18-12-17 PenCities Bangkok
With it’s breezy days and balmy evenings, December is Bangkok’s peak cool season, and there’s no better time to get outdoors. From raucous open-air beer courts to glam rooftop bars and twinkly riverside diners, the city embraces eating and drinking en plein air. Mingle with the style set at one of these alfresco supper spots...
This perennial boho-meets-cosmo favourite has garnered a stellar rep for its gutsy game n’ seafood plates, and while it’s a super-chic spot year round, it really comes into its own in the cool season. Book a table on the bamboo-bordered balcony to soak up the creative, global vibe.
The Never Ending Summer
Perched close to The Peninsula, The Jam Factory’s urban-industrial diner scores high on the style-o-metre with its polished concrete floors, exposed girders and masculine, monochrome furniture. But when weather permits, opt for a table on the laidback, tropical deck, replete with twinkly lights and river vistas. It’s the perfect situ to while away a few hours over upscale comfort bites, with Siam-style cocktail in hand, of course.
Frock up, strike a pose and sip no less than Champers as you savour caviar and city panoramas at this swish, Art Deco-ish rooftop doll, slap bang in the centre of town. Peepers peeled for the city’s own Voguettes, models and celebs… the glad-mag’s office is but a stiletto’s click away.
Thai-Oz and American couple Duangporn Songvisava (Bo) and Dylan Jones (lan) have won multiple gongs – including a recently awarded Michelin star – for their game-changing interpretation of locavore, heritage recipes, served in a beautifully renovated trad Thai abode. Heralded as Bangkok’s first zero-waste restaurant, this is slow food for design-conscious epicures, better yet, enjoyed on the romantic terrace outside.
This charmant Gallic eatery in a colonial-style house of whitewashed interiors has been a hit with the local Franc-pat community for decades. And while they flock here year-round for the top-value lunch sets, succulent meat dishes, homemade bread and excellent wine list, it’s the pretty tree-strewn courtyard that keeps them coming in cool season.
Thiptara / The Peninsula / 333 Charoennakorn Rd / Klongsan / +66 2 020 2888 / Thiptara: dinner daily / River Café & Terrace: b’fast & dinner daily / peninsula.com
Eat Me / Soi Phiphat 2 / Silom / +66 2 238 0931 / 3pm-1am daily / eatmerestaurant.com
The Never Ending Summer / The Jam Factory / 41/1-5 Charoennakorn Rd / Klongsan / +66 2 861 0953 / 11am-11pm daily
Vogue Lounge / 6/F / MahaNakhon CUBE / 96 Narathiwas Ratchanakarin Rd / Bangrak / +66 2 001 0697 / 5pm-late daily / voguelounge.com
Bo.Lan / 24 Soi Sukhumvit 53 / Khlong Tan Nuea / +66 2 260 2962 / dinner Tue-Sun, lunch Sat-Sun / bolan.co.th
Indigo / 6 Convent Rd / Silom / +66 2 235 3268 / 11.30am-late daily