Where to start your day all across the city.
Where to start your day all across the city.
- By BK staff
- | May 18, 2017
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Common Room X Ari NEW!
This minimal affair puts a clear focus on quality coffee. Beans come courtesy of top local roasters like Ceresia and Brave, with blends as well as single origins from Kenya and Colombia available as latte or flat white (B80), French press (B120) or hot and cold drip (B150). On top of the fresh-baked croissants (B30) and classic brownies (B75), there are brekkie dishes like mixed berry yogurt (B150) and scrambled eggs on toast with salmon (B140).
Phahon Yothin Soi 5, 062-416-7746. Open Mon-Sat 8am-5pm
Lilou Cafe NEW!
At the vegetarian cafe, owner Nuanwan Supertpanish (also a partner of Laliart coffee) sources chemical-free vegetables from Baan Ka in Ratchaburi and crafts everything in-house, including her various experimental breads, pastries and syrups. Claim one of only three tables to tuck into a late(ish) breakfast of egg and avocado on bread or cauliflower cheese melt (from B120). They use hilltribe-grown coffee here, too.
The Yard, 51 Phahon Yothin Soi 5, 089-142-8203
Around since 2004, this all-day diner still draws the crowds—so much so, we’d say breakfast is almost a no-go on weekends. A big shiny coffee roaster prepares locally sourced beans to go with brekkie faves like eggs Florentine (B160) and kai kata (eggs in a pan with chorizo and mash potato, B160). Then after 5pm the place turns into a sushi and pizza bar—how Ari is that!
1/1 Areesampan Soi 7, 02-279-8185. Open Tue-Sun 8am-11:30pm
Originally known for its churros and hot chocolate, Chu’s two locations also pack in crowds for breakfast offerings like eggs Benedict with bacon (B250) or salmon (B290), and scrambled eggs with cherry tomato salsa and Joe Sloane’s chorizo (B260). Of course, you can’t leave without a cup of the creamy, velvety, dark hot chocolate (B135).
For consistency and comfort, this brasserie is still a solid place to spend a slow Sunday. The coffee hits the spot, as do the brunch staples like French toast (with berries, whipped cream and maple syrup, B195). Don’t forget to try its younger brother, Kuppadeli.
Claiming to be the only genuine Cajun and Creole restaurant in Bangkok, this expat favorite does New Orleans-indebted treats like eggs Benedict with crab cake (B310) and shrimp bisque (B195). Beware, these portions are huge.
Sukhumvit Soi 63, 02-381-6801-3. Open daily 7am-1am. BTS Ekkamai
This Australian-born chain is popping up all over the country. The main claim to fame isn’t the coffee, but a fine, no-frills breakfast menu that’s focused on egg dishes. Order any of the omelet dishes (B170-175) or the poached egg with avocado (B220).
Nine branches across Bangkok. Try 1239 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-381-2736. Open daily 7am-11pm. BTS Ekkamai
This healthy, gluten-free, non-dairy cafe rolls out a rotating range of bakery treats like the tasty carrot cake (B150). Another pick is the salmon sandwich on gluten-free, house-made bread (B280). The smoothies are made with soy milk and coconut yogurt.
Sukhumvit Soi 42, 090-506-2222. Open Thu-Tue 8:30am-6pm. BTS Ekkamai
Comprising Vanilla Cafe and Vanilla Bakeshop side by side, this is one of Bangkok’s hottest breakfast destinations. Highlights include the huge breakfast set (B620), which includes bacon, sausage, pancake, yogurt, orange juice and coffee, and desserts like the Ring (croissant donut with caramel sauce, sprinkled with pistachio and topped with ice cream B320). There are now multiple branches around the city.
At this fashion shop-slash-cafe, English chef Davina Pickering and partner Harutai Nitipanon serve up a longer menu with the focus still on all-day breakfast items like pancakes and egg dishes, plus Thai comfort dishes. We can't go past the maple nutmeg butter pancake with mushroom (B270) or with sausage (B370).
