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Why Artbox is the coolest pop-up market in Bangkok

In Bangkok, you can never run out of things to do, whether it’s pouring wildly or it’s the peak of summer. One of the coolest outdoor flea markets in Bangkok, which has now found a permanent spot in the heart of Nana until this November, meet Artbox: a space that never fails to make our evenings more exciting.

Recognised for housing local entrepreneurs and its artsy hipster vibe, at Artbox you will find quirky souvenirs, handmade gifts, live local bands and artists, as well as high-street fashionable wears, and mouth-watering street foods and local delicacies.

Considering its recent successful stint overseas, travelling all the way to Singapore and this month to Malaysia, there is no doubt why this creatively curated market has made its mark as Bangkok’s latest must-visit places. Here, you will actually feel the art and see the graffiti. Just what you would imagine under its name — Artbox.

Artbox retains the local charm of a night market with a modern twist, which is why it has been a darling for buzzing Bangkokians. Scroll ahead to find out why Artbox is as lit as it sounds.

[All images credit: Artbox Thailand  and artbox_th]

It’s all about artsy food

From the chunky ooey-goey soft cookies to the lightbulb wizard cocktails (with your choice of flavour and neon light), here the art of the culinary does a pretty great job at expanding our list of guilty pleasures. Grab a mean juicy beef steak at Cooper Steakhouse or indulge in a classical Mexican pizza and crunchy tacos while sipping your sangria. To satisfy your sweet cravings, head for the double dark choco oreo, or indulge in some mango stick rice at Mangonista. In many ways, Artbox is setting a trend for street food in Bangkok by evoking a culture of food trucks and locally curated savouries.

Have a perfect first date

One thing is for sure: when planning a date, the first rule is to have the right location. So throw in some romantic music, warm lighting, and delicious food, and you’ve got yourself a perfect venue. The open-air space at Artbox with its vivid lightings has its own charisma that makes it an ideal place for your first date. For nervous couples, fear no awkward silences, as you’ll still be surrounded by a crowd of people, making it a comfortable space to get to know your date while you stroll the garden together.

Find a cool gift for your loved ones

Looking for an adorable gift for your friend? From fashionable vintage items to trendy clothing, find many a unique collectible here. Some of the cheeky little things include ice-cream shaped aromatic soap bars, dream catchers, funky fridge magnets, over to woven bags and cork wallets.

Craft beer with live music

We are no strangers to the great pairing of craft beer and indie live music bands  – just what you need to kick back and unwind after long working hours. Whether you go for Brewdog’s Pale Ale or a Budweiser, there are plenty of options at this beer garden.

Get yourself a henna tattoo

Want a temporary tattoo? Don’t miss out on getting a henna tattoo at the street art area of the Artbox. Simply choose a design at Hlava Henna with your choice of colour.

Golden Axe Throw Club pop-up

Get your adrenaline rushing and forge some axes into the bull’s eye. This Canadian extreme sport is having a pop-up at Artbox until November 30. Bangkokians looking for a thrilling experience: you know where to go. Whilst it may sound a little daunting, we assure you it’s a safe (and really fun) activity.

Artbox Bangkok is open daily from 4 pm12 am at Chuvit Garden, Sukhumvit Soi 10, until November 30. Get down at BTS Nana. For more information, visit facebook.com/Artboxthailand

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.