From a legendary cheap dim sum stall and freshly baked bagels to a decadent brioche loaf, here are some of the best breakfast spots in Sathorn and Silom.
Home to some of Bangkok's most famous breakfast haunts, BK Magazine finds the best way to start your day in Sathorn and Silom.
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There’s only one spot Sathorn’s French community (and resident Francophiles) head for petit dejeuner and it’s this grab-and-go bakery down a largely residential soi. French bread craftsmen Jonathan Valdman and Benoit Fradette service a who’s who of Bangkok cafes. Organic flour and a laborious fermentation time result in beautiful baguettes and buttery croissants.
2240/12-13 Chan Kao Rd., 02-678-1300. Open Tue-Sun 7am-7pm
Breathing new life into the well-preserved 90-year-old wooden house once owned by Coffee Craftsman, this open-early cafe is all about highly-caffeinated specialties like Happy Day (B200) coffee with candle-smoked coconut milk, along with the Super Star All-day Breakfast, which sees homemade toast with ham and cheese served alongside sausages and vegetables (B350).
Yarden, 30 Yen Akart Rd., 02-249-0182.Open daily 7am-7pm
If you smell something nice while walking down BTS Chong Nonsi, look to the left as you descend the stairs and you’ll see chefs mixing the dough and baking fresh brioche. Head there early to grab a slice of heaven from Peanut Butter Brioche (B180) for an instant childhood flashback to the more grown up Apple Brioche (B160), paired with a good old hot americano (B80) or iced chocolate (B110)
56 Narathiwat Ratchanakarin, 064-847-0049. Open daily 9.30am - 7.30pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
From one of the owners of BKK Bagel Bakery, Kenn’s takes on the tried and tested formula of simplicity. Tucked down a Sathorn backstreet, this petite cafe has your mornings covered with a straightforward menu of flaky croissants (plain, chocolate, almond and bacon cheese), along with espressos, cappuccinos, and iced Thai coffee. French bistro chairs and black furnishings get a splash of color from the bright red door and giant metallic mixer on display. Food-wise, delicacies, from the cheese to chocolate, are imported from France.
163/2 Sathorn Soi 7, 066-149-5451. Open daily 7:30am-4:30pm
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) and breakfast burrito with quinoa, scrambled egg, cheese, sausage, tomato salsa, avocado, and “Thai chipotle” salsa. 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 daily 8am-6pm. BTS Surasak
This airy, two-storey restaurant serves wonderfully comforting combinations of egg-focused dishes, decorously poured coffee, and fresh cold-pressed juice in a daytime-friendly dining room. Try their Moroccan-style egg skillet with richly spiced tomato sauce accompanied by some deliciously fluffy bread for dunking (B320).
75/1 Sathorn Soi 10, 02-635-3464. Open daily 7am-6pm. BTS Chong Nonsi
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Originally a small bagel stall in front of their homes, passionate couple Vilawan “Kaew” Kouphaisalsombut and Piyarath “Waan” Pornsakpattanakul found their permanent spot at Sathorn Soi 11, selling homespun, freshly-made bagels and baked goods. There are six kinds of bagels: plain (B60), chocolate (B80), blueberry (80), cranberry walnut (B100), sesame (B60), and cheddar cheese jalapeno (B100). You can also get more intense with choices like the Smoked Salmon (B200) with tomato, red onion, capers, dills, and homemade cream cheese or Cranberry Walnut & Parma (B220) with a cranberry walnut bagel, smoked ham, parma, rocket, and homemade berry sauce.
3-21 Sathorn Soi 11 Yaek 5, Khwaeng Yan Nawa. Open Mon 7am-3pm; Wed-Fri 7am-3pm; Sat-Sun 7am-4pm.
Bangkok’s stylish brunch pioneer is now down to its original Sathorn branch (plus a counter at MRT Thai Cultural Centre and the odd popup). Yet, the winning formula remains: wholesome food, freshly baked goods, and artisanal coffee. The breakfast menu includes dishes like the yogurt bowl (B240) and the near-mythical Rocket’s Benedict (B290), arguably Bangkok’s best version of this now-ubiquitous dish.
149 Sathorn Soi 12. 02-635-0404, 094-042-4060. Open daily 7am-5pm.
This latest cafe is all about putting a new spin to Thai street snacks. The place rolls out khanom tokyo (a flat thin pancake) and fills them with unusually surprising combinations—think salmon and truffle cream (B105)—while the standard flavors like Thai custard cream and pandan cream run B60. Pair them with dirty (B90) or yuzu espresso (B150) to get your day going.
Yen Jit Soi 8. Thung Wat Don. Tel. 063-615-5283. Open daily 8.00-18.00
At first glance, this cramped Chinese spot in Charoenkrung may not look like much, but once you see all the awards on the walls, you’ll realize you’ve come across one of the city’s proper dining gems. Hong Kong-born chef Yip brings a ton of experience and expertise from his days at Shangri-La Bangkok’s Shang Palace and serves his shumai and xiao long bao piping hot each day. Long queues are typical for Tuan, but they run fast.
2029/9 Charoenkrung Rd., 089-603-0908. Open Wed-Sun 6am-3pm (subject to availability.)
This humble Mediterranean restaurant rolls out all-day brunch sets like Healthy (toasted muesli and yogurt served fresh fruits, juice, homemade bread and condiments) and Le Parisien (Paris ham and emmental cheese in a baguette). But we also dig the sandwiches—go for the croque monsieur along with a homemade lemon soda on the open-air terrace.
27/39 Soi Sribumphen, 02-679-8438. Open Mon 9:30am-12:30pm; 5:30pm-10:00pm Wed-Sun 9:30am-12:30pm; 5:30pm-10:00pm