Walking around here feels probably a lot like Ari did back in the day.

This story is part of BK's series on Bangkok's under-the-radar neighborhoods.

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Phahon Yothin Soi 18/1, Chatuchak/Mo Chit


Just behind BTS Mo Chit parking lot is a long, leafy strip of road traditionally known as Soi Ruam Siri Mit, but which most locals call “Soi Channel 7,” in reference to the broadcasting studio which dominates one side of the road. Aside from one main condo (U-Delight Chatuchak), this hidden soi has a very Thai-Thai vibe, lined by mostly old flats, shop-houses and food stalls. Walking around here feels probably a lot like Ari did back in the day.


Cafes

Seven 

 

Quench your thirst with a smoothie at the health-conscious Seven (Phahon Yothin Soi 18/1 Yaek 2, 081-901-8622)—try the pink Asian Remedy (B95), a combination of dragon fruit and coconut water. Their menu also boasts energy-boosting dishes like cheesy toast (B100) topped with sunflower sprouts. Towards the end of the soi, you’ll find the petite Three Little Birds Coffee (Phahon Yothin Soi 18/1 Yaek 26), serving the usual selection of coffee in a friendly setting similar to a friend’s living room. 


Restaurants & Bars

First Floor Dining Room

 

New to the soi is First Floor Dining Room (1032/67 Phahon Yothin Soi 18/1, 081-206-7007), which we’re sure will soon be a popular staple in the neighborhood. Most striking about this place is its rustic appeal, from the throwback kopitam round tables and chairs to the bare concrete walls and wooden ceilings. As the name suggests, the first floor is a restaurant which mainly serves Thai home-cooked dishes like pork omelets, pad kaprao and chicken tom yum soup (B70-75). The second floor is the Mezzanine, a coffee shop by day and cocktail bar by night, serving old fashioneds (B280) and negronis (B180).

 

What Else?

Good Space 

 

A few minutes’ walk down the soi, next to Seven cafe, is Good Space (Phahon Yothin Soi 18/1 Yaek 2, 095-804-4610), a co-working space that shuns the tech startup aesthetic in favor of a more makeshift indie vibe, all bathed in natural light and looking out onto plenty of greenery. On top of the usual meeting rooms and hot desks (a day pass starts at B250 including a drink), there’s a vinyl record corner and a gallery space. One of the favorite local pastimes is attending the muay Thai fights that take place at Channel 7 Boxing Stadium every Sunday. For the best seats, head there from midday ahead of the 2:15 start time. Entry is free.