Effectively the financial district of Bangkok, Sathorn is home to highrise commercial buildings, office spaces and international firms. It’s also home to some of the best fine-dining restaurants, swanky design hotels and ambitious development projects. The most recent addition is the development of the pixelated 77 floors of MahaNakhon building. It officially launched on the 29th of August 2016 with spectacular colours under the theme MahaNakhon Rising: The Night of Lights.
Top names in fine-dining include gourmet French restaurant L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (5th Floor MahaNakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwas Rd. 02-001-0698, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2pm, 6:30-10pm BTS Chong Nonsi), opened by the chef with the most number of Michelin stars in the world and fusion Japanese “casual” fine-dining Morimoto (3rd Floor MahaNakhon Cube, 96 Narathiwas Rd., 02-060-9099, Mon-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-11pm BTS Chong Nonsi), headed by the famous Japanese Iron Chef, both residing in Mahanakhon Cube.
For a taste of Thailand, we recommend a dinner at Nahm (COMO Metropolitan Bangkok, 27 South Sathorn Rd., 02-625-3333, Mon-Fri 12-2pm, 7-11pm, Sat-Sun 7-11pm, MRT Lumphini), an establishment by Australian chef David Thompson that currently ranks No. 22 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Award and No. 7 in Asia. Its original branch in London earned him a Michelin star within six months.
Another beautiful oasis in Sathorn is the 19th century colonial House on Sathorn (108 Sathorn Rd., 02-344-4025, Mon-Sun 12-10:30pm, BTS Chong Nonsi), formerly the Embassy of the Soviet Union, where one can have a chic and lazy afternoon tea session in the open-air Courtyard, or enjoy immaculately presented international dishes by Turkish Chef Tutak at The Dining Room.
Away from the world of haute cuisine, Sathorn is also blessed with its mix of picturesque minimalist cafes and hip bars in the leafy alleys of Sathorn Soi 10-12. Popular names include Swedish brunch hotspot Rocket Coffeebar S. 12 (147 Soi Sathorn 12, 02-635-0404, Mon-Sun 7am-8pm), Japanese whisky cocktail bar-restaurant Hanakaruta (Soi Sathorn 10, 02-635-1239, Mon-Sun 6pm-2am) and French bar & bistro Marcel (12 Soi Sathorn 10, 02-635-3533, Mon-Sun 12pm-12am). The ultra chill Le Cafe des Stagiaires in Soi 12 (081-207-3077, Tue-Sun 4pm-2am) has a lively hangout atmosphere with its semi-open air decor, fun music and a solid list of classic cocktails, beers and wines.
The latest addition to the mix is Bunker (118/2 Soi Sathorn 12, 02-234-7749, Restaurant: Mon-Sat 6-11pm, Bar: Mon-Wed 6pm-1am, Thu-Sat 6pm-2am), launched in early 2016, which works as both a trendy nouveau American eatery, as well as a cool hidden cocktail bar with brutalist decor, whose drinks are crafted by some of Bangkok’s most reliable mixologists.
For some fancy aesthetics,head over to Vogue Lounge (6th Floor Mahanakhon Cube, 02-001-0697, Mon-Sun 5pm-2am BTS Chong Nonsi) for a high end spot to enjoy a fancy concoction over a view of Sathorn, or Park Society on the 29th floor of So Sofitel Bangkok (2 North Sathorn Rd., 02-624-0000, MRT Lumphini) that will give you a view of Lumphini Park if you make it there before sunset.
An all-time hit like Vertigo Moon Bar, sitting on the 61st floor of Banyan Tree (21/100 South Sathorn Rd., 02-679-1200), is a compelling rooftop bar option if you can manage to find a seat. Alternatively, Woo bar at W Hotel provides a pre-drinking spot before the rest of the expat crowd heads up to Ce La Vi (formerly Ku De Ta) for a night of dancing to hip-hop and edm, located on the 39th Floor of Sathorn Square (Tue-Sat 6pm-2am).
Nearest BTS Station: Chong Nonsi (Silom Line)
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