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Visiting markets is one of the best ways to find authentic foods on your travels. This is especially true for Bangkok food markets!
While in Thailand’s capital, you will find a market for just about everything from antiques to flowers to clothing. In many of those markets, food is an integral part of the experience.
So what are the best food markets in Bangkok for local produce and delicious food?
These top 7 markets are sure to help you explore authentic Thai food.
Map of Bangkok Food Markets
Here is where to find the best Bangkok markets for food.
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Top Food Markets in Bangkok
1. Khlong Toei – The Biggest Food Market in Bangkok
The largest Bangkok market is Khlong Toei (also spelled Khlong Toey) and is a must visit for every food and market fan.
Located near a sea port and in one of the biggest slum areas, this market is animated and always crowded.
Beyond the immense size, what makes this market so attractive are the low prices.
Chefs, cooks, and locals frequent this market for fresh ingredients and low prices on raw meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits and more.
It is safe to say that many of the local specialties you will eat in Bangkok have their origins at this famous Bangkok market.
This fresh market is huge and you can easily spend a whole morning walking through the aisles.
This market is also very raw…and authentic. This means that there are some corners of the market that are bloody and filled with different cuts of raw meats. One particularly disturbing section is the live turtles for sale as food.
What To Eat At Khlong Toei Market
Fresh products are the main attraction. There are several street food vendors and food stalls where you should sample Thai dumplings, grilled meats, Thai desserts and more.
One of the unique particularities of this market are the “porters.” You will see men walking around with big baskets and dollies ready to carry all the fresh produce, meats and seafood that have been bought in bulk.
Not heavily frequented by tourists, this market is worth the trip for food lovers or visitors looking to get off the regular tourist path.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: Visiting Bangkok food markets can be overwhelming. Consider taking a food tour with a local guide to best navigate your way. See our guide to the 6 Best Bangkok Food Tours You Want to Take
This market never sleeps. Merchants and restaurateurs usually come around 1:00 am to buy supplies for their shops. However, the market stays open all day for people who want to get their daily cooking ingredients.
How To Get There
It is located on Rama IV Road. The closest MRT station is Khlong Toei which is about 10 mins walk from the market.
Take the exit market Khlong Toei market. Then walk east on Rama IV Road for ten minutes until you reach the large intersection of Rama IV and Narong Road. The market will be on your right-hand side.
Alternatively, you can take a bus going east along Rama IV road across the street from the MRT station (numbers 45, 46, 72, 102, or 107).
Go early in the morning since the main action starts at 6:00 am and lasts until noon.
Address: Sunthonkosa Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
2. Wang Lang Market – Best Street Food Market in Bangkok
Across the Chao Phraya River from the Grand Palace, is one of Bangkok’s best street food markets. Taking the riverboat to get there is part of the experience you don’t want to miss.
Wang Lang Market is a sensory overload. Down long and tight alleys, you will find Bangkok street food stalls and restaurants taking up every available open space.
Take in the different smells and whiffs of new flavors. Be tempted by the colorful foods that will grab your attention.
What To Eat At Wang Lang Market
Don’t be afraid to take a sample or buy snacks from the food stalls. Taste the full experience of Wang Lang market.
Competing for your attention will be vendors from the clothing stalls selling the latest Thai fashions, trinkets and accessories.
Keep meandering your way through the alleys as you digest all the delicious Thai street food. When you are ready for a “pick-me-up” drink, treat yourself to a Thai iced coffee or tea.
Wang Lang market is a daytime market, open from about 9:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.
How To Get There
Take the boat that crosses the Chao Phraya river at Tha Chang the pier directly across the Grand Palace. Get off at Wang Lang pier. You will land right in the middle of the market.
Go with an open stomach and adventurous mindset and snack on delicious food as you navigate the market.
Address: Siri Rat, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok
Hours: Every day 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
3. Taling Chan – Experience a Bangkok Floating Market
Like most floating markets in Bangkok, Taling Chan market is located on the periphery of the city while still accessible from downtown Bangkok.
If you haven’t tried the bus system in Bangkok, going to Taling Chan will provide you an opportunity to ride the rustic buses.
If taking the bus isn’t your thing, take an Uber instead and plan for a 30 min ride to the market from downtown Bangkok.
