10 Thonglor and Ekamai hits, according to a resident expert
Bangkok’s Soi Thonglor and Soi Ekamai, two long thoroughfares accessible from Sukhumvit and Petchburi Roads, are both loved and loathed.
The traffic is shockingly brutal, even by Bangkok standards. But they also feature some of the city’s top higher-end dining and nightlife options, making them a magnet for Bangkok’s young moneyed and the see-and-be-seen crowd.
In a trend-conscious neighborhood like this venues come and go weekly though, which is why new website Thonglor-Ekamai.comis gaining fans fast.
A continuously updated site created by Ekamai residents Sapphira and Steve Beaudin, it maps out all the bars, restaurants and shops in the entire Thonglor-Ekamai area. To keep it as up-to-date as possible, Sapphira devotes her nights to checking out the latest additions to the scene.
Here are 10 of her personal favorite bars and restaurants in the area -- along with a few recommendations on what to order.
1. Serenade Restaurant and Wine Bar
"Modern cuisine with a touch of local flavor. A place to call your second home in the trendy Grass Neighbourhood Complex."
Grass Neighbourhood Mall, Thonglor soi 12. Tel: +66 (0)2 519 2365. Website:www.serenadebkk.com
2. Iron Fairies/Fat Gut’z
"Same visionary owner, but two very different styles. Unique ambiance with live jazz at Iron Fairies and 16 specially crafted cocktails named after sunken ships at Fat Gut’z."
Iron Fairies: 384 Thonglor Soi 10. Tel +66 (0)84 425 8080. Website: www.ironfairies.com. Fat Gutz: 264 Thong Lor Soi 12. Tel. +66 (0)2 714 9832 Website: www.fatgutz.com. Click to read CNNGo's reviews of Iron Fairies and Fat Gut'z.
3. Soul Food Mahanakorn
"Thai comfort food made with fresh and quality ingredients. Killer drinks at the bar -- try the Bangkok Bastard."
"Step into European medieval times with funky jazz and R&B tunes. Colorful and chic cocktails to choose from."
Thonglor soi 5, Sukhumvit 55. Tel +66 (0)2 392 1769. Click here to read CNNGo's review.
"Enjoy authentic Vietnamese cuisine and stories from the owner and former FBI agent. Try the Banh Mi for lunch."
6.Crepes and Co
"Now also with Moroccan and tapas. Perfect for Sunday brunch or fulfilling your dessert cravings –- try the Josephine crepe."
First floor of Eight Thonglor, Thonglor soi 8. Tel: +66 (0)2 726 9398. Website:www.crepes.co.th.
7.Sabai Jai Gai Yang
"Thai and Issan food with one of the best Tom Yum soups and grilled chicken you’ll ever find at a decent price. Always packed."
Ekamai soi 1
8.Al Majlis Tearoom
"Ekamai’s best kept secret –- beautiful ambiance and Moroccan food. Be ready to be transported out of Bangkok."
Al Majlis is a little tricky to find. It's in a un-numbered alley within Ekamai Soi 12. Simply look for a green “Praduu Spa Club” sign and turn into that alley. Al Majlis is located at the end of the alley. Tel: +66 (0)2 392 2345. Click here for more on Al Majlis.
"Popular pub chain gives Ekamai a local hangout spot to start the night at before hitting the clubs -- unbelievably cheap drinks and food."
Ekamai soi 8. Website:www.taksura.com
"Go crazy at their 5-8 p.m. daily Happy Hour. Expect some drinks the size of fish bowls and the furniture you sit on is for sale."
34 Room 11-12A Ekkamai soi 21. Tel: +66 (0) 271 5500. Check out CNNGo's Tuba listing here.
And after all that eating and drinking? "Something I can't do without is Muay Thai at Bangkok Fight Club, to keep fit and of course to burn off those calories,” says Sapphira.