[Bangkok] The Thonglor and Ekkamai are probably the hippest areas to venture, containing some of Bangkok’s newest cafes and dining concepts – all within one area.
The area still remains quite quaint, home to several Japanese restaurants due to the community staying in the surroundings. Cafes are short 5 – 15 minute walks within one another. Plan your route carefully, and you will be in for an afternoon of café hopping adventure.
I would personally recommend covering just 2-3 places max each time, to immerse in the café experience – do some people-watching, read their magazines, and appreciate their creative take on both design and food.
To help in your orientation, you can do a 1) Seenspace + J Avenue or Audrey 2) Rocket + Casa Lapin, 3) One Ounce For Onion + Vanilla Garden + Coffee Bean, or 4) (Un)fashion + INK & LION which are generally closer together.
10 Best Cafes At Bangkok Thonglor – Bookmark This For Your Bangkok Cafe Hopping Adventures
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The Commons Level 4, 335 Thonglor Soi 17, Bangkok, Thailand (quite a walk from BTS Thonglor Station)
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon-Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 9am – 10pm
Google Maps – The Commons
The American style restaurant café has the ticks in the boxes – great vibes buzzing with lively people, extensive range of brunch items, mains and desserts, and very good coffee.
The desserts were to live for. Both the Strawberry Waffle (260 baht) and Cranberry Brioche French Toast (280 baht) hit the sweet spot with their house made vanilla ice cream, light fresh cream.
Why I would come to Roast: 1 for the coffee, 2 for the ambience, 3 for the desserts, and 4 maybe for the savouries.
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J Avenue, 323/3 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 02 712 9266
Opening Hours: 11pm – 12am Daily
Google Maps – J Avenue
Is this the best Shibuya Toast ever? With a tagline of “There’s always room for desserts”, After You offers an array of sweet treats from Shibuya honey toasts, buttermilk pancake, chocolate lava, brownies, to cakes like mille crepe.
The Shibuya Honey Toast has an outer layer ss agreeably sugar-honey coated and slightly crunchy. As you cut in its thick breath, you realise that the sponge is softer and fluffier that you would have imagined. The mess of ingredients, while a level sweeter than I would have wished for, was a mix of the right textures and quantity.
Rocket S 49
1/F, Grease building, Piman 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49, Bangkok, Thailand (BTS Phrom Phong or Thonglor, would suggest cabbing from these BTS.)
Tel: 02 662 6637
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm
Google Maps – Rocket Coffeebar S49
Rocket Coffeebar S49 at Thong Lor was one of those cafes after entering, I wished immediately that my future home could look like this. “This is simply gorgeous.”
Menu is wide-ranging and leans to a health-slant, offering breakfast bites, salads, sandwiches, pasta, desserts and Nordic dishes.
The ‘Rocket Exclusive’ Hot Cocoa (180 baht) is part-gimmickry part-substance. You are supposed to stir an Ecuadorian cocoa stick over a large cup of steam milk; the drink would slowly turn brown upon ‘stirring’, and subsequently consumed like a cup of rich cocoa.
Casa Lapin x49
Opposite Samitivej Hospital, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (between Thonglor 13 and Sukhumvit 49/7), Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: 081 261 2040
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm
Google Maps – Casa Lapin x49
There is the original Casa Lapin at Thonglor Art Village between Thonglor Soi 17 and 19, and the larger one at Sukhumvit Soi 19 (A short walk from J Avenue and Roast). The latter took us some time to find as the sign is not exactly obvious, hidden within a small garden
(If you think you will be lost, the photo above shows how the exterior looks like.) The name means ‘House of the Rabbits’ by the way.
The owner who was an architect spent a year studying slow brew coffee methods, and use state-of-the-art-equipment, also offering siphon, French press and drip coffee. A few number of brunch item is available, with cakes supplied by Brooklyn Baker.
