In the historic area Arun Amarin, across the river from Phra Arthit, the cozy and cool Bryter Layter Cafe is a hipster's wet dream. Named after a classic album from 60s folk singer Nick Drake and owned by the same folks behind the very hip vintage store The Trapeze Swingers on Phra Arthit, the...
Good ol' joint to knock back a few after work. Grab a game of pool and choose from the five beers available on tap including Guinness and Kilenny's. Feeling peckish? Tasty pub grub is also served. 
The latest trendy Isaan joint is Tor Um Tum which is actually sat in the same place and run by the same chef as the old Tum Mour. The new look draws in a younger crowd seeking authentic Northeastern dishes like somtam Thai (B40), laab ped (spicy minced duck salad, B90) and yam nuea yang (spicy...
Headed by Chef Noriyuki Sugie, 8 Owls is trying to present creative and artsy dishes like scallop ceviche (B380), toro tartare (minced caviar with truffle oil and white and fatty tuna, B1,200) and oyster shooter (oyster with quail egg, spicy daikon and ponzu, B200) in a bar-vibe eatery...
The old town revival continues with the opening of Swayday located near the Giant Swing, a chill new spot open daily from 10am-midnight. Already gaining a hot following among bikers and coffee lovers, the two-story restaurant is decorated in a modern loft style and serves Thai-inter dishes from...
The place: Built in 1908, Chakrabongse Villas was formerly a royal residence. Located by the riverside, the boutique hotel features a beautiful colonial house surrounded by a lush garden, as well as a traditional Thai house complete with a terrace. The dishes: The vegetarian set menu (B2,300)...
The story goes that the owner here, Surapan Tanta, an architect, was frustrated that he couldn’t find a good enough cup of coffee to start his morning. This led him to Chiang Mai, where he spent a year seriously studying how to make a cup of Joe and fell in love with the slower brew methods,...
Cakewalk Café is a vintage-style bakery decked out in cute white and purple décor--great spot for hi-so tea parties thanks to the girly surroundings and the sheer range of cakes on offer, which are artfully displayed on glass covered plinths. Try the strawberry shortcake, Charlotte royal, orange...
International restaurant Bed Supperclub in Bangkok
This club has reached legendary status: in the guidebooks it comes right after the Oriental Hotel as one of Bangkok’s “must see” institutions. The space age nightclub is divided into two sides—the restaurant, which serves delicious and creative fusion food, and the club side...
The Intercontinental Hotel's flagship restaurant Bawarchi is set in a contemporary Indian space decorated with Indian art and with Indian music playing the background. Having been open 13 years now, their concept is clear, serving up traditional Mughlai cuisine. The menu offers an extensive...
A place lovers of cats and interior design who also have a sweet tooth, Chico is a charming little café where countless felines roam freely while customers browse the unique range of products from floral print clothing to mobiles and wind chimes. Outside you’ll also find an endearing patio...
The team behind the hip bike cafe Aran Bicicletta has opened a new small homey bar inside Aran itself, Barka.  The lively wooden space is great for drinking and snacking, with a very brief menu that's regularly changed. The dishes tend to put the focus on good quality meat, as in...
Located in Sukhumvit Soi 39, the restaurant serves up traditional Japanese along with international fusion dishes. The two-story shophouse is furnished with wood, Japanese style, with an open kitchen at the center. Try the Canadian lobster roll, OMG roll (rice rolls with tuna and fatty tuna),...
The buzz: Trendy Japanese restaurants may have been done to death in this city, but not so with Vietnamese eateries. But here amid a bright and inviting industrial setting, Kornkamon Jankaew and her partners serve up Vietnamese comfort dishes at very reasonable prices. Set in the old spot occupied...
Ramen fans could barely control their excitement when one of the leading ramen chains in Japan—Osaka’s Ramen Kio—arrived on our shores at Rain Hill community mall a couple of years ago. Even now, the place is busy every day with a mix of Japanese expats and locals in search of...
