Banglamphu is located in what is considered the ‘old city’, or ‘old Bangkok.’ It is here you will find tourist favorites, such as an overwhelming number of wats (temples). Backpackers flood this area because of the infamous Khao San Road. But what keeps locals coming back to this area, regardless of the tourists, is the food. It is affordable, and even cheap, in comparison to other tourist areas. The sheer number of restaurants leaves even the pickiest of eaters satisfied. Here we look at the top 10 restaurants you have to try in Banglamphu, Bangkok.
This adorable café serves up some delicious coffee. It is within walking distance from the Chao Phraya River. Coco Chaophraya has an assortment of beverages to choose from, including a lost list of organic coffees. Indulge in an organic caramel macchiato or try its COCO Signature. Coffees range from ฿50-90 (around $2).
Do not let this restaurant’s inconspicuous exterior fool you, its food packs a powerful punch. Escapade Burgers and Shakes is right across from both the Chao Phraya River and Coco Chaophraya. Be sure to try one of its signature cocktails to go with one of its wide array of burger options. Its burgers consist of some pretty interesting ingredients, including charcoal buns.
May Kaidee has been attracting tourists for years. This vegetarian and vegan restaurant is just a short walk from the famous Khao San Road. May Kaidee has five different locations in Bangkok in total. They are not all restaurants, however, some of these are cooking schools, restaurants and they even have a quiet wellness center. If you do not have time to visit this restaurant while in Bangkok, you can swing by in Chiang Mai or Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Note: May Kaidee just recently opened a location in NYC.
Hemlock Restaurant has received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. One of its signature dishes is its mouthwatering, classic pad Thai. The menu has some classic Thai dishes that have seemingly disappeared from Bangkok’s foodie scene. It also serves up some vegetarian-friendly dishes. The prices are inviting, as well.
Cozy House Restaurant is popular amongst foreigners for its European dishes. This restaurant offers so much more. Some might even find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of menu options. Its diverse menu includes breakfast, sandwiches, baguettes, and traditional Thai food. It even has an entire page dedicated to stir-fried and vegetarian dishes. While its food is amazing, Cozy House Restaurant makes our top 10 list because of its beers. They have ciders imported from Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. These ciders include Aspal medium dry, Magner’s Berry and Keplers Cider. This restaurant is a short walk from Khao San Road.
The Thai royal family dines here. Critiques visit often. So, what is it about Krua Apsorn that keeps people coming back for more? Having opened in 2009, this restaurant has definitely gained momentum over the years. One dish that seems to make an appearance on critics’ must-try list are the crab dishes. Besides crab, Krua Apsorn has a wide array of dishes to choose from, including one of our favorites, fried tofu.
Slow Restaurant and Wine Bar has charm oozing from its interior. Its recycled hanging lamps made of glass bottles and wooden seating makes this restaurant a great place to hang out long after you have finished your meal. Slow Restaurant and Wine Bar serves up some classic Thai dishes. Feast upon the famous Kao Soi dish, originating from the north of Thailand for ฿130 (about $3.50). It also has Western dishes and a large breakfast menu.
This buffet-style restaurant is perfect for those who find themselves hankering for some vegetarian food. Browse the open glass food containers until you find the perfect dish, with different curries, stir-fries and more to choose from. The food here is also cheap, with each meal costing about ฿30 (about $1). It is about a 10 minute walk from Khao San Road.
Namo Nammon Farm began in 2010. The farm is about 45 kilometers from Bangkok in the Nakhon Chaisri District. This is where Veggie Veggie gets all its fresh produce. It has salads ranging from ฿99-139, including its popular veggie salad and smoked salmon salad. You can personalize these salads to your taste buds by choosing one of 12 homemade dressings. If you are hungry, you can pair one of these salads with a salad wrap, sandwich or soup, all ranging from ฿89-109. Veggie Veggie also serves some delicious Nammon Ice. Customers can choose the flavor of ice, as well as the toppings and sauce they would like to put on top.
The last restaurant on our list might not serve up Thai food but is delicious all the same. You may have tried a roti off the side from any number of sois (streets), but no one can make up a roti like Roti Mataba can. The small restaurant, if you will, was created by Abdul Kareem. He moved to Bangkok, Thailand from southern India. He started Roti Mataba back in 1943. Unlike many of the street vendors who stuff their rotis with bananas and other sweets, Roti Mataba fills its signature rotis with Thai and Indian curries. Roti Mataba’s food is laid out buffet-style, so feel free to simply point at what it is you want.