Where to start your day all across the city.
Where to start your day all across the city.
- By BK staff
- | Apr 12, 2018
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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 (B150) or hot and cold drip (B120). 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. BTS Saphan Kwai
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. BTS Ari
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 (B250). Of course, you can’t leave without a cup of the creamy, velvety, dark hot chocolate (B150).
2/F, Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-663-4554. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. BTS Asok
Trinity Complex, Narathiwas Soi 3, 02-636-8685. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-9pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
Vita Cafe NEW
Vita Trade, the supplier of acai pulp puree to top restaurants like Roast, Broccoli Revolution and Brekkie, just opened its own superfood-laden cafe that specializes in, you guessed it, healthy, acai-based smoothies (B120) and smoothie bowls (B200) for which you can choose your base (almond milk, apple juice or coconut water), fruit combination and other trendy toppings like chia, flax seed, goji berry and cacao.
64 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 097-298-7435. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm; Sat 9:30am-5pm. MRT Sukhumvit
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 (B370) 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 (B240) or the poached egg with avocado (B280).
16 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 peanut butter chocolate cake (B200). 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 9am-6pm. BTS Ekkamai
Brunch and Baked NEW
Situated near the Giant Swing, this compact cafe-slash-bakery blends seamlessly with its Old Town surrounds through marble-top wooden tables and old-school shiny green tiles. Squeeze in to try the croque monsieur (B175), made with croissant, bacon and gruyere cheese. Coffee starts at B40 while there are also tea (B60), sodas (B75) and smoothies (B95).
120 Mahannop Rd., 063-094-4494. Open Tue-Sun 7am-5pm
From a gorgeous glasshouse extension to Yaowarat’s colonial-style Baan2459 hotel, Chata serves serious coffee in a setting swathed in natural light. The house-blend (Thai, Indonesian, Ethiopian and Brazilian) can be dressed up with lime and bubbly cola in the Colapresso (B140). Get the pan-baked eggs with tomatoes and Chinese sausage (B120) and follow it up with the simple coconut cake (B65).
98 Phatsai Rd., 096-154-5049. Open Tue-Sun 8am-5pm. MRT Hua Lamphong
With its NY and French bakery-inspired facade and painting-perfect rustic interior, Eden's evokes a warm and cozy bakehouse vibe. The menu highlights rotating house-baked goodies (B90-160) like beer cake, carrot cake and lemon pie (go early or they'll run out), as well as an English breakfast plate (served till noon, B260/B490) and a variety of toast (B110-190). To drink, there's refillable coffee (B90), hot cocoa (B120) and Marriage Freres tea (B180).
7/1 Lan Luang Rd., 02-625-2000. Open Tue-Thu 9am-5pm; Fri-Sun 9am-8pm
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 9am-9pm
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)
The 80-year-old spot has a loyal following who come for the kanom pang sangkaya (bread with Thai-style egg custard, B28) and Thai-style American breakfast (B50), 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 B22. 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 (B220) 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. MRT Hua Lamphong
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
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, B240).
51/7 Soi Polo, Wireless Rd., 081-855-7090. Open Thu-Tue 8am-4:30pm. MRT Lumphini
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 (croissant, coffee and orange juice, B99) 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-9pm. 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 (B280 for two/B340 for three), buttermilk fried chicken and waffles (B340) 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 9:53 Community Mall (Thonglor Soi 9), 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
This hip all-day-dining cafe at the foot of 137 Pillar Suites does baked items and sandwiches from the deli counter as well as international comfort dishes, namely Thai congee (B110), farmer’s omelet (Spanish-style pan omelet with boerewors sausage, goat cheese and roasted pimiento pepper, B290), tuna tataki salad (B240), pasta (from B280) and pizza (from B290). Don’t miss their one-of-a-kind purple sweet potato cake, either.
G/F, 137 Pillars Suites, 59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-079-7133. Open daily 7am-11pm. BTS Phrom Phong
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 (B285), avocado toast (B240) and homemade cold pressed juices (B75).
6/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 083-656-6141. Open Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. BTS Phrom Phong
During breakfast and brunch services, the restaurant rolls out pancakes (B240), soups, burgers (starting at B390) and other more fancy dishes inspired by local ingredients.
Piman 49, 46 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-7900. Open daily 7:30am-9pm. BTS Phrom Phong
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 (B320) are delightful. The smoked barracuda comes in a dressing of herb yogurt with baby cucumber (B295), while the baba ganoush (an Arabic eggplant dip) with hazelnut dukkha and flatbread (B220) is pure summer fare.
RMA Studio, Sainamthip Soi 2, Sukhumvit Soi 22, 080-603-6421. Open Tue-Sun 8am-5pm. MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre
Renowned Thai designer Noppadol “Ou” Baholyodhin channeled his thirst for good coffee and eye for style into On Nut’s most photogenic cafe. The kitchen’s confident about their crispy-crust pies, filled with chicken with Hokkaido butter or Sapporo beer-marinated beef (B175 each). For a healthy breakfast, try the smoked salmon eggs benedict (B245) or a mushroom, spinach and egg white frittata (B220).
914 Onnut Soi 28, 02-116-1670. Open daily 8am-8pm. BTS On Nut
The original creator of the trending "freakshakes" from Canberra, Australia, presents its overloaded drinks (all B190) and Aussie-style cafe food like smashed avocado on toast (B310) in a sun-drenched setting.
Parc 39, 5/9 Sukhumvit Soi 39, 02-185-3258. Open daily 9am-9pm. BTS Phrom Phong
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 (B390), which is
served in a big pan, and the quinoa, cauliflower and pumpkin frittata (B260), while you can’t go wrong with a refreshing tea like the “MaLou” Oolong lychee lime (B120).