Baan Ekkamai 77 Ekkamai Soi 21, 02-006-4349. Open Wed-Fri 12pm-8.30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am-8.30pm
Situated right beside BTS Chit Lom, this is Bangkok’s go-to bagel spot. The New York-style bagels are boiled and baked daily. We dig the classic Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese, Russian dressing, B250) and Breakfast Epic (egg, sausage or bacon, brie, mustard and gouda or gruyere, B195). Follow it up with some NY-style cheesecake (B155).
G/F, Maneeya Center, 518/3 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-254-8157. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-5.30pm. BTS Chit Lom
The brekkie menu (available daily from 7:30am-4pm) includes straight-up fare like two eggs cooked any style, served with toast,sausages, potato, grilled tomatoes and mini salad (B150). Still hungry? Order the Hungryman (B350), which adds bacon and pancakes to the regular set.
Mahatun Plaza, 888/8-9 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-5188. Cafe open daily 7:30am-4:30pm; Bar open Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm. BTS Phloen Chit
This is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle, nestled down a quiet soi at the entrance to Retreat on Vitayu spa. Grab a seat in the small garden and go classic with the American Breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausages and eggs, B250) or try something a little more adventurous like shakshuka (Middle Eastern-style poached egg, sausage and tomato, B250).
51/7 Soi Polo, Wireless Rd., 081-855-7090. Open Thu-Tue 8am-5pm (last order 4:30pm)
We love this family-friendly spot’s French sandwiches made with crusty baguettes and simple but high-quality ingredients. But you can also get a proper breakfast (eggs, croissant, sausages and coffee, B179) or treats like the croque monsieur (B200) and chocolate pumpkin pie (B100)—delicious, even for breakfast.
1/F, Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee, Wireless Rd., 02-168-5464. Open daily 7am-8pm. BTS Phloen Chit
The 15-year-old Manhattan-hailing diner is known for its all-day breakfast and American classics, especially the renowned buttermilk pancakes—which the likes of New York Magazine and Lonely Planet have hailed as the best in the city. Here, you can expect all the top-sellers like soft-but-crispy pancakes (B260 for two/B320 for three), buttermilk fried chicken and waffles (B320) and a variety of cakes (B180).
G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-129-4861. Open daily 8am-10pm. BTS Siam
Sweet and savory crepes are the order of the day at this charming white house. Great service and a nice garden complete the picture. Try the savory crepe supreme (B325), filled with bacon, mushroom, cheese, Bechamel sauce and topped with an egg. The brunch set is a very reasonable B565, which gets you one hot drink, one fruit juice, yogurt and muesli, two eggs, pancakes and more. There's a second branch at Eight Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55), too.
59/4 Lang Suan Soi 1, 02-015-3388-9. Open Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun and public holidays 8am-11pm. BTS Chit Lom
Siwilai Cafe NEW!
Attached to one of the coolest multi-label stores in town, this cafe served up quality brews from local roaster Pacamara along with prime views over the green expanses of the British Embassy and Nai Lert Park. Breakfast charts Thai rice porridge with braised pork belly (B210) and poached eggs with beetroot-cured salmon and Sriracha-Hollandaise sauce (B350). Work off the hangover with cocktails from the Sugar Ray team like Re-charge (gin, vanilla, demerara syrup, melon, cucumber and lime, B270).
5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5836. Open daily 10am-8pm. BTS Phloen Chit
Visiting this earth-toned cafe and ceramic studio feels like a getaway to a handicraft village. The owners serve up comforting fare like their grandma’s version of satay rice (B135) where pork satay gets fried up and topped over rice with an egg, grilled cheese sandwiches (B135) and simple yet delicious waffle with ice cream (B120). The mixed berry smoothie (B85) comes with a spoonful of yogurt, and if you like the cup, you can buy one for yourself from B200.
2/8 Soi Phathum Khongka Song Sawat Rd., 089-447-7161. Open daily 10am-11pm
The Baxter Brenton NEW!
This contemporary Chinese-style crumbling shop-house serves organic and healthy Thai-style breakfast dishes like khao tom (rice soup, B60) made with brown rice and fried rice with chili paste (B80).
