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People & Places: Jongkol Palarit, Bangkok

The gorgeous Jongkol (@pookjongkol), fashion editor of Vogue Thailand, has your next Bangkok itinerary all worked out, from her favourite bar and club to the hottest bakery of the mo.
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You can travel to a city all you want, but when it comes to finding the best that it has to offer, nothing beats getting it straight from the horse’s mouth. That is, asking a local to spill all the deets. Whether you’re schmoozing on the streets of Paris or eating your way through Hong Kong, we want you to make the most out of your trip by skipping the mediocre and going to the best restaurants, watering holes and chill spots. Not a tick of time to waste is our philosophy when it comes to travelling. Enter People & Places, a travel series where we ask our pals from around the world to list five of their favourite local haunts that they think you should check out when you’re on their home turf.

This month, we have the beautiful and ultra classy Jongkol Palarit (@pookjongkol), fashion editor of Vogue Thailand and supermom of one, to tell us her top picks from her home city of Bangkok – and boy, did she do her homework. Instead of the usual five, Jongkol has a grand total of eight recommendations, each picked according to the type of traveller, from cafe hoppers to interior junkies. Consider your next Bangkok itinerary all worked out.


Eden’s

7/1 Lan Luang Road, Khwaeng Wat Sommanat
Khet Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
10100, Thailand

“The most buzzing cafe in Bangkok right now, tucked away from it all in the Bangkok’s Old Town. With its New York-meets-Paris bakery-inspired facade and perfect rustic interior, Eden’s evokes a warm and cozy bakehouse vibe. This small cafe is not far from the Grand Palace,  and menu highlights rotate around house-baked goodies like beer cake, carrot cake and lemon pie – go early or they’ll run out – as well as an English breakfast plate and a variety of fresh bakes from the small kitchen in the back.”


Paste

3rd. fl, Gaysorn Shopping Centre
999 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Pathum Wan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

“One of the best Thai fine dining restaurants in Bangkok at is the one-Michelin star Paste. The dishes they prepare are modern in style, yet traditional in roots, using extremely high quality ingredients paired with an acute knowledge of flavour balance and composition.”


Eathai

1031 Phloen Chit Rd, Khwaeng Lumpini
Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
10330, Thailand

“Eathai in Central Embassy is an upscale food court that has a neat concept of sourcing classic Thai dishes from across the country. It is a fun and affordable way of tasting regional varieties of great tasting Thai food.”


Bahao

8 Soi Nana, Maitri Chit Road
Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai
Bangkok, Thailand

“Mandarin for the number eight, Bahao is my favorite bar in the Old Town area and one of hidden gems of Bangkok. A Chinese-themed bar that’s worth a return to Soi Nana.”


Beam at 72 Courtyard

Thonglor Soi 7
Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
Bangkok 10110, Thailand

“72 Courtyard is a collection of very high level clubs,bars, restaurants and cafes. It is this combination of an urban escape in a convenient location that assures 72 Courtyard is bustling with Bangkok’s trendy set on most evenings.”


Thai Designers Zone at Siam Centre

Rama I Road, Khwaeng Pathum Wan
Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

“Here at the third floor of Siam Centre, you can get the best selection of famous Thai designers such as Greyhound, Milin and Kloset.”


Panpuri Organic Spa at Park Hyatt Bangkok

Central Embassy, 88 Thanon Witthayu
Lumphini, Pathum Wan
Bangkok 10330, Thailand

“The city’s most luxurious and modern contemporary spa, a tranquil sanctuary in Park Hyatt Bangkok.”


House of Fritz Hansen at The Republic

14/1 Soi Somkid, Khwaeng Lumphini
Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon
10330, Thailand

“A hidden place in the heart of Bangkok where Danish furniture and living is blended with local heritage architecture and Thai arts and crafts.”

 

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