When it comes to café-hopping, Upper Sukhumvit doesn’t disappoint. Start the day by getting a specialty drink at PAGA Microroastery (we recommend one of their juice-mixed coffees) on Soi Sukhumvit 31. Also on the same street is Holey Artisan Bakery, where you can grab some freshly baked pastries to pair with your cuppa, and quirky film-inspired café FICS, which serves creative refreshments and comforting hot chocolate. Bartels Craft Bread near Soi Sukhumvit 32 is a spot for one of the city’s best sourdough, while Vistro on Soi Sukhumvit 24 will appease your plant-based cravings.
Bangkokians would tell you that Sukhumvit is the place to be when visiting the city. The Thai capital’s main road offers everything, from unpretentious fun to more sophisticated lifestyle pursuits, with plenty of casual and comfortable conveniences in between.
Trying to cover everything great about Sukhumvit in one go is nearly impossible—it is one of Thailand’s longest roads, after all. Earlier, we introduced you to Lower Sukhumvit. Running from Ploen Chit to Asoke, the first part of Bangkok’s most action-packed area is home to casual establishments that don’t necessarily come with a defined dress code, such as rough-around-the-edges pubs, pocket-friendly international restaurants, and cavernous nightclubs.
Upper Sukhumvit starts from Asoke—specifically Soi Sukhumvit 23—and goes on through Phrom Phong to Soi Sukhumvit 53, where Thonglor kicks off. The three-kilometer stretch and its sub-sois are lined with establishments that reflect the swanky Bangkokian lifestyle, such as fashionable restaurants, five-star hotels, and ritzy shopping centers.
This part of Sukhumvit is home to expat communities and particularly makes an effort to celebrate year-end festivities. The entire area is always dressed in sparkling lights and glittery decor during the holiday and cooler months, making exploring the city on foot—or via the speedy Skytrain—even more enticing.