Written by Beverley Lennon Co-written by Constantine Colin Edited by Dawn Pillay
Without a doubt, shopping in Bangkok is irreplaceable but you will be glad to know that their café culture is not left behind either. There are endless reasons to café-hop when in Bangkok, as nothing quite compares a coffee break – that comes with such good vibes and atmosphere!
Our latest Bangkok cafes clearly show that a coffee stop in Bangkok is not just like any coffee stop, and that pretty much like over religion or politics; you and your friends will end up arguing about which café to stop by today!
18. For some nostalgic childhood memories – Cintage Shop
Don’t we all wish we could go back to our school days? Back to all the fun and probably precious nap time that we didn’t appreciate!
Back your backpacks, Cintage School makes your dream of being 12 again come (somewhat) true!
Get your old-school crew down, choose your retro school desks for your gossip and order a few plates to share at lunchtime. Now that you are old enough to rebel, no one is going to stop you from ordering colourful cakes for lunch!
Like at school; our favorite moment is recess time – have fun and plunge in the ball pit with your friends! Good times ahead!
Drinks and meals come atop a flamingo floater which is both delicious and worth squealing over, with serious Instagrammable vibes too.
You can even complete your experience at the Cintage Shop downstairs for some retro fashion shopping!
19. Every designer’s dream coffee spot – Magpie Café
With a bold look from the outside to the inside; Magpie is the trendiest of cafés you will ever step into…
Designed by an award-winning designer, you can expect this café to be anything but boring!
The interior features everything contemporary with splashes of colours and patterns. It is a potpourri of various styling tricks, and the concept of the café is to bring the outside in – creating an amazing garden-like ambience to it …
Besides being a stylish spot to grab coffee; the place is also an inspiring place to get creative juices flowing (attention to all content creators, writers and other creatives)!
The café’s kitchen is ruled by the on-site French chef who has been successfully tickling local Thai palates for over 10 years…
The menu at Magpie includes the Croque Monsieur – a staple of French cuisine that pleases everyone with its cheesy goodness, and other pastries that match their coffee perfectly…
Burgers and sliced beef steak are also options to die for if you ask us!
Price:From 75-590 Baht / approx. USD $2.40–18.80 Address: 914 Soi On Nut 28, Khwaeng Suan Luang, Khet Suan Luang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10250, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 2 116 1670 Opening hours: Mon-Thu, 8am to 8pm; Fri-Sat, 8am to 11pm; Sundays, 9am to 9pm
20. Somewhere over the rainbow – Unicorn Café at Sathorn
It is true that not on many occasions do you get to marvel at a majestic rainbow in Bangkok, despite the hundreds of gallons of rain.
A creative alternative to this would be a unicorn figurine-packed little shop splattered with every single nuance of pink and pastel under the sun.
So, ladies and gentlemen – as we promote equality in every shape and form – here is how to enjoy this gem to its fullest!
a. Leave your disbelief at the entrance door because unicorns do exist.
b. Order the signature Rainbow Cake – mostly for pictures, although it is edible as well
c. Convince your boyfriend this is a very manly place, because what’s manlier than a horse with a stick on its head?
d. Have a little unicorn tea party
The menu is actually a bit more diverse than we might have inferred, but all food and drink items are pastel coloured and even the cutting utensils are diamond-shaped at the top.
The best thing about Unicorn Cafe at Sathorn: “You can escape the mess of the city by stepping in this cafe. You will feel like you are in another world. The atmosphere fulfils your dream and your imagination” – NanniNande.
Unicorn Café at Sathorn
Address: 44/1, Sathon 8, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 86 397 9262 Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 12pm – 8pm Price: From 100-250 Baht / USD$2.80-7 per person
(Now closed) 21. Perhaps we’re all mad here or – Perhaps Rabbits’
Since we’ve run out of jokes on Alice in Wonderland, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. But totally unrelated, Johnny Depp’s latest attempt at the Mad Hatter is a complete flop at the box office.
