Bangkok is shopping and food


In addition to having the world’s longest city name (in the local language), Bangkok has many other well known nicknames: City of Lights, City of Angels or just Krung Thep. For many, me included as well, Bangkok is also all about endless shopping and so much delicious food! With some local knowledge you can have a full dinner for a couple of dollars, or chose the perfect 5-star meal setting you back a significant amount of your hard-earned cash. 


For the most part, with the exception of some dishes, I will eat it all. Wether a meal costs 60 THB or 3000 THB, they are almost always guaranteed delicious and will neverthless fill any stomach. On the street, I love everything Mama (Thai noodles) and quite recently, I have started falling in love with a spicy noodle soup called ก๋วยเตี๋ยวน้ำ (kuay dtiaao naam). This delicious Thai noodle soup comes in various versions, and can be really spicy if you fail to let the cook know your preferences for a less spicy version. They are always made to order in street side stalls as well as small local restaurants everywhere in the country. 


At the very top end of the scale, my favourite bar- and restaurant is probably Red Sky on the roof of Centara Grand Hotel. They do have a 2 for 1 happy hour (drinks), while a 3 course meal normally runs at about 4.500-5.000 THB per head. My absolutely favourite meal there would be the Cream of Cep Mushroom soup (about 560 THB) as an apetizer and the Lobster Thermidor  (about 2000 THB) as main course, though their 36-hours slow-roasted US Kobe beef (about 1800 THB) is also out of this world. They quite often run promotions as well. For dining, you must make a reservation, but for just drinks, you are free to arrive as long as you adhere to a certain dress-code. In all honesty, and quite understandable, you will always have to pay for remarkable service and for the increadible city view. 

http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/redsky/

Pratunam (literally meaning “ Watergate”) offers truly great shopping both streetside (front- and backstreets) and in many shopping malls, particularly if you are looking for handicrafts, clothes (fashion) as well as any kind of electronics in a special mall (Panthip Plaza).

Noodle-soup mania (prices are in Thai Baht).

Fried Mama-noodles (Pad Mama) from the food court at Platinum Fashion Mall (booth P11). 

A Bangkok MK Restaurant table after the battle trying to eat it all! 

FUJI Restaurant used to be a favourite during all the years when I lived in Bangkok, but they are not on the top of my list anymore. 

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Black Canyon cocktail sausages as appetiser.

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Tom Yam Kung Fusili at Black Canyon Coffee shop - a very spicy soup, even if you ask it not to be. 

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Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. 

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Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. 

View of Pathumwan - Ratchadamri from Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. At the intersection in the center of the picture, you will find the world famous Erawan shrine, while at the lover part of the image, find Central World shopping center (former Central World). 

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View towards the east from Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. 

View towards the east from Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. 

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View towards the north from Red Sky at the roof of Centara Grand. The double tower in the left corner of the image, is a condominium tower and a hotel tower called Grand Diamond, it used to be my home for many years. 

Crepe Framboise (or something lik that) at Crepes & Co, Central World.

Crepe Strawberry (or something lik that) at Crepes & Co, Central World.

Crepes & Co, Central World.

I choose Thai street coffee over the overpriced coffee from Starbucks

My favourite stall at MBK food court. 

Pad Mama, MBK food court.

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Shrimps fried at the table, Manhattan Fish Market, Central World.

Shrimps fried at the table, Manhattan Fish Market, Central World, with the very tasty LEMONGRASS COOLER drink!  

500-700 THB per cocktail at The Groove, Central World.

500-700 THB per cocktail at The Groove, Central World.





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