Siam Center food court – or Food Republic, to use its proper name – is a welcome addition to Bangkok’s already plentiful supply. This stylish, gun-metal grey collection of food and beverage stalls has one of the best spreads of world cuisine of any in the capital and 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.
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Food Republic and is split loosely into two sections; hungry shoppers can choose between a central International area covering Asian and Western favourites and a back wall of traditional Thai dishes. The price is higher than in other food courts and there is a further difference in price between the Thai and International stalls: expect to pay around 100 baht for lunch from the Thai section or 150 for International. Justifying the higher price, portions are generally larger here than in neighbouring food courts and each stall has been hand-picked from the cream of Bangkok’s stall owners, displaying their particular brand as a mark of quality.
Anyone looking for quick and tasty Thai food should definitely consider the row of stalls running along the back wall. Several different noodle soup stalls serve their particular meat with a variety noodles and broth. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to ask for a particular dish; all menus are in English and Thai so just let your senses guide you. As for the International section; the roast duck and crispy pork stall serves plenty of meat per portion with a sauce that is sweet and ever-so-slightly spiced and the Japanese tepanyaki stall features a bank of chairs around the cooking station for the freshest seafood and veggie meal imaginable with an entertaining cooking display too. There’s also a steak stall and an Indian curry vendor with a delectable, mouthwatering aroma of spices.
Following the standard food court policy, individual stores won’t accept cash. Instead, you must first exchange cash for credit at a cashier desk found in any of the four corners of the food court. There might be a long queue but the cashiers are so quick-fingered you’ll have your stored value card in no time. Since a well-documented refurbishment in 2012, Siam Center is one of the coolest places for the young and hip to shop, hang out and eat; the three things young urbanites do better than anything else.
Most food courts are designed to be practical, but in the last few years style has become just as important and Siam Center is the coolest of them all. A frosted glass roof provides a plenty of natural light and lots of exposed metal continues the ‘industrial chic’ theme found throughout Siam Center. Mannequins made from wire and light displays stretched into geometric patterns give this food court a contemporary feel that only FoodLoft in Central Chit Lom can match.
Siam Center Food Court
- Opening Hours: 10.00-21.00
- Location: Siam
- BTS: Siam