18 Fabulous Restaurants in Bangkok 2018

It’s a new year – filled with new beginnings. So, why don’t you try these tasty places?

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  • Eat Me

One of the best restaurants in Bangkok, situated in a bustling side-street in the Silom/Sathorn neighborhood, with a unique blend of cuisines from Australian bistro to Thai fusion. A must for Bangkok, especially for linner! Oh, and the staff are impeccable in their service. Try: Bone Marrow, Sticky Date Pudding.

(Website, Tel: +662 238 0931)

  • Zuma

Although the franchises’ name is synonymous with an air of nouveau riche globetrotters who want a flashy ambiance with mayonnaised-sushi, the St. Regis restaurant is an exception to the rule – incorporating Thai signature dishes alongside its famous treats like the Black Cod. Also, great cocktail mixers. Try: Baby Chicken.

(Website, Tel: +66 2252 4707)

Fresh morning with Hansar fruits 🍉😉 #Hansarbangkok #breakfast #healthy

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  • Elefin Café (at Hansar Hotel)

A Thai brunch place straddling a fine line between traditional dishes and a cosmopolitan environment. Here, the best ingredients and organic foods are fetched to create a dual Italian-Thai menu without the fancy frills, but with all the rich flavors. Try: Chicken Cashew.

(Website, Tel: +662 622 1115)

  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

The newly Michelin-starred restaurant boasts a chef-facing bar for dining, along with some private rooms. The tasting menu reigns supreme with some of the best French dishes in Southeast Asia. Try: Winter Tasting Menu.

(Website, +662 001 0698)

Spicy 🌶 yet you can’t stop eating #melelehhingus

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  • Somtum Der

Probably the best place in the world to indulge in Thailand’s famous papaya salad – though, it’s not the only thing on offer in the no-frills, yet character-filled eatery. Try: Somtum, duh!

(Website, +662 632 4499)

  • Via Maris

A new addition to the line of restaurants in Bangkok’s swanky Convent Street catering to lovers of Mediterranean food of all sorts – from Greek to Moroccan – in a meticulously-decorated venue situated right next to its sister bar, Vesper. Try: Lamb Couscous.

(Website, +662 236 5558)

  • Luka

Charmingly utilitarian furniture store meets a modern spacious brunch place in this leafy enclave of the city, offering healthy food. This place is perfect for a midday meal or a Tindr date, especially for a hearty treat. Try: Avocado Open Faced.

(Website, +662 637 8558)

  • Bo.Lan

Another recent Michelin star recipient, offering top-notch traditional Thai cuisine with a modern twist. Housed in a teak home, which is as culturally striking as it is extraordinarily delicious. A must for Bangkok travelers! Try: Traditional Thai Desserts.

(Website, +662 260 2962)

  • Vertigo

Skip Sirocco and head to this splendid al fresco experience atop one of Bangkok’s most famous hotels. Share panoramic vistas while munching on lobster bisque right next to the iconic Moon Bar. Try: Wagyu Steak.

(Website, +662 679 1200)

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  • Erawan Tea Room

A well-reputed restaurant that serves traditional Thai cuisine complemented by refreshing beverages in a beautifully-appointed semi-casual setting overlooking a holy shrine. Try: Tom Yum Soup.

(Website, Tel: +662 254 1234)

  • Iron Chef Table

Although it’s regal branding is a bit off-putting, this Thong Lor mainstay delivers the scrumptious with a solid wine list. Try: Oxtail Soup.

(Tel: +6681 819 6262)

Mondays are the worst, Fried Rice with Dried Beef is the best.

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  • Greyhound Café (Siam Centre)

Bubbly local brand that’s been taking over the city since the ‘80s with its straightforward menu of basic dishes ‘with a twist’ and laidback atmosphere. Try: Complicated Noodle.

(Website, Tel: +662 658 1129)

  • Bunker

Turning a dilapidated central house into a ritzy hangout is not an easy feat, nor are the concoctions on this menu – but they both look and taste amazing, respectively. Probably one of the coolest places on the list, Bunker highlights worldly gastronomy in colorful design and youthful bravado. Also, check out the bathroom. Try: Beef Tartare, deserts with edible wrappers.