Chairoj has pedigree—some 70 years under its belt, as you can tell from the pale green walls and vintage wooden furniture. The brief but lip-smacking menu includes the legendary pla krapong tod rad prik (fried seabass with chili and garlic, B80); the fish is fluffy inside yet wonderfully...
As promised, the team behind the oh-so-trendy cafe Casa Lapin have expanded to Ari. The new branch adds a proper food menu, so seat yourself amid the homey, industrial-tinged décor (not too different from the Sukhumvit Soi 49 branch) and enjoy Western comfort dishes like the breakfast burrito (B240...
If your mom is still into Khun Chai soap operas, surprise her with a trip to this café. Located in the Phyathai Palace, this colonial-style venue is said to be an homage to the very first Thai café dating back to the reign of Rama VI. The grand atmosphere is sure to be something she brings up in...
With its red and black checker theme, wine bar (lots of affordable Italian wines) and grill, Beccofino has an almost laid-back quality. But a closer look at the menu indicates the kitchen can go well beyond basics: pan-fried US scallops with bacon, vegetarian couscous and asparagus mousse;...
Baan Khamin claims to serve traditional Southern food that’s not only the domain of heat-seekers. Recommended dishes include pork stir-fried in shrimp paste (B120), Thai-style salad with vegetables (B120) and pineapple curry (B150), all of which you can enjoy in an all-white house beautifully...
Filling the wine and dine niche on party-centric Sukhumvit Soi 11, Cellar 11 serves mainly French and Italian cuisine in a lavish renovated house. Try dishes like pan fried Toulouse foie gras with mixed organic salad and a dressing choice of peach, raspberry or porto sauce before you opt for hearty...
The buzz: Sat in the little soi right across from Moose Ekkamai, Sugar Ray serves up an ideal drinking environment, and one that’s very, very cozy. The bar is a collaboration between syrup makers Socrates, the folks behind the Made by Legacy flea market and What If Café on Sukhumvit Soi 31....
The izakaya-style Teraoka Gyoza boasts of its seven-time gyoza champion from Gyoza Stadium in Tokyo, who serves specialties including dishes like sudachi gyoza (chicken gyoza with black pepper and lime juice dip, B179), mentai cheese gyoza (chicken gyoza topped with cheese and fish roe sauce, B229...
New French restaurant R ‘in’ B Restaurant in Box promises authentic cuisine created by a French chef. The modern, white and green dining room and outdoor terrace are just the place to enjoy a menu that includes traditional eclair, both sweet and savory: the savory Mediterranean is...
Serving up Chinese cuisine on the riverside, Chef Pom is headed by Thai Chef Thanarak Chuto, who has been cooking for more than 30 years in places such as the Shanghai Mansion Hotel in Yaowarat. The classic menu covers dim sum (B70-B250) and dishes like Hokkaido scallop with garlic, Szechuan sauce...
Thai fine dining restaurant The Celadon serves very, very artfully presented Royal Thai-inspired cuisine. The good news is it’s now somewhat more affordable, with the announcement of three new set lunches (B650-B850) including two mains and one appetizer. Signature dishes include pad Thai...
New eatery Calin Café offers up a French-influenced dining experience. The Parisian-style venue serves dishes like razor clam with garlic and chili (B390), eggs benedict with salmon and zucchini (B260), and croque monsieur (B260). There’s also bakery offerings and six choices of coffee using...
With its homely wood furniture, vintage bric a brac and fireplace, this two-story English pub, right under the BTS, will definitely help warm you up on a rainy day. While you’re there, take advantage of the happy hour (daily from 2pm-7pm) and knock back a couple of pints from as cheap as B100.
As if you needed another excuse to visit Phra Arthit, the new Bean & Us has transferred a 30-year-old soy milk recipe into a cozy cafe setting.  The owner, whose parents sold soy milk for three decades, continues to serve up soy milk (B45), as well as adding dishes like roasted chicken...
This place makes the best cream cheese bagels, and crispy bacon sandwiches stuffed with moist chicken and bread (Chicken Club Sandwich). With its all-glass walls looking out to Thonglor and the Frank Sinatra sountrack playing in the background, Au Bon Pain at J-Avenue is a great place to just sit...