Join a mad tea party, follow the amusing wooden arrows pointing in different directions, and sit down on the abnormally small chairs.
Walking in, you’ll feel like a child again, missing that child-like wonder and creativity you used to have. Apart from the gloriously wacky designs, the delicious food will also make you go bats for more!
Desserts and drinks not to be missed! – the Blue Bunny Egg, a blueberry cheese pie with chocolate eggs, a rabbit hole mud cake, crumble and berry puree or the Fluffy Caramel Milk. And do not forget the coffee!
The best thing about Perhaps Rabbits’: “Highly stylised, Disney-like family-oriented cafe / cake shop with a kids room. Decent coffee and cakes coming in small portions”- Pavel Hacker
Address: 5/1 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Getting there: Take the BTS to Ekkamai station, exit 1, walk to Sukhumvit 63 and then take a taxi ride to Ekkamai soi 10 Contact: +66 96 616 3314 Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 9pm Price: From 110-350 Baht / USD$3.10-9.90 per person, From 160-220 Baht / USD$4.50-6.20 (for a cake)
Who doesn’t dream of lounging on a Catamaran net and sailing the Caribbean islands?
Well, if you lop off the sapphire Caribbean waters, the sea breeze, and the Catamaran from your fantasy – you will find the exact same thing at On the River Café.
The very comfy netted platforms hanging off the edges of the coffee shop will feel like a bed of roses extending over Chao Praya River. (Just mind the rainy season unless you are willing to bring on the swimming suit.)
Try drinks such as the lotus-infused signature On the River Iced Tea, the Sunset on the River smoothie – and unique concoctions combined with desserts like Blueberry Cheese Pie made as a blended drink, or a simple Caramel Macchiato.
For desserts, the mixed-berry compote Noah’s Ark or just the old favourite Honey Toast will more than satisfy your sweet tooth!
The best thing about On the River Café: “Good atmosphere, good coffee” – Supansa Ang
On the River Café
Address: 16/1 Keranawatana T.Bangprok A.Muang. Coordinate here Contact: +66 092-621-7070 Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 9pm Price: From 85 Baht/USD$2.40 (for a hot Cappuccino), From 100-250 Baht/USD$2.80-7 (for a dessert)
23. Goldilocks at a teddy bear factory – Villa de Bear
We assume that at this stage, you are already fed up with reading pompous descriptions such as “stepping into a phantasmagorical world brimming with fairy tale essence” or “a soul-reinvigorating paradise that will transport you to a time of unparalleled pureness”.
Instead, we’ll just say this – Villa de Bear rocks!
Without falling into an abyss of redundant descriptions, the European-style teddy bear factory is meticulously adorned.
Kaleidoscopic thread spools, wooden wheel trains resembling a mechanical watch pinned on the ceiling and walls, and inspirational quotes will enlighten your mood when you’re here.
The menu of this restaurant is even fancier than its backdrop and as much as we’d love to paint a pretty picture of the gastronomic experiences – we’ll just make it a pleasant scrollable experience for you instead.
a. Crispy Villa de Bear spring rolls b. Squid ink spaghetti with crabmeat in pink sauce c. Green curry chicken with roti d. The beef De Bear double cheeseburger e. Rum-based strawberry and peach cocktails f. Fruit and toast shish kebabs with chocolate and strawberry sauce
The best thing about Villa de Bear: “This place is huge, with a band playing outdoors…so many places to sit, inside & out, great menu for eastern and western tastes…food was delicious…loved it” – Jirral D
Villa de Bear
Address: 5, Ratchapruk Rd., Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170 Thailand. Coordinate here Opening hours: Mon 11am-1am; Tues 11am-12am; Wed – Fri 5pm-12am, Sat – Sun 11am-12am Price: From 300-1,000 Baht / USD$8.50-28.30 per person, From 145 Baht / USD$4.10 (for dessert), From 95 Baht / USD$2.70 (for a Hot Mocha), From 380 Baht / USD$10.75 (for the Beef De Bear Double Cheeseburger)
(NOW CLOSED) 25. Not the next American Horror Story series – Mr. Jones’ Orphanage
Let us all admit it!
