6 Best Restaurants Near the Giant Swing Neighborhood in Bangkok

Located in the heart of old Bangkok, the Giant Swing can be found just outside the entrance to Wat Suthat, one of the oldest and most historic temples in Thailand. The Giant Swing towers at over 21 meters and is a recognizable landmark in the neighborhood.

While you’re visiting the Giant Swing and wandering around the Dinso Road neighborhood, we can only assume you will want to drop into some of the local shops for a light snack. See our recommendations for the 6 best restaurants near the Giant Swing neighborhood in Bangkok, and make a point to drop in for a meal of tasty, authentic Thai cuisine.

Methavalai Sorndaeng

Open for over 60 years, Methavalai Sorndaeng is a unique restaurant with views of Democracy Monument. The eclectic atmosphere features classic decor and a constant soundtrack of live 80s Thai music, and there’s even a private room for small parties in the back of the restaurant.

Methavalai Sorndaeng must try dishes include crispy rice noodles in sweet and sour sauce, spicy lemongrass salad, and crab meat and acacia red curry. As the restaurant has one Michelin Star, bookings are essential. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner service.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 900 m (12 mins)

Krua Apsorn

Krua Apsorn is a two-decade old, family-run shophouse restaurant extremely popular with everyone who has ever eaten here, including the Thai Royal Family. Chef Chanchawee’s famous dishes include a succulent stir-fried crab with yellow chili and a fluffy crab omelet. The dishes are so revered that they often sell out before the restaurant closes!

Krua Apsorn received a Bib Gourmand recognition from the Michelin Guide highlighting good quality, good value food. Reservations are highly recommended. The restaurant is open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner service.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 900 m (12 mins)

Mont Nom Sod

Mont Nom Sod is a must when in Bangkok. The highly popular restaurant serves toasted bread with different toppings and milk and is known as Bangkok’s most famous Thai dessert restaurant.

Mont Nom Sod was founded in 1964 by Chef Mont, who had 45 years experience working in a bakery. The restaurant is always busy, but service is quick and the Thai dessert is extremely tasty. We recommend the steamed bread which comes with coconut dipping sauce.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 1.0 km (13 mins)

Nai Uan Yentafo

Nai Uan is a noodle restaurant famous for its yen ta fo, a noodle dish consisting of pink soup broth colored with a pink fermented soybean paste. The yen ta fo at Nai Uan features wide rice noodles, thin slices of pork belly, fragments of morning glory and a fried wonton wrapper. The dish is one of the most popular noodle dishes in Thailand, and Nai Uan’s has a sensational taste. The restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am-21:00pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9:00am-16:00pm.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 1.1 km (15 mins)

Thipsamai Pad Thai

Thipsamai Pad Thai is a legendary noodle restaurant in Bangkok. Famous for its fresh, piping hot plates of Pad Thai, the restaurant kindles its fires at 5pm daily when street chefs start churning out giant woks full of Pad Thai.

The restaurant has dine-in, but it is also popular for takeaway with many locals ordering in bulk! You’ll want to try the Pad Thai Haw Kai Goong Sot which is stuffed with meaty prawns and perfectly cooked noodles nestled into an egg wrapper and garnished with cilantro and slices of pepper. Thipsamai Pad Thai is open daily from 17:00pm-03:00am.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 1.5 km (19 mins)

Jay Fai

Jay Fai’s claim to fame is being Bangkok’s first street food stall to be awarded a Michelin star. Since the recognition in 2018, the popularity of Jay Fai and her restaurant have continued to grow.

Must-try dishes at Jay Fai include her famous crab omelette, the drunken noodles which are stir-fried with huge whole prawns, the tom yum soup and the crab yellow curry. Bookings are essential at Jay Fai, and the restaurant is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00am-20:30pm. Jay Fai is not to be missed while staying in Bangkok.

When staying with us at The Ember Hotel, if you would like to visit the Giant Swing neighborhood, we recommend that you take a local taxi from outside of the hotel. Driving distance to Dinso Road is around ten minutes, and taxi fare should be approximately 50 baht.

Distance from The Ember Hotel: 1.5 km (19 mins)

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