thai fare at Phuket Town.There is also plenty of great Japanese food in Thong Lor as it is the home of the Japanese expat population, and soi 13 has a Nihonmachi full of izakayas and sushi bars. Places like Uomasa fly fresh fish in from Tokyo several times a week, and there are creative maki rolls at Maki on Fifth. For Japanese, you can literally walk half a block here and find a bevy of choices. For Italian purists, La Bottega di Luca is best, there is outstanding Yucatan Mexican at the superb Missing Burro, and for morning eats, Roast does outstanding breakfasts to go with their gourmet coffee, which will kick start you for another day of culinary delights in Thong Lor.



Roast combines some of the best coffee in Bangkok along with breakfasts to die for, featuring hearty fare such as poached eggs with corned beef hash, eggs Benedict with Parma ham, banana stuffed french toast, and the house standouts, which are...  Read More

Phuket Town
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Even foreign expatriates tend to miss out on experiencing southern Thai cooking, partially due to the fact that Bangkok just doesn't have a whole lot of known restaurants serving southern cuisine. Phuket Town creates the spirit of the south,...  Read More



Bo.lan makes almost every "Best" list when it comes to outstanding Thai food. Recently relocated to Sukhumvit Soi 53 near trendy Thong Lor, the restaurant prides itself on using bio diversified local products, works closely with local farmers,...  Read More



Maki on Fifth brings a breath of fresh air to all the endless number of sushi joints clamoring for attention on the Japanese heavy Thong Lor dining scene. The restaurant pays homage to Chicago style fusion maki sushi rolls, which dominate the...  Read More

Soul Food Mahanakorn
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Former Atlantic Monthly food critic Jarred Wrisley wanted a place where foodies could enjoy top notch Thai street food without having to sit on stools in the heat, and his converted Chinese shophouse restaurant is now the talk of the town, with...  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



Chef Luca Appino started in Bangkok with the well known Enoteca restaurant, and now is involved with the gourmet Pizza Massilia, but this is his signature eatery, a bright spot with an outdoor terrace set on the Sukhumvit side of town, on Soi...  Read More

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Uomasa is a long standing player on the Japanese food scene that often falls under the foreign tourists radar. Slightly hidden away in Nihonmachi "Japan Town" in Thonglor Soi 13, Uomasa is immensely popular with the expat Japanese crowd, and for...  Read More



Both one of Thong Lor's best restaurants and one of Bangkok's best Mexican restaurants, this cantina run by two Mexican brothers serves up truly authentic Yucatan-influenced cuisine.. Here you can delve into authentic Mexican delights that...  Read More



While Thong Lor is home to some of the city's most chic eats, Thailand's spicy northeastern fare, known as Isan food, is sadly under-respresented. That has all changed with the opening of Somtum Der, an authentic northeastern eatery that has...  Read More


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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