This month's filled with runs, fairs, markets and some very cool indie concerts.
That's right, every Sunday your most faithful friend is allowed to tag along with you to Central Embassy's rooftop bar. Inspired by New York’s Madison Square Garden, this grand rooftop is home to pop-up bars from Water Library, Minibar and 27 St. plus a constant rotation of live music performances from local indie bands to hip-hop DJs. Dogs are allowed in The Garden from 4-10pm for Sunset Sundays, which promise a barbecue feast and live DJs from Kolour Krew.
5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm
If you can’t be seen without your dog, you'll be please to hear that man’s best friend is welcome at one of the outdoor tables on the terrace. Offering an all-day breakfast spot with a killer egg's benedict, a cafe offering both imported and local coffee beans, a bakery serving light and airy strawberry waffles and a bar serving classic cocktails, this shop offers a little bit of everything all in one place.
555/55 Thonglor Soi 19, 081-567-5544. Open daily 9am-10pm
The pet-friendly, outdoor seating at executive chef Jeriko Van Der Wolf and pastry chef Joffrey Jacob's latest cafe faces the mall’s central courtyard and large waterfall, offering a relaxing space for coffee or glass of wine. Drop by during brunch hours (until 6pm) to try the delicious Mornay duck eggs with smoked duck, crispy potato galette and smothered in truffle Mornay sauce (B280) followed by one of their excellent coffees.
G/F, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phrom Phong
Kiosk Cafe (Barkyard BKK)
The on-site cafe at the city's premier "dog-centric- community space" provides plenty of western food, coffee and fresh drinks. Aside from this eatery, the area offers plenty of services for dogs, including daycare, swimming, training and grooming.
The Barkyard BKK, 084-874-2777, Sukhumvit Soi 26. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
Run by the people behind the Coccola online pet shop, this new pet-friendly cafe has turned its downstairs into a pet product display complete with a space where you can have lunch with your dog. Amid the simple white decor, enjoy fusion Thai dishes like chicken green curry spaghetti (B150) and chicken with cashew nuts (B120). The herbal drinks (B45) and panna cotta with your choice of sauce (B85) are worth a try, too.
111/1 Thonglor Soi 5, 02-712-8225. Open daily 10am-6pm. www.coccolapet.com
From the outside Cataholic seems like an ordinary café, but step inside and you’ll find yourself in the presence of countless cats. Sit on the floor level cushions and stroke Felix and pals while you munch on honey toast or sip the signature drinks Matcha Maew Maew (green tea with soda) and Let Me Fishing (strawberry creamcheese taiyaki with whipped cream). The shop also has a little decor/accessories section as well as clothing from local designers. Dessert starts from B35 and drinks from B65.
2/F, Ozono, Sukhumvit Soi 39. 089-851-6500. Open Tue-Sun 11am-9pm
This real "pet cafe" is truly for our four-legged friends (although, there is a separate human menu). Recommended doggy dishes include the cheese burger (B120) with real beef topped with grated parmesan and melting cheddar, the amazing dog sushi (rice and liver paste wrapped in seaweed, B140). Be warned, the food is so good looking, you might find it hard to tell which is for dogs and which is for people.
36/4 Chaeng Watthana Rd, 02-982-6519. Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. www.facebook.com/coffeepuppy
Tucked away on Sukhumvit Soi 53, Chico is a restaurant and cafe in one corner and home decor shop in another. The homey venue makes for a very cozy atmosphere, evoking a Japanese-style living room through its use of simple blond wood. Dishes are similarly low-key and Japanese: spaghetti with mushrooms, Omu rice, Japanese instant noodles and desserts like waffles and homemade cakes. The cats sleeping or prancing around mostly belong to the owner but others are just waiting for their owner to finish up eating. Food starts from B160, drinks from B60 and dessert from B120.
109 Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-258-6557. BTS Thonglor. Open Wed-Mon, 9:30am-6pm
The K Village community mall allows dogs and (if you're weird) cats, in case you hadn’t noticed the many Khun Nuu ambling about clutching a Chihuahua or two. The venue also hosts dog-related activities such as a dog fashion show, dog and owner photo contests and dog charity projects. There are even a couple of pet shops that will babysit your dog while you eat or shop.
Sukhumvit Soi 26, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-258-9919. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Purr Cat Café Club
Purr Cat Cafe features a cat grooming salon, cafe and gallery. Grooming starts from B450 and a signature groom for pageant competitions starts from B500. The cafe itself serves bakery treats (for us) and cat food. There are actually two zones: one for owners to bring their own cats and one where people can play with the store’s own furry friends. In the gallery, you can purchase cat-themed artworks created by the owner.
Sukhumvit Soi 53, 02-108-3604. Open Tue-Thu 11am-8pm and 11am-9pm on weekends.
Situated in Phrom Phong, this is an animal loving community mall and a park for pets. The three-rai space is home to furniture stores, cafés, beauty parlors and eateries; while the remaining two-rai space provides a park for your pets (both cats & dogs members only), membership fee is B300 per day and B1,500 per month.
Sukhumvit Soi 39, Sukhumvit Rd., BTS Phrom Phong, 02-259-2788. Open daily 10am-8pm.
Twinkle Pet Shop
This hi-so kennel just opened up in Ekkamai. Twinkle Pet Shop offer more than the usual dog groom and care, for the venue also serves as a café, dog accessories shop, dog-themed furniture and décor store and hotel for man’s best friend. So while Lucky gets a trim, sip on some Japanese coffee and browse the accessories imported from Japan, Italy and Singapore. Grooming starts from B600 and the dog spa using micro or nano bubbles to relax and destress your loyal companion starts at B100. They also plan to open a Japanese-style dog clinic by 2013.
Parklane, Sukhumvit Soi 61, 02-382-1124. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-6:30pm on Sat-Sun 10:30am-8:30pm
Or if you want to make a trip out of town...
This boutique resort aims to cater to every member of the family—including pooches. Aside from a mini-golf course, massage area, on-site restaurant and giant swimmable chemical-free biopool, this resort also has a separate swimming area for your furry friend. An additional B400 is added to your total accomadation costs per day for those bringing a pet along.
114/14 Moo 8, Nongprue, Pattaya, 084-149-2186