[Bangkok] Old-style café On Lok Yun (ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น) has become a popular breakfast spot with tourists (especially Singaporeans), and it is not difficult to understand why.

With faded photos on grey walls, old-school Milo tins in pale green wooden cabinets, classic coffee-shop furniture and bread fragrance lingering in the air, the coffee shop looks caught in time.

It feels like you have taken a nostalgia route back to the 1980s. (There is a part of it that reminded me of Chin Mee Chin at Katong – which has unfortunately closed).

On Lok Yun is located at 72 Near Chalermkrung Theater in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. Not the most convenient to get to, but you can plan a ‘short’ walk to Yaorawat Chinatown after this.

It opens from early 5:30am morning till about 2:30pm (on menu states 4pm – you can try your luck), in which a good mix of Thai locals and even more tourists armed with cameras (some backpackers) come here to start off their day.

With a history of more than 80 years, people visit for their Thai-style American breakfast with items of Bread with Butter and Sugar (23 baht), French Toast (35 baht) and Egg Custard Bread with Kaya (28 baht).

This makes affordable breakfast, as 23 baht is about SGD1 or USD0.75.

The signature is 2 eggs with Bacon, Ham, Sausage and Chinese Sausage. Have your eggs done scrambled or overeasy.

While the plate was typical stuff and not life-changing in any way, it was decent – eggs rather tasty and fluffy, and it was the lup cheong (Chinese sausage) in the mix that made all that difference.

The Egg Custard Bread with Kaya (28 baht) is what I would return for again, as the nicely-grilled toasts were soft and light.

The fragrance kaya (like a coconut jam) with a touch of evaporated milk was smoothly-creamy and not overly sweet.

Simple items done just right, especially the Bread with butter and sugar (23 baht) which had a beautiful brown crisp on the outer layer.

The French Toast (35 baht) was slightly on the oily side for me, and may just choose to skip it the next time.

When the world is just about being modern and commercialised, I can imagine why people come to a no-frills coffee shop to get some old school vibes.

It is all about the feel-good factor, and reminiscing about places like this that are getting more uncommon by the day.

On Lok Yun ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น
72 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wang Burapha Phirom, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 223 9621
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – On Lok Yun

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