Drinks and delicacies — these two will always hit all the right notes. They are what we crave for breakfast, the essentials for lunch and on our mind for dinner. Most important of all, they are the must-haves for a little afternoon pick-me-up or midday indulging session such as high tea. But if you’re a little tired of your typical coffee joints, we’ve curated a roundup of newly-opened cafes that deliver ultimate caffeinated satisfaction along with a side of sweet fulfilment.
Buckle up because Ici is about to take you through a wild dessert ride. Helmed by Arisara “Paper” Chongphanitkul, the creator behind sugary creations at Issaya Siamese Club and Saawaan, the creative-minded pastry chef is dusting the whole outlet with a sweet, sugary spell and by spell we mean mind-blowing desserts presented in a remarkable way – think hot chocolate latte with a bear marshmallow floating on top of the foamy milk and a mousse dessert shaped and coloured like a starfish. Something that will cheer you right up though is The Zoo, where the parfait cup gets filled up with delicious treats like strawberry sorbet, cashew nut praline ice cream and animal-shaped sugar.
Ici, 24 Sukhumvit Soi 27, Bangkok, +662 007 3113
Open: Tue-Sun, 10 am-6 pm.
Embassy Coffee Larnluang
Situated on Chakkaphatdi Phong Road, Embassy Coffee Larnluang is a vintage style coffeehouse with a wealth of caffeinated drinks and seasonal desserts, for example, Bael Fruit Cake (THB 65), Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake (THB 75) and Toffee Rum Cheese Cake (THB 125). The venue also serves substantial bites like pasta, pizza and sandwiches for those days where desserts won’t satisfy your hunger.
Embassy Coffee, 152 Chakkaphatdi Phong Rd., Bangkok, +6698 240 1981
Open: Tue-Sun, 10 am-9 pm.
Mobidrip x Mother Roaster
People often go crazy for grandmother’s recipes. Whether it’s stew, curry or tomato sauce, just say it was cooked and approved by someone’s grandmother and the dish would already sound good in anyone’s mind. But have you heard of grandmother’s coffee? If not, well, this place will show you a thing or two about that. Run by a 70-year-old lady, Mobidrip x Mother Roaster at Hua Lumphong serves quality cups like hand dripped coffee and coffee with fruity notes like Black Honey Lime (THB 80) and Bitter Brown Orange (THB 80). Want a drink that’s guaranteed by the tastebuds of a mum? Check out this mother roaster and get ready to be wowed by her coffee expertise.
Mobidrip x Mother Roaster, 329/1 Maha Phruttharam, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +6661 216 2277
Open: Mon-Fri, 8 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun, 9 am-5 pm.
nana’s green tea Bangkok
For those who are looking for a way to replace coffee with something that’s equally strong, matcha could be your true answer. Head over to nana’s green tea, a green tea-fuelled cafe from Japan where they never have a lack of matcha-packed drinks and desserts. Tuck into their Matcha Soft Serve Frappe (THB 170) or the Matcha Soft Serve with Chocolate Crunch (THB 170) if what you’re after is some full-fat indulgence. For more of a bizarre twist, try the Matcha Wasabi Mochi Parfait (THB 260) where the bitterness, heat and sweetness come together in harmony.
nana’s green tea Bangkok, Donki Mall Thonglor 1st Fl, Room 106, 107 Soi Sukhumvit63 (Ekkamai5), Bangkok, +662 120 4325
Open: Mon-Sun, 11 am-9 pm.