Best cafes in BKK must visit at least once in your life
34 BEST CAFES IN BANGKOK YOU MUST VISIT AT LEAST ONCE IN YOUR LIFE
The Land of Smiles is extremely popular and well-loved among us Singaporeans. There are so many reasons to love Bangkok, and no number of trip is ever enough. What’s “enough” when you have so much to eat and shop anyway?
Over the years, we’ve seen the changes in the scene, we’ve been wowed on countless occasions, and we love how Bangkok is nailing the cafe culture. Every trip brings about new discoveries, and there is surely something new to check out and to fall in love with.
Cakes, tarts, coffee. Pancakes, eggs, French toasts. Salads, pastas, burgers. The cafe scene in Bangkok is well-rounded and nothing short of happening. When you need a slice of cake in between that crazy retail therapy, or a spot to grab your daily coffee, or a cosy space to have a meal at, this Guide to Bangkok’s 34 Best Cafes will take you through.
#1 24 OWLS BY SOMETIMES
With both al fresco and indoor seating, 24 Owls is a cafe at Ekkamai. Its outdoor area is a splendid spot for photos, and it resembles those streets by London. Expect an expansive breakfast menu, as with all-day pastas and a whole fridge of cakes.
After You is a very popular dessert spot that is known for their Shibuya Honey Toast (THB175). For something different, try the Sticky Toffee Toast (THB175) or Matcha Toast (THB195). Everything is very photogenic, and they taste as good as they look.
Siam Square One Daily: 11am – 12midnight Nearest BTS: Siam
#3 AUDREY CAFE & BISTRO
One of the prettiest cafes and among the most popular is Audrey, a predominantly monochrome cafe with cascading vines and fairy lights. Thong Lo has no lack of cafes, but Audrey is visually arresting and too pretty to miss. It offers a menu that serves both Western and Thai, and a whole selection of drinks and desserts. Other outlets can be found at Central Embassy and Siam Centre.
136/3 Thonglor Soi 11 Vaddhana, Sukhumvit 55 Tel: +66 2 712 6667 Daily: 11am – 10pm Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
There are many cafes that offer good coffee in Bangkok, but Casa Lapin stands out for its inviting vibe. The original Casa Lapin at Thonglor Art Village is a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint, while the newer Casa Lapin X49 at an alley on Sukhumvit Soi 49 opposite Samitivej Hospital is an intimate space where you can have coffee, linger around and read. What also impresses us is the range of magazines that they offer – Cereal, Frankie and Kinfolk, to name a few.
Soi Songphinong Between Thonglor 13 and Sukhumvit Soi 49/7 Tel: +66 81 261 2040 Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 8.30pm Sat & Sun: 10.30am – 8.30pm Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
#6 CERESIA COFFEE ROASTER
Owned by Venezuelan sisters Marian and Lucia Aguilar and Lucia’s husband Bret Asavaroengchai, Ceresia Coffee Roaster is a spot where you can drop by for a cuppa, and have a discussion about coffee with the passionate owners. This boutique roaster takes great pride in serving only the best coffee. Case in point: They roast their beans in small batches so as to maintain the original flavours from their origins.
593/29-41 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 Tel: +66 2 843 8235 Tue to Sun: 8am – 6pm Nearest Station: Phrom Phong BTS
#7 CHU CHOCOLATE BAR & CAFE
Spacious and quiet, Chu sits within a commercial building and we love their simple concept. The cafe is heavy on their wooden elements with lamps hanging frivolously, and soft lounge tracks fill the space. We love the churros here, but you really take your pick from their range of hot chocolates. The higher the percentage, the greater your endorphins rush.
Exchange Tower 388 Sukhumvit Road Unit 204-206 2nd Floor Tel: +66 2 663 4554 Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 9pm Sat & Sun: 8am – 9pm Nearest BTS: Asoke
#8 COFFEE BEAN BY DAO
A convenient spot that sits at the basement of Siam Paragon, Coffee Bean by Dao is a chain where you can rest your feet from all the shopping. Compose yourself with a cuppa, or do a quick meal before you go on to more shopping.
