Cool and colorful, this loft hotel is a top choice for young urbanites. Centrally located near major hot spots on Sukhumvit Soi 11, the room fee includes an entrance to the (in)famous Levels and the Q Bar, both just around the corner. Day and night, refuel in their comfy, tech savvy rooms designed for connected party animals. On the menu: room service, a roof top infinity pool, a hearty breakfast, and even a free tuk tuk ride to the closest subway to ease you up after a wild night.
This café could easily be in New York: cool, unplastered brick walls with crisp, spartan, and detail-oriented décor that you only notice on second glance. The food follows the popular Thai practice of taking traditional recipes from other countries—in this case, the US—and combining them with Thai cuisine. The slogan on the waiters’ jackets reads: “Do you like to live dangerously? Try our weekly special!”
A casual dining place, it bills itself as a “market kitchen,” with dishes that are local and seasonal. The 1950s house has been tastefully restored and furnished with accessories from the adjoining design store. Expect dishes with inspiration from the Mediterranean countries. And while the wine list shows a bias to the Old World, the mixed drinks menu attempts to revive the art of mixology, with retro cocktails such as the Negroni, Sazerac, and Vesper.
Bellino (Thonglor soi 13)
Great things sometimes come in the tiniest packages: Bellino will probably qualify as one of the smallest bars you have ever been to, with just three tables on the inside and two more on the terrace. Nevertheless, the coziness here is undeniable. The selection of wine and fresh dishes, like the venue itself, is small but on point. We’d recommend one or two mixed platters to share (olives, cheese, cold cuts), and sampling a few wines by the glass.
Clouds – Seenspace Thonglor
Built around an 80-year-old tree, this futuristic bar in trendy Thongor is a nod to nature. Row upon row of tiny silver balls represents raindrops, while acrylic blocks encase decomposed leaves. The ceiling is an ever-changing art installation, sometimes numerous Barbie dolls, plastic pigs, apples, or Christmas ornaments on other occasions. Innovative cocktails and the snack-size pizzas, a house specialty, attract the crowds.
Opened last December 2012, Bad Motel kitsch name became quickly a must-stop venue in Bangkok bar circuit. Emphasizing on “Thai-ness”, the broke-down and touches of dilapidated walls mixed with manicured trees remind us of a Thai street food experience.The overall industrial-chic mood combines colorful décors and signs, old and broken-down spaces, in one building divided onto 4 separate floors topped with a magnificent rooftop overlooking the busy street below. The dishes served are based on simple yet delicious Thai re-invented recipes. DJ line up plays different tunes every night from 9pm to 1am and music selection can vary from indie electronic, reggae, funk, pop and disco on any given night.
Address: 331/4-5 Sukumvit 55, Klongtan-nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Phone: +66(0)2 712 7288
Opening hours: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM Everyday
Price range: $$ moderate
Payment: Cash, VISA, Master, AMEX, JCB
Cuisine: Thai inspired cuisine
BACC (Bangkok Art & Culture Center) – highlight Bangkok art
It’s not quite the Tate Modern, but with its central location, the Bangkok Art and Culture Center is still worth a pop in for travelling art lovers. While the building looks blocky and uninspiring on the outside, the circular layout on the inside allows for great showcasing of photographs and paintings. As you move from floor to floor, you will see design stores, mini-galleries, bookshops and small cafés. The larger exhibitions are usually on the last 2 floors, and change regularly. Entrance is free of charge.
– Complete Address: Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
939 Rama 1 Road, Wangmai, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
– Telephone number: +66(0)214-6630
– Website: http://www.bacc.or.th
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday 10h00 – 20h00
– Public Transport: BTS National Stadium
– Price Range: free-of-charge
– Pay with: free-of-charge