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Out with the old, in with the new. Follow along with this fashionable Southeast Asian city that likes to stay au courant with these tips.
While some things never go out of style, Bangkok is a city that mostly prefers to stay at the cutting-edge of both global and regional trends. From fashion to fine dining, the in crowd is a fickle bunch and always looking for something new, exciting and in vogue. The following of-the-minute trends will help you keep up with what’s hot and what’s most definitely not in this cosmopolitan capital.
The trend: Craft Beer
Long gone are the days when Bangkokians’ beer-drinking choices were limited to mild lagers such as Singha and Chang. Despite a rather draconian set of regulations that make it difficult to open a microbrewery in Thailand, plenty of Thais have set up breweries in Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, and Taiwan to export their creations back to their home country. A thriving craft beer scene also means that it’s easy to try inventive suds from all over the world here.
Where to Find It: Mikkeller Bangkok, run by one of Copenhagen’s most popular breweries, is a bit tricky to find, but worth the search.
Not long ago, no self-respecting Bangkok socialite would dare leave their apartment unless covered head-to-toe in international luxury labels. Gucci, Prada, Pucci, Chanel, Armani, and virtually every other major brand boasts a store or three in malls, and their creations were long considered de rigueur among the Thai upper-crust. Thailand itself has long fostered a budding design scene, though, and these days, it’s tres chic to flaunt frocks by home-grown talent such as Disaya, Sretsis and Kloset.
Where to Find It: Central Embassy shopping centre has an extensive collection of local designs.
Enjoy a community Malls
If the term “mall” conjures up mental images of a generic, soulless shopping centre, rest assured that these clusters of shops, bars, and restaurants have much more to offer. Unlike their large-scale counterparts, which put the emphasis on mass-produced chains, these more intimate complexes showcase outposts by some of Bangkok’s best third-wave coffee shops, eateries and bars. Expect everything from Scandi-inspired brunches to fusion-forward food courts to Negroni bars.
Where to Find It: 72 Courtyard in hip Thonglor has everything from gourmet tacos to craft cocktails.