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...
Office workers no longer have an excuse for not going to the gym as Twist Sports Conditioning Center has opened up in the heart of Silom. Founder Peter Twist claims to have created new exercise styles and training regimes for his clients, young and old, specializing in improving strength, power,...
The latest bar to arrive at Mode Sathorn might be just the place to see the whole picture of Lower Silom, thanks to its panoramic rooftop view that includes three bends in the Chao Phraya River and three bridges. The venue itself occupies a square-shaped balcony, so to take in the whole 360-degree...
Buzz: Tucked away down Sukhumvit Soi 51, this brand new restaurant has generated a lot of buzz among Japanese food lovers for its fresh and high-quality ingredients. It’s not just hot air this time, either. Using mostly imported ingredients, the restaurant has its seafood and beef flown in...
The newly opened Unicorn Cafe previously sold cutesy haberdashery like scarves and tote bags on Facebook. Now, the brick-and-mortar shop also does cakes (B120) and cupcakes (B75) in pastel rainbow colors. As you’d expect, the small cafe is decorated in pink and filled with stuffed unicorns...
Buzz: Hot on the heels of French multi-label cosmetics giant Sephora is the freshly established Too Cool For School, a brand from Korea that’s keen on fun-loving characters (as you can tell by the name) and functional packaging. The three-year-old chain has already expanded to Hong Kong,...
The buzz: Le Du is powered by two young Thai chefs, Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn and Worathon “Tae” Udomchalotorn, with degrees from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and some experience in Michelin-starred restaurants, like the renowned Red Medicine in California, where...
Buzz: Korean fashion brand Hazzys opened their first two stores in Bangkok to welcome in the New Year. The brand is known for its casual wear inspired by posh British universities and time on the golf course.   Décor: For that retro emporium vibe, all the items are displayed on wooden tables,...
Sweet Pista, which has moved to Green Connect in Soi Sawasdee, makes for a perfect hideaway from the frenzy of the city. Though the place is smaller than the previous address (only about 20 seats), it still draws plenty of hungry diners even on ordinary weeknights. They come for the homey ambience-...
Lovers of all things Korean take note; global Korean restaurant chain School Food has now reached Bangkok. Featuring a cute cafe style defined by vivid chairs, hanging lamps and decorative wine crates, the place serves up Korean dishes that go heavy on the cheese, such as the addictive topokki (...
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...
Bangkok’s sushi scene seems to have benefited from a wave of Thai chefs who after working in Japanese restaurants in Chicago have returned home to open eateries like Isao, Gallery Sushi Bar, Maki Maki and In the Mood for Love. High Hat Sushi’s chefs, Kittisak Soontaros and Frank...
New to an area better known for its nightlife, the cafe Counting Sheep Corner wakes up at 8am to fix your morning coffee (from B75), best served with a freshly-baked pear muffin (B95). The chalkboard menu also lists a few savory dishes, which change regularly, such as chicken leak pie (B220), fish...
With Bangkok having gone completely cat crazy, you'd think it’s about time someone opened a dog-themed café. Well, that dream's now come true thanks to the folks behind Neverland Siberians breeders. True Love Café, sat deep into Phahon Yothin Road, is a farm-turned-café that...
Culture Cycliste stocks over 45 cycle brands, like Commencal, Dunlop and Infinite. Since opening the first store in Lumpini, they’ve branched out to two other locations, including a spacious venue at Image Mall, Phuthamonton. We're keen on the Commencal Uptown CrMo bicycle (B18,900) for...
Being partial to fondue, and to the meticulous Swiss restaurateurs in this town, we expected Café Swiss to be an efficient and comforting, if not exactly gourmet, dining experience. It isn’t either of those things. It does have that vague polish—the maroon tablecloths, the bread baskets...
Here’s an unmissable new dining and nightlife opening for worn-out shoppers and cashed-up scenesters alike. Run by the Central Group and occupying 20,000 square meters right beside Centralworld, Groove is looking to gather together some of the city’s best-known restaurants, gastro bars...
The buzz: Opened last month, Anantara Bangkok Sathorn’s 40th floor has a 360-degree cityscape view, complete with a DJ and dance floor.  The décor: Resembling Vertigo Grill and Moonbar, Zoom’s spacious wooden patios and dim lights bring intimacy to what is otherwise a very big...
After the success of the first branch of the curiously named Thai riverside restaurant Steve Cafe & Cuisine, now comes a second branch in Ari Tucked away on the second floor above Japanese restaurant Hiso Sushi, the décor remains casual and tourist-friendly with a big painting of the Ananta...
With its vibrant 50s-style décor and soundtrack, new Thonglor arrival Teriyaki Bar Kelly’s offers something rather different from other recent Japanese restaurant imports. The chain, which originated in Nagoya, serves up well-priced Japanese comfort food suited for drinking. Signature...
The concept: This new gallery nestled in a quiet sub soi in Sukhumvit Soi 67 is the brainchild of controversial social activist-cum-artists Vasan Sitthiket and Wannaphon “Sai” Chimbangchong, alongside curator Bee Jiratti Kuttanam. As its name asserts, Rebel Art Space is not just...
The big malls may be packed full of sushi restaurants, but chances are that if you’re serious about your raw fish, you’ll end up wandering the sois of Sukhumvit. One restaurant that sits somewhere in-between is Maki Maki, squeezed into the third floor of the very small community mall No...
New arrival Ink & Lion Cafe does both espresso machine and slow drip coffee amid an industrial vibe adorned with old bikes, bare bricks and wooden furniture. The barista, Adithep Pinijpinyo, sources his beans from local roasters such as Brave Roasters, Pacamara and Ceresia. Munch on the...
Just like in Singapore, Ku De Ta’s Signature Restaurant cooks up modern Asian fine-dining, with sweeping views to boot. The kitchen is led by Chef Jonathan Maza, who’s had stints with Nobu in many countries, and delivers a brief menu packed with creative dishes that show off the team...
Located in the busy Sukhumvit Soi 39, you might well have wandered passed Sasaya before, dismissing it as yet another slightly dubious Japanese club. Truth is you’d be missing out on a chance to enjoy some decent, authentic Japanese cooking. Entering the place, you’ll find a very homey...
The buzz: Sat within walking distance of BTS Asoke, this new Italian eatery works with the tried-and-trusted concept of fresh homemade food using top local and imported ingredients. La Cantina is the project of Chef Roberto Rota, previously involved in well-known restaurants Gianni and Signor Sassi...
Sukhumvit 11 is clearly changing fast: beer vans sprawl along the traffic-choked street while gleaming hotels continue to pop up on any spare patch of land. But there are still remnants of the soi’s quieter past and La Piola is clearly one of them. Just one glance at the rather bleak-terrace...