Bangkok is the one city in the world I would not hesitate re-visiting over and over again. My four-year old passport has accumulated 10 sets of Thai immigration stamps, yet I’d happily give up more pages to absorb the chaos, ascend the buildings and devour the dishes here.
Embarrassingly, I only made my way to check off The Grand Palace on my last visit. But that’s the thing; Bangkok is not about the sites to see. The charm of the city can only be felt by living in it. And here are 8 ways I lived the city that made me fall in love with it.
1. Rooftop Bar with Wine & Cheese at Scarlett
There are countless rooftop bars dotted all around the city. While Above Eleven and Octave seemed to be the typical recommendations, Scarlett stood out to me more because of its laid back rustic vibe, which also felt a little less commercial. It was, as expected, more quiet than your usual rooftop bar at 6pm, yet turned out to be the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset over some quality pre-dinner wine and cheese. We ordered the G-board, which featured a few (out of many choices of) delicious cheeses and charcuterie.
Address: Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, 188 Silom Road, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
2. Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori at After You Dessert Cafe
If I could only ingest one item when visiting Bangkok, it’d be After You Dessert Cafe‘s Mango Sticky Rice Kakigori. Decent Pad Thais are prevalent almost anywhere in the world, but you’ll rarely encounter a kakigori (shaved ice dessert) so velvety and creamy; the texture was completely not ice-like. It was also stuffed with actual mango sticky rice which was a pleasant surprise. While you’re here, be sure to also try out their sticky toffee toast – it’s more than what you could ever imagine of a toast. It is admittedly sweet and quite heavy, but heavenly.
Address: Many locations including Siam Square One
3. Brunch at Roast
It’s the laid back vibes and decor that made me first fall in love with Roast. It’s their coffee that got me into coffee. And it’s their perfectly crispy exterior-ed strawberry cream waffles that keep me coming back every single time. Roast honestly has a special place in my heart and their delicious brunch items are definitely unmissable. See the full review here.
Address: theCOMMONS Top Yard (3rd floor) 335 Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
4. Food and Coffee at The Commons
Bangkok is pretty ahead-of-the-curve when it comes to the hipster-lifestyle trend and there’s no better place to witness this than at The Commons. It’s a multi-storey complex that’s semi-outdoors and dotted with random chairs and tables for youngsters to hang out at with their MacBook Airs. The food court at the basement not only has a number of delicious food options, including Roots Coffee, but was also livened up with live music on a Saturday afternoon. Roast is in fact also located on the top floor of The Commons.
Address: theCOMMONS 335 Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
5. Mango Sticky Rice from Mae Varee
If you visit The Commons, then you might want to go (or leave) via Thong Lor BTS station, just so you can get some of the most perfect mangoes and mango sticky rice from this local fruit shop, Mae Varee.
Address: Thong Lo 55, Bangkok, Thailand
6. Carrot Cake from Brave Roasters
I came across Brave Roasters when I was searching for a new coffee shop to explore on one of my more recent visits. Their cortado coffee (pictured above) was spot on, though the iced latte was a little too milky and mild. What you really need to come here for however, is their carrot cake. It’s so moist and perfect in all aspects – probably the best carrot cake I’ve ever had.
Address: I+D Style Cafe x Brave Roasters, G/F Siam Center, 19/12 Ekkamai12, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Bangkok 10110, Thailand
7. Turkish experience at The House on Sathorn
Bangkok is no doubt one of my favourite cities to experience food in general, but especially “fine dining”. Here at The House on Sathorn, a lot of fresh Japanese ingredients were used in the Turkish-Asian dishes and it’s hard not to impress with that alone. But more importantly, the overall experience was extremely varied and intriguing. Chef Fatih Tutak struck a fine balance between quality ingredients, creativity and excellent execution, that made this meal a beautiful unforgettable experience. Read the full review here.
Address: The Dining Room at The House on Sathorn (next to W Bangkok), 106 Sathon Nuea Rd, Khwaeng Silom, 10500, Thailand
8. Eggnog from Suhring
Suhring, serving German cuisine, is another one on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant list which I managed to sample. There were so many dishes in the tasting menu worth highlighting. Their sourdough bread will confidently put every bread you’ve ever tasted to shame; it also came along with cheese, ham, jams, and more. But it was really their grandma’s eggnog that was the most unforgettable – I extracted every drop out of that glass container and was close to asking my mother to give up the remaining sip in her glass for me.
Address: No.10, Yen Akat Soi 3, Chongnonsi, Yannawa, 10120 Bangkok