1852 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-212-5011. Open Mon-Sat 6:30am-8pm. BTS Saphan Taksin
Elefin coffee roaster’s third branch sits opposite Wat Pho down by the riverside in the Old Town. Like previous venues at Museum Siam (Old Town) and Hansar Hotel (Ratchadamri), the cafe sources its coffee beans from Doi Chang, Chiang Rai, and works with Seattle’s Lighthouse Roastery to achieve the perfect roast. Breakfast sets run from B90-185 and include khao tom (B125), as well as a dessert like coconut ice-cream (B60).
394/1-2 394/1-2 Maharaj Rd., 02-622-1115. Open daily 7am-10pm
Nestled in a century-old Rama 5-era house, the space may require some effort to find, but the result is well worth it. Duck behind an old fresh market and you'll find a cozy, contemporary-yet-rustic cafe that preserves the charm of the original building while playing up to the fresh market location with vegetable baskets and metal food carts. The menu spans simple European dishes like roast chicken salad with housemade dressing (B112) pluss Asian desserts such as coconut rice dumpling paired with coconut-butterfly pea ice cream (B142).
15 Soi Tha Klang, 02-004-8771. Open Thu-Tue 10am-9pm
Formerly of Sukhumvit Soi 49, this cafe is your best reason to head out early to the riverside Tha Maharaj mall. The brunch-focused menu is full of eggs, pancakes and sausages, all cooked behind a small kitchen counter. Highlights include the salmon scrambled eggs (B260) and barbecue pulled pork burger with coleslaw (B340).
Tha Maharaj, Maharaj Rd., 081-884-8554. Open daily 10am-8pm
Kopi Hya Tai Kee
For a true Thai-style breakfast, visit the 60-something-year-old Kopi whose specialities like kai kata (baked egg) with minced pork and ham (B85) have stood the test of time.
37 Soi Samran Rat, Siriphong Rd., 02-621-0828. Open daily 7am-8pm (except the last Tue of every month)
Little Market NEW!
Decked out with vintage collectibles and a colorful paint job, this tiny cafe serves Western breakfast and burgers. Drop by for a hearty breakfast plate (B180), muesli (B120) or, our favorite, the pancakes (B120) with house-made pineapple compote and bael fruit syrup.
1056 Charoenkrung Soi 28, 061-558-7689. Open Mon-Sat 8am-8pm
The 80-year-old spot has a loyal following who come for the kanom pang sangkaya (bread with Thai-style egg custard, B85) and Thai-style American breakfast (B56-96), and stick around for the old-world atmosphere. The no-frills decor only adds to the charm, with wooden cabinets filled with tins of Milo from the ‘80s. Drinks like coffee and milk start from B30. Driving? Park at The Old Siam or Saranrom Park and take a stroll through the old town.
72 Charoenkrung Soi 4, 02-223-9621. Open daily 5.30am-4pm
Not far from Chinatown's rising hipster rendezvous of Soi Nana, Wanderlust sources its beans from Chiang Mai to create perfect espressos, drip coffee and coffee-based mocktails. It also dishes out Melbourne cafe-inspired dishes with flavorful twists. The chia pudding (B160), for example, also features coconut milk and tropical fruits, while the skillet Dutch pancake (B180) mixes the crispy baby Dutch pancake style with America's thicker, fluffier interpretation.
149-151 Rama 4 Rd., 089-757-7770. Open daily 8am-7pm
This humble Mediterranean restaurant rolls out all-day brunch sets like Healthy (toasted muesli and yogurt served fresh fruits, juice, homemade bread and condiments, B160) and Le Parisien (Paris ham and emmental cheese in a baguette, B160). But we also dig the sandwiches—go for the croque monsieur (B190) along with a homemade lemon soda (B70) on the open-air terrace.
27/39 Soi Sribumphen, Sathorn Rd., 02-679-8438. Open Wed-Sun 7am-11pm
Junker and Bar NEW!
Suan Phlu’s easygoing bar now opens bright and early for a breakfast of Vietnamese street food. Prices for banh mi baguettes start at B80 for chicken, pork or tuna, and go up to B120 for seafood. On top of that there are also sous vide eggs (starting at B90) and Vietnamese curry and stew (starting at B120, served with rice and a baguette). Coffee comes with the creative flourishes of co-owner Passapong "Bard" Phetpradit's cocktail training.
