Between a smooth sail into the beginnings of mooncake season and a wet and wild journey into a fully-fledged rainy season, let’s just call it right here, right now: July has been quite a month.

A$AP Rocky went to jail, we celebrated (and regretted celebrating) International Tequila Day, and rumours surrounding Alain Ducasse’s new Bangkok chocolate joint swirled their way about town. Yet whilst we’re always trying to stay one step ahead of the trends and report these to you on a lively stream of stories, it is often times understandably difficult for the buzzing busy bee to keep up with every hot feature. But that’s exactly why we’ve created this round-up.

Whether you’re an avid reader seeking a monthly ‘Best Of’ reel, or an insider looking to get the low-down on our most popular stories, we’ve put it all together here in one raving recap. In order of popularity (and exempting our monthly columns), relive some of the best exclusives we’ve covered this July, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive into August.

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Popular stories July: Croissants from Kenns
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Where to find the best croissant in Bangkok

10 July 2019

Kenn’s is tucked away on an unsuspecting Sathorn soi, conveniently located just opposite my apartment. The tiny cafe has a charming London-like feel to it, with a quote I can’t recall but recall to love written on the chalkboard above the offerings. They sell only croissants and coffee, which speaks volumes for both their croissants and coffee, and are almost always sold out by noon. I don’t know who Kenn of Kenn’s is, but he’s killing it.”

Rongros
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6 “authentic” Bangkok restaurants to take your friends from abroad

13 July 2019

“First of all, don’t go somewhere with Pad Thai. If there’s one Thai dish they’ve already tried, that would be it. And if there’s Pad Thai on the menu, then you’ll tempt them into ordering the dish they already know. There’s so much more to Thai food, and your aim should be to show them that. Which takes us to the second rule: don’t go overboard with finding the “classic” dishes. Bangkok is a place of innovation, edginess, and creativity. Long gone are the days when authentic Bangkok restaurants meant simply Thai street food. It’s just as important to show off what’s really trending in the city’s food scene, which now includes all kinds of strange fusions and experimental experiences.

Popular stories July: La Casa Nostra
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5 best Italian restaurants to try in Sathorn

19 July 2019

“Having a good, authentic Italian meal is another way of telling your body you love it. And if you’re searching for a no-fail Italian meal like crave-worthy pizza, pasta and sweet confections, Trattoria Pizzeria Il Bolognese should absolutely be your move. Here, the spirited cuisine of Bologna is served on a plate, laden with authenticity rather than fusion twists.”

Popular stories July: Bentley
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Bentley has unveiled its vision for the deluxe GT in 2035

12 July 2019

“While its streamlined silhouette foreshadows the manufacturer’s upcoming aesthetic guidelines, its imposing round headlights that straddle the grille are an obvious reference to the past, more specifically the iconic Bentley Blower. With its generous 5.8-meter long by 2.4-meter wide dimensions, the Bentley EXP 100 GT is equipped with side front doors that rise up to about three meters when open.”

Sansiri
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The Cloud Sansiri x The Coffee Club: a new wellness cafe in the centre of Bangkok

03 July 2019

“The Cloud Sansiri is best described as a metropolitan’s easy-access wellness space. No, it’s not a spa or a meditation camp. The Cloud is a place to chill out, to evaporate away stress, and tuck into some good mood food and drink. It’s a café and a playground rolled into one.”

Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
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Chocoholics rejoice: Alain Ducasse is bringing his chocolate atelier to Bangkok

08 July 2019

“The restaurant will be located in the country’s largest mall at ICONSIAM. The building brings together over 100 restaurants and 7,000 brands, including the country’s first Apple Store — and now, the country’s very first multi-Michelin-starred chocolate workshop, too.”

Tacos
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After binge-watching Netflix’s ‘Taco Chronicles’, try these Bangkok tacos next

25 July 2019

““Surround yourself with tacos, not negativity.” If you too wish to live life by this quote from Netflix’s latest food series Taco Chronicles, this article will unquestionably come in handy for you.”

Popular stories July: JUA
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Must-tries: these Japanese tapas at JUA will get you drooling

02 July 2019

Here, pork belly is kissed with fermented Korean chilli paste, or gochujang, which blesses this fatty cut of pork with its unique savoury-sweet smack. Once bejewelled with a bundle of shaved leek, this dish has an unexpected garlicky taste that will surely excite your palate.”

Tropic City
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Lifestyle Asia Playlist July 2019: Tropic City

26 July 2019

“It only made all the sense thereby that Sebastian would make our first playlist, in large part also because the moonlight DJ is a little renowned for his moody, broody, and smoothly boozy beats. Test the theory yourself: ask any industry insider what they love most about Tropic City (and after they’ve raved about the drinks and the two beardy owners), they’re likely to say, “the music.””

Popular stories July: Harnn
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Why Thai beauty experts are swapping out creams for organic face oils

08 July 2019

“Thai beauty experts are claiming back the original Thai skincare values. Swapping out the Snail White for organic face oils, our local dermatology gurus are passionately endorsing natural botanical extracts — yes, in oil form — for a glowing, blemish-free face.”

Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.