Sandwiched between Soi Ari and Chatuchak, Pradiphat is easily overlooked. But this old residential area is now home to a fast-growing number of cafes and bars, a young creative community, and under-the-radar restaurants and street food.
Start your morning with a fresh cortado (espresso mixed with equal amounts of warm milk; B95) and a hearty smoked salmon avocado sandwich (B145) at photogenic F.I.X. Venture down Pradiphat Soi 13 to Volks for classic, New York-style bagels like the bacon, egg, and cheddar (B240), or grab a black or white sesame seed, crispy onion, honey walnut, or cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese (B60-90). For a light breakfast option, check out the Kinfolk-inspired Slow Hands for croissants (B35) and scones (B40). If you’re all about strong, rich coffee to kickstart your day, head to moka pot specialist Moka Mania for an Extra Espresso (B50) or Mocha Premium (B50).
Phed Phed; credit: fb.com/PhedPhedFood
Pradiphat street food
From Thai to Vietnamese, Pradiphat is a hub for all kinds of cuisines. Late-night establishment Krua Pradiphat is the local go-to for classic Thai dishes, especially its ”Super Soup” (spicy goji berry soup with chicken feet, B100) and pla gra-pong tod nam pla (deep-fried snapper with sweet and sour sauce, B370). Uber-popular Phed Phed Cafe guarantees a menu of fiery home-style Isaan dishes like soup nor mai (spicy bamboo shoot salad with ground roasted rice; B100), nam yang (grilled sour pork sausage; B100), and somtam in 20 varieties. Get your Japanese food fix at newly opened 8Sqm. with crunchy karaage (fried chicken, B89) served with tartar sauce; Katsu Ramen, which serves generous bowls of tonkotsu ramen (B89); and Tora Tora, known for its nikujaga don (braised beef, potatoes, and onions on rice; B189). Continue your tour of Asian cuisines at Dalad Vietnamese Restaurant, or visit Mom’s and Abu Ibrahim for Bangladeshi-Indian and Muslim flavors. Come night time, the neighborhood transforms into a street food haven, where you can grab everything from khao mun gai and duck noodles to pork satay and guay jub. More street eats can also be found at The Camping Ground, an open-air food court with live music and bottles of craft beer for sale.
Eight Days a Week Home Bar; credit: fb.com/EightDaysAWeekHomebar
The Camping Ground; credit: fb.com/forpplwholovestocamp
The Camping Ground offers good-value local and international beers, or you can grab a cold one (B95 for a large Leo) to go alongside a juicy burger at Amp Burger and Bar before dropping by Eight Days a Week Home Bar for Thai craft beers (B150 for a Mahanakhon Paradise Pilsner). If you’re feeling fancy, hit up Perfect Strangers for spirit-forward drinks like Undress Me Now (B300), a mix of bourbon butter, single malt whiskey, sweet vermouth, Campari, and chocolate bitters. Still standing? Venture toward Saphan Kwai junction, and you’ll find local favorites Helter Skelter, Dumbo Jazz & Vinyl Bar, Thaisho, and Cat on the Roof.
BTS Saphan Kwai is just five minutes by foot from Pradiphat Road.
For luxury Thai designer handbags that won’t break the bank, check out Mo. Museum & Objects That Matter. Men looking for bespoke tailoring can visit Etiquette, located near Pradiphat Soi 3. Vinyl geeks can go crate-digging at Records Shop on Pradiphat Soi 19. Old-school Brutalist buildings like Pradiphat Hotel and Elizabeth Hotel, meanwhile, are great fodder for photowalks. Keep an eye out for future exhibitions at Somewhere, a new creative space from the Junnarchitect firm, which also houses two Instagram hotspots; F.I.X and 8Sqm.
The 46-story Line Phahol-Pradipat has 981 units from B13,000-42,000/ month, while 298-unit The Reserve Phahol-Pradipat offers one-bedroom apartments from B18,000/month. Lumpini Place Phahol-Saphan Kwai comprises two buildings with 1,093 units from B10,000/month for a 30-sq-meter apartment. Over at Intro Phahol-Pradipat, a 48-sq-meter one-bedroom unit costs B20,000/month. There are loads of older apartment buildings in the area, too.
Sherry Jensiriwanich, co-owner of Volks
“Wedged between Chatuchak and Ari—the busier, must-see parts of Bangkok—Pradiphat houses an array of authentic Thai food, mom-and-pop shops, and hip cafes. There’s something for everyone here.”
Rosalin Chanyasak, co-founder of Mo. leather handbags
“Many young people have moved here to renovate old houses and buildings. There’s also an element of mysteriousness, as there are lots of hidden gems to be found.”
Jarae Sithiwong, co-owner of F.I.X
“It’s a charming residential area with a cool mix of old, local businesses and new communities like design studios and architect firms.”