Victory Monument

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Boat Noodles in Victory Monument

This is a Bangkok experience not to miss! It’s hot, sweaty and filled with Thai students chomping and slurping their way through bowl after bowl of noodle soup, either with a light broth or a tom yum spicy version. For just 10 baht you get your choice of noodles, with pork or beef, pork balls and crispy wonton. However, one bowl isn’t enough to feed a fly so do as the locals do and order bowls in pairs. Finished bowls are stacked at the end of the table which becomes a source of competition for some (the restaurants have noticed this and offer a free big bottle of Pepsi for every 10 bowls ordered). There isn’t one restaurant in particular, rather a small alley along the canal all sticking to the same philosophy. To find the boat noodles restaurants, you have to exit Victory Monument BTS Station and walk along the overhead walkway until you see the night market. Walk through the market and over a bridge crossing the canal.

What to Order: Bowls of noodles (in pairs) (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวเรือ)

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Victory Monument, behind the night market

Café de Norasingh

Historical splendour is definitely part of the experience at Café de Norasingh. Set on Phayathai Palace’s manicured ground, the café itself is housed inside what used to be the royal reception room, dating back to King Rama VI’s reign (1910-1925), with original wood wall panels, hand-painted ceiling frescoes and polished wooden floors. This is, perhaps, the most elegant setting of all Bangkok to enjoy a cup of coffee. The menu extends to light snacks, sandwiches, salads and basic pasta dishes – definitely an experience not to miss.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 19:00 (Mon-Fri); 10:30 – 19:00 (Sat-Sun)
  • Location: 315 Ratchawithi Road (inside Phra Mongkut Hospital)
  • BTS: Victory Monument
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 354 8376
  • Cuisine: Coffee, sandwiches, salads, pastas
  • Price Range: Affordable

Jakkee Restaurant (ภัตตาคารจ๊ากกี่)

This nondescript, shop-house restaurant has a history dating back three generations. Originally located on Yaowaraj (Bangkok’s Chinatown), the restaurant moved to its present location in 1972. Its clientele comprises mostly the older generation (40 up) and, perhaps, their sons and daughters. Everyone seems to know the menu by heart. Besides the signature dishes – rad na nua (stir-fried rice noodles with beef gravy sauce) and egg noodles with crab meat – it offers a selection of Chinese-style stir-fried meat over rice dishes, deep-fried wontons and olive fried rice. The portions, though, are small and prices are twice as expensive as what you will normally pay at other open-air shop-house restaurants.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 15:00 daily (closed first Monday of every month)
  • Location: Ratchawithi Soi 7
  • BTS: Victory Monument
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 245 0849
  • Cuisine: Chinese (Guang Zhou)
  • Price Range: Affordable

Mobile Steak

Set amidst Soi Rang Nam’s string of Isan restaurants, Mobile Steak serves up Thai-style steaks at an affordable price. The menu highlights a variety of meat, from beef steaks to pork chops, ham, mackerel, sea bass, chicken fillets and giant sausages. There’s also a good selection of pastas, salads and rice dishes, for those who prefer something not so filling. The outdoor seating area overlooks Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel’s well-manicured lawn and iconic glass dome.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Soi Rang Nam
  • BTS: Victory Monument
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 247 2234
  • Cuisine: Northeastern Thai (Isan)
  • Price Range: Affordable

Pla Dib

Pla Dib means raw fish, but you won’t just find sushi and sashimi on its creative fusion menu. In fact, everything about this trend-setting Japanese eatery is straightforward and minimalist in concept, except the food. The menu highlights a diverse array of raw fish and seafood, such as oyster canapé, smoked salmon larb (spicy northeastern Thai style smoked salmon salad) and seared tuna in sesame oil. There’s also a selection of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, Thai salads, grilled meat and hand-rolled sushis – all prepared and executed to the Pla Dib style bible. Seating is inside the industrial concrete-and-glass box or in the alfresco garden area. Advanced reservation highly recommended.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00-midnight (Tues-Sun)
  • Location: Ari Soi 7
  • BTS: Ari
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 279 8185
  • Cuisine: Japanese fusion