Taling Chan market is a lovely, small market with many food vendors selling fruits, juices, desserts, and meals.
The section of the market that is a floating market is at the end of the main street. There you will find a long patio on the water overlooking a few boats preparing food for breakfast and lunch.
We found the food section away from the water to be more interesting than the floating market part. This is really more like a few boats cooking and selling food on water.
After asking locals and doing research online, it seems that floating markets around Bangkok are more of a tourist attraction and there are in fact no “traditional” floating markets around Bangkok anymore.
What to Eat At Taling Chan Market
We liked Taling Chan floating market because of the variety and quality of the food presented.
The Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, easily accessible, is another Bangkok food market we also recommend.
At the Taling Chan floating market, you’ll find a fair share of locals shopping and eating at the market. Unlike other floating markets around Bangkok, this one is very authentic and caters to local market.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: If you would like to visit a floating market and explore the local way of life along the canals we recommend taking a floating market tour. Visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, one of Thailand’s most colorful markets with numerous boat vendors.
Taling Chan market is a weekend market, open Saturday and Sunday only from about 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
How To Get There
From the Siam BTS Station, take the bus 79 going west that will drop you off on Chak Phra Road, a few meters or steps away from the Taling Chan market entrance on your left. On the way back, wait in front of the 7-Eleven store on Chak Phra road to be picked up by the same bus.
Visit in the late morning and to enjoy a leisurely lunch by the water.
Address: 333 Chak Phra Rd, Khlong Chak Phra, Taling Chan, Bangkok
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
4. Chinatown Market – Lively Night Food Market in Bangkok
No exploration of Bangkok food markets is complete without a trip to Chinatown, referred to among locals as Yaowarat.
Bangkok’s Chinatown has a history older than the city itself and is today a renowned street food destination and the local favorite dining district.
Daytime is the best time to explore Chinatown without all the hustle and bustle. Make your way through the long winding alleys and discover secrets of the Yaowarat market.
What To Eat at Chinatown Market
You will see a lot of Chinese products and vendors selling dry foods, mushrooms, tea leaves and more. Make sure to sample local Chinese tea and check out the surprising products for sale.
The night market in Chinatown is packed with street food vendors. The energy level multiplies and the streets are bustling with locals and visitors having dinner on small street side tables.
Be sure to stick around after 6:00 pm and catch the action as well as some delicious Thai street food.
AUTHENTIC FOOD QUEST TIP: If you want a guided experience through Bangkok Chinatown, we recommend a Bangkok Backstreet Food Tour. Along with a Thai chef and culinary expert, you’ll spend 4 delicious hours navigating the back alleys of Chinatown while savoring Bangkok street food.
Visit the market during the day before 6 pm and experience street food at its best after nightfall.
How To Get There
Take the bus (number 4) to Chinatown or the MRT to the last station Hua Lamphong, and then walk about 10 mins west to Chinatown or hire a tuk-tuk to drop you off in Chinatown.
Avoid visiting the market on Mondays because street vendors are not allowed to operate.
Address: 68 Pho Phanit Alley, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok
Hours: Open daily 5:00 am – 6:00 pm
Address: 148 Maha Chak Rd, Chakkrawat, Samphanthawong & Yaowarat Road, Bangkok
Hours: Open daily 24/7
5. Local Bangkok Market in Sathorn District – A Hidden Gem
Close to where we stayed in Bangkok was a local market that we frequented called “Marine Market.”
This is an example of a typical market you may find in many of the local neighborhoods.
These locals markets in Bangkok are great for getting fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices.
It is good to keep these types of markets in mind because grocery stores often have limited selection of fruits and vegetables at significantly more expensive prices.
The street food vendors at these markets also sell hot foods. With the markets opening in the late afternoon, they are a great place to pick up dinner to go, or even eat at the market.
If you want to eat Bangkok food like a local, eat at the market closest to where you’re staying.
Just like the fruits, the delicious food is also very fresh. For example at the Marine Market, you can buy fresh fish and have it prepared on the grill, while you wait.
Open on Monday, Friday and Saturday from about 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
How To Get There
Located across the supermarket Tops Market On Yen Akat Road in Sathorn, this market isn’t easily accessible by public transportation. The bus (number 22) will drop you off near Thanon Chan & Nang Linchi Road a couple minutes away walking from the market. The closest MRT station is Lumphini and the closest BTS station is Chong Nonsi, both about ½ hour walk away. Best will be to hire a taxi or tuk-tuk from there.
