Surawong is a street in Silom, home to many beautiful spots and delicious eats. It was famous because of the now-defunct Patpong, but just take a look around and you will find that it’s way more than what you thought it was.
Our new series, BKK District Guide, shows you the hidden beauty in different neighbourhoods in Bangkok. Here are the featured places in our Surawong episode:
#1 Coca Restaurant Surawong
Coca is a popular suki (steamboat) brand recognizable internationally, but you might not be aware that they began as a Cantonese restaurant in Bangkok more than 60 years ago. We sat down with the owners for an exclusive interview, as they gave us insights into Coca’s origins and snaps into their future.
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 10pm
#2 Baan Suriyasai
A nice beautiful Thai colonial-style house, the perfect spot for a light afternoon tea.
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 10pm
#3 Neilson Hays Library
Neilson Hays Library is a historical building that has been around for more than 100 years and has one of the largest collections of English books in Bangkok. Follow their Facebook page to be notified for their special events.
Opening Hours: Daily: 9:30am – 5pm (Closed on Monday)
#4 Phongphat Li
Phongphat Li is a hidden eatery along Surawong, popular with locals. It is run by an old couple, serving hearty dishes that make you feel like you are a guest in their home. Our favourite dish is their pork liver with stir-fried garlic (pre-order required).
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 8pm
#5 Jim Thompson Surawong
Jim Thompson is a staple name when it comes to Thai silk products. This is their flagship retail shop since 1967 and the house is artfully-fitted with teak and marble, ensuring a fulfilling shopping session that will be coupled with a new admiration for Thai architecture.
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am – 7pm
#6 Phar-ram IV Bistro (Montien Hotel Surawong)
Phar-Ram IV Bistro in Montien Hotel Surawong is one of our favourite places in town for traditional French fare. Everything served was delicious, nothing fancy, only classic flavours that are increasingly challenging to find in the current restaurant climate.
Opening Hours: Daily: 7am – 11pm
Kizahashi is one of the only Japanese Izakayas in Bangkok specialising in Okonomiyaki, a must-try dish from Osaka. If you are into cooking, there is even an option here to cook your own Okonomiyaki (pre-booking required).
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am – 8:30pm
#8 Urban Thai Spa & Massage
There are many massage parlours around Surawong, but this particular outlet along Thaniya Road is Urban Thai’s newest and biggest. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of walking and eating.
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am – 12am
We have plotted the above-mentioned places into the map below for your easy reference. Happy exploring! For mobile users, you can refer to this list of saved places: Surawong Guide by AroiMakMak.com