7 reasons to visit Soi Nana, Yaowarat

It takes a lot to lure the cool crowd away from the familiarity of the Sathorn/ Sukumvit/ Silom area but, somehow the unassuming and utterly charming Soi Nana in Yaowarat has gained momentum as a destination for intrepid drinkers and art lovers.

While shabby chic is part of the beauty of this little shophouse lined soi, don’t expect China Town prices; this little corner of Yaowarat matches Thonglor when it comes to prices.

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Tep Bar

Tep is one of Bangkok’s new wave of bars and restaurants making traditional Thai the coolest trend in the city.

Fresh and delicious Thai food, cocktails made with yadong infusions and local spirits and a live band, Samniang Tep, playing traditional Thai instruments, including the xylophone-like ranat thum and a taphon drum, every night from 7.30pm make this a genuinely unique bar in the city.

Tep Bar, Room 69-71, Soi Nana, Charoen Krung RoadBangkok, www.facebook.com/TEPBAR

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23 Bar & Gallery

23 Bar has has moved from Soi 16 and opened up on Soi Nana.

A Brit pop soundtrack and affordable local beers are a hallmark of the venue but, its new incarnation also features an art exhibition space which is, primarily upstairs but also trickles on to the ground floor with photography displays and, perhaps even the odd avant garde Japanese performance art on a Saturday night.

23 Bar & Gallery, 92 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, www.facebook.com/23-bar-gallery

Photo credit: Anfernee Chog. 

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Cho Why

A key part in the popular Soi Nana Craft and Jumble Trails, Cho Why is a cool art gallery sprawled across an entire shophouse (be warned the stairs are precariously steep!)

The venue hosts regular exhibitions, including some edgy photography exhibitions.

Cho Why, 17 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, www.facebook.com/chowhybkk

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Teens of Thailand

Gin lovers; if you haven’t hit Teens of Thailand yet, get yourself down there. Despite the name and the sexy photos adorning the wall, the venue is a refined spot, with a cocktail menu that changes daily.

The house gin is Hanami, but the bar also features Ashley Sutton’s Iron balls, No. 3 London Dry Gin and a big selection of others.

The downstairs is small and intimate but, immediate plans are to open up the upstairs as a restaurant.

Teen Of Thailand, Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, www.facebook.com/Teens-of-Thailand

Photo credit: BK Magazine. 

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Pure Luck Bangkok

Anyone who loves the sweet fermented tea, kombucha, knows it can be tricky to find in Bangkok and, even when you’ve found a spot that sells it, they often run out just as you’ve got hooked.

Thankfully, New York company, Pure Luck, has arrived in Bangkok offering a steady supply of kombucha to the city’s health conscious. Whether you’re after a little variety or you just can’t stomach the regular kind, Pure Luck offers a range of flavours from its pretty shophouse headquarters on Soi Nana, including Mint Chocolate Cookie, Hot Ginger, Cinnamon Plum and Raspberry Mangosteen.

Pure Luck, 31-33 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, www.facebook.com/pureluckbangkok

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El Chiringuito

Spanish tapas served in a shophouse in China Town in Bangkok. Why not?

This cute venue is one of those perfect ‘a little place I know in Bangkok’ finds to capture the hearts of people who love to find something a little different to the norm.

The tapas is good, but the decor is even better, with vintage touches including retro posters, sewing machine tables and a menu written up on an ornate chalkboard.

El Chiringuito, 221 Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkok,www.facebook.com/elchiringuitobangkok

 

 

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Nahim Cafe

Possibly the cutest cafe in the city, Nahim Cafe combines adorable homemade crafts — think kitschy knitted bags, unicorn badges and wooden carved flamingo pens — with drinks and nibbles you’ll want to capture on IG.

Latte art is a big deal here, as are super sweet extras, including cold brewed teas in caramel popcorn flavour, dragon berries and pom pom berries; all delicious.

Nahim Cafe, Soi Nana, Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, www.facebook.com/nahimcafe.handncraft

Gaby is a gym fanatic with a sweet tooth and a penchant for a well-mixed cocktail.  Follow her on Twitter at @GabyDoman.