(Website, Tel: +6692 563 9991)

  • Gaggan

Overhyped, overrated and overpriced – but still worth a visit, if not for the food, for the novelty of it all. Check out its emoji-inspired menu – only in Thailand can this marriage of casualty and poshness happen in one place – and also merit 2 Michelin Stars. Good luck getting a reservation – book months in advance.

(Website, Tel: +662 652 1700)

  • Red Oven

What some might call the best buffet this side of the Chao Phraya River, the views from the Sofitel So, designed by La Croix himself, are enough to make you ogle in awe. Try: The Cheese section.

(Website, Tel: +662 624 0000)

  • Zoom Skybar

Don’t be fooled by the name – the rooftop venue is amazing for sunset drinks, but is also equipped with a great kitchen. An array of Asian dishes with French tidbits are available – including light bites, this underrated rooftop is a spectator favorite. Try: Salmon Skewers.

(Website, Tel: +662 210 9000)

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  • Smalls

This hidden gem is an off-the-beaten-path restobar that boats the hippest beats in town in a divey enclosure in a discreet, yet lively nook of the city. Try: Pho.

(Facebook, Tel: +6695 585 1398)

  • White Flower Factory

Despite its location in a mall and facing one of the busiest BTS Stations in the city, this restaurant is an impressive place for Modern Thai cuisine and syrupy desserts in the hustle and bustle of commercial Bangkok. Try: Iced Thai Tea.

(Website, +662 252 2646)

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Travel Video: 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development!

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The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4 December, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world.”

Check-In: Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hanoi should be on every South East Asia traveller’s itinerary. Not only is it the populous capital of Vietnam, but it is also a metropolitan city like no other. For one, it is the hardest city to cross the street in – not because of traffic, but because of the number of whizzing motorcycles around, way outnumbering the number of cars. Some of them tend to borrow traffic laws and others pretend act as pedestrians.

Other than that, the city is bustling with amazing restaurants, many nightlife options and has a plethora of nearby essential destinations. Not only is it a great city, but it’s also a good way to start your Vietnamese experience.

But for the city, if you are wishing to stay in luxury and get fully pampered there are a few options. The one that suited us the most is Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi. It is the epitome of boutique in this busy capital. Being near all the high-end shopping areas, the hotel is a member of Accor’s exclusive MGallery Collection. With a staff of 150, almost everything is taken care of in the duration of your stay.

The hotel has a special ambiance – that of Vietnamese cool coupled with French decor – the modern and the traditional. The lobby is spacious with a full bar and trained mixologists – a rarity in Hanoi. It is perfect for pre-drinks before going out to events around the city, including the beautiful Opera House which is a couple of steps away and the namesake of the hotel.

The hotel is noted as the first boutique hotel in the heart of the capital. It boasts accents of architecture from many eras of the city’s rich 1,000 year old history. Featuring 107 rooms and suites with windows overlooking downtown Hanoi. The rooms are pretty spacious and are filled with all amenities one needs, including free WiFi.

The culinary options are varied. The downstairs bar is a buzzing social room called La Fée Verte. There you can have an array of traditional teas or imbibe some premium liquors, which include a drink of Absinthe that locals flock to the place for. The venue often has entertainment and scheduled happy hours throughout the week.

On the ground floor, there is a popular venue by the names of Café Lautrec frequented by hotel guests and locals. The place serves Mediterranean-style dishes and an extensive wine list. Another option is a restaurant called Satine located in the heart of the hotel’s 8-story atrium – an architectural nook that gives the hotel a unique feel. Moreover, the place serves some of the best Vietnamese cuisine from different regions of the country.

Another thing not to miss is Splash, a pool and fitness area overlooking the city. Although the gym is on one side, the pool turns into a social gathering, especially with the tropical pool parties the hotel is trying to promote nowadays – with specialty drinks, eclectic DJs and food stands. Sip while you watch the city.

Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi is unlike any other in the capital of Vietnam. It errs of the side of luxury, but it is so laid-back and central. For most of the important sight-seeing locations, you you can get there by walking. Otherwise, the hotel concierge has a list of arranged excursions that will make your Hanoi trip memorable. The staff were very friendly and the service was impeccable.