Thai staples like Tom Yum, Pad Thai and all kinds of curries have become really popular in the past decade; people obviously go crazy for umami-packed and pungent tastes. And although the cuisine’s delicate desserts – like mango and sticky rice – have also created a sensational craze among sweet aficionados, we simply can’t deny that Thai desserts have yet to reach the world stage.
Luckily, with the openings of many Thai dessert-focused cafes in town, many souls have awakened to the array of sweet food available in Thai cuisine, while also opening the eyes of many Thais to the country’s long history of sweet traditions.
So this summer (and Songkran), if you’re cruising the streets looking for a decent place to feast on an array of Thai desserts and to which you can also bring along your friends and family – your parents sure will love you for it – we’ve curated a list of eight best Thai dessert cafes in Bangkok you need to check out. Scroll down to see which one should be first on your must-visit list.
Top 8 Thai Dessert Cafes in Bangkok
One Dee Cafe
Ice cream is literally a life-saver dessert for summers. And for Thai-inspired flavours, no one seems to outdo One Dee Cafe. Here, signature Thai desserts get a better taste when they are reimagined into a form of ice cream. Partake in the glorious sweetness of Palm Sugar Ice Cream, Durian Sticky Rice Ice Cream, Thai Tea and, of course, Coconut Ice Cream.
Try the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (THB 119), where the coconut ice cream is served atop black sticky rice pudding laden with diced taro.
One Dee Café, Phahon Yothin 7, Soi Ari 1, Bangkok, +662 163 4357
Open: Monday-Thursday, 10 am-10 pm; Friday-Sunday, 10 am-10:30 pm
V’Lacha Siam Dessert & Tearoom
Among the residential neighbourhood of Ari Soi 1, you’ll find a Thai-style wooden cafe, V’Lacha, that sells and serves a wide selection of tea juxtaposed with Thai desserts like Kanom Tom (Thai coconut balls), Kanom Taan (toddy palm cake) and luscious pandan custard with steamed bread.
An afternoon tea person? Go for the V’ Lacha Afternoon Tea Set, where you’ll get a beautiful plate filled with Thai sweet and savoury items, along with your choice of aromatic tea.
The perfect remedy for the city’s sizzling-hot heat, however, lies in the bowl of Fresh Coconut Ice Cream with Caramelized Banana. So, make sure you give V’Lacha, one the best Thai dessert cafes, a try.
V’Lacha, Soi Ari 1, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-9 pm.
Sane Cafe & Workshop
Bangkok isn’t just about the booze-laden bars and nightlife. This beautiful place offers far more than just a good fun night out and Thai street food.
Head to Sane Cafe & Workshop, which is a Thai dessert cafe known for their fragrant and buttery kleeb lamduan (Thai shortbread cookie), kanom tom (Thai coconut ball), kanom tuay (Thai coconut milk custard) and more. Sane also hosts a series of cooking classes where you’ll learn tricks and tips on how to whip up the perfect traditional Thai dessert your appetite is craving.
Sane Cafe & Workshop, 225 3 Phet Kasem 4, Wat Tha Phra, Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand +66 63 541 4964
Open: Monday, 9am-6:30pm; Tue-Sun, 10 am-7 pm.
Kanom Chan Thai Desserts Bar
Kanom Chan Thai Desserts Bar is the city’s oasis for traditional Thai sweets and savouries. The establishment is perched on the rooftop of the Na Banglamphu Hotel and has heart-melting desserts that can make us sugar monsters drool.
Tuck into staples like Mango Sticky Rice or Kluay Buad Chee or Banana in Sweet Coconut Milk. Craving something a little unusual in Bangkok’s market? Opt for the Kanom Chan or Layer Sweet Cake and Royal Kanom Krok, which is Thai coconut pancakes topped with all sorts of toppings like corn, taro and spring onions.
For a more substantial bite, go for their saucy Pad Thai and meaty spring rolls.
Kanom Chan Thai Desserts Bar, Phra Sumen Road, Chana Songkhram, Bangkok, +6685 484 4044
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 11-12 am.
Cher Cheeva brings traditional Thai charm to your plates with its array of Thai hand-crafted desserts. Those looking for an afternoon pick-me-up in a leafy, comfort-filled setting will surely love to sit and linger here at Cher Cheeva while devouring on their treats sold by the piece, such as coconut tapioca and corn pudding and sweet egg threads.
One of the most popular cafes in Bangkok, Cher Cheeva is a must visit.
Cher Cheeva, CentralWorld, 999 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330, Thailand; +66 62 445 5565
Open: Sat-Sun, 12-7 pm.
Those who wish to relish the sweetness of every dish as well as take some Instagram-worthy photos, can indulge in both at Thongyoy Cafe.
Named after the renowned fashion designer Thongyoy Phaesuwan, who is also the owner, you will find this flower-themed cafe in the Ari neighbourhood. The mouth-watering Thai desserts served in shiny golden bowls will satiate your craving for something sweet and soothe your senses.
Relish Kleeb Lamduan, which is a Thai shortbread, and coconut balls called Khanom tom.
Thongyoy Cafe, 88/2 Soi Ari Samphan, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 98 748 4661
Open: Monday-Sunday, 8:30 am–8 pm
Divana Signature Cafe
Visiting Divana Signature Cafe is like stepping into a surreal valley of flowers. Indulge in the captivating aroma of tea along with the delicacy of traditional Thai desserts at this cafe.
Located at the shopping complex of CentralWorld, near the Amari Watergate, this cafe has some of the choicest delicate jello treats that are filled with artistic floral designs, and they seem inedible!
Divana Signature Cafe, PGWQ+8PF, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Thailand
Open: Monday to Sunday Daily 10 am – 10 pm
Baan Dok Pud
Want to get away from the humdrum of city life? The scenic surroundings and the interiors of Baan Dok Pud will take you back to nature’s lap. Situated amid a pond full of tiny Koi fishes sets this cafe apart from all others in the city serving Thai desserts.
The exhaustive menu and the display of Thai desserts in royal pots will surely surprise you. Whether you pay a visit for breakfast or dinner, you will find a range of Thai desserts to arrest your sweet cravings.
Bua Loy is the best-selling dish here. They are richly filled rice balls delicately topped with coconut milk.
Baan Dok Pud, Ladprao 48 Yak 28-16, Samsen Nok, Huai Khwang, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 85 441 7549
Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm, Mon closed
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