Soi 11 is the preferred choice of many Thai people, expats, and tourists visiting Bangkok, probably because it offers plenty of options to dine and party in one street, or maybe just because it’s always happening. Get off at Nana BTS station and explore it!
by Yongmin Shon
(24 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 255 3377; www.oskar-bistro.com)
This French-owned bistro offers predominantly French and European cuisine, although their comfort American dishes cannot be ruled out. Start the night downstairs where the live DJ entertains the crowd with electronic sounds. Upstairs is a relaxed spot with a terrace to enjoy food and drinks while appreciating the view of one Bangkok’s liveliest streets.
(35 Sukhumvit Soi 11, 6th floor, Bangkok; 08 2308 3246; www.levelsclub.com)
Located on the sixth floor of Aloft Hotel, Levels’ terrace offers a relaxed setting with a view of the city—a good place to socialize or to take a break from the energetic vibe, loud music, bright lights, and visuals from the party atmosphere inside. There is a separate dance floor with a DJ, and you’ll often find live performances on the stage, too.
(33/F, Fraser Suites Sukhumvit, 38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 083 542 1111,
Located 32 floors above the street, Above Eleven became an immediate hit following its opening in 2012. The restaurant brings a new taste to the city with Japanese–Peruvian fusion. Try bite-size portions with a pisco sour and delight in the beautiful view of Bangkok’s skyline. A peaceful environment with a cool breeze.
(34 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 252 3274)
Although currently under renovation, for more than a decade Q Bar has set new standards for clubs and bars in Bangkok, with its large selection of spirits and cocktails and cool vibe, which makes it one of the most frequented and fun destinations for partiers. Q Bar frequently hosts renowned international DJs, and every now and then you’ll be able to spot a celebrity there.
(Sukhumvit 11, Bangkok, Thailand Wattana, 87 804 4375)
Zanzibar is an urban garden with a beautiful ambience, palm trees, and a spacious terrace that make you feel far from the hectic capital. Zanzibar serves mostly classic Italian and Thai cuisine, as well as the combination of the two, along with a wide range of drinks and wine. It’s the right place for couples, friends, and even families.
Angel City Diner
(1/F, The Prime Condo Building, Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 651 3313;
The old-school diner offers all-time American favorites, including juicy burgers, smoky ribs, and delicious milkshakes all night. And it keeps it real by serving the food in proper American portions. Like many diners in the U.S., Angel City Diner has large, comfy booths and old music playing on the jukebox.
(Sukhumvit 11, Bangkok, 090 626 7655; www.apotekasoi11.com)
Inspired by the aesthetic of a 19th century apothecary, this old restaurant and bar offers a wide selection of beer, spirits, and cocktails. The menu consists of international cuisine from East to West. Apoteka is ideal for a chill-out session with friends, or for hosting a small party. The live band keeps the crowd energized by jamming old-school classics.
Zaks Wine Bar
(19 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 651 0214; www.zakswinepub.com)
Despite being located at the heart of Bangkok—let alone one of the busiest streets in town—Zaks Wine Bar offers comfort and a homey atmosphere to keep you away from city chaos. This casual wine bar has an indoor area with two floors, an outdoor terrace, and a wine cellar. Zaks offers and tasty tapas, as well as salsa dancing every Friday night.
Marshmallow Kitchen & Bar
(33/18 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 254 1971)
Marshmallow’s relatively high price range is justified by delicious finger food and hearty dishes, as well as sophisticated drinks that do not disappoint. The bar has an uplifted and energized vibe, thanks to Bangkok’s finest DJs performing there. Happy hours are offered every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., when drinks are just THB 100.
(LeFenix Hotel, 33/33 Sukhumvit Soi 11; 02 305 4000)
Nest is the ideal chill spot to relax and laze away the evening on comfy beds, rest your feet on the sandy floor and enjoy a drink. The rooftop venue serves as a multi-purpose place as couples visit for a romantic dinner, friends gather up to warm up for the night, and seniors lie back and relax with the view of the city streets. A good getaway from Bangkok’s busy street life.
(71/1 Soi Sukhumvit 11; 02 255 5833; www.cellar11.com)
This wine-and-dine contemporary cuisine bistro, located in a renovated house, offers more than 1,000 wine labels from around the world. For more privacy, diners can choose among the classy Moët & Chandon Grand Champagne Cellar, the Penfolds Grange Room, where Australian wines are stored, or the Allegrini Amarone Room with an Italian background.