The Most Popular Street Food in Bangkok

Lucy Rolla
Author Lucy Rolla
Collection Food

Our guide to the most delicious dishes to try when out and about in Bangkok.

If you’re travelling to Bangkok, the chances are you’ve heard of Thai street food. Famed the world over for filling streets with exciting aromas, vibrant colours and of course, wondrous tastes, navigating the thousands of street food stalls can be a bewildering experience for the uninitiated. Here’s our guide to the best places to find the most popular street food in Bangkok, to give you a head start on your culinary adventure.

China Town – Eat on the Move

Grab a dim sum and keep going, the next treat is just around the corner. Bangkok’s China Town is the perfect place to nibble as you explore shops, markets, and even Chinese temples. Enjoy barbecued seafood, or unique oyster omelettes, and remember to try the local chicken satay, one of the best in the world.

Rattanakosin – The Old City of Bangkok

Pad Thai is considered a national dish of Thailand, and allegedly nowhere does it better than Pad Thai Thip Samai in Bangkok’s old town which lies just north of Chinatown. A national treasure.

Khao San – Value and Flavour

Street vendors and restauranteurs in Khao San cater to the tourist trade. This means you can pick up some milder flavours here making this a very accessible place to eat for all travellers. Look out for some quality tom yum soup and different noodles and fried rice.

Makkasan District – Modern and Traditional Side by Side

As one of the fastest developing districts in Thailand, you might associate this contemporary district more with luxury hotels and glistening shopping malls than street food stalls. Here is where you can find top places to stay such as the Lancaster Bangkok Hotel, one of the most impeccable five star hotels in Bangkok. However, just a few minutes’ walk away you’ll find some of the top street food stalls in the city.

Try the unassuming stall Thong Sai E-Sarn Food for refreshing som tam, the famous green papaya salad. For the adventurous, there are dancing shrimps to catch and eat! Just up the road is Go Ang Kao Mun Gai Pratunam, the home of simpler fare such as Khao Man Gai, or Thai chicken rice. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity though; this stall has been successful for over 50 years and has been awarded the coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand.

Recent law changes might mean the decline of Bangkok’s famous street food stalls, so it’s the ideal time to book a holiday to Thailand before some of these culinary delights disappear forever. A truly unique experience in the heart of Thailand’s capital.

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