While Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55) is full of swanky restaurants, glitzy clubs and bars, walking down the tranquil, leafy sois of Sukhumvit 51 and 53 is a real contrast. Besides the rows of dream homes, these two parallel streets boast charming cafes and cool bars, as well as some of Bangkok’s finest eateries.


Crepes & Co.

Coffee & Breakfast 

The newly opened Instagram hotspot Phak Cafe & Crafts (Sukhumvit Soi 51, 099-292-4421) offers almond croissants (B165) and caramel lattes (B145), but for a hearty full breakfast (B390) the quaint Herringbone (26/1 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-009-2022) at Volve Hotel has you covered. For a crepe fix, try The Missing Piece’s (31 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-259-8531) durian crepe with sticky rice and ice cream (B280), or head to Crepes & Co. (9:53 Community Mall, Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-2672) for a breakfast-friendly Crepe Supreme (B325), which drenches egg, bacon, ham and mushrooms in cheese and bechamel sauce. 
Teriyaki Bar Kelly's
Nippon Kai Market 

Lunch & Dinner

Newcomer The 51 Tasty Moments (64 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 098-870-7051) dishes out delectable tapas (B390-B590), mezze, cheese and cold cuts in an artistic, laid-back setting. Sukhumvit Soi 53 is home to fine-dining trailblazer Bo.lan (24 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-260-2962), where chefs Bo and Dylan present traditional Thai food in a contemporary style. Hit up Baan Khanitha (31 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-259-8530) for stir-fried Ayutthaya giant prawn with cashew nuts and tamarind sauce (B1,100), or if Japanese food tickles your fancy, stop by the tavern-like Teriyaki Bar Kelly’s (46 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-5155) for izakaya classics, Yakiniku Kirabi (46/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 093-434-1717) for a kuroge wagyu karubi set (B999) or the two-story sushi bar-slash-fresh market Nippon Kai Market (124 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-662-5683). Visit Arroz (112 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-7696) for a taste of Spanish chef Victor Burgos’s satisfying seafood paella (B1,200 for 2, B2,300 for 4).



WTF Gallery and Cafe


Groove to live molam music while knocking back yadong cocktails (from B150) at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661) or soak up some art while sipping on a Moscow Mule (B320) at next door WTF Gallery and Cafe (7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246). Sake fans can check out the new Yoshibar (9:53 Community Mall, 124 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-115-2944)—try the rich Shichihonyari Teiseimai Junmai (B260) from Shiga. Feel like belting out some tunes after all that? Woodball (2 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-662-4549) offers a three-hour all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-sing deal (B600/person).


Phromphan 53


The well-established, boutique -style Raintree Villa (108/89 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 086-338-7490) starts from B17,000/month for a 31-sq-meter one bedroom. Close by, Phromphan 53 (89  Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-108-1111) costs from B40,000-150,000/month, while The Habitat Sukhumvit 53 (Sukhumvit Soi 53, 082-339-3751) will set you back B50,000-130,000/month. The Forty Nine Plus 2 (Sukhumvit Soi 49/2) starts from a more affordable B22,000/month. 



Zudrangma Records
Model Market


The second floor of Phak Cafe & Crafts is a multi-label store dedicated to hip, sustainable clothing. Head for a crate-digging session at neighboring Zudrangma Records (7/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 083-063-1335), where you’ll find molam and luk thung artists. Kick back at Bangkok’s first upcycled Model Market (Sukhumvit Soi 53, 085-223-4324) to browse eco-friendly local brands like The ReMaker for upcycled leather goods.


Why 53 and not Thonglor?

Pavee Tansirikongkol, owner of Herringbone
“You get the best of both worlds here—the peaceful close-knit community lifestyle, while still being well-connected to the trendy side of Thonglor.”


Yuttana Anothaisintawee, owner of The ReMaker 
“There’s a charming contrast between day and by night—from a tranquil residential soi to a cool late-night hangout spot.” 


Yoshito Suzuki, owner of Yoshibar 
“Sukhumvit Soi 53 is a quiet, peaceful residential soi scattered with many cool bars and restaurants, but it’s not densely packed.”