Welcome to the capital of Thailand! Apart from serene temples (or ‘wat’, as locals say it) and unimaginably crazy nightlife – what else would you consider as the best thing in Bangkok?
Yes, street food!
Regardless of the type of traveller you are, backpacker or poshpacker, solo or group-traveler – street food is an essential part of one’s experience while traveling.
It is one of the most tangible artifacts of a culture, and it’s possibly the easiest way to dive into a different culture.
Paul Prudhomme an American chef once said, “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food”.
Yes, that’s true, and that’s why we are compiling this great list of 10 places to get the best (Instagrammable) street food experience in Bangkok!
1. A slightly different night market from the usual ones – Talad Neon Downtown Night Market
When in Bangkok, you simply can’t miss the night markets! Talad Neon Downtown Night Market is one of the newest kids on the block!
Adopting a concept that’s completely different from the typical traditional night market – it’s a night market with a modern touch. You will see shops and food stalls, but they’re much cleaner and more organised than the usual night market (look at the rainbow alignment of the tents!).
There are also some containers converted into food trucks, which is where you can find your photogenic food and drinks!
#1: Cheeeesy Nachos! Yes we know it’s an authentic Thai food per se. But that’s not a problem at all, since this crazy cheesy nachos is unbearably delicious!
#2: Need to get hydrated while exploring Talad Neon or feel thirsty after tasting the delicious meals? Jelly Jello will rejuvenate you instantly. (Better yet for those who want to get their drank on, Jelly Jello offers vodka shots with their jelly drinks too. :P)
#3: Need a spot to sit down and enjoy the colorful atmosphere while having your dinner and snacks? Visit Pig Me Café, a pig-themed café (great for gluttons like us X.X) – look at that cute pig burger!
#4: Get your fill of Galaxy Cocktails here – a glittering, swirling magical drink for anyone who’s a fan of glittery drinks!
#5: Get that instagram-worthy shot of flame-grilled pork cubes and grilled cheese sandwich here. It’s fun to watch how they prepare this dish, it’s delicious too! (Very similar to Taiwan’s popular flame-grilled beef cubes!)
#6: Fancy yourself a vampire? Get your dose of ‘blood’ via syringe injections or a blood bag at the Bloody Drink store. (It’s a sweet tasty treat that comes in jelly or drink!)
This place is perfect for those who prefer to browse the night market comfortably, and walk without bumping into other people in the narrow alley. Great place to hangout, very organised, yet still an enjoyable place to find street food!
PS: Don’t forget to get a rooftop massage at the corner of Talad Neon near the bars!
2. Have a super good Thai Crepe or a Minion macaroon ice cream! – Siam Square
Siam Square is known to be great for shopping. From its sois (or lane) filled with rows and rows of shop featuring everything from the usual clothes to mid-range fashion, and even a custom selvedge jeans shop.
There are some delicious food to be found here too and one of them can be found at Crepe San Chat Thai – which makes a meean crepe.
With various type of crepes, from soft to crispy ones, coupled with the array of flavours and toppings offered – you must, must, MUST try this.
The best crepes available? Try the Pizza Ham Cheese (for those who love savoury flavours), or Nutella Banana for those with a super sweet tooth! You can also make your own crepe here!
If you’re hankering for more sweet delights, we stumbled on this cute macaroon ice cream store. Featuring characters from movies such as the minions from Despicable Me, aliens from Toy Story, Elmo from Sesame Street and more – this makes an extremely cute (and delicious) photo op!
3. The funky market with even funkier food! – Artbox
There’s another haven for street food lovers not far from Chatuchak Market. The difference is simply the theme. Artbox adopts a more ‘young and creative‘ atmosphere, while Chatuchak Market tends to be more traditional.
You can easily feel the atmosphere when you’re exploring the market – the street fashion, artwork, handmade souvenirs, and so on. The word ‘funky’ probably describes this place best. And you know what, the street food they have is even funkier!
#1: Artbox has some seriously super special fries! From the giant squid to carbonara fries!
#2: This ‘firefly juice’ (in a light bulb) should satisfy you. And no, this time don’t take the names literally.
#3: What’s sweeter than the candy floss? Well, how’s about the ‘cute character candy floss’?
#4: Well, if you’re starving and looking for some serious food, then try this sliced beef steak.
Trivia: Why this place is called ‘Artbox’? The answer is in the art decorating many shipping containers (read: boxes) that functions as stalls. ‘Art’ and ‘box’ are combined and there you have it!
4. The smaller and more conveniently located train market most don’t know about! – Ratchada Train Night Market
Bangkok definitely has an abundance of night markets. And of all of them we really love the ‘train night markets’ (or ‘Rod Fai’ in Thai).
Some travellers would argue that Srinakarin Train Night Market is the best since its relatively bigger. Yes, that’s true, but when it comes to food and public transportation access – Ratchada Train Night Market might be your best bet! It’s located close to Bangkok central, and it’s only 5-minute walk from the nearest MRT Station!
Here you can do what you’re supposed to do in a night market: shopping! From vintage shopping to getting groomed at a gentlemen’s barber, you can get them here. This is also a street food daydream!
There are around three to four lanes of alleys (‘soi’ in Thai) that are filled with incredible food stalls – from local street food to fusion food!
#1: First, let’s grab some seafood! And yes, literally ‘grab’ it with your hands!
#2: Watermelon bingsu would be a perfect way to end the day, won’t it? If you prefer having something sweeter, check out this magnificent volcano brownie.
#3: If you feel your stomach grumbling after a long day out shopping, you can always stuff yourself with Bamijompalung’s (literally “the powerful noodle”) renowned giant noodle bowls, at only 300Baht! What a culinary exploration!
5. The least touristy spot ever – Lalai Sap Market at Silom
Want to try some street food at the most ‘local’ or ‘least touristy’ place in this list? Visit Lalai Sap Market!
It’s a treasure of a find for travellers – it’s so local, the market is typically filled with locals and workers whose offices are around Silom.
When you think ‘Silom’, some people would suggest visiting Patpong night market. But, if you’re seeking an authentic experience at a place designed for locals and not tourist – then Lalai Sap Market is the holy grail for you.
Just like any typical market in Bangkok, you can find apparels here – but more importantly, there’s good and cheap food too!
#1: Don’t miss the waffles here! Not any regular waffle, but an incredible double-tone waffle with various fillings!
#2: How about this beautiful mung bean rice crepe? See the interesting process of making this tasty snack for yourself!