Charoenkrung road means prosperous city, it was the first road to be built in 1861 in Rattanakosin during the reign of King Rama 4 under the pressure of foreign consuls who requested the construction of a road to allow them to travel more comfortably with their horse-drawn carriage. 8.5 km long, from Wat Pho, runs through the old town of Rattanakosin, Chinatown (Yaowarat) and Bang Rak to the south of the city, in Bang Kho Laem district (Rama 3 bridge). It’s remained the city’s main artery until the early 20th century. It was on this avenue that the first tramway circulated in Bangkok in 1888, which was then pulled by horses, and was then electrified. The service operated until 1963. Today also is known as the Creative District, and one of the tastiest gastronomic districts in Bangkok.
Walking Down the Street Food From Bang Rak
Charoenkrung street food and restaurants all along, always busy especially between the crossroads of Silom to the Taksin BTS station. Bang Rak market, and bazaar, mall, embassies, hotels and many good local restaurants and trendy cafe bars. Don’t forget to have a look at the restaurants with the Thai Michelin Shell Shuan Shim symbol.
This century Sino-Portuguese style house could have been transformed into a small museum. A touch of Angkor Wat at the entrance with the big tree attached to the building, very pleasant courtyard and despite the outside heat it is “cool” which allows you to enjoy a meal in this nice setting. We went there on a Saturday and there were only 3 tables occupied, so we had the choice of where to sit. After a long look at the menu and its photos, we have chosen.
Crab cumming curry and fried rice Chinese style, butter squid, fried chicken with Cashew nut, and grilled prawn on a hot plate.
The service is average, the waitresses are not very enthusiastic.
This place has good reviews, for me the food was fine, but I expected a little more. Prices are reasonable, set menu offers, 420 and 460 baht.
Address. Charoenkrung Soi 34
Walking, it’s around 700 from the Taksin BTS station (Exit 3)
Open. 10.00 to 22.00
Closed on Sunday
At the end of the soi is the Wat Muang Khae Pier (CAT Building Pier) from which a free shuttle boat leaves for the last and largest IconSiam shopping center in Bangkok on the Thonburi side.
Braised pork leg Khao Kha Moo
Located at the end of an alley near the crossroads of Silom and Charoenkrung Road. Once in the alley, you can’t miss it, the red sign and golden letters, and there is usually a crowd around the restaurant which is in activity since 1959. Yes, the pork meat is tender and melting, the skin is soft and tasty, not greasy and not oily, the sauce is delicious. This dish is always served with a vinegar sauce (here homemade) made with chilies and garlic.
I went there alone, also I ordered the small one (50 baht). I like this dish and this one is good, but t is too sweet for my taste. Next time I will ask my friend to come with me and order the big leg (280 baht). Try to be there before lunch rush hour, as often after that there is not much choice left.
*Michelin Bib Gourmand. Street food Inspectors’ favorites for good value
Open daily. 08.00 – 14.00
Address, 492/6 Soi Charoenkrung 49. On Silom, it’s opposite the State Tower Bangkok building
*Michelin Bib Gourmand
Jok Prince Congee Bang Rak
The very well-known Jok Prince one of the oldest and famous Khao Tum (congee, rice porridge in Bangkok). Known as a typical breakfast dish for the locals but also at different times of the day, and sometimes have it for dinner. It’s as well a dish that Thai people eat when they are not feeling too well.
Khao Tum Rice porridge with “smoked/burned” flavor Is the Thai version of the Chinese rice congee, a name commonly used in Bangkok restaurants run by Chinese immigrants. Using a charcoal stove first taste gives the impression of “smoky/burn” flavor which comes from the addition of a small amount of burnt rice. Topped with fresh ginger, spring onion, and fresh coriander and homemade pork balls of grounded pork, together with a half boil or century egg. The locals often add the Pa Tong Ko, (Thai donuts and yu tiao in Chinese).
I ate the one with “sai tuk yang “, which means put everything in. Pork meatballs, pork liver and kidneys, intestine, liver and chicken gizzard, and as I have always been told to do, I added pepper. Definitely the best Khao Tum in Bangkok, to be savored!
