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Bangkok Shopping Guide | Siam area, Chatuchak, Union Mall, Platinum Fashion Mall and more

Bangkok Shopping Guide | Siam area, Chatuchak, Union Mall, Platinum Fashion Mall and more

During my first trip to Bangkok, I went shopping around without much research, and it was pretty disappointing! But for this second trip to Bangkok, I went well-prepared with a list of potential shopping places.. and fortunately I had luggage space!

Bangkok Food Diary | Thai Food & Cafe-hopping

Just got back from our second trip to Bangkok this year. This time round we planned it around food, food, and more food for our short 72 hours there. Trust me, it's hard to narrow down the list of drool-worthy local dishes and the instagrammable cafes available there. But I'm glad we made all the right decisions and not waste our calories intake!

Here's the list of food we ate and like.


ONE OUNCE FOR ONION (EKKAMAI BRANCH) 

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The cafe is tucked away in a small lane so it wasn't the easiest to locate it, but we found it with the help of google maps. They have expanded the indoor (air-conditioned) area so it looks slightly different from what I have seen online. Adjacent to the cafe, there's a hip multi-label clothing store named "Onion". This tranquil cafe area is really cosy with the sunlight shining in through the large window. 

We were there early for brunch. Don't be fooled by its name, the menu is not onion-centric. Instead it offers a great selection of western food and drinks which we really enjoyed! He ordered a cup of mocha and the Grilled Croissant which comes with a tomato egg dip. I ordered a cup of tea and the Thai Garlic Bacon Pasta which was what drawn me to this cafe. We give both the dishes two thumbs up! I fell in love with this cafe and will go back in a heartbeat if I could. 

Nearest BTS: Ekkamai
Address: 19/12 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Klongton Nua, Wattana 10110 Bangkok
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oneounceforonion/


AUDREY CAFE (THONGLOR BRANCH)

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Desserts from Audrey Cafe kept showing up on my Instagram feed for years so we decided to give it a try. Among all of their branches, Thonglor branch have the best exterior in my opinion and it happens to be in a cafe-clustered district which makes cafe-hopping a breeze. Service staff were very welcoming and sat us at the loveliest table by the window where we can lust at its beautiful surrounding. Had a tough time deciding what to order as the menu has more choices than what I knew. 

Eventually we settled with the Thai Tea Crepe Cake and Milo Sizzling Roti that did not disappoint! Crepe cake drenched with Thai tea sauce is of the right texture and sweetness. Soon, the second dessert was served. Our eyes went big when the waiter began to pour the Milo sauce over dessert and the pan started to sizzle. We left the place fully satisfied! 

Nearest BTS: Thonglor
Address: 1136/3 Soi Thonglo11, Vaddhana,Sukhumvit 55, 10110 Bangkok
Website: http://www.audreygroup.com/AudreyCafeBistro/


BAN KHUN MAE RESTAURANT

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Found a highly-rated Thai food restaurant along our shopping route at Siam. We've always thought that an authentic Thai food experience can only be found by the streets, but Ban Khun Mae proved us wrong. 

Arrived at noon and the restaurant is already filled with locals and tourists with minimal chatter as everyone were concentrating on eating. It is of an affordable price range despite its nicely decorated restaurant setting with good service. The menu included many photos of the recommended dishes, which made us so tempted to order everything. And we did over-ordered for two to share. Reccomend you to try the pandan chicken and green curry. 

Nearest BTS: Siam
Address: 458/6-9 Siam Square Soi 8, Rama 1 Road, Patumwan District, 10330
Website: http://www.bankhunmae.com/


NEON NIGHT MARKET (TALAD NEON)

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Neon night market (Talad Neon) is a relatively new night market in Bangkok and is situated 10 minutes away from Platinum Mall by foot. Popped over to this market for dinner after shopping. It's our first time having a proper meal at a night market. 

We were spoilt for choice with the various street food, seafood, barbeque and bar options. Along the seafood stalls area, we were constantly pursued by the friendly staff to dine at their area. In the end, we settled down at a crowded seafood stall and ordered Steamed Sea-bass, Grilled Squid and Pineapple Rice. The steamed fish tasted very fresh and the pineapple rice was very moist! Here's a tip, we think it's better to dine at a crowded stall as they will replenish their seafood supply more frequently than those quieter stalls.

Before leaving the night market, we got a plate of mango sticky rice from a cute store named "Mango Fu". As expected from Thailand, the mango is super sweet! 

