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‘Coffee the favourite drink of the civilised world’ Thomas Jefferson. If, as Thomas Jefferson famously said, coffee is the favourite drink of the civilised world’ then we hereby declare Bangkok super civilised. But where is the best coffee shop in Bangkok?
We set two Bangkok Bloggers Andrea @midlifeadventuring and Jenny @littlewanderingwren the self proclaimed Coffee Queens of New York City and Melbourne, Australia on the Great Bangkok coffee challenge. Their brief was to find the best coffee shop in Bangkok based on both the coffee and the atmosphere. Such was the mammoth task Bangkok since has come of age in regards to coffee. There are a lot of great coffee shops in Bangkok!
Thai’s traditionally enjoy their coffee strong and super sweet from the street vendor usually with Carnation milk.
“Three decades ago, coffee drinkers in Thailand largely had two choices, Kafae Boran or instant coffee. But over the past 20 years, the country’s tea-drinking tradition has given way to a full-blown coffee culture. More consumers have developed a thirst for coffee, especially freshly brewed, and are willing to pay a premium for a nice cuppa. The business of catering to coffee drinkers in Thailand is booming, with an annual market estimated at 36 billion baht and rising. (see Bangkok Post Special Report)
Here are their best efforts to find a great western style coffee, in a great setting (yes it has to look good on the ‘Gram), usually with a super brunch or Insta worthy cake thrown in.
If you want to see where they take their coffee Thai-style then join us on the Bangkok Breakfast tour
Drumroll – in no particular order…If you are a coffee lover, here is where to go for coffee in Bangkok.
Coffee with a clever mission!
Hi TCA! Great to have you in Bangkok. Known globally as simply TCA, The Coffee Academics arrival in Bangkok is an exciting development for those passionate about their coffee. You may have come across their speciality coffee and unique award winning coffee house experiences in Hong Kong, Singapore and in multiple cities in China.
Their flagship store in the instantly iconic Sidhorn Village on Lang Suan, sets the Bangkok bar to the highest level and another location is in construction on the ground floor of the Gaysorn Village.
TCA coffee beans are sourced globally and roasted locally; in fact TCA sources only the top 5% of speciality arabica Coffee from a variety of sustainable institutions. Bonus, 70% of their house blends in Hong Kong and Singapore contribute to charities and social enterprises world-wide
Check Out: The Globally Inspired Coffees from Seoul’s Red Bean Es-Bungsu to Havana’s Cafe Cubano to Hawaii’s Sea Salt Whipped Latte and many more in between.
A place for coffee enthusiasts!
They had me at the coffee, as we Australians would say, the Bunny ears cookies a cute bonus. Casa Lapin has several sites across Bangkok. Whether you are heading to the Espresso bar pick up or the Slow bar queue, you will find a carefully selected coffee bean with tasting notes.
The knowledgeable Baristas will select your perfect coffee. They have it all covered; Body, Fragrance, Flavour, Acidity and Aftertaste from different countries like Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Indonesia etc. Whether you are after a hot latte or a nitro cold brew you will not be short of choice here.Check out: The Huay Kaew from Chiang Mai. This single origin bean has more acidity, with a tropical fruit fragrance, milk chocolate taste and a medium body.
Central World: 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. tel: 064 586 6032
Ari: 8.30 a.m. – 10.00 p.m tel: 064 586 6031
Ratchathewi: 7.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. tel: 0645866034
Sukhumvit 26 : 8.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. tel: 064 586 6035
BadMotel: 7.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. tel: 064 586 6037
Major Ekamai: 10.30 a.m. – 10.00 p.m. tel: 064 586 6033
Ladprao Hills: 7.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m. tel: 064 586 6101
Central Bangna: Monday – Friday : 7.30 a.m. – 10.00 p.m /Saturday – Sunday : 10.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m tel: 064 586 5950
Ticks all the boxes! Great coffee & menu with an old town vibe.
The hip Singaporian coffee chain Sarnies is a fair dinkum winner for its coffee in a two story old world shophouse that will surprise and delight. The building may be 150 years old, but the Aussie style cafe menu is as fresh and contemporary as you will find anywhere.
Once a workshop for boat engines, the black oil and smoke stains on the walls provide a historic backdrop. What you’ll find in your cup is a fresh and delightful cup of coffee.
From the wooden floorboards and exposed brickwork there’s a fair amount of thought that goes into everything here.
The coffee beans are sourced globally including closer to home Northern Thailand; but are all roasted locally before creating your perfect cup of coffee.
Check out : For you Keto followers you can get your Bulletproof coffee here!
AND THE GOOD NEWS: The Sarnies empire is slowly expanding with the launch of their new bakery, Sarnies Sourdough, just round the corner from the original location.
As the name suggests the reason this continues to be my go to place in Bangkok to hang out, work and meet friends is that it is a cut above the average coffee shop. The coffee is excellent, the food is healthy, and the smoothies are delicious. Equally as good for brunch or lunch.
There are 8 different types of Latte – Beetroot, Golden Latte, Sea Salt Caramel Latte, Iced toffee Nut latte along with all your favorite Espressos, Americanos – Iced and Hot coffee combos you desire.
