Hive Life’s eco-guide spotlights the neighbourhood gems, local eateries, grocers, and more, that are promoting living sustainably in the emerging green metropolis of Bangkok!
The sustainable living movement has caught the attention of the greater population in Thailand, with an increasing focus on eco-friendly initiatives, from reducing carbon emissions, to promoting a circular economy, and renewable energy sources, along with other grassroots and zero waste campaigns. Local Thai businesses have started to emphasise the significance of integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives as a key strategy to create a positive impact within their communities.
Thailand’s cultural hub, Bangkok, boasts a thriving network of eco-friendly establishments, from food and beverages (F&B) concepts, to local thrift stores, and many others, who have stepped up their initiatives catering to the growing demand for green solutions in the city.
Here are some unique restaurants and boutiques that are taking an earth-first approach while championing community wellbeing that will get you started on your journey to living sustainably in Bangkok.
Haoma is a progressive zero-waste restaurant located at Sukhumvit Soi 31 dedicated to serving honest Indian fare, and a serene dining experience. Incorporating a farm-to-table approach, Haoma has an ample garden where the owner and chef Deepanker Kosla harvests fresh produce while sourcing other key ingredients from local farmers.
The diner’s seasonal tasting menu consists of various delicious neo-Indian dishes packed with diverse flavours and spices.
Newly added to the “One MICHELIN Star” list, Haoma is widely acclaimed in the local F&B scene for its green practices, serving excellent sustainable gastronomy. The restaurant also earned the MICHELIN Green Star for its aquaponics farm, where the in-house team grows fish for their ever-evolving menu.
Address: 231/3 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Khlong Toei Nua, Bangkok, 10110, Thailand
Open from: Tues-Wed 5:30-11pm; Thurs-Sat 5:30-10pm; Sun: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-11pm
Created from a drive to create an eco-conscious and locally-inspired menu, Baan Tepa has emerged as a local hotspot for Thai food connoisseurs. Situated in a century-old heritage house, the restaurant flaunts a vibrant urban garden, where the restaurant grows fresh ingredients for all its delicious dishes. Chef and owner Tam Chudaree Debhakam’s sustainable efforts have placed the establishment at the forefront of food circularity in Thailand.
Baan Tepa serves more than just an appetising menu – the restaurant takes its customers on an eccentric culinary journey, introducing a modern approach to traditional Thai cuisine by infusing new flavours and innovative cooking techniques to create its speciality dishes.
Insider’s Tip: Baan Tepa’s interactive dinner menu serves up to nine courses for ฿4,500. When making a reservation, remember to include your dietary preference and restrictions, for a curated menu to your needs.
Address: 561 Ramkhamhaeng Road, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10240
Open from: Wed-Sun 5pm-late
Housing an incredible range of fresh and nourishing food essentials sourced from local farmers and artisans in Thailand, Organic Village is a sustainable grocery store that caters to your every domestic need, from home provisions, to health and beauty products, and more. Organic Village aims to normalise eco-friendly household practices starting with everyday consumer goods.
Offering a fine assortment of nutritious and top-grade products for eco-conscious and health-focused consumers, the store has dedicated aisles for fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy alternatives, organic wholefoods, along with other essentials. Additionally, Organic Village caters to various dietary needs and preferences, including high-fibre, gluten-free, MSG-free, and more.
Committing to zero-waste trade practices, Organic Village aims to reduce plastic consumption by encouraging its visitors to bring their containers when shopping for their bulk food products.
Insider’s Tip: Customers can sign up for their subscription-based monthly delivery service for bulk orders, for an economical and efficient way to stock your pantry.
Address: Siam Square Soi 5, 392/27 & 28 1/F Rama 1 road, Pathum Wan district, Bangkok, Thailand
Open from: 9am-8pm
ZeroMoment Refillery is a zero-waste store providing customers with a natural, organic, and eco-friendly range of wholesome foods and household provisions. The local mini grocer incentivises plastic-free shopping habits by simply eliminating the need for packaging, right from the source.
Donning a bright and clean ambience, the store is furnished with minimalist refilling containers, stocking locally-sourced wholegrain foods and other items, from oats to nuts, to herbs and spices, to vegetable oils, and more. ZeroMoment also offers personal care products including shampoos and artisanal soaps, catering to every aspect of one’s home and lifestyle needs.
Additionally, ZeroMoment carries an extensive range of organic nutritional snacks to satisfy your taste buds, while caring for your health.
Insider’s Tip: When shopping at ZeroMoment Refillery, remember to bring your own reusable containers for a zero-waste experience.
Address: 1/1 Soi 16 Seri 2, Huamak, Bangkapi, Bangkok, Thailand
Open from: 10am-7pm
Born in Bangkok, Sasi Knits is a handmade knitwear label with a passion for sustainability. Their minimalist yet delightful pieces are designed with a “less is more” approach. Sasi Knits carries only a limited number of tops and bottoms in their collection to maintain the exclusivity of designs and has a made-to-order policy to ensure minimal waste and environmental footprint.
Knitted tops are becoming increasingly popular fashion staples, and a must-have for every wardrobe. Sasi introduces a playful take with their designs, using striking colours and beautiful patterns, showcasing excellent craftsmanship.
Each piece is hand-knitted and sewn by founder and designer Ji Sasi Chandrvirochana, along with her local team, at her home studio.
Insider’s Tip: Sasi’s pieces are handmade locally and may take around 3-4 weeks to ship after the placement of an order, and it is best to check in with their team for more urgent deliveries.
Again & Again
Again & Again is a quaint instagrammable spot located in Bangkok’s shopping paradise, Pathum Wan. The vintage store is renowned for their vibrant pre-loved collection, along with other minimalist accessories. Dedicated to promoting circular fashion, the shop extends the life cycle of old clothing by revamping designs, while finding a new home for beautiful secondhand products.
From in-vogue trends, to classic bohemian styles, Again & Again provides an extensive range of fashion staples, including vintage dresses, skirts, shirts, and other unique accessories. The store thoughtfully curates its selection of timeless goods, and refreshes its racks with new stock twice a week. Again & Again keeps in mind the quality and appeal of each piece, while upholding customer satisfaction throughout the process.
Insider’s Tip: Again & Again also carries their in-house brand at the store, carrying handmade kaftans, embroidered shirts, and more for customers to browse.
Address: 3654 Rama IV Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Open from: 10am-8pm