Hidden away, almost at the end of Soi Ekkamai, Haus has taken over the beautiful building that formerly housed the nowdefunct Parata Diamond. The original dark mood and tone remain, while the kitchen serves up Thai comfort dishes such as radna patongko (noodles in gravy topped with deep-...
The setting: Dominated by the central cooking station, including the large charcoal grill, the look blends sleek sophstication with modern asian touches. There are also two private rooms if you want to enjoy a more discrete dining experience.The food: There’s a lengthy list of grillable meats...
Having undergone a change of focus to steaks, Fifty-Five can boast a great view of downtown and first dibs on Maezawa beef. The fatty, marbled Japanese beef is a growing competitor to the legendary Kobe and Matsuzaka. As with Kobe, it’s melt-in-your-mouth yummy and nearly as fat as a slice of...
Run by Ethiopian natives, from the owner to the cooks, this restaurant does exactly what the name says—classic Ethiopian dishes. Dining here, you’ll feel like you’re no longer in Thailand with the eclectic crowds conversing in multiple crowds and languages. Try the popular doro...
Tucked away behind a parking lot at the very end of Ratchada Soi 8, this gay bar has toilets that are nothing short of legendary: three rooms, curtains, dim to pitch-black lighting. Let’s just say the action is not necessarily taking place on the dance floor. Arrive here before 9:30pm (except...
Dimly lit pub with live music and commercial hip hop and dance tunes (no real DJs). Occasional guest singers pop in from time to time. 
Despite the new, more contemporary branch on Thong Lor, this original location retains its colonial charm and appeal, with loads of wicker and a tropical, overgrown garden outside. Great service adds to the positive vibe. When it comes to the food, in addition to the array of sweet and savory...
Chu
Chu gets its name from its churros (B90/plate, add chocolate or dulce de leche for another B20). But we’ve really fallen in love with their chocolate drinks. The darkest one, made with 58% cacao French baking chocolate (as opposed to cacao powder) is wonderfully complex, bitter and creamy (...
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 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)...
Gallery Drip Coffee | Bangkok
The two photographers behind this joint, Piyachart Trithaworn and Natthiti Ampriwan, take their coffee very seriously. As the name suggests, it’s all about the drip brew method here. The standout cup (B75) uses beans sourced from Lee Ayu Chuepa, of the Akha hill tribe community in Chiang Rai...
Set in the dog-friendly Ozono mall, Harmonica may seem an unlikely hub for Bangkok’s DIY music scene, but from one glance at the amazing record collection that lines the wall, you know they take what they do very seriously. Owner Put (who also performs as a solo guitarist under the name...
New café Feast is proving a draw for the young and chic. Connected to the Kem Issara Studio, the café sits amid a beautiful garden where you can sip an espresso (B65) or affogato (B130) along with some pancakes with ice cream (B145). Lunchtime offers specials of the day such as khao gaeng kiew wan...
With branches in Khaosan Road and Pattaya, this franchised pub is something of a Bangkok institution. Expect the usual pub offerings: house pours, imported beers on tab, pub grub and a whole lot of live sport actions.
A small, narrow place equipped with LCD screens for you to watch the games of your choice. Very similar to Chequers. Take your pick: Irish or British? 
The UK’s largest coffee shop chain Costa Coffee is now serving its handcrafted, Rainforest Alliance-certified brews right here in Paragon. Not only do they boast about their trademark Mocha Italia blend, but they’re also pretty proud of their eco-friendly cups made using only certified...
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. 
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...
Hari's Bar
Holiday Inn Silom Bangkok, 981 Silom Rd., 02-238-4300.Hari’s Bar’s Euro promotion includes watching your favorite matches on wide screen plus Heineken draft at B80/glass. Not so much a beer person? Order a cocktail in one of their football ceramic cups and add that to your mug...
12/1 Sukhumvit Soi 4 (Nana Tai), 02-255-0644. Open daily 9-1am.Old timer this one! Decked out in the Irish colors of greens and dark browns this is probably the tidiest joint in the entire strip. Once you make it past the huge front door, you’ll be face to face with a wide and clean dining...
Opened just last year, this fairly basic space is grungier than other diners in town, but it puts some serious gusto into its classic American dishes and also hosts lots of interesting events such as comedy nights, gigs and movie screenings. Join the largely expat crowd and order the deep-fried...
This charming Thai café is all about local beans, serving only 100% Arabica sourced from Chiang Rai, which they roast themselves right here in the café. The coffee menu is short as they brew only from an espresso machine, but you can still enjoy a classic cup of coffee (B80). There’s also a...
Flow/Nest Bar
At Le Fenix, you have a choice of two bars, Nest and Flow—a revamped lobby bar that offers a selection of tapas and an extensive wine list with lots of New World wines or, for those of you who are daring enough to perform a how-good-is-my-hair-gel experiment, Nest Bar—a suave rooftop...
Chinese restaurant Crystal Jade in Bangkok
This classy Chinese bistro from Singapore is a bit more upscale than its sister branch at Erawan but features a selection of familiar Cantonese specialties, like la mian and xiao long bao. More venues at www.crystaljade.com.
Besides the minimalist décor—all raw cement and wooden accents—we’re even more impressed that Pla Dib is now all the rage for coffee. Adopting all the third wave principles, they even do fresh roasting here, too. The selection is quite similar to other specialty cafés. Their drip...
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...
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...