With all sorts of eateries opening up all over the city, Bangkok offers an endless list of dessert-focused venues to fix any kind of sweet craving one can ever imagine having. But if talk about the can’t-miss spots where you can have refined fresh pastries, French-style patisseries are usually sure-fire destinations. So if you are someone who’s looking for a spot to satisfy your appetite for madeleines, macaroons, croissants, choux pastries and more, here’s a list of the five best French patisseries that are Bangkok’s hot spots for pastries and delicate French confections – not including the chained, well-known Paul bakeries dotted around town.
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Mandarin Oriental Shop
Entering Mandarin Oriental Shop is reminiscent of that magical moment when Willy Wonka opens the gigantic door for children to see his chocolate factory, except this one is packed instead with heart-inducing French delicacies. What’s otherworldly about this five-star bakery is its display of an avalanche of viennoiseries (yeasted baked goods) and French desserts, with the rustic-vintage setting as a backdrop. Indulge fully here in your love for macaroons, petit entremets, sables cookies and so much more. Each confection gives off sweet sensations that your inner dessert geek absolutely needs. Conveniently you can find Mandarin Oriental Shops in different locations: Siam Paragon, Central Chidlom, The Emporium, Gaysorn Village and of course, at the loft lobby within Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
Mandarin Oriental Shop, Ground floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-9 pm.
Get your sugar fix the elegant way at Paris Mikki. And if you take desserts seriously, you’ll appreciate the Parisian feel of this charming venue as well as the attention to small details in their beloved afternoon indulgences.
Tucked away in Soi Sukhumvit 19, with another prime location within Central Embassy, the bakery house is serving authentic French pastries inspired by the seasons, aiming to celebrate the colours and the flavours of fresh fruit to the fullest. Having trained in France with big names like Laduree and Angelina for almost a decade, owner and pastry chef Carol Boosaba wanted to bring photogenic as well as palate-pleasing desserts back home with her to Bangkok. Beautifully executed, signatures here include an array of eye-catching sweet treats: Mille-Feuille, a flaky and slightly salty puff pastry with a sweet cream spread between layers, and St.Lucia, a puffy choux pastry filled with a lava of mango puree and passion fruit cream.
Paris Mikki, 27 Metha Wattana Sukhumvit Soi 19, Bangkok, +6688 870 0020
Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-8:30 pm.
Going through a French-dessert phase? Satisfy it here at Talaychan Patisserie nestled within the lush greenery at Rama 9. The French patisseries here are all baked and designed by the former Dusit’s Le Cordon Bleu teacher, Ten, who has over 20 years of experience in the sweet-fueled industry. What set Talaychan apart from other French patisseries we’ve experienced is their homey ambiance. Having turned from a city house to a French dessert oasis, the bakery boasts this approachable beauty that is often unlikely to be found in many French bakeries.
Talaychan Patisserie, 457/1 Rama 9, Soi 13, Bangkok, +66 97 009 3064
Open: Fri-Sun, 10 am- 6 pm.
Tucked away in Warehouse 30 in the old town district of Charoenkrung, the newly launched French pastry bakery Maison Chatenet is serving baked goods using only top ingredients imported from France. Led by Marcel Chatenet, the brother of famed Laotian-French baker Albert Chatenet, Marcel’s well-crafted baked goods are all the rage at the moment. For first-timers, we recommend going for the classic butter croissant — flaky and luscious, as a result of its three-day baking process. The same pastry dough is also used to make a perfect base for sweet fillings and toppings. Think, fine almond cream, fresh strawberries, chocolate, and cheese. A haven for all sweet tooths, the bite-sized chouquettes, tarte tatin and the beautiful canelé are the irresistible treats you should get here.
Maison Chatenet, Charoen Krung Rd 30, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bangkok, +66092 408 0308
Open: Wed-Sun, 8 am-4 pm.
Situated on Chan Kao Road, Sathorn, Amantee is arguably a paradise for crusty, chewy bread. Like France, where bread is infused throughout every street and corner, Amantee fills up every inch of their counter from dawn until evening with French-style sourdough loaves. And although the outlet is famous as a spot for decent bread, we highly recommend you to also stop by there for their French baked, sugar-laden pastries. In a mood to get your high-carb, high-sugar craving fixed? Their caramelised galette, pain au chocolate and pains aux raisins will do the job beautifully.
Amantee, 2240 12-13 Thanon Chan Kao Road, Chongnonsee, +66 2 678 1300
Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-7 pm.