A visit to Bangkok wouldn’t be complete without trying the city’s thriving underground eateries. Our guide to the best street food in Bangkok showcases the most delicious local bites the city has to offer.
Famous around the world for its sensational street food, Bangkok is home to a haven of long-loved local dishes served up at generations-old stalls that each have their own speciality. Fresh off the back of Netflix’s mouthwatering series on street food, our foodie’s guide to the best street food in Bangkok highlights the city’s most delicious, tucked-away finds for a true gourmet adventure – not to mention a truly sensational meal.
A long-time local favourite, this small shophouse restaurant has been serving up traditional handmade egg noodles since 1947. Just follow your nose to find it tucked away down a small alley. Going back to the basics, the family that runs the show here prepares everything by hand, from the pickled garnishes to their noodles – and they’ve been doing so for 70+ years. Come here for a humble bowl of soup and a taste of culture. You won’t regret it!
Insider Tip: Your Bamee Gua noodle soup experience wouldn’t be complete without the addition of their signature wontons.
Address: 82 Soi Langsuan, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Open From: 9 am – 2:30 pm
You can’t come to Bangkok and not seek out Thailand’s national dish, Pad Thai. Keen to preserve this worldwide favourite in its most traditional form, the legendary Pad Thai Thip Samai, also known as the ‘Ghost Gate Pad Thai,’ cooks its noodles on a searing hot charcoal stove to produce an authentic roasted flavour. The secret behind this joint’s always long queues is the family’s secret prawn oil recipe that’s been passed down for centuries. It’s no wonder this place has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Insider Tip: Get a power dinner and go for a Pad Thai neatly wrapped in smoky-flavoured egg with jumbo prawns.
Address: 313 315 Maha Chai Rd, Khwaeng Samran Rat, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
Open From: Thu – Mon: 5 pm – 2 am
For a taste of a true Thai curry, head over to Khao Gaeng Jake Puey. Nicknamed the rice and curry musical chairs stall (because during peak hours, you literally have to fight for your seat), this place dishes out a mixture of curries and fluffy rice for just THB 60 per plate to its long line of hungry customers and regulars. Difficult to miss with its atmospheric setting and series of red stools set up along the sidewalk, this is where locals head to bring back memories of traditional home-cooked food that celebrates the richness of those classic Thai curry flavours.
Insider Tip: One of the best-loved dishes here is Kaeng Kari Moo, a yellow creamy coconut curry with pork.
Address: 9 25 Mangkon Rd, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100
Open From: Tue – Sun: 4 pm – 9 pm
Located near Chulalongkorn University, Jae O is one of Bangkok’s favourite supper spots. The family-style restaurant offers a variety of late-night favourites including Tom Yum mama noodles, a Thai style salmon sashimi salad and crispy pork belly to hordes of hungry diners.
Insider Tip: You can expect to wait up to 2 hours for your name to be called here, so do not come starving. Also, Jae O only serves its speciality noodles dish from 11 PM onwards. So head here for some post-cocktail sustenance.
Address: 113 Soi Charat Mueng, Khwaeng Rong Muang, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
Open From: 5:30 pm – 1 am
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Are you ready for a plate of Bangkok’s crispiest pork belly? Then head to Mr Joe Crispy Pork, a specialist in meaty fare that can be enjoyed as an entrée or mixed into a pepper broth with rice noodle soup known as Guay Jub for only THB 60. Once frequented only by locals who knew its delicious secret, this firm favourite has begun to attract a more international crowd as word has spread.
Insider Tip: Take a walk afterwards to the nearby Worachanyawas temple where the huge golden sleeping Budha will give you the best sunset shots.
Address: 313/7 Thanon Chan, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120
Open From: 8 am – 4:30 pm
New restaurants are exciting and innovative, but those that have stood the test of time have valuable lessons for us all to learn from. Especially when it’s a restaurant like Nai Mong Hoi Tod that only serves a single dish made to perfection. For 30 years, this street vendor has been famed for its simple but delicious signature dish of crispy oyster omelette served with chilli sauce on the side. And it’s still serving it up today.
Insider Tip: Not a big fan of oysters? Ask the restaurant to replace them with mussels.
Address: 539 Phlap Phla Chai Rd, Khwaeng Pom Prap, Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100
Open From: 11 am – 9 pm
If a bowl of authentic beef soup is what you are after, then a visit to Wattana Panic is a must. Their ‘Beef Miracle,’ as locals call it, is famous for its traditional stew that melts in your mouth and offers deep flavours thanks to a base soup that’s boiled 24/7 and packed with Chinese medicines and herbs. A street stall run by the third generation of the same family, this humble eatery is a must-visit.
Insider Tip: To mix things up, try a goat stew with noodles on top.
Address: 336 338 Ekkamai Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110
Open From: 9:30 am – 8 pm