There’s a lot to love about Asoke and Phrom Phong area, not least because of shopping hub Terminal 21 (88 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-0888, Mon-Sun 10am-10pm, BTS Asoke), the glamorous shopping mall Emquartier and homey Farmers’ market at K-Village (93-95 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-258-9919, Mon-Sun 10am-11pm) being in proximity.
Just in Sukhumvit 33/1 alone, you’ll be able to find the Royal Oak (02-662-1650, Mon-Sun 10am-1am BTS Phrom Phong), where expats come for a fun night at the Comedy Club and Pub quiz; UFM Super Fuji (593/29 Sukhumvit 33/1, 02-258-0697, Mon-Sun 8am-10pm, BTS Phrom Phong) a sizeable supermarket where locals and expats rely on for imported Japanese goods and produce; Ramen Tei (593/23-24 Sukhumvit 33/1, 02-662-0050 Mon-Sun 11am-12am), one of the best Japanese ramen places in Bangkok; and the latest addition Hair of the Dog Phrom Phong (593/27 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-258-1461, Mon-Sun 5pm-12am), an asylum-looking craft beer bar that regularly has 13 different taps for you to try.
There are also countless trendy cafes and restaurants to try along Sukhumvit, from the excellent brunch spot at Seed (104 Soi Phrom Chit, Sukhumvit 39, 094-429-7777 Tue-Sun 11-12am) by the Water Library Group, healthy superfoods at Brekkie Organic Cafe (6/9 Soi Promsri, Sukhumvit 39, 083-656-6141, Mon-Sun 9am-6pm), Quince Eatery & Bar (Sukhumvit Soi 45, 02-662-4478, Mon-Fri 11:30-12am, Sat-Sun 10:30-01am) and vegetarian havens like Veganerie Concept (Soi Methi Niwet, 02-252-2120, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm) and Broccoli Revolution (899 Sukhumvit Rd. 02-662-5001, Mon-Sun 7am-10pm).
The legendary Peppina (27/1 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-119-7677, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6pm-12am) and Appia (20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-261-2056, Mon-Sun 6:30-11pm, Sun 11:30am-2:30pm) by Chef Paolo Vitaletti are also nestled within the alleys, serving some of the best Neapolitan pizzas and Roman family recipes in town.
If you’re more of the cafe-hopping type, try Sukhumvit 26, where you’ll be able to find the hip cafe pioneer Casa Lapin x26 (51 Sukhumvit Soi 26 Mon-Sun 7:30am-10pm) with a joint kinfolk-esque flower shop Wallflower; the Tokyo-inspired minimalist cafe-slash-gallery Sora City (61/52 Soi Sukhumvit 26, 02-001-6600, Mon-Tue, Thu-Sun 9am-6pm), and the homey breakfast-coffee spot Wonderwall The Kaffebar #26 (A Square, 120 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Mon-Sun 7:30-7pm). Right in the same ally is Barkyard Bkk (65 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 084-874-2777, Tue-Sun 10am-6pm), a space for Bangkok’s dog lover community providing facilities such as a swimming pool, pet playground, pet hotel & daycare and pet bakery.
For some nightlife action, there’s a huge range of things to choose from: house music and techno fans head over to Glow Club (4/5 Soi Sukhumvit 33, Mon-Sun 7pm-3am), while a lot of fancy aesthetics can be found at the Ashley Sutton-designed Sing Sing Theater (Sukhumvit Soi 45, 063-225-1331, Tue-Sun 9pm-2am) with its dark decor evoking an ancient Chinese courtyard theater, decorated with metal cages, lanterns and leather.
A further walk down Sukhumvit road takes you to world music and yadong cocktails at Studio Lam (Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-261-6661, Tue-Sun 6pm-2am), and a gallery-slash-bar at WTF Gallery & Cafe (7 Sukhumvit Soi 51, 02-662-6246, Tue-Sun 6pm-1am). For a bit of mystery, we dare you to find the speakeasy Q&A (235/13 Sukhumvit Soi 21, Mon-Sat 7pm-2am BTS Asoke) , one of Asia’s best cocktail bars that specialises in personalised drinks. You won’t even want to ask to see the menu.
Nearest station: BTS Asoke-BTS Phrom Phong