From all-day avocado breakfast and a serious egg cafe to New York-style bagels, here are some of the best places to start your day in Bangkok’s hippest hoods.
The Bar Storia name, synonymous with neo-Victorian furnishings and all-day brunch, is at its most photogenic at this branch tucked down a leafy side-street of Ari. Polished floors, wood panels, and retro green walls set the stage for classic European flavors, whether it’s a skillet of sausage and eggs or the perfectly al dente seafood penne.
13 Ari Soi 4. Open Mon-Thu 9am-11am; Fri-Sat 9am-12am; Sun 9am-11am. Tel. 082-581- 9026
Photo: Behind the Bar.
Just a stone’s throw away from Chatuchak Park, this laidback cafe whips up espresso (B70), iced yuzu long blacks (B130), and matcha lattes (B75) with flair. Inside, the cafe sports a chilled out retro vibe with light-accented wood furniture and comfy chairs. Serious about sustainability, they use biodegradable cups and offer a discount for bringing your own.
1058/104 Phahon Yothin Rd., 080-071-2123. Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:30pm; Sat-Sun 7:30am-3:30pm
Located on the ground floor of an apartment complex, this two-story coffee joint in Saphan Kwai offers an interior dominated by warm wood textures and navy blue accents bathed in natural light—in other words, the perfect backdrop for Instagram. Grab a caramel macchiato (B120) made from their house blend (Brazilian Samba beans) or special blend roasts (Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Brazilian Samba beans). If you’re feeling hungry, there is a variety of light bites, including butter (B80), almond (B130), and chocolate lava (B150) croissants, as well as desserts like carrot cake (B100) and soft serve ice cream (from B100 for vanilla).
G/F, Blu 395, 1477 Phahonyothin Rd. Open daily 10am-6pm Tel. 064-646-9245.
Run by the same folks as the Common Room x Ari, this vibrantly red spot is for the true egg master, whipping up all possible variations of egg-based dishes in Ari. Try the scrambled eggs (B170) served alongside smoked salmon toast or a runny egg sandwich (B195). The venue has a high standard for their coffee, and basic drinks start at B90; special drinks like espresso on milk cream go for B125.
106 Phahonyothin Soi 5, 084-441-6899. Open daily 7am-4pm
Katie Chocolaterie NEW
Photo: Katie Chocolaterie.
Next to Ari’s buzzing bakery Kenn’s Coffee and Croissant is its sister cafe focusing on chic chocolate creations. The concept is simple: Enjoy their chocolate without unnecessary table manners. Their hedgehog (B245) sees hot chocolate topped with pointy chocolate bars, while Spicy Katie (B265) arrives in a margarita-like drink rimmed with chili and spice on the glass. There’s also a crispy cookie shot (B85) with either single origin or special blend cacao.
1/5 Ari Soi 2, 061-401-9141. Open daily 8am-6pm.
This German bakery is known for its exceptional bread and pastries fresh out of the concrete and steel oven. Start your day with a simple open breakfast sandwich (B150), piled with fluffy scrambled eggs, spinach tomatoes, and mushroom, or get an Austrian classic: slightly burnt cheese pretzel (B80). There’s a cute garden made for lazy days, which can be enjoyed with a sharing platter of cold cuts and roasted beef for B450.
18 Phahon Yothin Soi 5, 086-889-9210. Open Tue-Sun 7am-7pm
Photo: Marshal Social Cafe.
This chic historic building in Ari once belonged to Royal Airforce Marshal Fuen Ronnaphagrad Ritthakhanee, and the 70-year-old residence still retains most of its former art-deco furnishing style. Grab the Red Arrow (B180) a blend between an espresso shot and tonic with refreshing notes of peach and sit back in the outdoor seating. The cafe is also pet-friendly so you can also bring your furry friends here as well.
Heritage Ville, 2 Pradipat Soi 13, Pradipat Rd. Open 8am-10pm. Tel. 061-418-8880.
This adorable retro cafe in Ari Soi 4 runs with the concept of “nothing but avocado” and reimagines simple dishes with avocado surprises, like their pad kaprao served with deep-fried avocado or avocado-bacon pancake topped with a giant, fluffy egg (B235). There’s also an ultra thick avocado smoothie made fresh every day.
1/1 Ari Samphan Soi 4, 090-986-4779. Open Thu-Sun 9am-9pm; Mon 9am-9pm; Tue 9am-9pm
The brains behind the zen-like teahouse Peace Oriental are getting into the croissant game at this spot in Ari Soi 1. With its unique blends of Japanese flour and butter, Qraft draws massive crowds for its light, flaky, buttery croissants. The plain starts at B75, while special fillings like savory miso caramel and koicha will set you back B145.
5/7 Ari Soi 1, 061-387-1578. Open daily 8am-10pm
If you’re looking for New York-style bagels in Ari, head to this bakery at the end of Pradiphat Soi 13. Launched by siblings Sherry and Volk Jensiriwanch—the latter of whom spent two years studying baking and pastries at the Culinary Institute of America—the store blends their affinity for design and baking through minimalist, striking packaging and classic boiled and baked bagels. The menu includes a small selection of bagels and bagel sandwiches, like the smoked salmon and capers (B250) and caprese (mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil, B220), served on black or white sesame seed, crispy onion, and Asiago cheese bagels (from B60).
40/12 Pradiphat Soi 13. Open Tue-Fri 9am-2pm;Sat-Sun 9am-4pm. Tel. 082-014-9437
Yellow Lane Cafe
Photo: Yellow Lane Cafe.
Set in a renovated complex on Soi Ari 1, Yellow Lane Cafe is arguably one of Ari’s best breakfast spots. The sandwiches are the real highlights, with simple, tasty combinations like the sourdough chicken sandwich (B350) or smashed avocado on toast, topped with refreshing greens and poached eggs. Not that hungry? Just sip the iced Americano (B90) or hot cappuccino (B100) in the airy landscaped garden.
92 Phahonyothin Soi 5, 065-123-8378. Open daily 9am-5pm