Make your lunch destination a healthy one
Bangkok has welcomed a huge array of health cafes lately, so there’s no excuse for you to avoid one on your lunch break. The newest addition to the list is Patom, a healthy-living oasis all about certified organic ingredients sourced from the Sampran network of farmers, meaning fresh fruits and vegetables feature in lunch boxes, salads and even skincare products. Otherwise, opt for the classic Brekkie, whose menu is filled with Ingredients like quinoa, avocado, spirulina, flaxseed, acai berry and chia seeds.
Patom, 9/2 Sukhumvit Soi 49/1, 098-259-7514
Brekkie, 6/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-656-6141
Or pick it up from these healthy grab-and-go spots
Just because you only have half an hour until that meeting doesn’t mean you can’t have a healthy lunch. If you’re in the Sathorn area, stop by Farm Factory to grab a pre-designed salad bowl that combines plenty of greens with your choice of lean meat. Mix and Munch does a similar concept for Sukhumvit workers, where you can easily handpick your protein, carb, vegetable and sauce for a lunchbox to go.
Farm Factory, G/F, Sathorn Square, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., 093-279-2796. BTS Chong Nonsi
Mix and Munch, 392/9 Sukhumvit Rd., 062-416-6616. BTS Asok
De-stress with a quick trip to the onsen
There’s nothing like a midday detox session to get you energized for the afternoon. At Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa Thonglor, you can wash your troubles away in your choice of spring-water bath, whether it's water from Japan's renowned Gero hot springs (42 degrees Celsius), a milky-textured silk bath (40 degrees), a soda bath (38 degrees) or standup whirlpool bath (36 degrees), before cooling off in the cold bath (a bracing 18 degrees). Take as much or as little time as you need.
Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa Thonglor, 5/F, Grande Centre Point Hotel, 300 Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-042-8045
Squeeze in a relaxing spa session to work off those stress points
Not all trips to the spa have to take up half your day. In fact, at the Okura Spa, you can grab a 45-minute massage called the “Self-Centered,” which aims to relieve work-related tension. Meanwhile, The Spa Studio at Mandarin Oriental specializes on short treatments of 20-45 minutes that you can squeeze into a lunch break. The 45-minute Express massage costs B1,500.
Okura Spa, 25/F, The Okura Prestige, 57 Wireless Rd., 02-687-9000
The Spa Studio, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Charoen Krung Rd., 02-659-9000. BTS Saphan Taksin
Boost your mid-day energy with Absolute Cycle Lunch Beats
Take a break from sitting at your desk all day and head for a sweaty workout at Absolute Cycle’s new lunchtime class, where the spin studio promises groovy beats and a full-body workout suitable for all fitness levels. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:15pm-1pm, prove to yourself that 45 minutes is enough to tick that workout box for the day. There is currently a special deal exclusively for first-time riders, where one week of unlimited classes is B1,900 instead of B6,500.
Absolute Cycle, Amarin Plaza, 496 Phloenchit Rd., 02-252-4400. BTS Phloen Chit
Absolute Cycle, 2/F, The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 02-712-8383
Ready to try out the Absolute Cycle Lunch Beats? Call 02-712-8383 for The Commons Studio or 02-252-4400 for Amarin Studio to find out more. Absolute Cycle is the first rhythm cycling studio in Bangkok and a part of Absolute You, which offers 360-degree health, fitness and lifestyle offerings with a particular focus on yoga, Pilates, cycling, health food and wellness programs. There are nine locations throughout Bangkok and one in Phuket.
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