For food lovers, Bangkok, Thailand is known for the unconventional food it serves. As a guest, you MUST try some of the best-served food of the Thai Culture.
If you are in Bangkok, you will definitely pass by the street food stalls and wonder what they serve.
Let’s be clear: you may not be able to keep up with the locals.
One question though: Are you brave to take a bite?
Let’s see about that as we discover the most famous locations for street food and the dishes mostly served there.
Your Daily Street Food Stop Is Victory Monument
A general rule in Bangkok says: “wherever there are people, there is food.” All I need to say is that Victory Monument is JAMMED with people. There is a BTS station near the roundabout. Also, a lot of buses use it as their drop-off, which makes the Victory Monument the perfect spot for street food stalls. You can eat there from 10am up until 8pm.
Among many dishes, noodle stalls and restaurants are the most available. Each stall has its own loyal clientele, but for a new visitor, it is always better to try as many as you can.
Chinatown (Yaowarat Road): Street Food’s Capital
Chinatown should be on your to-do list while in Bangkok. And eating street food in Chinatown should on that list too. There are a lot of street food stalls opened on the impractical pavements, offering plastic chairs to their customers. They open at sunset and only close after midnight.
Only the best street food stalls survive in Yaowarat Road. Satay, one of the most popular street foods in Bangkok, is best served in Chinatown. You can find also Lod Chong Singapore, a store named after its only dish, and it is known to be the best to ever cook it. Seafood meals are the most popular dishes around this part of town.
Have Your Lunch at Ratchawat & Sriyan Market
Two of Bangkok’s oldest markets, hidden in the silent and calm district of Dusia, offer a variety of Thai food on the streets. Therefore, you can have your lunch in the most Thai way. A taxi can take you straight to one of the markets; although, you can eat a dish in one, and walk in the direction of the other market to try another lunch.
Both markets famously serve roast duck, Kobe beef noodles among other dishes. With lots and lots of customers visiting the market stalls, the lines in front of the food stalls are pretty long. However, don’t trust the line, trust your nose. What smells good, probably tastes a lot better.
Luxury Meets Street Food at Sukhumvit Soi 38
Don’t be fooled by the high-end, luxury and classy malls and hotels in Sukhumvit area. It may as well be the paradise of street food in Bangkok. Even if it is in the middle of maybe the most expensive district of Bangkok, Sukhumvit 38 is very affordable both for locals and tourists who come to enjoy the Thai food. Food stalls start to open at 5pm and close at 2am.
All the usual Thai street food dishes can be found in Sukhumvit. Isaan food style, Hainanese-style chicken rice, and more are pretty popular among Thai locals and they are popular in this district. Also, Sukhumvit 38 is where you can find one of the best (maybe THE BEST) chicken noodle vendors.
Some Good, and Some Bad News
Bangkok is Thailand’s capital for Thai street food, which ultimately makes it the world’s capital, too. Therefore, I am 100% certain that you will fall in love with the dishes served in the districts mentioned above, and others.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is: Bangkok is the world’s capital, which also means there’s no other place in the world which serves what Bangkok serves.
Once you take a bite of the heavenly dish you just bought in the streets, Bangkok instantly becomes your holiday destination, probably, FOREVER.
Next time you visit,read our full Bangkok Travel Guide for information on airports, transportation, hotels, things to do and where to shop.
You can also check our list of best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City.
In the meantime,
Enjoy your meal.