Who knows!: Eating while visiting the temples
We ate a very pleasant lunch at the eatery attached to the shops at Sukhothai within the Historical Park - which was located just across from Wat Mahathat - its set up like a "food court", and looks like a number of different restaurants, but it all appears to be run by the same group. Whilst there's a lot of competition for business, the various orders are made between the shops.
Favorite Dish: The fruit shakes were very very refreshing and welcome in the middle of the day.
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No idea of the name!: Nice, open little cafe
This open little corner cafe was across the street from our hotel - the Riverview - and it was clean, well priced and owner had good English and good food! Beers were plentiful and cool, and we found some really good company sitting here in the hot early evenings. Breakfast was also good and well priced - with real coffee and nice omelettes.
We met an interesting expat at this little place, who was there every day, in the same spot, drinking and eating the same - and talking to himself! He was fine if we had a conversation with him, but quickly went back to his own mumblings when there was no talking!!
Favorite Dish: Cold beer!
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Night market: Try the fish!
The food at the night market was excellent, and we enjoyed this most nights we were there. Typical of this style of eatery, food very fresh and cooked in front of you. The spicy fish in chilli was juse to die for! I could eat this every day! Great spring rolls, and cold beer at the ready!
Favorite Dish: Fish in chilli - best food I ate in Thailand!
Dvaravati Puttarakkit: Real Thai hospitality
Not a very easy name for a restaurant, right? ;-)
This restaurant was situated next to the Lotus Village bungalows ( see accomodation tip) in New Sukhotai.
The Thai food is absolutely delicious and the setting very romantic! This is a great place to eat! The service is excellent and extremely friendly!
Poo Restaurant: Friendly service, good food.
We tried this restaurant because we had seen other reviews of it and because it was right next to the songthaew stop where you get off when returning from the Old City. The restaurant is owned by a Belgian man and his Thai wife. The Thai woman who served us (not sure if it was the wife) was very pleasant. The restaurant does lots of Belgian beers as well as Thai beers. We stuck to the excellent draught beer Chang, but if you fancy a change this may be the place for you. The tastiest dish we had was Sukhothai noodles with chicken. We also had a green curry which was good but very mild and a bit sweet. All in all good food, good service, very reasonable price and convenient location. Who could ask for more?
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Cafes near Old Sukhothai: Cafes of Old Sukhothai
There was a whole row of little cafes, restaurants along the main road that lead to the entrance to the old city. We tried two of them for drinks and snacks and found them very pleasant. We were under the impression there was nowhere to eat in Old Sukhothai. This certainly was not the case during the day. Not sure how late they stayed open. Plenty of choice here.
The Ruen Thai Guesthouse: Tasty local Food
We ate in our hotel restaurant twice. The food was tasty and good. I especially liked the pork wonton, but the chicken curry was very good, too. We washed it all down with some excellent bottles of beer Chang.
Night Market: Local, cheap and so so good
The night market and streets around in New Sukothai are filled every night with street stalls and the market with open air restaurants. They serve food to locals and tourists alike. Clean and good quality plus very cheap.
Favorite Dish: Try the Vegterian Jungle curry
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the coffee cup: great food and internet access
There are not many places in Old Sukhothai so addresses are not needed: the Coffee Cup has internet access, simple delicious food and and artsy toilet with plants and fishes (really the cutest toilet i have ever seen). Dinner and a soft drink is roughly 30 baht.
Favorite Dish: sweet and sour - i think pork it was... with plenty of delicious veggies!
Khun Tanode: Good chicken
This is a nice laid back riverside restaurant. Certainly it’s a great place to grab some food and a drink or two, but might not be the most exciting place to spend your whole night.
Menus are in English and the staff speaks some English.
10am to Midnight
Favorite Dish: Don't miss the local speciality, Skuhothai fried drum sticks. At 60bath a plate why not get two?
Central Zone restaurants: Go where the locals go
When you’re in the Old City there’s no point in going back to the New Skuhothai to eat lunch. Near the Central Zone there are many fine restaurants to choose from. Some definitely cater to westerners, in terms of food selection, English menus and English speaking staff. However, the food is mediocre and the prices are really high.
If you want to find good food all you have to do is look for the place that is filled with Thai people. They might not have an English menu but most place have the kitchen right in front of the restaurant so you can just point to what ever you want to eat. Some local places do have English menus even though most foreigners seem to avoid going. The food is usually out of this world and really cheap. Count on spending about $2-$3 for several courses and soda.
Favorite Dish: Can't go wrong with any thing on the menu. Everything is fresh as well.
entrance to old Sulhothai: Very local food
We were waiting for a tuktuk driver to drive us back to new Sukhothai after a pleasant tour of the Sukhothai ruins. I spotted an old woman poundind some herbs and cutting some vegetables in her kiosk. There's no menu and needless to say no English was spoken but the wonderful smell emanating from the womans mortar and pestle was too good to resist. So, with sign language we ordered whatever she was making and tasted one of the most delightful, refreshing and hot(spicy)salads I've ever tasted. This we later found out is called Som Tam (green papaya salad.) When we returned to Sydney, to my disaapointment, although there are literally thousands of thai restaurants in the city, very few had som tam in their manu. I tried making this myself but nothing can beat the first som tam I ever tasted in my life by the unknown old woman by the gates of old Sukhothai. Thank you dear old lady for introducing me to culinary heaven.
Favorite Dish: Som Tam as I really don't know what other things she had in her non written menu . She could ven have had other even more delightful food instore there but had no way of knowing then.
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the coffe cup: superb
The coffee cup was a real delight.
The food was excellant. They also have an internet connection.
The staff were very friendly and a great help with information, we could also buy bus tickets to Bangkok from there.
The coffee was the best I had tried in Thailand. The information they past on about coffee was helpful, I was told always to look for Boncafe signs as many other shop sold cheap copies. I found this true.
Favorite Dish: I tried many dishes and all were equally were good. They have a small European menu. I didn't relise that a sandwich or toastie could be a pleasant change after eating too much Thai food
Coffee Cup: Along main road in Old Sukhothai
This place is located along the main road in Old Sukhothai, just before you go around the corner where the main entrance into the Sukhothai Historical Park is. There's a few other similar places nearby. There's an amazing choice in the menu which has photos of the food. There was a couple sitting near me who had some very good looking burgers.
The Tharaburi Resort Cafe: Delicious Local Fare
My complain about cafes in Sukhothai is that they bend backwards to please the western palate at the detriment of taste.
Having travelled around Thailand quite a bit and with great thai restaurants in KL (notably the seacuisine group) cafes in Sukhothai comes across to me as having sacrificed what they are i.e. thai- in order to sell.
So, I was quite pleased that the cafe at the Tharaburi Resort had stuck to their guns and served authentic thai food. A cafe called out by The Lonely Planet served a watered down Nampla with bird's eye chilli- now why would anyone do that?
I did notice that TomYumGoong did NOT make it to the cafe's menu though.
But their green curry was tasty and so was a number of other dishes such as cashew and chicken stir fry, the cat fish dish (this is a local favourite) and all other stir fry normally found in thai restaurants.
Favorite Dish: Thai Green Curry.
Sometimes, due to the coconut milk, green curry tends to be a little bit too creamy which makes one sick of it after two spoons. This one was not too creamy.
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