In the past, options were thin on the ground if you were craving for something hearty and greasy to help you into bed and hopefully evade a pounding hangover in the morning—the only places open after midnight in Bangkok were noodle and rice soup shops. You can still have khao tom at Pochana 55 or Saengchai Pochana, both long-running institutions that have saved many a drunken clubgoer. Nowadays, though, you can hit everything from Chinese food to burgers, pancakes to pizza, even after hours. Below are some of our favorites:
Raan Jay Fai
Michelin-star food is within your reach as long as you get there before 2 in the morning; Jay Fai’s shophouse eatery slings out crab omelets bursting at the seams with meat and drunken noodles topped with fat, juicy prawns that will safely deliver you into dreamland. Visiting the place after midnight also means that you avoid the crowds and the long wait for a table—most people can be stuck waiting in line for up to three hours during peak times, but the queue thins considerably as the night gets deeper.
Located on the ground floor of the Pullman Hotel G on Silom, 25 Degrees is a 24-hour honest-to-goodness American diner, serving up burgers, fries, and all manner of heavy, greasy treats to line your stomach with. They also have an extensive breakfast menu if the sun has come up on your late-night adventures, so you can gorge on pancakes, bacon, and scrambled eggs instead before tumbling off to bed. It’ll be a step up from fast food, and you’ll thank yourself in the morning for going—or whenever it is you happen to wake up.
New Yorkers often seek out pizza to cap off a night of heavy partying, and now you can, too: Soho Pizza is from the mind of a self-proclaimed international pizza consultant named Anthony Falco, a man who once worked the pizza peel at Roberta’s, a legendary Brooklyn pizzeria. Prices may be on the steep side but the portions are man-sized—American, if you will—go for the classic pepperoni slice or try their eggplant parmigiana, a limited edition offering.
Train Night Market Ratchada
Staying in a Ratchada area hotel? You’re in luck, Train Night Market Ratchada is the new cool night market in the city. It’s where you go if you want cheap but filling eats; here, you’ll find rows and rows of hawker stalls selling everything from marinated crab to meat skewers grilled over charcoal, shrimp by the bucket, and massive hunks of barbecue pork ribs. Stuff your face or get even more soused, as there’s no shortage of bars that offer cold beer to wash down all that hard liquor you’ve already consumed.
Took Lae Dee
With a name that translates to “Cheap and Good”, what’s not to like at this chain restaurant? This is the most famous late-night restaurant in Bangkok, a haven for the tired, the downtrodden, and the hungover. You can order a quintessentially western breakfast meal consisting of bacon and eggs the way you like them, toast and jam, or fried rice with pork or chicken. Want tom yum kung to settle the stomach instead? They’ve got that. Indian-style chicken curry? Took Lae Dee has got you covered there, too. “All-encompassing” is one way to describe the diverse menu selection, which means that whatever it is you might be craving, you’ll probably find it here. The restaurants are connected to Foodland Supermarkets, so you can pick up a few essentials on the way back to your hotel after your meal, too.
Too Fast to Sleep
This 24-hour café and co-working space mainly attracts young people from nearby Chula University looking for high-speed Wi-Fi and a quiet place to study. Notice the chic, minimalist interiors through your drunken haze before heading to the counter to order up a bracing cup of joe. Too Fast to Sleep also offers tea and soft drinks, as well as a selection of cakes and pastries. Those seeking something more substantial will be glad to know that the in-house kitchen offers Thai and international favorites such as fried rice, curries, pastas and salads. Try the pork curry, charge your phone in one of the many available sockets, and then head home.
It’s easy to find something that will satisfy your late night cravings while in Bangkok. Even if you’re inebriated, sleep-deprived, or both, you won’t have to exert a lot of effort just to fill an empty or alcohol-filled stomach during a holiday.
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