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Delicious food, photogenic interiors for the feed and memorable hours of conversations and people watching–look no further than Bangkok’s burgeoning café scene as your next holiday destination. With new spots popping up every so often, you’re going to need weeks to get acquainted.
But if you’ve only a couple of days to spare, make the best of your time and check out the most unique cafes in Bangkok. Read on to find out which ones you should visit with the time you have.
When time is of the essence – cafes within 30-minute radius of central Bangkok
The Gardens of Dinsor Palace is not just a name: it was once a royal family residence for Princess Ramphai Prapa—niece of King Chulalongkorn—in the 1930s! A hidden gem in the centre of the city, The Gardens today is an enchanting home to rabbits, swans and white peacocks, as well as green open spaces and fountains, making it a popular wedding venue.
The refurbished, two-storey colonial palace building houses the Thonglor Restaurant & Café, serving up Western brunch fare in the day and exquisite meat, pasta and pizza dishes at night. Be sure to finish off your meal with their homemade desserts and drinks.
Don’t be surprised to find a range of body products on sale here alongside coffee and pastries: This stunning glasshouse in the middle of the Thonglor residential neighbourhood is really Patom’s lifestyle retail store boasting its own organic products and homemade fare.
Patom has its humble beginnings in a rose garden by the Ta-Chine river that was discovered by the owners’ grandmother in 1962. Today, the garden has expanded into a farm, producing the raw materials for Patom’s products. Additional materials are sourced from a network of organic farmers.
Spanning 1,280 square metres (13,777 sqf), the café boasts a high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, allowing for plenty of natural light to enter – perfect for photos for the ‘gram. The environmentally-conscious café also offers a range of traditional Thai dishes made from the farm’s produce like Khao yum dok mai (spicy rice salad with organic flowers) and the classic mango sticky rice dessert.
If you’ve a day to spare, over an hour’s drive away is their newest cafe in Suan Sampran, a family-run eco-cultural destination. Here you can visit Patom’s organic farm and enjoy activities and facilities like their spa, cooking classes and a farmers’ market.
Satisfy your sweet tooth in this saccharine, pastel café. This two-storey café just minutes away from Ekkamai BTS station is not only known for its pastel furniture and decor, but also its innovative and very photogenic desserts (main photo)–which explains the throngs of visitors!
If you’re unsure where to begin, start with the rather-whimsical Mirror Mirror on the Wall, a large mirror-glazed caramel apple with a dark chocolate mousse, smoked chocolate crumble made to look like soil, and a tiny edible witches’ hat! For something more refreshing, there’s also their freshly baked croissant with an ice cream decorated as a dog, cat or polar bear!
SHUGAA also offers a range of creative drinks like A10—a rose blended tea with lychee—or Gen-Ki, a matcha drink blended with honey, brown sugar and topped with Azuki red beans and panna cotta.
You don’t have to be a biking enthusiast to dine here: Located within Bangkok’s largest waterfront themed open-air mall, the bicycle-themed All Ride Café is a stunning, three-storey container with bicycles in its windows, bike seats for chairs and the 60-metre tall Sky Ferris wheel as its backdrop.
The café offers a range of interesting choices on its menu like their tonkatsu sandwich, oreo mousse cake in a plant pot and Chlorophyll Lemon drink. You can also browse through a selection of biking apparel and accessories for sale on the second floor or take in the impressive views of the Chao Phraya River and West Bangkok from its rooftop.
If there’s time to spare before the shops open at Asiatique, the Charoen Krung area makes for a unique neighbourhood worth exploring in the day too.
With time to spare – cafes more than 40 minutes from central Bangkok
Corgi lovers, rejoice. Here is where you’ll find not one, not two, but 12 corgis to play with for the afternoon! With adorable names like Porkchop, Buttercup and Salmon, its no wonder the café is packed daily despite having only opened six months ago!
Following the birth of first five puppies then a surprise litter of seven, owner Tanchanok Kanawaong wanted to share her joy of seeing the puppies and their parents grow up together. Inspired by seeing them run around in her garden, Corgi in the Garden was thus born.
Visitors are allowed in to play with the corgis at three timeslots (four on weekends) each day. In the interest of the dogs’ welfare, a small group is allowed in each time. The 250 baht (US$8) entrance fee will net you a drink and one hour of playtime. The café only takes walk-ins, so be sure to get there early!
Not keen on jostling with others at the dog cafes? How about visiting some gentle rabbits away from the crowds instead? Rabbito Café is still relatively unexplored, so you can expect a quieter environment to spend the afternoon in.
The cafe offers delicious fare and drinks with free-roaming rabbits and guinea pigs that visitors can play with in the pen. Some of the rabbits are said to be able to perform tricks and pose for photos, so don’t be surprised to find a couple posing with mini trolley carts filled with plastic carrots!
A one-hour drive away from central Bangkok is Villa de Bear, an old Teddy bear factory inherited by Villy, the armless black bear mascot that greets you at the entrance. Villy was said to be more passionate about food than toys, so the factory was transformed into a large food village, appropriately decorated with gears, buttons and bear-themed indoor and alfresco dining areas. Even its washrooms have not been left out: bear-shaped signages adorn the doors, while the tap knobs have bears sitting on them!
Food-wise, expect Thai-fusion and western dishes, some with a creative twist. The quintessential Thai green curry chicken with roti (flatbread) comes plated to look like chips and guacamole, while desserts are, of course, shaped like the armless mascot.
If you’re visiting on a weekend, continue your exploration of the outskirts of Bangkok at the Ladmayom Floating Market. Highly recommended by locals, it is a charming, authentic floating market without the tourists.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this quaint café. An hour’s drive north of central Bangkok, On the River Café offers a relaxing environment with a scenic view of the Chao Phraya River.
The two-storey café also features a suspended trampoline-like net above the river on its lower deck. Not surprisingly, it has become a popular spot for photos, with fish and shrimp-printed cushions provided to complete the look!
Once you’ve got the perfect shot, head up to enjoy an iced latte and waffles while soaking in the view. If you’re still feeling peckish, the café also serves up fresh seafood dishes like fish and grilled lobsters.
Planning a visit to the City of Angels soon? Modena by Fraser Bangkok is a perfect base to explore the city from. Located right in front of Queen Sirikit MRT station, these unique cafes are within easy reach via public transport. If you prefer to travel in comfort, the friendly staff are happy to arrange for a taxi to your destination.
For the month of August, come celebrate Modena by Fraser Bangkok’s 3rd anniversary with us! Watch our offer page for exclusive room deals coming your way from 1 August 2019. F&B promotions are also available for the month of August, including a Pay-3-For-4 international buffet lunch at Bistro@M and free coffee at Coffee&Cider Bar. Check with our friendly staff for more details!