Food Photo: Great Variety of Food Stalls Available at W District’s Night Market
Food Photo: Basic Cocktails, Wine, and Cheap Beer for Drinking Options
Food Photo: 31 Burger Stall at Bangkok’s W District
Food Photo: Who’s Pizza Stall at Bangkok’s W District
Food Photo: Cleopatra Indian Stall at Bangkok’s W District
The Phra Kanong area, unlike the rich blood of the neighboring Thonglor and Ekkamai, has been slow to develop as a destination for food. That’s slowly changing and you can thank Sukhumvit’s expensive real estate, including a string of new malls, hotels, and condos for pushing food entrepreneur’s further down the BTS line.
Even to get to W District, found near the corner of Sukhumvit 71, you need to walk for 5 minutes from the Phra Kanong BTS, passing several construction sites. There you’ll find the driveway for the unfortunately named “W District”, a collection of businesses. The area is headlined by the very visible Tom N Toms Coffee, but there’s plenty of other restaurants, retail space, a condo, an art residence, and the Beat Hotel. W District is a confusing collision of those places on your first visit, but if you’re like me, forget everything and wander past a few sculptures to the back of the area, turning right in front of the hotel to find the food court.
Food Photo: Butter Chicken from Cleopatra’s Indian Food
Food Photo: Cheesesteak Pizza Slice from Who’s Pizza
Just don’t expect the confusion to stop there. Once in the area you’ll be shuffled towards a table and have about 14 menus slapped down in front of you. The cow herding and menu stacking will come as no surprise if you’re accustomed to the service at On Nut’s tent market. If it’s your first visit I’d recommend waving off the people who come with menus for a chance to survey the stalls in the area. Compared to the On Nut Tent Market the selection at W District is much better with Spanish tapas, burgers, Vietnamese sandwiches, pizzas, Indian and Thai food available.
Food Photo: Broken Eggs Spanish Tapas Stall at Bangkok’s W District
Food Photo: Giant Paella Pan from Broken Eggs Spanish Tapas Stall
There’s also a wine shop (most bottles start around 1,200 THB) with a small selection and two bars doing mostly local beer and elementary cocktails. There’s a coupon stall where you can buy tickets for food, but just like the graffiti and sculptures dotting the area, it seems only cosmetic as all the stalls take cash. The bands playing in the evening are awful and the music they play normally is probably labeled Farang Hits 2003. This time of year it’s deathly hot, but when the temperatures ease it will be more enjoyable to visit. There’s a few restaurants in the small sois adjacent if you really can’t take the heat or the Whitney Houston covers.
Complaints aside, W District is still one of the most interesting spots in the area since it’s not far from the BTS and has a great variety of stalls. I expect W District to grow in popularity, especially as the selection easily outshines the nearby On Nut Tent Market and with the infamous Sukhumvit 38’s hawkers getting the boot soon. It took tasting food from a few stalls to find dishes I really liked and much of it best enjoyed with a cold beer. For starters try out the tapas, pizza stall, have a cold beer tower, and don’t forget to bring some fun company along.
W Market at W District Location and Hours
Address: 7th Floor, Helix Building, EmQuartier Mall
Directions: Take BTS Skytrain to Phra Kanong Station and walk 5 minutes towards Sukhumvit 71 until you spot Tom N Toms Coffee. Take the driveway into the W District area where you’ll find the food stalls in the last small street near the Beat Hotel.
Hours: Evenings daily, although some stalls are open earlier
Price Range: 100 – 300 THB per dish