ITALIC & BOLD Travels: Big Bang Bangkok
#1. Thonglor and Ekkamai
It seems like everyone we know who's been to Bangkok over the last 12 months has paid Roast Coffee & Eatery at SeenSpace a visit and we love this place. They used to serve an amazing cheese board that’s been taken off the menu but it's still worth swinging by for brunch (the crab cake benedict is a must-try), coffee, and we admit – the free wifi.
We love exploring on foot so it’s always a full day at Thonglor; here’s our list of places to visit:
Ei8ht Thonglor (Thonglor Soi 8) - Storia and Pantry Magic
SeenSpace (Thonglor Soi 13) - Roast Coffee & Eatery and Dancing Riot
Thonglor Soi 17 - Thonglor Art Village
#2. Our favourite Japanese hideouts
We recommend Zuma for its excellent service, great ambience, pretty presentations, and reasonable pricing - get ready to be blown away by the Chirashi! Set lunch starts from B350, Monday to Saturdays only.
Another Japanese restaurant that gets our vote is Sushi Tsukiji, which also comes highly recommended by a brilliant Japanese chef/ restaurant owner we met in Nepal who used to work in Bangkok. We love that the place is small and usually packed with Japanese businessmen during lunch hour - very oishi!
Spotlight on Silom
Take a 20-minute stroll over to Healthland at Sathorn for a 2-hour long traditional Thai massage or opt for the hour-long Therapeutic Massage – it's usually less crowded than the Asok branch though we say call ahead to avoid disappointment.
And if that doesn’t perk you up, you’re a stone's throw away from Rocket Coffeebar where both the coffee (rocket fuel, anyone?) and cocktails are sure to give you a buzz.
#3. Shopping at Siam and Chidlom
Siam Square is sure to keep you diligently trawling each and every soi to discover Bangkok's young talents. From accessories (must see: Mosstories) to bespoke shoemakers (we love custom-designed loafers by London Brown) and Monocle-mentioned Q Design & Play, Siam Square has them all.
And if you're looking for some good coffee in the area, head over to the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre for your fix at Gallery Drip Coffee where they sell freshly roasted beans for takeaway too.
For anyone who loves and appreciates retail displays, visit Central World at Chidlom - Kate Spade's VM scores and we couldn't get enough of the first Jack Spade flagship store in Asia!
#4. Eat local curb-side
#5. Hit the markets
We’ve heard pretty mixed reviews about Asiatique and it's worth a visit, though we're sure if we'll be back. If you're there for food try Fire & Dine for their roast chicken – you won’t miss them roasting out front – and their cocktails pack a punch.
This is one very big market where you'll either bag your biggest bounty or leave utterly disappointed from being completely lost. To avoid getting overwhelmed by the heat, crowd, and behemoth of a market selling pretty much everything under the blazing sun, do your research beforehand and don't sweat it if you get lost - coconut ice cream will make everything immediately better.
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