This music store stocks both CDs and vinyl, with plenty of collectible box sets from the likes of The Smiths and The Beatles. 

Designer Ashley Sutton's Thai restaurant is Blade Runner meets Indiana Jones.

Possibly the last traditional Thai coffee shop in Bangkok.

Tea for real tea drinkers in Chinatown.

The original Bangkok branch of the world's most well-known coffee chain is not the hot spot it once was, but thanks to a recent renovation, it still offers a neat and quiet spot for a cup of coffee. 

This Muay Thai academy may look fancy, but the training is deadly serious, carried out by lead Muay Thai coaches from Rajadamnern Stadium. 

This yoga gym in Eight Thonglor is a much sleeker operation than most of the ad hoc studios around town, with an elegant brown-tone waiting room and equally well designed training room. Course are offered for a variety of different yoga styles with sessions adapted to suit different ages and abilities, including kids. They also offer Bollywood dance training.

The most luxurious of Bangkok's OTOP stores specializes in home decor and fashion items produced by Thai craftspeople. 

Run by a Thai-Japanese couple, this welcoming, vintage-style café serves vegetarian and vegan delights.

More comforting Italian classics in the heart of Asoke.

A solid yakiniku (Japanese-style barbecue), which stands out for its kitschy décor.

Fresh sushi and sashimi, chunky cuts of wagyu and innovative cocktails.

Central Embassy

Bangkok’s newest luxury mall dedicates eight floors to retail shops from some of the world’s most exciting fashion brands.

Do Not Disturb's yakiniku grilling room, with rooftop balcony for outdoor dinking.

This Japanese barbecue restaurant offers great value and style at reasonable prices.

French macaron masters Ladurée finally lands its flagship store in Siam Paragon. 

This new Lad Phrao hangout serves local Arabica coffee and dishes made according to strict Islamic dietary requirements.

The famed Tokyo sushi chain with Michelin-star cred.