Ditch the mall for this environmentally conscious community.
Billing itself as Bangkok's first "upcycling market," Model Market is now open on Sukhumvit Soi 53.
Led by Johan Persimon Davidsson of Fenix Food World, the creative force behind Hotel Muse Langsuan, Maggie Choo’s and Iron Fairies, this latest addition to Thonglor’s F&B scene hopes to raise awareness of the environmental effects of plastic pollution by converting abandoned urban spaces into social gathering spots where bad environmental practices are strictly limited.
At Model Market, you can expect to chill out in a funky outdoor space decorated and furnished with fairy lights and graffiti walls along with upcycled tables and chairs, whilst enjoying plenty of food and booze provided by food trucks and pop-up stalls from some of Bangkok’s most favorite restaurants and bars currently including Peppina, Mengkee Hong Kong Roast, Koryo Buffet, Fat Boy Smokehouse, Tropic City, Fat Gut’z Saloon, The Iron Fairies, Nitro Lab and Bootleg Brothers, as well as Whiskey Garden by Jameson and Siam Winery.
Naturally, you won’t see any plastic straws or other non-biodegradable items used in the area, while leftover food will be composted to reduce food waste.
Aside from the grub, you can also shop upcycled leather goods from local brand The ReMaker, who will be hosting weekly workshops and other activities at their store to help inspire people to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The market also teams up with various local recycling initiatives to allow visitors to donate their unwanted items such as clothes, books, toys and furniture.
To keep everyone in good spirits, DJ spin tunes on weekdays, and both Thai and international artists perform live on weekends.
The market will also soon be hosting a weekly farmers’ market, as well as clothes swap events and upcycling workshops.
Entry is free and pets are welcome. The venue is accessible via BTS Thonglor, while parking and valet service is available. For more information, see the official Facebook event page.
Model Market, Sukhumvit Soi 53, 085-223-4324. Open Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight; Sat-Sun 11am-midnight