Real local food in Bangkok

Bangkok is one of the greatest cities in the world for food lovers. From the city’s best Pad Thai to an entire food court dedicated to veggie Thai food, read on for the best 15 budget restaurants and food stands and know where to eat in Bangkok!

1. Khao Neow Dam Sangkaya

Khao Neow Dam Sangkaya cheap food bangkok

You’ll find this little stand on the street corner of Silom Soi 20 morning market, serving one of Bangkok’s best versions of black sticky rice with custard. When you order a portion for just 25 Baht, a friendly lady will scoop some black sticky rice into a banana leaf, top it with creamy egg custard and a splash of coconut cream, and wrap it up like a little gift.

Address: Silom Soi 20, Silom, Bangkok
Open hours: From about 6 am – 8 am (possibly closed on Monday)

2. P’Aor Kuay Teow Tom Yum

P’Aor Kuay Teow Tom Yum cheap eats bangkok

Although you’ll find a few dishes on the menu at P’Aor, the owner’s signature dish and claim to fame is a version of tom yum noodles that includes richly creamy and flavorful tom yum broth, paired with a couple of jumbo shrimp. For just 75 Baht per bowl, the value for what you get is a pretty good deal.

Address: 68/51 Soi Petchaburi 5, Between Soi 5 – 7, Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
Open hours: Daily from 10 am – 10 pm

3. Daniel Thaiger Burgers

Daniel Thaiger Burgers cheap food bangkok

Along with Thai food, Bangkok is also an international melting pot. One of the best burgers you’ll find in Bangkok, or maybe anywhere, is from Daniel Thaiger. The always fresh, never frozen beef used in their burgers makes all the difference. The signature Thaiger burger costs 150 Baht.

Address: Sukhumvit Soi 30/1, Bangkok, Thailand
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays) from 4 pm – 9 pm

4. Wattana Panich Kuay Teow Neua

Wattana Panich Kuay Teow Neua cheap food bangkok

When you see the swimming pool sized pan of eternal simmering cubes of beef at the front of Wattana Panich, your mouth will start to water. Their broth has a wonderful aromatic Chinese spice taste, with tenderly braised chunks of beef and rice noodles that soak up all the juices. A bowl of beef noodles costs 100 Baht for the special size.

Address: 336-338 Ekkamai Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Open hours: Daily from 10 am – 8:30 pm

5. Lookshin Tongchai

Lookshin Tongchai cheap food bangkok

One of the local Bangkok favorite street food snacks are grilled meatballs. Lookshin Tongchai, located on the corner of Soi Rambuttri, handmakes their meatballs, grills them over hot charcoal, and serves them with a sweet and spicy sauce. Each skewer costs a tiny 15 Baht and it makes a wonderful snack on the go.

Address: Soi Rambuttri (right in front of Swensen’s ice cream shop)
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am – 6 pm (closed on Monday)

6. Kaiton Pratunam

Kaiton Pratunam cheap food bangkok

Especially at lunch time, people flock to Kaiton Pratunam, located on the edge of Pratunam, one of Bangkok’s biggest street shopping districts, to eat Thai chicken rice. You’ll get a plate of fragrant rice, topped with sliced boiled chicken, served with a gingery sauce on the side, all for 30 Baht.

Address: Soi Petchaburi 30, New Petchaburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchawithi, Bangkok
Open hours: Daily from 5:30 am – 3:30 pm and 5 pm – 3 am

7. Pad Thai Thip Samai

Pad Thai Thip Samai bangkok cheap food

Thip Samai is one of the most legendary restaurants in Bangkok that serves Pad Thai, and it’s frequented by both tourists and locals. What stands out about their Pad Thai is not only the balance of sweet and savory flavors, but also the fact that they cook their Pad Thai over flaming hot woks using charcoal, giving the gooey noodles a nice smoky flavor. Order a plate of Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sod (with fresh shrimp and wrapped in an egg) for 50 Baht.

