Home to upmarket properties, fine restaurants serving up exquisite Thai and international cuisine, and some of Bangkok’s trendiest hotels — SO Sofitel, W Bangkok, and Banyan Tree — Sathorn is one of Bangkok’s fastest growing areas. Neighbouring popular areas such as Silom, Siam, Sukhumvit and the riverside, Sathorn is a hidden gem that can be easily overlooked by visitors, as it’s mainly known as the Central Business District. However, with a prime location boasting iconic landmarks such as Lumpini Park and the Chao Phraya River, Sathorn is a neighbourhood not to be missed, for tourists and locals alike.
Not sure where to start? We’ve handpicked a list of the best places to eat, drink, explore and shop in this up-and-coming district, with local recommendations to ensure you the most authentic experiences. From fine dining in a 128-year-old heritage house to luxury spa treatments overlooking Bangkok’s biggest green oasis and sky-high cocktails at the city’s best rooftop bars, here are some of the best things to do in Sathorn.
Where to Eat
Bangkok has no lack of restaurants serving classic Italian dishes, it’s true, but Sensi simply ticks all the boxes for high-quality, innovative fine dining, with charming hospitality in a refined setting. Located in a beautiful house with modern décor, Sensi surprises diners with creative twists on well-known dishes. The handmade pappardelle, for example, is served with Tuscan wild boar sauce and rosemary. As for the Sensi Tiramisu, it is delicately presented in a chocolate ball, which tastes as good it looks. While the à la carte menu offers incredible options, we recommend trying the five- or seven-course tasting menu for the full experience.
Sensi, 1040 Narathiwat Soi 17 Yak 5, Sathorn, Bangkok, +662 676 4466
Issaya Siamese Club
Tucked away in small street near Rama IV Road, Issaya Siamese Club is an outstanding restaurant that combines the charm of a hundred-year-old heritage house with exceptional service and the renowned Thai culinary flair of chef Ian Kittichai. As one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, Issaya Siamese Club offers an exciting take on traditional Thai cooking and street food, most notably through artful presentation and high-quality ingredients, such as the Yum Nuar (Thai beef salad, which is served with tender imported beef covering mini towers of salad. To end the meal on a perfect note, don’t miss the Cha Thai Mille Feuille, made with charcoal pâte feuilletée, Thai tea cream and Thai tea milk jam.
Issaya Siamese Club, 4 Soi Sri Aksorn, Chua Ploeng Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, +6662 787 8768
The House on Sathorn
Priding itself as Bangkok’s all-in-one culinary destination, this Thai national heritage home boasts three spectacular venues: The Dining Room, the award-winning restaurant; The Courtyard, an al fresco dining area; and The Bar, the sophisticated cocktail spot. While the colonial mansion has a multi-venue layout, that doesn’t mean that it lacks quality. In fact, whether you’re looking for a quick gourmet lunch, a relaxing afternoon tea in the elegant open-air garden or a stylish crafted cocktail at the exclusive bar, The House on Sathorn is designed to cater to every occasion. Looking for flavours beyond Southeast Asia? Why not go on a culinary journey through The Dining Room’s new signature tasting menus, reflecting a modern approach to Turkish-influenced cuisine introduced by chef Fatih Tutak.
The House on Sathorn, W Bangkok, 106 North Sathorn Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, +662 344 4025
What to Do
Named after Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal, Lumpini Park is a tranquil haven of fresh air and shade, offering city dwellers a quick escape from fast-paced Bangkok. While this is the perfect place to slow down and take a leisurely stroll, the park is also famous for recreational activities during the day. And as with any attraction in the city, the best way to experience the park is to follow the locals. You can hop on the paddle boats, take part in open-air aerobics classes, Tai Chi practice, or even dance to upbeat Thai and Western songs with other park goers.
Lumpini Park, Rama IV Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
YenakArt Villa art gallery
A contemporary art gallery located in a Bauhaus-style building in the glitzy backstreets of Sathorn, YenakArt Villa is one of the trendiest places to get a taste of the growing art scene in Bangkok. As the brainchild of partners behind some of Sathorn’s coolest bars and restaurants, YenakArt focuses on modernist concepts across all fine art disciplines. While most exhibited artists are Thai (Patipat Chaiwitesh is one of our favourites), exhibitions in the past have also featured emerging international artists. Exhibitions usually last for 6 weeks, so be sure to check the schedule on the website for updates.
YenakArt Villa art gallery, 69 Soi Prasat Suk, Bangkok, +6681 554 1199
Blue Elephant Cooking School
Considered one of Bangkok’s most prestigious restaurants and cooking schools, Blue Elephant offers the perfect introduction to Thai cooking. Classes are carefully designed for beginners and experts alike to take part in the exotic Thai culinary adventure. While daily cooking classes take place in the morning and in the afternoon, we like the morning session, as it includes a trip to the Bang Rak market, which gives participants a context to understand and appreciate the local ingredients that are essential to an authentic Thai dish. With premium ingredients, useful instructions and enthusiastic cooks, Blue Elephant is simply one of the best venues to immerse yourself in the art of Thai cuisine.
