Situated between Phrom Phong and Thonglor, the city's most popular neighborhoods, Sukhumvit 49 holds its own with an array of fine-dining restaurants, streetfood stalls, adorable cafes and charming stores. While the afternoon away at Casa Lapin, then go create an artistic masterpiece at Paintbar before rewarding yourself with a sweet treat at Tokyo Cream Café.
Things to do in Sukhumvit 49
Casa Lapin, which means “rabbits hole” in Spanish, is a warm, pleasant space that originally started out as a small coffee shop at the Thonglor Art Village. Leisurely sip your coffee while browsing through the many books and magazines they offer to guests. Bossa nova jazz is usually heard through the speakers, although, sometimes, a DJ mixes records next to the coffee machine. In Casa Lapin, we trust.
There’s no place like food at home was what the founder of Saigon Recipe, Nguyen Thuy Tien had been thinking when she moved to Thailand. Then she came up with the idea to open her own Vietnamese restaurant at Sukhumvit. Food here is not just basic things you only know—we mean these Chao Tom (Sugar Cane Shrimp), Namnueng and Pho. But there is a variety of authentic Vietnamese dishes that you’d love to try like Bánh Bèo (Savory Steamed Rice Cakes), Bánh Xèo (Sizzling Pancake), and a number of Spring Rolls and Summer Rolls. Try Bánh Cuốn (Steamed Rice Cake) in Saigon style by pouring all their homemade fish sauce on them, and taste it like a local. Feeling like wanting some hot soup? Forget your Pho because here you’d need to try their Bún Bò Huế (Hue Style Beef Noodle Soup); it’s a little bit spicy, but that is okay, right? Their signature dish is Canh Chua Cá Lóc (Sour Soup with Snakehead Fish), and this one is so common just like our Pad Kra Pao, but in Vietnam-style. To round things off: Chè Trôi Nước (Sweet Glutinous Rice Dumplings) served hot is a good choice or if you are into coffee, Café Sua Da is for you. Plus, the interior, here, gives you comfort and pleasant feeling. Antique collections from Saigon are shown in displays to make you feel as if you are in Vietnam.
Paintbar Bangkok is a place for arty people get to mingle, hang out and get to know each other. Paint bar serves a broad range of non-alcohol and alcoholic drinks including cider, sake, soda, wine and beer. If you are hungry and yearn for something tasty to eat before kicking off with painting, why not try Paintbar's signature dishes: light tapas, meatballs and liver pâté. All you need to do is pick the picture you’d like to paint, and book it online via facebook, email or telephone them. Classes, for any age, are available in the afternoon and evening (approximately 25 people per class).
The third branch of Kai Yang Sua Yai is situated in Sukhumvit 49, they have used the interior of the original branch that was built for an old movie scene. The colorful house with its authenticity serves a reputable crispy fried chicken with variety of Isaan-style papaya salads. The recommended local favourites are chicken massaman, green curry with roti, and seasonal spicy dips or chutneys (Nam Prik) that make you feel at home.
This magical Japanese owner has turned an old medical room and the other recycling pieces into furnitures and beautiful decorations, such as an; abandoned sushi counter, mortar, and even the broken glass. An old wooden bench is also transform into a sleek timber table for display. The store offers Japanese arts and crafts products including natural dyed clothes and handmade accessories. Though you didn’t manage to get anything from the store, having a sip of juice or tea is already worth the visit.
Set in a turquoise-colored, two-story house, Chew N’ Brew is dressed up in a journey-inspired theme, featuring accessories like a globe, sailboats, notebooks, helms and treasure chests. A world map is painted on the wall where clocks depicting different time zones are hung. Classic cameras are displayed on one side of the bar. But the real highlight is the bevy of black hats hanging from the ceiling, which make this place stand out even more.
The homemade ice cream at Tokyo Cream Cafe are so good that it is an excuse to have one (or more) of their ice creams a day. Enjoy mixing the waffle cones and homemade toppings to find your perfect combination. They also serve quality coffee that blends well with soft-served ice cream for a milky iced coffee.