235/5 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 02-662-2510. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 8am-6pm. MRT Sukhumvit
Grab your morning bread fix at the two branches of this early-rising bakery where the bread and pastries are made from scratch, highlighting the use of unbleached flour, house-made sourdough, glaze and frosting. Don’t miss the Phet Mak Mak sourdough (kalamata olives, sharp cheddar and pickled jalapenos, B250) or the the NYP sandwich (Sloane’s beef pastrami, whole grain mustard, pickles and cheddar cheese, B400). The bakery also serves coffee (from B80) and coldpressed juice (B100).
245/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31, 091-720-1074. Open daily 7am-6pm. MRT Sukhumvit
39/17 Soi Suanphlu, 02-286-1549. Open daily 7am-6pm. MRT Lumpini
All Good in the Hood Popping up in an unlikely alley off Sathorn Soi 11, All Good in the Hood stands out from the surrounding shop-houses with its stylish woodheavy decor. The all-day dining menu offers an ever-changing array of savory dishes, while espresso coffee starts at B88. Nitro-coffee specialist Bhava Cafe has moved from its original location in Silom to pour their self-roasted coffee
(B88) from the tap here, too.
Sathorn Soi 11, Yaek 5, 086-577-7796. Open daily 7am-9pm. BTS Surasak
Set in a 70-year-old wooden house dating back to the Rama 7 era, this Yen Akat neighborhood favorite wows you from first glance. The cafe highlights beans by local micro roasters, with two house signature blends: Artisan (Thai, Colombia and Guatemala) and Craftsman (Thai, Brazil and Ethiopia). The menu features various avo-toast options along with some solid pizza (get the chorizo and portabello mushroom, B390).
30 Yen Akat Rd., 02-249-0180. Open daily 7am-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, B150) 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, 02-679-8438. Open Wed-Sun 7am-10pm. MRT Khlong Toei
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. There's now a second branch in Thonglor.
Casa Pagoda, 64/3 Pan Rd., 02-637-8558. Open daily 9am-6pm. BTS Surasak
Luka Moto, Thonglor Soi 11, 02-050-0469. Open daily 8am-5pm. BTS Thong Lo
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 rgg skillet 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. BTS Chong Nonsi
Bangkok’s stylish brunch pioneer is now down to its original Sathorn branch (plus a counter at MRT Thai Cultural Centre and the odd pop-up). 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 Benedictn(B295), arguably Bangkok’s best version of this now-ubiquitous dish.
149 Sathorn Soi 12, 02-635-0404. Open daily 7am-8pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
Neo-Victorian style gets worked to good effect at the original branch of the all-day-dining specialist, which now counts four branches. Don’t miss the fluffy pancakes with caramelized banana (B190) or the cheese and bell pepper omelet with Cumberland sausage, back bacon, mushrooms, potatoes and tomatoes (B250).
G/F, Eight Thonglor, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-714-9301. Open daily 9:30am-10:30pm
13 Ari Soi 4, 02-057-9448. Open Sun-Thu 9am-11pm; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight
Mahutan Plaza, 888/5-6 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-036-3636. Open Mon-Fri 7am-midnight; Sat-Sun 9am-midnight
Salil Hotel, 44/7 Thonglor Soi 1, 098-886-1645. Open Sun-Thu 5:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 5:30am-midnight
The Hass Bistro NEW
This two-story cafe serves up Hass avocados in every imaginable form and flavor. Try the creamy green fruit on bread in the vegan avocado toast with fragrant truffle butter (B145) and on a croissant with avocado butter (B60). For drinks, there's an avocado smoothie (B155), of course, but we recommend a cold-pressed juice like the Bloody Roar (B140): red apple, beetroot, watermelon and pineapple.
1/6 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 099-192-9626. Open daily 8am-10pm. BTS Thong Lo
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.
Branches across Bangkok. Try 413/10-20 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-185-1485. Open daily 7am-9pm. BTS Thong Lo
The fifth cafe from the Chiang Mai-hailing coffee roasters offers brunch dishes like smoked salmon eggs Benedict (B285) and scrambled eggs (B245) to go with the excellent slowbar 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, B120).
Thonglor Soi 25, 090-930-9340. Open Mon-Fri 8am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun 8am-9pm. BTS Phrom Phong
Roast remains high on most brunch-goers’ checklists, which means that, come the weekend you can face some crazy queues. It’s with good reason, too; on top of the great coffee, the menu packs genuine crowd-pleasers like the crab cake Benedict (B360) and smoked salmon with rosti matched with lemon creme fraiche (B320).
The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17, 02-185-2865. Open Mon-Thu 10am-11pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm and Sun 9am-10pm. BTS Thong Lo
EmQuartier, Sukhumvit Rd., 094-176-3870. Open daily 10am-10pm
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. MRT Phetchaburi
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. BTS Thong Lo
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 the corn fritter (B290) with bacon, cherry tomato, baby spinach and avocado salsa.
68/1 Sukhumvit Soi 38, 02-712-1774. Open Tue-Sun 9am-1030pm. BTS Thong Lo
Viva Thonglor NEW
Former Opposite Mess Hall head honcho Jess Barnes has taken the reins of the sprawling five-story building to serve up produce-forward, casual plates like bone marrow dumplings in a prawn broth (B600) and a beastly buttermilk fried chicken sandwich (B350), to go with straight-up eggy fare.
387 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor), 02-000-9698. Open daily 9am-11pm. BTS Thong Lo