Whether you've chosen Bangkok as your honeymoon destination or are visiting to the bustling city as a stopover on your way to an island retreat, there's plenty to do and see here. Myrtille Tibayrenc, the artistic director of the Toot Yung Art Center, dishes on her favorite places to eat, shop, and take in the city's vibrant cultural scene.
Eats on the Streets
"My all-time favorites are the stalls on Yotse street. There are these old Chinese shophouses, and I'm a huge fan of the barbecue scallops and the suki haeng, a noodle dish with meat and vegetables."
Ultimate Date Night
"For a special occasion, I like L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. It's an immersive experience, where you sit at the bar for a full view of the open kitchen. The kitchen works with a lot of local ingredients and comes up with the most original and surprising flavors. Don't miss the signature potato purée."
Casual Dinner for Two
"I enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of the rooftop Phra Nakorn Bar & Gallery bar. It overlooks the neighborhood and attracts a fun mix of residents and foreigners. I always order the stir-fried squid with salted egg."
"I really enjoy going to famous temples but avoid the touristy ones. I love the quiet atmosphere and the art packed in these spiritual places. Wat Suthat is my favorite, and I also like the nearby Wat Ratchabophit."
Where to Stay(cation)
"Stepping inside the historic Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (from $338 per night) is like traveling back in time. I also love the neighborhood, with its heritage buildings and a recent creative dynamism with lots of galleries, bars, and hip restaurants. The view on the river is also amazing, and there is a terrace—ideal for sipping a nice cognac."
Shop Till You Drop
"I like to walk around Siam Discovery, a super-modern mall that promotes local designers. And the Good Design Store is very dynamic and always packed with excellent home design objects. I spend most of my money on books—especially art books—so I can't wait to visit the new Open House Bookshop by Hardcover, at Central Embassy."
"The talk of the town is the creative district on the riverside along Charoenkrung Road, with galleries, cafés, tattoo shops, cool hotels, and the newly reopened Thailand Creative & Design Center. Last year I helped organize an arts festival and produced large-scale public wall paintings by local and international artists. Some of my favorite spots in the area are the Bridge Art Space, Serindia Gallery, and Atta Gallery, an original concept that specializes in contemporary jewelry. And 100 Tonson Gallery, by Lumphini Park, is one of the best."