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Some of the best and most authentic Thai food in Bangkok is served at casual, open-air restaurants that with their simple plastic stools, metal folding tables and small kitchen may not look like much from the outside. Don’t be shy about popping into such places and trying a dish or two — it’s not always true, but a general rule of thumb to follow is that if it’s heavily frequented by locals, it’s probably worth checking out, even if just for an appetizer or two.
With that said, our Forbes Travel Guide editors have recommendations for some of the best places and areas to eat both Thai and international cuisine in Bangkok:
1. Blue Elephant. Located near the Surasak BTS Skytrain station in a beautifully renovated colonial-style house, Blue Elephant enjoys a well-earned reputation for both its comprehensive Thai cooking classes as well as its authentic cuisine served in a sophisticated setting. The international wine selection is excellent, and even includes select labels from Thailand's emerging wine producers in Khao Yai and Hua Hin.
2. Kin Lom Chom Saphan. This open-air fresh seafood joint is located right on the Chao Phraya River, at the end of Samsen Soi 3, and offers excellent views of the passing dinner cruises as well as live entertainment during the evening. This is a great pick for groups.
3. Soi Rangnam. This street off the Victory Monument BTS Skytrain stop is jam-packed with open-air restaurants serving Isaan-style Thai food. Browse and choose one that looks most appealing — you can’t go wrong with just about any spot here, though be prepared to eat some seriously spicy cuisine.
4. May Kaidee’s Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurant. Carnivores and vegetarians alike will leave raving about May Kaidee’s amazing Thai food. We still daydream about the pumpkin hummus and massaman curry, but the best way to try a variety of May’s cuisine is to visit the soon-to-reopen branch at 59 Tanao Road (near Khao San Road) on Saturdays, from 7 p.m. to midnight, for an excellent all-you-can-eat-buffet priced at just 120 baht.
5. Red Sky. Finally, for a phenomenal dining experience under the stars and high above the streets of Bangkok, we recommend visiting the Centara Grand Hotel at CentralWorld and ascending to the 55th-floor Red Sky, where you’ll enjoy expertly prepared international cuisine in one of the most memorable settings in the city.
I love Le Normandie, which is very classical French. In Bangkok, we have so many incredible restaurants — Italian, French, German, anything you want. Food is a very important thing for any Asian. At any roadside store, the food is delicious, though not for tourists because the hygiene is not up to a certain level. But that’s why it’s good for a visitor to go supermarkets, because they all have food courts attached and you can eat there.