Bangkok is a city where you don’t have one particular “downtown” area. There’s just a bunch of cool points and Ekkamai is one of them. Yvonne Liang shares some of her favorite places to eat and play in Ekkamai.

Toot Yung Gallery
12 Ekkamai Soi 2

Inside Ekkamai Soi 2 is one of Bangkok’s most popular art gallery and event space. There’s always something cool going on at Toot Yung Gallery and you can count on a great crowd of both locals and expats showing up. From art exhibitions that really push the envelope on what’s appropriate in Thai society to movie nights screening indie films and poetry readings featuring local talent, you’ll get to feed your soul here.

A.R. Sutton Engineers Siam
G/F, Park Lane Ekkamai

The latest creation of Bangkok’s favorite designer Ashley Sutton, is in fact the only bar he owns now. You can find it at Park Lane, a community mall opposite Ekkamai Soi 2. Hidden behind a canopy of green leaves, A.R. Sutton Engineers Siam looks like a high end distillery inside a jungle. Specialty cocktails are made on a trolley right before your eyes. Service is top notch and the cheese platter is delicious.

Counting Sheep
26/1 Soi Sukhumvit 61

If you go straight through Park Lane you’ll come to Sukhumvit 61, which is still considered Ekkamai territory. Turn right and in a few hundred meters you’ll find a 2-storey café that’s just so easy to fall in love with. It feels like home with mismatched pieces of furniture that are filled with character. The beet root salad is amazing.

Heritage Bakery Café & Bistro
Ekkamai soi 4

About halfway down Ekkamai Soi 4 you’ll find a French café called Heritage that serves great coffee with all the pastries and sandwiches you could ever want. Everything is made in house so they’re fresh and tasty. Think croissants and macarons all at very reasonable prices. Fruit smoothies are also a great choice here.

Bourbon Street Restaurant & Oyster Bar
9/39-40 Soi Tana Arcade, Ekkamai

The diversity of food you’ll find on Ekkamai reaches all the way to the hearty seafood of New Orleans! Bourbon Street’s got you covered for Seafood Jambalaya, Crab meat avocado salad and of course freshly shucked oysters. Expect to see lots of expats here on a nightly basis.

Liberty Area One
Ekkamai Soi 10

On the second floor of the open air shopping and dining complex just on the corner of Ekkamai soi 10 is a unique boutique shop offering some of the most stylish clothing created by local Thai designers. The fashionista behind it all is Khun Nod Nuanwan Tatong who graduated from London. She is the shop’s owner and curator, hand-picking each item based on her own eclectic sense of style which can be described as minimal, dark with a touch a vintage.

Sabai Jai Gai Yang
Between Ekkamai Soi 1 and 3

If you do a quick online search about the best local cuisine in this side of town, you’re bound to come across Sabai Jai. The restaurant is packed on a daily basis during peak hours of lunch and dinner. The most famous dish is of course “gai-yaang” or grilled chicken which locals enjoy with sticky rice and somtam. It’s certainly one of those restaurants where you can close your eyes and blindly choose anything on the menu because it’s all tasty.

Ounce for Onion
19/12 Ekkamai Soi 12

Tucked away in a small alley off of Ekkamai soi 12 is a cool café that serves some of the best coffee in town. Attached to the Ounce for Onion is an in-house boutique carrying fashionable items from all over the world. We also recommend the crunchy banana smoothies – perfect for balmy Bangkok days.

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