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Explore Bangkok’s Flavorful and Fresh Side by Visiting Its Top 10 Food Markets

Explore Bangkok’s Flavorful and Fresh Side by Visiting Its Top 10 Food Markets

Imagine this: You come to Bangkok for the amazing food, but with so many fancy restaurants and tourist traps, you can’t figure out where real magic happens and end up losing the excitement. Sounds familiar? 

Well, that’s why we’re here to help! Allow us to introduce to you Bangkok’s food markets: the heart and soul of the city’s cuisine. Fresh ingredients, mind-blowing variety, and street food that’ll knock your socks off – all at incredible prices! 

Remember that time you waited two hours for overpriced pad thai in a crowded restaurant? Yeah, never again. Our list below will be your cheat sheet to navigating Bangkok’s food markets like a pro. 

Get ready for an authentic taste adventure – your stomach (and wallet) will thank you!

Chinatown Night Market

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Address: 148 Maha Chak Road, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong

Operating Hours: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Daily)

If you’re a certified foodie, you can’t stop by the capital city without checking out its iconic Chinatown Night Market. It’s along the iconic Yaowarat Road, so expect to find some of the best selection of street food you’ll get out of any food market in Bangkok.

The food vendors to look out for the most are Guay Jub Ouan Pochana, T & K Seafood, and Yaowarat Toasted Buns. Guay Jub Ouan Pochana, in particular, is our favorite because it’s a Michelin Bib Gourmand stall that serves the best rice noodles in town.

Their signature rolled rice noodles have a distinct peppery broth and come with pork intestines. Aside from that, you should try T & K Seafood’s wide range of seafood options and Yaowarat Toasted Buns’ crispy and buttery cream-filled buns.

Pro Tip: 

The best time to visit Chinatown Night Market is around 6 p.m. so all the street food stalls are set up when you arrive. Just know it’s crowded at this hour, so you can drop by earlier to be first in line for your favorite street vendors.

Thonburi Market Place

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Address: 58 Borommaratchachonnani Road, Sala Thammasop, Thawi Watthana

Operating Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 92 989 5088


Thonburi Market Place is a trendy food market in Bangkok known for its excellent selection of fresh seafood. It’s a market complex, so it’s great for foodies who prefer a clean-looking and modern place, unlike the more traditional Thai markets.

The seafood fanatics on our staff are particularly fond of this market. In fact, it’s our go-to spot to shop for fresh seafood since you can also have it cooked on the spot and in any way you like.

That’s why it attracts crowds of tourists who book bus tours just to try the seafood here. Aside from that, Thonburi Market Place has a separate section where you can get traditional Thai street foods and delicacies, so there are plenty of options for all visitors.

Pro Tip: 

If you’re buying fresh seafood to cook on the spot, we recommend taking a photo of your order so you can confirm if they’re serving you the same item. This is the best way to ensure you get what you’re paying for.

Food Villa Ratchapruek

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Address: 77 Ratchaphruek Road, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan

Operating Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 2 432 2888


This food market in Bangkok’s more upscale neighborhood is perfect for tourists who aren’t afraid to splurge on food. It’s also a huge market, so there are plenty of delicacies to try from numerous vendors.

This includes fresh produce, seafood, packed snacks, baked goods, and traditional street food, from grilled squid to Thai wonton soup and Sichuan-style mala pork BBQ.

Food Villa Ratchapruek also has a large koi pond and a kiddie playground.That makes it ideal for families looking for a food and leisure spot, especially for weekend breaks. 

Our go-to food vendors are Good at Shellfish in Zone A, Panel A090 for seafood and Pa Rice with Curry in the Food Court Zone, Panel C023 for Thai curries.

Pro Tip: 

This market is different during the day and at night. For the best foodie experience, we suggest coming here from 5 p.m. onwards.

Nang Loeng Market

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Address: Nakhon Sawan 6 Alley, Wat Sommanat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai

Operating Hours: 18 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Daily)

Nang Loeng Market is an underrated food market in Bangkok, so it’s certainly a great option for foodies looking for a more relaxed street food experience. This hidden gem has been open since the 19th century, so it’s the place to go for traditional street food.

Think Thai green curry, sai ua, khanom buang, khao soi, pandan leaf cakes, banana roti, mon tha cupcakes, and more. In fact, a fan-favorite food vendor in Nang Loeng Market is Talai Montha Cup Cake which is well-known for their mon tha cupcakes.

This local specialty is a bouncy, sweet, salty dessert cupcake made from steamed coconut milk and flesh. It’s the perfect snack to have while exploring the market or to bring home for friends and family.

Pro Tip: 

To get the most out of Nang Loeng Market, we recommend booking a chef-designed food tour like the one on Viator. Or you can hire a local guide if you want a more budget-friendly option.

Wang Lang Market

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Address: 112, 13 Soi Wang Lang Siriraj, Bangkok Noi

Operating Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Daily)


Wang Lang Market is one of the best street food markets in Bangkok, which makes it perfect for outdoor foodie adventures. Just know it’s on a narrow street, so expect to be shoulder-to-shoulder with other local shoppers when you visit this market.

