Take a well-earned pit stop from Bangkok’s best shopping at these excellent cafes and all-day diners.
Fuel up before exploring BACC’s vast gallery space at this drip coffee specialist, where the hand-ground beans are sourced near and wide—Chiang Rai, Kenya, Honduras and beyond. Art permeates the venue with a flowing, honeycombed ceiling made out of paper cups and cute, coffee-themed sketches lining the walls, punctuated by displays of coffee grinders and indulgent cakes like black forest gateau.
G/F, BACC, Rama 1 Rd., 081-917- 2131. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-8:30pm. BTS National Stadium
Pull up a vintage school chair at the huge picture windows of Siam Discovery shopping mall and watch BTS life roll on by as you sip on one of the specialty house coffees. A longstanding Bangkok roaster, Brave specializes here in cold brews like the Sukhumvit with its refreshing notes of cinnamon and citrus. There’s no shortage of cakes and sweet treats, either.
3/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd., 095-947-2813. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS National Stadium
Exclusively for Citi credit card members:
A great place to escape the hustle and bustle, this cafe is nestled down a quiet soi at the entrance to Retreat on Vitayu spa. Grab a seat in the small garden and go classic with the American Breakfast (pancakes, bacon, sausages and eggs) or try something a little more adventurous like the shakshuka (Middle Eastern-style poached egg, sausage and tomato). Something sweet? The cakes in all shapes and sizes are worth the visit alone.
51/7 Soi Polo, Wireless Rd., 081-855-7090. Open Thu-Tue 8am-4:30 pm. MRT Lumphini
The Big Apple’s best-loved all-day breakfast specialist is known for its signature maple butter-drenched pancakes, though the comforting buttermilk biscuit packed with bacon, egg, and cheese vies for attention, while the chicken waffles mix sweet and savory as only the Americans know how.
G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-129-4861. Open daily 8am-10pm. BTS Siam
Exclusively for Citi credit card members:
Come for the co-working, stay for the art exhibitions, craft workshops, restaurants and bars at Central Embassy’s tranquil Open House complex. Row after row of elegant coffee table books line the walls, while the communal cluster of restaurants contains top Bangkok names like Broccoli Revolution (vegan), Peppina (pizza) and Paris Mikki (pastries).
6/F, Central Embassy, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-119-7777. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phloen Chit
Property developer Sansiri’s uber-stylish “Siri House” complex (imagine a Soho House members club but tucked down a posh Bangkok side street) takes over a charming mid-century teak house with an exciting mix of foodie names. During the day, brunch favorite Luka serves up avocado toast alongside curated selections of local designer pieces to browse and buy. Come evening, lounge in the leafy garden with Quince’s Mediterranean-leaning fare or sip on cocktails at the elegant Jacqueline upstairs.
14/2 Soi Somkid, 094-868-2639. Open daily 8am-midnight. BTS Chit Lom
Situated right beside BTS Chit Lom, this spot’s New York-style bagels are hand-rolled, boiled and baked daily. Have yours with one of the handmade schmears or dig into a classic Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, gruyere cheese and Russian dressing) or Loxstock bagel (smoked salmon with pepper, dill, onion and cream cheese). Follow it up with some NY-style cheesecake or a classic apple pie.
G/F, Maneeya Center, 518/3 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-254- 8157. Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun 8:30am-5.30pm. BTS Chit Lom
Take the tables jam-packed with European expat families as a seal of approval for this lively spot’s delicious French sandwiches made with crusty baguettes and simple but high-quality ingredients. The sunny terrace is made for long hours chowing down on everything from a classic Continental breakfast spread (croissant, coffee and orange juice) to decadent treats like the chocolate pumpkin pie.
1/F, Athenee Residence, Soi Ruamrudee, Wireless Rd., 02-168-5464. Open daily 7am-8pm. BTS Phloen Chit
Nestled near the BACC, right beside Sansab Canal, Yelo House transforms an old publishing house into a two-story hub of art and design. Popular Sukhumvit cafe Hands & Heart manages Hungry Me restaurant, while Thirsty You specializes in teas and coffees. The Aussie-style iced coffee (hot latte with vanilla ice cream) is devilishly good, as is the iced raspberry oolong tea.
20/2 Kasem San Soi 1. Open Tue-Sun 11am-8pm. BTS National Stadium
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.