To help you decide where to spend your next night out we present to you walking guides to five of our favourite urban villages in Bangkok
Sathorn Soi 10 and Soi 12
MANY reckon that Sathorn Soi 10 and Soi 12 have the potential to become one of Bangkok’s ritziest dining districts. Forming three side of a square, with wide, tree-lined roads, this area is rapidly filling up with bars and restaurants, especially with the imminent opening of the 77-storey Mahanakhon Tower, Thailand’s tallest building, a short walk away.
Right now, these connecting sois are home to several trendy outlets, an interesting variety of Thai restaurants serving seafood, regional cuisine and home-cooked dishes, a couple of excellent Japanese restaurants, a giant Chinese eatery, and others serving French, Italian, Cuban and New Zealand specialties. In addition, there is a choice of all-day diners, a cocktail lounge and bar, and even live music and DJs playing regularly at some venues.
More upmarket restaurants are planned for this increasingly popular neck of the woods.
Some venues offer valet parking but in general parking is a problem. At least visitors are only a short distance from Chong Nongsi BTS station via a narrow pathway.
1. Le Café des Stagiares
2. Kai New Zealand
3. Lady Brett Tavern
5. d’ici Noodle Bar
8. Sushi Kogiku by Kikusui
10. Supanniga Eating Room
13. Silom Harbour
14. Feel So Good
15. Revolucion Cocktail
16. Clandestine Cantina
19. (Not Just) Another Cup
Soi Suan Phlu and Soi Convent
RUNNING along Sathorn Road on opposites sides of the klong are sois Suan
Phlu and Convent. Sathorn Soi 3, more commonly known as Soi Suan Phlu,
is an eclectic little village that has been capturing expats’ attention with its
warm community feel and array of food and drink venues. Whether you’re
in the mood for coffee and cakes, good wine and boozy drinks, good ol’
Western food, Italian, French, Thai, or even British-style Chinese food, Suan
Phlu has it all and all within walking distance.
Soi Convent is much smaller than Soi Suan Phlu but has just as much to
offer, with its Irish pub, French restaurants, cafés, bistros, an Indian curry
house, and not to mention plenty of Thai food stalls lining the pavement.
Lumpini MRT station is just a short walk away from Soi Suan Phlu and
Sala Daeng BTS station provides direct access to Soi Convent, making both
of these urban villages extremely accessible.
1. Molly Malones
3. Himali Cha Cha & Son
4. Vesper Cocktail Bar & Restaurant
5. Eat Me
6. Heritage Café Bistro
7. Bistro Convent
8. Naga Café
11. Wine Up Wine Bar & Bistro
13. Junker and Bar
14. Café Neighbor
15. Noodle Nid Noi
16. Uncle John
17. I’M Petra
18. TJ’s Curry Kitchen
19. Breizh Crepes
20. Nando Kitchen
21. Golden Bowl Western Style Chinese
Sukhumvit Soi 8 and 11
SEPARATED by busy Sukhumvit Road, sois 8 and
10 constitute one of the most popular and busiest
entertainment areas in Bangkok for expats and tourists.
The emphasis is on value for money, with lots of
inexpensive outdoor bars, pubs and restaurants, music
venues, lounges and a couple of fancy diners.
Soi 11 was recently cleared of its pavement vendors and
streetside eateries by the local authorities since this is,
after all, a major link road, and although a few are creeping
back, a semblance of urban normality has been restored.
Changes will continue early 2017 when an entire block
containing several renowned restaurants and bars is
demolished. Several condos are under construction and
another building is being renovated, easing the way for El
Gaucho to have a second stab at this busy street (the first
El Gaucho is now an Indian outlet).
Soi 8 is a dead-end street so there’s no irritating
through traffic. It’s made for walking.
Parking is problematic but both sois are easily
accessible from Nana BTS station.
Soi Ari and Phaholyothin Road
KNOWN to be the quieter side of Bangkok, this tree-lined stretch of
streets has much to offer. Usually off the typical Bangkok itinerary, this
neighbourhood – located just north of Victory Monument – is populated
by various hip and stylish cafés, restaurants and bars.
Equally mixed between upscale residential areas and hipster hangout
spots, this neighbourhood is home to many great dining spots. Whether
you are hungry for fresh seafood, juicy burgers, or wood-fire oven
baked pizzas; Thai fusion dishes or homemade traditional Thai menus;
Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Korean; or just looking for a place for
a buzzing night out with friends, this neighbourhood has it all.
Parking can be a problem at some venues since they only offer street
parking while some venues will have valet parking available. However,
all visitors can easily access these restaurants and cafés via Ari BTS
Skytrain station and everything is just a short walk away.
1. Pla Dib
2. Kimchi Hour
4. Jim’s Burgers and Beers
5. Khua Kling Pak Sod
6. Paper Butter Burger
7. Steve’s Café & Cuisine In Town
8. Wholly Cow
9. O’ Glee
10. Summer Street
11. Casa Lapin
12. Panary Café
14. Aree Bar
17. House 46 Café & Restaurant
18. 103 + factory
19. Porcupine Café
20. Chubby Cheeks
21. Marlin Café
22. Casa Azul
Thonglor and Ekkamai
IT’S no secret that Thonglor has long been considered
Bangkok’s hippest and most happening street. With
quirky cafés, designer bars, fashionable clubs, and
restaurants offering cuisine from every corner of the
globe, it’s no wonder why Thais, expats and tourists alike
flock to this street to get in on some of the action.
Linking up with Thonglor through several side sois,
is the equally popular Ekkamai. Although somewhat
smaller and quieter, Ekkamai is slowly up-and-coming
with many cafés and restaurants opening up in this
Parking can be somewhat of a problem in these
extremely busy sois. Fortunately, many community
malls and F&B complexes offer valet services and paidparking.
Both sois are also easily accessible by the BTS
Skytrain with stations at the southern end of the sois.
Restaurants and bars are in such abundance that
we've selected our top 50 bars, restaurants and F&B
complexes in Thonglor and Ekkamai.
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