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Me Time

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to take a pause and step aside the whirligig of life. Take a day off, do something to indulge your nostalgia or go and blow off some steam/cash!

The Localist

Established by a group of emerging young designers, this venue combines a store, a studio and accommodation. Dibdee, a book binding studio, has relocated from Tha Pae East and created a new nest here, along with the charming Chatchaiwat Pottery Studio, which is merchandising a variety of craft brands including artistic recycle products by Tua Pen Not, natural soap from Mood Mind Body to handstitched apparels, stationery, pillows, jewelleries and more. The store has joined forces with Bua Cheen Café a place to chill while drawing inspiration from all the surrounding creativily. The upstairs offers a space where they occasionally hold craft workshops such as pottery, indigo dye, linocut printing, and minimal-style accommodations.

2/8 Chang Moi Kao Road, T. Sri Phum
Open 10 – 9pm
Tel. 063 429 5655
Facebook: thelocalistcm

Lan Din

Tucked away in the Ram Poeng area are so many gems, and here is a new one. This green space is home to a charming commune of friendly artesans and artists. Spend the say roaming the two-rai property and sit in cafes, indulge in creative dishes, chat to artists, get pretentious with a cup of posh brew, indulge in some freshly baked pastries and while away a rainy afternoon in the library. The outdoor area is an artisanal market of local vendors offering apparels, jewelleries and handicraft products, open on the second Saturday of the month with live music to charm while you stroll and shop.

89/7 Moo 5. Ram Poeng Road, T. Suthep
Open 8am – 8pm
Tel. 063 365 3946
Facebook: landinproject

GAO Café

Wherever you are from in the world, there are childhood treats which you may have forgotten, but once you find them again, they transport you right back to the good old days. For we Thais, Ovaltine was the sweet indulgent hot drink our mamas gave us when we were sick, and we all remember the delight of being given peanut toob tub candy and chor muang dumplings by grandma after school. At this cafe, these treats have been reintroduced, reinvigorated and restyled so that we adults can indulge in some sentimental feelings. The breakfast set along with the classic bread and pandan custard (a treat of so many childhood mornings) are served in an old school cafeteria’s tray. Oliang, a sweet and strong iced black coffee that our grandpa used to drink, is adapted into an espresso with fresh toddy palm juice that has a milder sweetness for those of us watching our calories, and local fruit ice creams like rum lamyai and makiang kiang doi are also wonderfully nostalgic bites.

Nimmanhaemin Soi 7
Open 7.30am – 9.30pm
Tel. 093 556 5255
Facebook: gaocafenimman