Let the grazing begin
Soi Ari (aka Phahonyothin Soi 7)
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Soi Ari, just off the BTS at Ari station, has become somewhat of a Bangkok expat haunt. The streets are bustling but manageable, the buildings are predominantly low-rise and the palpable neighborhood vibe makes a trip to this neighborhood a vacation from the hustle and bustle of Sukhumvit or Silom.
While there are no sites to draw travellers to Ari there is a burgeoning restaurant scene, and a notably delicious selection of weekend food stalls and street vendors. Ari is located only two BTS stops away from the Mo Chit station, where Chatuchak market is located, making it a convenient stop for lunch on the way to or from the market.
While there is a delicious street food scene on Soi Ari all week long, Saturday and Sunday draw the largest number of vendors selling everything from delicious fresh squeezed juice, to homemade sausage, to the type of things you just point to and try. A stretch of vendors located on Ari between sois 1 and 2 are packed closely together with a wide array of treats to graze on while you stroll.
Some favourites are fried roti with banana for 30 baht or delicious mango and sticky rice for 40 baht. Fresh squeezed orange juice for 10 baht has become a morning staple of mine. There are also the Thai snack favourites such as fried fish cakes, grilled banana and guava with sugar and chillies. As the day progresses evening vendors come out selling som tam, soups and pad Thai.
It is just a small stretch of street but it’s a charming and delicious stop for a grab-and-go lunch filled with Thai comfort foods and just about the sweetest vendors and cooks you’ll ever find.
Soi Ari is also known as Phahonyothin Soi 7. If you are taking the BTS, get out at exit 3 at Ari station. From there walk towards Phahonyothin soi 7 and turn left. Your nose will lead you to all the eats.
By Elena Sheppard
Last updated on 6th March, 2015.