Think Bangkok is all cheap beers and backpackers? Well, wake up and smell the frangipani. In collaboration with W Hotels, our 24-hour guide to this vast and steamy metropolis covers the latest and greatest shopping, eating, drinking and good old-fashioned chillin’ spots. Here’s where to go for the best of Bangkok:
A crisp start
Fried chicken for breakfast? Yes please! Polo Fried Chicken does it Isarn (northeastern) style, with
loads of crispy garlic and a pepper infused sweet sauce that will wake up your taste buds – make sure to order sticky rice with it. Dine in or take it across into lush Lumpini Park the city’s first public park and great for people watching.
For something a little healthier, head to the restaurant, glow at Como Shambhala’s Urban Escape, where you’ll find nutrient-dense dishes made with organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Contempo art and old-school eats
There’s voyeurism of a different kind at JWD Art Space which features contemporary and urban Thai artists, as well as regional and international names. Go early to Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient Chakki for old-school, Thai-Chinese traditional shophouse dining, as dishes often sell out. Must orders are the rad na (pan-fried rice noodles in gravy) and giew mee (wonton noodle soup).
Shop til you drop
While there are malls galore in Bangkok, follow the kool kids to Warehouse 30 a series of restored warehouses turned art, retail, lifestyle and creative hub. Stop by P Tendercool for bespoke, handcrafted tables and other furny, 30_6 for emerging Thai fashion designers, and Horse Unit & Woot Woot for vintage military memorabilia mixed with contemporary lifestyle pieces.
Need a bit of A/C? Head to CentralWorld for your Bangkok shopping mall fix, and stuff your belly some more at the epic Central Food Hall.
Spa and sundowners
Grab a quick Thai massage or foot rub at Erb Spa, then plonk yourself at Baan Rim Naam for sundowners by the river. Don’t mistake it for the baht-a-dozen restaurants that overpopulate the riverside, this is a Bangkok bar with soul, good cocktails and DJ.
Or, cross the river for The Never Ending Summer, a quintessential Bunnag fit-out where polished concrete and exposed girders backdrop a buzzy dining area of masculine, monochrome furny. Tom Yum Bloody Mary, anyone?
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