New York is commonly referred to as ‘the city that never sleeps’ but one could argue that Bangkok is also deserving of such a title. Pre-Covid, whilst international air travel was still operating as normal, Bangkok was the most visited city in the world for four consecutive years, according to the credit card giant Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities report.
Food and culture are the top reasons why foreign and local tourists keep coming back to the City of Angels. In this regard, Bangkok has shown itself to be the top culinary hotspot that Thailand has, boasting some of the finest dining experiences in all of Asia, offering a vibrant city buzz from venues and activities that are always available around the clock.
Magnified by gastronomy tourism, Bangkok’s late night dining scene has evolved to be a much more indulgent affair to keep up with the pace of the city’s bustling night life. Here is our round-up of the best late-night restaurants in Bangkok you wouldn’t want to miss!
This popular restaurant, inside Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, is an outpost of the famous Los Angeles establishment. They serve up premium, quality burgers, and have won the battle of the “Great American Burger competition” in Thailand three times, making them worthy of their claim to have the finest American-style burgers that you can find in Bangkok.
The best option on their menu is the ’Number One’ which has caramelised onion, bacon strips, arugula, aged Gorgonzola Prelibato, and the perfect amount of smooth thousand island dressing to complete the dish. For those who love to make their own burger, you can also customise your meal, from selecting a bun through to preferred add-ons.
25 Degrees, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Road, Bangrak. Open 24/7.
Bourbon Street is situated close to BTS Ekkamai station, specializing in soul food classics from the Southern United States, notably New Orleans and Louisiana. This type of food is designed to fill your stomach and nourish your soul, and the exceptionally high standards here mean that you will not leave disappointed after trying some of their superb options.
If you’re a lover of racks of ribs, burgers and jambalaya, then this is the place for you! It is certainly worth sampling some of the tasty desserts, with the apple pie being in-demand. The venue is a favourite of the American expat community in particular, who regularly go there for the relaxed ambience, exemplary service, and authentic dishes being served.
Bourbon Street, 9/39-40 Soi Tana Arcade Sukhumvit 63, Ekkamai. Open 7am-1am daily.
Margarita Storm is to all intents and purposes a cali-mex restaurant, but their menu varies to suit all tastes. Their partnership with the locally popular Sunrise Tacos dictates most of their Mexican-style dishes, including tacos, enchiladas and fajita wraps. They also offer a good selection of classic burgers, steaks, pizzas, as well as decent American breakfasts.
You’ll find the prices to be reasonable, and the portion sizes to be excellent. There is also a notable line-up of drinks to quench your thirst, including draft and bottled beers, ciders, and of course cocktails! The outdoor terrace is perfect for sitting and watching the world go by on busy Sukhumvit Road, while enjoying a beer or two and some delicious tacos.
Margarita Storm, 2 Sukhumvit Road Soi 13, Wattana. Open 24/7.
There are two Quickie branches in Bangkok, for those who like to chow down later in the day – one is in Velaa Langsuan community mall, while the other is in a similarly sized mall the Eight Thonglor. In both of them you have retro diner vibes, decent music, crisp air-con and some delectable foods to try on a menu which clearly pays homage to Shake Shack.
Open all day, every day, Quickie’s acclaimed smash burgers have 100% grass-fed USDA prime beef patties and freshly-baked brioche buns, whilst their selection of add-ons are phenomenal – highlights include the flavourful Cheese Bacon Fries, morsels of organic, juicy Spicy Fried Chicken, and aromatic and indulgent tubs of Truffle Mac and Cheese.
Most Subway locations in Bangkok have limited opening hours, but the Sukhumvit Soi 23 branch stays open around the clock for hungry diners looking to feast on footlongs. If you love sandwiches, then this is your best late night bet in Bangkok – the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain has been serving in the Land of Smiles for a number of years now.
Best-selling items include the Subway Melt, comprised of sliced turkey breast, ham, crispy bacon, melted cheese, and your choice of bread, veggies and condiments. Their Meatball Marinara subs feature tender beef meatballs, smothered in a tasty marinara sauce, plenty of gooey cheese, and again your preferred options of bread, vegetables and dressings.
Subway, 2 Jasmine City Building, 1st Floor, Sukhumvit Soi 23, Wattana. Open 24/7.
