Herding the hi-so set over to ‘the other side’ of the river, Bangkok’s The Jam Factory certainly is one trendsetting warehouse collective keeping our peepers peeled.
In ever gentrifying Bangkok, a slew of sceney newcomers has migrated across the Chao Phraya, and leading the chic charge is the funky upscale concept The Jam Factory, stylishly combining resto, bookshop, art gallery and home decor store – and it’s all perf-perched around a lush, leafy courtyard no less.
Brainchild of local starchitect Duangrit Bunnag (the man behind LUXE loves TCDC Bangkok and The Naka Phuket), the former factory compound has been transformed into a luscious, pulsing riverside capsule of creativity, punctuated by enormous Bodhi trees providing welcome shade.
The complex is still expanding, with another eatery and riverfront deck set to open late 2015, but currently the star attraction is sleek shop n’ resto The Never Ending Summer. Its fitout oozes quintessential Bunnag, where mod-industrial polished concrete and exposed metal beams backdrop buzzy dining tables as well as a minimal-masculine furny collection heavy on monochrome style accents.
On the plate, the fare veers traditional Thai, with emphasis on upscale comfort eats – think crab stir-fried noodle and roasted duck curry – dished alongside seasonal treats and a Siam-influenced list of ‘tails (Tom Yum Bloody Mary suit you, Sheila?).
Laidback locale, eclectic style offering, and a chance to explore a new nabe? Hop aboard and make an afternoon of it.
The Jam Factory, 41/1-5 Charoennakorn Rd, Khlong San, Bangkok. +66 2 861 0950, facebook.com/TheJamFactoryBangkok
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