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Things to do in Charoen Krung

Spend the weekend exploring the restaurants, pubs and shops along historical Charoen Krung

Built during King Rama IV's time patterned after European roads, Charoen Krung is famous for its charming architecture, abundant street food choices, great restaurants and boutiques selling nostalgic collectibles. Why don’t you stop by for a lavish breakfast at On Lok Yun before going on a furniture shopping spree at New Road Arts & Décor. End the day — or start the night — with cocktails at Soy Sauce Factory

Things to do in Charoen Krung

On Lok Yun

On Lok Yun has an incredible menu with an endless array of choices. First timers can try the Thai-style American breakfast – especially if they’re particular to sausage – and finish up with the soft doughy bread served with custard, a dessert that goes amazingly with iced, or hot, chocolate. Don’t forget to ask for the chilled papaya when you visit.

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Chaya Jitrakorn

Old-school film photography service, Chaya Jitrakorn takes you to a world of nostalgia at their studio Chakra Petch. There’s an enormous black and white portrait on the mezzanine that has faded over time, a room packed with old dress uniforms, and a vintage changing room that has everything you need to feel pretty. The third floor displays Rococo-style furniture that’s perfect for taking old-fashioned portraits. While everyone else has abandoned their film cameras, Chaya Jitrakorn still holds on tight to his, and retouches (no, not by Photoshop) his pictures with oil paint and brushes like they did more than 70 years ago.

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New Road Arts & Decor

Handmade wooden furniture call to us from the store window. As the name suggests, you can find artistic décorative and pieces and homeware here. If you are looking for nice clay coffee sets, the shop has pottery that can probably serve your purpose and make your morning better.  

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Nightingale-Olympic

Built in the early ¢60s, Nightingale-Olympic, the pioneer shopping center in Bangkok is still operating after all these years. Featuring Brutalist architecture, it is the most vintage-looking mall in the city. The ¢60s vibe is predominant all throughout the store. The accessories, clothes and sport equipment here are almost the same price as when it was built. Beatles fans would surely scream for joy upon seeing a display of the guitars, each one of them signed by the band members. The first-ever, one-stop-service salon in Thailand is located on the third floor, and features a makeup tutorial area, portable steam sauna, and massage and gym machines (surprisingly, they are still working). It would have been the most modern salon in the city when it was first introduced years ago. However, it was closed down many years ago.

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2nd Yard

A one-block building located on Charoenkrung Road is 2nd Yard Sandwich and Bar. Appetizing sandwiches are the game here and these aren’t your standard sandwiches. The fact that the chef from popular burger joint, Escapade Burgers, is the one who created the menu is a guarantee that the food here is good. Try the mushroom and cheese sandwich that has both mozzarella and Parmesan, or the smoked salmon. They also serve dessert but, again, not of the standard variety. Their ice cream sandwiches are served real-sandwich style with cinnamon and honey. Pair them with the Trix O Tea (Thai black tea mixed with orange juice and cranberry juice) or the Elizabeth (apple juice, cranberry juice, lemonade and cinnamon syrup). Refreshing!

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Speedy Grandma

The name ‘Speedy Grandma’ came from a local myth in Songkhla. Located in an old town, this is a gallery that will bring back memories from 50-100 years ago.  

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Soy Sauce Factory

Another interesting antique/modern bar in an old town. Apart from food and drinks, they also open an art gallery for exhibitions upstairs.  

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Bridge Cafe & Art Space

Bridge Cafe utilizes the space of an old building to its maximum capacity. They exhibit arts in all corners from the ground floor up, including the fascinating view of Taksin Bridge once you hit the rooftop.

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On Lok Yun

On Lok Yun has an incredible menu with an endless array of choices. First timers can try the Thai-style American breakfast – especially if they’re particular to sausage – and finish up with the soft doughy bread served with custard, a dessert that goes amazingly with iced, or hot, chocolate. Don’t forget to ask for the chilled papaya when you visit.

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Rattanakosin

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