My first brush with the Mad Hatter in London was when I ran into a group of theatre artists setting up the tea party scene right outside the Camden station. I didn’t expect to stumble upon them so easily – in fact, I’d already booked high tea at the Sandersons’ Hotel which does an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme. Nevertheless, the Camden troupe was a happy bonus, and I got one photo with the entire tea party crew including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Mouse and the rest.
My reasoning for heading to the Sandersons’ tea was two-fold. One, I’d get to try out the fancy British tea with delicacies like scones that Enid Blyton had described so compellingly in her books. And two, I love Alice in Wonderland so the theme was just an added bonus. Sandersons has done a great job with the decor and the ambience – everything in the tea room was Alice themed, including brilliantly named teas that came in a pot titled ‘Drink Me’. There was also quite a spread to eat – the savories came in tiny tasting portions, and you could get repeats. The cakes, scones, macarons and all the sweet goodies were displayed on a giant cake stand at your table. We spent a few hours eating our way through it all and were quite stuffed at the end of it. This ones a highly recommended experience for any Lewis Carrol fans!
You already know that every market in Bangkok is going to yield something new and interesting to eat, so why bother making a list? Well, just in case you’re pressed for time this will help you prioritize so you don’t miss out on the best food
5. Chatuchak Market
While Chatuchak Market is a shoppers’ paradise, it also boasts of some amazing food stalls. After all, if you have over a km and 15000+ stalls to go through, you may as well fortify yourself with some food and drink! Vivek highly recommends the squid eggs at the food section.
4. Taling Chan Floating Market
What could be better than eating freshly caught seafood off the deck of a boat? This one’s both a meal, and an experience that’s once in a lifetime. Here’s why we recommend Taling Chan floating market as the stop for all foodies.
3. Khao San Road Night Market
Khao San is the party hub of Bangkok and where all the action is at dusk. Go for the restaurants, cafes and pubs, stay for the insect carts. If you’re truly daring you’ll find an endless variety here!
2. Soi Rambuttri
Soi Rambuttri is not as famous as Khao San Road, but should be. It’s a little alley off Khao San Road which boasts of the best street food in all of Bangkok. If you can spot this particular cart, you’ve located the best plate of Pad Thai you’re likely to find.
1. Khlong Tooei Wet Market
This is the market that supplies almost all of Bangkok with its fresh food. Go early in the morning and you can see the fresh seafood, meats and veggies being unloaded. It’s REALLY fresh – all of the fish, crabs, and even the chickens are still alive when they’re brought into the market. The fruits and veggies are also really fresh and flavorful – you’ll know where to find this section by the strong smell of durian that emanates from within!