In a café-centric city like Bangkok, we kid you not, some people swear by coffee as their main food group. And who can blame them when basically every street and corner is crammed with excellent cafes, many of which serve up quality brews and decked with instagrammable decor? With a slew of new cafes opening up, they keep Bangkok’s café scene so vibrant and spirited.
With a joyous 2019 coming to an end, we thought it would be awesome to show you the roundup of the best new spots we simply couldn’t stop talking about this year. Scroll down to see our list of 2019’s best new cafes that you need to check out – if you haven’t already.
Expect no typical café tiny-cute food, because here at Sarnies, they serve truly substantial bites that will actually have you feeling full and satisfied. A Bangkok flagship of the famed Singaporean-native coffee roaster “A Stimulant by Sarnies,” Sarnies Bangkok boasts a rustic setting of a former boat-repair shop. It serves up an ambitious coffee list with the goal of bringing the “seed to cup”, meaning that the beans are being roasted and made into a quality cup of coffee from scratch. Apart from coffee, the venue is also known for their brunch bites and delicacies like Tom Yum Eggs Benedict (THB 320), Triple-cheese Toastie (THB 300) and Thai Bolognese (THB 350) made with Nam Prik Ong sauce.
Sarnies Bangkok, 101 Charoen Krung Road 44 (Charoen Krung Soi 44), Bangrak, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am–5 pm.
Brioche from Heaven
If a full-carb diet is your thing, then Brioche from Heaven will definitely meet your needs. Helmed by pastry chef Thanunya “Gai” Wilkinson from Iron Chef Thailand, Brioche from Heaven is a bakery spotlighting the butter-enriched dough. Their signature brioche bun is bejewelled with various types of toppings like Nutella, peanut butter, ham & cheese, and even gruyere & spinach. What we love the most is the Brioche from Heaven (THB 130), which is a glorious caramel-covered, pecan-studded sticky bun. It’s sticky, sugary, and nutty. Delicious.
Brioche from Heaven, 156 Narathiwat Ratchanakharin Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, +6664 847 0049; Open: Mon-Fri, 10 am-8 pm; Sat-Sun, 10 am-7:30 pm.
Italian and American fare can be good buddies. Don’t believe us? Head to Caffè Olives. The people behind it really do age-old Italian cuisine or comforting American sweets justice. The cafe nestled within the residential street of Soi Napha Sap 2 offers a gold standard of taste through a repertoire of baked goods. For example, the Espresso Brownie Cookie (THB 65) and Honey Bun (THB 75), where the butter-loaded dough is slathered generously in honey and sprinkled with bee pollen.
Caffè Olives, Caffè Olives, 4 Soi Napha Sap 2, Bangkok, +6694 858 9868; Open: Wed-Mon, 9 am-5 pm.
Famed Kyoto coffeeshop Kurasu officially touched down in Bangkok this year. Drinking coffee here is raised to the height of great sophistication and style. The coffeeshop is minimalist and semi-industrial with a counter amid the space, highlighting the connection between the beans, baristas, and coffee buffs. The coffee used here is of the best standard; grown and harvested in Japan and roasted to perfection, before being brewed and poured into a cup with artisan equipment.
Kurasu Bangkok, A104 Bambini Villa 18, 1 Soi Athakravi, Bangkok; Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am- 6 pm.
A matcha-focused haunt, Tealily Café is steeping deep in the green tea game. And although it has been around for quite some time, this year the brand is celebrating their three year anniversary in a bigger, warmer house within Ekkamai 12. For those who are thirsty for a caffeinated burst of green tea, they’ve got everything from Matcha Latte (THB 130) and Matcha Brownie (THB 130), to Hoijicha Banoffee (THB 225), Uji Matcha Granita (THB 195) and Matcha Ice Cream (THB 225).
Tealily Café, 15/25 Sukhumvit 63, Ekkamai 12, Bangkok, +662 162 0996; Open: Thu-Mon, 10:30 am-5:30 pm.
CREAM by Flour Flour
Doughnuts are having a moment in Bangkok, and apart from brassica and The Clucking Donut, CREAM by Flour Flour, a new sister store of Chiang Mai’s cool-hip bakery ‘Flour Flour, is the next best spot you need to check out. The outlet boasts an impressive selection of flavours: Salted Caramel, Kinako, Dirty Chocolate, Lemon Meringue, Vanilla and Cinnamon. All you doughnut heads can now go to town and eat to your heart’s content.
CREAM by Flour Flour, 399/4 Silom 7 Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, +6665 639 3899; Open: Mon and Fri, 9 am-3 pm; Tue-Thu, 10 am-3 pm.
