From the most serious roasters in town to desserts that hit the sweet spot, look back at 2017’s best cafes. 

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Coffee Specialists

 

4th Floor Drip Bar

Some of the greenest city views of any cafe in town paired with slow-brew coffee (from B150), tea (from B120) and more creative concoctions like Chor Ginnaree (black coffee with roselle and ginger ale, B180), Toob-Tub (milk coffee with peanut chocolate and milk toffee, B180) and Mongkhud Sumala (white tea, jasmine, aloe vera and pink orange, B180).

Sukhumvit Soi 26. See full details here.

 

A Coffee Roaster by Library

Warehouse 30, Charoenkrung's art and design complex, is putting its coffee in the hands of serial Bangkok cafe openers Li-bra-ry, who now have six spaces across town.The espresso machine here turns out a light, Thai-Brazil roast courtesy of Ceresia Coffee Roasters, with espresso-based coffee starting at B80. Soon, though, they hope to roast their own beans, too. More leftfield creations include the espresso tonic (B150) with a hint of lemon. 
 
Warehouse 30, Charoenkrung Soi 30. See full details here.
 

As Is

Chinatown’s latest hip coffee shop goes for an industrial loft look with brickwork and blackened metal. At As.is, owner Teerajit Luanpitpong (Brave Roasters alumni, Hiphipe hat brand designer) serves coffee (from B75 for espresso) made from Chiang Mai beans alongside a few food items and alternative drinks like fruit-infused affogato (B90) and strawberry cream cheese shake (B90).

Rama 4 Rd. See full details here.

 

BIY Coffee Bar

With its name standing for “Brew It Yourself,” this is a showroom-slash-cafe offshoot of online coffee equipment shop Beans Here. Workshops from self-trained roaster and co-owner Sirichai “So” Sakornvisava start at an affordable B800/person for a cupping tasting event or around B2,000/person for brewing and roasting classes. Otherwise, drop by for a cup of joe at B100 for Thai beans from places like Suan Sodchuen in Ranong or Mae Kampong in Chiang Mai, or B120 for imported beans and blends.
 
Tri Mit Rd. See full details here.
 
 

Coffeeas

Coffee roaster Coffeas has expanded to a full-time cafe, complete with coffee school. Run by certified Q Grader and SCAA-certified instructor Nisakorn Sinsawat, the cafe aims to showcase specialty Thai coffee through rotating house-roasted beans, mainly from Chiang Rai. Here, she only serves single origins (from B80 for espresso and B120 for drip coffee).

Sukhumvit Soi 31. See full details here.

Eureka

Sathorn’s new nitro coffee cafe goes well beyond your average cold brew. You can still get a nice and frothy nitro cold brew (B90), but the adventurous will want to try the salted egg latte (B120), which combines cold brew with homemade salted egg syrup and peanut butter syrup. Another highlight from the cafe’s six taps is the durian iced tea (B120), which comes in layers of macadamia gelato, Thai tea with durian syrup and freeze-dried durian powder on top. 

Sathorn Soi 2. See full details here.

 

Gallery Drip Coffee

Gallery Drip, the iconic cafe and roaster at BACC, has branched out to Chinatown. Playfully named after its Wangburapa neighborhood, Gallery Drip Wangbrewpa stays honest to the cafe’s drip-coffee-only philosophy, serving single origin beans from both Thailand and abroad (from B70/cup).

Maha Chai Rd. See full details here.

 

Halo

This teeny-tiny cafe is Japanese minimalism at its finest: white walls, marble bar, blond-wood accents. There’s the full range of coffee-making paraphernalia on show, of course. The two owners source rotating beans from around the world to serve as cold brew or filter coffee (B80). For the full taste of Japan, order the Matzuoka (B60), a creamy iced matcha latte from Shizuoka. 
 
Soi Udomsuk, Sutthisarn Rd. See full details here.
 

Red Diamond Cafe

This far-flung rusty building comes fully equipped as a coffee roaster, cafe and school. Red Diamond doesn’t just have a roasting machine on-site, it also has its own farm in Pha Tang Chiang Rai, which is certified by CQI as a specialty coffee producer. Along with their own beans, they also roast coffee from around the world, including varieties with 90+ scores (an extra B150-200), from Cup of Excellence competition winners (an extra B100) and even limited supplies like the Panama Esmeralda Geisha private collection (B500/cup). 

Sangkhom Songkhro Rd. See full details here.
 

