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This article was updated November 2018
Flanked by some of the city’s oldest communities, in recent years the Chao Phraya and its neighbourhoods have been given a new lease of life.
One of the first openings, responsible for herding the hi-so set over to ‘the other side’ is funky urban collective The Jam Factory. Brainchild of local architect Duangrit Bunnag, the former factory compound has been transformed into a luscious, pulsing riverside capsule of creativity, punctuated by enormous Bodhi trees providing welcome shade.
Star attraction since opening in 2015 is sleek shop n’ resto The Never Ending Summer and its expansive river-fronting deck. Its fitout is quintessential Bunnag, all mod-industrial polished concrete and exposed metal beams backdropping monochrome style accents, a minimal-masculine furniture collection and buzzy scene.
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 including the hit Tom Yum Bloody Mary.
Come weekends The Jam Factory is host to regular markets, live music and fam-friendly events. 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 0953, @TheJamFactoryBangkok
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