454 Suanphlu Soi 1, 085-100-3608. Open Tue-Sun 8:30am-midnight (breakfast available till 3pm)
The clean bites here go beyond salads to the likes of sesame tuna Arabic quinoa (B400) and wraps (B290-360). They also do breakfast sets (B500) with fresh juice, hot drinks, a choice of eggs and items like toasted avocado, cherry tomatoes, rocket salad, fruit salad and yogurt cornflakes.
71/2 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-635-3673. Open Wed-Mon 10:30am-10:30pm
Situated in a Casa Pagoda furniture showroom, this chic cafe zeroes in on down-to-earth comfort food like shakshuka (poached eggs in tomato sauce served in a hot skillet with slices of toasted sourdough, B320) and breakfast burrito with quinoa, scrambled egg, cheese, sausage, tomato salsa, avocado and "Thai chipotle" salsa (B310). Sauces, juices and pickles are homemade, while the produce comes from reputable names like Adams Organic, the Royal Project Foundation and Sloane's.
Casa Pagoda, 64/3 Pan Rd., 02-637-8558. Open Mon & Fri 10am-7pm; Tue-Thu 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-7pm
This airy, two-story restaurant deals in a familiar combination of egg-focused dishes, prettily poured coffee and cold-pressed juices served in a daytime-friendly dining room. Order the Moroccan-style skillet of eggs in a richly spiced tomato sauce, served alongside some deliciously fluffy bread for dunking (B320).
75/1 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-635-3464. Open daily 7am-7pm
Bangkok’s stylish brunch pioneer is now down to two branches following the closure of openings at Central Embassy and 72 Courtyard. Yet, the winning formula remains: wholesome food, freshly baked goods and artisanal coffee. The highlight has to be the delightful breakfast menu which includes dishes like the yogurt bowl (B240) and the now-mythical Rocket’s Benedict (B290), arguably Bangkok’s best version of this now-ubiquitous dish.
This quaint, Paris-evoking venue also looks to Europe for its food inspiration with winners like the Basque-style piperade (sauteed tomato, bell peppers and onion served with sausage, B260) and croque madame (sandwich with smoked ham, cheese, mustard topped with sauce and egg, B260). The brioche here is baked on-premises twice a day.
G/F, Eight Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 081-586-7305. Open daily 8am-11pm. BTS Thonglor
The crisp-yet-soft waffles here make navigating the maze that is Sukhumvit Soi 49 all worth it. At this cute, pastel cafe designed by Party/Space/Design, the perfect rectangle-shaped Brussels-style waffles take center stage. Don’t underestimate the plain looks of the signature Brussels Crack waffle (B290), served with a scoop of "pacotized" honey ice cream made in-house. Their Japanese style souffle pancakes are equally impressive.
Sukhumvit Soi 49, 085-359-2656. Open Mon-Fri 10am-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Little Home Bakery
Around since the ‘50s, this breakfast institution recently did away with all the spam and pineapple on its menu to offer dishes more in line with current (read: hipster) trends. Paprika chicken waffle (B250) and ham cheese lava omelet (B180) lead the line. We’re just thankful the fluffy buttermilk pancakes (starting from B150) remain, served with a scoop of creamy butter along with banana, pineapple, bacon—basically anything you choose.
The fifth cafe from the Chiang Mai-hailing coffee roasters offers brunch dishes like truffle eggs Benedict (B250) and scrambled egg (B230) to go with the excellent slow-bar coffee (B120), made using rotating beans roasted in-house. Do also try special coffees like the snow cold brew (shaved frozen milk on coffee jelly, topped with a shot of cold brew coffee, B130).
Thonglor Soi 25, 090-930-9340. Open daily 10am-9:30pm
Run by the same people as Hua Hin tourist hot-spot Plearnwan, this vintage-style eatery is just the place for anyone tired of eggs Benedict. Try old-school bites like the simple egg pan with minced pork and Chinese sausage (B80), rice with roasted chicken (B80-90) or steamed bread with sangkaya (egg custard, B65). They also deliver.
Thonglor Soi 13, 084-541-4565. Open daily 6am-6pm
SNP Headquarter NEW!