As children, and particularly as adults, we’ve all had fears of abandonment and Mr. Jones’ Orphanage plays up on this aspect – and metamorphoses that angst into an enormously welcoming layout.
In a pure Ashley Sutton legacy, the place is a highly glamorised and glorified version of what a real orphanage looks like, and that should be a solid reminder to make a donation at your kind discretion to children charities.
Now, let’s dive in the haute-couture orphanage-ware extravaganza that makes this restaurant a real delight.
a. Teddy bears dangling emotionlessly from the ceiling? ✓ b. Dollhouse-style carpentry and rare vintage prints? ✓ c. A wheelbarrow-sized wooden train railing on wooden tracks? ✓ d. A wooden carousel and 1900s-style kitchenware? ✓ e. A deliriously ginormous silver tower of cakes? ✓
The incommensurable array of pastries, cakes, desserts and drinks far exceeds the limited description space we have at our disposal. And so does their quality!
But just to give you an idea, signature monikers like Custard Cow’s Poo, Giant Marshmallow or Chunky Monkey are all regarded as high-quality on their menu.
The best thing about Mr. Jones’ Orphanage: “No less to say the cakes are delicious, it is a real real real pleasure, to get to pick your cake in the most fairy tale lookalike place! Eating your cake there and you will feel like in a hobbit house!” – Stephane G
Mr. Jones’ Orphanage
Address: Various locations at Siam Center, Empire Tower, Central World, Terminal 21, The Mall Bangkapi, Megabangna, Bangkok, Thailand Contact: +66 2-658-1163 Siam Center, Empire Tower +66 2 286 1140, Central World +66 2 252 1895 Opening hours: Daily, 10am -12midnight Price: From 150-350 Baht / USD$4.25-9.90 per person, From 200 Baht / USD$5.65 (for pancakes), From 100 Baht / USD$2.80 (for a drink)
26. Have a coffee with a vintage aroma – (Un)Fashion Café
Well, the coffee is not actually vintage – you can safely drink it. But fashionistas will indulge in a décor ornate with time-proof leather bags, shoes and accessories, all imported from the USA, Japan and Europe.
At first glance, the outer design of the whimsical building appears to have crawled out from a Minecraft scenario. The brick-walled shop with steel frames that appears to lean against a funky chimney is most definitely easy on the eyes.
The actual café is housed in a very welcoming caravan with the type of mattresses and cushions you take full advantage of at home in your pyjamas while listening to country music.
With such a homey vibe it is difficult not to drift off to slumberland and start drooling – please do not do it, for the sake of fashion.
On the food front, there are plenty of simple but delectable options such chocolate cheesecakes, lemon tarts, mixed berry tarts, and all can be washed down with a delicious Thai cappuccino or a Matcha latte.
The best thing about (Un)Fashion Café: “Loved everything about this chic cafe. From the building itself to the quality of the coffee, my wife and I felt at home” wrote Joel W.
Address: Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 2 726 9592 Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 9pm Price: From 100-250 Baht / USD$2.80-7 per person, From 65 Baht / USD$1.84 (for a hot Americano)
27. What’s whiter than Snow White? – Café Reverie
With a celebrity name like Thai Pop star’s Sarunrat Lydia Visutthithada attached to the ownership, Café Reverie is certainly not lacking advertising or publicity in the Thai media.
And it’s definitely not lacking white colour either!
If Jasmine had a sudden panic attack after a brawl with Aladdin and started painting frantically everything in white pearl, this coffee shop would resemble her undisputed masterpiece.
This dreamy elegance-saturated setup takes the notion of a fairy tale scene reconstruction to a next level.
You have the obligatory magic mirror à la Snow White in the enchanting bathroom, a ruby red entrance door in the shape of a book cover, Aladdin’s lamp hanging around, and Cinderella’s crystal shoe propped on top of a crystal support, among many others.