Other than being known for their sweet and savoury crepes, Crepes And Co also has a comprehensive menu serving Greek, Moroccan and Spanish food. But we almost always come here just for the crepes. With so many tempting choices, let’s just forget the main courses and dive deep into sugar-land.
59/4 Soi Langsuan (Langsuan Soi 1) Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Patumwan Tel: +66 02 652 0208 Nearest BTS: Chidlom
#10 EVERYDAY BY KARMAKAMET
Everyday by Karmakamet at Yada Building (just beside Sala Daeng BTS) in Silom is opened by Karmakamet, a popular Bangkok-based aromatic products brand. This charming cafe features the Karmakamet’s line of fragrances and lifestyle products.
I love that it is a very creative space and it encourages people to express themselves by drawing or writing down their thoughts on cards. It is a spot where you can either sit down by yourself to read a book and do some work, or to hang out with a friend to catch up over coffee and desserts (just a note, they do not serve proper food here). It is a spot where time freezes and you can just do whatever you like and forget about the world.
Karmakamet Diner, the group’s latest restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 24, is an equally beautiful place. We will be sharing more on that in another post.
1/F Yada Building Silom Road Tel: +66 2 237 1148 Nearest Station: Sala Daeng BTS/ Silom MRT
Located at Sukhumvit Soi 49, Gram is a favourite among the Japanese expats who live in the neighbourhood. Its menu is segmented into eggs, bagels, salads, burgers, pancakes, French toasts and pastas. Prices range from THB 120 to 340. As you can tell, it is a pretty affordable option.
Soi Sukhumvit 49 1/F, 49 Terrace Tel: +66 02 884 8554 Tue to Sun: 9am – 5pm Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
Arguably the most famous cafe in Bangkok is Greyhound Cafe. Prices are very reasonable, and it makes a lovely pit stop. Pastas such as fettuccine with shrimp, and spicy spaghetti Thai style are around THB 190 – THB 320.
1F J Avenue Lifestyle Mall Thonglor Soi 15 Tel: 02 712 6547 Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
This is one place that will drive every girl crazy. The all-new Hello Kitty Cafe is a multi-story unit that sits within Siam Square One. It’s huge, and it’s cute; you should go some time soon. Pink and prominently, you will definitely not miss it from the main road.
Step in to a wondrous Sanrio world, and be wowed by the expansive Hello Kitty decor. There is a dine-in area, a merchandise shop and, hold your breath, a Hello Kitty Spa!
A quiet haunt that sits unassumingly in the Ekkamai neighbourhood, Ink & Lion is a vintage-styled coffee shop that combines the simplicity of quality brew, vinyl on loop, and an art gallery. These guys here take their coffee very seriously, so you know you are in for the real deal. Do your latte with a slice of cake. All their bakes are from Size S Coffee & Bakery.
Karmakamet Diner is a super gorgeous and stunning restaurant. The space is very well-furnished, with so much thoughts put into every detail. For such a nice restaurant, prices are not expensive. The brunch items range from THB270 for a Egg White Fritata to THB490 for a Full Breakfast. The must-try dessert is the super photogenic Strawberry In The Clouds – strawberry shortcake with rainbow cotton candy (THB390).
Established in 1998, Kuppa remains a popular haunt for its regulars. The comprehensive menu features a selection of breakfast items, pastas, sandwiches, pizzas as well as Thai favourites. The coffee is made from beans that are roasted in-house.
An exquisite spot at Central Embassy, Kyo Roll En offers an elegant experience with its artisanal Japanese desserts. Famed for their Japanese rolls, you will be completely spoil for choice because every single item just looks too gorgeous to be missed. Instead of merely taking away a roll or two, we strongly encourage you to dine in. There is a menu of roll sets of different combinations – with fruit platters and/or soft serve, all at THB 259 each.