Amritsr serves Punjabi & North Indian fare at their original Sukhumvit Soi 22 location, and at their more recent Sukhumvit Soi 11 branch – the casual eateries are well-renowned for the ample portions of tasty treats featuring on their eclectic menu. A late night curry or a kebab is just the thing after a night out and the possible hangover to come the next day.
They have just about anything Indian that you can possibly think of, including high-quality mutton dishes, kebabs and curries, all masterfully crafted using traditional Indian cooking techniques. Diners can also look forward to solid vegetarian options at Amritsr, with both of their restaurants having a great selection of dishes that are as authentic as it gets.
Bawarchi is one of the most well-known names in Bangkok’s Indian food scene: the chain of award-winning eateries has built a solid reputation since first opening in 1998, focusing on Mughlai and North Indian specialty cuisine. It is one of the first recommendations from in-the-know hotel concierges, who can be sure their guests will enjoy memorable meals.
The word Bawarchi means chef in English – the chefs working here are clearly experts at what they do: the Tandoori Murgh is exceptional, consisting of chicken marinated in fresh yogurt, mustard oil and garam masala, charred to perfection in a traditional tandoor oven. Also, try the Rogan Josh curry: tender chunks of lamb in a fennel, ginger and chili sauce.
Using only high quality, imported Italian ingredients, Gallery Pizza was conceived to bring a new standard for pizza delivery to the Thai capital.
Little Italy makes up our sole all Italian inclusion on the list with a real focus on affordability without compromising on quality. The eatery has a great location across from Exchange Tower near BTS Asoke. It offers a whole host of Italian dishes including a massive range of pastas and pizzas, as well as steaks, lasagne and calzones. The restaurant is open for 24 hours-a-day and 7-days-a-week.
Ramen Tei is one of the city’s most-loved Japanese restaurant chains, specialising in ramen bowls. You’ll find the traditional practice of eating on the floor here along with a whole host of other staples of the nation’s cuisine. This establishment is well-priced and specifically tailored to offer after-drinks meals to the areas revellers. This particular branch on Thaniya is open from 11am to 2am, 7 days-a-week
Shakariki 432 is another popular chain of Japanese restaurants and their Thonglor location has been tailored to suit the area’s nature, as a trendy late night drinking destination for the city’s most-wealthy. It is specifically an Izakaya style restaurant from the Osaka region of Japan, offering things like ramen and sushi rolls as well as finger snacks like Takoyaki and Kushikatsu. Their Thonglor outpost opens from 11am – 7am, 7 days-a-week.
Hobak is located in the heart of Sukumvit 12’s Korea Town and is a hit with locals and tourists alike. It is a family friendly environment with rustic industrial decor, that offers a wide range of hot pots, barbecue and sides, including kimchi pancakes and tteokbokki for very competitive prices. The restaurant is open between 9am to 6am, seven days-a-week.
55 Pochana is a long-standing establishment in the city with an excellent reputation for Thai/Chinese stir fry dishes. It’s located a short walk from BTS Thonglor and it is one of the most cost-effective listings in our article, with dishes from B80 for wonderfully tasty local dishes. The restaurant is open from 6:30pm until 4am on Friday and Saturday and 6:30pm until 3:30am Monday to Thursday.
Go Ang Pratunam
Go Ang Pratunam has been serving the people of Bangkok for over 50-years and they have been featured in the 2020 Michelin Guide. Their dishes are all centered around chicken and rice. The flavoursome rice is cooked in chicken oil to compliment the flavour of the chicken and they also offer a tasty double-boiled soup. The restaurant is open from 5am to 2pm and then 5pm to 2am, 7 days-a-week.
Thipsamai is simple but effective. The restaurant specialises in Pad Thai dishes and is widely regarded as having the best Pad Thai in the world. You can expect round-the-clock queues to get a taste of their coveted recipes. They offer the dish with various different meats and also some vegetarian options. The restaurant is open between 5pm and 1am 7 days-a-week.
Took Lae Dee
Tok Lae Dee is a chain restaurant that offers a range of local Thai cuisines at a very competitive price. The restaurant uses all fresh ingredients and it’s layout means you can sit at the bar and watch the chefs expertly prepare your meal as you wait. Their most popular branch is housed inside the Foodland supermarket on Sukhumvit Soi 16, and they stay open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week.