When it comes to hip hangout spots, Silom lies somewhere between enticing and terrifying. But amidst the slightly overwhelming, if you just head over to upper Silom, you’ll find yourself in the hip Saladaeng neighbourhood where sois alternate between insta-famous coffee shops and incredible food stalls. The area buzzes with affluent execs and young crowds of office workers—including us!—so come nightfall, the energy intensifies as we all head over to surrounding bars and restaurants for evenings of good food and drinks.
For those looking to be part of the cool area but don’t know where to begin, we’ve compiled a list of places to check out, from our digital editor’s cinema pick to our lifestyle writer’s favourite ice cream stand. We hang here all the time, so of course we know what’s good.
If your days start early like ours do, you need a good cup of coffee and Roastology is there for you in that department. After years of supplying cafes and restaurants throughout Bangkok with their beans—sourced both locally and internationally—Roastology finally opened up their own cafe to the delight of Silom coffee lovers. Not only do they offer an impressive selection of house-roasted espresso-based blends from 7am, their sweet potato milk is an interesting must that you can get topped with a shot of espresso for a pastel-purple latte. Then their dark choc—bitter and unsweetened, it works for some but not everyone. They’ve also got bagels and a little take-away window if you’re looking for breakfast to-go.
For a little more avant garde cup of joes, Eureka's the place. Taking the adventurous approach to coffee, expect exciting and innovative takes on their signature cold nitro brew. It’s the out-of-the-box Thai twists that really draw the crowds. The Kai Kem Latte, for instance, is a blend of cold brew, peanut butter milk and homemade salted egg caramel syrup, topped off with a dehydrated egg custard. If you’re up for a real adventure, get the Durian Iced Tea—a Thai tea served with macadamia gelato, flavourful durian sauce and a layer of freeze-dried durian powder. There are also other unique but safer options, such as the sakura yuzu lemonade, if salted egg and durian are a little too heavy for your taste. Nitro taps lining a long, marble table top, the venue is as aesthetically satisfying and trendy as the drinks, perfect for your insta-needs.
The Meatchop Butcher & Spirits
Come lunch, you have two options—take the authentic Thai route at the many food stalls around, or treat yourself to some really, really good steak. For the latter, The Meatchop Butcher and Spirits has you covered with quality prime cuts like Aussie black angus beef and imported lamb chops, served in an elegant and stylish venue. Black tiled floors, bubble-gum tinted brick-walls and pink round tables channeling 70s vibes attracts a clientele of affluentThais and expats who frequent the area. Tasty tapas plates and a selection of craft beers also make the place a cool pre night-out venue.
If you’re into quality food and highly instagrammable venues like what The Meatchop has to offer, you’ll also love Bitterman. Run by a group of Chulalongkron University architecture grads who wanted to put their design skills to good use, Bitterman gives you a contemporary take on Western and Thai comfort plates in a stunning glass house. Exposed brick, black framed glass windows and wooden decor, coupled with a lush abundance of greenery, give the venue a greenhouse-esque vibe that never goes out of style. Ideal for those days when you’re looking for something a little more special—say, a romantic dinner date or even a casual client meet—the menu doesn’t disappoint either. Try the signatures like Mr Rapee, a pasta dish served with grilled shrimp and arrabbiata sauce.
Located in a charming, blue two-story shophouse, Hung Sen is here to serve all your needs, noodle-wise. Expect a plethora of specialties designed to curb those mouthwatering cravings only Thai food can induce, such as kurobuta pork sukhothai noodles, or spicy noodles topped with shredded salted egg. There are also other options for your friends who might not be as into noodles you are, such as somtum and even a couple of vegetarian options like tofu steak and vegetarian pad Thai.
In lieu of the booming izakaya trend, Touka gives you Nippon bar grub in a Japanese house, tucked into a tranquil bamboo garden. The izakaya specialises in grilled skewers—AKA yakitori—but also offers an extensive range of meat dishes, going from chicken to wagyu, as well as a few sashimi bites. The airy space and chill soundtrack provide a chill spot to take a break from the bustling city surrounds, and if you drop by at night you can enjoy some pretty good sake with your meal, as expected at an izakaya. Otherwise comes for the filling lunch sets.
There’s the Japanese bar food, then there’s sushi and sashimi. From fanciful fusion rolls to creative dons, food here is filling and fresh. The decor boasts raw concrete walls and sleek black window frames for a modern vibe. Though the venue is ritzy and produce is top-notch in terms of quality, prices are friendly on the wallet, giving you all the more visit to drop by on a regular basis for lunch.
Guss Damn Good
With Bangkok’s weather, ice cream is always welcome, and the stuff served at Guss Damn Good really is, damn good. Expect over 30 fun flavours specially crafted from natural ingredients. A uniquely rich and creamy texture coupled with flavourful options make this place hands down one of the best artisan ice cream outlets in the city. The Saladaeng venue is very intimate—as in there’s really only standing room—but that doesn’t stop people from queueing for a scoop of the finest. Fun titles also add a playful touch, for instance: Why Can’t Coffee Be White.
Happy Endings Eats & Bar
If you’re looking for a good time, head “up the green stairs to #findyourhappyendings”. Resting above sister venue Meatchop, Happy Endings gives you a blend of pink neon lights and chic decor. For food, expect Vietnamese dishes that hit that soft spot between adventurous and authentic. Editorial are big fans of the Vietnamese sausage pho, but our sales team thinks the vermicelli with lemongrass chicken is hands-down the best dish. While good Vietnamese food gives you plenty of reason to go, Happy Endings Eats & Bar leans more towards bar than eatery, with Asian-inspired aperitifs that sort of surpass the plates. Expect spins on classic drinks, as well as a chance to create your own DIY cocktails named after your favourite celebrity crushes. Guest DJs frequent the space, and every wednesday is ladies night, meaning 50% off on DIY cocktails!
Bangkok Screening Room
If you’re an avid reader of our content, you’ll know we have a soft spot for the private cinema Bangkok Screening Room. A high-res approach to independent or classic films, this cosy cinema gives you an alternative to mainstream cinema in the city. The venue was created with aim of providing a traditional screening room to promote the works of budding local filmmakers, who otherwise do not get as much exposure in a world where blockbusters dominate the box office. There’s a mini bar outside and free popcorn, so rest assured you have all the moviegoing essentials.The founders also hope to expand to start hosting events in the space in the future.
And then you have the building that pretty much kicked off Saladaeng’s cool. Right in the middle of towering corporate buildings but still overlooking Lumpini park, Woof Pack brings a refreshing burst of creativity into the are. This multipurpose community space—where you’ll find Meatchop, Happy Endings, Bangkok Screening Room and Guss Damn Good, along with an array of great food stands, such as crepe and iced tea—also contains a boutique fashion store-slash-cafe and a gallery space. Inside the building, an open-plan area with white walls provides the perfect backdrop for art exhibitions, and there always seems to be a show on.
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