Take a well-earned pit stop from Bangkok’s best shopping at these excellent cafes and all-day diners.

 

Bar Storia del Caffe


Bucking the neo-Victorian trend of their other branches, this third branch opts instead for a refined Italian diner look, full of minty greens, pastel pinks, faux-greenery and brown leather banquettes. With seating spread across two stories, the cafe serves up classics like omelets, antipasti and their tasty pancake with caramelized banana, as well as an array of coffees, wines and beers on tap.
Mahatun Plaza, 888/63 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-036-3636. Open Mon-Fri 7am-11pm; Sat-Sun 9am-11pm. BTS Phloen Chit.
 

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Boyy & Son Cafe


Attached to the showroom of world-famous Thai designer brand Boyy, this cafe combines mid-century pastels and smooth terrazzo for a mash-up between American diner and ‘70s Milanese decor. The menu offers simple fare like sandwiches and fresh-baked croissants, alongside inventive drinks like the Pandan Latte, Rose Pendent Iced Tea and their refreshing classic Aperol Spritz.
G/F, Gaysorn Village, Ratchadamri Rd., 02-253-8300. Open daily 8am-8pm. BTS Chit Lom.
 
 

Brave Roasters 


Overlooking the BTS line, this spot is a coffee-lover’s dream. Run by one of Bangkok’s finest coffee roasters, their house-blends and rotating specials offer a number of options sourced from across the world. They also serve a variety of pastas and sweets, including creamy latte soft serve, along with syrup-laden drinks like their Gingerbread Latte.
3/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd., 095-947-2813. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS National Stadium.
 

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Brooklyn Baker


Nestled in the lobby of an upmarket spa, this low-key bakery has a reputation for custom-made cakes that look as good as they taste. They also serve up a killer brunch, where classic eggs Benedict sits beside more adventurous dishes like their shakshuka (eggs poached in tomato sauce with chili, capsicum, onion, sausage and cumin) and eggs Rothko (fried egg-stuffed cheese toast with bacon).
51/7 Soi Polo, Wireless Rd., 081-855-7090. Open Thu-Sun 8am-5pm; Mon 8am-5pm; Tue 8am-5pm. 
 
 

Clinton St. Baking 


This offshoot of New York’s number one breakfast spot brings the Big Apple to Bangkok. Their all-day breakfast menu showcases American classics like fluffy blueberry pancakes with maple butter and organic fried chicken with buttermilk waffles, alongside an array of decadent baked goods. With early opening and late closing times, you can transition seamlessly from coffee to cocktails in between shopping.
G/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-129-4861. Open daily 8am-10pm. BTS Siam.
 

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Gallery Drip Coffee


The owners of this artsy cafe personally source their single-origin beans from places as far-flung as Ethiopia and Yemen. Piyachart Trithaworn and Natthiti Ampriwan are the friendly pair behind this venture and are always on hand to share their extensive knowledge of coffee. Roasting and hand-grinding the beans themselves, they focus on fair-trade and organic produce and, of course, it’s all about the drip brew method.
BACC, Rama 1 Rd., 081-917-2131. Open Tue-Sun 10:30am-8:30pm. BTS National Stadium. 
 
 

Hungry Me & Thirsty You


Providing refreshment to the creative types of Yelo House, this artsy spot is nestled within a former publishing house that now plays host to a gallery, book store, shops and offices amid a bright and industrial setting. Hungry Me serves up all-day Thai -Italian dining upstairs, while Thirsty You on the lower floor offers specialist teas and coffees by day and beers by night.
20/2 Kasem San Soi 1, 098-469-5924. Open Sun-Thu 8am-8pm; Fri-Sat 8am-10pm. BTS National Stadium.
 

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Open House


Set beside the plush VIP cinema on Central Embassy’s top floor, this trendy indoor “co-living space” is the perfect all-in-one spot to work, rest and play. Natural greenery and light woods permeate all eight of its “zones,” where an array of cafes, restaurants and bars mingle with creative exhibition and workshop spaces—plus a giant bookstore and a kids’ playground. Fill up on Italian eats from Peppina or keep it light with an acai bowl from Broccoli Revolution, all while enjoying great views of the city.
6/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-119-7777. Open daily 10am-10pm. BTS Phloen Chit.
 
 

Siwilai Cafe


Recharge after a spot of retail therapy with a late breakfast or local coffee at this high-end cafe. The extensive menu ranges from rice porridge and smoothie bowls to an array of egg dishes, alongside a decent cocktail list, including the locally-inspired Thaipirisima (Chalong Bay rum, pandan syrup and passionfruit).
5/F, Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-160-5836. Open Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm. BTS Phloen Chit.
 

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BK's Cafe Society 2018 guide gathers Bangkok's coolest hangout spots for brunch, coffee, sweets and all-day bites. Download your PDF copy at here