For the younger generation, Ari is one of the best places in the city to café-hop. And this reputation is well-deserved. Must-visit spots include Bavarian-style bakery Landhaus, Japanese-style tea shop and bakery Peace Oriental Teahouse and Qraft, donut shop Drop by Dough, and all-day-breakfast place Bar Storia del Caffe.
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.