Audrey Café & Bistro
136/3 Soi Thonglo11, Vaddhana, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Google Maps – Audrey Café & Bistro
Audrey Café & Bistro is a Thai-fusion bistro and café of French Vintage decoration, serving a Western and modern Thai dishes with photogenic desserts,
The restaurant is said to be inspired by Audrey Hepburn, thus the name, and the romantic-looking contemporary vintage décor with white furniture and cushioned sofas which makes you go “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
The cake which really brings the house down is the signature Thai Tea Crepe Cake (110 baht). I have always been a fan of ‘cha-yen’, that orangey Thai favourite with a unique taste quite irreplaceable. So when it’s turned into a multi-layered crepe-cake. Pillow-soft and light creamy – Wow.
53 Ekamai Soi 12,Sukhumvit Soi 63 10110, 10110, Thailand
Tel: 02 381 6120
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
Google Maps – Vanilla Garden
Entering Vanilla Garden is like going in a rich man’s mansion. A fountain surrounded by greens and three separate buildings. At the back is the Japanese-themed Vanilla Café, a low-rise house filled with Japanese comics and vintage toys. So elegantly gorgeous.
The front is a bakeshop, and you must have The Ring Original (280 baht) – Vanilla’s signature croissant doughnut topped with homemade ice cream surrounded by a layer of caramel, siting in a pool of vanilla custard sauce. Irresistible.
One Ounce For Onion
19/12 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Klongton Nua, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110 (BTS Ekkamai, 12-15 min walk)
086 388 3303
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 7pm (Sat-Sun)
Google Maps – One Ounce For Onion
Another café hidden in a small lane, but thanks to Google Maps. This is one quaint little café, a fashion accessories shop one side (looks like my kind of wear), a coffee-brunch place on the other, with beans supplied by Brave Roasters.
When I asked what was there to recommend, a customer behind me said “Everything.”
There are items like Waffle Barbecue Bacon (150 baht), Som Pong Sandwich, that means Thai pork sausage (190 baht) and Grilled Croissant (150 baht) which I will recommend. The dish comes a house-made spicy tomato sauce added with minced pork and egg yolk, which you can dip the sliced grilled croissant in. Simple pleasures of life.
Coffee Bean by Dao
47 Casa Viva Bldg. 1FL., Soi Charoenjai (Ekamai 12), Sukhumvit 63 Rd., Khlontan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 (BTS Ekkamai) Near One Ounce For Onion & Vanilla Garden
Tel: 02 713 2504 8
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am Google Maps – Coffee Bean by Dao – Ekkamai
Coffee Bean by Dao opened by a former beauty queen (and used to be in Singapore, but had to close) has some of the widest range of modern Thai cuisine on its menu. Anything from Green Curry Chicken with Roti, Steamed Crab Meat Curry Custard, and Thai style Macaroni.
The number of cakes available? More than 70, guaranteed to satisfy the sweet tooth. I particularly liked their layed crepe cakes, with options of vanilla with strawberry sauce or green tea with chocolate sauce.
(Un)Fashion Vintage Collection
Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok, Thailand (BTS Ekkaimai, walk to Sukumvit 63 Soi 10 for about 10 min) Tel: 02 7269592
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm
Google Maps – (Un)Fashion Bangkok
Connected to a vintage fashion shop, (Un)Fashion café is housed in a cottage-meets-traveller’s caravan. Enter via a small door and you would be greeted with buzzing energy, country music and a space like a trailer home.
Food items on sale include a variety of waffles, bakes such as Chocolate Cheese Cake (100 baht), Lemon Tart (95 baht), Mixed Berry Tart (95baht) and drinks ranging from Thai Cappuccino (90 baht), Matcha Latte (100 baht) to Banana Choco Latte (100 baht).
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Roots Coffee Roaster
Unit M#1, The Commons Thonglor, 335/1 Thonglor 17, Sukhumvit 55, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – The Commons Thonglor
There are some online reviews calling this “The best coffee in Bangkok”. The micro roaster and coffee bar is opened only during the weekends, and will move to The Commons Thonglor which will house some of Bangkok’s top food purveyors.
Roots Coffee work closely with Thai farmers to aim to put Thai grown coffee on the map. I had both the Black and White Cold Brew, and both are seriously quite agreeable with my palate -slightly bitter, light yet bold, with bitter orange notes towards the end. (Note: The Roots is now opened daily.)
If you have time to squeeze in one more, try out INK & LION (nearer Ekkamai) know for their coffee.