Find the local market in the neighborhood where you are staying and enjoy fresh fruits, produce and street food at very affordable prices.
Address: 9 Nang Linchi Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Monday 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
6. Bang Rak Food Market in Silom Foodie District
Bang Rak neighborhood, also known as Silom District, has many interesting places to eat and is a must visit for any food lover.
Bang Rak market is one stop to make on your food tour in Bangkok. Although Bang Rak market is not a famous food market, it is a very local market in a historical part of Bangkok.
Located near the BTS station, you will find grilled pork and sticky rice vendors waiting for you at the bottom of the BTS stairs.
What To Eat at Bang Rak Market
At this fresh market you will find fruits, vegetables, seafood and meat vendors. There we tried some of the best crab cakes in Bangkok.
It is a nice Bangkok food market to shop for products. Inside you have the wet market with fresh seafood while outside you’ll find food vendors and small restaurants.
It is best to be there in the morning as the stalls close early for lunch.
Open from about 7:00 am to noon daily.
How To Get There
The market is located behind the Shangri-La in Bang Rak. It is within walking distance from the BTS station Saphan Taksin. Take the stairs down exit #3 and turn left heading north into Charoen Krung Road. You will find the entrance of the market on your left after about a 10 minute walk.
Charoen Krung Road is a foodie haven. Take the time to stroll the street, stop by the Chinese inspired medicine shops and sip some local energetic juices.
Address: 1522 Soi Charoen Krung 49, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Hours: Open daily from 7:00 am – 12:00 pm
7. Chatuchak Market – One of the Biggest Weekend Markets
One of the best markets for souvenirs, clothes, crafts and more is the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
It is a huge market that caters to visitors and tourists. It is not one of the best markets for the food, but a gem for unique Thai gifts.
Nevertheless, while exploring Chatuchak Weekend Market, don’t miss out on sampling some of the local delights.
You can easily spend a full day shopping at this market. When you get hungry, let yourself be tempted by good food from the multiple vendors you will see.
What To Eat At Chatuchak Market
Try fresh seafood such as grilled squid or octopus, then finish your snack with fresh fruits.
After all the walking you will do at Chatuchak market, you are bound to get thirsty. Before you leave the market, try any of the delicious juices you will see around.
One thing to keep in mind is to haggle. The prices at the market are ‘tourist prices.’ Don’t be afraid to test your negotiation skills and bargain for better prices.
Saturday & Sunday, opened from 9:00 am -6:00 pm; Friday, opens at 6:00 pm until about 12:00 am.
How To Get There
Take the BTS to Mo Chit station or the MRT to Chatuchak station
Authentic Food Quest Tips
While the market is officially open on Saturday and Sunday, you can shop on Friday evening, avoiding the weekend crowds and daytime heat.
Address: Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Chatuchak, Bangkok
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am, Saturday 12:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Frequently Asked Questions – Bangkok Food Markets
Is Chatuchak Market Still Open 2022?
Chatuchak Market is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Is Chatuchak Market Worth Visiting?
This market is a must-visit for tourists. With more than 15,000 shops and stalls, it is a shopper’s haven as well as a great place to explore Bangkok culture and pick up some souvenirs.
What Is the Biggest Market in Bangkok?
Chatuchak Market is the biggest market in Bangkok covering over 1 kilometer. When it comes to food, Khlong Toei Market is Bangkok’s biggest fresh market.
What Is One Type of Food Market Bangkok Is Known For?
Bangkok floating markets are well known, though the current floating markets around the city are more of a tourist attraction these days. We recommend Talin Chan and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, as some of the more authentic floating markets. You’ll find small wooden boats tied up along the riverbank, cooking on small barbecues and selling excellent Thai street food.
Food markets in Bangkok offer a wonderful scene to get a taste of authentic Thai food.
With the 7 Bangkok food markets highlighted here, you will have a chance to try the diverse Thai cuisine. It will also give you the opportunity to observe the local Thai food culture.
From floating markets to wet markets to night markets, you will get a well-rounded experience of Bangkok food markets.
What is your favorite food market in Bangkok or which one of these 7 markets would you like to visit? Please let us know in the comments below.
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