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 indulgence session such as high tea. But if you’re a little tired of your usual coffee joints, we’ve curated a roundup of newly-opened cafes that deliver ultimate caffeinated satisfaction along with a side of sweet fulfillment.
It’s not your birthday but why wait for months to celebrate one. Unbirthday Café provides sleek-slash-serene tea party ambience that will welcome you to celebrate 364 unbirthday days, as you would on your actual birthday. Helmed by Dandelion Bake Studio, all you cafe hoppers can get ready to feast your eyes on a wide range of cakes and pastries, including Red Velvet Cake (THB 145) and Toffee Cheesecake studded with caramel-covered macadamia (THB 165). Lemon Sherbet (THB 175), however, is the true show stopper. The icy, lemony dessert is served in a halved lemon shell before getting topped with an afro-like torched meringue.
Unbirthday Café, 14 Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, +6685 145 3181
Open: Mon-Sun, 9 am-7 pm.
A lover – make that fanatic – for coffee and fashion? Journey to GLEAM Lifestyle-Café to indulge your love for caffeinated drinks as well as a cool collection from Thailand-based clothing brand, Brown Sugar Studio, which is displayed on the other side of the room within the cafe. Located in Nonthaburi, the establishment boasts this chill, countryside vibe that makes you feel right at home. The venue also specialises in coffee and makes slurp-worthy cups of hot and cold brews. Chocolate devotees, get the signature Cha-Coa that will have you buzzing with its marvellous mash-up of Thai tea and hot cocoa.
GLEAM Lifestyle-Café, 7/294 Moo 6 Soi Chaengwattana-Pakkred 43, Ban Pak Kret, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Open: Mon-Sun (close on Tue), 10 am-6 pm.
Truly Scrumptious serves up incredibly tasty desserts that will drive all you sweet aficionados crazy. Although we are totally wild for their unique noodle-sandwich dish of Mee-Goreng Toastie, we are equally mad for their Cognac Black Beer Cake that has us awestruck with its bitter, brandy-y taste which goes well with the cocoa powder. Indulge also in a slice of their Decadent S’more Pie, if you, too, share the love for the campfire’s staple dessert.
Truly Scrumptious, 197/2 Soi Sukhumvit 49/11, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +662 019 8080
Open: Tue-Fri, 9 am- 5 pm; Sat-Sun, 9:30 am-5:30 pm.
Phak Café & Crafts
A hub for coffee drinkers and fashion lovers, Phak Café & Crafts is a multi-purpose cafe nestled within Soi Sukhumvit 51. The outlet is both a coffee shop, a craft store with a selection of handmade products and a multi-brand store, featuring brands like Kanz by Thaitor and Rissarabrand. The café’s very cool concept means we can now admire a good cup of coffee while appreciating the aesthetic of crafted goods and clothing. Phak Café & Crafts also serves drool-inducing, substantial dishes like salad, pasta and smoothie bowls to make sure all diners are catered with filling meals.
Phak Café & Crafts, 1 Sukhumvit 51 Alley, Bangkok, +6699 292 4421
Open: Tue-Sun, 8 am-6:30 pm.