Bustling with diverse street food and lively bars, Victory Monument maintains its local charm in spite of being one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections.
Coffee & Breakfast
Relax in the quaint Chibi Chibi (112/4 Sri Ayutthaya Soi 2, Rangnam Rd.,098-743-8905) cafe with a plate of scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms and tomatoes (B195) paired with a rosemary latte (B120), or keep it simple with Let’s Say Cafe 24 Hours’ (440/19-20 Ratchawithi Soi 3, 02-245-6134) breakfast set of ham, bacon, eggs and toast (B80). For something sweeter, try the French toast (B299) at Kay’s Boutique Breakfast (116/55-57 Soi Rangnam, 02-245-1953), or head to Peace Oriental Teahouse (G/F, King Power, Soi Rangnam, 063-637-0521) for a tea set (B120) and some Matcha Extremist ice cream (B240). Bar by night but cafe by day, Peak-A-Boo (5/F, Victory Mall, 6/2 Ratchawithi Rd., 086-399-5430) will fix you up with a latte shake (B90) or Thai tea granita (B119). When you return in the evening, don’t miss a game of jello shot chess (B450).
Lunch & Dinner
You can’t eat in Victory Monument without stopping for boat noodles (B12) at Baan Kuay Tiew Ruathong (1/7 Ratchawithi Rd., 089-510-1648). Head to Pathe Antique and Restaurant (11 Ratchawithi Rd., 02-644-4321) for the stir-fried chicken with cashews (B132) or deep-fried seabass with fish sauce (B275), or hit up Mezzanine (107/10-11, Soi Rangnam, 02-642-4719) for a tuna salad (B230) or seafood pizza (B380). If you’re feeling like Indian food, stop by Everest Kitchen (48/8 Ratchaprarop Rd., 02-642-4070) for paneer makhani (B160) mopped up with garlic naan (B50). For meat, go to Eat Am Are (23/1 Soi Rangnam, 082-706-2503), where you’ll find everything from classic ribeye (B350) to barbeque pork loin (B99) and honey-glazed ham steak (B119).
Kick back and relax on the rooftop at Sky Train Jazz Bar (5/F, 6 Rangnam Rd., 089-895-4299) while sipping on a sangsom, lemon and redbull (B120). Craft beer fans should stop by Mitr Bar (3/F, 23/1 Phaya Thai Rd., 089-799-1123) to check out the New England IPA (B220 for 300ml) and the hazelnut chocolate stout (B190 for 300ml). You’ll be spoilt for choice at Heap Victory Monument (449/2 Ratchawithi Soi 12, 02-354-8292), where the Brewdog red ale (B220) battles for attention with ikezo berry sparkling jelly sake (B250). Kick back at vintage-style Baan Bar (4/13 Soi Rangnam, 094-664-2419) with a black Russian (B180) and a shrimp yellow curry (B250). Saxophone (3/8 Phayathai Rd., 02-246-5472) remains one of Bangkok’s best jazz bars.
BTS Victory Monument, of course.
Just meters from Victory Monument, Ideo Q Victory (13/1 Phayathai Rd., 02-316-2222) features 348 units, with sale prices from B370,000-18.5-million. Maestro 07 Victory Monument (22 Soi Ratchawithi 7, 02-116-1111) offers 171 units from B16,000-50,000/month. Nearby, Rajvithi City Resort (452 Ratchawithi Rd., 02-245-2244) boasts 167 units from B14,000-22,000/month. M Phayathai (31 Phayathai Rd., 02-245-0011) has 215 units from B25,000-121,000/month.
Shopaholics should check out King Power Rangnam (8 Rangnam Alley, 02-677-8888), Bangkok’s largest duty-free shopping mall, or Center One Shopping Plaza (1 Ratchawithi Rd., 02-246-1831). Afterwards, take a break at the green Santhiphap Park (Ratchawithi Rd., 02-245-2461).
What’s great about Victory Monument?
“It connects all of the important parts of the city and has almost everything you need for urban living.”
“It’s the center of many things: transportation, shopping and residential condominiums. For my bar, people don’t have to drive as it’s quite close to the BTS.”
“There’s so much variety. It’s a major hub of transportation so we see many aspects of life and many types of people. You can also find cheap restaurants and fancy ones.”