Chinatown Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Chinatown

Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown, is a good place to head to for a wonderful dining experience. The area houses some of the best and most expensive Chinese restaurants in the city, along with many of the best and cheapest food stalls, especially at night.

The restaurants mostly specialise in Southern Chinese (Cantonese) cooking, with noodles, seafood and, at lunchtime, dim sum dominating the menus. Large (and pricey!) restaurants line the bustling Yaowarat Road, but venturing into the little 'sois' (streets) or lanes will lead you to much cheaper yet equally enjoyable establishments.

At night, the streets light up with blaring neon signs. Ad hoc seafood stalls line the sidewalks, drawing such crowds that late-comers have to wait for seats.

Close by is also Pahurat, if you're in the mood for Indian food. But, if the array of sights and smells is a bit too overwhelming for you, head over to the Old Siam Shopping Centre, where you will find more tourist-friendly, Western and Thai restaurants, along with the odd fast food outlet. 


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Double Dogs Tea Room

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Chinatown Scala Shark’s Fin Restaurant

For added measure we feature another restaurant which specialises in sharks fin (once there you will realize that it pretty hard to escape). If you don’t warm to that then there are plenty of other options that you can fill up on. The fried fish with black bean sauce is delicious, especially when accompanied by some crab fried rice.

The fried whole crab with black pepper is well priced and equally as tasty. For the more adventurous the barbecued suckling pig might not look like the most appetizing thing on the menu but appearances can be deceptive, especially in Chinatown.  

Opening Hours: 10:30-02:00
Address: 483-5 Yaowarat Rd
Tel: +66 2623 0183 - 5
Cuisine: Chinese

Cotton Restaurant at Shanghai Mansion

Chinatown is certainly not short of eating establishments, but if you are looking to add a real touch of panache to your meal then it’s impossible to beat the 1930s Shanghai parlour concept at Cotton restaurant. Located on the second floor of Shanghai Mansion Bangkok Boutique Hotel, the decor is simply wonderful, with a spiral cast-iron staircase, traditionally upholstered seating and period touches such as gramophones and antique furniture. Read More...

Opening Hours: Lunch: 11:30 to 14:30 – Dinner: 18:30 to 22:30
MRT: Hua Lamphong (short taxi or tuk tuk required)
Address: 479-481 Yaowaraj Road (Chinatown)
Tel: +66 (0) 2221 2121

Double Dogs Tea Room

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a lot of things, but relaxing it is not. A day spent exploring the endless alleyways of traders and vendors is culturally stimulating but physically exhausting. That is why Double Dogs Tea Room proves such a welcome harbour from the frenetic pace of life outside. This air-conditioned shophouse on Yaowarat – the high street of Chinatown – serves a range of premium teas and Chinese cakes with all the pride and ceremony of a traditional tea room, and yet it is a casual hangout for weary visitors and more than the odd local too. Read More...

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday: 13:00 - 21:00 – Friday to Sunday: 11:00 - 23:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: 406 Yaowarat Road, Chinatown
Tel: 0863293075

Himali Cha Cha

This long-established restaurant is the work of Cha Cha, who for 40 years cooked for the rich and famous. Cha Cha's son has maintained the family tradition of serving hearty Indian fare. Curries abound with mutton chutniwalla being the pick of the lot. Vindaloo is also recommended but for those of a less fiery disposition, chicken kashmiri, a rich, mild Himalayan blend with dried fruits, nuts and yoghurt will hit the spot. 

Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00
Address: 1229/11 Charoen Krung (New Road) Soi 47/1
Tel: +66 2235-1569
Cuisine: Indian

Hong Kong Noodles

One of three noodle and dim sum establishments in the city, treats include Hong Kong-style noodles with grilled duck or pork. Homemade egg noodles, shrimp wonton soup and khao moo deang (rice and grilled pork topped with red sauce). Prices are very reasonable with dishes going for as little as 40 baht. 

