Where To Eat In Bangkok On A Budget

Food vendor at BTS Skytrain station Ari  | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Food vendor at BTS Skytrain station Ari | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Photo of Kelly Iverson
24 November 2016

Whether you are a broke backpacker or simply do not have money to blow on your travels, Bangkok is the city for you. There are plenty budget-friendly top attractions, and chowing down on some delicious eats is no exception. Here is where to eat in Bangkok on a budget.

Terminal 21

Shopping Mall, Store
Pier 21
Pier 21 | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson
Terminal 21 has one of the largest food courts in the city: Pier 21. Its wide selection of cuisine in addition to its affordable prices makes it one of the best places to eat for those traveling on a budget. The food court in Terminal 21 is on the top floor, and its San Fransisco décor is both charming and remarkable for all who visit. The majority of the cuisine here is Thai, but visitors will also find everything from Western to Chinese food nestled amongst the traditional Thai cuisine. Pier 21 resembles an outdoor food market, but without the heat. From fresh smoothies to vegetarian stands, there is no shortage of foodie finds at this cheap find.

Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant

Restaurant, Halal, Indian
Samosa | © Courtesy of Kalyan Kanuri/Flickr

If you are unsure of what it is you are hankering for, head to Home Cuisine Islamic Restaurant. This restaurant has all the cheap eats you need to satisfy both their wallet and palette, serving up Thai, Muslim, and Indian cuisine. The dishes are made to share as well, so restaurant-goers can save a few baht here and there by chipping in and splitting the bill. With masalas starting at a little over $2 and extra roti for under $1, this is one restaurant budget eaters need to check out in the City of Angels.

Buono @ Basement

Restaurant, Thai, American
Vegetarian laab salad at Bueno @ Basement
Vegetarian laab salad at Bueno @ Basement | © Courtesy of Kelly Iverson

This tiny restaurant in the basement of a building off Ari continues to exceed our already high expectations with every new dish. From vegetarian laab salad to pizza, this restaurant has everything hungry patrons need to satisfy their hunger and a tight budget. Things like pizza and sandwiches, which would cost restaurant-goers an arm and a leg elsewhere in the city, cost only a few dollars at Buono @ Basement. Sandwiches start at ฿69 and there is garlic bread for ฿49, which is a steal in comparison to other restaurants in Bangkok. While the décor is certainly nothing flashy and the restaurant itself is tiny, visitors will leave full and with a lot of spare change.

Cozy House Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, European, Vegetarian
Fried spring rolls
Fried spring rolls | © Courtesy of Pixabay

The Cozy House Restaurant is the triple threat of eateries. From the wide selection of food to the atmosphere and, most importantly, the affordability of the menu, we don’t see any reason as to why those eating on a budget shouldn’t visit this restaurant. The menu is not likely to disappoint, with a number of different cuisines and types of meals to choose from, including vegetarian, breakfast, European, Thai, and much more. Cozy House Restaurant is a few-minute walk from the infamous Khao San Road, making it a great place to grab a bite for backpackers on a budget.

Susie Wong's Beers and Buns

Bar, Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Pub Grub
Bottled beer
Bottled beer | © Pixabay

Visitors who want to eat on the cheap usually just make their way to some street side vendor and pick up a pork stick or two. This is especially true on the notorious Khao San Road, a street lined with cheap, pad Thai noodle carts just waiting to feed drunk tourists. We suggest you instead head to Susie Wong’s Beers and Buns. This restaurant serves both alcoholic beverages and delicious sandwiches for reasonable prices. This restaurant’s sandwiches are overflowing with mouthwatering ingredients, and it is one of the top-rated restaurants in the entire city of Bangkok. This restaurant is the perfect dinner spot for those budget-friendly tourists who come to Khao San Road for a party.

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