It’s wise to book ahead if you plan to visit for breakfast/brunch on the weekends.
Check out : Combine your perfect latte with the French toast and tropical fruits.
Creative Coffee with Flair
When the Barista is wearing a T-shirt that proclaims ‘Coffee can turn strangers into best friends’, you know you’re going to like, no love, the place.
All coffee served here is a performance. It’s quite a floor show, water is poured from high from stainless steel pots into the drip filters below. Each brew is produced with an air of solemn earnest to produce the drip coffee perfection.
Overhead hundreds of paper coffee cups create a wave and you realize you are surrounded by a shop selling all manners of drip coffee paraphernalia.
Bonus, Gallery Drip Coffee is strategically situated across the street of the MBK Center which makes it a perfect stop to fuel up or refuel on a Bangkok Shopping Spree.
Check out : Signature Drip Coffee Jelly
Address: Bangkok Art and Cultural Stadium, Ground Floor 939 Rama I Rd, Wang Mai, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
BTS: National Stadium
Open: Tuesday – Sunday: 10:30am, – 8:00pm (Closed Mondays)
Artisan-Brewed Coffee (or) Caffeinating Bangkokians & Tourists For Years
Rocket Coffeebar has been caffeinating Bangkokians and tourists for over 5 years. A modern coffee bar that exudes energy and life. Rocket Coffeebar can be found on Sathorn Soi 12 and Sukhumvit Soi 11. They pride themselves on working with several of Thailand’s most renowned coffee roasters. Rocket coffee beans have been chosen in direct partnership with Thai farmers.
Both locations serve up outstanding coffee, pastries and a solid brunch/lunch/dinner but each location has been designed to work within the aesthetics of the neighborhood they are within. Sathorn Soi 12 has a more cozy coffee house vibe with communal tables and coffee bar while Sukhumvit Soi 11 has more of a cool lounge feel with modern airy interior of blues, grey and yellows.
Rocket is known for their coffee from the traditional Espresso-based hot and iced coffees to the Aeropress / Filter Brew coffees and has a series of Signatures Coffees that are not only inventive but downright delicious.
Check out : Orange Sprinkle Signature Coffee or the perfect love heart on their cappuccino.
Address: Rocket Coffeebar S.12 149 Sathorn Soi 12 Alley, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
Address: Rocket Sukhumvit 11 27 Soi Sukhumvit 11, (Right Next to Hyde 11)
Open: 07:00 – 23:00.
A Cosy Hideaway Cafe with a Superb Cup of Coffee
For those who love a good outing in Chinatown and a great cuppa Chata Speciality Coffee is the place for you. Tucked away only a block or so from the hustle and bustle of Yaowarat Road you will find this oasis of a coffee shop; designed to be a Greenhouse with a classic atmosphere and a contemporary design combination. There are multiple sitting areas that accommodate both small and large groups; order in the main Greenhouse but take a walk under the ferns to the glass room in the back.
The coffee beans are sourced around the globe. This is a speciality coffee shop so each coffee is special and the barista’s are more than happy to give advice on beans or even brewing options.
Check Out: Try these unique coffees the Colapresso (espresso, coke and lime) or Latte La Toey (Espresso, milk and Pandan Syrup) or their Shaken Espresso
Address: In the grounds of Baan 2459 Boutique Hotel: 98 Phat Sai, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Open hours : 8.00am – 5.00pm (Last order : 16.45)
Come here for coffee with the works!
Brunch – Casual Dining – Coffee
Whether it’s a trendy brunch, like the smashed avocado or the confused avocado, or a coffee and cake catch up, you will find a high quality coffee, fresh smoothies and cosy atmosphere.
Tip: We advise booking for weekend brunch, this place is popular for a reason. For Reservation Call : 02 712 1774
Check out : Fancy a speciality coffee? Try Toby’s blend ‘sweet smooth and caramel like’ or perhaps the iced golden milk latte is more to your taste
Address: No.75 Sukhumvit 38, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
BTS: about 700 metres from Thong Lo.
Tel: 02 712 1774
Open: Tues – Sun: 9AM – 10PM (Closed Mondays)
Additional branch: The now have a 2nd branch in Saladaeng
This secret cafe venue tucked away in a side alley hosts Wallflowers Cafe and Bakery by day and Wallflowers Upstairs serving fusion food with live music by night.
This is an instagrammars paradise and as such it can be a little annoying when you just want a cup of coffee and a cake but it is worth persevering past the photographers to climb the insta-special stairwell.
This is the sort of place you’d be mad not to have the full flower bed of offerings. The coffee is divine, the cake is a work of art, everything is exquisite from the china plates to the floral decorations. The coffee and cake are not the cheapest but the quality is top notch.
Address: 31-33 Soi Nana Khwaeng Pom Prop, Khet Pom Pop Satthu Phai, Bangkok 10100 090 993 8653
Nearest MRT: Hua Lamphong
Tel: 090 993 8653
Open: Mon- Thurs, Sun: 11:00 AM -7:00PM Fri – Sat: 11AM – 12AM
With 100s of trendy coffee shops across Bangkok and new coffee shops opening every month this is never going to be a definitive list. Here are some others that we feel deserve an honourable mention
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