A list of our favourite spots to eat, sleep and drink in Thailand’s crazy capital…
Where to Stay in Bangkok…
Our number one choice of hotel in Bangkok? It’s got to be the Rosewood. The Rosewood is an oasis in bustling Bangkok with its ultra sophisticated deep grey and lilac palette; dark and sleek yet soft and elegant. Plush bedding, spacious marble bathrooms, excellent service – and you don’t need to leave the hotel for amazing food and cocktails with Nan Bei and Lennon’s on the property.
The Siam holds a special place in our heart – it’s one of our favourite properties globally. Nestled along the Chao Phraya river, it’s impossible not to fall in love with this spectacular urban retreat. The Siam’s unique brand of boutique luxury combines monochromatic Riviera chic with a seemingly never-ending collection of antiquities. Spacious rooms, suites and villas provide a welcome respite from hectic Bangkok – the riverside infinity pool is the perfect place to catch some rays with a cocktail in hand. A full size Muay Thai ring and in-house tattooist hint at the uniqueness of this hidden gem. A must-book for design lovers.
The ever-stylish hotel chain doesn’t disappoint with its royal purple, bedazzled, Muay Thai-obsessed Bangkok edition. Equipped with what may just be Bangkok’s most comfortable beds, this is exactly what you need after a long flight and late nights exploring Bangkok. The W hotel delivers a one-two punch with heavenly beds and a convenient Sathorn location.
Where to eat in Bangkok…
Haoma has quickly risen to the top of Bangkok’s fine dining scene, offering a modern Indian menu with some serious heart. You’ll find tasting menus that reinterpret regional Indian cuisine paired with ambitious French-centric wine pairings in a setting that feels a world away from the traffic-laden streets of the city.Haoma boasts its own urban farm, even offering a zero-mile dish, Haoma in a bite, where every ingredient from the fish to the herbs are grown on-site. Chef Deepanker Khosla is leading the new guard of Bangkok, coming in at number 10 on Tatler’s Top Restaurants in Thailand.
Identical twins Thomas and Mathias Sühring serve up a spectacular German tasting menu in their atmospheric villa that you won’t want to miss. Sitting at number 6 on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2020, this a restaurant that consistently delivers a pretty much flawless experience. Don’t miss their fantastic “Spätzle” and “Großmutters Eierlikör”, an eggnog of sorts straight from the recipe book of the twins’ Grandmother. Sühring is German fine dining that has global gastronomes talking.
If you love Chinese cuisine as much as we do, don’t miss stopping into Nan Bei, located on the 19th floor of the Rosewood Bangkok. Meaning south and north respectively, Nan Bei showcases a wide range of regional Chinese cuisine and has already garnered a reputation for its killer Peking duck. Coming in at number 18 on Tatler Thailand’s Top 20 Restaurants, this is a menu stacked with enticing dishes that we know you’ll love.
Little sister to reknown Bo.Lan, Err serves up delicious street-style Thai dishes and unusual cocktails. The watermelon seeds are insanely addictive, and don’t miss their most famous dish, the ‘chicken movie’ – a whole fried chicken skin with house-made sriracha. What does a chicken movie taste like? Visit Err to find out.
Thitid Tassanakajohn, otherwise known as Chef Ton, brings a touch of NYC style to Bangkok at Le Du. Chef Ton’s impressive resume includes some rather legendary NYC institutions, including Eleven Madison Park, Jean Georges and The Modern. His progessive take on Thai with a focus on local ingredients won’t disappoint, nor will the accompanying wines – Chef Ton is also a certified sommelier.
Where to drink in Bangkok…
Located in Bangkok’s up-and-coming Charoenkrung and just around the corner from 80/20, Tropic City’s crazy Caribbean vibes feel right at home in Bangkok’s steamy climes. Coming in at no.24 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020, the neon lights and kitsch decor are just our cup of tea when it comes to an night out in Asia. If you love rum and island-style tiki cocktails, don’t miss this one.
If you’re more into cocktails that push the boundaries than tropical tipples, then make a reservation at Vesper, number 11 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020. Their latest menu focuses on the concept of contrast, with creations such as ‘White Flag | Ammunition’ (Smoked Clove / Chamomile / Dry vermouth Italicus / Tanqueray) and ‘Young | Old’ (Peanut butter / Milo Horlicks / Vanilla / Apple Port wine / Ketel One). If these are perhaps a bridge too far for you, there’s a selection of Vesper classics on offer too for less ambitious imbibers.
Bangkok will no doubt have you experiencing a hangover or two, but if you want to experience exactly where a scene from the Hangover was filmed, head to Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower. Get there as soon as it opens to ensure you can snag a prime spot for sunset. The views are amazing…just be prepared for drink prices that are as sky high as the bar itself!
Sky Bar at Lebua Tower
Vertigo & Moon Bar
Stunning views are guaranteed when you’re perched high on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree hotel. A little more relaxed than Sky Bar, if you get in early enough to grab a seat at the bar you might find it hard to tear yourself away from the spectacular views. Tables for dining (Vertigo) are also available but ensure you book in advance.