The buzz: While everyone else is busy making a Facebook page for their coffee shop, a couple of French entrepreneurs decided that their 10-month-old travel agency, which existed solely as a Facebook page, needed some real-life digs. In the process, they threw in a café for a touch of conviviality.
The décor: The café on the first floor is a cozy space overlooking the street and featuring a black and white mural of airliners that evokes air travel’s less democratic days. The elegant wood furniture is retro, too. On the second floor, you’ll find the travel agents’ desks surrounded by muted colors and not a single tacky tourism poster in sight.
The food & drinks: Your usual lattes and cappuccinos (B60 hot, B70 cold) at very reasonable prices. French puff pastries from Folie’s (B35). The freshly pressed apple and carrot juice (B60) is a must-try.
The goods: Rates are the same as on the Facebook “BangkokBestFlights” page, but the whole point of coming to the shop is enjoying the service. While sipping an espresso (B45) in the coffee shop, you can order a ticket from the upstairs agency and have the details sent to your email.
Why you’ll be back: Businesses making the trip back from online and into the real world is the next big trend. And for frequent travelers, it makes even more sense to want to deal with a human being who can actually remember you and your preferences. Gregoire Glachant