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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Zense

      High above
      The Zense has a large rooftop deck on the 17th floor above the ZEN department store. Dining at such airy heights under constantly shifting coloured lights, guests have the choice between Thai, Italian, Indian and Japanese cuisine. Some just come to enjoy a cocktail. Young, successful Thais in particular are attracted to this venue and if you don’t make a reservation, you might have to wait for seating.
      ZEN World, Level 17
      4, 4/5 Rajadamri Road, ZEN World @CentralWorld
      Pathumwan, Bangkok, 10330

      +66 2100 9000
      zensebangkok.com
    • Lek & Rut Seafood Yaowaraj

      Inexpensive but delicious
      This streetside food stand with its employees all clad in red T-shirts is easy to spot. Guests may sit on plastic chairs and stools but there is always a line of people waiting at dinner time and the employees have their hands full bringing fried grouper, grilled prawns, steamed scallops and ice-cold drinks to the tables. A meal for two comes to around 15 Swiss francs – and that’s for the best fish and seafood in the city.
      Intersection of Yaowarat Road and Thanon Phadung Dao Street (Soi Padungdao)
      Bangkok 10100
      +66 81 637 5039
    • Basil

      Gourmet
      Those on the lookout for a culinary epiphany will find it in this fashionable but cosy and unpretentious restaurant in the Sheraton Grande Hotel on Sukhumvit Road. Basil features a dozen tables and a menu you could spend the evening going through. Chef Thanida Amornvatin recommends her classic curries and the salad of green papaya and pomelo or banana blossoms. Regular patrons leave room for dessert because the homemade coconut ice cream is sensational.
      Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
      250 Sukhumvit Road
      Bangkok 10110
      +66 2 649 8366
      basilbangkok.com
    • Spring & Summer

      Light and airy
      Spring & Summer is a wonderfully tranquil, light and airy oasis integrated into two glass buildings from the fifties. With indoor and outdoor seating, have a cocktail, munch on a couple of sweets from the chocolate counter or dine on truly delicious Thai cuisine. The most popular items on the menu are the crispy, deep-green Morning Glory Salad, with a spicy sauce and grilled river prawns, and the classic noodle dish Pad Thai with seafood.
      199 Sukhumvit Soi 49, Promsri
      Bangkok 10110
      +66 2 392 27 57
      springnsummer.com
    • Eat Me

      Chic
      This well hidden, very chic restaurant with art on the walls and a romantic terrace is only open evenings and is particularly popular with Bangkok's expat community. Guests dine by candlelight to cool jazz tunes on a menu of modern Australian dishes with Asian accents. There is a wonderful selection of wines from Australia and the rest of the world.
      Convent Road (in Soi Pipat 2)
      Silom, Bangkok
      +66 2 238 09 31
      eatmerestaurant.com
    • Distil

      Top view
      The terrace of the bar Distil offers an incredible view over the river and the city from the 64rd floor of the State Tower. In lieu of tables and chairs, casual leather cushions have been laid over broad benches with a few bar tables standing around. Young Thais meet here for a cocktail; the deck is especially romantic and well attended when the sun sets. Even after dusk, however, it takes some luck to get a good spot.
      State Tower, 1055 Silom Road
      Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
      +66 2 624 95 55
      distil.com
    • Long Table

      With pool
      This bar and restaurant, found on the 25th floor well above the skyscrapers of Sukhumvit, features a terrace pool and restaurant. Guests lounge on red leather sofas, the long bar is bathed in red light and the «long table», with room for a good 100 people, also glows red. The cuisine is alright, the wine list good and the house DJ is excellent, filling the venue with the right sound at the right volume for a steamy night in Bangkok.
      48 Column Tower Bangkok, 25th floor
      Sukhumvit Soi 16
      Bangkok 10110

      +66 2 302 2557
      longtablebangkok.com
    • Met Bar

      Hip
      This club is part of the cool Metropolitan by COMO hotel and has been one of the hottest night spots since it opened five years ago. It offers just what you expect from a hip club: good music, beautiful people and great cocktails. This isn’t the place for a quiet talk but seeing and being seen can give you plenty to shout about. Especially over a heavenly pineapple martini.
      The Metropolitan
      27 South Sathorn Road
      Bangkok 10120
      +66 2 625 33 99
      metropolitan.como.bz