The 9 best cafes in Thonglor and Ekkamai
These venues are just a snapshot of soi 49-63’s booming coffee shop culture, which has even begun spreading to the other side of Sukhumvit.
The home of Thonglor brunch culture operates like a Millennial food court, with spicy U.S. fried chicken (Fowlmouth), new-school banh mi sandwiches (Eastbound), tangy flour-tortilla tacos (Barrio Bonito) and a whole lot more set up as kiosks for you to order then take your pew in the communal dining zone. The complex is also home to brunch powerhouse Roast, while the open-plan design means comfortable alfresco dining protected from the rain.
335 Thonglor Soi 17, 099-087-9494. Open daily 8am-1am
Head to this airy, sun-drenched spot for brekkie hits like the egg mikado, sourdough topped with two poached eggs, cured salmon and yellow hollandaise sauce, and the corn fritter with bacon, cherry tomato, baby rocket and avocado salsa. Not only is the menu big on all-day Australian eats, the blond-wood space is reminiscent of chic Bondi cafes.
68/1 Sukhumvit Soi 38, 02-712-1774. Open Tue-Sun 9am-10:30pm. BTS Thong Lo
Plant-based food at this bright, double-height bistro is exactly how it should be: brimming with flavor and texture, and packed with natural protein alternatives. The quinoa burger may be their most famous dish, though our personal indulgence (if you could call it that) is a plate of cauliflower tempura bites in hot sauce. That and the smoothie bowls.
899 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 02-662-5001, 095-251-9799. Open Mon-Fri 9am-10pm; Sat-Sun 7am-10pm. BTS Thong Lo
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The follow up to Sathorn’s Luka will have you eating your breakfast burrito while lusting over retro-style big bikes thanks to a partnership with BMW. Feast on carb-heavy creations like “Gangnam style” crunchy chicken thigh on a kimchi waffle with poached egg and gojuchang ketchup or the perfectly sweet and savory French toast with bacon, grilled banana and syrup. And if you want to skip on the coffee, they’ll even pour you a punchy bloody Mary.
Thonglor Soi 11, 02-050-0469. Open daily 8am-5pm
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Patom’s greenhouse-like cube surrounded by a shroud of foliage feels so far removed from Bangkok that you’ll forget you’re just off Thonglor. Its good-life image has made it a huge hit with the photo-hungry cafe hoppers, though that’s not to say their desserts and lunch boxes sourced from the Sampran network’s chain of organic farmers don’t back up their claims.
9/2 Sukhumvit Soi 49/6, 02-084-8649. Open Tue-Sun 9:30am-6pm
Australian Michael Conkey’s farmers’ market favorite turned hidden Ekkamai enclave is the perfect spot to start your day with a daily-baked crusty baguette or buttery brioche. What sets the place apart from your Amantees and your Maison Jean Phillipes, however, are unbeatable Aussie staples like sausage rolls and meat pies. We’re also partial to the plump meatballs—perfect for sandwiching between a ciabatta. Keep an eye out for the recurring picnics!
72 Ekkamai Soi 22, 083-040-5911. Open Tue-Sun 9am-5pm
This two-story cafe serves up Hass avocados in every imaginable form and flavor. Try the creamy green fruit on bread in the vegan avocado toast with fragrant truffle butter or on a croissant with avocado butter. For drinks, there’s an avocado smoothie, of course, but we recommend a cold-pressed juice like the Bloody Roar: red apple, beetroot, watermelon and pineapple.
1/6 Sukhumvit Soi 49, 099-192-9626. Open daily 8am-10pm. BTS Thong Lo
From an old-school ‘70s-era home, a Malaysian-born roaster prepares single-origin beans and blends for many of your favorite cafes across town. Try the Rwanda Musasa Dukunde for a raisin and plum-inflected filter coffee to go with a tasty croissant. Sign up for one of their online subscriptions which deliver a curated selection of beans to your door.
21 Sukhumvit Soi 61, 097-125-4204. Open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5:30pm
Ekkamai’s sleek home of Melbourne-style coffee culture has relocated just up the road from its former home in Tai Ping Tower. Now with its very own standalone spot, the pared-back decor and scientific coffee prep remain—try the Nitro Cold Brew—but cakes and pastries are now all made in-house. They also offer hangover cures in the form of Breakfast Burgers (bacon, egg, cheese and HP sauce on a brioche bun) and jazzed-up BLTs.
888 Sukhumvit Soi 63 (Ekkamai), 098-831-6009. Open daily 8am-6pm
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