Don’t let people on the other side of town tell you their Ari is the best. Sukhumvit Soi 26 manages that rare balance of residential and fun to hang out in.
Coffee & Breakfast
Much-loved coffee joint Casa Lapin x26 (51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-000-5546) sits in the loft-like industrial co-working space Oneday | Pause and Forward. The former online bakery Baker Gonna Bake (61 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 092-651-6463) has turned full-time cafe on this street, serving the likes of Ocean Latte (B130)—a cup of coffee made with butterfly pea, jasmine rice milk and coconut syrup. Alternatively, try the double-shot, cocoa-based Monkey Brain Latte (B90) and homemade carrot cake (B90) at Hello Strangers Cafe (61/45 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 090-994-8760). Sip your Bitter Chocolate (B95) surrounded by vintage-style bicycles (all for sale) at the Japanese-vibe Sora City (61/52 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-001-6600).
Try real-deal Hong Kong cuisine like roast goose (B450) prepared by native chefs at Golden Bowl (2/F, K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-3888) along with An An Lao (112 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-261-8188)—inside tip: they also do a great version of the southern Thai dish gai betong (B200). For more refined southern fare, Sorn Fine Southern Cuisine (56 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 099-081-1119) does five-course tasting menus (B2,700) that are lighting up the local foodie blogger circuit. A host of Japanese taverns hide down one side street, chief among them Jidori Cuisine Ken (10/12 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-3457). The best yakitori in town? Some say so. The entertaining izakaya franchise Mekiki No Ginji (1/F, K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-3840) also offers outstanding grilled dishes like charcoal-grilled spare ribs with chili sauce and wasabi (B229). For Indian eats, Indus (71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-258-4900) is at the peak of its game thanks to a new 10-course tasting menu (B1,800/person).
Located amid the greenery of Sukhumvit Soi 26, Taproom (51 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 087-460-2626) has 26 rotating taps pouring premium brews from around the world like BrewDog and Coronado (B140/320).
Conveniently located in the heart of Sukhumvit, BTS Phrom Phong is right at the top of the street, while it also connects with Rama 4 at the bottom.
Only 180 meter from BTS Phrom Phong lies the 25-floor Noble Refine (27 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-108-6699) with its 243 units starting from B23,000/month. Regent on the Park 1 (31 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-260-9211) has 34 floors, 81 units and a starting rental price of B18,000/month. For a cheaper choice, Condo One X (61/44 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-259-2023) offers prices at B15,000/month. In case you’re looking to buy, the luxurious Kraam (30 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-661-2900) will be ready to move in by the end of 2019. Prices start at B17 million for a 61-sq-meter room.
The city’s first lash extension center that uses mink instead of polyester, Lash Boutique (2/F, Beautiplex Building, A Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-116-7889), is here, together with Yunomori Onsen & Spa (A Square, Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-259-5778).
Why do you love life on Sukhumvit Soi 26?
“Compared to any other street in the center of Bangkok, I think Sukhumvit Soi 26 really does have a lot of greenery, together with at least three premium massage and spa places that offer friendly prices: Yunomori Onsen, Baan Sabai and Bamboo Spa.”
“Amid the tunnel of trees that is Soi 26 lie the delicious pork tom yum noodles at Rung Rueng, as well as one of the finest beef yakiniku spots in Bangkok, Ginzado.”
“Alongside many gems in our soi there are some new openings including Interlude, a restaurant serving both Thai and European dishes, and Cotton Clouds, a photogenic, tiny cafe.”