Soi 31 is one of our favourite streets on Sukhumvit.
Some of the best restaurants in the city can be found here, as well as a handful of cute, independent coffee shops, spa-style massage parlours and home-style Thai cafes.
It’s also the home of our favourite soi dog, who we like to call Clive. Shout out to Clive.
Known as Phrom Phong’s resident ‘Soi Restaurant’, Soi 31 has got it all when it comes to eateries.
Italian is particularly well served with big names like Appia, Antonio’s, Bella Napoli and Peppina all setting up shop here. Further down Soi Sawaddee is the newly opened Azzurro – watch this space for a review.
Of course, Soi 31 also boasts a few excellent Thai eateries. Chapter 31 provides faultless home-style northern food with great service and reasonable prices. The Brainwake Cafe on Soi Phrom Chit does satisfying bowls of boat noodles like no other while the fresh seafood tanks at T-Pochana are pretty impressive too.
Siam Wisdom tucked away down the end of the soi is the place to go if you’re after fine dining Thai style.
Innovative sushi styling can be found at popular ISAO (remember to make a booking!) while Himali Cha Cha will whip you up an Indian feast in no time at all. Want Korean? Just head to The Bibimbab around the corner from 7 Eleven.
Soi 31’s got cafes coming out of its ears too: organic eatery Simple will repair your hangover with it’s hearty yet healthy breakfasts or, if you’re craving something a little naughtier, you can head to Mousses & Meringues for, you guessed it, some mousses and meringues.
Bars are in limited supply in Soi 31 – this is very much the street to start your night in rather than to end it.
Having said that, independent coffee shops are in abundance – our top picks are Wonderwall on Soi Phrom Chit, Antique at the top of the soi and Caffe What If and Coffeas in the Green Connect building.
If you do want to get a nightlife fix, you’ll have to make do with cocktails at Caffe What If or the Walden Cafe and Bar, or you’ll need to subject yourself to a Japanese club and whatever they’re hiding inside – Gion, for instance.
Soi 31’s art scene is buzzing
If you want to get more involved in the creating process, why not sign up for a highly rated lotus painting workshop at the Himapan Gallery?
Looking after yourself is easy to do on Soi 31
If you’re a real fitness freak, you can’t go too far with The Lab in the RSU Centre at the top of the soi.
You can pick up your health food and supplements at Sunshine Market and your organic food at the grocers inside Simple.
When it comes to pampering, visitors to Soi 31 are spoiled; will it be the Eugenia or Oasis Spa you choose? Perhaps Asia Herb Association or Hue Traditional Massage will be able to treat you to that Thai massage you’ve been craving.
If it’s a mani-pedi you’re after, 31 Nail Salon and Spa are certainly worth a visit while your hair will be in safe hands at the Jennifer Lor Salon and Modern Oriental.
It’s all about the interiors on Soi 31
You’re not going to find a huge amount by way of a shopping spree down this soi but it’s a must visit if you’re after furniture and furnishings. Monochrome, Mobilia, Flos and [At] Home will take care of your modern furniture needs while Lantern sports a variety of lighting solutions for your home.
Aside from S31 and S Box at the top of the street, Soi 31 is only home to boutique hotels and serviced apartments. There’s a good handful to choose from but some of the most notable include Da Vinci Suites, Paradiso 31 and the Amora NeoLuxe.
For those after budget conscious accommodation, the Himalaya Residences offer low priced villas in a Tibetan-style for intrepid backpackers.
What are your favourite Soi 31 haunts?
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