8 secret spots in Bangkok that solely the locals know of

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Ready to (re)explore Bangkok, but prefer secret spots known only by locals to well-travelled attractions? We’ve rounded up some lesser-known hidden gems in the city for you to check out including a deviously hidden bar, a taxidermy museum housed in an airplane and a breezy rooftop craft beer spot.

1. Shop at a unique market centred around a decommissioned passenger jet

The decommissioned airplane sits as the centrepiece at Chang Chui Creative Park. Here you’ll find a variety of businesses, including restaurants, bars and designer shops, along with a cinema and theatre for performances. A taxidermy museum is what’s housed in the old Lockheed TriStar jet. The buildings in this unusual mall/market are made from upcycled corrugated iron, and old windows and doors.

460/8 Sirindhorn Road

CHANGCHUI BANGKOK
This massive retired L-1011 TriStar Lockheed is right smack in the middle of the park

2. Tuck into rustic wood-fire cooking at Quince

Quince, a down-to-earth eatery in a restored 1950s home, serves up delicious contemporary dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Look out for the slow-cooked organic pork belly. Locals flock here for the lazy weekend a la carte brunch, which has become a much-loved institution.

14/2 Soi Somkid Lumphini

QUINCE BANGKOK
Quince at Siri House offers fine dining quality amidst a relaxed atmosphere

3. Get a taste of Bangkok’s Chinatown in the ’70s

Ba Hao is an atmospheric Chinatown bar that looks like a scene straight out of a Wong Kar-wai movie. This secret spot in Bangkok leans fully into its theme – think all red mood lighting, bright neon signage, and Sino-inspired decor. The cocktail menu offers a superb selection of Chinese-accented cocktails, with an excellent menu of classic snacks like jian bing (savoury wheat crepes).

8 Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai

BA HAO CHINATOWN BAR BANGKOK
Located in the old chinatown of Bangkok, the interior evokes a ’70s vibe

4. Grab coffee and take in art at this secret café in Ekkamai

Bangkok is not short on great cafés, but Ink & Lion – hidden at the end of a nondescript lane in Ekkamai – has a unique charm. Maybe it’s the whitewashed brick walls and the changing art exhibitions they play host to, perhaps it’s the Melbourne-esque chilled vibes, but mostly, it’s the amazing coffee.

7 Ekkamai 2 Alley, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana

INK & LION CAFE BANGKOK
A cosy, casual café with an industrialised decor

5. Discover a dining destination in Thonglor

With Bangkok already saturated with malls featuring ubiquitous shops, The Commons broke all the rules when it opened its Thonglor venue, with its indoor-outdoor atmosphere, multi-layered spaces where free music performances are held, and emphasis on community. Locals can’t get enough of the eateries and shopping – not to mention the markets and fairs regularly held here. It now has another outlet in Saladaeng.

335 Akkhara Phatsadu Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea

THE COMMONS BANGKOK MALL
This hipster hangout has artful outdoor spaces, artisanal products, eateries and a market

6. Can you find the most hidden bar in Bangkok?

There’s no shortage of upscale speakeasies and cocktail bars in Bangkok, but Find The Locker Room is unique in just how difficult it is to locate – even for locals! Up for a challenge? This secret spot in Bangkok is ostensibly located at 406 Sukhumvit Soi 55 in Thonglor, but instead of a shopfront, you’ll have to navigate a narrow dark corridor till you see a locker room. The wall of lockers at the far end will slide open to reveal another room where a second locker door will lead to the bar proper. Once seated at the cosy, intimate space, you’ll be treated to a selection of novel cocktails including the F8. The striking drink is inspired by the Magic 8 Ball toy and even features an ice cube embedded with the message “OUTLOOK GOOD”.

406 Thong Lo Road, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana

7. Stroll through a welcome stretch of green in the city

Until recently, this roughly 2ha wooded park – just west of Suvarnabhumi airport – was a dumping ground. Remarkably, Metro Forest has been transformed into a natural habitat and wetland, which can be traversed by elevated walkways, and features informational exhibits on green living.

81 Sukhaphiban 2 Road

PTT FOREST IN THE CITY BANGKOK
Experience the wilderness in this man-made forest in the eastern part of Bangkok

8. Take in the view at this secret craft beer rooftop bar

The Thai capital is not short on rooftop bars – some even featured in movies – in hotels around town. However, residents know that the best deals, and views, can be found along Sukhumvit Road; don’t miss Brewski, a secret craft beer pub on the 30th floor of Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok Hotel.

489 Sukhumvit Road, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok

BREWSKI ROOFTOP CRAFT BEER BAR BANGKOK
Brewski is the highest duplex rooftop craft beer bar in Thailand

– TEXT BY SIMON OSTHEIMER

Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours as well as booking requirements before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.

The information is accurate as of press time. For the latest travel advisory updates, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website.

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