Restaurants in Bangkok

The culinary wisdom at this upscale-yet-low-key restaurant is that of its local celebrity chef, Chumpol Jangprai (who recently won Thailand’s Iron Chef competition).

Though its menu features classic Thai curries and noodle dishes, this restaurant has a truly unusual setting in an industrial loft-style space—it’s part of a compound called The Jam Factory that also includes art galleries and a bookstore.

Thanks to the success of Water Library, its popular sister restaurant, this eatery was an instant hit when it opened in January of 2014.

At this sleek fine-dining Italian restaurant, chef Christian Martena dishes up beautiful seven-course dinners for less than $60. Grab a seat at the large, wooden chef’s table and watch the kitchen churn out homemade pastas and classic preparations like risotto and Sicilian seabass.

The vibe at this mostly gluten-free and vegan eatery can be a little hippyish—you’ll have the option to eat while sitting on floor cushions—and the overwhelming menu includes everything from Thai food to Italian and Indian dishes.

Chances are good that by the time you get to Bangkok, you will already have heard of Opposite Mess Hall. The popular canteen-style venue serves up fun mix of Asian and Mediterranean foods with a menu that changes at dizzying speeds.

This quaint grocery-turned-café serves up homemade juices, along with a menu featuring locally sourced and organically farmed ingredients. But what keeps the brunch-time tables fully booked are dishes like baked quinoa pancakes, veggie-packed salads and creative egg frittatas.

While not exclusively vegetarian, this upscale eatery has an impressive meat-free menu that won’t leave vegetarians feeling like an afterthought.

Some of the best veggie food in the city is served at this restaurant, which occupies a small 1940s villa at the Ariyasomvilla Hotel.

Take a break from a day of shopping at CentralWorld, and treat yourself to the tea and cake selections at Chaho. The enormous variety of green tea-flavored items—including cakes, smoothies, and mochi confections—is both creative and a little overwhelming.

You’ll enjoy panoramic city views along with your afternoon tea at this lounge in the Grand Hyatt hotel. Settle at a table by the window, and sample from a variety of hot and cold Thai and Chinese teas—including those made with lemongrass, ginger, and roselle (hibiscus).

Serving French food and made-to-order salads to the local business crowd, this indoor-outdoor café bustles during the mid-week lunch hour (and also during weekend brunches).

Thai people have a true love of sweets, this café caters, deliciously, to their sugary addiction.

Wordsmiths and snack lovers (that should cover everyone, right?) will enjoy the traditional afternoon high tea held in this historic lounge of the Mandarin Oriental.

To escape the maddening traffic and city crowds, head to the Millennium Hotel’s Three Sixty (named for its panoramic city views) and settle in as top jazz talents from around the world preform.