Established in Pattaya since 2003, La Baguette recently opened its first outlet in Bangkok at the new EmQuartier District – the latest luxury shopping mall to open in the heart of the city. Known for its French crepes, croissants and desserts,
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La Baguette is a French-style and pretty outlet to sit down for a quick meal after shopping in the mall. The array of desserts will surely make you go weak in the knees. Try the famous Rainbow Crepe Cake, too!
The EmQuartier, G Floor Sukhumvit Road Nearest BTS: Phrom Phong
#19 LET THEM EAT CAKE
Bangkok is known for many things, but nobody associates it with good French desserts and pastries. That was what we thought too, until we went to Let Them Eat Cake. Their display of exquisite creations will have you feeling like you are transported to Paris. Look out for their Thai-inspired flavours, else their classic chocolate series are fantastic all the same.
4th floor, Siam Center 989 Rama I Road Tel: +66 2 658 1603 Daily: 10am – 10pm Nearest BTS: Siam
#20 LONDON TEA CAFE
Originated from Seoul, London Tea Cafe has an eclectic menu of Korean-inspired dishes and desserts to boast. It includes all-day brunch items too, such as toasts and flapcakes. Try the Chocolate French Toast; it was our favourite item among all that we tried. The Kimchi Omelette sounds interesting too. But if you need more sweets, go for the Oreo bingsu (Korean shaved ice dessert).
31 The Portico Building Langsuan Plernchit Road Lumpini Pathumwan Tel: +66 2 650 4653 Nearest BTS: Chidlom
#21 LIBRARY CAFE
We fell in love with Library Cafe at Sukhumvit Soi 24 as soon as we stepped in. Quaint and comfy, this is a place where you can hang out and chit-chat with friends, or to simply spend the afternoon reading a book while sipping a latte.
An artsy cafe with quirky decor and displays in a myriad of colours, Moko Coffee & Eatery is a good spot to retreat to amidst the humdrum of Silom. Quiet and tucked away in a small lane, this cafe has been a well-received one among expats since its opening some eight months ago. Its menu is slightly pricey, with a fair mix of French and Italian choices.
Soi Sathon 10, Silom, Bang Rak Tel: +66 2 635 3673 Daily: 8am – 10pm Nearest BTS: Chong Nonsi
#23 MR JONES ORPHANAGE
Contradicting its name, Mr Jones Orphanage is one whimsical bear-themed cafe with a dessert shrine that will take your breath away with its huge selection of homemade goodies. We can never make up our minds whenever we come here, because how is one supposed to only pick one from this crazy selection?!
1/F Seenspace, Thong Lor Soi 13 Bangkok, Thailand Tel: +66 02 185 2378 Daily: 10am – 11pm Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
#24 NIKKO CAFE
A Japanese cafe that sits opposite 24 Owls is Nikko, this outlet at Ekkamai has a concise menu that caters to the Japanese community. The mains include Samurai Stew Pork (THB 180), Chachu Don (THB 200) and Tonkatsu Curry (THB 250). On the desserts page, the Matcha Pudding (THB 165) and Passion Fruit Pavlova (THB 170) make lovely endings to your meal.
30/18 Soi Charoen Chai Ekkamai Soi 12 Tel: +66 02 381 5291 Daily: 10am – 11.50pm Nearest BTS: Ekkamai
#25 ONE OUNCE FOR ONION
Forget about waffles with ice-cream or soft serve. Try waffles with popsicles. This is revelation, and exactly why we love One Ounce for Onion. Contrary to its theme, this Japanese-influenced cafe has no onions, but a menu that is chockfull of art and creativity.
Flipping the menu on its own was a joy; we enjoyed browsing through their alternative selections while admiring the amazing photos. Anyway, we digressed. Order the waffles with popsicle.
