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Our Favourite Street Food Spots in Bangkok!
Street food is a way of life in Thailand, and especially in Bangkok. You’ll never go hungry in this beautiful city, and you’ll always have something new to try! This post shares the best places to sample street food, and also some of our favourite dishes. Let us know in the comments what your favourite dish is!
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Also read: Sightseeing Guide to Bangkok
Number 1 on the list was our favourite place for street food. A busy main road with lots of small side streets all lined with the most incredible food vendors. In addition to being one of the world’s largest and most authentic Chinese communities outside China, Chinatown Bangkok is also one of the capital’s busiest and liveliest districts. Known to locals as Yaowarat, order an uber and get dropped on the main road! You’ll find incredible food here without a guide. Top of your list should be seafood as this is the best area in Bangkok for it! Going as a pair or small group is a good idea; you can share dishes without getting too full, meaning you can vendor hop and try as much as possible. We tried seafood, duck & rice, pork belly and gyoza, ALL so tasty.
Khaosan Road/ Soi Rambuttri
Khao San Road. It’s arguably the most famous backpacker/tourist street in Southeast Asia (if not the world). If you’re a budget traveler in Southeast Asia, chances are you’ll end up here are some point. All roads seem to point here and it’s the transit hub for backpackers in the region. It’s a MAJOR place for a night out, so brace yourself for really loud music and lots of crowds. Personally, this place isn’t our favourite, although we ended up here several times, it’s unavoidable. There’re loads of money grabbing schemes here, including overpriced food and drinks.
You’ll see lots of creepy crawly vendors, NOT WORTH IT! They taste horrible and are so expensive, but it was a touristy thing we fell for. Coconut ice cream is a must, there’s stands all over! The road next to Khoasan road, Soi Rambuttri, is still very touristy but a lot quieter! You have to eat at the tiny noodle soup stand on Soi Rambuttri! The vendor is so lovely & she also joined us for dinner. M Seafood(next to 7/11) is another must; Chang is only 70 Bhat, the food is very affordable and you get loads compared to other places in this area!
TOP TIP: Steer clear of the restaurants and stick to the street food vendors; you get more food for a lot less! Wander the vendors with a beer from 7/11 (booze isn’t sold between 11-2 and after midnight).
Many blog posts said it was a Chinatown in terms of street food, so the perfect place for Sam’s birthday! We expected lines of vendors, but there was NOTHING! We were about to give up when we stumbled across a bustling street food alley, the Bangrak Bazaar! The vendors are more permanent, and a lot more modern compared to chinatown,. There’s also a big hall with more vendors inside. We opted for the BBQ vendor outside as all the locals seemed to be eating DIY BBQ and hotpots! Lovely thin sliced pork and a box of veggies to BBQ at our table, SO much fun! We also shared the omelette pad Thai which was advertised everywhere, plus several Changs made for a fantastic birthday treat!
We saw this place on Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix and couldn’t wait to go! There’s lots of floating markets in Bangkok but Khlong Lat Mayom is the best for food. There’s a huge market hall filled with different food vendors with tons of different food to try. The most interesting of the vendors are the ladies serving from their boats! We took a long tail boat tour to a smaller market where we had Pad Thai from a boat vendor! Another must try here is the coconut ice cream with weird toppings; beans on ice cream shouldn’t go, but they really do! You’ll see ‘Hoi Krong’ everywhere; tiny pan fried seafood omelettes, but this place had the most fillings we’d seen anywhere! Also the ribs stand near the long tail boat stop is a must try!
Home to the infamous Jay Fai AND Thip Samai, you can expect long queues here! We were scouting more street food and stumbled across this road with 2 of the most famous restaurants in Thailand. We stood and watched Jay Fai cooking up a storm and then wandered down to the most famous Pad Thai restaurant. Neither restaurant we could get a table! You have to visit Jay Fai at ~9.30am to join a waiting list for the day. Unfortunately when we visited she was closed the rest of the week. It was still surreal to see her in action! Thip Samai you’re looking at queueing for hours; but again it was still pretty cool to see the chefs cooking away!
It wasn’t a total loss on the eating food front. Just opposite Jay Fai there’s an incredible food stall serving AMAZING Thai food, and it’s a lot more affordable! We did speak with several people who were lucky enough to eat at Jay Fai who weren’t blown away… Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we couldn’t get in? (*anything to make us feel better about not going*).
Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market
The Ratchada Rot Fai Train Night Market, not only has authenticity, delicious food and fashion in abundance, it’s also incredibly cool; the distinct vintage aesthetic is different and great for photos! If you’re not in Bangkok for long you could end up missing it as it’s only open Thursday-Sunday 5pm – til past midnight. There’s tons of bars so grab a beer and wander around the stall lanes to find your favourite bite! We would definitely recommend the tasty, but very messy, seafood buckets. The Kung Thep stall was by far the busiest so we ate there, but there’s tons of stalls selling this dish!
TIP: Head up to the car park opposite the market to get this incredible Birdseye view!
You’ll have the most incredible time exploring Bangkok through the street food, don’t be scared about trying new things and throw your worries about food poisoning away! We ate everything and weren’t ill once. You’ll miss out on so much if you don’t try it all, and we hope this helps lead you on your foodie travels! Check out our guide to sightseeing in Bangkok for more on what you can do in this amazing city.