Cool blogger Abby was raised in Haiti and dabbled in both acting and freelance writing before hitting the road with her boyfriend. Having spent six months in the chaotic city of Bangkok we thought she was one of the best people to ask about the city’s best eating spots. Find more of her thoughtful musings and inspirational travel photography on her personal blog AbbySugrue
From food stalls to five star restaurants and everything in between, you could live your whole life in Bangkok and never be able to eat in every restaurant in the city. I gave it a shot during my six months living there, as exhibited by the five extra pounds on my ass but it was worth it. Here are some of my favourite eating spots when you visit Thailand and head straight for Bangkok…
Gastro 1/6 is an outdoor eatery serving up an incredibly fresh and delicious breakfast. I challenge you to finish their full English breakfast and beg you to order their poached eggs with sautéed mushroom and truffle oil. Bring a book or a buddy and seat yourself at one of the mismatched tables. Patience is a virtue here because you’re on Thai time now, my friend. Don’t go hangry or be surprised if the cook stops taking orders for 15 minutes. Be kind, they’re cooking out of a kitchen the size of a bathroom stall.
Location: 238 Soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22, Klongtoey
If brunch is your very favorite meal, don’t miss Minibar Royale it’s a great place to eat in Bangkok. If you can’t decide between their baked eggs or blueberry pancakes, just order both. I promise the stomach pain will be worth it. In fact, if there was ever a place to hang out and binge eat, Minibar is it. You can easily pick up a Hollywood-style caffeine habit here with their amazing coffee brews.
Location: Citadine Aparthotel, Sukhumvit 23, Khlong Ton Nuea, Watthana
As a former hipster reject in Brooklyn, Roast is one of my favorite brunch spots. From creative egg dishes to Meg-Ryan-orgasm-inducing french toast, they make it hard to order wrong. In fact, the decision will leave you frozen like an adorable, doomed deer in headlights. After brunch, walk downstairs to Brew Beers and Ciders for the largest stock of beers, ales and ciders in Bangkok. You can also just grab a seat in the square and enjoy the sunshine. On weekends there’s usually live music.
Location: 251/1 Sukhumvit 55 Road, 2nd Floor, Seen Space
Bangkokians know that shopping malls serve up some seriously amazing cuisine, and the 7th floor of CentralWorld is no exception. Make like a tractor beam and head to Din Tai Fung, where the Taiwanese soup dumplings are cooked in front of you by chef magicians in white hats. The pork soup dumplings alone could turn a vegetarian into a flesh eating carnivore. Never fear, dear herbivores, they also have veggie dumplings and their sesame cucumber appetizer is scrumptious.
Location: Level 7, Central World, 99/9 Rama 1 Road, Pathum Wan
The last Sunday of every month, Bangkok’s foodies gather at the Spring Epicurean Market to enjoy fresh, healthy and organic eats in a relaxed community atmosphere. Local vendors churn out artisanal favorites like warm waffles smothered in blueberry compote and chorizo with chipotle sauce. If you’re a sample whore, this is a safe space. Stuff yourself and then collapse on to one of the bean bags on the lawn.
Location: Spring Summer, 199 Soi 49 (Promsri), Sukhumvit Rd., Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Lunch at the River View Guest House may not be the BEST meal you’ll ever eat but the drinks are cheap and the view is superb. Getting there is a rite of passage as you navigate back roads and alleys to find it. Take the death trap elevator to the top floor for a 360 degree view of the city. Snack on their delicious spring rolls (what’s not good fried?) and suck down inexpensive cocktails while you watch the sunset. Afterwards, walk a few blocks to Chinatown for steamed fish and coconut shrimp at the glut of food stalls.
Location: 768 Soi Phanurangsi, Songvad Road, Talad Noi, Sampantawongs
Gold Bay Leaf was opened by a former hotel chef who quit to realize his dream of an Italian-Thai fusion restaurant. It’s true his dream is a bit out of the way and not the easiest to find (in a bold marketing move, his sign can only be seen from two feet away) but it’s a Bangkok MUST. Flip to the back of the three inch thick menu for dishes that would make Antonio Carcluccio salivate. I still get pregnant lady cravings for his penang pasta. Other fan favorites are the salmon pasta and steamed fish.
Location: Sukhumvit 101/1, Soi Wachiratham Sathit, Bang Chak, Phra Khanong
Duck confit waffle? Buttermilk friend chicken with kimchi? Yes, please! Opposite Mess Hall delivers unusual but totally killer fare. The Patatas Bravas are a must and you’ll want to wash them down with the Pomelo Margarita. Oh, don’t argue, just do it! The atmosphere feels like a Brooklyn hipster joint without the judgement. There’s usually a wait so grab a seat at the bar or go across the alley to WTF, a bar owned by the same peeps, for tasty cocktails and snacks to pass the time quickly.
Location: 27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51
When you arrive at Shuffle, the staff bring you warm mini croissants with butter. The first time it happened, I knew I had found people who really understood me. Their menu is so varied and their food so consistently amazing that I’d have Catholic-esque guilt trips about ordering the cheeseburger, hands-down the best in Bangkok! I’ll cut anyone who says differently.
Location: 777 Ranhill Sukhumvit 47, 2nd Floor
There are more night markets in Bangkok than lady boys but the one on Soi 38 is my favorite. Not too big to be paralyzed in indecision and not a bad choice on the block. Duck down the first alley on the right for some award-winning “flaming” pad thai, hit the first mango rice stall on the left to enter dessert heaven, and amazing massama curry and penang beef can be had towards the end of the market.
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 38 by the Thong Lo BTS station stop
All words by guest blogger AbbySugrue