Nearest BTS: Chit Lom
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 4pm to 12midnight
Address: 1087 Khwaeng Makkasan, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taladneon/


MBK CENTER LEVEL 6 FOOD COURT (FOOD ISLAND)

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Feeling famished after touchdown, we hurriedly checked-in to our hotel and head next door to the MBK Center level 6 foodcourt for a quick and fuss-free Thai meal. Don't confuse this with the more expensive level 5 foodcourt! It is good to note though, that the level 5 foodcourt provides halal food.

A variety of Thai cuisine are offered here at a low-price. To purchase the food, you will need top-up money into a refundable cash card at a counter first. The Pad Thai and Oyster Omelette are definitely our favourite from here!

Nearest BTS: National Stadium
Address: 444 MBK Center Phayathai Rd., Pathumwan, 10330
Website: http://www.mbk-center.co.th/en/


MISTER DONUT

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Mister Donut is everywhere in Thailand but not in Singapore, why?!! This trip had us on a "Pon De Ring" craze, eating a minimum of three donuts a day. Our absolute love and obsession, the Glazed Pon De Ring, is very soft and chewy like mochi. It is not as sweet as other American donuts and priced at only 25baht each! We even packed a box of half-dozen donuts to bring back to Singapore for breakfast, and they tasted exactly the same the next day! 

Address: Everywhere except Savarnabhumi Airport
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misterdonut_thailand/?hl=en


Want more food options in Bangkok? Find them (Roast, Noi Seafood, After You Dessert Cafe and more) in our January Bangkok trip blog post Day 1 here and Day 2 here.

Share with us in the comment if there are any other amazing food in Bangkok that we should try in the future? 

Thanks for reading and sharing! (:
Anders + Cindy


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Bangkok Day 2

Day 2 of Bangkok began with a trip to Roast! It's located within a really cool compound called The Commons, which is filled with hip stores and eateries.

 Roast Breakfast

Roast Breakfast

 Huevos Rancheros (Baked Eggs, Tomato, Chorizo, Tortilla)

Huevos Rancheros (Baked Eggs, Tomato, Chorizo, Tortilla)

We headed towards Asiatique after our breakfast. The best way to get there (in my opinion) is by the free shuttle boat! You get to enjoy the view of the river, as your boat slowly pulls into the pier of Asiatique. To get to the shuttle boat, take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and follow the signs down the stairs and to the pier.

Asiatique is a really photogenic place to visit! Full of photo opportunities that we all love as tourists. But the first thing you'll notice when you pull into Asiatique is the crowd. I visited Asiatique few years ago, and it didn't used to be so crowded and touristy. Probably because of this, the number of local designer shops have made way for tourist oriented souvenir shops. A real pity! Nonetheless, it's still a beautiful place as you'll see below!

We didn't spent too long at Asiatique in the end as we decided to head to Artbox! Not sure if it's always this way, or maybe it's because of Chinese New Year, but quite a few stores are unoccupied. We got stuck at the entrance taking photos though!

Love the food options here, lots of gimmicky stuff to try. We eventually settled for grilled seafood as it looked and smelled too good!

 Excited to share her discovery of a super huge beverage

Excited to share her discovery of a super huge beverage

As this was our last night in Bangkok, we decided to visit Jatujak Green Market (nearest BTS station: Mo Chit) despite being really tired already. Jatujak Green was actually pretty cool! Tons and tons of shops, food and even live music. If only we were not half dead by the time we reached there.

We didn't finished walking around the market as we were basically the Walking Dead by then. That's all for our last night in Bangkok! One more day before we flew back!

Bangkok Day 1

This year, we chose to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Bangkok along with the family. Spending time overseas during the New Year can be pretty great time to time! Especially when you visit a city like Bangkok, where almost every stores remains open.

Shortly after checked in, we visited this Pork Noodle stall near our hotel - Silq Hotel. We ended up visiting this stall multiple times during this trip, as it was delicious!

The day we touched down was the eve of Chinese New Year, and it’s also the day when the Chinese have their family reunion dinner. My brother picked Noi Seafood at Huay Khwang, a rather unique place for our reunion dinner. Always great to see a restaurant filled with more locals than tourists!

Needed some dessert after a sumptuous meal. Nothing shouts “Tourist!” more than eating the freshly-prepared Mango Sticky Rice by the roadside.

Next, we went to one of the newer Bangkok night market - Talad Rot Fai at Ratchada area (Nearest MRT station: Thailand Cultural Center). There were lots of shopping, food, drinks, and even barbers option available there. Will highly recommend anyone to visit there for the atmosphere and to chill!

 Entrance to Talad Rot Fai

Entrance to Talad Rot Fai

 Her first purchase!

Her first purchase!

And that's the end of Day 1! Two more days to go!