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Local Take

Three insiders share their favorite places in the city.

Krissada Sukosol Clapp

Rock star, actor, and owner of the Siam

I live on the edge of Rattanakosin Island, Bangkok’s historic center. My go-to spot for a laid-back lunch is Nai Soey Beef Noodles (100/2-3 Phra Athit Rd.; 66/86-982-9042; $). For dinner, I love Raan Jay Fai (327 Mahachai Rd.; 66-2/223-9384; $$)—it might be the most expensive open-air seafood restaurant in the city, but the crab omelette alone is worth the splurge. There’s not a lot of green in Bangkok, so I’m lucky to live across from Rommaneenart Park. I spend my Sunday afternoons wandering the paths.

Somrak Sila

Director at WTF Bar-Gallery

My neighborhood of Thonglor has wonderful indie venues. VTG at Palio (Soi 10, Ekkamai Rd.; 66/83-906-0767) sells a well-curated selection of vintage clothes. At RMA Institute (off Soi 22, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/663-0809) you’ll find interesting exhibitions showcasing a range of art, from pen-and-ink illustrations to ceramic sculptures. For a late-night bite, there’s the 24-hour café at the Rex Hotel (762/1 Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/259-0106). The décor is very retro and quirky, but the real draw is the authentic Thai-Chinese dishes.

Polpat Asavaprapha

Designer of Asava women’s wear line

When I first moved to Sukhumvit 49 in the early 1970’s, it was a quiet residential area. Now the neighborhood is filled with great restaurants. Little Home Bakery (413/10-12 Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/185-1485) is my standby for breakfast and has fantastic waffles. A cup of tea in the garden at nearby Agalico (20 Soi 51, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/662-5857, ext. 11) is a must. I’m half Japanese, so I can tell you that Maru (95/5-6 Soi 3, Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd.; 66-2/712-5001; $$$$) serves some of the freshest sashimi in Bangkok.

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