Bangkok Destination Guide, Thailand’s Talad Noi District – Hotels Above Par

Wedged between the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s oldest paved road, the labyrinthine alleyways of Talad Noi hide some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, cafes and shops. Drawing inspiration from the neighborhood’s historic past, they merge local cool with old-world charm – here are the ones worth noting:

STAY:

Mustang Blu

Mustang Blu

Housed in a former bank building near Talad Noi, this 10-room bolthole looks like a movie set for a 1960s movie. the breakfast of honey-glazed pork chops and homemade pastries is one of the best in Bangkok.


TO EAT:

Restaurant 80/20

80/20

This forward-thinking Thai restaurant ushered in the rebirth of Talad Noi when it opened in 2015. Chef Andrew Martin hands out tasting menus using local ingredients — think tiger prawns with ‘nam jim’ tomatoes and curries more sumptuous beef. Wash them down with mocktails of little-used Thai fruits like malabar tamarind and pink guava.


TO DRINK:

Citizen Tea Canteen

Citizen Tea Canteen

This kaleidoscopic teahouse sheds light on the demise of Thailand’s “kopi” (traditional coffeehouse) culture. Its Thai tea blends are inspired by everything from traditional desserts to duck noodles and are served in custom glassware. Upstairs, you can browse quirky shirts and craft-inspired homewares.


TO VISIT:

Sol Heng Tai Mansion

Sol Heng Tai Mansion

Follow the lanes of Talad Noi towards the river and you’ll find the swirling rooftops of one of Bangkok’s last 19th-century Chinese mansions. To generate funds for maintenance, the resident family turned the yard into a small cafe and a scuba diving school.

Central_ The original store

Central: the original store

Perched on the spot where Central, one of Thailand’s largest retail conglomerates, opened its first store in 1950, this community space pays homage to the group’s rich heritage. Behind the terracotta facade you will find a concept store, a jazz bar and a restaurant by Australian chef David Thompson.

ATT19

TCA 19

Occupying a former school building, this gallery sells everything from Qing Dynasty antiques to African tribal jewelry. Co-owner and curator Mook Attakanwong knows Bangkok’s creative scene and frequently invites local artists for shows on the second floor.


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