Blue Elephant Cooking School, 233 South Sathorn Road, Kwaeng Yannawa, Khet Sathorn, Bangkok, +662 673 9353
A top fitness studio situated in the heart of Sathorn, BASE is the place to sweat for great results if you’re looking for a serious workout. The short, effective High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and strength-based classes are designed to cater to all fitness levels; whether your goal is burning calories, building lean muscle or boosting cardio fitness, BASE’s group training will help you conquer it all. For first timers, the day passes and single class passes are the best way to start if you want to take the challenge and join in Bangkok’s fitness scene.
BASE, 2/F, Unit RT1, Sathorn Thani 2 Building, Bangkok, +66 2 109 9578
A luxury spa retreat inspired by the Asian folklore of the mythical Himmapan forest, this award-winning spa combines worldwide ancient traditions with the latest in French cosmetology. Tucked inside the five-star SO Sofitel hotel on Sathorn Road, SoSPA offers a wide selection of treatments to purify the mind, rejuvenate and re-energise the body. Apart from the legendary Thai massage, we also recommend their special treatments, such as the Ayurvedic Jet Lag Massage, a hot-oil tonifying massage originated from India that uses vanilla and cardamom fragrances to help relieve muscle tension. For spa treatments, indulge yourself with the world-renowned, exclusive spa products, including Cinq Mondes and Ytsara.
SoSPA, SO Sofitel Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, +662 624 0000
Where to Drink
Situated on Sathorn Road, a busy avenue peppered with skyscraper and not far from Lumpini Park and Silom, Banyan Tree is a name synonymous with luxury. Bangkok has an abundance of rooftop bars, but once you walk out on the 61st floor of the hotel, you’ll see why we’ve picked it as one of the must-visits while in Sathorn. What surprises people about Moon Bar is that there is absolutely nothing around you, as the designers have deliberately removed anything that could block the stunning, 360-degree view of the cityscape. For a refreshing, tropical sundowner, look no further than the bar’s signature: Vertigo Sunset, a melody of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with just the right amount of Malibu.
Moon Bar, Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 679 1200
HI-SO Rooftop Bar
Perched 29 floors above Lumpini Park in the ultra-stylish SO Sofitel Bangkok, HI-SO Rooftop Bar is the social hive for Bangkok’s young and trendy. Feel on top of the world with the ‘Cocktails on the Top’ list, which includes SO Signature cocktails, SO Creative cocktails, and SO Classic cocktails offered alongside a full range of apéritifs and digestifs to complement the glittering Bangkok nightlife. HI-SO also plays host to the SO Pool After Party in Bangkok every last Saturday of the month, when poolside revellers shimmy and shake into the night.
HI-SO Rooftop Bar, So Sofitel Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangkok, +662 624 0000
ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant
Located just south of Sathorn, ZOOM is one of the few sky bars in Bangkok that has a view of the Chao Praya River, as most sky bars look out west towards the Thonburi side. Offering fantastic views from the 40th floor of the Anantara Sathorn Hotel, the bar features an inspired selection of creative cocktails and a comprehensive wine list that pairs perfectly with Bangkok’s famed sunsets. Be prepared to be spoilt for choice as the cocktail menu is split into three categories: original creations, classics and Champagne-based. Our favourite is the white chocolate margarita, with a tequila base mixed with cinnamon and honey — the perfect drink for those with an extra-sweet tooth.
ZOOM Sky Bar & Restaurant, 38/F, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, 36 Narathiwat-Ratchanakarin Road, Bangkok, +662 210 9000
Where to Shop
Banyan Tree Gallery
Featuring an array of signature spa products and accessories, unique travel mementos, resort-style home furnishings and apparel, Banyan Tree Gallery is more than just a retail outlet. With a mission to conserve traditional crafts and prevent the further decline of cottage industries throughout Asia, the gallery serves as a marketing platform for aspiring artisans from various parts of Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. With the motto of ‘cultivating a mindful lifestyle that lasts’, the unique spa range combines the rich heritage of Asian-inspired ingredients and traditions with natural, botanical blends, which definitely go beyond being a sensory treat for the body.
Banyan Tree Gallery, Banyan Tree Bangkok, 21/100 South Sathon Road, Bangkok, +662 679 1200
A concept lifestyle mall set on Sathorn Road, Life Centre is an all-in-one shopping destination that specialises in health and wellness. On the ground floor, you’ll find the typical beauty shops and pharmacies, convenience stores and a small supermarket. The second and third floors have everything related to beauty, well-being, health and weight loss. With healthcare clinics, nail spas, organic shops being the main attractions, this is one for the lifestyle gurus.
Life Centre, 1 South Sathorn Rd., Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok