The Ari neighborhood does give a good vibe and it is increasingly popular due to the many hipster cafes that have popped up recently. The place is also easily accessible via the BTS.
If you are looking to explore some new places in Bangkok apart from the usual haunts, spend half a day in Ari.
First, we started with the famous Ong Tong Khao Soi (Address: 17 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand), which is northern Thailand curry noodles. The curry gravy is very fragrant and they add fried noodles to give it an extra texture.
They do also have a dry version but I say go for the curry version. Try both if you can!
Next up we tried some traditional Thai dessert in this very nice looking cafe called V’Lacha Siam Dessert & Tearoom (Address: Soi Ari 1, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand).
They have a nice selection of beautiful Thai sweets and some delicious tea. Very Instagram friendly for those of you who love to take beautiful food pictures.
We walked quite a bit, exploring the nearby area and we chance upon Josh Hotel which house the rather famous Marigold restaurant. Unfortunately, they were having a private event so we were not allowed in.
So we ended up having coffee in Bar Storia del Caffè (Address: ซอย พหลโยธิน 7 – ซอย อารีย์ 4 ฝั่งเหนือ Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand), which was also fully occupied.
Try their Shakerato, it’s an interesting take on coffee. It’s espresso with ginger ale. I love it.
There are a lot more to be explored in Ari and I certainly will be going back there again soon!