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. 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 fulfilment. Here are five new Bangkok cafes you should check out this July.

[Featured image credit: % Arabica; hero image credit: Unsplash/Oriol Portell]

% Arabica

Coffee aficionados, rejoice because Kyoto’s famed coffee shop % Arabica has finally touched down in Bangkok at the riverside luxe mall, ICONSIAM, marking the first branch of Thailand and #58 in the world. Apart from churning out gold medal-worthy coffee for coffee aficionados, % Arabica’s futuristic setting also offers a perfect backdrop for an IG-worthy feed. We love sipping the Tornado King Coffee Roasted amid the space, bringing outa dark, burnt caramelised aroma that will lure both coffee addicts and caffeine drinkers alike.

% Arabica, ICONSIAM, 299 Charoen Nakhon Road, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-9 pm.

Lemoncurd Bread and Coffee

Following the success of their first venue, the creators behind Lemoncurd Tearoom now fuel Bangkok’s café scene with their second home “Lemoncurd Bread and Coffee.” The café slash hostel generates a vibe of Japanese old-school coffee shops with a splash of teal and yellow hues to brighten up the space. Stop here for house-made cakes and a quality cup of coffee but stay for the warm and cosy staycation within the city.

Lemoncurd Bread and Coffee, 203 Tani, Talat Yot, Bangkok, +6681 481 0088; Open: Tue-Sun, 9 am-5 pm.

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Nana Coffee Roaster

If you’re not stopping at Nana Coffee Roaster for coffee, consider stopping for their ambience. The copper-ginger shades really boost that picturesque scene, making this place a perfect spot for the ‘gram. The bean-to-cup coffee here is made from pristine beans carefully sourced from around the world by skilled in-house baristas and roasters, so expect nothing short of excellence. A wide array of treats like cakes are also available for sweet devotees to indulge in.

Nana Coffee Roaster, 445/8 Praditmanoonthum Road, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok, +662 195 0222; Open: Mon-Fri, 7 am-5:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 8 am-5:30 pm.

Basic Specialty Coffee

It is fair to say Basic Specialty Coffee now makes one of Saphan Kwai’s very best coffees. The venue boasts a warm, loft-style ambience, accentuated from their brick wall and use of earthy tones. And aside from their coffee, the venue churns out a selection of butter-rich croissants with different stuffing and toppings. This Shizuoka Matcha Mousse Croissant is by far the best match for a latte or flat white.

Basic Specialty Coffee, 460 Phahonyothin Road, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, +6680 957 9592; Open: Mon-Fri, 7:30 am-4:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 9 am-6 pm.

Varen BKK

For caffeine and minimalistic design nerds, Varen BKK is everything you need – and more. The café emphasises slow coffee methods, delivering mouth-walloping, dark-smoky flavours that are just — put simply — irresistible. Get the Volcano Coffee (THB 130), their signature coffee, Varen (THB 150) and maybe a slice or two of their luscious Cheesecake (THB 115) to cap off the caffeinated sesh.

Varen BKK, 10 12,14 Tri Phet Road, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, +6681 692 9999; Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am-5 pm.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.