On Nut Market
Sukhumvit Road, between Sois 79 and 81
NileGuide Expert tip:
The grilled salted fish is outstanding. This is a popular end-of-the-work-day sort of place.
Located right off the On Nut BTS SkyTrain station, the On Nut open-air market is a decent spot to get a little shopping in (mostly women's clothing and accessories), but more importantly, a superb place to eat in the evenings. The collective menu of all the food vendors at On Nut is impressive. Grilled salted fish, the usual assortment of noodles, wok food (including pad thai), deep-fried items, grilled meats and seafood, curries, tom yung goong, a Turkish-style doner stand, juice stands, spring rolls, som tam, kao man gai and more. One can grab a table and pull together an elaborate meal from multiple sources. There are also two beer gardens serving bottles and several drafts with the accompanying beer towers: one beer garden is clearly visible right beneath the SkyTrain platform and often features some live acoustic Thai music. Right next to it is a milk garden you might say: a pink VW van serving milk drinks. A collection of tables is located between both and customers from the surrounding food stalls dine here. Farther back from Sukhumvit Road toward the back corner of this large market is another collection of tables and chairs and yet another beer garden. This one also serves mixed drinks from its bar. You can often see football matches on a large-screen TV or listen to a bit of pop music. The start and stop times are vague and depend on each vendor. Some arrive as early as 4 or 5 but by 6 it is definitely in full swing. Then it depends when they run out of food or customers. Figure by 9 things start to wind down though the beer gardens may go longer.
The On Nut market is also located near a major bus stop and across the road from Tesco Lotus and its accompanying collection of fast food joints (KFC, MK, Chester's, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Dunkin' Donuts as well as the stinkiest indoor food court in Bangkok). During the day when the On Nut food market is not open, a few street carts and a tiny open-air court operate on the Tesco Lotus side.