Yearning for a spot of British upper class nostalgia? With their all-white tearoom, leafy garden, graceful glass gazebo, homemade scones, apple crumble and a wide selection of teas, Agalico fits the part. No Jude Law look-alikes though, we’re afraid. It’s full of charming furniture and decorative items, making it almost impossible to resist that impulse to buy something.
Yearning for a spot of British upper class nostalgia? With its all-white tearoom, beautiful leafy garden, and graceful glass gazebo it’s no surprise that it’s such a popular venue among ladies who lunch. Add in their delicious homemade scones (complete with cream), apple crumble and a wide selection of teas, and Agalico makes a perfect spot to while away an afternoon. Just be aware it’s only open at weekends and, as a result, gets full fast.
With its all-white tearoom, charming leafy courtyard garden, graceful glass gazebo, homemade scones, apple crumble and wide selection of teas, Agalico offers up a quintessentially English country tea room vibe in the heart of Bangkok. Do note it’s only open on weekends, though.
Owner of Roast at Seenspace, Varatt Vichit-Vadakan has opened a new venue, Roots, that’s all about coffee, right down from the rich dark wood décor. Take a seat at the bar to pair an espresso with a croissant or try the new cold drip. The owner told us they’re gearing up to host a variety of coffee-related classes, too. Note that they’re only opened on weekends (Sat-Sun, 12-6pm) until June.
Buzz: After graduating from college, owner Par joined with her friend Sho to open up this cork and leather accessories shop down in JJ Market.
Vibe: The shop sticks to a plain wooden theme without too much decoration: wooden walls, floors, warm orange lights and bags displayed on wooden shelves.
Checkmate Bar & Bistro, just like its home Asiatique, looks to evoke bygone times with its bare brick exterior and industrial touches, which lend it an ever-so-slight loft-feel. Needless to say, the décor is largely chess-related, exemplified by the black-and-white checkered wallpaper. The main room is moodily lit with a sizable bar displaying a solid array of liquor to one side, a few sofas to the other and low dining tables facing a stage down the middle. There are also outdoor seats if you’re hankering for a little breeze off the river.
Discovering the ancient architecture of the peaceful town of Phrae.
The buzz: This new spot on Sathorn Road has all the makings of an ideal hang-out spot. For one, it’s owned by Kulsiri Chaiyanoppakul and Pompot Kanpetch, the same team behind another quirky eatery in town, All Six to Twelve (in Langsuan), known for its cool lofty vibe. Here, they offer large dining areas both indoors and outdoors with a sports bar upstairs. As at its sister eatery, the food comes from Chef Wanchai Chatchotianan.
Buzz: Australian store Typo, known for its fashionable stationery and gifts, has made its way to Bangkok.
Vibe: The theme here is pretty much the same as in Australia; brown tiles and wooden shelves that stock the products. There’s obviously more than just notebooks and pens on offer, too, with new products displayed in front, from staplers to coffee mugs and lanterns.
Located on the 37th floor of the Pullman Hotel G, Scarlett is an elegant—and delicious—wine bistro surrounded by glass on all sides, offering sweeping views of lower Silom and the river. Despite its good looks, the vibe remains fairly casual, thanks to the big central bar and chalkboard menus. Navigating the vast space between tables are numerous, highly-attentive waiters and an observant manager.
Buzz: The Mall Group just brought together around 30 international designer labels under the temporary roofs of two pop-up stores. Dubbed Contemp Salon (located at both The Emporium and Siam Paragon), this soon-to-be-proper-shop at Siam Paragon is one for working females.
Vibe: Although it’s three-times the size of a usual pop-up store, there isn’t much in the way of décor, just white paravents and clothing separated by brands, each with their own brief bio.
Night shoppers who love digging around for cheap retro buys will be thrilled to learn that Rod Fai Market has just opened up a new branch on Srinakarin. Although smaller than the original (and not yet the finished article), all units are rented out both indoors (open Tue-Sun 3pm-12am) and outdoors (open Wed-Thu 6pm-12am) selling everything from head-to-toe apparel to decorative arts. We recommend going on a Thursday night when you’ll get the most out of the place. Srinakarin Soi 51, behind Seacon Square, 081-827-5885.