The neighborhood’s business and nightlife reputation means it’s no match for Phrom Phong when it comes to cafes, but there are plenty of interesting spots if you know where to look.
After nearly a decade training at the hallowed patisserie grounds of Angelina and Laduree, pastry chef Carol Boosaba opened this little white and blue cafe in Asoke. Sticking largely to French tradition, she bakes her cakes and pastries in limited supplies using seasonal ingredients.
1/F, Metha Wattana, 27 Sukhumvit Soi 19, 088-870-0020. Open daily 10:30am-9pm. BTS Asok
Sofas take precedence over dining chairs at this loungey, decade-old brunch mainstay. The menu is much the same as it always has been, crowded with vast salads, delicious stone-baked pizza, and comfort food classics from duck confit to crispy pork knuckle. Also don’t miss the cheesecake (impossible to finish on your own), or the coffee—roasted in-house long before everyone else jumped on the trend.
39 Sukhumvit Soi 16, 02-258-0194. BTS Asok
With an air-conditioned cafe inside and a leafy, cat-filled garden, this all-day spot is perfect for lazy mornings. Their uber-fluffy pancakes steal the show—try the indulgent Marron Five, served with candied chestnuts and chestnut chiffon cream. Awake from your food coma with a Bulletproof coffee, which contains coconut oil and butter—said to facilitate a gradual yet intense release of caffeine throughout the day.
14 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 02-664-0350. Open daily 7:30am-11:30pm. MRT Sukhumvit
Rising pastry chef Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul doles out sweet treats, unlike anything Bangkok’s seen before. From within an elegantly appointed house with a garden, she crafts macarons in everything from salted egg to caramelized onion flavor and eye-popping desserts like the Insta-famous Starfish with coffee-vanilla mascarpone mousse, pineapple compote, cashew nut praline, ginger milk froth and coconut rum gel.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 27, 02-007-3113. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm. BTS Asok
The proliferation across the town of this Aussie-born, Thai-owned coffee chain is good news for anyone who’s ever bemoaned the poxy portions at most of Bangkok’s brunch cafe elite. From pancakes and French toast to eggs Benedict and smashed avo, the menu reads like a greatest hits of Western brekkie dishes. Now you’ll also find an emphasis on Thai dishes as well as genuinely creative coffee options, like the yuzu cold brew.
Citadines Hotel, 37/7 Sukhumvit Soi 23, 065-730-4929. Open daily 6am-10pm. MRT Sukhumvit
Set in The Garden complex—a leafy slice of Eden off of hectic Asoke—this coffee counter is an extension of the rustic Thai eatery, Kiew Kai Ka. Take a seat in the tropical-wallpapered dining room, or lounge on cushioned garden furniture amid colorful flowers with a sweet Thai-style coffee and a ham-cheese croissant or a slice of velvety cheesecake.
The Garden, 68/2 Sukhumvit Soi 21 (Asoke), 092-263-6860. Open daily 10am-9:30pm
BK's Cafe Society 2019 guide gathers Bangkok's coolest hangout spots for brunch, coffee, sweets and all-day bites. Download your PDF copy here.