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Best of Bangkok: 12 New Things You Must Put on Your List For Your Next Trip

A rooftop Champagne bar, an art hub located in an old plane, and a spa that offers a gold leaf facial are among the newer hangout spots.
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Check out these fresh hot spots in Bangkok, Thailand.


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Newly opened establishments worth your attention  


The Champagne Bar and The Loft

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Atop the recently opened Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, the Loft and the Champagne Bar are just two of the anticipated dining options at the luxury hotel. The former serves up classic New York-style cocktails straight out of the Old Waldorf Astoria bar book. Meanwhile, the rooftop holds the opulent Champagne Bar, where guests can enjoy a glass of bubbles while admiring one of the best views in the city.

151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

Ginza Tenharu

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This is the third Asian location for the Tokyo institution popular for its Edo-style tempura. The menu of this 12-seater establishment includes everything you could expect from a chef who once ran a Michelin-starred restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. It certainly does not scrimp on ingredients—crowd favorites like Hokkaido scallops, Kobe beef, and fresh uni are regularly flown in from the markets in Japan. The omakase dinner features an indulgent 12 dishes of tempura between other courses. It's best to come during lunchtime when set menu prices are at half price.

3/F 999 Gaysorn Plaza, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, ginza-tenharu.jp

 

A Clay Café

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We’re noticing a trend of multipurpose venues sprouting in the bustling city of Bangkok. One such place is A Clay Café, which is a ceramics shop, gallery, and café all at once. Housed in a converted townhouse building, the first floor occasionally hosts ceramic workshops and also sells quirky ceramics. Head upstairs and you’ll find a cozy café that serves simple pastries and savory dishes. Move one floor up and you can admire seasonal art exhibitions.

50 Soi Sathon 8, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 


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Graffik Gallery

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Notting Hill’s Graffik Gallery has made it to Bangkok, creating a space for the city’s emerging street art scene. Works of local artists like NEV3R and Headache Stencil will be displayed alongside those of masters Banksy and Mr. Brainwash. The gallery’s owner, Oliver Cox, believes that the Southeast Asian city is poised to be the next regional hub for street art.

Fit For a Queen

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If you haven’t visited yet, you have less than a year left to view the Fit For a Queen exhibition at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles. The 30 pieces on display chronicle the 22-year relationship between Her Majesty and French fashion house Balmain.

Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, Ratsadakhorn-bhibhathana Building, The Grand Palace, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

 


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Cher Cheeva Café

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To appease your sweet tooth, check out the relatively new Cher Cheeva Café at the discreet Siam Nitra hotel. It digs into its Thai roots and presents a selection of timeless desserts plated in the fun, rainbow-colored manner that sweet Thai dishes are associated with. The warm wooden pieces of furniture make it a welcoming place to sit and have a pot of tea while gorging on the delicacies.

2/F DD Mall, 631 Kamphaeng Phet Soi 1, Bangkok

Sugar Ray: You’ve Just Been Poisoned

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Its name may raise eyebrows, but the Sugar Ray is gaining traction for all the right reasons. A few months ago, the watering hole left its home at Ekkamai and moved to new digs at the Octo Seafood Bar. The revamped speakeasy sports a more contemporary look these days, with a dimly lit bar and minimalist fixtures, but still serves some of the best cocktails in the city.

Sugar Ray, 24 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok

Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Market

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When penciling in your essential visit to a night market, consider this fun rendezvous spot located around a retired steel plane. The compound has been converted into a hip art hub, where acoustic and jazz bands, independent entrepreneurs, and street art converge. It’s a little bit of everything in one place.

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462 Sirindhorn Road, west of Bangkok 

DUKE Contemporary Art Space

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The DUKE Contemporary Art Space markets itself as a man cave. With an industrial feel and warm leather lounge chairs, the space is more than inviting. Part-art gallery, part-whiskey lounge, The DUKE is also popular among the well-to-do and well-heeled.

999 Phloen Chit Road, Gaysorn Village, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok


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 Waldorf Astoria Bangkok


The new Waldorf sits on prime land as it’s smack in the middle of high-end shopping area Ratchaparsong. The architectural wonder by Hong Kong-based architect André Fu is not hard to miss since it's the building shaped like a magnolia flower. Apart from five-star hotel accommodations, the Waldorf offers three floors of dining options. 

151 Ratchadamri Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

Il Fumo Six Hands Dinner

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For two nights only, Il Fumo chef Nelson Amorim will be preparing a six hands dinner with two guest chefs, his brother, Antonio, and Alexandre Silva for a new wave Portuguese feast featuring seven courses. Among the three culinary masters, there are Michelin stars to spare. 

Il Fumo, 1089/2 Rama 4 Road, email [email protected] for reservations

Erb Bliss Room

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Thailand is famous for magical massages. Erb Bliss Room is your one-stop-shop for everything that has to do with wellness. Originally a beauty label, Erb has expanded into skincare products, home fragrances, and just recently, spa treatments. One of the highlights of Erb Bliss Room is the Bespoke Fleurfume Bar, where you create a scent specific to you with the help of a Reiki therapist. Other treatments on offer include a gold leaf facial and crystal therapy. 

2/F Gaysorn Village, Ratchadamri Road, Bangkok

Bonus: Have dinner at Gaggan before it closes

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Gaggan Anand, the genius behind Michelin-starred Gaggan, recently casually announced that he will be closing the restaurant in June 2020 to open a 10-seater in Fukuoka. Before Asia's Best Restaurant sees its end, you can try booking a table at the innovative Indian restaurant. 

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