Soi 16 might be one of the smallest offshoots of Sukhumvit, but it’s certainly one of the busiest—filled with convenience stores, restaurants, cafes, bars, spas, salons and pharmacies.
Coffee & Breakfast
Invisible Coffee Room (25/8 Sukhumvit Soi 16, www.fb.com/invisiblecoffeeroom) pays attention to detail with its house-blend coffees (flat white, B75) and its refreshing organic teas (B80). Decade-old brunch spot, Kuppa (39 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-0450) offers house–blends from northern Thailand (B120 for an espresso), alongside an all-day breakfast menu (Kuppa Breakfast, B295). 32 December Patisserie & Bistro (23/6 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-259-4824) serves iced americanos (B75) and fancy mint lattes (B95).
Lunch, Dinner & Drinks
Pizzazo (188 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-8500, 081-699-7700) serves wood-fired thin and crusty Italian pizzas (margarita, B210, quattro formaggi, B350). The U.S. Steakhouse takes its beef seriously with comforting dishes like the barbeque ribs (B350/6 pieces) and steaks including the Nebraska-imported Prime Rib (B1,190/500g). French bistro Bacchus & Co (150 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-258-0259) offers tomahawk steak (B1,998/1.2kg) and frogs legs (B390).
Right in the heart of Asoke, renting a place here could cost you anywhere between B20,000-80,000 per month. Open since 2010, S16 Residence (166 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-259-6613) offers 13 apartments in a house-like building surrounded by supermarkets and restaurants for B25-55,000 per month. Voque condominium (Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-663-2000) has 140 units, with monthly rent ranging from B18-50,000. Quest Development’s Trapezo Sukhumvit 16 (298 Sukhumvit 16, 02-663-1995) is a newbie, having opened in 2014, with 70 units, starting at B22,000 or B60,000 for two bedrooms.
Both MRT Sukhumvit and BTS Asoke are just minutes’ walk away. Win motorsais are also conveniently available throughout the soi, of course.
Throughout the day, local office workers flock to this area for lunch, while tourists and residents venture out at night for drinks and dinner. If you want everything on your doorstep, then this is the place for you.
Which spots do you love on Sukhumvit Soi 16?
Kim Visudharomn, writer and stylist
“I go to Invisible cafe nearly everyday; they do a great cold brew and know all my orders by now. Also, opposite the street, the Took Lae Dee at Foodland is another favorite for no-fuss, Thai-style-greasy-spoon classics that would make your trainer cry.”
Lily Nuttiya Wisootsat, wine merchant
“Ten-Sui is a top pick for Japanese expats bringing their VIPs. The price can be steep but the lunch sets are much more affordable. On weekdays, Soi 16 is a haven for street food.”
Donald Ray James, owner of U.S Steakhouse
“Sukhumvit Soi 16 is off-the-beaten path, quiet and residential. My favorite spot sits right beside me, Bacchus & Co. I pop in for their imported cheese, cold cuts and authentic French cuisine. Another friend owns the Thai restaurant Cool Chillis. I go there after work for drinks with my friends.”