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The French culinary authority cemented the Thai capital’s status as one of the world’s great foodie destinations at the end of 2017. Here’s our pick of the winners that are worth a visit if you are in town – from the starred street food to the top of the list.

Bangkok has long been a city full of delicious surprises. Indeed, cooks and vendors in the city were dishing up tasty stir fries, curries and noodle dishes well before Michelin inaugurated their first fine dining guide in the 1920s. Nevertheless, it was still a defining moment for the Thai capital when the first ever Michelin Guide to the city was launched in early December 2017. From sizzling, spicy street food to the best in refined fine dining, here’s our insider track on the guide.


Bangkok’s finest restaurants have been the talk of Asia’s dining scene for some time and some of the city’s most consistently acclaimed spots in the guide were rewarded. Three of our favourite winners were Gaggan, which earned two Michelin stars, Suhring, which earned one star, and restaurant 80/20, which earned a Michelin Plate.

Chef Anand Gaggan applies molecular gastronomy techniques to the cuisine of his native India. The chef’s ebullient personality is reflected in creations such as his signature Dahli Chaat amuse bouche – an “exploding” yoghurt sphere with chutney and cumin – and a backward spin on a shami kebab where deep fried chickpea is rolled onto a chicken bone and served with apple and tamarind.

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Over at Suhring, twins Mathias and Thomas Suhring have embraced Thailand’s national philosophy of fun at an acclaimed venture where prime ingredients and German culinary tropes such as curing, smoking and pickling are applied with an imaginative, contemporary touch. Special mention to the beautiful venue inside a gorgeous tropical villa. In Bangkok’s old city, in amongst the area’s Chinese shophouses and a stone’s throw from the street food hub of Yaowarat Road, 80/20 is using locally sourced ingredients to produce dishes such as a pork belly porchetta with pickled garlic gastrique and roasted sea bass in dashi broth.


Frenetic, thrilling and fantastic: the street food scene mirrors the excitement of life in Bangkok. It was therefore inevitable that the Michelin judges would offer a nod to the city’s rich vendor heritage. The big winner was Jay Fai, the goggle-wearing 70-year-old whose self-named restaurant near the Grand Palace won her a single star. Jay Fai is loved for the old-school atmosphere and for the theatrics involved in her cooking as she slaves over her hot wok on a nightly basis. Don’t expect too much in the way of creature comforts. The lighting is harsh and the tables and chairs spill out messily onto the sidewalk. However, the food is well worth the effort. Stand out dishes include pad kee mao (stir fried noodles with seafood chilli and fresh black pepper), fluffy khai jiew poo (crab omelette) and a complex tom yam gung (hot and sour shrimp soup).

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Another street food stalwart given the Michelin nod was Jae Oh, which earned a Bib Gourmand. Duck dishes and crispy fried fish are among the stand outs at the humble restaurant near Chulalongkorn University.

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The history of shopping Central Chidlom opened in 1973 and has been a must for tourists in town and a destination store for locals ever since. Discover the interesting and unique selection of Thai-Asian handicrafts, the best local brand-name merchandise, and the FoodLoft – one of the most innovative and exciting dining spots in Bangkok.
A standout in the skyline Central Embassy can be easily recognised on the horizon, with its dynamic facade of curving contours that boldly contrast the city’s skyline. And the best is yet to come: here you can delve into a fantasy land for shopaholics and foodies. From the first coffee in the morning to a superb restaurant in the evening, it’s so much more than you expect.