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ITALIC & BOLD Travels: Big Bang Bangkok

Bank holiday or otherwise, tourists flock to the City of Angels all year round. This city holds very special meaning to us and during our last trip, we decided to put together a hit-list of some of our favourite local hideouts/ things to do that we hope you'll enjoy too.

#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:
Rain Hill - Apostrophe’s, Him & Her, and Shuffle Rustic Cuisine & Bar
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

Ei8ht Thonglor, Thonglor Soi 8 - Storia, Pantry Magic

#2. Our favourite Japanese hideouts
We're love Japanese food and Bangkok sure knows the way to our hearts (through our bellies).
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. 

Zuma at St Regis Hotel, BTS Ratchadamri

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!   
Sushi Tsukiji, BTS Sala Daeng

Spotlight on Silom
Silom is known for having some of the best Japanese nosh and if you're in the vicinity, don’t forget to check out Labrador’s new store at Silom Complex (also available on ITALIC & BOLD) and Everyday by Karmakamet, a multi-brand retail space cum café.
Everyday by Karmakamet, BTS Sala Daeng

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.

Gallery Drip Coffee, BTS National Stadium

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
We love the restaurant scene in Bangkok but we're street foodies at heart. (Check out that grilled fish smothered in salt - we have this for supper every. single. night.)

#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.

JJ Market
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. 

Bangkok - the city of angels that never sleeps. Love this city as much as we do? Leave a comment to tell us why and stand a chance to win a Labrador Notepad Case! Giveaway ends 31 August 2013.


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