The coolest places to go in Bangkok are in Ari

With its boutique buys, cool cocktails and even a spot of culture, there are plenty of reasons why Ari is the hot new suburb to check out in the Thai capital.

An eclectic laneway in the Ari district in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Claire Turrell
  • October 2019

Need time out from temple hopping? Head to this leafy neighbourhood in the city’s north, which is a favourite with locals for its hipster cafés, shopping and galleries.

Try modern Chinese cuisine at Yoong Chang

Gaa alumnus Kulapol Samsen brings some Michelin-starred flair to Ari with the launch of his neo-Chinese restaurant Yoong Chang opens in new window. Enjoy handmade biang biang noodles with fermented soy sauce, sesame oil and fried shallots; Cantonese-style dumplings; and Dongpo pork, smoked American style, teamed with soju and lychee syrup in a traditional brass drinking cup.

It’s game on at Dice!

Dice! opens in new window is an urban café, gaming zone and co-working space rolled into one. Order the signature affogato with coconut ice cream, then visit the second floor where you can play more than 150 board games. The third floor offers Dungeons & Dragons sessions daily, while the top floors are set up as a co-working space for those who need to log on and rule the business world. Look out for the plant pots made from Lego.

Savour a cocktail at Frank Mansion

While Ari may be the coffee capital of Bangkok, there are also plenty of options for a night out. Take a seat in cool bar Frank Mansion atop the A-One Ari mall, where they serve curated cocktails. Tuck into tasty bar treats, such as tuna poke with crisp wontons, while enjoying live music.

Shop vintage at Museum of Everything Jinglebell

Lovers of all things vintage will fall head over 1950s heels for Museum of Everything Jinglebell opens in new window, a tiny store on Soi Ari 2. Every nook is filled with antiques, as well as retro jackets, bags and shoes. Owned by Pang Aurapraphan of fashion brand Vickteerut, it sells everything from Salvatore Ferragamo pumps to Chanel jewellery. And, as every store in this hip neighbourhood has a café, it also serves afternoon tea.

Feed your inner fashionista at Gloc

The sign on the window of Gloc opens in new window says “It’s nicer in here” and they’re right. Launched by writer, actress and DJ Patcha Poonpiriya, this one-stop multi-brand shop is a must-visit for any fashionista. Within its pastel walls you’ll find local and international fashion brands, lifestyle and beauty products, and clothing and accessories from its eponymous label. Need to quench your thirst? There’s also a small tea bar that serves aromatic blends.

Invest in Me Time at Calm Spa

The minimalist Calm Spa opens in new window, verdant with leafy green plants, seems a world away from the neon lights of Sukhumvit. Choose from an array of soothing treatments including the Signature Calm Massage that combines finger, palm and elbow massage techniques to combat aches and pains. Snap up one of their organic beauty buys as a souvenir.

Get your art fix at Numthong Gallery

The spacious Numthong Gallery opens in new window has been wowing art critics and collectors since 1997, with works by both emerging and acclaimed local artists. One of Southeast Asia’s leading galleries, Numthong specialises in film, photography and mixed media. After undergoing a lengthy makeover, the gallery has just recently re-opened its doors to the public.