Address: 313 Maha Chai Road, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10500
Open hours: Daily from 5 pm – 3 am

8. Doy Kuay Teow Reua

Doy Kuay Teow Reua cheap food bangkok

Boat noodles are a Bangkok local favorite, usually a pork blood enrichened soup broth, that’s combined with rice noodles, water morning glory, and a few pieces of pork or beef. The bowls of noodles are served in small portion sizes, but they only cost 20 Bath each.

Address: Ratchawithi Soi 18 (Wat Makok), Thanon Ratchawithi, Bangkok 10400
Opening hours: Daily from 8 am – 6 pm

9. Kuay Jab Nai Uan

Kuay Jab Nai Uan cheap food bangkok

This Thai-Chinese soup that includes rice noodle rolls and all sorts of tender pork organs, has such a peppery broth that it will tingle your throat going down. If you get the big bowl with everything included, it will cost you 50 Baht.

Address: Yaowarat Road Soi 11, Bangkok
Open hours: Daily from 6 pm – Midnight

10. Chamlong Asoke

Chamlong Asoke cheap food bangkok

One of the greatest places in Bangkok to eat vegetarian Thai food is Chamlong Asoke, which is an entire vegetarian food court. You can find everything from rice and curry to fresh spring rolls and green papaya salad. Each dish ranges in price from about 20 Baht to 60 Baht.

Address: 586 26 586/26 Kamphaeng Phet 1, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday from 6 am – 2 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 6 am – 3 pm

11. De Yai Chuan Cheem Hoy Tod Kata Ron

De Yai Chuan Cheem Hoy Tod Kata Ron cheap food bangkok

Located in the back streets of Wang Lang Market, De Yai Chuan Cheem serves a dangerously tasty sizzling fried oyster omelet on a hot plate. The crispy egg and batter, combined with the melt-in-your-mouth tender oysters, is outstanding. Order the oyster version for 75 baht.

Address: 25 Thanon Phra Nok Bangkok Noi, Siriraj, Bangkok 10700
Open hours: Daily from 8:30 am – 7:30 pm

12. Prachak Bet Yang

Prachak Bet Yang cheap food bangkok

Right across the street from Robinson shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok’s Bangrak district, Prachak Bet Yang has been selling roast duck with rice and noodles for decades. I like to order the bamee bet yang, egg noodles topped with roast duck, for 50 Baht.

Address: 1415 Thanon Charoen Krung, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand
Open hours: 7 am – 10:30 pm Daily (Closed during Chinese New Year)

13. Hai Som Tam Convent

Hai Som Tam Convent cheap food bangkok

One of the longstanding Isan (northeastern Thai) restaurants, conveniently located in Silom, is Hai Som Tam Convent. What you’ll want to eat here is the combination of spicy tangy green papaya salad, juicy grilled chicken, and sticky rice. A plate of green papaya salad costs 30 Baht and a big plate of chopped grilled chicken will set you back 150 Baht.

Address: 2/4-5 Soi Convent, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Open hours: Monday to Saturday (closed on Sunday) from 10 am – 9 pm

14. Laab Udon

Laab Udon cheap food bangkok

The extensive menu at Laab Udon includes every Isan salad you can imagine, but one of the must eat dishes is pla pao, a salt crusted grilled fish. Due to the salt crust, the fish inside remains juicy and fragrant, and it’s served with a garlicky chili sauce. You can order a whole grilled fish to share for 250 Baht.

Address: Thanon Charoen Rat, Yannawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120
Open hours: Daily from 4 pm – 1 am

15. Nai Oo Restaurant

Nai Oo Restaurant cheap food bangkok

Khao gaeng is the Thai word that refers to restaurants that serve all sorts of Thai curry with rice. At Nai Oo, you have a choice of nearly every Thai curry you can imagine, and both the green curry and penang curry are delicious. Order by the bowl for about 50 Baht per dish.

Address: 198 Chula Soi 11, Bangkok, Thailand
Open hours: Monday to Friday from 6 am – 6:30 pm, Saturday from 6 am – 2 pm, Closed on Sunday