- By BK staff
- | May 04, 2012
The Nine Neighborhood Center
999 Rama 9 Rd. 02-620-7485-6 www.thenine.co.th
There’s no supermarket and the wine bar options are particularly uninspired. Grab some Southern Thai food on the 2/F and a hot chocolate at Duc de Praslin.
Crystal Design Center
1420/1 Praditmanutham Rd., 02-101-5999
Divided into two sections, Phase 1 is heavy on home decor and furniture, while Phase 2 is a more varied mix of lifestyle options. Huge and far, CDC remains a cool hangout thanks to Est. 33 and The Aston Gastro Bar.
Sukhumvit Soi 47, 02-260-7447
Japanese dining options abound in this small but well-formed mall, as well as a rather sexy looking branch of Wine Connection and a couple of cute cafes. The great downtown location, cascading water, funky little boutiques and a small supermarket make it pretty hip and happening spot, too.
T.O.U. Development Co., Ltd. Soi Aree Samphan 11 (opposite Mininistry of Finance), 02-278-3258. www.areegarden.com
Located at the end of Soi Aree Samphan, this small, lush hangout spot is home to Mahuna bookstore, HOBS, Polka Dot Cafe and sushi bar Sakana. Also, don’t forget to check out their Saturday Market which offers some craftworks, secondhand accessories and more.
93, 95 Sukhumvit Soi 26. 02-258-9919/-21. www.kvillagebangkok.com
This well-rounded mall packs in standalone fashion boutiques, a cool bar (Five) and a supermarket/fresh market making it a decent community option.
Praditmanutham Rd. 02-101-5959.
Set as part of the luxury housing development project Crystal Park, The Crystal is the first community mall in this area and brings a standard roundup of chain stores: Starbucks, iStudio, Tops Market and even a Falabella.
Nawamin Festival Walk - Nawamin City Avenue
299 Prasertmanukit Rd., Sena Intersection, 02-660-9020. www.facebook.com/NawaminFestivalWalk
Nawamin Festival Walk, located right next to Nawamin City Avenue, reeks of some misplaced middle-American outdoor theme park (there’s even a giant windmill at the entrance). You’ve got your wine bistros, your Japanese sweets and even a French-Vietname eatery, Red Basket.
Thonglor Soi 15 bangkok, 02-660-9000
This veteran community mall is the real deal, with a true neighborhood following, and a selection of shops catering to their hiso tastes, from imported brand bags to cutest dessert shops—and one of the more handsome Greyhound Cafes.
39 Ratchapruek Rd., 02-865-6850. www.thecircle.co.th
The Circle is one of the first lifestyle malls that brought a touch of hip to Thonburi. With its Palio-esque design and more than 200 shops including fashion boutiques and cafes like Greyhound, Peony Tea Room and Pancake Cafe, the buzz is still on.
Ratchaphruek Rd, 084-910-5654. www.thewalk.co.th
Finally, over-crowded The Circle has a potential rival, this one with air-con. The outside looks like CDC or Chic Ministry (on Praditmanoontham Rd.) but the inside is, unfortunately, more like the basement section of Paradise Park or The Paris floor at Terminal 21. Furthermore, most of the restaurants are chains so don’t expect cute indies places. Even the supermarket is a Big-C.
356 Phaholyothin Rd. 02-273-1995. BTS Ari
Their Mac Cafe occasionally carries secondhand Apple gear, there’s a Villa Supermarket, a branch of After You and a few fashion boutiques lurking in the back of the ground floor. Too bad the dining options are so lackluster.
58 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Soi 6, 02-676-9601. www.thecityviva.com
Situated in the heart of the CBD, close to Chong Nonsi, this place is a little sketchy in terms of its focus. Still, a supermarket and some interesting restaurants, notably the surprisingly good Wine Fusion and the informal pub atmosphere of Bloc Beer & Bistro, do pull in the after office crowd.
The Portico Langsuan
31 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit, 02-652-1968. BTS Chitlom.
The Portico is a petite space mostly devoted to cafes and restaurants, although there is a yoga studio in there, too. Don’t miss Masatomi Patisserie, where Japanese influences and French techniques are combined for subtler and lighter variations of pastry classics.
Sukhumvit Soi 61, BTS Ekkamai, 02-3821580-85, 02-3821587-99. www.parklanebangkok.com
Close to the BTS this place is Hi So with a capital H, but is actually more community than most. A large supermarket with pharmacy and bakery means it does provide the basics, but there are also plenty of Japanese restaurants, high fashion boutiques and even a doggy cafe as well. If you have kids, then Play Time on the top floor is a lifesaver and means you can drop them off while enjoying an imported brew at Pint with its pub vibe downstairs.