Fast Food for Foodies

Thailand, Bangkok Guide (D): Fast Food for Foodies

So you're in central Bangkok and looking for a culinary thrill? You don't have to go up, up and away to pricey top-of-the-city (literally!) restaurants like Lebua at State Tower's Sirocco or Banyan Tree's Vertigo and Moon Bar to enjoy fine, five-star-caliber dining. In fact, you don't even have to leave the sidewalk!
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Guide Name: Fast Food for Foodies
Guide Location: Thailand » Bangkok
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (D))
# of Destinations: 10
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Sunday Morning Market at Lumpini Park   Convent Road   Silom Night Market   Breakfast Row at Sathorn and Narathiwat   Narathiwat Road, from Sathorn to Silom   Thanon Pan at Silom   Oasis   Narathiwat Soi 6 Sidewalk Cafes   Siam Paragon Ground Floor Food Court   Central World Food Court  
Author: Jeremy Helligar
Author Bio: Jeremy Helligar is a pop culturist and world traveler from New York City, where he spent 15 years working as a staff writer and editor for People, Teen People, Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly. In 2006, he moved to Buenos Aires, where he learned Spanish and launched his own blog, a travelogue, memoir, entertainment bible and "Sex and the City" rolled into one. Based in Melbourne and Bangkok since 2011, he's currently circling the globe, planning his next travel adventure.
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Sunday Morning Market at Lumpini Park

1) Sunday Morning Market at Lumpini Park

If running around Lumpini Park at the crack of dawn doesn’t sound like your idea of starting the day right, get ready for the biggest guilt trip in Bangkok. Every morning, as a procession of fitness freaks and marathoners-in-training circle the green oasis in the middle of sex-and-sin city, dozens of independent vendors set up food stalls in the area surrounding the park that extends from the sidewalk outside of entrance/exit 5 to the plaza just before entrance/exit 7, catering to early risers...
Convent Road

2) Convent Road

Most weekday afternoons around lunch time the area along the right side of Convent Road from Silom Road to Sathorn Road becomes an outdoor food aisle, with a variety of vendors offering simple meals and snacks – chicken and rice dishes (with cucumber slices on the side), soups, noodles, pineapple chunks, sweet treats and more – to eat in (using the makeshift dining-room set-up along the sidewalk) or take away. More traditional restaurants line the strip of Convent from the Silom end to BNH...
Silom Night Market

3) Silom Night Market

One of the best things about Bangkok is that there's no last call or closing time when it comes to finding cheap food that tastes like five-star cuisine at 3am after you’ve stumbled out of the bars and night clubs in the red-light district around Silom Road. Beginning in the area adjacent to Silom Soi 2, vendors cater to late-night revelers and compete with the 24-hour Burger King (and judging from the crowds that flock to them, they usually win), offering Thai soup, omelettes over rice...
Breakfast Row at Sathorn and Narathiwat

4) Breakfast Row at Sathorn and Narathiwat

The early bird catches both the worm and the street food for sale after sunrise on Narathiwat Road right off of Sathorn Road. The vendors line up on the sidewalk along Narathiwat beginning at the southeast entrance to the overhead pass leading from street level to the other side of the already nearly traffic-jammed Sathorn and to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station, and they spill over into a covered food court across the street from Bangkok City Tower. Thankfully, the unimpressive interior...
Narathiwat Road, from Sathorn to Silom

5) Narathiwat Road, from Sathorn to Silom

When the morning shift departs from one side of Narathiwat Road off of Sathorn Road after breakfast, a new food crew arrives across Sathorn to ensure that Bangkok doesn’t go hungry for long. The set-up is looser than other clusters of street-food vendors elsewhere in the city center, with fewer regulars holding court and feeding the crowds in the same spot on a daily basis, but the constants are the conventional indoor eateries in the area near the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain (The Eat Restaurant,...
Thanon Pan at Silom

6) Thanon Pan at Silom

Tired of breaking your bank account with rich meals at upper Silom Road’s five-star establishments like Sirocco in Lebua at State Tower? Craving a between-meal treat that doesn't come from one of the 7-11 convenience stores on nearly every corner? Or do you just want to experience eating in Bangkok the way many locals do, outdoors and free of pomp and circumstance? The row of street-food vendors where Thanon Pan intersects Silom Road offers snacks like chicken skewers and fresh fruit for...

7) Oasis

Every weekday at around noon, the Sathorn and Silom districts' working masses descend upon Oasis, an indoor food court right next to the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain station under Empire Tower that’s set up like the ones in Bangkok’s biggest shopping malls. Upon entering, you obtain a card from a cashier at one of several pay stations after adding as much money to it as you want to spend at the stations, most of which do not accept cash. (You can use the leftover money on the card on your...
Narathiwat Soi 6 Sidewalk Cafes

8) Narathiwat Soi 6 Sidewalk Cafes

“Bangkok gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘street food,’” the actress Kristin Scott Thomas said when she was in town filming "Only God Forgives" with Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn, and nowhere is this more evident than in the al fresco eateries along Narathiwat Road near Soi 6. They aren’t actually restaurants at all but portable kitchens set up along the sidewalk with table seating that’s covered by umbrellas when it gets too hot or too rainy (which...
Siam Paragon Ground Floor Food Court

9) Siam Paragon Ground Floor Food Court

Siam Paragon isn’t just Bangkok’s premiere super mall and its most exclusive one, too, worthy of its own BTS Sky Train stop. It’s also the site of the capital’s best food court. For those craving the predictable, plenty of Western fast-food brands (KFC, Dunkin Donuts, Au Bon Pain, Dairy Queen and McDonald’s – two of them!), not to mention a liquor store, a gourmet supermarket and money changers offering much better currency-exchange rates than you’ll get from your hotel, have set...
Central World Food Court

10) Central World Food Court

Fast food for foodies in a room with a view. On the top floor of the Central World super mall, behind the gourmet grocery store, the high quality and tastiness of the made-to-order meals served at each food-court station might actually make you forget to admire the view of Bangkok down below, even if you’re lucky enough to grab one of the coveted seats along the window. Fish or chicken and rice, soup and a large glass of roselle juice will set you back about a mere 85 baht ($3), leaving you...

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