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Siam Square

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The hip district of Siam Square is one of the best places in Bangkok to go hunting for Thai food. Shopping malls here generally have a wide choice of chain restaurants where you can eat for mid-range prices. If you're on a budget, every mall has at least has one food court. Soi Ton Son (a sidestreet of Phloen Chit Road) is known as Bangkok's Little Italy with plenty of nice Italian restaurants - the best are both very good and reasonably priced at least by Western standards.

 
 
 
 
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If you want cheap food and air-conditioning, head into the food court of any mall or department store.  Food courts come in many varieties, from basic snack places to eclectic cuisine. Some of the better ones in Siam Square include:

FoodLoft
7F, Central Chidlom, 1027 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Open: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This is one of the most upmarket food courts in Bangkok and could even be described as a culinary experience on its own. Eight cooking islands represent quality restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, Malay and Vietnamese. Dinner on Fridays and Saturdays have live music. It is fairly expensive with most dishes close to 100 baht.

Central Food Hall
1F, Central Chidlom, 1027 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Open: daily from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hidden behind the TOPS Supermarket in the same building as FoodLoft. Offers Thai fare as well as English menus at much cheaper prices than FoodLoft. 

Big C Food Court
5F, Big C, 97/11 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Open: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 23:00 p.m. 
New, bright, airy and very cheap with mostly Thai dishes as low as 20 baht. Payment with a stored-value card.

MBK Food Court
5-6F, MBK Center, 444 Phaya Thai Rd (BTS National Stadium). Open: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Comprises of a couple of "cuisine islands" featuring an assortment of food from several countries  including Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican and Thai. There are also Western, Asian, "halal" and vegetarian dishes.

Siam Paragon Food Court
1F, Siam Paragon, 991/1 Rama I Rd (BTS Siam). Open: daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The food court covers a large part of Siam Paragon's ground floor. It is divided into three sections, a general food court (pay by coupon), upmarket food court (pay by electronic card) and a take away counter. The enormous food court has plenty of counters selling different kinds of food including Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and international.

Food court at Siam Paragon by phtgrphy

There are no shortages of mid-priced restaurants in Bangkok's Siam Square including independent establishments and food chains. Cuisines include Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western to name a few.  Expect to pay 200-400 baht per person at a mid-priced restaurant compared to 50-150 baht at a food court.
 
Greyhound Café
4F, Central Chidlom, 1027 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
On the menu is fusion, with food ranging from authentic Thai to Italian pasta to Elvis burgers. Mains are usually around 300 baht, although the lunch sets are cheaper.

Kabuki
1F, Siam Paragon, 99/1 Rama I Rd (BTS Siam). Opening: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 daily.
Japanese restaurant chain, inspired by Japanese Kabuki theatre themes. It is more upmarket than its sister Uta-Andon but still affordable compared with luxury Japanese restaurants. 

Uta-Andon
6F, Isetan, 4/1-4/2 Ratchadamri Rd (BTS Chit Lom), ☎ +66 2 255-9800, [38]. Opening: daily: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Same ownership as Kabuki, this Japanese restaurant chain has a branch in Isetan. Ambience and decoration are plain and straightforward.

La Monita Taqueria
Mahatun Plaza, 888/26 Phloen Chit Rd (BTS Phloen Chit). Opening: Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
One of the best Mexican restaurants in Bangkok and the salsas are delicious as are the chips. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as the place is very small and the tables are often booked. 

No. 43 Italian Bistro
43 Soi Lang Suan (BTS Chit Lom). Opening: daily from  6:00 a.m. to midnight.
Lovely Italian bistro serving a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. The foods are pleasantly affordable considering its elegant ambiance. The restaurant also offers great Thai food on request. 

Som Tam Nua
392/14 Siam Square Soi 5 (BTS Siam). Opening: daily from 11:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.
Trendy yet friendly Thai restaurant specialising foods from Thailand's northeastern region of Isaan, which is very spicy. 

Sunrise Tacos
1F, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Rd (BTS Siam). Opening: daily round the clock.
Mexican grill restaurant with traditional favourites including nachos, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, fajitas and salads. The meals are fresh and there is 24 hour delivery available.
 
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