Charoenkrung is a hub for delectable Thai fare and cool cafes– think 80/20, Mahasan burnt & Bowl, Casa Sapparod and Sarnies. That leaves a big room for a heartwarming Japanese-style café like Homu to really shine. The rustic, old-school café churns out underappreciated yet delicious classic Japanese desserts in a house-like setting that oozes out cosiness to warm you right up. Those who want to dive deep into the Japanese dessert galaxy, Homu offers everything you need to do so.
Homu, 32 Soi Charoen Krung 44, Bangkok, +6689 792 6496; Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am-6 pm.
Co-incidence Process Coffee
Much like a drive-through, Co-incidence Process Coffee is a Sukhumvit minimalist coffee haunt that brews up some delicious to-go coffee in its teeny-tiny spot. Despite its limited space, the coffee here delivers big and bold flavours. The menu here highlights simple caffeinated beverages like Espresso (THB 80), Iced White (THB 80), Iced Black (THB 80) and Cold Brew (THB 100) — but with a unique blend of beans from Chiang Rai and Laos, the pair sparks up excellent flavours that turn some normal-seeming coffee to an excellent cup that’s worth sipping.
Co-incidence Process Coffee, 1/4 Sukhumvit 49, Bangkok, +6663 425 6018; Open: Mon-Sat, 8 am-5 pm; Sun, 9 am-6 pm.
Here’s a Chinese food-focused café that dates all the way back to 1962, supported with years in a distribution supply business. You can almost guarantee they know a thing or two about food. Welcome to Zong Ter. The three-storey cafe situated within Yaowarat market is touched with old-school Chinese charm with a menu offering a variety of Chinese snacks and teas, spanning all home-style meals and drinks enjoyed in typical Chinese homes. For stellar snacks, the Steamed Pork Dumpling (THB 45) and Fried Steamed Bun filled with Salted Egg Lava (THB 29) are brilliant. But for a more substantial bite, the Rice with Boiled Chicken Thigh served with Egg (THB 139) is downright a must-try.
Zong Ter, 111 Soi Charoen Krung 16, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, +662 226 3149; Open: Mon-Sun, 9 am-7 pm.
Mobidrip x Mother Roaster
Nothing beats grandma’s tried-and-tested recipes. And if you’re someone who is all about grandma’s cooking, Mobidrip x Mother Roaster run by a 70-year-old lady at Hua Lumphong should be your move. Stop by and watch her dole out quality cups like home-dripped coffee and coffee with fruity notes like Black Honey Lime (THB 80) and Bitter Brown Orange (THB 80).
Mobidrip x Mother Roaster, 329/1 Maha Phruttharam, Bang Rak, Bangkok, +6661 216 2277; Open: Mon-Fri, 8 am-4 pm; Sat-Sun, 9 am-5 pm.
Chinese food is warming, versatile and always satisfying. But when the streets are laced with Chinese restaurants, there are few that truly serve up Instagrammable slash drool-inducing Chinese fare. One of these, however, is Heijii – a Charoen Krung Chinese-style cafe that boasts a vibe very fitting to the oriental old town. They’re serving scrumptious cold and hot brews along with house-made pastries such as almond-specked Earl Grey Chiffon and the Financier (THB 150). For a change of scene, ditch the old-school chocolate chip cookies and opt for the Chinese-inspired coffee and confections instead.
Heijii, Charoen Krung 43, Bangkok, +66 62 709 4545; Open: Tue-Sun, 9am-6pm.
It’s not your birthday but Unbirthday Café provides a space and scrumptious cakes that will make you feel like it is. Helmed by Dandelion Bake Studio, all you cafe hoppers can get ready to feast your eyes on a wide range of cakes and pastries, including Red Velvet Cake (THB 145) and Toffee Cheesecake studded with caramel-covered macadamia (THB 165). Come before sundown to capture the sun-lit café for your Instagram feeds.
Unbirthday Café, 14 Sukhumvit 31, Bangkok, +6685 145 3181; Open: Mon-Sun, 9 am-7 pm.
Ekkamai’s cool-hip cafe, One Ounce for Onion, together with the city’s coffee oasis, Espressoman, have joined forces to create OOObkk: an industrial-rustic cafe that’s all about coffee and delicious fare. For coffee slurpers, tuck into the standard menu of caffeinated drinks, whilst those who aren’t serious coffee fans, the coffee-free menu is still sure to please. Get The Breakfast Set (THB 180), which consists of guacamole, crispy bacon, and a sunny-side-up egg, and definitely try the Cheddar Cheese Banana Bread (THB 150) topped with a generous dollop of peanut butter frosting and caramel almond. Yum.
OOObkk, 291 Inthra Phon Alley, Plubpla Wang Thonglang, Bangkok, +6698 812 4649; Open: Mon-Sun, 8 am-8 pm.