Discover this ex-pat's quirky tips to look like a local in downtown Bangkok
Top three bars: Try the ethereal Iron Fairies & Co. on Thonglor Road, the nearby, über-cool Badmotel, and hip and homey Fatbird on Phahonyothin Road.
Top three shopping spots: Visit Chatuchak Weekend Market for souvenirs and second-hand items; for designer threads, head to Siam Square; and for retro pickings, visit Talad Rot Fai (Train Market) after 10pm on Fridays, or on Saturdays.
Best cinema: Scala in Siam Square, the capital’s oldest single-screen movie hall. This theatre offers a retro film-going experience, with plenty of charm amid eclectic and grandiose surrounds.
Best brunch: Two well-known stalwarts are Kuppa and Crêpes & Co.; both serve mouthwatering coffee, eggs and cakes. For something less hectic, try the NY-style Minibar Royale, or the authentically French Café Tartine.
Best local art gallery: If you want to see or be seen, head to WTF Gallery. This old, three-storey shophouse – and its additional annex across the street – regularly plays host to exhibitions, poetry slams, food tastings and street parties.
You need to know: To look like a local, eat copiously every two hours, watch B-grade zombie films and complain about the heat incessantly.