It’s a family own business and there are three generations working together. The founder is known as “Aunty Wong” and that day one of her daughters was the chef.
Recognized Michelin Bib Gourmand. Favorite of street cuisine inspectors for good value for money
Easy to Go there
At the BTS Saphan Taksin turn left on Charoenkrung Road. Walk to the Robinson Shopping Mall, cross over and go left and the restaurant is around 50 meters. The restaurant is where there is a narrow alleyway that led to the Prince Theater. Very busy in the morning and evening and you may need to be patient.
Address. 1391 Charoenkrung Road
Open 06.00 – 13.00 and 16.00 to 22.00
Closed on Sunday
Prachak Roasted Duck since 1909
Very close to Jok Prince, Prachak has been in business for 106 years by 4 generations of the same family. Downstairs is always crowded and is mainly for the takeaway so when getting there go straight upstairs. Old and basic Thai Chinese restaurant, the duck is tasty, very good sauce. My favorite is the Ba Mee noodles mixed with duke and pork, (80 baht) my Thai friend ordered duck feet, not much meat there but Thai people like it The service need a serious reorganization, we had to wait 20 minutes before getting our first dish, 5 minutes later our 2 plates, another 5 minutes our drink, 10 minutes later the rice, and a few minutes later the noodles and duck legs. It seems that the staff doesn’t really care which customer was there first and mixes up the orders, and we were there after 2 pm on a Saturday on a not too busy day. They also have roasted red pork, fried and crispy pork on the menu,100 to 250 baht and a large selection of wonton egg noodles.
We paid 100 baht for the small roasted duck plate, OK for 1 person. Medium 140 and big 265 baht.
Address. 1415 Charoenkrung Road
Open. 08:30 – 20:30
Volcanic Fried Mussels and Oyster Thip Hoi Tod Phu-Khao Fai
A small cart, equipped with a diesel stove installed on the sidewalk causing flames (volcanic) that attracted attention, and of course the quality of its dish greatly contributed to his success. From the street to a shop which is located in the Soi 50 opposite the Bang Rak Bazaar and is also mentioned in the Michelin 2019 guide. I didn’t know it and my neighbor recommended this address to me, as I am often in the Charoen Krung area, I went there for lunch. This dish consists of an omelet with mussels, oysters or both, always served with a sweet and sour chili sauce. I’m not a big fan of this meal that I find too “greasy” and sometimes a little distasteful because of its viscosity, so I can’t remember the last time I ate a Hoi Tod.
Hungry, my choice was fried mussels with bean sprouts, topped with fried oysters, 100 baht, and the special fried mussels with bean sprouts, 70 baht. That day, the granddaughter was the chef, the dishes were a little crispy and a little oily, not bad but not impressed.
Hoi Tod is a popular dish and very often the restaurants that sell this dish they also cook the pad thai.
The Sun Cafe & Bistro
Le Sun is a property of 6 beautifully renovated 2-story houses, on the ground floor a bar/reception, a dining room, and a lounge. On the first floor, comfortable and elegant rooms, three of which have a terrace. Decorate with objects that are certainly infused with history, ceremonial knives, cameras, Chinese teapots, statues, there is even an aircraft dashboard. The toilets are very clean. At the back of the restaurant there is an outdoor room as well as a bar and for amateurs a dart game and a pool table. Live music on Friday nights.
A mouth-watering menu and after studying everyone made their choice, we ordered satay to start, good, although the peanuts butter sauce was a little too sweet. My friends chose deep-fried tofu and a fried shrimp with tamarind sauce. I hadn’t eaten it for a long time, so my choice was red curry with roasted duck. All the dishes were good, even if I can say that mine was not the best curry roasted duck I have ever eaten. We tasted everyone’s dish and agreed that the tofu was the best.
We went there at happy hour from 18 to 20 pm and had a discount of 15%. Our 3 dishes with the satay and 3 beers, 980 baht, that’s a very reasonable price.
