An old shophouse in Yaowarat has been renovated into a tapas bar, El Chiringuito. Just properly opened at the start of February, the new venue boasts a charming retro ambience courtesy of reclaimed wooden furniture, classic sewing tables, old posters and an adorable chalkboard menu. Owned by...
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The local coffee scene now welcomes a Korean touch. New cafe My Coffee is led by Salisa Jaengsin and her partner, Yoon, who worked as a barista for more than six years back home in Korea. Coffee starts from B50, with drip coffee coming in at B100 made with beans from Antigua Guatemala. The food...
Quince | Bangkok
Quince has stayed true to the concepts it first pioneered in Bangkok when it opened two years ago, albeit under a different chef: casual European food that’s light, fresh and bright (meaning local and seasonal) served in portions that encourage sharing and eschew the formality of a...
Riding into downtown, Fins Fins Cafe has all the hallmarks of a cute wooden Japanese-style cafe. But as one of the owners is also a Japanese surfer, the place is littered with surfing gear, including Stream Trail waterproof bags for sale. The comfort food covers tom yam (B150), omu rice (B130-...
Bangkok has long been gripped by a love of Italian cuisine, whether that’s the opulent fare served up in stuffy high-end eateries or the bastardized fusion pasta offered up in the countless cutesy cafes. But there are still only a very few spots that really capture the essence of true...
With its gray walls and naked hanging light bulbs, Happiness Premium Sweets & Bar ticks all the right industrial boxes for a new cafe in Bangkok. The kitchen, though, is run by a Japanese chef, who adds a few touches from home to the food. Try the green tea and red bean pancake (B240) which...
Indian restaurant Maya sits on a striking cantilevered structure on the 29/F of the Holiday Inn Sukhumvit 22. Owned by the Fico food and beverage empire, the venue serves delicious North Indian cooking by Chef Ramneek Singh Lamba, but also comprises a lounge complete with a DJ, elaborate bar snacks...
The hip cafe craze has reached the edge of the city. Ask Me Why has the requisite industrial vibe, thanks to plenty of bare brick, wooden furniture and black steel. Coffee starts at B50 for a hot espresso with beans courtesy of top Bangkok roasters Ceresia and Brave Roaster. If you come hungry...
Having emerged from Chayapong “Oat” Naviroj’s love of the Lindy Hop, the fun swing jazz dance originated way back in 20s Harlem, New York City, this dance studio gathers fun-loving souls to move, dance and bounce together, and is jam-packed on special event nights. It’s not...
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The buzz: Situated right next to Toot Yung Gallery and owned by a Japanese expat, Vivant Table attempts to draw in the crowds with a rustic ambience generated by bricks, couches, a wine cellar, terrace and European knick knacks. As with most wine pubs around town, the Italian food here has been...
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Nestled inside a sub soi off Sukhumvit Soi 71 (Behind MaxValu), just a few minutes' walk from BTS Phra Khanong, the new gallery is set in a renovated old shophouse boasting a clean and very cool Japanese feel. GOJA's two plain white walls are lined with art pieces, while the minimally...
One of our favorite Japanese-style cozy cafes, Library (Rama 9 and behind Emporium), has opened their third branch right next to Villa Market on Sukhumvit Road. This tiny spot, Little Library offers coffee to go. Opening onto the buzzing street, the adorable place fits well into the Japan-...
The buzz: The emergence of a new indoor somtam restaurant is always cause for celebration. This year, we’ve had openings like Kai Yang Sua Yai and Tor Um Tum, both of which aim to transport street flavors into more convenient and comfy spaces. Situated on the happening Sukhumvit Soi 33, Z...
It’s not so often that a Mexican restaurant opens in Bangkok, so it was a bit surprising when Piñata popped up around the turn of the year, run by the same team behind a Japanese restaurant, the much-hyped High Hat Sushi Bar. The place shouts “Hola!” just as you would expect with...
For those who love a gimmick to go with their cup of joe, there’s new cafe Mr. Bean. The key to finding the place is spotting a big cut-out of Mr. Bean acting cool next to his Mini outside. Once you enter, you’ll be surrounded with British icons like a red telephone booth and bus and,...
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...
Eat Drink Love | Bangkok
Located just off Srinakarin Road, near Paradise Park, Eat Drink Love is a charming space with an affordable drinks list, and that’s about it. It’s hidden in a service apartment complex, where the generous use of marble and black booths give the place a luxurious yet still relaxed vibe....
In a soi dedicated to Middle Eastern restaurants, this restaurant serves up Thai options during the day and a brief list of African dishes at night. This spot is perhaps best suited for those newly interested in pan-African cooking and who need a friendly auntie to guide them. The food is adapted...
The buzz: Located in the new compound The Jam Factory, which also houses a gallery space and Candide Bookstore, this Thai restaurant in a quiet residential area on the Thonburi side of the river has garnered enthusiastic support since it opened in December. The place is run by starchitect...
The casual and cute Tuu Gub Kao could well be the ideal neighborhood Thai restaurant. It serves up classic Thai dishes with no MSG like guay tiew nuea sub (fried noodles with minced Ko Khun beef, B150) and moo kluk foon (Northeastern-style deep-fried pork, B100) just made to go with cold...
The buzz: Le Beaulieu is most famous for the fine French cooking of its chef, Herve Frerard, who placed second in Top Tables 2013. Last year, his restaurant opened a charming outdoor terrace called LB Terrasse. Since then, it’s been converted into a conservatory and rebranded as a Veuve...
Ekkamai is starting to heat up again thanks to some interesting new bars. The first of a slew of openings is restaurant and bar Hugo which is trying to draw in the crowds with inventive takes on Western comfort dishes like duck confit (B400), creamy pasta with tiger prawn (B425) and burgers (B375...
You’ll often spot people making the great migration across the Chao Phraya for this Chinese restaurant. The original branch sat across the street, before the next generation of owners expanded to a bigger three-story building—more modern but still sporting a classic vibe. Expect round...
Run by the people behind the cutesy cafe Buttercup, Tiny Cup Cafe has made itself at home in Thonglor with its vintage vibe adorned with knickknacks and wooden furniture covered with patterned cushions. The food spans recommended fare like the full English breakfast (B380), featuring Joe Sloane...
Buzz: Set over 6000-square-meters, opposite Paradise Park, this new lifestyle sports center looks like a community mall from the outside, but Bestmintorn Square serves up sports venues instead of chain restaurants. Launched by Julalak Ponpipom, one of the girl’s behind men’s fashion...
The Buzz: With a casino-theme, it’s perhaps not surprising that this new addition to Thonglor’s nightlife scene opted for a hush-hush spot, tucked away in H1, as its home. The gambling focus comes from the amiable owner Nutthapol “Nick” Pavapaiboon, who has worked at...
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The buzz: Owned by expat couple Liu Xi and Richard Emden, Rock is a breath of fresh air on the culinary front, serving up different Asian flavors created with ingredients and techniques inspired from different countries such as China, Burma and India. The menu was designed by Chef Nhoi...
The buzz: They’ve kept us waiting long enough, but Siam Center has now welcomed one of America’s largest retailers of lingerie, beauty products and accessories to its first floor. A little sadly, though, the store is not putting the focus on lingerie; instead only offering accessories...
The popular shopping center Plearwan, from Huahin, has landed in Bangkok under the name Plearnwan Panich. The vintage and industrial hints courtesy of galvanized steel and reclaimed wood don’t detract from a pretty polished feel overall. The food is old-school Thai snacks and breakfast bites...