Siam was the ancient name of Thailand so it’s somewhat ironic that this central district of Bangkok is now the most trendy and modern area of Bangkok, and, indeed, Thailand. The Siam area is very small, yet heavily built up with shopping malls and hotels, with more on the way all the time. Actually some of our favourite restaurants are hidden inside – most notably Siam Paragon Shopping Mall and Siam Kempinski Hotel which both have two restaurants make it into our Top 10 Guide. But there are also stand-alone restaurants that you can find amongst the warren-like thoroughfares of Siam Square market. One thing is for sure, with our guide you will never be stuck for somewhere to eat in Siam!
Sra Bua is a fine-dining restaurant that serves cutting edge Thai cuisine unlike any you will have ever seen before. Well-known Thai favourites have been turned inside out, and every dish is a treat for the eyes – as well as the taste buds. Located on the ground floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel, Sra Bua restaurant has high ceilings and Thai antique embellishments. The chef who designed the menu has a passion for Thai cooking, and runs the Michelin-starred restaurant Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen so rest assured this is some of the finest molecular cuisine you will ever try…with a price to match. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00 amd 18:00 – 23:00 Daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: 991 Rama 1 Road, Bangkok, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 162 9000
Som Tam Nua on Siam Square Soi 5 is a casual and trendy dining spot that has risen to fame serving up tasty, foreigner-friendly papaya salad and other Issan-region dishes. Hidden deep down on one of the alleyways leading away from Siam BTS station, the search for Som Tam Nua is a fun prelude to a tasty meal, and, at times, the queues of locals trailing out the door testify to its reputation. This area is one of the main fashion hubs in the city, there are a whole range of fashion stalls and interesting shops surrounding the restaurant. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:45 - 21.30
- Address: 392/14 Siam Square Soi 5, Rama 1 Road, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 22 51 4880
Possibly one of the nicest places to eat in Siam, the café is surrounded by water and greenery along with exotic butterflies and birds. A tour of the teakwood mansion after or before a meal is definitely a great way gain an insightful glimpse at the silk trade in Thailand and the life of the American who led it to be so prevalent on a global scale, Jim Thompson. The café features both Thai and western dishes, cooked and presented to perfection with pretty good coffee, too. It goes without saying that the café interior décor is completely delightful. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00
- Location: Opposite the National Stadium on Rama I Road
- BTS: National Stadium
Niche at Siam Kempinski have taken the idea of the all-day-dining hotel restaurant and made it cool! The innovative menu is sorted by the principal ingredient, with individual recipes sorted by their Asian or Non-Asian roots. With ¾ size servings and very competitive pricing, Niche makes it possible to order several plates. This is an extremely fun way of group dining as you can select two dishes and play food critic, deciding which recipe you like best. Plus you can be safe in the knowledge that you are dining at a Kempinski brand restaurant offering true five-star service. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00-24:00 daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: Niche at Siam Kempinski Hotel, Rama I Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2162 9000
As the name suggests, Yellow Tail Sushi Bar is an exceptional Japanese restaurant for anyone looking for premium cuts of the best sushi and sashimi, flown fresh from Japan three times a week. There are so many Japanese restaurants in Bangkok serving tuna belly and wagyu steak nowadays that some people have mistakenly started to lump them all in together – but mark my words, the quality of the produce here is far higher than any of those shopping mall franchise bento box restaurants. Open every day for dinner between 18:00 and 22:00, and 11:30 to 14:30 on weekends, this is an excellent option for a special occasion when only the best is good enough. YTSB is located on the third floor of a building connected to VIE Hotel. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 to 22:00 – 11:30 to 14:30 (on weekends only)
- BTS: Ratchathewi
- Address: 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Rd
- Tel: +66 (0) 2309 3939
Café Chilli (Siam Paragon)
This restaurant bistro serves a modern mix of Thai dishes with an emphasis on 'Isaan' (the northeastern region of Thailand) food. The laidback surroundings of Café Chilli are an excellent place to sample the famed dishes of the region, which is known for its powerful use of flavours. Servings are small and each has an individual taste due to the bold use of herbs and spices, so it’s best to order several dishes for the table to share so you can get the right blend of fiery spice, biting citrus and bitter herb flavours. This is exactly the kind of food that tourists come back to Thailand to find. It also boasts a shaded outdoor patio area – perfect for relaxing with a drink in hand.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Location: Basement of Siam Paragon Shopping Mall
Red Sky is one of the tallest rooftop bars and restaurant in Bangkok. While it doesn't offer striking riverside or treetop views that other rooftop bars enjoy, it has a pretty impressive 360-degree panoramic vista from the 55th floor – in one of the most convenient locations in town. Red Sky bar is part of the Centara Grand Hotel, which itself is actually part of this gigantic CentralWorld shopping mall in Siam. There's a good selection of sophisticated European cuisine which is a bit pricey without being too extravagant. The cocktail and wine list are long enough so you're sure to find the perfect drink to go with your lamb or imported beef. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 05:00 PM - to 1:00 AM
- Location: Centralworld
Groove at CentralWorld is an addition to Bangkok’s largest shopping mall, hosting a number of impressive restaurants and bars such as Apinara Thai Cuisine, American Fusion at S’Mores Hunting Lodge and famous patisserie FAUCHON. Open for lunch, dinner and on into the night, Groove at CentralWorld is easily accessible via the Skywalk between BTS Siam Station and BTS Chitlom Station. Designed with a futuristic concept in mind, Groove has an innovative roof which provides a sheltered outdoor dining area for comfort and breezy ambience and there are interesting art installations dotted around the two storey complex. It spans about 20,000 square metres along the side of Rama I Road. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: CentralWorld
- BTS: Siam
Uno Mas is an upmarket Spanish restaurant that has stunning views from the 54th floor of Centara Grand at CentralWorld, high above CentralWorld shopping mall in Siam. The menu is a collection of intricate tapas plates, premium seafood, including a selection of lobsters, oysters, shrimp and clams. The cured meats on display at Uno Mas must be the most diverse and well stocked in Bangkok. Although expensive, we would take a portion of Joselito Ibirico ham (790 baht), sliced straight from the leg, over any other cold cut – from Spain or anywhere else.
Uno Mas was designed to bring you the best Mediterranean flavors coupled with stunning views from the (almost) rooftop where you will get to look over the iconic Bangkok skyline as you dine. The famous Red Sky rooftop bar is just one floor above the restaurant. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 14:30, 16.00 – 00.00
- Address: 99, 999 Rama I Road, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 100 1234
The heart-warming idea of going to grandma’s house for some traditional home cooking is something that transcends boundaries and is exactly the kind of feeling you get at Ban Khun Mae Restaurant. Ban Khun Mae is actually a bit of an anomaly, located in the heart of Siam Square, the uber-cool shopping area popular with young city kids and university students. This is a great restaurant to visit if you are trying famous Thai dishes for the first time as the chef flavours dishes to suit stereotypical Western tastes and nothing is overpowered with spice. Tom yum kung, chicken with cashew nuts, som tam, and spring rolls are all firm favourites here and are popular with tourists but also with a few locals – always an encouraging sign. Read More...
- Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Rd
- Tel: +66 (0) 2250 1952 3