They have a Vegetarian menu, cocktails and a wine list, but serve only local beer
Good service and attentive staff
Open every day 11.30 – 23.45
Address.1865, Charoenkrung Road
Kurissara Thai Cuisine
I didn’t know that Kurissara had moved since January 2019. The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the new address was the modern architecture of the building, and the interior feels like a “classroom” but simple and tastefully made. I like the mural artwork that is beautifully painted by one of the staff members, and it’s much more spacious the previous location. I think maybe some people “regret” the family atmosphere from the former location.
I have been to lunch and only 2 tables were occupied. After browsing through the well-presented menu I chose stir-fried chicken with ginger, iced cappuccino and in less than 10 minutes I was served. My dish was good, the aroma of ginger was just right and slightly spicy, and the ingredients were fresh, the location has changed but the cuisine remains of the same quality, as well as the service with a smile.
My dish 160 baht, rice 35 and cappuccino 80 baht + 7% tax. Cash only
How to get there
BTS Taksin Sathorn
Around 30 minutes walk, or bus number 1, 17, 35, 75 ask to drop at the Chatrium Hotel.
1959/1 Charoenkrung 75
Open every day 11.00 – 22.30
Best Dim Sum in Bangkok
The Dim Sum is not Thai but Chinese (Cantonese), and Tuang Dim Sum, a small street restaurant (40 seats), a little far from the city’s main tourist centers, is the restaurant where you can have the finest Dim Sum in Bangkok, as evidenced by the queues of customers waiting on the sidewalk for a seating or take away. Opened 3 years ago by the Hong Kong native, Yip Yum Keung who was Dim Sum chef at the Chinese restaurant of the 5-star Shangri-La hotel in Kuala Lumpur. He still there, but it’s rare to see him working in the restaurant.
Very good service, well organized, and efficient. Take or you will be given a red number from the hooks on the outside (white to take away). On an order form, make your choice and the desired quantity and when available a staff member will take your order and place you at a table. You will need to be a little patient, but you will not regret it.
The staff is mainly Chinese wearing proper kitchen costumes and works singing in their native language, good atmosphere.
My friend and I like Dim Sums and we have chosen some of them but not his famous Lava Bun. Of those we have enjoyed, it is difficult to say which is the best we liked the vegetarian rice flour roll, but all the other 6 were delicious as well. We ordered 7 plus 2 drinks for a total of 320 baht, cheap!
Close to the Chatrium Riverside and the new 73 stories Four Seasons hotels
Address.2029/9 Charoenkrung Road
Open. 7.00 to 16.00
closed on Monday and Tuesday
To get there
5 minutes from Kurissara, bus, number 1, 17, 75
Asiatique the Riverfront
What was once an international commercial port until 1947, is in 2012, after renovation became a night bazaar and entertainment complex with more than 1500 shops and 40 restaurants. Asiatique a place to be entertained, the famous ladyboys Calypso Cabaret, narration and theatrical performance of Thai boxing (Muay Thai) on the origin of this martial art and the 60-meter-high Ferris wheel (300 THB (adult) – 200 THB (child) Nice view I suggest going for the sunset.
Joe Louis Thai Cuisine with a traditional puppet show, or if you prefer on the waterfront Kodang Talay (Thai seafood) is the place. There is also an open food court.
A place to shop with a Chatuchak market touch but more expensive.
It’s Free to Go There
Free shuttle from BTS Taksin station from 16.00 to 23.00, leave every 15 minutes
Cafe bar, and Desserts
Hei Jii Cafe
Means black chicken that comes from the owner’s childhood memories, where at home the family was feeding on this poultry with medical properties. A Chinese style roof, a pretty door, a mix of the old community and modernity. Open in December 2018, a cool café, with a mix of decoration and exposed brick and concrete walls engraved with prominent Chinese characters (means good luck).
They have a menu of freshly homemade snacks prepared on a daily basis and has an ecological concept by using easily degradable packaging. but unfortunately still the plastic glasses. Great music, a place to relax, my favorite cafe in Charoenkrung.
Address: 415 Soi Charoenkrung 43, the first alley on the right. The folk museum is just a few steps away
Open 09.00 – 18.00
Closed on Monday
Charoenkrung Cafe Bar
This 200 years building is ideally located at the intersection of Bang Rak, (Silom and Charoenkrung road) small, but a comfortable 3-story bar that is very easy to recognize by its giant and clearly visible signs. Good music.
