Food courts in Bangkok are as numerous and as central to life as tuk tuks and temples, and are the best places to sample a wide range of really cheap and tasty Thai food. They serve authentic dishes, much like street stalls, but in a clean, air-conditioned environment and are often packed with hungry locals and inquisitive tourists.

    A hectic but happy mix of tastes, sights and smells, food courts have their own rules and etiquette that can be confusing to the uninitiated. The first thing to do is pick up a value card or vouchers from the cash desk as payment is not usually accepted at the stalls. Present your voucher or card to the stallholders when you select your meal. Any unused value or vouchers can be redeemed at the cash desk before you leave.


    Food Republic at Siam Center


    Siam Center food court – or Food Republic, to use its proper name – is a welcome addition to Bangkok’s already plentiful supply. This stylish, gunmetal grey collection of food and beverage stalls has one of the best spreads of world cuisine of any in the capital, as well as a modern décor that blurs the line between food court and restaurant. It’s cool, clean and bustling with a varied clientele of locals and tourists.

    Location: Siam Center, 1 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm


    Food Loft at Central Chidlom

    The Central Chidlom Food Loft is a cutting-edge dining venue that boasts a theatre kitchen concept where you can enjoy cooking shows along with your meal. The lofty, industrial-chic kitchen houses 8 cooking islands, where the most popular international and regional cuisines are presented.

    Location: Central Chidlom, 1027 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 793 7070


    Pier 21 Food Court occupies the 5th floor of Terminal 21 Mall, offering excellent Thai cuisine, with Chinese, Indian and Vietnamese options. Located on the far side of the Golden Gate Bridge at this 'one city, one floor' lifestyle mall, just above the whirling Dervishes of Istanbul, you’ll find one of the tastiest – and certainly cleanest – food courts in Bangkok.

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    Location: L5, Terminal 21, 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 0888


    MBK Food Courts


    Bangkok's legendary Mah Boon Krong (MBK) has 2 food courts: Fifth Food Avenue on the 5th floor and the more frenetic MBK Food Centre on the 6th. One of the most popular shopping malls among locals and tourists, MBK's food halls are geared to keep these hungry shoppers energised at any time of the day or night.

    Location: 444 Phayathai Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 853 9000


    Siam Paragon Food Hall


    Given the fact that Siam Paragon has proclaimed itself as the 'Pride of Bangkok', its food hall accordingly lives up to that high ideal. Covering a good half of the mall's huge ground floor, the Food Hall is divided into 3 different zones: Food Hall Food Court, Food Hall Gallery, and Food Hall Take Home. You can find a good selection of local and international dishes at surprisingly good prices, given how luxurious the mall is.

    Location: 991/1 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 610 8000

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveller

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