Otherwise known as the backend of Sukhumvit Soi 39, Phetchaburi 38/1's winding streets are an enclave of hipster restaurants, spas, galleries—and the worst traffic anywhere, ever.

Coffee & Breakfast 

 
A Stimulant by Sarnies
A Stimulant by Sarnies

The tiny turquoise gem that is Grind Size (163/6 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 091-774-3653) serves a variety of coffee blends—try their photogenic black latte (B120) mixed with charcoal, sesame, coconut and milk. Alternatively, in Kram’s beautiful garden lies an offshoot of one of Singapore’s hippest coffee roasters, A Stimulant by Sarnies (113 Soi Phop Mit, 099-432-6433), where you can observe the roasting process while enjoying a cold brew (B100) or flat white (B100).
 

Food 

 
Shinsen Fish Market
Shinsen Fish Market

For comforting southern Thai fare, head to hipster Kram (113 Soi Phop Mit, 02-258-8170) for fresh and crispy pak lieng pad khai (B160), or get a taste of rustic Provencal France at Love Me Tender a la Plancha (163/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-115-6466). The industrial-chic SNP Headquarter (1/F, Ital Thai, 2034 Petchaburi Rd., 02-723-4442) brings a superfood twist to Thai dishes, like their quinoa congee with fried minced pork and Chinese olives (B180), while carnivores can get their fill of premium cuts at Meat Bar 31 (El Patio, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 095-778-2617). Back to Asia, Uchidaya Ramen (107 Soi Sawatdi, 098-707-5531) offers bowls of chili ramen and Gogi Seki does all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue (147/1, Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-073-4756). Seafood-lovers get a look in too, with Shinsen Fish Market (163/6 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-260-6522) and Sino-Thai seafood specialist Louis Leeman Seafood (161 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-258-2807).
 

Drinks 

 
Coastal
Coastal
 
The garden at Thai restaurant Kram is also home to Coastal (113 Soi Phop Mit, 098-253-9356), a tropical bamboo shack serving exotic cocktails.
 

Transport 

 
These winding, narrow and often one-way back streets have one big Achilles heel: rush-hour traffic. With BTS Phrom Phong and MRT Phetchaburi both a little out of walking distance, win motorsai journeys are an essential part of life here.    
 

Accommodation 

 

Supalai Oriental Sukhumvit 39
 
Supalai Place (175-179 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-258-3500) has two buildings, 23 floors, and 500 units starting from B15,000/month. Alternatively, the low-rise Siamese Gioia (Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-617-1555) has seven floors and 168 units, with starting prices of B22,000/month. If you’re looking to buy, then Supalai Oriental Sukhumvit 39 will be ready to move in by the end of 2020, with four high-rise buildings and 1,046 units—some with a private garden. Buying prices start at B4.5 million.
 

Community 

 

 
Petchaburi 38/1 is primarily home to a mix of Thai and Japanese residents. The neighborhood also hosts mega-popular movie studio GDH, as well as media production company Nadao Bangkok and Subhashok The Arts Centre, AKA the S.A.C. (160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-0299), making it a hub for creative types. UFM Fuji (79 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-1250-5) serves the Japanese community with quality produce.
 

Visit 

 
Let's Relax
 
There are tons of activities on offer, from honing your baseball skills at Bangkok Batting Center (108/1 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-262-0699), to indulging in a spa treatment at Let’s Relax (Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-6935) or the Lanna-style (64, Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-262-2122). Firm those abs at Fit Happens Studio (321 Soi Sawatdi, 094-462-5961) and keep them that way with healthy cooking classes at Fit Bakery (299-321 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 095-808-1937).  
 

Where do locals go around here?

 
Nathacha Nilwan, Marketing Manager of Love Me Tender A La Plancha
“There are so many cool places to hang around our neighborhood, especially bars and restaurants. Just walk around and you’ll easily find interesting spots. My personal favorites are healthy restaurants such as Broccoli Revolution and Brekkie [found at the top of Sukhumvit Soi 39].”
 
 
Itthi Voranate, Chef-Owner at Meat Bar 31
“The pork-blood soup food stall named Euro 23 is very popular among locals and taxi drivers, as it’s cheap, quick and, of course, delicious. You can ask for extra pork bone-marrow in the soup which literally melts in your mouth.”
 
 
Bancha Wongchotiwat, Communications Manager at S.A.C.
“Our neighborhood is full of life. You’ll find numbers of condominiums and foreigners living here, especially the Japanese. It is very convenient as you can reach both BTS and MRT stations. EmQuartier is nearby, too.”