[Bangkok] A friend in Bangkok told me about a café situated in a house that is 200 years old. And that is enough reason to visit Patina.

Patina is a café in a centuries-old house, bringing a chic-retro vibe to do justice to the grandeur and cultural history of its location.

In terms of location, it is found at Talad Noi which is the Southern quarters of Chinatown.

None of the house’s original structure has been altered, apart from the additional weight bearing poles and café furniture.

Walk through the circle-shaped entrance into a small courtyard and the coffeehouse is just beyond.

Round wooden tables and ornate chairs are scattered around, apart from the long concrete island that is the centerpiece on which the baristas brew their addictive coffees.

Needless to say, this is a historical and photo haven.

The word ‘patina’ refers to the thin layer (usually greenish) formed naturally on copper, brass and bronze after long exposure, valued aesthetically for its colour. Therefore, the name of the café.

Equal part bakery and equal part coffee maker, you must walk away with a cup of coffee on one hand and a plate of baked goods on the other.

The Iced Latte (120 THB) comes at a great price, for which you can get double the caffeine kick early in the morning.

The coffee is simply intense, with some appropriate smokiness to it apart from the balanced flavour profile.

The Mocha (120 THB) is highly recommended, as Patina uses premium chocolate in the drink rather than a generic version of chocolate. This adds to the texture of the mocha as you sip on the drink.

Being in Bangkok, perhaps you want to get the Thai Style coffee (120 THB). It is sweetened with condensed milk and spiced up with some sort of spice blend.

Non-coffee drinkers are still in for a treat.

Like iced chocolate? Get the luxuriously smooth Ghana Cocoa (120 THB), which is not overbearingly sweet. Or else, the Zenryoku Match (140 THB) has its matcha powder imported straight from Japan.

In Bangkok’s hot weather, perhaps you would like to cool down with one of its Patina Soda included with “homemade syrup”, and that includes Thai Derm (100 THB), Ruby Tight (100 THB), Rose Rosa (120 THB) and Butterfly Linn (100 THB) with butterfly pea and jasmine.

The best baked goods here have to be the Lemon Tart (140 THB), Butter Croissant (80 THB), Carrot Cake Bar (160 THB), New York Cheese Cake (180 THB) and the eclairs, which come in Vanilla (140 THB) or Chocolate (140 THB).

In fact, you get to indulge in both types of eclairs with the Éclair Café Duo (200 THB).

Instagram shots aside, I loved that the new owners are able to retain some of the essence of the Chinese-style building, and constantly hold pop-up art exhibitions to keep the area alive and vibrant.

It is indeed, a cafe you should visit more than for its coffee itself, but the value it carries.

Patina
965 Soi Vanich 2, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 5pm (Sat – Sun)

Google Maps – Patina

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