This story was first published on April 4, 2018, and updated on October 22, 2021.
Whether it’s the roar of tuk tuks, the abundance of street food, or the warm nature of its inhabitants, there’s just something invigorating about Bangkok, Thailand’s largest metropolis and the most visited city in the world, for good reason. The city is electric—it buzzes from dawn until long after dusk and the denizens are unstoppable, full of life and dynamic spirit. Under the tropical sun, Bangkok may look like nothing but a chaotic mess of bumper-to-bumper traffic, tangled power wires, and cracked pavements. Yet amid all the clutter, one will find a multitude of smiling faces, genuine hospitality, delectable smells, and an enthralling blend of tradition and modernity. Above all its quirks and charm lies its incredible food, and if there’s one reason for people to return to the city time and time again, it’s that an outstanding meal is never far away.
1. On Lok Yun
This story was first published on April 12, 2018, and updated on October 22, 2021.
As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and trust that yours will be off to a great start at this local Thai-Chinese breakfast cafeteria, where comfort food is served alongside old-school charm. It’s as though time has stopped at this 80-year-old establishment that has powered through three generations—the shelves have rusted, the floor tiles are cracked, the ceiling fans creak, and the table tops have discoloured. But somehow, it all adds to the appeal. People travel from near and far to feed both their appetites and their cameras—in recent years, On Lok Yun has populated many Instagram feeds with top-down spreads of pillowy white bread and greasy plates of Western-style sausage, ham and eggs. A crowd favorite menu item is the sweet and fragrant egg custard (kaya) paired perfectly with soft, fluffy white bread. To further satisfy your early morning sweet tooth, be sure to order either the bread with sugar and butter or the French toast...or both. Breakfast is served all day from 5:30 am until 4:00 pm.
72 Charoen Krung Road, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100; +66 2 223 9621
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