Ekkamai Soi 10-12 may appear peaceful and unassuming from the outside, but explore deeper and you’ll find there’s a whole world beyond the main road.  

Coffee & Breakfast 

 
One Ounce for Onion
 
Moola

At fashion boutique-slash-cafe One Ounce for Onion (19/12 Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-116-6078) you can build-your-own breakfast while sipping on a V60 coffee (B120), or head to modern-Japanese Nikko Cafe (30/18 Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-381-5291) for a matcha cappuccino (B120). Continue the caffeine trail at Ekkamai Macchiato’s (6/2 Ekkamai Soi 12, 080-169-982. Coffee, B110), minimal white house, then on to Moola Cafe (Ekkamai Mall, Ekkamai Soi 10, 086-551-6646) for a Baby Affogato (B169)—ice cream with coffee and cereal. If that piques your sweet-tooth, seek out (Un)Fashion Cafe (Ekkamai Mall, 02-726-9592) for their signature chocolate cake (B100). To allay your guilt, stop by Steps with Theera (29/8 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-381-6590), a health cafe which provides vocational opportunities to those with disabilities.


Lunch & Dinner 

 
Pesca
 
Lola by Cocotte

Ekkamai Mall (Ekkamai Soi 10) houses everything from G-HOY Noodle (091-535-2424), for steamed beef noodles (B99), to vintage shop-cum-fusion cafe (Un)Fashion Dining (02-714-2169), for Japanese curry rice (B185). Keeping it vintage, American-diner-style Cafe Thieves and Bar (40/25, Ekkamai Soi 12, 096-2426-165) offers crispy soft-shell crab pasta (B380) and frozen yogurt (from B140). If you’re hungry, don’t miss American-Italian Lola by Cocotte’s (39 Ekkamai Soi 12, 062-208-8828) 600g XXL wagyu burger (B1,190) or next door Pesca’s tomahawk (from B3,450). For Malaysian seafood laksa (B249), try Uncle Jeff Kitchen (29/10 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-057-5289), or for Mediterranean meze (from B110), go to Olive (37/1 Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-713-1112). For fancy Thai, you can’t beat Vichit Mukura’s chef’s-table at Khao (15 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-381-2575). 
 

Drinks 

 
Mikkeller
 

Denmark-hailing Mikkeller (26 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-381-9891) offers 30 taps of craft beer in a charming mid-century house—head to the second floor for one-Michelin-star fine-dining at Upstairs (091-713-9034). Golden Coins Taproom (G/F, Ekkamai Mall) serves up its own selection of IPAs, amber ales and stouts (from B180). Next, head to Cassette Music Bar (G/F, Ekkamai Mall, 061-654-6666) for a lychee-rose beer (B150) with a ‘90s soundtrack, or sample some fruit-flavored soju (B250) at KIKI Korean Bar (2/F, Ekkamai Mall, 083-612-8886). Finally, hit friendly rooftop hangout Baan Puen Ekamai (3/F, Ekkamai Mall, 086-659-1596) for simple, spicy dishes and affordable drinks (Singha, B115).  
 

Transport 


BTS Ekkamai is 15 minutes’ walk away, or five minutes by win motosai.
 

Accommodation 

 

Taka Haus (99 Ekkamai Soi 10, 02-201-3322) offers 269 units from B31,500-98,000/month. Thea Serviced Apartment’s (37 Ekkamai Soi 10, 092-464-1962) super-luxurious 16 units start from B85,000-100,000. The 21-floor Charoenjai Place (42 Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-713-3050) offers 57 units from B55,000-100,000/month. A little further down the soi, five-floor Vivarium Residence’s (132 Ekkamai Soi 12, 02-713-3138) condos start from B55,000/month. Thavee Yindee Residence (91 Ekkamai Soi 12, 087-674-4943) starts from B25,000/month.
 

Community 


Beyond Ekkamai Mall’s hangout spots, Health Land (96/1 Ekkamai Rd., 02-392-2233) is the go-to for a massage. For groceries, there’s Big C Ekkamai (78 Ekkamai Rd., 02-714-8222), while Thonglor can be reached by foot in 10 minutes.
 
BK ASKS
 

What’s so special about Ekkamai? 

 
Karmonwan Tongchai, barista and trainer at Step with Theera 
“Ekkamai is full of variety, with people from Europe, Japan and Korea—70 to 80-percent of our customers are foreigners, meaning there are plenty of chances to share something new with one another.” 
 
 
Thanawit Kittikosin, co-owner of Ekkamai Macchiato
“Ekkamai is equipped with everything you need, like bars, restaurants, cafes, but it still maintains a peaceful vibe. I recommend One Ounce for Onion for coffee and fashion in one place.” 
 
 
Siriluck Lim, managing director of Olive
“We were on Ekkamai when there was absolutely nothing, but nowadays it’s full of cool places. It’s not in the city center but it’s close enough that Bangkokians can come and discover hidden surprises—like Mikkeller with good beer and food.”