Author : Lee Ah-Rin (January 10, 2017)
New series for the new year! “In the Soi” is all about introducing local neighborhood’s unique spots that you might not know about. It only seems appropriate to start with OnNut, one of the most popular residential areas for expats. Continue reading to see what makes OnNut so quintessentially hipster!
There is nothing more hipster than non-mainstream music. Popular among indie music lovers, Brownstone Studio is a mix between music rehearsal studio and art gallery in Soi 25. They recently expanded their business to include a small cafe under the name Ageha cafe. The owner, the guitarist of an indie band, hopes to create a local meet-up spot for fellow music lovers. The cafe is filled with vinyl records and the walls are decked out with posters of different bands. In addition to coffee, they also sell unique items like polaroid cameras, reusable bags, and handmade leather wallet. Ageha Music & Cafe occasionally hosts live music bands as well!
Onnut Soi 25. Monday – Sunday, 10 am – 10 pm. Closed on Thursdays.
A previously broken down townhouse now transforms into a Japanese-style hostel in Soi OnNut. The hostel offers both dormitory-style and private rooms, both of which employ minimalist decor inspired by capsule hotels found in Tokyo. Furthermore, they also have a small cafe on the lower floor offering Japanese meal and free wifi. For those looking for a new relaxing co-working space, head upstairs to their loft filled with bean bags and outlets. Computers are also available free of charge for those who forgot to bring their laptop!
252/1-2 Sukhumvit 77 (OnNut)
The boutique hotel in front of Soi 33 has been serving travelers for more than 4 years. Loft 77 opened their doors before all of the big apartment developmental projects started expanding in the area, retaining a local vibe. The space is cozy and warm, with 45 private rooms, all of which are decorated according to different regions of Thailand. The lower floor is a 24-hours cafe with free wifi and wide selections of drinks. They even have a happy hour for ice-cream and beer between 5 pm – 8 pm. The hotel hosts different workshop activities every Saturday that are free for hotel guests, or 250 baht per person for the public.
1707 OnNut Soi 33
Deep in Soi 66 situates a chic fashion studio under the name ‘Haus of Jewelry Studio’. The space is owned by the owner of Yolwaree, a renowned Thai brand. An old building was renovated into a modern-contemporary studio showcasing furnitures and jewelries of many different brands, both local and international such as Vickisarge, Ravipa, Nadlida, and Aclaire. The interior decor changes seasonally, and the studio itself is available for rental for those interested in finding a new photography backdrop. They also occasionally release line of products/furnitures available for purchase as well. It is best to make prior appointments for those who would like to visit. For more information, visit their website.
443 OnNut Soi 66
Although biking is not a very practical mode of transport here in Bangkok, bike enthusiasts can always enjoy it as a hobby! (Check out our list of places where you can do so here) And of course, if you are in need of anything bike-related, you can find it here in the hipster neighboorhood of OnNut. Cycam is in Soi 9, offering high-quality bicycles imported from Italy and Germany with selections from Jamis, LiteSpeed, Rotwild, or Sarto. They have all kinds of bikes, starting from 24,000 THB. Cycam also offers repair services as well. They are opened Tuesday to Sunday, 11 am – 7 pm.
709/1-2 OnNut Soi 7
This co-working space might be inside a community mall, but it’s one that’s not to be missed. Hubba-To is on the third floor of Habito, a mall project inside a residential complex. The place gives off a hipster vibe with its simple decor and laid-back atmosphere. The lower floor includes a quality coffee counter, April Store, which only brews coffee using Aeropress technique. The second floor offers long wooden desks with endless outlet plugs under well-lit ceilings. Small private rooms with projectors are also available for group presentations as well. The highlights, however, are the Dark Room and Ceramic Room. Dark Room, as the name suggests, is a darkroom for film-developing, while the ceramic room is for arts and crafts. Can’t get anymore hipster than this.