From superheroes to serious coffee, here are the latest cafes in town.
Taking its cues from Korea, The Shaker Cafe (8/1 Kanjanapisek Rd., Phet Kasem Soi 49, 081-558-8950, www.facebook.com/theshakercafe) brings a welcome dose of coffee culture to Bangkok's outer suburbs. The specialty is iced coffee and other cool drinks poured out of a Boston shaker—try the iced Americano (B65/85/105), Korean-style (B75) or iced orange dream latte (B110). Sweets include lemon tart (B110) and cupcakes (B70), while they also offer leather craft classes (contact them for more info).
The Shaker Cafe, 8/1 Kanchanaphisek Soi 49 (Phet Kasem), 081-558-8950
Tucked away in a little block between Soi Saladaeng and Silom Complex mall for over three years, this cafe just expanded with a new section for dining. The budget-friendly spot, which sources its beans from Northern Thailand, offers a classic coffee menu with a few different signature drinks like banana mocha and banana chip mocha. The newly opened restaurant section next door serves a basic selection of Thai a la carte dishes starting from B55. As it's targeted at Silom office workers, Anan Cafe only opens on weekdays.
Anan Cafe, Soi Sala Daeng, Silom Rd.
Thonglor has welcomed a new patisserie among all the nightclubs and izakayas. Situated in a shop-house decked out in a vintage style, Patisserie Rosie serves classics with modern twists. Highlights include the light chocolate tart (B160) and cherry ripe (B180), which you can enjoy with oriental tea from Double Dogs (from B120/pot). They also have more substantial bites like open sandwiches (B250) and quiche with salad (B150), as well as weekend brunch.
Patisserie Rosie, 113/2 Thonglor Soi 10, Sukhumvit Rd., 092-542-9900
Not just another cafe with fancy decoration, Hero Food & Gathering (Sukhumvit Soi 4, 098-940-4434, facebook.com/herofoodandgathering) looms as a hot spot for Bangkok comic lovers thanks to a licensing agreement with both DC and Marvel comic houses. Its two floors are full of comic-book paraphernalia from both publishers (DC mostly on the 1/F and Marvel on 2/F), while the menu is big on both Thai and American food with special themed dishes such as the Iron burger (a replication of Tony Stark’s favorite burger, B350), Bat brownies (resembling the Batman logo, with ice cream, B160) and Assasin’s cocktails (inspired by Batman supervillain Deathstroke, B250), with more to come. They are currently in their soft opening and sell some merchandise like stickers but say they'll have comics and other products in the very near future.
Hero Food & Gathering, Sukhumvit Soi 4. 098-940-4434
Catunambu is a 118-year-old brand of coffee that originated in Andalusia, in the South of Spain. Already supplying beans to cafes and restaurants around Bangkok, the brand just opened its first branch here, right beside BTS Sala Daeng. In drinks like cafe con leche, cafe tupe, or vienes, Catunambu use blends comprising 10-14 coffee bean origins for what they say is a smooth, well-rounded flavor. The welcoming little 10-seat cafe also serves straight-up Spanish dishes like jamon and chorizo sandwiches. You can purchase tumblers bearing images from various Spanish cities, too. Coffee is priced B75-B150 and snacks B180-B270.
Catunambu, Yada Building, 56 Silom Rd.
With its minimalist black-and-white decor inspired by Teshima Art Museum, in Japan's Kagawa prefecture, Hands and Heart is serious about hand-brewed coffee (Aeropress, pour-over and Chemex), which they say is made only from seasonal AA-grade single origin beans. In keeping with the decor, they serve their black coffee (Colombia, Kenya, Thailand) in a white cup, and their white coffee (from partner cafe Roots) in a black cup. You can also order homemade pastries such as charcoal croissant (B80) and cheesecake brownie (B120), while herbal juices are B60.
Hands and Heart, Ascella Condominium, 33 Sukhumvit Soi 38, 081-442-7977
Mercedes-Benz is the latest big lifestyle brand to open a pop-up cafe. Designed by Thai architect Winai Chairakpong, the vast space comprises three zones: a showroom exhibiting the latest models, an exhibition space and the cafe. The menu is designed by German chef Mirco Keller, of Water Library Chamchuri, and serves German-inspired dishes like schwarzwaldschinken (black forest ham, mustard cream, pickles, sauerkraut bread, B300), lachs schmorgurken (salmon, crème fraîche, onion, yellow mustard, 440) and Donauwelle (pound cake, buttercream, chocolate, cherry sorbet, B120). There's also wines (B290-350/glass), cocktails (B300-380), beers (B250-260/bottle), coffee (B90-120) and soft drinks. Try The Best or Nothing (Beefeater-gin-infused gummy bear, fresh mango, passion fruit, orange juice, lemon juice, B380). The cafe runs from now through Jul 31.
1/F, Emporium, 622 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-269-1000. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phrom Phong
The quiet end of Ekkamai has welcomed the new all-white Kaizen Coffee Co. Started by a two (fittingly hip) buddies who were fascinated by Australia’s coffee scene, the brews go beyond long black (B80) and flat white (B100), nonetheless. (This is Bangkok, after all.) That means they do tea and experimental health drinks along with sweets from Moonne, a French-style bakery located at Paragon (and now Emquartier). They will soon introduce nitrogen-brewed coffee and are still working out their menu, think bacon and eggs on ciabbata or tomatoes, avocado and feta on sourdough.
Kaizen Coffee Co., Tai Ping Tower, 582/5 Ekkamai Soi 26 and 28, 098-831-6009