Set Menu or a la carte, wine, beer, soft drink, and coffee
Open. 08.00 – 22.00
Address. 1368 Charoenkrung Rd
Boonsap, in the local language, it means “lucky to be rich”. A renovated shop very famous for its Thai desserts and mostly for the famous Khao neaow mamuang,(mango sticky rice), a family business for 3 generations, the grand-daughter who was air hostess follow the recipes from her grandma who opened the shop before world war 2. It is said that here Mangoes are the sweetest in the city, topped with crispy mung beans and creamy sticky rice. I like it but is so many of this dessert in town, at the food mall Terminal 21 is sweet as well, the 83-year-old house Kor Panich on Tanao Road is one to be tasted, and the popular Maewaree on Soi Thonglor Sukhumvit 55 is also among the best in Bangkok. They are all delicious and is difficult to say which one is the best. Anyway, don’t miss this great dessert, but watch your waistline.
At Boonsap, mango sticky rice 70 baht. As I usually do every time I going around there I bought some desserts for my next day breakfast, the egg custard (30 baht), and the custard with sticky rice and coconut milk (25 baht) a treat for breakfast.
Very busy here early morning and lunch hour from 12 pm to 1 pm. and after that, many desserts are sold out.
1478 Charoenkrung, close to the Robinson mall
Open 07.00 to 17.00
Closed on Sunday and Monday
A slang word for sandwich, this famous Australian cafe from Singapore reputed for his coffee and big sandwiches opened in December 2018 his second branch in Bangkok, the first, a small roaster-slash-coffee shop is in Sukhumvit Soi 39. Two shophouses over 150 years old that were once a boat repair shop have been renovated with a touch of modernity, is now a two-story cafe brunch.
Renovations have been reduced to a minimum to preserve the charm of yesteryear, the exposed bricks, aged concrete and flocked teak. A pleasant place, full of young hipsters that appreciate this magnificent and attractive setting, a place to visit. Unfortunately the day I came (on a Saturday) no seat (400 maximum capacity) and some waited outside.
Breakfast, sandwiches, Coffees, desserts and brunch menu
178, Soi Charoenkrung 44. In front of Shangri-La Hotel
opens 8.00 to 17:30
From the Past and the present
Prince Theater Heritage Stay
Opened in 1912 as a casino, then as a classic black and white silent cinema and finally became a theater in 1975 until the multiplexes of the major shopping centers overcame independent cinemas such as Prince, which closed in 2010. For the last 20 years, he has been showing porn movies. Abandoned for 7 years, until the Treasury Department plans to renovate the area.
The Heritage Stay obtained a 10-year concession and transformed it into a boutique hotel, the facade has been maintained. For the name, the architect took as reference the X film screening pass and hence Stay X Traordinary. There is a permanent exhibition on the history of this former popular cinema.
441/1 Charoenkrung Road (around 150 meters on Si Wiang Road). Opposite the Robinson mall.
Not far from Harmonique, a 4,000 square meter area of abandoned World War II warehouses in Charoenkrung Soi 30, opened in 2017. This mixed complex is composed of former warehouses (7) that have been renovated and refurbished, the area is divided into 4 main sections for stores of different types of products, cafes, bars, restaurants, a good quality Thai fashion brand, fabrics imported from Japan, a film projection area, a creative workspace, free WiFi.
Located behind of what was the central post, now the TCDC
Open daily from 11.00 – 20.30
Thanks to its easily accessible location, Charoenkrung road, its trendy cafe bars, street restaurants is a gastronomic stopover not to be missed by food lovers.
What I Think
I am not in favor of Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and try to avoid it as much as possible. Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Is a natural food in tomatoes, mushrooms and many other, so why to add more. Most of the restaurants and stall vendors use it to enhance the flavor, also, if you think like me, don’t forget to ask, no Pong Choo Rot or Ajinomoto please (Ka, Kap).
A very interesting website to learn more about all the additives found in food.
I hope this will be helpful for planning your next trip to Bangkok. If you have any questions, I will be happy to help you.