When you think of Chinatown, the first thing that likely comes to mind is the intense, bustling Yaowarat. But venture out to Soi Nana and Talad Noi, the historical neighborhood’s quieter side, and you’ll be swept away by the indie cafes, street eats, art spaces, and crumbling shophouses-turned-cocktail bars. Grab your camera and follow our hacks to spending an awesome day in Talad Noi and Chinatown.
Walking past River City
and the Thai Fish Sauce Factory
(Squid Brand), you can’t miss street artist Jayoto’s towering yellow mural, featuring colorful Talad Noi locals and cats.
After taking a few snaps for the ’gram, continue straight down narrow Wanit Soi 2, passing the mini roundabout outside the Gothic Revival Holy Rosary Church, until you see cozy local cafe Blacksmith. Head there for local light bites like kanom pia moo dang(Chinese pastry with barbecued pork filling; B25) and an espresso (B35). While it’s early, make your way down Soi Flaet Sap Sin to check out Patina, a red-hot 200-year-old Chinese colonial house-turned-cafe, where you can order a butter croissant (B90) to go with a creamy dirty coffee (B120).