5 Best places to eat & drink in Nakhon Pathom
Enjoy homemade cakes in dense, luscious bamboo trees or immerse yourself in the local culture – plus learn a new set of skills in Nakhon Pathom (learn traditional weaving or how to make your own soaps!).
1. Did you know Nakhon Pathom had cute cafes too? – Tree & Tide Riverside Cafe
Well this is convenient (as well as extremely cool!). Located along the riverside of Tha Chin River, Tree & Tide is right next to the floating market – so it makes for the perfect after-shopping pitstop.
(And even if you’re not visiting the market, this cafe is worth a visit on its own.)
Walk into a garden filled with colourful hanging umbrellas from treetops, and a soft pastel bean bags, mats and low wooden tables placed perfectly across the lawn.
It’s got a very relaxed and pretty atmosphere, so close to the water and among the trees which makes it ideal for unwinding as well as enjoying some tasty food!
They offer a yummy mix of Thai fusion; seafood spaghetti with chilli and Thai Basil. A focaccia/pizza topped with cheese, which looks divine, and waffles with thai spices and sides!
Tree & Tide Riverside Cafe
Address: 59 หมู่ 5 เทศบาลซอย 1, ลำพญา, บางเลน, Nakhon Pathom 73130, Thailand
Contact: +66 83 636 9424
Opening hours: Fri-Sun from 9am to 5pm (Closed Mon-Thu)
2. Call in, soldier, this an Avenger’s operation base – Hangar Cafe’
Decommissioned planes, humvees and helicopters are used as decorations at this one-of-a-kind cafe, which is what makes it just so enticing and unique!
Don’t be surprised to see the Hulk and Iron Man waiting to greet you in the grounds. There is also a waterfall replica of Erawan Falls which makes for really beautiful photos (without having to trek to any actual fall!)
While the pool’s not for swimming, you can feed the fishes in there. But if your friends are anything like mine – you should bring along a change of clothes, you know, just in case.
The food’s great for the price. Cakes come with a fruit of your choice – and their Spinach Cheese is so sinful for such a healthy dish and absolutely amazing!
Address: Nong Pak Long, Mueang Nakhon Pathom District, Nakhon Pathom 73000, Thailand
Contact: +66 80 776 9728
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
3. A little green world, filled with English charm and delicious treats – Little Tree Garden Cafe
Wowwww, I’m loving the lush green-ness of this cafe that’s completely settled among the trees. With an old-English garden charm, picture yourself in the summer of 1950, you know, with the glass greenhouse and hanging ferns.
This is a gorgeous spot to spend the afternoon just enjoying some good food and escaping the busy city. They recently added a bamboo area, nestled between a forest of delicious bamboo trees, and all the furniture is made from Bamboo too. It feels like a jungle in there.
Whilst visiting this fairy land, you have to try their homemade cakes (and the slices are huge, thank you). The carrot walnut cake (120 Baht) looks moist and just so enticing. Or try their buttermilk served with various fresh fruits from the garden, strawberry ice cream, homemade yogurt and maple syrup (350 baht). Is this a treat or WHAT?!
Little Tree Garden Cafe
Address: 43 หมู่ที่ 5 Tambon Ban Mai, Amphoe Sam Phran, Chang Wat Nakhon Pathom 73110, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 824 4119
Opening hours: Daily from 9am to 6pm
4. The perfect place to pick up souvenirs, and try local delicacies! – Wat Lampaya Floating Market (Nakhon Pathom Floating Market)
If you feel like doing a bit of shopping, head on down to this town’s local floating market. Wat Lampaya Floating Market, also known as Nakhon Pathom Floating Market offers the traditional experience of shopping from floating stalls selling Thai food and local delicacies along the Tha Chin River.
But on land, you’ll find even more stalls selling local products, toys, fruits and vegetables, and even a local handicraft museum. There are various boat trips on Tha Chin River available and you can feed the fish too.
If you feel like doing a bit of sightseeing, we recommend going on a relaxing boat trip! Vendors usually start picking up groups from 3pm onwards, and there are a few options to choose from: an ancient rowing boat, towed boat or passenger boat.
Depending on which option you choose your sightseeing may vary, and the longest tour is the passenger boat (leaving from Wat Lampaya to Wat Bang Phra, the trip takes two and a half hours).
Wat Lampaya Floating Market
Address: วัดลำพญา Tambon Lam Phaya, Amphoe Bang Len, Chang Wat Nakhon Pathom 73130, Thailand
Contact: 66 34 391 626, 66 34 391 985, 66 34 392 022
Opening hours: Sat-Sunday from 6am to 3pm (Some boat tours operate till 7pm)
5. An eruption of deliciousness (and jumbo prawns!) – Kung Ob Phu Kow Fai
I love a little bit of theatre as part of my dining experience, so this comes as a lovely surprise. They’re famous for it and every table tries it, a delightful and wonderful eruption of seafood heaven…
Picture an ash black volcano, lit up and fired up to look like a volcano erupting, and as it burns (and flame grills), a bed of delicious, juicy and sweet river prawns awaits your tummy. TIME TO DEVOUR!
The prawns are really big and make for a cool show, plus photo or two and taste, because they come from a river, and not the ocean. They’re really sweet and succulent and not as strong on the super salty sea taste.
Don’t expect anything fancy at all in terms of the set-up, it’s a typical simple Thai-style roadside restaurant with chairs, tables, condiments, posters in Thai and tons and tons of food! But that’s it, their focus is on the food.
They of course offer a load of other Thai dishes such as stir fried crab meat with chili and basil, crispy catfish with red curry and salty preserved egg. YUM!
Kung Ob Phu Kow Fai
Address: 885, Petchkasem Road, Tambon Sanam Chan, Amphoe Mueang Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Pathom, 73000, Thailand
Contact: +66 34 255 041
Opening hours: Mon-Thu from 10am to 9pm, Fri-Sun from 10am to 10pm