9 secret spots in Bangkok that only the locals know of

Feb 20, 2018

From Hong Kong-inspired bars to back alley cafes and rooftop pubs, Bangkok reveals its secrets to intrepid city slickers willing to overlook the glitzy malls and obvious attractions.

1. Chang Chui


Housing a variety of businesses, including restaurants and bars, a gallery, a drone flying school and a taxidermy museum that’s housed in an old Lockheed TriStar jet, the buildings in this unusual mall/market are made from upcycled corrugated iron, and old windows and doors.

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2. Quince


This down-to-earth eatery in a restored 1950s home serves up delicious contemporary dishes using locally sourced ingredients, such as the slow-cooked organic pork belly. However, locals flock here for the lazy weekend a la carte brunch, which has become a much-loved institution.

3. Ba Hao


This atmospheric Chinatown bar looks like a scene straight out of a Wong Kar-wai movie, all red mood lighting, bright neon signage, and Sino-inspired decor. The cocktail menu offers a superb selection of Chinese-accented cocktails, with an excellent menu of classic snacks like jian bing (savoury wheat crepes).