Roastology

Five-year-old coffee roasters Roastology have opened their first showroom and compact cafe in Sala Daeng. Here, they not only showcase house-roasted and -blended beans through espresso-based cups (from B100) and slow-bar (from B80 for Thai beans; from B150 for imported beans) but also create as impressive experience for non-coffee drinkers. We recommend the purple sweet potato latte (B130) topped with an espresso shot.

Sala Daeng Soi 1. See full details here.
 
 
 

Sarnies

The people behind modern Australian restaurant Freebird have brought one of Singapore’s hippest coffee roasters to the beautiful garden at Thai restaurant Kram, tucked away down the back alleys off Phrom Phong. Taking over two shipping containers separated by a metal staircase, Sarnies is split into a coffee roasting zone with gigantic bags of coffee beans to one side, and a small, stylishly minimalist cafe space to the other. This cafe puts a lot of stock in perfecting its roast profiles, highlighting beans sourced globally in places such as Brazil, El Salvador, Kenya, Ethiopia and Costa Rica, as well as locally.

Sukhumvit Soi 39. See full details here.

Some Time Blue

Ari’s award-winning drip coffee specialist Sutdrip has moved to a new space. Here, Sutida Srirungthum, winner of National Thailand Brewers Cup 2016, serves her rotating drip coffee alongside espresso-based cups and fruit blends. Do try her coffee shake, a drip coffee shaken cold with ice. Food can be ordered from former neighbor Khao Bahn restaurant still. The space itself shuns current coffee shop cliches in favor of more classic, Victorian furnishings. 

Paholyothin Soi 2. See full details here.

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Tea Houses

 
 

Heekcaa

Move over bubble tea. Newly arrived in Bangkok, Guangzhou-born chain Heekcaa is known for topping its tea-based drinks with whipped cream cheese. On some drinks, like the oolong tea (B90), the thick layer of frothy cheese is slightly bitter, while on others it's sweet, such as the matcha tea (B120). There are also homegrown additions to the menu, which the owner says all had to get approval from HQ in China (where the brand is now known as Heytea), like Thai iced tea (B120), made with tea leaves grown in Southern Thailand and topped off with a pinch of foy thong
 
Siam Discovery. See full details here.
 
 

TE

Artisan tea specialist TE finally has a home in a leafy, multi-story cafe and workshop on Thonglor Soi 25. Since 2014, TE has specialized in loose-leaf, pure and blended teas sourced from far-flung places like China’s Fujian province, as well as from Thailand’s own plantations up north. At the new, homey tea house you’ll find hot brewed tea as well as refreshing tea-based mocktails, like the Midsummer Dream, a blend of rose, hibiscus, and mulberry green tea with passionfruit juice (B140), or a milky latte made from their roasted purple rice blend (B120).

Thonglor Soi 25. See full details here.
 

Dessert Cafes

 
 

All Coco

One of Bangkok's most-loved coconut ice cream brands has opened its first standalone cafe in Thonglor. Having debuted as counters and kiosks at malls and supermarkets about two years ago, the All Coco brand is a spin-off of a fresh, young coconut exporter who specializes in the aromatic nam hom breed. We are big fans of their dairy-free treats like coconut shakes (from B89), soft serve (original, charcoal or swirled, B100) and ice cream (B55/scoop).

Thonglor Soi 10. See full details here.

 

 

Baker x Florist

Baker x Florist is the sweet coming together of two close friends, one who loves baking and another who adores all things floral. From a sun-bathed, Moroccan-inspired space in Ramkhamhaeng, the pair offer a range of cakes and flowers—as well as combinations of the two.   

Rama 9 Rd. See full details here.
 
 

One Dee

This tiny spot serves Thai-inspired coconut desserts amid earthy decor to the sound of Thai classical songs. Try the ice cream with roti, tapioca pearls and jelly at B99, or with a toddy palm cake alongside soft-and-chewy tong muan rolls at B189. To drink, the sweet Violet Milk (B70) features butterfly pea and comes in a Benjarong cup.

 Ari Soi 1. See full details here.

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Design Cafes

 
 

Boyy and Son Cafe

Bangkok fashion's power couple now have a new flagship store and cafe in Gaysorn Village, and it's sure to churn up your envy. The cafe is a mash of '70s Milanese decor and an American diner, the blue walls setting off the custom-pink La Marzocco machine. There’s also a round window onto colorful coral and sea creatures, marking a comeback for interior fish tanks. A hot cappucino sets you back B140 while an aromatic and tasty Rose Pendant iced tea, which comes in an artsy stone-textured glass, is B120. An Aperol Spritz is B400. For something to eat, try the daily-baked plain croissant (B75).

