If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, then it’s lucky that Bangkok is endowed with countless spots – from cafés and coffee shops to restaurants – serving up top-notch ways to kick off your morning in the best way possible. From comforting western classics to local specialities, here’s our pick of some of the best places in Bangkok to head for breakfast.
If it’s a classic English breakfast fry-up that you’re craving, then London Pie is arguably the best place in Bangkok to head. Located on Ekkamai Road (Sukhumvit Soi 63), this small but well-run café-restaurant serves up the highly recommended eponymous London Pie Breakfast, as well as the super-size Big Ben Breakfast.
Both are pretty much 100% true to the UK’s authentic fry-up, and come loaded with sausages, bacon, eggs done any way you like, fried tomatoes, toast, and a mug of tea. The Big Ben Breakfast adds hash browns, mushrooms, and baked beans – and, let’s be honest, if you’re going to have a fry-up, you might as well go the whole hog! (On that note, we would become even bigger fans if they also added that distinctly unhealthy option of fried bread instead of toast).
As indicated by the name, London Pie also serves up a range of house-made savoury pies, plus a wide variety of other typically British dishes. There are beers, ales, ciders, and soft drinks on offer, and they often show televised sports matches if that’s your thing.
Daily, 9am-9pm; Sukhumvit Soi 63 (between Ekkamai Soi 4 and Soi 6; BTS Ekkamai); 099-228-7710; www.londonpiebangkok.com
Long since a brunch favourite, as well as a trendy and foodie-friendly spot for other mealtimes, Roast has been at the heart of Bangkok’s brunch obsession for just about as long as it has existed. It’s a comparatively pricey spot, but – between its main location at Thonglor’s community mall The Commons, and the newer branch at EmQuartier shopping mall – Roast turns out an extensive range of top-quality dishes that attract the crowds.
Expect breakfast and brunch dishes to range from well-executed staples like eggs benedict and a salmon-or-prosciutto-spiked take on a fry-up, to smashed avocado on toast loaded with goat’s cheese, French toast, stacks of pancakes, croque monsieur, and on-trend favourites such as sweetcorn and courgette fritters with avocado salsa. Combine all of that with expertly poured coffee from the same owners’ famed roasters Roots, and you’ve got a winning formula.
Monday to Thursday, 10am-11pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am-11pm; Sunday, 9am-10pm; The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17 (BTS Thonglor); 02-185-2865; www.roastbkk.com
Daily, 10am-10pm; EmQuartier (First Floor, The Helix Quartier; BTS Phrom Phong); 094-176-3870; www.roastbkk.com
Another Ekkamai favourite, Bourbon Street is a bright, modern American restaurant that prides itself on serving up the best of the Cajun and Creole cuisine from New Orleans and beyond. For breakfast, expect dishes like New-Orleans-style eggs benedict with crab cake, salmon, or bacon, as well as classic steak and eggs, omelettes, French toast, and less common morning meals like huevos rancheros refried bean tortillas.
Daily, 7am-1am; Sukhumvit Soi 63 (BTS Ekkamai); 02-381-6801; www.bourbonstbkk.com
If breakfast means bagels, then BKK Bagel Bakery is where you need to be headed. Widely regarded as Bangkok’s best place for bagels, this downtown Chit Lom spot evokes the full-on Brooklyn experience.
Choose from classic fillings like corned beef, pastrami, salmon, cream cheese, turkey, tuna, avocado, and more, in an extensive selection of combinations. For those who haven’t had their bagel awakening, there’s also a range of regular sandwiches and salads, plus desserts, and coffee brewed with northern Thai beans.
Monday to Friday, 7.30am-5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8.30am-4.30pm; Maneeya Centre (Ground Floor; BTS Chit Lom); 02-254-8157; www.bkkbagelbakery.com
Slightly tucked away inside Phloen Chit’s Soi Ruamrudee, Café Tartine serves up a solid selection of simple French breakfast and lunch dishes alongside a bright and cheery Parisian vibe. Leading the pack is an excellent-value weekday morning breakfast deal, where 99 baht grabs you a coffee or hot chocolate, a croissant, and an orange juice.
For a more leisurely affair, pick from a range of French pastries, toast with jams and spreads, omelettes, crêpes, staples like eggs benedict, and bigger dishes like quiche, croque monsieur or madame, sandwiches, and salads – there’s also a full selection of coffee, tea, soft drinks, and boozy delights.
Daily, 7am-7pm; Soi Ruamrudee (BTS Phloen Chit); 02-168-5464; www.cafetartine.net
On Lok Yun is one for retro-lovers, as well as for those looking for a super-early breakfast. Not much has changed here in the eight decades or so that it has been operating, and it’s a classic Thai-Chinese-feeling café serving hot and iced coffees and teas, and providing the ideal venue for the old-town neighbourhood’s granddads and uncles to catch up or simply read the newspaper.
The signature dish here is the kanom pang sangkaya, bread topped with Singaporean-Kaya-style custard, but just as popular is On Lok Yun’s Thai-style take on the American breakfast.
Daily, 5.30am-4pm; 72 Charoenkrung Road; 02-223-9621
Who says what you tuck into for breakfast has to be any different from what you eat the rest of the day? Though dishes like joke (rice porridge) tend to figure prominently in the mornings, in reality Thais differentiate very little between dishes eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or just as a snack perfect for this country’s well-known love of grazing.
That means that any of the thousands of streetside food stalls in Bangkok, and elsewhere around the country, are ideal for picking up an equally memorable breakfast dish as you’ll find at any specifically breakfast-oriented joint.
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Photos by London Pie; Roast; Bourbon Street; BKK Bagel Bakery; Café Tartine; Chris Wotton
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