But what about the menu? Seriously?! With such a level of luxury-washed décors you can expect pretty much the same in terms of food and beverages.
From the sublime Thai-French fusion dishes we would recommend the Peter Pandan, Caramel Dream, Duck Ragu Fusilli in red wine and tomato, Shrimp Tom Yum Spaghetti, or Barbeque Pork Chop – all at very affordable prices!
The best thing about Café Reverie: “An incredible meal from start to finish” wrote Alex S., “The food here changed my life” – Lee
Address: 23/, Thanon Sukhonthasawat, Lat Phrao, Bangkok 10230, Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 2 932 9388 Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 10:30am – 9:30pm From 70 Baht / USD$1.98 (for a Lavazza Italian coffee), From 160 Baht / USD$4.50 (for dessert), From 250 Baht / USD$7 (for a main course)
[CLOSED] 28. Hello Kitty, I was wondering if after all these years… – Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok
…you stopped surprising us with more of your ingenious marketing tentacles!
Hello Kitty House Bangkok boasts premium ingredients such as flour and butter from France, chocolate from Belgium, strawberries from Japan and South Korea and a secret ingredient. No, it’s not love!
One of the greatest things about this three-floor coffee shop is its self-service option – which means you’ll still get an incremental boost for burning calories.
Regardless of your opinion on Hello Kitty, the place is beautifully decorated and it does have a unique character with an impressive array of Instagram-worthy drinks, desserts and dishes.
There are of course a souvenirs shop for merchandise, and even a spa at its lowest level.
Should you find yourself in dire need to go ballistic and indulge in a real Kitty frenzy, a stationary ride in the iconic Hello Kitty vehicle and a selfie-spree will absolutely fulfil your wildest urges.
The best thing about Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok: “I so love this Hello Kitty House! From the food, drinks, house design, products — everything is so Hello Kitty! The food and drinks are a little bit pricey but hey! – it is Hello Kitty House!” – ZaiSacs.
Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok
Address: Siam Square One Building, Room FSLG001, FS1001 and FS2001, LG, 1st and 2nd Floor, Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Coordinate here Contact: +66 2 115 1335 Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 10pm Price: From 250-500 Baht / USD $7-14 per person
29. An enchanting shape-shifter! – Chocolate Ville
Some see it as a mystical fairy-tale realm that can take any shape or form. Some regard it as an à la mode European seaside resort, and some venture off here magically allured by the ever-present power of… boredom.
It is too much a statement to hint that people come here primarily for drinking coffee, but you do have a generous range to choose from.
And if you politely ask the waiting staff, they will offer you a veritable Italian undiluted espresso.
Do not be fooled by its name – if you imagine there are endless creeks of chocolate to be enamoured with, you will be utterly disappointed.
In terms of appetising dishes, we would recommend Mussels with cheese, German pork knuckle, Foie Gras with caramelised banana bacon and caramel sauce, or Panna Cotta.
The best thing about Chocolate Ville: “Place is actually a restaurant spread over an area about 25,000sm. It has waterways and lakes and decorated much theme park which many tourists go for sightseeing and photography. Food is great, though some say it’s on the pricy side” – johnslching
Address: 23, 1-16 Prasert-Manukitch Rd, Khwaeng Ram Inthra, Khet Khan Na Yao, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10230, Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 83 077 3738 or +66 81 921 2016 Opening Hours: Daily, 4pm – 12midnight; it is recommended to arrive at the earliest hours, preferably with a reservation during weekends and public holidays Price: From 300-600 Baht / USD$8.50-17 per person, From 195 Baht / USD$5.50 (for an Avocado Salad), From 75 Baht / USD$2.10 (for a drink)
30. Rabbits, rabbits and more rabbits – Rabbito’ Café
Editor’s Note: Do be mindful of what you feed the bunnies. We have received comments that visitors have been feeding the bunnies spaghetti – grain products are not suitable for bunnies and can lead to their death. Other visitors have also noted that the bunnies here are not being well taken care of – if you see any bunny neglect or mishandling happening, please let the cafe owners know.
