The hottest month of the year has yet to arrive but it seems like the heat has graced Bangkok city already with its ruthless degree of warmth. So if you’re anything like us, and you’re looking for ways to embrace the hot heat, we’ve curated a list of the best places to have the best bingsu in Bangkok. Tried and tested, this Korean-native shaved ice dessert can really rescue you from the blazing sun — even if just for a breeze of a moment.
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Vanilla Snow, just like the name suggests, is a dessert café that actually makes it rain bingsu over at Sukhumvit Living Town, within which it is situated. The venue serves a selection of big-sized bingsu covered in an avalanche of whatever topping your heart desires. Their highlights include the Strawberry Mango (THB 310) and the Strawberry Melon (THB 320). Care to be a little bit extra? Go for the Macaron (THB 360), where the flavoured shaved ice is deliciously decorated with colourful French macarons.
Vanilla Snow, Sukhumvit Living Town, Sukhumvit 21, Bangkok, +662 013 7878
Open Mon-Sat, 9 am-10 pm; Sun, 1 pm-10 pm
Sulbing: Korean Dessert Cafe
If you have ever heard of Sulbing, you’ll know this international house of Korean desserts gets real creative with their bingsu. Take a look at this fabulous Strawberry Cheese Melon (THB 420) and you’ll immediately understand why. The venue makes tasty as well as photogenic snow-like desserts. Find delights in their signatures like the Real Tong Tong Melon (THB 385), a whole melon stuffed with shaved ice, Japanese moji and red bean paste; or the Red Velvet Strawberry Sulbing (THB 395), in which the bingsu is covered with big chunks of red velvet cake and cloaked with a cloud of whipped cream before getting a beautiful finish of fresh strawberries. What really calls for our attention is the Durian Sulbing (THB 420) that is topped with real durian pulp and decorated with actual durian spiky skin. Conveniently, you can easily find Sulbing across Bangkok, for example, at Siam Square Soi 2 and Korean Town.
Sulbing, 212/2-3 Sukhumvit 12 Alley, Bangkok, +662 060 0145
Open Mon-Sun, 24 hrs
Known for its heart attack-inducing Shibuya honey toasts, After You is second to none when it comes to the Japanese-style dessert. One other thing the venue makes very well — apart from the chocolate lava cake, sticky toffee pudding, brownie, and crepe cake — is the Kakigori. Though this shaved ice dessert originated in Japan, the look is actually a lot like bingsu. Stop at one of their branches which are scattered throughout Bangkok for their Milo Volcano Kakigori (THB 245) if you’re a fan of the cocoa-basted drink, or go for the Thai Tea Kakigori (THB 255) if you prefer to grab a taste more toward Thai flavours.
After You, Siam Paragon, 991 Rama I Road, Bangkok, +662 610 7659
Open Mon-Sun, 10 am-10:30 pm
Seo Bing Go: Korean Dessert Café
Specialising in making bingsu, Seo Bing Go in Siam Square Soi 9 is a place Korean-food fans should check out when they’re in the area. Treat your taste buds with their Mango Cheese (THB 280) which is the perfect play between the fruit and the dairy product; Blueberry Cheese (THB 280); or Melon (THB 350), that is composed of bingsu, ball-shaped melon and a stick of luscious melon ice cream.
Seo Bing Go, 432, Siam Square Soi 9, Bangkok, +662 658 3780
Open Mon-Sun, 11 am-11 pm
Though Hollys Coffee is far-famed for their coffee, the caffeinated outlet has also started to make a name for itself with their range of bingsu dessert offerings. The Korean-native coffee shop whips up one of Bangkok’s best mango bingsus. Try their Injeolmi Bingsu (THB 180) which is covered in toppings of Korean rice cake and almond then feel the flakes of flavoured ice melt away on your tongue. Friendly warning: the bowl dessert is fairly addictive. Our tip? Find a bingsu partner to share your intake of calories if you look forward to having a second bowl.
Hollys Coffee, 219/1 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +66 2 651 2966
Open Mon-Sun, 24 hrs