Recent trips to Bangkok have given us a new insight to the bustling f&b scene in the city, making it even more attractive beyond its reputation for tourism spots and shopping. Thanks to Skyscanner which brought us the cheapest preferred flight to Bangkok, we were able to fly to the city just to explore its exciting cafe scene.
In the past two years, Bangkok's cafes have been mushrooming at possibly the same speed as in Singapore. There are numerous quality cafes testified by our personal experience this trip, and yet, still many more to be discovered.
Most travellers head to Bangkok for a short weekend trip, and squeezing in a cafe or two is almost difficult. The good news is that, cafes probably make the best (if not only) options for breakfast in Bangkok, and you will be reading about only the best cafes below in our Bangkok Cafe Guide. You can be sure to waste no time but enjoy the best of Bangkok, including the cafe culture.
To see the best of the cafe scene, stay in Sukhumvit / Thong Lor area. Sukhumvit is one of the most happening area with its outburst of upscale restaurants, modern cafes and hidden nooks.
Scroll to the bottom for more tips and a Bangkok Cafe Map!
Roots / Roast / Brix / JonaWaffles / Maygori
335 Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand 10110 Facebook
If there is any neighbourhood I would stay in, it would have to be where The Commons is my backyard. The Commons is a very modern indie concept that brings the idea of community to life, more than being just a "f&b hangout". Housed in this complex are numerous cafes and an upscale food court similar to Pasar Bella in Singapore.
Roots Coffee was previously tucked at Ekkamai but has since moved to The Commons, along with its parent cafe Roast. Roots serves up really awesome coffee and is perfect for all coffee snobs. Find this cafe at the ground level food court.
Roast is probably one of the most popular brunch place in Bangkok. It has a very promising food menu and it was packed when we visited. Be prepared for a delicious breakfast.
BRIX Desserts cafe
BRIX has a lovely interior and has a variety of cakes, ice cream and plated desserts. It is probably the best dessert option in this complex, not to mention very photogenic as well.
Upcoming Review soon.
Jona Waffles and Maygori are probably worth checking out too but we simply did not have enough time (nor stomach space).
Warm Wood Cafe
141 Soi Thong Lor, 10 Klong Tan Nuea, Wattana Road, Bangkok 10110 Facebook
Just about a ten minutes walk down the road from The Commons you would reach Warm Wood Cafe. This is a quaint cafe with a nice interior and will make a good place to unwind. The coffee here is pretty good as well but avoid the Churros.
Upcoming review soon.
Just across the road you would also see some desserts place like Dolly Churros, Rosemary by Madame Tuang and the more famously known Audrey Cafe.
Casa Lapin x49
Song Phi Nong Alley, Khwaeng Lam Prathew, Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520 Facebook
One of my favourite hunts would be Casa Lapin x49. Casa Lapin is also another very successful brand that has since expanded to numerous branches. The x49 branch definitely wins in its secluded location and beautiful decoration of the space. It is a comfortable nook to escape from the city bustle. The coffee is really awesome as well, very balanced and full.
48/1 Klang Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
D'ARK by Phillip Di Bella
Another cafe that is also worth checking out is D'ARK. Contrasting to its name, the interior is bright from natural light and its high ceiling gives a spacious feel to its interior. The cafe is pretty from all angles and the coffee is really good as well.
You might also want to check out The Coffee Club and Gram in the same Piman 49 neighbourhood.
One Ounce for Onion
19/12 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63., Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Facebook
At the other corner of Thong Lor, there is another very hidden cafe called One Ounce for Onion. It is tucked in a secluded lane and the element of surprise adds to the experience. It is a cosy hideout with great coffee. The food menu might be small but the quality is good.
Upcoming Review soon.
In the same street there is also 24 Owl, a 24hour cafe as the name suggest and Vanilla Garden that is worth checking out.
Unfashion Vintage Cafe
94/1 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Phra Khanong Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110 Facebook
If I were to name the most memorable cafe of the trip, I would say Unfashion, for its beautiful exterior and interior. It has a very tiny but extremely cosy cottage-style interior. The building itself is photogenic beyond words. The iced latte here is so good on its own without any further addition of sugar. For proper food, you can head to the Unfashion bistro just across the carpark.
Ekkamai Soi 2
Ekkamai Soi 2, Sukhumvit 63, Bangkok 10110
Ink & Lion Cafe
The cafe name might sound cutesy, but Ink & Lion is another cafe popular for its coffee. Simple and woody interior makes it a lovely space to hang out in.
Next door to Ink & Lion is Beeston Cafe. It is a nice space to chill out and serves up decent coffee and bites too.
There is still a bunch of cafes in the Thong Lor areas that have yet been mentioned but are very promising as well. You could find all of them on the map below. Do check out Hands & Heart and Toby's.
Thanon Pan, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500 Facebook
At Sathorn area where the CBD is, you will find the hidden gem, Luca. It is a very humble and simple cafe serving up really delicious brunch food and coffee. It is delicious to the extent I would go back again and again without fail. If there is any cafe worth checking out for the food, it has to be Luca.
In the same Silom area, you could also check out the more tiny outlet of Rocket Coffeebar s12 and Dexter Cafe.
94 Ratchaphruek Rd, Taling Chan, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170 Facebook
If you have extra time on hand and have absolutely no idea what to do, check out The Bloc, which is yet another hipster Neighbourhood with a container market and cafes like Simple Day Cafe and Think Cafe. Note, this is very far off from everywhere.
How to make sure you don't get lost cafehopping?
Cafehopping in Bangkok can be slightly more tricky as cafes are tucked in secret corners and getting directions from locals is almost impossible. Hence, it is important to have a travellers datasim and tools like Google Map, Uber and our Bangkok Cafe Map to ensure you waste no time being lost!
How to find the cheapest preferred flight in the shortest time possible?
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