This posh address is turning heads. 

Despite being one of the poshest addresses in Bangkok and situated between two of the city’s swankiest malls—Central Chidlom and Central Embassy—Soi Somkid has remained pretty under the radar, until now. Thanks to the arrival of Siri House by property developer Sansiri, this leafy urban oasis is starting to turn heads.
 
 
Siri House
 
 

See also: Here are all of BK's neighborhood guides


 

Coffee & Breakfast

Luka Siri House 
 
 
The chic and picturesque Luka (Siri House, 14/2 Soi Somkid, 094-868-2639) serves salted caramel green tea lattes (B140) and cold brew coffee (B120) alongside hearty all-day breakfast dishes (try the French toast B270 and acai bowls B280), as well as books,  clothing and records from Olympic Digger. Hop over to the quaint Bonnie Dolly’s Tea Room (2/4 Witthayu Rd., 080-080-0003) for towering afternoon tea sets (from B890). For all-American egg and cheese biscuits (B150) and breakfast burritos (B275), head to Central Chidlom’s Flour Shoppe (G/F, Phloen Chit Rd., 091-229-0764) or Central Embassy’s Dean & Deluca (2/F, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd.) for eggs Benny (B325).
 
 

Lunch & Dinner 

Quince 
 
Spirit Jim Thompson
 
 

You can’t make dinner plans on Soi Somkid without stopping at the second-coming of Quince (Siri House, 14/2 Soi Somkid, 094-868-2639), which has returned with a sleek new mid-century look. Chef Charlie Jones’ updated menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes relies heavily on the open kitchen’s imposing new wood-fired oven—think soft barbecue octopus (B310) with Jerusalem artichoke ajo blanco and wood-roasted coquelet (a young chicken served whole, B750). At nearby Nai Lert Park Heritage Home, you’ll find Lady L (4 Soi Somkid, 02-655-4446) for classic Western dishes like beef Wellington (B1,250) and slow-cooked lamb shank in red-wine sauce (B780), or for a taste of delicious Thai cuisine, Ma Maison (4 Soi Somkid, 02-655-4773) doles out river prawns in red curry sauce (B1,200) and hor-mok (steamed fish curry pudding wrapped in banana leaf, B160). Primed for special occasions, Spirit Jim Thompson (16 Soi Somkid, 02-017-7268) combines fine dining with authentic Thai recipes.
 

Jacqueline 
 

Drinks

Soi Somkid has just one drinking spot, but trust us, you’d be happy to kick back at Jacqueline (Siri House, 14/2 Soi Somkid, 094-868-2639) through the night. The elegant new cocktail bar is the brainchild of nightlife impresario Sanya Souvanna Phouma and takes influence from former First Lady and ‘60s style icon Jackie Kennedy, serving spirit-forward drinks like the Jackie O (Absolut vodka, Iron Balls gin, Cointreau, lychee liquor, lychee and lime, B340). Neighboring Central Embassy adds some variety with Park Hyatt’s rooftop Penthouse Bar + Grill (34-36/F, Park Hyatt, 88 Wireless Rd., 02-011-7480)—try their spirit-forward 250 CC cocktail (B360)—and the beach club-like Siwilai City Club (5/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5631). 

 

 

Transport

BTS Chit Lom and Phloen Chit stations are around a five-minute stroll south, while Chit Lom pier is five minutes north.

 

Accommodation

 
Soi Somkid

 

Somkid Gardens (18 Soi Somkid, 02-254-7485) starts from B38,000/month. The Address Chidlom’s (Soi Somkid, 02-261-2518) 597 units begin at B22,000/month. The Park Chidlom (Soi Somkid, 02-255-6596) could set you back B70,000 for a 140-sq-meter two -bedroom apartment.

 

Visit

Republic of Fritz Hansen 
 
Vvon Sugunnasil
 
 

Deep-pocketed Scandinavian design fans can shop for Danish furniture at Republic of Fritz Hansen (14/1 Soi Somkid, 02-015-4164), before checking out Nai Lert Park Heritage Home (4 Soi Somkid, 02-655-4445). For trustworthy bespoke tailoring, make an appointment at Vvon Sugunnasil (14/2 Soi Somkid). 

 

Nai Lert Park Heritage Home
 

BK ASKS

What’s great about Soi Somkid?

 

Veekrit Palarit, managing director of Norse Republics, importer of Republic of Fritz Hansen

“It’s a very peaceful and private soi that lets you escape from all the city’s commotion, while transportation is still convenient.” 

 

Hataichanok Uttaburanont, co-founder of Olympic Digger

“The lush greenery and the tranquil vibe makes this soi very walkable, plus it’s well-connected to lifestyle hubs like Central Chidlom and Central Embassy.”

 

Sanya Souvannna Phouma, co-owner of Jacqueline 

“Soi Somkid owes part of its charm to the fact that it’s a khlong (canal) soi with open spaces of greenery. You can really feel a sense of peacefulness walking or driving here from the bustling Phloen Chit Road.”