From delicious street food to axe throwing, Soi Pridi Banomyong has a little something for everyone. This street may not be the prettiest, with its heavy traffic and eclectic collection of shops, but it houses a mine full of hidden gems.
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Coffee & Breakfast
Step into Ma Collab Space & Cafe and take in the Instagram-ready aesthetics, or for a completely different feel, head over to the charming Balcony 31 across the street for a refreshing Thai milk tea (B40) and a hearty breakfast of radna (fried noodles and vegetables topped with a thick sauce, B45) surrounded by antiques. Take a rest at the refreshingly green Kreum Cafe with their homemade lemon cheesecake (B140) and a cup of Kreum matcha latte (B110). Escape the heat with some snowy watermelon shaved ice (B159/large) at OT Cafe. Head further down to Soi 26 to popular Karo Coffee Roasters to try their hot filter coffee (B150).
Sago Tree Dish & Spoon Cafe; credit: fb.com/sagotrees
Okinawa Restaurant Kinjo; credit: fb.com/kinjo.okinawa
Lunch & Dinner
Anyone will agree that when it comes to Soi Pridi, street food is the main attraction. Try the perpetually crowded Ayutthaya Boat Noodle Pridi Banomyong 39 (B30) or Beef Noodle Anansak Singsomboon (B60). The dry shrimp wonton and barbecue pork egg noodles (B50) at famous Bamee Pu Kwangtung is an absolute must-try. For a more hip, air-conditioned setting, hit up Sago Tree Dish & Spoon Cafe for their fried softshell crab with garlic and chili (B260) and their gaeng som cha-om (B150). Okinawa Restaurant Kinjo is also a neighborhood favorite, thanks to filling dishes like their Okinawa soba (B159) and Spam nigiri (B130) washed down with draft Asahi (B69/glass).
Cielo Sky Bar & Restaurant; credit: fb.com/cieloskybar
Caper; credit: fb.com/caper-by-dan-bark
W District is home to many well-known bars, including Goja, where you can knock back Earl Grey martinis (B250) all night, Hoppy Hrs, which serves excellent craft beers on draft and in bottles. Enjoy the view at Cielo with the extensive sommelier recommended wine list (B350-B370 per glass) or classic cocktails (B390). For a more low-key night, relax to live music at Nothing But The Blues or play some darts with a pint of Asahi (B140) at Edison’s Pub. Looking for truly great cocktails? Step into Caper for a glimpse into the grace and class of the Prohibition Era with city- and rhythm-inspired cocktails (B390).
BTS Phra Khanong is a short walk away.
Sarin Suites; credit: fb.com/sarinsuites
The 197 units at The Bloom Sukhumvit 71 go for as little as B10,000/month for a 35-sq-meter condo while the more spacious rooms at the Seven Place Executive Residences start at B50,000/month. Have a pet? Fragrant 71’s pet-friendly condos start at B19,000/month for a 55-sq-meter one-bedroom unit while kid-friendly Sarin Suites starts at B27,000/month for a condo of around the same size.
Golden Axe Throw Club Bangkok
Soi Pridi boasts a stunning variety of obscure activities, one of them being axe-throwing at Golden Axe in W District. If you prefer your action more traditional, then head to the J-Press Futsal Arena to show off your skills with friends. You can also spend some quality family time at One More Game Board Game Cafe located closer to BTS Phra Khanong or take them to the nearby indoor mini golf course at The Turn.
What makes Soi Pridi such a good place to live?
Ramsri Phohom, owner of Balcony 31
“There are many condos and different kinds of people living on Soi Pridi. It’s near a market and the building prices aren’t too high. It’s also one of the few places where you can still find olden (bolan) style houses, which I think is pretty special.”
Andy Hong, former St. Andrew’s student
“From eating at my favorite Korean barbecue joint to fulfilling my daily coffee runs, Soi Pridi is the place where I get most of my errands done. It connects to a lot of other sub-sois, which makes driving through really convenient, too.”
Phatpitcha “Minnie” Suksangwarn, owner of Hoppy Hrs
"Phra Khanong is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Bangkok right now. It has all the ingredients to become the next Thonglor. It’s one of the cheapest places to stay, too, with tons of street food stalls and cafes."