Bangkok’s central business district is packed with after-work haunts—nowhere more so than the u-shaped bend of Sathorn sois 10 and 12, which is home to what might be Bangkok’s best clusters of bars and restaurants.
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Not Just Another Cup
The Running Dog
Coffee & Breakfast
Start your day with smoked salmon eggs Benedict on a sourdough muffin (B320) and a cold-pressed Healthy Monkey fruit juice (B200) at the chilled-out Not Just Another Cup, or head to Rocket Coffee Bar for the Rocket eggs Benedict (B225) and a signature dark chocolate and orange Jaffa Cold Brew coffee (B150). Let your furry friend run in the garden at dog-friendly, Japanese-style cafe The Running Dog while you munch on lemon meringue tart (B150) or strawberry cheesecake (B150) paired with a cup of caramel macchiato (B120) blended from three different local beans.
Lady Brett Tavern
Charm Eatery and Bar
Lunch & Dinner
Meat lovers can go all-out with a grilled rib eye steak (B1,150) at Lady Brett Tavern, or the Ohmi wagyu nuggets with tonkatsu sauce and caviar (B1,400) and whole deep-fried pig’s head (B900) at Bunker. Always-bustling Charm Eatery and Bar serves classic Thai food like kua kling moo (B220), while Supanniga Eating Room whips up eastern specialties like moo cha muang (stewed pork with herbs and cha muang leaves, B190). For Italian, long-standing Sorrento offers a bargain three-course Italian lunch set on weekdays (B490) and Di Farina pumps out billowing wood-fired pizzas like the spicy Nduja (B380). Craving a light bite? Head to Marcel for well-executed Gallic tapas (from B190) paired with wine (B1,150-B2,400).
Le Cafe des Stagiaires
If you want a top-down view, head up to Mahanakhon SkyBar for cocktails at the golden hour. Otherwise, grab a seat at easy-going Le Café des Stagiaires for their generous Tue-Sun happy hours (4-8pm. Leo B100; cocktails from B160). Continue the party with a plum high-ball (B140) or watermelon ice-sour (B160) at Japanese izakaya Hanakaruta or chill by the pool at Blue Parrot before hitting the dancefloor at Latin American-themed Revolucion Cocktail, where the bartenders routinely set fire to the bar in between mixing up mojitos (B270) and reinvented signatures like the Aged Negroni (B390).
Two new bars are entering the fold as well. Drop by newly opened BYT, short for Bright Young Things, for Prohibition-themed drinks on the street that runs between Sois 10 and 12 (look for the bookshelf to gain access). In early 2020, pay a visit to Just a Drink (Maybe), which is reopening in the alley behind the Mahanakhon tower.
BTS Chong Nonsi is a 10-minutes walk away.
Experience vertigo on the 78th-floor glass tray atop Thailand’s tallest completed building, King Power Mahanakorn (entry B1,050). Take a stroll to Bangkok’s most important and most colorful Hindu house of worship, Mariamman Temple, or head to Saeng Arun Public Library for some quiet reading time. Destress with a traditional Thai herbal compress massage (B950 for two hours) at Health Land Sathorn before perusing the contemporary Asian artworks housed in H Gallery’s beautiful late-19th century Anglo-Thai mansion.
A one-bedroom 40-square-meter condo at Life@Sathorn 10 starts at B22,000/month, while one-bedroom studios at Ivy Sathorn 10 go for B21,000 and 55-sq-meter apartments at The Address begin at B35,000. For something a little more luxurious, 80-sq-meter apartments at nearby Ascott Sathorn run upwards of B60,000.
What’s special about Sathorn Sois 10 and 12?
Chitraphan Charanachitta, owner of Not Just Another Cup
Although it’s in the heart of the city, this area still has a chilled out vibe, with a great mix of brilliant restaurants and bars.
Cherry Suttichuay, manager of The Running Dog
Sathorn Soi 10 and 12 is the perfect place for you and your pets. You can chill out day and night—it has everything, from street food to fine dining.
Weerayuth Buphnanont, manager of Charm Eatery and Bar
It’s an easy-going area with many great restaurants and bars boasting imported goodies. Also, it is super close to the BTS.