It’s pretty clear what the place is all about!
The reality is that as a human race, we have always been infatuated with rabbits and their evolutionary trajectory is quite impressive – from the steaks our ancestors used to devour, to adorable pets and nowadays to full-fledged superstars. Zootopia, anyone?
It is a very romantic place! Do you remember those Hollywood thrillers where the serial killer takes his victim to a nice quirky little eatery – it’s on that kind of level of romantic.
This coffee shop is in fact ideal for going on a date with yourself! Why?
First off – you have real-life heart-melting and smooch-inducing rabbits as company and secondly, you should always have a date with yourself every once in awhile.
The rabbits are in really good hands – not yours – and are greatly taken care of! Just pay a short visit and you’ll see what we are talking about!
The very affordable and unsophisticated options include rice with shrimps and fried egg, cheesy tuna toast, spaghetti bacon with chilli, chocolate brownie, peach tea or mix berry frappe among a few others.
The best thing about Rabbito’ Café: “This shop offers a very good teaching and carries about rabbits. Cute design. Pretty bright” – Phoo.Bear.
Address:29-29/1 ซอย สุขุมวิท 101/1 ถนน สุขุมวิท 101/1 โครง ดิ เอ ฟ เวอร์ รี่ บางจาก พระโขนง Bangkok 10260, Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 61 632 2365 Opening hours: Tue –Sun, 12pm -8pm Price: From 100-250 Baht / USD$2.80-7 per person, From 69 Baht / USD$1.95 (for a pizza, salad, drink or dessert)
31. When memories inspire reinvention! – SiStory Room
Imagine you are passionate about something – wait, you really shouldn’t have to imagine.
Instead, think of your greatest passion that already exists, and could have the competence to transform and alter the status-quo, even at a nanoscale capacity. What would you do with it?
Travel blogger Punyupa – no, she’s not another writer “advising” you on how to work remotely with no strings or internet wires attached – has invested her dearest memories from her time in Japan into a boutique/coffee shop.
Even if you cannot relate to her personal journey, once you step inside there is an inexplicable nostalgic takeover as you scrutinise her extensive personal memorabilia.
Stop thinking that – she’s not a hoarder!
For her social media fans and more, she has a consistent line of merchandise from stationery and decorative items to wooden power banks, and from her personal brand scarves to wooden phone cases.
Add some pancakes with ice-cream and a coffee, and you’ve some guaranteed relaxing time!
The best thing about SiStory Room: “I love all of it really” – chin
Address: Sistoryroom Shop Soi Lat Phrao Wang Hin 8, Bangkok, Thailand 10230. Coordinate here Contact: +66 85 566 5508 Opening hours: Tue – Sun, 12:30pm -8:30pm Price: From 150 Baht / USD$4.25 per person
(Now closed) 32. Boy, when did London become so hot? – Mr. Bean Coffee Shop
Obviously, Mr. Bean does not need any introduction – unless you are under 25, and shame on you… for being so young!
In a completely bizarre turn of events, Mr. Bean’s image ventured off in the Land of Smiles and spawned this Britain-themed coffee shop where you can munch on full English breakfast, croissants, eggs Benedict and muffins among other autochthonous delicacies.
Mr. Bean’s slapstick craze is immortalised on a large LCD television and if you suffer from that childhood hero syndrome that Hollywood is cashing on profusely at the moment, then you can binge watch the show all day long.
And do not forget to buy one of those ubiquitous teddy bears! There is nothing creepy about a male adult in Thailand holding onto a teddy bear in a public coffee shop.
How can you easily find the place? Look for the iconic 60’s Mini Cooper just outside the building.
The best thing about Mr. Bean Coffee Shop: “Delicious croissants and brownies and coffee tasted good too served in great big mugs. The toilet is through a big red telephone booth!” – Elmo1989_03.
