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The hippest place to eat in Northern Bangkok is the area around Phahonyothin Soi 7, better known as Soi Ari. You can find more restaurants in nearby Rama VI Soi 30, which is also known as Soi Ari Samphan. Just off Ari BTS station, the busy streets are divided into their own sois with Ari Soi 1 featuring a bustling market packed with food stalls and the trendier as well as more expensive joints around Soi 2 and 3. 

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You can also find plenty and varieties of street food vendors around the Soi Ari area. Just off the BTS station and around the corner on Soi Ari are a multitude of street stalls offering fantastic meals without bursting your wallet. The stalls here practically whip up the entire repertoire of Thai favourites including Chinese-style wonton noodles, Isaan specialities such as som tam, larb, gai yaang, pad thai and desserts.

Foods at the Chatuchak Weekend Market by Deror Avi

Banana Family Park/Coffee Garden (budget)
17/1 Ari Soi 1 (BTS Ari). Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
It sounds like a theme park for kids but don't let the name misguide you. It's actually a complex with a food court, gym, yoga classes, language schools, beauty salon and evening seminars on Buddhism. This is one of the best vegetarian-only dining options in Bangkok and is unbelievably cheap. Some dishes are pre-cooked and some cooked while you wait. You can also relax with a hot cup of caffeine at the Coffee Garden. Best to go at lunch time because dinner is just leftovers from lunch. 50 baht.

Deli House (budget)
Phahonyothin Soi 7 (BTS Ari).
You might not expect it in this neighbourhood, a bakery offering freshly baked and delicious European-style pastries. They also offer other European snacks, such as German sausages.

Jud Leeo (budget)
557 P-4 Phahonyothin Soi 19 (around the corner from the British Council and opposite the Rasa Tower). Opens: daily from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Serves exceptional Thai curries and other dishes with a friendly, English speaking staff. Shady trees and a fairly subdued side soi make evening outside dining pleasant. 

Khrob Khreung (budget)
5-7 Ari Samphan Soi 10. Opens: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Famous for its kuay tiow yam bok rice noodles with fresh vegetables. Also serves Thai-style dim sum, muu satay with peanut sauce and a wide range of other side dishes. No English sign or menu but pointing should do the trick.

Som-Tum Bangkok (budget)
9 Soi Ari 3 (BTS Ari, close to Ari Soi 3). Opens: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Tucked down a leafy soi, this place is named after its showpiece som tum (green papaya salad), which goes for 45 baht and up. It features Isaan favourites too for less than 100 baht a dish. You have the option of seating indoors or outdoors.

Basilico (mid-range)
Baan Yosawadi Bldg, 34 Phahonyothin Soi 7 (BTS Ari). Opens: daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Until recently known as Arancini, this is the third branch of this Italian food franchise. The restaurant offers enticing pizzas, risotto, carpaccio and pasta and other non-pasta dishes.

Baan Mae Yui (mid-range)
53/1 Ari Samphan Soi 1 (10-15 minute walk from BTS Ari). Opens: daily froom 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tucked away in a quiet, narrow residential soi, this gem  has become a neighbourhood favourite and may have to wait for a seat on weekends! It features a small menu of home-style Thai favourites  including some old-fashioned dishes that are harder to find these days. Dinner menus and Sunday lunch also features some quite good Western dishes including steaks, pastas and roasts. The bakery products and home-made ice creams are worth bringing home.

Baan Puengchom (mid-range)
38/1 Phahonyothin Soi 7 (in the depth of the small soi opposite Ari Soi 2 and Ari Soi 3). Opens: daily from 12:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m.
The restaurant has a big garden and possible to eat indoor (with air-conditioning) or outdoor. It is often full, so if you don't make a reservation, you probably have to eat outdoors. The surroundings couldn't be better, the food is fine and prices are decent.

Suan Kularb (mid-range)
162 Rama VI Soi 30 (10-15 minute walk from BTS Ari). Opens: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
An Ari neighbourhood institution, hugely popular with neighbourhood locals and downtown dwellers. Features a surprisingly vast menu of Thai and Chinese dishes, priced at approximately 80-150 baht per dish (seafood is remarkably more expensive). Staffs are not always efficient and speak little English, but the menu is translated and has pictures.

T-House (mid-range)
33 Phahonyothin Soi 5 (BTS Ari, 50 metres down the Soi on the left hand side). Opens: Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This is a nice Vietnamese restaurant. It shares an inside courtyard with Dragon Palace, the Chinese mid-range restaurant next-door. There are parking facilities, restaurant is clean and has a good service. Try the Saigon crab soup.

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