There’s no doubt that one of the things that draws people to Thailand is the food. CNN rated Bangkok, Thailand as the best city in the world for street food. The masses of vendors and the range of smells from food being cooked in every way imaginable can be found in Bangkok in open-air markets, lining busy streets, and within the parks scattered throughout this ancient city.
In May this year, The Telegraph ranked Bangkok as the number ten best city in the world for food. Travel and Leisure Magazine ranked Bangkok as the sixth best city in the world for tourists, listing the food as one of the top reasons to visit. Anyone who lives here will argue that it deserves an even higher spot on all of these lists!
Thai food is popular around the world for its diversity, flavour, and flair. But while there are certainly plenty of places to find great Thai food in Bangkok, the city is also known for being a hub for the world food market. It’s not a stretch to say that you’d be hard-pressed to find a nation that’s food isn’t represented by a restaurant or food stand somewhere in the city.
There are so many areas and districts spread throughout the city of Bangkok, and each offer their own unique varieties of street food.
Among the most popular districts is Chinatown. On Yaowarat, the main road running through Chinatown, barbecued seafood is one of the most popular dishes, as well as dim sum, roasted chestnuts, and sweet treats like ice cream.
Another popular district is Bang Rak. One of the oldest areas in the city, Bang Rak is known for the diverse cultures that immigrants to the area brought with them. Now visitors can enjoy Chinese, Indian, and even western foods at the street markets found here.
One of the easiest ways to see just how connected Bangkok is to the rest of the world’s food trends is by visiting one of the city’s many supermarkets. Among fresh fruits, vegetables and local favourites you’ll find brands from all around the globe. Many of the supermarkets themselves originate from countries like Great Britain, Japan, and the United States. They bring with them products that are unique to those countries. Local grocery stores are also beginning to meet the nation’s demand for global products, with sections dedicated to Western fares and food popular in other Asian countries.
Supermarkets are a great way for expats to find some of their favourite foods from home, and street markets are a great way to experience the local culture. However, some of the best food in Thailand is being served up in the hundreds of restaurants sprinkled throughout Bangkok. From small cafes, to classic diners, to fancy, five-star locations, Bangkok’s restaurants specialise in both local and global favourites with plenty of fusion delights on offer, too.
One of the best restaurants in Bangkok, and in the world, is Gaggan. Their Indian cuisine won them the top spot on S. Pellegrino Asia’s list of the 50 Best Restaurants for 2015, as well as the number 10 spot on their list of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World. Other great restaurants are Appia, which specialises in Italian, Café Tartine, a French café, and Eat Me, which puts a Western spin on classic Asian dishes.
All Budgets And Tastes
Whatever your palate desires Bangkok has something to satisfy your every food desire. What’s more, there are menus to suit most budgets. You can dine out on 40thb street food (approx £1) or visit some of the most extravagant and fine dining restaurants in the planet for a substantially higher cost.
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