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Compared to the profusion of eateries elsewhere in Bangkok, it is hard to find a decent place to eat after visiting the Grand Palace. There are some caf├ęs at Na Phra Lan Road but their dishes are tiny and overpriced. Many visitors get a quick bite at the market in front of Tha Chang Pier. Just sit down on one of the small plastic chairs and have simple rice or noodle dishes for 50 baht. The only good restaurant here is Krua Khun Kung but is well-hidden in a small alley beside the ATM machines.

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Outer Rattanakosin does have its fair share of small eateries, catering mainly to workers having their lunch. Some of these have congregated around Tanao Road and Trok Nawa. Khao San Road is just as close to the main sights and you might want to eat there.

Food vendors in Khao San Road by eric molina

Elle Tha Pra Chan
172 Maha Rat Rd (Tha Chang Pier, take a left into Maha Rat Road, after 100 metres turn left). Opening: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is one of the few decent restaurants (and bakery) near the Grand Palace. It doesn't have an English sign but is not hard to find. Menus are in English with pictures, so point to the dish of your choice. It serves typical Thai dishes and some Italian pastas. Many students from Silpakorn University have their lunch here, so expect it to be crowded and noisy around noon.

Fisherman's Seafood
1/12 Maha Rat Rd (Tha Chang Pier or Maharaj Pier). Opening: daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Fisherman's Seafood makes good use of its riverside location. Customers dine on a terrace along the Chao Phraya River and t
he menu is a fusion of Thai and Chinese seafood. Eating here can be described as tranquil, even when the tour buses arrive bringing passengers for lunch. 

Krua Khun Kung
77 Maha Rat Rd (Tha Chang Pier, walk through the small alley next to the ATM machines). Opening: Monday-Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This is the only good restaurant close to the Grand Palace. Because of its odd location, it often gets unnoticed by tourists, which is a shame as it has a great view over the Chao Phraya River. It's best to sit outdoor on the terrace but indoor dining is also available. On the menu are mainly seafood dishes, which are often spicy and some of the best Bangkok has to offer.

Mont Nom Sod
160/2-3 Dinso Rd (Panfa Leelard Pier, across City Hall). Opening: daily from 2:00 p.m. to midnight.
This large bakery specialises in toasted bread with all kinds of toppings including peanut butter, chocolate, yucca root and other sugary stuff. Don't expect any English to be spoken here as it is only frequented by the locals. But ordering is relatively straightforward, just point to the toppings you want to have.

Nang Loeng Market
Nakhon Sawan Rd (Panfa Leelard, between Nakhon Sawan Soi 8 and 10). Opening: Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Far from the tourist's eye is the Nang Loeng Market, which has been around since 1899 until a fire destroyed it 100 years later. It has been rebuilt and a great visit for trying Thai sweets. There is ample supply of sticky rice snacks or "khanom bueang" or have some egg noodles at the surrounding noodle shops.

Thip Samai (Pad Thai Pratuu Phii)
313 Maha Chai Rd (Panfa Leelard Pier, across Wat Thep Thida Ram). Opening: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Street food is the big thing in Rattanakosin and Thip Samai excels exactly at that. It has been in business for more than 50 years and known as one of the best places in Bangkok to get "pad thai" (Thai fried noodles). You can choose between seven different types of pad thai. The best one is the "pad thai song-kreung" with crabmeat, cuttlefish, shrimp roe, prawns and fried egg.

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