However, the cramped space also means it’s packed with shops and food stalls competing for everyone’s attention. But the setup makes it ideal if you want a place where you can find plenty of street food options wherever you look.

After all, this place has numerous vendors selling Thai and International dishes, snacks, pastries, and drinks. Aside from the wide range of classic Thai street foods, expect to find dim sum, sushi, taiyaki, brownies, donburi bowls, Vietnamese noodles, and more.

Pro Tip: 

Wang Lang Market is a local food haunt, so we recommend coming here with a local guide to get the best experience. Otherwise, you might have an issue selecting the food you want due to the lack of English menus.

Bon Marché Market Park

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Address: 105 Thetsaban Songkhro Road, Lat Yao, Chatuchak

Operating Hours: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 2 953 8980


Bon Marche Market Park is an indoor community market in Bangkok with various shops and services to offer, from food stalls to restaurants, clothing stores, a gym, jewelry stores, and tutoring schools.

That means you’re covered for food, shopping, fitness, etc. But the biggest highlight of this market is its large open-air food court area which overlooks an artificial duck-filled pond with a small fountain at the center.

With this, you can enjoy all the food options available in the market while also getting a pleasant view. That’s why it’s a popular weekend hangout spot among local families who like full-on variety, from Southern-style curries to local sweets and fresh fruits. 

Pro Tip: 

The market has a huge parking lot at the back but be sure to come here early if you’re driving a car because it gets packed during lunch and after office hours.

Or Tor Kor Market

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Address: 101 Kamphaeng Phet Road, Chatuchak

Operating Hours: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 2 279 2080


Or Tor Kor Market is a high-end food market in Bangkok, so it’s the place to go if you want top-tier fresh produce: fruits, seafood, and vegetables. In fact, it was even named one of the top fresh markets in the world by CNN in 2017.

Aside from that, this market is packed with stalls selling classic and modern Thai snacks and sweets like khanom krok, khanom buang, nam kang sai, and mango sticky rice. That makes it ideal for foodies who have a serious sweet tooth.

It also has plenty of restaurants and a food court where you can try cooked and ready-to-eat dishes like pad Thai, pork satay, Isan pork sausage, som tum, grilled chicken, and more.

Pro Tip: 

You can ask the vendors at the food court to let you taste the food before you order. This way, you’re sure to get only the dishes that suit your tastebuds.

Sam Yan Market

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Address: Samyan Fresh Market Wang Mai, Pathum Wan

Operating Hours: 5 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Daily)

Contact Number: +66 2 215 3662


This food market in Bangkok is a great budget-friendly option for tourists who want to get the most out of their money. That’s why it’s popular among the students of the nearby Chulalongkorn University and office workers in the area.

The food stalls here serve Thai and Western cuisines, so there are plenty of dishes to try. Sam Yan Market’s biggest highlight is Today Steak, a famous steak stall locals frequent in the second-floor food court.

Their steak is large and affordable which is why it’s a big hit among their local customers. Sure, it’s not comparable to a premium steak cut, but it’s definitely one of the best bang-for-your-buck foods you can get anywhere in Bangkok.

Pro Tip: 

This market is packed during lunch and after office hours so be sure to avoid them if you plan to eat here. Plus, finding a parking spot during these times becomes challenging as well.

Taling Chan Floating Market

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Address: 333 Chak Phra Road, Khlong Chak Phra, Taling Chan

Operating Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Saturday – Sunday)

Contact Number: +66 85 832 1918


If you’re looking for a unique foodie experience, go to Taling Chan Floating Market. It’s a traditional riverside food market in Bangkok, so expect local vendors selling food, drinks, and other products from their tied-up boats.

You’ll even see vendors cooking and preparing food in their longtail boats which we think is fascinating. Not only do you get authentic Thai boat food, but you’re also covered for entertainment.

Moreover, this market offers plenty of affordable food and drink options, from fresh tropical fruits to classic street foods. Think khanom buang, pad Thai, sweet potato cakes, sugarcane juice, and more.

Pro Tip: 

It’s best to come here early in the morning to enjoy sightseeing before other local and foreign visitors arrive. This also lets you find the best spot on the market’s patio which overlooks the canal.

Khlong Toei Market

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Address: 121, 123, 125 Tha Ruea Road, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei

Operating Hours: 24/7

Contact Number: +66 2 350 1231

A foodie adventure in Bangkok isn’t complete without visiting its largest fresh market, Khlong Toei Market. This place doesn’t sleep, so you can come here at any time or any day of the week.

Best of all, this bustling market is well-known for its great selection of fresh ingredients that local vendors sell for affordable prices. Khlong Toei Market, in particular, is famous for its fresh seafood which you are also available for cooking on the spot.

Aside from that, you’ll also see numerous stalls selling traditional street food and sweets, so there are countless options for everyone. Think grilled seafood, noodle bowls, Thai pancakes, banana roti, and more.

Pro Tip: 

Though it’s open 24 hours daily, going here early gives you the best chance to try dishes made using the freshest ingredients. Six in the morning is a good time to start, but you can swing by earlier, if possible.

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