Excuse the simplicity and ugliness, but this is THE list to check off when you’re in Bangkok and in dire need of a shortlist of restaurants and must do’s.
To be honest – I’ve put in the least effort in this post, the original (and even larger documentation) can be found in this Evernote link. But the below should keep you busy for a while.
Visitors short list – Simona’s tour Eat
- Gaggan – Asia’s #1 restaurant – super good. Worth the price. I would go again. +-$400 per person
- Sabaijai in Ekkamai (go for the legit version, they have 2 next to each other. The OG one is in the alleyway) – order the coconut seafood curry it’s REALLY GOOD
- China Town at night – so much street food!
- Kub Kao Kub Pla – commercial and has franchises but nevertheless has good food. Never disappointed.
- Street food just around the corner at Thonglor BTS station
- Bangkok’s Best mango sticky rice at Mae Varee Sticky Rice (across Thonglor BTS street food)
- Roast @ The commons – western brunch
- The Commons is also just nice to visit, they have a lot of food stalls and some good coffee. Nice to chill at in Thonglor.
- Toby’s for Australian brunch – good food!
- Brekkie for healthy brunch
- The fresh coconut buns at Amor – must must must try!!
- Ink and lion coffee next to Hom duan- love the coffee and the merch and the ini mini sweets for the coffee- def a recommend for coffee
- Kaizen coffee at Big C in Ekkamai – for the coffee snob lovers
- Mikkeler beer garden – good food too. They have run club sessions every first Saturday of the month. Danish concept that is going global – good vibes.
- Seafood buffets during the weekend – download the Eatigo app and book thru them (super cheap .. like 15-20 dollars for the freshest seafood and high-quality food!)
- Icon Siam – new mall and has the floating weekend marker imitated in their basement food court (or go to the OG floating weekend market if you’ve got time)
- Ya Kun Kaya Toast – it’s Singaporean so if you’re going to Singapore don’t go. But the toast with loads of butter and Kaya jam is so so good.
These restaurants I haven’t been to (yet) but would def recommend visiting as well
- Err – urban rustic Thai food, looks really legit and “hip”
- Mahaset – Thai special cuisine for a good price, I’d probably try out these recommendations
- Bo Lan – featured on Netflix as well, run by a fierce NANA-lady and her husband featuring dishes that are authentic and truly Thai (without tourist/foreigner compromises)
- Raan Fay Street Food – Michelin Star street food with amazing reviews and where I’d def want to try the crab omelette from
- Nahm Bangkok – another nice dining experience and reasonably good priced, recommended by a chef I read about and forgot its name again but looked legit………
Visitors short list – Simona’s tour – To Do
- Photo exhibition at BACC
- Rot Fai Train market by night – retro second-hand shops and good street food
- Chatuchak market – stuff, busy but if you look thru the hustle and bustle you can get some gems there
- Nana district to watch ladyboys and prostitutes dance – good tourist experience
- “At Ease Spa” massages – message me if you want the exact lady that gives the best torture massages
- Rooftop bar – Marriott/Banyan tree
- If you’re around in April enjoy New Year the Thai Way (Songkran) – go to Khao San road (tbh I didn’t go but regretted afterwards) or find a festival to get totally soaked
- If you’re around in December – go to Pattaya for Wonderfruit Festival
- If you’re bored and longing for (free) workouts – Bangkok has ClassPass so you can try out different gyms and workouts
These to do’s I haven’t done (yet) but still on my list
- Speakeasy @ Thonglor: the little alleyway on the left (when you’re standing in front of) Iron Fairies. Then open the closet and you’ll enter the speakeasy
- The floating weekend market – only for their sticky rice
- Escape @ Emquartier – apparently nice for cocktails
- Onsen spa at “Let’s Relax Spa” located at the Grand Sukhumvit in Thonglor
- Vipassana silent retreat – not in Bangkok tho