Old is gold.
We haven’t forgotten the charm and the elegance of Bangkok’s historic heritage that holds a warm place in our hearts. There’s no denying that the city’s cafe culture has only been booming over the years and given this opportunity, we are seeing more and more cafes being nestled in the charming arms of historical buildings. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest cafes that have brought some of Bangkok’s hidden gems into the limelight, and, most importantly, have an intriguing story to tell.
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Established in 1889 on Sathorn Road, this colonial mansion certainly holds a special place in all of our hearts. It offers a nostalgic, theatrical flair to the city’s old and new juxtaposing scene and has been transformed into a venue that offers a sophisticated culture of its own. From Asian-inspired cuisines and cocktails, and special events and performances, to being a well-recognised wedding venue, The House on Sathorn is a gorgeous place to embrace Bangkok’s beautiful heritage. We especially love the afternoon tea here.
This floral-themed cafe nestled in the heart of Soi Nana boasts a rustic character for a vintage feel. After renovating an old commercial building, there’s no doubt that this place transformed into a stunning city garden just like its namesake. One thing is for sure: if you are here, you simply can’t resist the variety of aesthetically-pleasing cakes they serve here. Sip your freshly-brewed coffee and enjoy the surroundings. And, of course, gram’ it.
Who would have thought that an abandoned 150-year-old former boat repair shop could now be a bustling coffee house in the heart of Chareonkrung? Flying the uber-popular Sarnies flagship store from Singapore to our city, Sarnies Bangkok has become a hot-spot for all millennials out there looking to brunch somewhere cool or heading for a charming evening spot. From an impressive coffee list to Aussie-style grub with a fusion of Thai flavours, there’s something for everyone out there.
Giving a 100-year-old colonial building a revamp on Maitri Chit Road, The Mustang Blu is one gorgeous heritage building that continues to retain its historical Thai-Chinese charm. We love their vintage furniture and dreamy ambiance, though be warned: queues are long and plenty here as everyone is seeking it out for the ‘gram.
This Victorian-style Thai yellow house gracefully sitting in the street of Ratchawithi, is the part-wooden building of Silpa Bhirasri’s House — which once belonged to a famous Italian artist and founder of Silpakorn University, Corrado Feroci (Silpa Bhirasri). As this place is now home to Craftsman, it’s a chic spot to grab a mean cuppa coffee and to appreciate some art.
Once an old shophouse, this beauty is now a Sino-Southeast Asian restaurant known for their secret family recipe that makes this place even more intriguing. DTF, which aims to mean “down to food,” houses some mouth-watering Southeast Asian delights with deep Chinese roots. We can’t help but love the vintage Chinese-style chairs and wooden tables that make you feel like home.