Tucked in a quiet alley on Sukhumvit Soi 61 which is in between Thonglo and Ekkamai, Phil Coffee Company is where coffee-lovers in-the-know flock to for their daily dose of caffeine. Here, coffee beans are sourced from all over the world, and roasted in small batches. For those who want to learn more about coffee, Phil Coffee Company provides barista training which includes latte art and coffee tasting.
Roast Cafe has an inviting and homely vibe that sets your mind at ease. It is a place where you would want to go with a book, enjoy a hearty meal, and watch the world go by. But it’s not just that – the food and coffee are very outstanding. The cafe serves an all-day breakfast menu with classics such as big breakfast, French toast, and crab cake benedict (THB 200 – THB350).
2/F Seenspace, Thong Lor Soi 13 Bangkok, Thailand Tel: 02 185 2866 Nearest BTS: Thong Lo
#28 ROCKET COFFEE BAR
The combination of good coffee, free wifi, simple and earnest wholesome food such as sandwiches, salads, and breakfast make Rocket Coffee Bar a place where we will always return to. And so will you after you’ve checked them out.
Other than its original outlet at Sathorn Soi 12, Rocket Coffee Bar has recently opened a bigger outlet along Sukhumvit Soi 49.
49 Sathorn Soi 12, Silom Tel: +66 2 6350 404 Tue to Sun: 7am – 7pm Nearest BTS: Chong Nonsi
#29 SPOONFUL ZAKKA CAFE
Combining a lifestyle concept shop and a small cafe, Spoonful is located in the same building at London Tea Cafe. It has a simple menu of scones, desserts and drinks. The environment is a tranquil one, with soft instrumentals playing and quiet patrons sipping tea while reading their magazines.
31 Lang Suan 7 Alley Lumphini, Pathum Wan Tel: +66 02 652 2278 Daily: 11am – 7pm Nearest BTS: Chidlom
#30 THE NINTH CAFE
We love the Thai Tea Cake here! Luscious and every bit pretty, this is reason enough to visit The Ninth Cafe. There are three outlets, with the one at Siam Paragon being the most accessible. We’d suggest coming here with a bunch of girlfriends so that you don’t have to decide on only one cake.
Siam Paragon, G Floor Tel : +66 02 610 7551 Nearest BTS: Siam
#31 VANILLA GARDEN
Nestled in a beautiful garden, Vanilla Garden in Ekkamai combines three concepts in one compound. Vanilla Cafe is a Japanese-style cafe; Vanilla Bakeshop with its freshly pastries and desserts; and Sauce is a library/bookshop that focuses on cookbooks. Vanilla Garden is a gorgeous space and while it can be quite inaccessible, you should make the trip to Ekkamai just for it.
53 Ekkamai Soi 12 Sukhumvit Soi 63 Tel: +66 2 381 6120 Daily: 7am – 10pm Nearest BTS: Ekkamai
#32 WHITE FLOWER FACTORY
This is the second outlet by White Flower Cafe & Bakery, and it sits on the fourth level of Siam Square One. Lavishly furnished with wood and flowers and low-hanging lights, it is a European-styled cafe that serves both Western and Thai dishes. It is evident that the locals love it here, and we’d say ditch the Western menu. Do it like the Thais, and indulge in a Thai feast of curries and stir-fry classics.
Just down the road from Isao, an excellent Japanese restaurant which serves wonderful fusion sushi rolls; and Appia, a popular Italian eatery, is Wonderwall The Kaffeebar. It is a hidden gem and a great spot to chill with friends while enjoying lattes, cappuccinos and espressos.
A dessert cafe in Siam, Yingdeaw Homemade is known for their homemade waffles. Cookies Caramel Crumble, Banana Chocolate Almond and Vanilla Honey Kiwi are some options are THB 165 each. Over on the cake menu, try the Hot Chocolate Pudding (THB 160) and Strawberry Vanilla Cake (THB 165).