Constantly evolving and reinventing itself, Bangkok is the Asian city that really never sleeps. Thankfully, a new mix of on-trend cafes, restaurants and bars are keeping locals and visitors fed and watered no matter what time of day or night. Here’s where the hip crowd are hanging out in the Thai capital.
Fine-dining French fare: Water Library at Central Embassy
Transporting diners to the 1920s, this elegant Parisian brasserie is the latest – and much anticipated – addition to the popular Water Library family. With exterior flourishes that resemble the Eiffel Tower, and a sumptuous red-and-gold interior, this restaurant encourages decadence – might we suggest a few glass of French champagne? The evening a la carte menu has won a loyal following, thanks to flawlessly executed classic dishes, think duck confit and beef tartare, but it’s the brunch menu’s comfort food that really has people talking. Drag yourself out of bed and tuck into a guaranteed hangover cure in the form of sweet-savoury French toast and eggs Benedict with lashings of creamy hollandaise sauce. Level 5, Central Embassy, 1031 Ploenchit Road
Barbecue and blues: Smokin’ Pug
The husband and wife team who introduced Southern American low-and-slow grilled meats to the good people of Chengdu back in 2011 with the Lazy Pug have now brought their signature smoky flavours and sultry blues soundtrack to Sala Daeng. You only have to take a look at the rooftop barbecues at Smokin’ Pug to see these guys know their craft. Wash down buffalo wings, spare ribs and pulled pork sandwiches with US-sourced craft beers, and keep an eye out for live music performances. 88 Surawong Road
Hot new hangout: The Jam Factory
The breathtaking creation of Thai architect Khun Duangrit Bannag, culture vultures and food fanatics have been flocking to this converted warehouse in droves, which now comprises an art gallery, furniture showroom, bookstore and The Never Ending Summer – a delicious Thai restaurant set in the building’s industrial loft-style space. Take a ferry to the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya River and you’ll be rewarded with some seriously stylish surrounds – think exposed brick walls, soaring wooden-beamed ceilings and various light-flooded seating spaces – not to mention spectacular sunset views, too. Order a modern take on traditional dishes from the open kitchen, such as moo sarong (pork stuffed with salted egg and wrapped in egg noodles), and settle in for the evening. 41/1-5 Charoen Nakorn Road