Just what Bangkok needed, two new coffee shops. Developed by the people behind funky Q Concept Store at CentralWorld, Q Café (G/F, Thonglor Midtown, Sukhumvit 55) takes over the space in Thonglor Midtown previously occupied by Starbucks. The décor is mostly black and white, with bright colored cushions, chintzy needlework on the walls and funky lighting. There’s a good selection of teas from earl grey to blackberry and elderflower (B120-145 a pot) and coffees (B80-140) but you can also get sparkling wine by the glass, sandwiches, pastas (B190-360) as well as more substantial dishes like the slow-cooked beef stew (B440).

Another café that opened its doors last month is PH1b Coffee Bar (39 Soi Phaholyothin 11, 08-1339-0081, 08-1173-2600). Situated in the heart of peaceful Soi Phaholyothin 11, it is run by a group of friends who met in New York and looked to bring a slice of the coffee culture back to Bangkok. Despite the name it’s actually situated in a basement but has a NY loft feel. They concentrate on coffee, tea and handmade cakes but also serve up sandwiches and  salads. They recommend the Really Good Brownie (brownie with iBerry horlicks ice cream, B135) or try theri iced banana mocha (B105).