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
Address: Next to the MRT, exit 3, Chinatown
Tel: +66 (0) 2 613 -8977
Cuisine: Noodles

Hua Seng Hong

One of Chinatown's more expensive options, but don’t doubt that you will get your money's worth. Famed for its birds' nest soup, other tasty alternatives include roasted Cantonese meats and hoy tawt (mussels in batter). The atmosphere is typically Chinese, bustling while still efficient. 

Opening Hours: 14:00-24:00
Address: 371-373 Yaowarat Road
Tel: +66 (0) 222-0635
Cuisine: Chinese

Lao Li Shark Fin

Goose webs, sea cucumber, shellfish, birds' nest soup and goat meat are just some of the culinary wonders that feature on this menu. This is a great place to try the restaurant's signatures dish, shark fin soup. While not compromising on taste, Lao Li Shark Fin is the one of the cheapest in town. 

Opening Hours: 14:00 – 24:00
Address: Lao Li Shark Fin, 457-461, Yaowarat Rd
Tel: +66 (0) 2 223 7341
Cuisine: Chinese

Lek & Rut Seafood

Bangkok is a city of extremes and this is particularly obvious when it comes to food. Here you can treat yourself to an extravagant and ludicrously expensive dinner on a rooftop restaurant, or eat a basic but excellent meal at a street stall for a handful of baht. Lek-Rut seafood in Chinatown is the most interesting mix of both culinary worlds, serving great food in the most unlikely surroundings you could dream of for a nice dinner: a frantic intersection of Bangkok Chinatown. Read More...

Location: Intersection of Yaowarat Road and Thanon Phadung Dao Street

Nai Sow

Cheap and cheerful yet still mouth-wateringly delightful. Many of Bangkok’s residents claim Nai Sow does the best tom yam goong (spicy shrimp soup) in the city. Next door to Wat Plaplachai, this is a consistently good restaurant and a certain bet for good Thai dishes. Try the ‘naw mai thalay’ (sea asparagus in oyster sauce), delicious. 

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Address: 3/1 Maitrichit Road, Chinatown, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 222-1539
Cuisine: Thai

Nai Yong Curry Restaurant

An alternative to Chinese food if you fancy a bit of spice, Nai Yong is very reasonably priced, serving up all your favourite Thai treats including thick and creamy Massaman gai and Penang curries. 

Opening Hours: 19:00-02:00
Address: Yaowarat Road (between Yaowarat Soi 6 and Plaengnam Road). In front of Talat Kao Market, Yarowat Road
Cuisine: Curry

Shangri-La Restaurant

This well-established Chinese restaurant is famous for its Cantonese-style roast duck, barbecued pork and dim sum. Other popular dishes include hot and cold hord'oeuvres, Peking duck, abalone in oyster sauce, scallops in XO sauce and steamed seabass in white soy sauce. The interior decor leands towards old-school, with the usual gold and red colour scheme and tables setup for banquets and large gatherings. 

Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Location: Yaowarat Road (corner of Rajchawong and Yaowaraj)
Tel: +66 (0)2 224 5807
Cuisine: Chinese

T&K Seafood

For many this is Chinatown’s best restaurant, nothing much to look at, it would be a mistake to be deterred by the rough exterior. T&K is all about the food (and brisk service). Simple, fresh, tasty southern-Chinese recipes and the best seafood in the area; try the oysters and sea bass.  

Opening Hours: 16:30-02:00
Address: 49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Yaowarat Rd. (corner Thong Suphan No. 453)
Tel: +66 (0) 2 223- 4519
Cuisine: Seafood

Texas Suki

Reasonably priced, clean and comfortable, Texas Suki serves up a conventional Cantonese treats including noodle and rice-based dishes as well as the more adventurous fare such as birds nest soup and fried puffed-up fish stomach. 

Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00
Address: 17 Soi Phadung Rd, off Yaowarat Rd four doors down from T&K Seafood.
Tel: +66 2223 9807
Cuisine: Chinese/Seafood

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