The area where Narathiwas meets Rama III may feel off the map for BTS-loving city dwellers, but a short BRT bus ride could land you in a laid-back, leafy hub of international restaurants and contemporary art galleries.
Coffee & Breakfast
Start your day at the cozy Marabica Café (311/1 Sathu Pradit soi 19, 083-548-1478) and satisfy your sweet tooth with an iced caramel macchiato (B105) or a banana milkshake (B115). Get started on your five-a-day with fresh fruit (from B20) from the many street vendors dotted along the road from Tue-Sun. You’ll also find international chains from Starbucks (cappucino, B90) to The Coffee Club (Yuzu Cold Brew, B120).
Lunch & Dinner
Meat lovers can head to the original Arno’s (2090/2 Narathiwas Soi 20, 02-678-8340) for pocket-friendly 45-day dry-aged rump steak at B1,500/kg, or grill some jou karubi beef (B320) at yakiniku restaurant Mamiya (311/2 Sathu Pradit Soi 19, 02- 674-1072). Vegetarians can get their fill of Thai cuisine at Seated (297 Narathiwas Rajanagarindra 24, 061-459-8255) with a vegetable Thai green chili hot soup (B180) or a mushroom and tofu pad kaprao (B180). If you’re craving Chinese food, stop by Chuan Wei Fang Sichuan Restaurant (297 Narathiwas Soi 24, 02-674-2973) for aromatic fried chicken with dried Sichuan chilis (B320) and snapper with pickled cabbage (B560). For something fancier, The Oyster Bar (95 Narathiwas Soi 24, 02-212-4809) serves smoked oyster pasta (B450), while Iron Chef Thanunya “Gai” Kaikaew whips up a one of a kind menu of souffles at the bright and airy Souffle and Me (417 Narathiwas Soi 24, 090-978-0442)—try the delicious Tang Thai (Thai cantaloupe) soufflé with coconut ice cream (B220).
This is no hotspot for nightlife, but you can always enjoy a bottle of soju (B250) alongside some Korean fried chicken (B200) at ChiMac House (1/F Tower4 Forturn Condo, 315/401 Narathiwas Soi 24, 083-754-4608), or stop for some casual cocktails (B220) at Fusion Bar (395/2 Narathiwat Soi 24, 02- 674-0624).
BRT Thanon Chan (fares from B12- 20) is just a five minute walk or two minute win motosai ride away.
Close to BRT Thanon Chan, Belle Park’s (377 Sathu Pradit Soi 19, 02- 129-1378) 95 units are available to rent for B24,000-B30,000/month; Bangkok Garden Apartment (289 Narathiwat Soi 24, 02-672- 0001) has units from B65,000/ month; and Narathiwas Hotel & Residence (379 Narathiwas Soi 24, 02-210-9500) offers two-bedroom units from B54,000/month.
Treat yourself at Orchid House Spa & Massage (315/203 Sathu Pradit Soi 19, 02-674-2589) with a Deluxe Facial Treatment (B800) and a relaxing aromatherapy massage (B800), or spruce up your hair with a shampoo and blowdry combo (B250-B500) at Scintilla Salon (Sathu Pradit 19 Alley, 02-674- 0797). There’s plenty of culture to be enjoyed too, from a visit to the stunning Chinese temple Wat Pho Man Khunaram (323 Sathu Pradit Soi 19), to gallery hopping between the neighboring Gallery Ver (10 Narathiwas Soi 22, 089- 988-5890), La Lanta Fine Art (3/F, 2198/10-11 Narathiwas Soi 22, 02-050-7882) and Artist+Run (2198/10-11 Narathiwas Soi 22, 099-454-5955).
What do you love most about Narathiwas Soi 24?
THANUNYA KAIKAEW, OWNER OF SOUFFLE AND ME
“Wat Pho Man is well worth a visit, not only because of the long history of the temple, but also the beauty of the architecture and its decorations.”
DOEKE BONGA, GENERAL MANAGER OF CHATRIUM RESIDENCE SATHORN
“It’s a nice quiet soi with all the conveniences someone could need: street vendors, restaurants, schools, sports options, easy access to the expressway and retail therapy within 10 minutes’ walk at Central Raama 3.”
VEERACHAI DATHIRUN, OWNER OF MARABICA CAFE
“I think that Narathiwas 24 is a truly special soi, peaceful yet full of life. The diverse international community here provides a great vibe. You can find the most authentic Thai, Chinese, Indian, Korean and Western cuisines.”