If you’re a caffeine lover, then you’re in luck in Bangkok. The Thai capital is loaded with literally hundreds of fantastic cafés and coffee shops, plenty of them deadly serious about their brew but often delivering just as well on the artsy design of their space. Stuck as to where to visit for your first flat white after you land in Bangkok? We’ve got you covered.
This tiny spot on the basement floor of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre specialises in – you guessed it – drip coffee. In fact, they’re experts at brewing the stuff, so you can be sure of a solid cup here. Gallery Drip Coffee also serves a range of teas and other drinks, plus you’ll find cakes and a good selection of coffee beans and brewing accessories to take home with you.
Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-9pm; Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BTS National Stadium)
There are many reasons to love old-town Bangkok’s Chomp. It’s a friendly and welcoming community space that runs regular art exhibitions, music gigs, yoga classes, and children’s activities – plus it has an extensive menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus some stunning burgers and steaks for the carnivores, not to mention winning cocktails. But Chomp is serious about its coffee, too, and the brew is as valid a reason as any to pay a visit.
Daily, 9am-11pm; Samsen Soi 1 (Thewet river boat pier)
In an unassuming Sathorn location that’s just a short hop from the Expique HQ, Dexter is another solid choice that takes a modern, Scandi-inspired retro-style approach to its industrial feel décor. It’s an all-in-one joint that’s open from morning until late night, serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks, and making it a great spot for catching up with friends, catching up on work or just taking a moment for yourself. It’s a particularly convenient work hub thanks to the focus on providing not just free wifi but also plentiful device charging points around the place. The western-oriented menu runs the full range from soups and salads to pizzas and more substantial main meals, plus a good selection of desserts, coffees, soft drinks and wines, beers, spirits and decently priced cocktails. Frequent promotions, too make it just as favourable if you’re counting the pennies but still want to be able to indulge a little.
Daily, 9am-11pm; Sathorn Soi 8 (BTS Chong Nonsi); www.dextercafe.com
This cute little operation probably isn’t one you would visit unless you knew about it, located as it is in a residential area in Bangkok’s eastern suburbs. In fact, it’s set inside a local housing estate, and you’ll need to pass the security barriers to get to it. But it’s worth a visit to take in its solid menu of espresso-based and other drinks and the friendly, welcoming vibe.
Daily, 9.30am-6.pm; 341/1 Soi 21, Sukhumvit Soi 101/1 (BTS Punnawithi/Udomsuk)
Gram is a cute outdoorsy brunch spot set in a community lifestyle mall a little way into the trendy, affluent Thonglor neighbourhood. It enjoys a pleasantly shaded position, and it makes a pleasant change in Bangkok to be able to enjoy your coffee with a natural al fresco breeze. As well as decent coffee, expect well-executed brunch staples like avocado toast.
Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-5pm; 49 Terrace, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (BTS Thong Lor)
One of the original purveyors of quality coffee served in arty, often Scandi-led design surrounds, Casa Lapin now has a number of outlets across the city, and even in outposts around Thailand. At each of them, you’ll find a good menu of coffee-based and other drinks, plus a wide range of cakes, snacks and more substantial brunch, lunch and evening dishes.
Casa Lapin x49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, opposite Samitivej Hospital (BTS Thong Lor); daily, 8am-5pm
Casa Lapin x Ari, Noble Reform, Phahonyothin Soi 5 (BTS Ari); daily, 8.30am-11pm
Casa Lapin x26, Sukhumvit Soi 26 (BTS Phrom Phong); daily, 7.30am-10pm
Casa Lapin x Phloen Chit, 888/59 Mahatun Plaza, Phloen Chit Road (BTS Phloen Chit); daily, 7am-10pm
Casa Lapin x Chic Republic Bang Na, Chic Republic, Bang Na-Trat Road (BTS Bang Na); daily, 8.30am-10pm
Casa Lapin x Ratchathewi, 304/5 Phaya Thai Road (BTS Ratchathewi); daily, 7am-10pm
Sathorn Soi 10 has been pitched as one of Bangkok’s most up-and-coming areas for some time now, and that’s evident in Not Just Another Cup. The name might be a bit of a mouthful, but this spacious, tree-shaded café, with large floor-to-ceiling windows, is a pleasant spot to enjoy the extensive menu of coffees, pastries and more full-on dishes.
Daily, 7am-7pm; 19/10 Sathorn Soi 10
Rocket is another pioneer of the Bangkok coffee shop revolution, and one that again you’ll find now has branches all over the city. The original branch still stands on Sathorn Soi 12, but now you can also grab your caffeine fix at this famous brunch spot on Sukhumvit Soi 49 and inside the Central Embassy shopping centre – the latter also has pleasant views of the neighbouring British Embassy’s gardens from its breezy terrace.
Rocket S.12, Sathorn Soi 12 (BTS Chong Nonsi); daily, 7am-8pm
Rocket S.49, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (BTS Thong Lor); Sunday-Thursday, 7am-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 7am-11pm
Siwilai Rocket, Central Embassy (BTS Phloen Chit); daily, 10am-10pm
Rocket X, 72 Courtyard, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (BTS Thong Lor); daily, 7am-10pm
Considered by many to be one of Bangkok’s foremost coffee roasters and brewers, Roast serves up a mean cup of joe alongside a long list of brunch dishes that has earned it a solid reputation among Bangkok’s trendy see-and-be-seen set. Recently relocated from its original location to Thonglor’s foodie-focussed The Commons community lifestyle mall, its sibling outlet Roots is a weekend-only operation whose primary service is to coffee.
Roast, The Commons, Thong Lor Soi 17 (BTS Thong Lor); Monday-Thursday, 10am-11pm, Friday-Saturday, 9am-11pm, Sunday, 9am-10pm
Roast, EmQuartier (BTS Phrom Phong); daily, 10am-10pm
Roots, The Commons, Thong Lor Soi 17 (BTS Thong Lor); Monday-Thursday, 8am-8pm, Friday-Sunday, 8am-9pm
Where is your favourite Bangkok coffee shop? Let us know in the comments!
Photos by Gallery Drip Coffee; Tinpresso; Casa Lapin.