The latest opening from grandma favorite S&P sees the chain head in an all-new hipster direction. To go with the minimalist, black-and-white diner vibe, you’ll find spruced-up Thai dishes like kai krata (sunny-side-up eggs on a skillet, B195) plus nitro cold brew coffee (B150).
G/F, Ital Thai Tower, Petchaburi Rd, 02-723-4441. Open daily 7am-9pm.
This unassuming, vintage nook focuses on all-day breakfast, with highlights like tuna melt (B290) and egg with chorizo (B220). The full English breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, whole-wheat toast, salad and coffee or tea (B420) is very serviceable, too.
411/2 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), between soi 21 and 23, 02-712-5112. Open daily 7am-7pm
This blond-wood picture reminiscent of Bondi cafes rolls out all-day Australian breakfast staples and specialty coffee. Recommendations include the egg mikado (B320), sourdough topped with two poached eggs, cured salmon and yellow hollandaise sauce, and corn fritter (B290) with bacon, cherry tomato, baby spinach and avocado salsa.
68/1 Sukhumvit Soi 38, 02-712-1774. Open Tue-Sun 9am-4pm. BTS Thong Lo
With its focus on brunch-y dishes and elegant bistro decor, this cafe comes close to backing up its New York-indebted name. The recently refocused menu sticks to whole-hearted fare like the Presidential Breakfast (two eggs with smoked and cured bacon, maple sausage, sauteed asparagus and Iberico ham or Norwegian smoked salmon, B360) and pistachio toast (B220).
G/F, Nihonmura Mall, 85 Thonglor Soi 13, 02-712- 9209. Open daily 9am-10pm
This cozy little venue lives up to its name with an interior dominated by warm brick work, worn wood and pot plants. In addition to eggs Benedict, served here with pulled pork (B260), don't miss the airy churros accompanied by spot-on yuzu and chocolate dips (B180).
137/1 Thonglor Soi 10, 02-714-9974. Open daily 9am-5am
Despite the name, Brekkie goes well beyond breakfast to serve healthier options of hearty dishes all day long. Ingredients like quinoa, avocado, spirulina, flaxseed, acai berry and chia seed dominate the menu in dishes like fried quinoa tom yum with diced salmon (B316), avocado toast (B268) and homemade cold pressed juices (B91).
6/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-656-6141. Open Mon-Sun 9am-6pm
During breakfast and brunch services, the restaurant rolls out pancakes (B220), soups, burgers (starting at B390) and other more fancy dishes inspired by local ingredients. They also incorporate coffee into dishes like gazpacho soup (B250), a refreshing cold tomato soup, with Japanese cucumber and spices topped with chorizo sausage.
With its adorable garden and hanging greenery, this is one of the city’s best places for a lazy, long brunch (make the most of it because service is pretty slow). The sweet dishes like the fluffy French toast with fruits and honey (B195) are delightful, but so is the poached egg with mushroom, asparagus and truffle oil (B320).
RMA Studio, Sainamthip Soi 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22, 080-603-6421. Open Tue-Sun 8:30am-3:30pm
This beautiful white house sitting amid a lovely garden is the perfect spot for a laidback Sunday. For breakfast, try the savory crepe with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (from B220). You can’t go wrong with some French cider on the terrace, either.
86 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-662-6499. Open daily 10am-9:30pm
The original creator of the trending "freakshakes" from Canberra, Australia, presents its overloaded drinks (all B230) and Aussie-style cafe food like smashed avocado on toast (B380) in a sun-drenched setting.
Parc 39, 5/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-185-3258. Open daily 9am-9pm
Chef Natcha Chatlaong’s charming organic restaurant not only looks the part but also makes for a healthy start to the day. Top morning dishes include the full English breakfast (B300), which is served in a big pan, and the quinoa, cauliflower and pumpkin frittata (B260), while you can’t go wrong with a refreshing juice like the “Chia Coco” (B120).
235/5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-2510. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm
The second branch of this cafe (the original is Sukhumvit Soi 31) adds a breakfast menu, consisting of hearty sets (B250/280) and French toast with fresh fruits (B250). The slow bar features selected rotating beans from Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.
A Square, 120 Sukhumvit Soi 26, 02-108-7575. Open daily 7:30am-7pm