If you're in Bangkok for a short amount of time and want to do a self-guided tour of some of the best local food, then follow this guide to the highlights of Bangkok:
Each restaurant or stall links through to the full review with its location, opening hours, photos and details about the food. This list is part of a bigger food guide to Bangkok.
Drunken noodles @ Jay Fai
Possibly the most money you'll spend on "street food" but it'll also be one of the best, especially if you love seafood. Unfortunately (for you, not her) she was the first street food in Thailand to receive a Michelin star and apparently it's now incredibly hard to eat there due to being booked up way in advance.
Crab curry @ Krua Apsorn
Huge amounts of big succulent pieces of crab.
Pad Thai @ Thip Samai
Probably the most well-known pad Thai in the whole country. It opens at 5pm and has a permanent queue until the early hours of the morning. It's not my favourite version but it's still great and I love watching all the staff work frantically together like a production line.
Tom Yum Goong @ Mit Ko Yuan or Banglamphu
Tom Yum is a national icon and you are spoilt for choice of where to try it. The standard is very high, so it's hard to pick the very best but Mit Ko Yuan's version comes with some of the most succulent shrimps I've ever had. Banglamphu is a great example of a busy market stall, but be prepared for the heat!
Boat Noodles @ Boat Noodle Alley
There are actually multiple boat noodle restaurants in the alley but I've only ever been to Best of the Boat Noodle at the end of the alley. It's a great experience and unique to Bangkok.
Coconut ice cream @ Natthaphon
Wonderful coconut ice cream at a little shop next to a small park frequented by local students. A perfect way to have a break from the heat.