Bangkok’s Ari Neighborhood Guide

  • Lapin's flourless cake.

    Lapin's flourless cake.

  • Casa Lapin's mocha and box of signature macaroons.

    Casa Lapin's mocha and box of signature macaroons.

  • The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

    The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

  • Enjoy a glass of Thai whiskey or live music at Bar Aree.

    Enjoy a glass of Thai whiskey or live music at Bar Aree.

  • Bar Aree's front.

    Bar Aree's front.

  • Modern fusion cuisine meets at The Rock, such as the coconut prawn dish.

    Modern fusion cuisine meets at The Rock, such as the coconut prawn dish.

  • Puritan's Strawberry Bloom cake.

    Puritan's Strawberry Bloom cake.

  • A sampling of Puritan's cakes that use only high-quality and low-fat ingredients.

    A sampling of Puritan's cakes that use only high-quality and low-fat ingredients.

  • Numthong Gallery showing

    Numthong Gallery showing "Under Construction" by Kwanchai Lichaikul.

  • A Numthong event.

    A Numthong event.

  • The upstairs dining area of The Rock.

    The upstairs dining area of The Rock.

  • Chef Baimohn of The Rock.

    Chef Baimohn of The Rock.

  • Ari's streets host a thriving street food culture and old money Thai residences.

    Ari's streets host a thriving street food culture and old money Thai residences.

  • Numthong Gallery offers free admission and an art research library to visitors.

    Numthong Gallery offers free admission and an art research library to visitors.

  • The newly renovated parlor and cake room.

    The newly renovated parlor and cake room.

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Ari’s residential streets, known for their tree-lined tranquility and old world Siam feel, now blossom with high-concept eateries and contemporary art galleries inspired by Bangkok and beyond

By Dana MacLean
Photos by Martin Abbiati

Bangkok’s quiet residential neighborhood of Ari has long been a discreet escape for well-heeled Thai dwellers. Its patchwork of main streets and back alleys have a languid, old world Siam feel while the main street, Pahonyothin 7, or Soi Ari, hosts a thriving line of street hawkers in its first vein. Just north of central Bangkok and a few stations from the infamously chaotic Chatuchak market, Ari has evolved from an under-the-radar dining district for locals to a budding cultural hub. Thai-born entrepreneurs and expatriate creatives are behind the neighborhood’s recent urban renewal. Their design-driven leanings result in one-of-a-kind specialty shops tucked amid the area’s neoclassical-styled homes, lush gardens blooming with purple and pink hydrangeas, and low-rise apartment buildings. The desire to bring up-market offerings to the quiet neighborhood—from quality coffee, modern fusion food, and abstract art—is what purveyors say inspired them to open their doors. The result is a unique respite just blocks away from the traditional epicenter of culture in downtown Bangkok.

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