Gleaming high-rise condos, offices and mighty shopping malls flank the jam-packed intersections of Ratchadaphisek, Asoke-Din Daeng, Petchaburi and Rama 9, but don’t turn and run just yet. It may seem daunting at first but this neighborhood has a lot to offer.
Drip & Drop Coffee Supply
Coffee & Breakfast
Get your five-a-day with Kyoto-hailing Drip & Drop Coffee Supply
’s (B/F, G Tower Grand Rama 9, 33/4 Rama 9 Rd., 02-169-8218) refreshing Fruits Iced Coffee (cold drip with iced fruit, mint, and marmalade syrup, B160). The minimalist Pressed Cafe
(61/120 Rama 9 Soi 7, 096-834-8461) serves single origin Aeropress coffee (from B100) and Insta-worthy DIY pressed chocolate (B90). Cure hunger pangs with hip warehouse-style Noxx Cafe
’s (129 Rama 9 Rd., 02-643-0804) tuna cheese melt (B99) and hot peppermint mocha (B120). For a Zen-like experience, head to Peace Oriental Teahouse
(G/F, G Tower Grand Rama 9, 33/4 Rama 9 Rd., 097-267-2626)—don’t miss the amazing Matcha Extremist (B240) charcoal ice cream.
Sushi Seki, credit: www.facebook.com/SushiSekiThailand
Lunch & Dinner
G Tower Grand Rama 9 (33/4 Rama 9 Rd.) houses Sushi Seki (B/F, 02-118-2332) for foie gras sushi (B99), Savory Story (B/F, 090-005-6955) for Chinese street food like crepe-style jianbing guozi (B80), Dal Dal Korean Restaurant (G/F, 02-169-8213) for fried kimchi pork (B229), and Maderla by Phuthai Kaiyang 1971 (B/F, 02-118-2642) for leng sab (hot and spicy pork rib soup, B199). For mean southern Thai dishes, check out Ruen Mae Lui (B/F, Fortune Town, Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-642-0343), or for authentic Thai deep-fried snapper (B450), try long-established Savoey (G/F, The Shoppes@Belle Grand Rama 9, 02-168-1347). Anotai (976/17 Rama 9 Rd., 02-641-5366) serves vegan food that won’t disappoint, like their sesame-seasoned tempeh tempura (B185).
Fatty’s Bar & Diner
Revelers may be tempted to cab it over to RCA’s clubbing strip, but there are some decent bars within around 10 minutes’ walk, like the grungy Fatty’s Bar & Diner
(598/66 Asoke Din Daeng Rd., 02-245-2965), offering over 30 craft beers (B160-350), juicy burgers and live music, and OMG Bar & Restaurant
(322/308-310, Ratchadaphisek Soi 3, 02-070-5295), where comforting Mexican food meets an affordable beer selection (Asahi, B120/pint).
MRT Rama 9 is at the heart of it all.
Belle Grand Rama 9. Credit: www.facebook.com/Bellegrandrama9
Three-minutes’ walk from the MRT, Ideo Mobi Rama 9 (90 Rama 9 Rd., 02-316-2222) has 705 units from B12,000-60,000/month. Close by, Condolette Midst Rama 9 (75 Rama 9 Rd.) offers 433 units from B13,000-45,000/month, while Aspire Rama 9 (Rama 9 Soi 2, 085-844-3141) has 663 units from B13,000-45,000/month. Ten minutes’ walk away, Belle Grand Rama 9 (33 Soi Rama 9 Square, 02-246-2323) boasts eight buildings and 2,024 units from B20,000-180,000/month.
Central Plaza Grand Rama 9
Neighboring RCA is worth the trip for arthouse cinema House RCA
(3/F, RCA Plaza, 38/1 Petchaburi Rd., 02-641-5177. B120/ ticket), or for work on the go, check out Big Co-working
(129 Rama 9 Rd., 02-643-0811). Shopaholics can’t miss the whopping seven-story Central Plaza Grand Rama 9
(9/9 Rama 9 Rd., 02-103-5999); opposite, Fortune Town
(5 Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-247-3737) offers great-value tech, gadgets and vinyl records. Also nearby, lifestyle and entertainment mega-complex Show DC
(99/6-9 Chaturathit Rd., 02-203-1890) houses Bangkok’s largest outdoor arena
What do you like about life on Rama 9?
Gurdev Singh Srikhandpur, owner of OMG Bar & Restaurant
“Rama 9 can be colorful, but it’s not super saturated with commercial tourism—expats can appreciate the low-rent factor for the location.”
Jev Phankasem, co-owner of Pressed Cafe
“With its rapid growth, Rama 9 is an up and coming area with strong character. There’s an interesting mix of people here, from young crowds to corporate bankers, which generates a positive energy in the community.”
Wasu Manomaiphibul, owner of Noxx Cafe
“Rama 9 is going through rapid development with the arrival of high-rise offices and condos. At the same time, you can still find quiet hangout spots hidden behind big office buildings or in small sois.”