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4 best restaurants in Bangkok

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Ruen Mallika

True Thai the local way

Premium Thai cuisine doesn’t come much better than Ruen Mallika, set around a serene Thai garden tucked away from the bustle of the outside Sukhumvit Road. Enjoy the freshest green curries and coconut soups in the city made with spices grown on the property and served in traditional ceramic bowls by staff in traditional northern Thai dress. Unwind to the scent of jasmine surrounded by bamboo furnishings and exotic plants.

189 Soi Sukhumvit 22, Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey        +02 663 3211 2

2 Nang-Leong

Steamy noodle soups at Nang-Leong Market

A distinctive Chinese shrine sits in the main trading hall of Nang-Leong Market, surrounded by rows of brightly coloured stalls selling coconut sweets, as row upon row of street traders work in a haze of steam cooking up delicious and cheap noodle dishes, local soups and hot curries. It is ideal for an atmospheric weekday lunch, perhaps followed by a visit to Bangkok’s oldest wooden cinema nestled in the background.

Nang-Leong Market, Thanon Nakhon Sawan Road       

3 Gaggan

India meets Italy in Bangkok

‘Contemporary’ may be too mild a word to describe the cutting-edge Indian cuisine of Gaggan, an unusual, luxurious and memorable dining experience. Tuck into mouth-watering Indian kedgeree, truffle soup and cleverly blended Italian and Indian flavours in a choice of settings including the white-washed colonial building, the sun-drenched gardens or the elegant library.

68/1 Soi Langsuan Ploenchit Road, Lumpini        +66 2 652 1700

4 Eat Me

Go west in style

If you find yourself craving western flavours amongst the spice and heat of Bangkok, look no further than Eat Me. Whether you’re after simple nachos, indulgent oysters, or a hearty Australian wagyu steak tartare, this clean-cut monochrome eaterie has it all. What’s more, all this can be washed down with top class vintages from the likes of Margaret River and Napa Valley too.

1/6 Soi Pipat 2, Convent Road, Si Lom, Bang Rak        +66 2 2380931

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4 hottest bars in Bangkok

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Vertigo and Moon Bar

For celestial views ascend to Moon Bar

It can be easy to forget to look up in Bangkok with so much going on at ground level, but for one of the most peaceful bars around, you’ll need to head high. Moon Bar at the Banyan Tree serves sophisticated cocktails on the rooftop of this 60 storey hotel with jaw dropping panoramic city views, making it the perfect spot for a sun downer in refined surroundings.

21/100 South Sathon Road Sathon        +66 2 679 1200

2 The Nest

Taste the tantalisingly tropical cocktails

Another reason to escape from the hubbub below, Nest is a hip urban hangout on the rooftop of Le Fenix Hotel serving everything from cooling beers to tropical cocktails accompanied by tapas or hearty snacks from the grill. Try one of their signature martinis for an ice-cold aperitif to the sounds of DJs and live bands who visit regularly.

33/33 Sukhumvit Soi11, Sukhumvit Rd Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana        +66 2255 0638

3 Bar 23

Rock out at Bar 23

Indie Rockers are welcome at Bar 23, so they say on the door, and this alternative watering hole certainly entertains the creative types from the city and beyond. Mingle with artists, journalists and photographers in this cosy find while you admire the eclectic décor ranging from art by the owner hung on the walls to Japanese action figures on the bar. There’s no surprise why it has been voted amongst Asia’s coolest bars.

23, Sukhumvit Soi 16, Krungthep Mahanakorn        +080 264 4471

4 Hyde and Seek

You'll be back for more

If you like a nibble or two to stop you from falling off your bar seat, newly refurbished Hyde and Seek bar is the spot for you. Offering innovative drinks made from exotic ingredients such as Coconut Pandan Air, a type of cappuchino-style froth domed over a martini glass, this is the kind of all day/all night place you won’t want to leave. The next morning, head back for their infamous brunch, and order the Eggs Benedict complete with lobster hollandaise. Divine.

65/1 Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee, Wireless Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan        +66 0 2168 5152