Thailand is known for having a wide repertoire of cool day and night markets, with an abundance of food and fun fabulous clothes. But a market that is also eco-friendly? It was a really rare find. However, with the opening of Model Market within Sukhumvit Soi 53, the upcycle-focused marketplace has made a fully-fledged environmentally-friendly hangout no longer an imaginary tale.

The brainchild of Fenix Food World, led by Johan Per Simon Davidsson (the genius behind Muse Hotel Langsuan, Maggie Choos and Iron Fairies), Model Model Market teams up with Bangkok’s leading eateries and bars — including Peppina, Tropic City, Fat Gutz Saloon, The Iron Fairies, Nitro Labs, Whisky Garden by Jameson, and Siam Winery — to create food and booze-filled gathering spots for city dwellers to take delight in.

The market boasts an outdoor space dotted with food stands, a communal dining area, a casually set-up stage and upcycle stores. The venue is also embellished with cool graffiti, fairy lights and upcycled metal sculptures, allowing diners to be fully immersed in that rustic-comfortable vibe the venue aims to deliver.

Of course, by being eco-friendly, the use of plastic straws, plastic utensils and non-biodegradable items are totally prohibited from the area. For pet lovers, the market also welcomes your little four-legged friends so they won’t be caged at home and you won’t have to worry about your pooches.

Collaborating also with local recycle and sustainability organisations, visitors can shop donated books, recycled clothes, kids toys and quality second-hand furniture, too.

On Fridays and weekends, Model Market will bring you barbecues, cocktail garden parties and live music, so your weekend revelry is guaranteed to be in good hands.

With the goal of being the wellspring of eco-friendly activism, Model Market offers a space for everyone to be a part of their eco-community.

Open every day from 5 pm (11 am on weekends) until late, gourmands and eco devotees can stop by for some outdoor breezes, gourmet bites, melodious tunes and top-notch upcycled products. The market will soon also feature a weekly farmer market, clothes swapping events and upcycling workshops, so stay tuned for more happenings on the establishment.

Model Market, Soi Sukhumvit 53, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok, +6685 223 4324
Open: Mon-Fri, 5 pm-12 am; Sat-Sun, 11 am-12 am.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.