Life is sweet.
This dessert cafe’s phenomenal success now spans over 74 branches from Phuket to Chiang Mai, and continues to draw long lines for its super-buttery honey toast (a giant slab of bread several inches tall) topped with vanilla ice cream and a side of whipped cream. There are equally decadent variations with Ferrero Rocher, sticky toffee and even cheddar cheese. Another must-try is the kakigori (Japanese shaved ice) with flavors like Milo Volcano and Horlicks.
G/F, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Rd., 02-610-7659. Open daily 10am-10:30pm. 32 other branches.
Within an elegantly appointed house surrounded by a garden, Ici is a dessert-dedicated restaurant doling out picturesque sweet treats. Pastry chef Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul made her name in the kitchens of Ian Kittichai’s Issaya Siamese Club and the fine-dining sensation Saawaan. The menu’s playful creations include Blueberry Balloon, a light yet luscious blend of soft cheesecake, blueberry gelee, lemon cream, biscuit joconde and buttery crumble base; and macarons in flavors such as salted egg and caramelized onion.
24 Sukhumvit Soi 27, 02-007-3113. Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
Taking its cues from Boston’s vibrant ice-cream culture, this spot whips up flavorful craft ice cream in over 40 different flavors, though each location carries only a few (on rotation) at any one time. Two recent additions include the milky Equality, with toffee and sprinkles; and Love is Love (beetroot-colored lemon ice cream with lemon curd and butter crumbs).
G/F, Woof Pack Building, Sala Daeng Soi 1, 098-863-4363. Open daily 11am-11pm. Six other branches.
This cute Charoenkrung spot serves traditional Japanese wahashi (confections) in a brick shop-house fronted by bright blue shutter doors. Rope, rattan, leafy plants and distressed paintwork complete the rustic look. Try the strawberry dai fuku (B95) stuffed with red bean paste or the buranan (B95)—a tofu cream pudding with Hokkaido milk—before moving on to a range of delicious matcha dumplings (B120) and beautiful clear mochi (B150), best-paired with signature floral tea (B130).
32 Charoenkrung Soi 44, 089-792-6496. Open daily 8am-6pm
Thai brothers Litti and Dej Kewkacha are fanatical about Japanese desserts and produce, taking the best of their findings back to Bangkok in the form of show-stopping treats. Their signature: roll cake, served in flavors like Hokkaido milk and matcha, alongside soft serve ice cream and other eye-popping creations. Inspiration comes largely from Kyoto, the source of both their matcha green tea and sleek interiors.
M/F, Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-108-2660. Open daily 10am-9pm. 16 other branches.
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. We recommend classics like the croissant pur beurre, St. Honore, tarte au chocolat and mille-feuille.
1/F, Metha Wattana, 27 Sukhumvit Soi 19, 088-870-0020. Open daily 10:30am-9pm. Other branch: Central Embassy.
Classics like a light chocolate tart and cherry ripe pie are served with modern twists at this vintage shop-house. Oriental tea comes from Double Dogs—one of Bangkok’s most-serious tea houses—and goes perfectly with the sandwiches, quiche and salads for a refined brunch.
113/2 Thonglor Soi 10, 092-542-9900. Open Tue-Sun 11-8pm.
Put on your stretchy pants, forget about the macros and tuck in to BK Best Eats 2019. This is the Bangkok dining that ignores fancy restaurants and 10-course tasting menus and goes straight for the comfort food—steaming bowls of fat-rich ramen, triple-decker burgers, all-you-can-eat dim sum buffets with an extra helping of pork buns. In other words, the stuff most of us eat out, most of the time.
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