Aside from its trove of shopping haunts, Bangkok offers plenty of food and party spots. Here's your curated directory for the buzzy Thai capital.
I'm not really big on eating fancy in Bangkok as I've always found the food really good almost everywhere I go. I accidentally got to try Nahm on a trip with my good friend Maureen Disini, who insisted on eating here. We wanted to go on a Saturday but it was already fully booked, but they had a last-minute cancellation that evening so we rushed to take the slot. I would say I have never thought of Thai food being brought to that kind of level. Now I know why it's number five on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants List and I still dream of going back there.
27 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
I stumbled across Eat Me on my very first trip to Bangkok while I was still in college when a Thai friend recommended the place. I had good memories of the place and I recently rediscovered it, 15 years later. Much has changed on the menu but I must say the place still makes me want to go back. It's like rediscovering an old friend.
20 metres off Convent Rd. (in Soi Pipat 2), Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
Namsaah Bottling Trust
On one of our trips to Bangkok, Maureen and I had the chance to catch up with our old friend Ana Kalaw, who is based there. Ana recommended the place. I love how it's in a 100-year old house that was turned into a clubhouse, then an office for a soda company. The interiors are just amazing: One room is bright red, and the other one is blue and gold with Asian details. The food is Asian comfort food with a twist—I don't like to say fusion, but that's the word that comes to mind.
Soi 7, 401 Si Lom, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok
This little gem is my favorite place in the whole of Bangkok. It reminds me of Today x Future, from the interiors, music, vibe, and even the people. A lot of artists, locals, and not annoying tourists go here. It's located in the up and coming area of Bangkok: Chinatown. This is a place to just hang out, listen to good indie and rock 'n'roll music, and meet people. Give a shoutout to owner/DJ/bartender P'Khoe.
21/36 Rama IX Road, Bang Kapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok
Soi Nana (Chinatown)
Don't mistake this place as the Soi Nana of Sukhumvit. This Soi Nana is in the fringes of Chinatown. This little street during the day is filled with hardware shops and god knows what as I've actually never been there in broad daylight. At night, the street transforms and you can see these stylish bars, like Teens of Thailand, Tep Bar, abd Bar 21, and on my last trip, there were already a couple more bars that opened.
Soi Nana, Chinatown, Bangkok
This small bar/disco is nestled in the middle of Sukhumvit; Sukhumvit 51 to be exact—one of the places I frequent when I'm in Bangkok. No pretensions—just good funk, soul, and disco music on Fridays.
10110 51 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok
If you're not up for some disco dancing, this place beside Studio Lam would be a great alternative. It has a very chill vibe to just hang out and have a few drinks.
7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Bangkok
*This article originally appeared in Preview Magazine's June 2017 issue.