Set inside an old two-storey home, this cosy, atmospheric eatery feels more like a friend’s living room than a dining establishment. Antiques and collectibles from Europe, Japan and Thailand fill the interior spaces, each well-partitioned to create a sense of intimacy and hominess. On to the menu, which is equally as cultivated and worldly. Puritan is most famous for its delectable range of homemade low-fat cakes, whipped up from substitute ingredients like dark chocolate, rice products, fruits and nuts. The menu extends to a selection of Thai, Italian and Japanese comfort food with a contemporary twist.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Sun-Thurs), 11:00-23:00 (Fri-Sat)
  • Location: Ari Soi 5
  • BTS: Ari
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 357 1099, +66 (0)81 870 4102
  • Cuisine: Fusion (Thai, Japanese, Italian), cakes, pastries

Rang Nam Beef Noodles

Judging by the bare basic interior décor, if you can call it that, and the size of crowd gathering out front no matter what the hour, you can be sure that this simple shop-house restaurant is worth checking out. In fact, this place serves up some of the best beef noodles in town. The simple all-beef menu ranges from simple broth with meat balls to any combination possible as long as it’s on the day’s menu. Expect to wait for a seat, especially if you go near the lunch hours, as there are only eight tables inside.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 15:00 (closed Sundays)
  • Location: Soi Rang Nam (opposite Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel)
  • BTS: Victory Monument
  • Cuisine: Beef noodles
  • Price Range: Budget


Salt’s industrial glass box design and its alfresco garden seating area is a welcome visual break from a panorama of high-rise condos dotting Soi Ari’s sprawling maze of sois (lanes). The minimalist-chic concept reminds you of Pla Dib, and its pages-long menu, inspired by French, Italian and Japanese cuisine, is filled with mouthwatering creations from both the classic and fusion schools of thought. Try, for example, rib-eye steak with wasabi, wood-fired spicy Italian sausage pizza, or ravioli beef ragu. The place is always packed at evenings and weekends, so call ahead to reserve your table.

  • Opening Hours: 18:00-midnight (Wed-Mon)
  • Location: Ari Soi 4
  • BTS: Ari
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 619 6886
  • Cuisine: Fusion (Japanese, Italian, French)


This casual eatery is popular among local university students and office workers. Serving tasty Thai dishes and relatively cheap beers, the place usually fills up fairly quickly after sunset and can get very busy on Fridays. The menu ranges from popular crab fried rice and green curry to something a little more special like steamed spicy seafood custard and lemongrass fried chicken. Tables are spread throughout the garden and if you arrive early, you can sit inside a tree house built around a giant mangrove tree.

  • Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Near Victory Monument (Soi Ratchawitee 12)
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 354 9286
  • Price Range: Affordable

Tida Esarn

The very first som tam establishment to arrive on sleepy Soi Rang Nam, Tida Esarn welcomes a continuous stream of diners, both Thais and expats. It serves up the usual Isan offerings, including crab som tam, grilled snake-head fish, spicy meat salads (larb), grilled chicken, and sun-dried beef. The restaurant is open-air and has a pleasant retro feel, with ceiling fans and wood panels inlaid with coloured glasses. Service can be slow during busy lunch hours.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Soi Rang Nam
  • BTS: Victory Monument
  • Tel: +66 (0)2 247 2234
  • Cuisine: Northeastern Thai (Isan)
  • Price Range: Affordable

La Villa

This three-storey community mall brings a slice of Thonglor chic to Soi Aree. Open-air, with landscaped pond, small fountains and pockets of greenery, La Villa caters to the contemporary lifestyle of its clientele. Shops span a wide range of categories, from the cutting-edge to fashionable to simply cute, such as iStudio, Japanese manga store, Wine Connection, After You (Japanese-style dessert café), iberry (creative homemade ice cream), Greyhound café, Starbucks and, of course, Villa Market.

  • Opening Hours: varies, most shops open 10:30-22:00
  • Location: Phaholyothin Road (foot of BTS Ari)
  • BTS: Ari
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