We don’t even know where to begin with this one. 

Between the closing of our favourite bars and the shutting of malls and department stores, #WorkFromHome arrangements, and a never-ending flow of media related to the COVID-19 pandemic; let’s just call it right here, right now: March 2020 has been quite an intense month. 

The Coronavirus has crept into every crevice of our lives, and changed the way we go about our daily routines. We’re not heading out anymore. We’re not eating out anymore. In fact, we’re hardly going out at all. The movement is called ‘social distancing’ and we’re huge advocates, yet there’s no denying that with it comes a time of great wonder, fear, or even anxiety. 

But we don’t want you to feel discouraged, dear readers. 

Whilst it is important to take the situation seriously, and to keep well-informed and safe, we’re firm believers in bringing you a little light and love during this unusual period. There were still plenty of (virtual) events, still plenty of stylish collections unveiled, and still plenty of really great articles you loved this March 2020. We toasted to great women on International Women’s Day on 8 March, Gaggan opened yet another spontaneous restaurant, and we celebrated (albeit quietly) the official beginning of spring. 

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 March, and consider yourself debriefed and dapper to dive right into April. 

You stay home. We’ll bring the stories. Here’s what you may have missed.

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10 Bangkok restaurants you won’t believe do home delivery

24 March 2020

With all restaurants being temporarily closed due to the fiery pandemic situation, foodies – like us – find it hard to be starved on our restaurant-hopping activities. But knowing Bangkok as a food-centric city, a crew of chefs is still standing out on their grounds, insisting on feeding the city with their scrumptious fare. So whether you’re craving for a taco, pizza, plant-based pasta, or meat-packed Thai dishes, these food delivery services will cater to all your appetite for any cuisine.

Wait, did Gaggan just sneakily open another restaurant in Ekkamai?

11 March 2020

Granted, be you an avid Gaggan fan and had you picked up the clues on his Instagram, you’d already know this. In a social media post, the chef describes that his “curry house dream” has finally come true through a “Mexican Indian fiction” cuisine restaurant. The restaurant officially opened for service on 6 March 2020, and word about town seems to be quite positive. 

5 female bartenders shaking up Bangkok’s bar scene

7 March 2020

It takes a lot to be a bartender, and to be a great bartender at that. And whilst it is a largely male-dominated industry, we’re proud to see that even in Bangkok there is a rise in female bartenders who are really bringing something to the table. They’re setting the bar (no puns intended) really high for other aspiring female bartenders, and women looking to break a glass ceiling alike. 

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30 things to do to kill quarantine boredom

17 March 2020

It’s a strange time to be alive, that’s for sure. But whether you’re self-isolating, social distancing, working from home, or in actual quarantine, you might be wondering what on earth to do with all this time you’ve got at home. To help you stay sane, here are a few tips or suggestions to help you make this time a productive one. Or, at least, just a little more entertaining. 

9 snippets of wisdom from Bangkok’s best and boldest female chefs

8 March 2020

“Keep your head down and work hard. Spend your 20s wisely. Instead of taking a vacation, use that time to work and gain as much experience as you can possibly get.” – Garima Arora, Gaa.

10 romantic cafes for a date in Bangkok

11 March 2020

When talking about romantic cafes, House Of Eden immediately tops our list. The pink-blasted café inspired by the mythical garden conjures a sense of illusional fantasy that makes this place so dreamy and marvellous. From pastel pink sofas and pink-painted walls to the use of a rose-gold palette throughout the entire shop, the House of Eden may appear to be what every girl pictures when she thinks about the princess tea house. So those who want to dine like a prince or princess, saunter over there and try the cafe’s sumptuous feast of food, desserts, and drinks.

The 5 best clean food delivery services in Bangkok

14 March 2020

Plant-based meals can be free of meat and everything – yet still be delicious. If you’re a newbie to vegan cooking, opt for the vegan food delivery service Vegan Crush. Led by Maricel, a vegan chef who has been in the plant-based cooking business for over a decade, Vegan Crush with a repertoire of dishes inspired by her travels in over 70 countries, will enliven your palate as well as enrich your physical and mental health.

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5 inspiring Thai female artists you should be following on Instagram

6 March 2020

Women’s Day emerged in the early 1900s and luckily, we’ve been through quite a progressive century. The 21st century is brining lots of stirring movements, even though there’s no denying we still have a long way to go in regards to women’s rights and respect.

Interestingly, with the rise of social media in recent years, there’s been a rise in stimulating creatives not only dealing with the subject, but also being living examples of what it means to be a woman in 2020. Instagram is a treasure trove for artistry, really, and here we’ve curated a list of 5 empowering Thai artists who have left us spellbound. 

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Best Dressed in Bangkok: quarantine edition

25 March 2020

The art of the “staying in” outfit is a deceptively tricky one. On the one hand, you of course still have to look cute and stylish. But on the other hand, putting just a touch too much effort into your look and the whole vibe is off. Balance is key. It’s all about effortless chic and wearing your most comfortable pieces that still manage to pass off as elegant or cool. This new lifestyle of self-isolation might just be the toughest dress code any of us have had to face.

In our list this month, we’ve selected the Bangkokians who have most expertly nailed the balancing act of “stay-at-home chic”. So, embrace the social distancing, put on a colour co-ordinated mask, and get inspired.

24 downright dope reasons to visit theCOMMONS Saladaeng

4 March 2020

theCOMMONS Saladaeng has fully opened now in the easy breezy neighbourhood. The creative space finds its solace in the tree-lined Saladaeng, aptly suited its namesake ‘red pavilion,’ translated from Thai. Leafy greenery and cosy nooks and outdoor spaces keep you well away from the hustle and bustle. It’s a wonderful place to eat, drink, work, or play — and bring your furry friend along, because it’s pet-friendly, too.

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.