Gaysorn Village. See full details here.

Chata

From a gorgeous glasshouse extension to Yaowarat’s colonial-style Baan2459 hotel, Chata serves serious coffee in a setting swathed in natural light. Everything is overseen by Nopphadon Jantranapaporn, who’s built a name for his monthly latte art classes at School Cafe in Bangkhen, while beans come from all over—try the house-blend (Thai, Indonesian, Ethiopian and Brazilian) dressed up with lime and bubbly cola in the Colapresso (B140) or play it simple with pour-over (B120).

98 Phatsai Rd. See full details here.

Coffee Craftsman

Set in a 70-year-old wooden house dating back to the Rama 7 era, this Yenakart 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).
 
Yen Akat Rd. See full details here.
 
 

Magpie

Renowned Thai designer Noppadol “Ou” Baholyodhin’s (currently Jim Thompson’s creative director) thirst for good coffee led him to open this photogenic cafe in On Nut. Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler would approve of Magpie's terrazzo floors and mid-century furniture pieces upholstered in velvet or bold, graphic prints. Food-wise, you'll find regular all-day dining dishes like pies, pastas and salads (from B165) on top of desserts like tarte tatin and banoffee pie (from B95). They offer a selection of tea and coffee (from B75), too.
 
Onnut Soi 28. See full details here.
 

Patom

This charming organic cafe in the heart of one of Bangkok's hippest districts sits in a glasshouse surrounded by greenery. The healthy, light meals here are all about certified organic ingredients sourced from the Sampran network of farmers, meaning fresh fruits and vegetables feature in lunch boxes and salads, along with a line of natural skincare products (perfect gifts for back home). The coffee's also to die for, sourced from top local name Casa Lapin, which runs a number of chic cafes around town. 
 
9/2 Sukhumvit Soi 49/1. See full details here.
 
 

Sretsis

The new tea room from Sretsis looks like a fairy tale come true. Stepping beyond the intricate pink, hand-carved facade, you're transported from the drab mall to a world of sweet fantasy: daisy-adorned carpeted floors, a hand-painted sky-like fresco and custom wallpaper that Sretsis co-created with British luxury wallpaper maker House of Hackney. The menu spotlights too-beautiful-to-eat snacks and tea sets from B550 per person.

Central Embassy. See full details here.

Tales

Khaosan’s new train-themed hostel and cafe is more than a photo opp. The five-story shop-house has been given a streamlined makeover to resemble a futuristic train carriage. On the ground floor, pull up a high stool at the coffee bar which puts a smooth medium-roast blend from the local Roast Runner roaster to use in a range of hot and iced lattes (B110).

Chakrabongse Rd. See full details here

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All-Day Dining Spaces

 
 

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 wood-heavy 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. See full details here.

 

 

Aoon

Aoon serves food on its own ceramic tableware produced on-site. Visiting this earth-toned cafe and ceramic studio in the Old Town feels like a getaway from the city to a handicraft village. The menu includes comfort food from the brothers’ home, including 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). 

Song Sawat Rd. See full details here.

 

Kiew Kai Ga

Set in a glasshouse replete with tropical touches, Kiaw Kai Ga is a new reason to brave the congested traffic of Ladphrao. The hanging ferns, banana-leaf wallpaper and vintage parquet floors are complemented by rustic Thai food from all around the country. Chef Nathawut  Nantakaem (formerly of The Never Ending Summer) serves the likes of gaeng hung lay (Northern Thai curry, B220), made from a recipe picked up in Phrae, and yum pak kood (B180), made with an edible fern from the chef’s own garden in Ratchaburi.
 
Nak Niwat Rd. See full details here.
 
 

Patissez

The original creator of the trending "freakshakes," from Canberra, Australia, now serves its overloaded drinks in Bangkok, alongside more Aussie-style cafe food. The photogenic shakes come in five different varieties: Nutella pretzel, mint chocolate, banana caramel, Thai tea white chocolate (exclusive to Bangkok), and watermelon and berries. On top of that, you can get all-day brunchy dishes like smashed avocado on toast and giant beef burgers. 

Sukhumvit Soi 39. See full details here.

 

Vita

Vita Trade, the supplier of acai pulp puree to top restaurants like Roast, Broccoli Revolution and Brekkie, just opened its own superfood-laden cafe. Vita Cafe specializes in, you guessed it, healthy, acai-based smoothies (B120) and smoothie bowls (B200) that they claim are 100-percent organic.

Sukhumvit Soi 23. See full details here.

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