Mr. Bean Coffee Shop
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thonglor (between soi 4-6) Getting there: Take the BTS to Thonglor, take a motorcycle taxi to Soi 4 Contact: +66 92-503-7315 Opening hours: Mon -Thu 7am-10pm; Fri-Sat 7am-11pm Price: From 75 Baht / USD$1.98 (for a coffee), From 145 Baht / USD$4.10 (for an omelette), From 225 Baht / USD$6.37 (for Mr. Bean’s Benedict)
We all know that when Terminator-style A.I. is going to take over the world, the Apocalypse will emerge from Japan – or maybe from its subsidiaries in Thailand.
Until then… let’s keep calm and stuff ourselves on Japanese food.
How does this work?
The idea is nothing but a five-finger exercise, although a tremendous amount of cybernetics engineering goes in this process. There are two tracks, each for one robot, inside a long glass corridor passing along your table.
How can the robots entertain you, and make you feel like you’re the most important person in the world?
Every now and then, approximately every 30 minutes, the Samurai-clad robots bring on their most skilled dance moves.
No, it’s not Go-Go, at least not yet – as they move their arms in a random manner and rotate on their axis, just how most Asian (human) pop stars dance.
How about the coffee?
What coffee? Right, this article’s focus is on that. Placing your order digitally on the touch-screen is a straightforward process initially executed by a human assistant.
Being more of a Yakiniku restaurant you have varied choices for average-quality dishes. Coffees are on the menu too.
The best thing about Hajime Robot Restaurant: “it’s more fun if you go with a few friends. It is definitely a novelty place but the price is very affordable considering the robots cost millions of dollars” – Jenny A
Hajime Robot Restaurant
Address: 3/F, Monopoly Park, 59/27 Rama 3 Rd., Thailand. Coordinate here Contact: +66 2 683 1670 Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 10pm Price: From 300-600 Baht / USD$8.50-17 per person, From 399 Baht / USD$11.30 (for Shabu), From 499 Baht / USD$14.10 (for BBQ)
34. A brave attempt at luxury – Audrey Café and Bistro
If a modern-day Titanic had a luncheon setup in its second-class dining room, it would probably be in line with what you would find at Audrey’s.
The place is veiled in elegance with a hint of pretentiousness, but veers clear of Dubai-style over-the-top opulence which means one thing! We, the ordinary mortals can have a faux slice of luxurious dining.
Depending on your definition of romantic – definitely not the my-heart-will-go-on type – it can prove to be a decent place for a successful date. If everything goes well that night, Audrey’s may also serve as your wedding venue for the future.
For a tad more privacy, head upstairs!
Why the name? – The concept was designed after Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with a touch of French Bistro.
The food presentation is stellar and truly upscale, however the quality does not reach the same standards – and it would help immensely if your expectations swerve from “the best food in Bangkok”.
The best thing about Audrey Café and Bistro: “The setting of the cafe is quite peaceful. Great place to unwind and relax over a light meal” – rebeccaquek
Audrey Café and Bistro
Address: Various locations, we recommend the standalone flagship Audrey Café and Bistro, 136/3 Thonglor Soi 11, Bangkok. Coordinate here Contact: +66 2 7126667-8 / 089 000 8090 Opening hours: Daily, 11am -10pm Price: From 300-600 Baht / USD$8.50-17 per person, From 140 Baht / USD$3.95 (for a Mango Colada), From 240 Baht / USD$6.80 (for a Mango Salsa), From 390 Baht / USD$11 (for Crispy Pork Cube)
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Aroused by raging rapids, perilous peaks and cheesecake. Beverley lives and breathes for travel and there is no way her wanderlust will ever be appeased. Born with feet in the water, many know her as the travel junkie, but feel free to refer to her as the luxury spots connoisseur or island specialist, both suit her very well. Her latest credit card statement could be proof of just how much she loves travelling the world. Besides collecting coins and notes from countries she visits, Beverley also collects tan lines!