i <3 bangkok. was so surprised to find it was such a hipster city—not something you might expect for southeast asia! this list will be updated periodically to make sure it’s still relevant and useful. enjoy and please have a Change beer for me :)
- Ladphrao night market — VW beetles turned into vendor’s stalls; vintage and used clothing; sushi; artsy things – it’s Bankgok’s most hipster bazaar!
- BTS station Ari —This is a pretty hip neighborhood. If you get off the BTS (Bangkok’s skytrain) at the Ari station, you’ll find a little shopping mall and a handful of outdoor vendors. Just wander around the area and you’ll see that there’s quite a bit of cool things to do nearby.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market —Yes it’s one of BKK’s biggest tourist attractions, but it’s well worth the praise. Get lost in the stalls and you’ll stumble onto some truly unique and independent clothing shops and brands. Seriously, I’ve bought some of my most favorite t-shirts here!
- Malls at Siam — MBK is the biggest, but wondering around all the malls in the central district (most of them are connected on the inside), you can stumble on some of the most trendy international designs. I found a Topshop/Topman in one of the malls—mana from heaven for a hipster soul like myself!
- Saphan Phut Night Bazaar — another indie Bangkok market, but I didn’t get the chance to personally visit. Allegedly they’ve got cheaper goods than most of the other markets, but just as trendy.
- Sukhumvit Soi 36 — Some of Bangkok’s best food stalls (or at least popular with locals & expats alike…and easy to get to…)
- Chinatown (Yaowarat) — Bangkok’s Chinatown has so many stalls and alleys, it’s easy to get lost here. But fun, too because you can always just stumble into a tiny food stall or restaurant and grab a delicious bite to eat. Perfect if you want to escape Thai food for a little bit.
- Hippie de Bar — It’s in one of the side alleys of Khaosan road, but don’t let that deter you. They play excellent music and there are plenty of authentic Bangkok hipsters and locals that hang out here. Seriously check it out! – facebook
- Silom Soi 4 — One of Bangkok’s most gay areas, this street has a handful of gay clubs and is near the bigger gay nightclubs in BKK. But Silom itself has a great vibe so it’s worth wandering around and checking out some of the bars and clubs.
- O’Reilly’s Irish Pub — Also in Silom, Friday nights is Beatles cover night at this bar. Rock out to Beatles music! Pretty fun atmosphere, quite a few expats, but it’s fun.
- Bangkok Art & Culture Center — A large art space with plenty of independent galleries. Friday nights are a good time to visit because you just may stumble onto a gallery opening with free drinks and food. http://www.bacc.or.th/