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Sereechai Puttes/Time Out Bangkok

Things to do in Ari

Check out the places to eat, drink, see and shop in Ari, one of most happening hoods in Bangkok

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Everyone loves Ari. We love its relaxing vibe, green open spaces, varied food offerings, cool cafes, and the mix of young and old people on the street. There were times when we thought we were fed up with the hype, not to mention the crowds that would flock to the neighborhood, camera phones at the ready. But, deep down, we are unable to resist its pull.  We can’t help but love Ari, and couldn’t help but nominate it as one of the 49 coolest neighborhoods in the world this year.

Ari is best visited during the day when you can grab freshly-baked Bavarian-style bread from Landhaus or yuzu- and miso caramel-filled croissants from Qraft. When you’ve had your fill of these delicious treats, walk down the hood’s leafy streets to check out Josh Hotel, a  charming boutique establishment brandishing retro ’70s-style vibes or Numthong Gallery, which always displays cool works by contemporary artists. If hunger catches up with you come lunchtime or later on in the day, try the old-school Thai dishes at Puengchom or northern delights at Ong Tong. And if you really need to indulge in the nightlife scene, stroll down the main road to access  Aqua, a courtyard-style compound that’s home to lively bars and trendy restaurants.

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Ari is known for its Thai offerings, from long-standing eateries like Puengchom and Kua Kling Pak Sod to newbies like Ong Tong and Phed Phed. But it does have its fair share of restaurants serving international fare. Over the years, Asian joints like Dai Lou and Yoong Chang as well as Western dining rooms like Blacksmith and Cantina have helped boost Ari’s culinary appeal. Cloud kitchens have also cropped up in the neighborhood—Josh Hotel and Two/Slash/One offer delivery-only goodies to Bangkok residents.

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Check out meaningful art exhibitions
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Check out meaningful art exhibitions

Ari and nearby streets are home to spots where you can immerse yourself in art in different forms. We recommend long-standing art institute Numthong, hip and modern Somewhere, and the up-and-coming Manycuts.

Take a leisurely amble down to Saphankwai
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Take a leisurely amble down to Saphankwai

Once a long-forgotten, shophouse-packed area, Saphankwai on Pradipat Road has been revived over the years, and now boasts new food joints, cafes and galleries. It also makes up for what Ari lacks: nightlife spots. A 10-minute walk from Ari gets you to cool haunts such as speakeasy Honest Mistake, open-air rooftop bar Dumbo, and gay-friendly drinking spot Safe and Sound. 

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