Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, described coffee as “the favourite drink of the civilised world”.
Well, that was 200 years ago but Thailand has never been more in line with Jefferson’s statement than now… or the civilised world for that matter.
Thai people have developed a genuine interest for coffee tasting and currently, they ground coffee that even a no-cappuccino-after-10am hardcore Italian coffee drinker will blurt out “Mamma mia!”
While many things in Thailand will hit you right in your face, like the “Entertainment” industry a.k.a. the red-light district – coffee shops are truly hidden gems that you would know about, only if you were a local.
So, we have picked up the slack and done the dirty work for you! Not in the red-light district, but around Bangkok. Hopping just like a little rabbit in Wonderland – you’ll grasp the reference in a second – we found some head-scratching coffee places that will make you think:
How on earth have they come up with that idea?!
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1. I came. I saw. I ate. – The Rome Restaurant
Thousands of years ago, Romans believed in the idea that colossal structures were not only an epitome of potency… hmm… power, but also a sure-fire way to social progress.
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Thousands of years later, we nurture more or less the same empowering principles.
In light of these clear-cut tendencies, The Rome Restaurant is a mammoth of an al fresco dining area, with imposing Roman statues and some posh seating areas located in a spacious pool.
The patio with beautiful dining tables on the backdrop of what seems to be an imitation of the Leaning Tower of Pisa at a much smaller scale – offers a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Unfortunately, the quality and range of dishes is a far cry from anything you would find in Rome or Italy for that matter, but it definitely does not disappoint.
Some popular choices are the barbeque skewers with lamb, beef or pork and bell peppers. Beef steaks and lobster with black pepper are high up among the favourites too.
If you enjoyed using the toilets at Terminal 21, here you will happen upon another regal surprise when the times come to do… so.
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The best thing about The Rome Restaurant:
“Reserve a table, they have some fancy tables that are sunk down into the pool, you need to be at least 8 people to have this table. Food is good, price not too high” – Chana Kommedal
Are dogs too ordinary creatures for you? Do cats make you feel like you are going to end up old, cranky and lonely? Do rabbits feel a bit like… too first-quarter 2016?
If you answered yes to all of the above, then wait no more as the salvation is here!
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How would you feel about making some jolly play with exotic wild pets such as tiny fennec foxes, cute meerkats, cut-eye owls, plump racoons, and skunks all the while enjoying a sip of coffee?
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Wait, skunks are not actually part of the experience!
If you answered “I would love to but I want to make sure the animals are in good care” then here’s what you need to know:
Due to the unpredictability of these exotic animals and in-house regulations to protect them, you might have to wait in a queue for a bit until you get access to their enclosed environment.
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Do bear in mind that there are specific time slots for up to 10 minutes. As such, it would be advisable to book or call in advance.
The best thing about Little Zoo Café:
“The staff also kept a good watch on the animals to make sure they weren’t mistreated and we had a lot of fun talking to them about the animals” – jasoncE9346OL.
3. 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.
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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.
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b. Order the signature Rainbow Cake – mostly for pictures, although it is edible as well
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c. Convince your boyfriend this is a very manly place, because what’s manlier than a horse with a stick on its head?
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d. Have a little unicorn tea party
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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.
4. True love is hard to find but not at – True Love @ Neverland
When the world seems to be in total shambles, and true love looks like a remote concept – a dog will always be there for you to help heal your wounds. That’s where True Love Cafe comes in.
The heart-melting huskies play around in a spacious enclosure, where they can roam free and meet the patrons. Before getting dubious about the dogs’ wellbeing, we would like to personally reassure you that this coffee shop has a very efficient system in place!
A short briefing including restrictions on touching the dogs’ snouts or picking them up, and restrictions on letting the dogs lick you or your licking the dogs – followed by hand sanitising and wearing special plastic footwear, are all part of regulations that ensure a positive interaction.
Get ready for playtime with the respective show slots at 12:30pm and 3:30pm, and for a triumphant husky parade towards the end of the show when the dogs return (Read: have a howling run) to their kennels.
It seems as if we’ve forgotten something! Of course – they do serve coffee and desserts here. And you actually get a complimentary drink and slice of cake with your ticket to a session with the doggies too!
The best thing about True Love @ Neverland:
“The people are very friendly there and the dogs are amazing. They are treated well and are definitely worth a visit, seems like they’re happy about every visitor!“ – Joana L
5. 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.
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Join a mad tea party, follow the amusing wooden arrows pointing in different directions, and sit down on the abnormally small chairs.
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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!
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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!
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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
6. Hang out in a net – On the River Café
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.
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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.)
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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.
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For desserts, the mixed-berry compote Noah’s Ark or just the old favourite Honey Toast will more than satisfy your sweet tooth!
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The best thing about On the River Café:
“Good atmosphere, good coffee” – Supansa Ang
7. 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”.
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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.
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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.
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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
8. Where French Gothic style meets fashion – B-story Café
The ecclesiastical décor of the 2-storey coffee shop with a guardian angel statue at the entrance, and indoor stained glass windows is in blatant contrast with the very Asian neighbourhood.
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The gardens, a veritable reminder of past French aristocracy, are a delight to get a healthy downtime dose with your friends or just on your own.
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Yes, it is perfectly fine to dine alone and in this century, solitude in a public place does not make you a weirdo any longer – there you go, we said it!
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The atmosphere is like in one of those Gothic country-houses, where your over-the-top uber fashionista granny came in and gave it a complete revamp. So, it’s chic but it feels like home!
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There are some mouth-watering edibles for you to try such as:
1. Korean-style fried chicken wings
2. Grilled salmon served with asparagus and tomatoes
3. Pizza Mexican Quesadilla
4. Macaroni with cheddar cheese and fried bacon
5. Fruit salad with fried shrimp
Perfect for every occasion!
The best thing about B-story Café:
“Thai and Western food menu. Wide range of selections. Wonderful find for this neighborhood. Good service – 2nd floor is especially charming” – Bob4378
9. 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.
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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.
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Now, let’s dive in the haute-couture orphanage-ware extravaganza that makes this restaurant a real delight.
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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!
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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
10. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
11. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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The best thing about Café Reverie:
“An incredible meal from start to finish” wrote Alex S., “The food here changed my life” – Lee
12. 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!
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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.
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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.
13. 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.
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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.
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And if you politely ask the waiting staff, they will offer you a veritable Italian undiluted espresso.
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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
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14. 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?
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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.
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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.
15. 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?
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
16. 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.
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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.
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How can you easily find the place? Look for the iconic 60’s Mini Cooper just outside the building.
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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.
17. It’s Judgement Day – Hajime Robot Restaurant
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.
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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.
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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
18. 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.
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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.
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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
Here we are at the finish line of our journey! We know – all great things must come to an end.
Our most precious goal as writers is to help you make an informed choice about a place you might have planned to visit for a long time.
Although we do admit we might have got a bit biased and made a teeny slip with some selections, this article was written with you in mind, based on your preferences – rest assured, we are not stalking you online, we use more orthodox methods.
Come to Bangkok, experience some of these unique and interesting eateries and then send us your #bestVSworst reviews as you never know – they might end up in one of our next articles.