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 February.

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Drop by Dough

The city’s craze for doughnuts is continuing to thrive – evidenced in the newish doughnut-centric shops that opened last year, like brassica, The Clucking Donut and Cream by Flour Flour. Now the new kid on the block, Drop by Dough is fuelling Udom Suk with fried doughs covered in tongue-satisfying sweets. The blue-hued café with minimal decor is set in contrast to their array of colourful confectioneries, like the Raspberry Rose and Orange & Oolong Tea Doughnut.

Drop by Dough, 3131, 4-5 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, +6685 306 3883; Open: Mon-Sun, 10 am-6 pm.

MTCH

For matcha aficionados, head over to MTCH, the new green tea oasis in town. The matcha-focused café situated in Ari is stocked with everything from Japanese-style drinks and desserts – all spiked with matcha, of course. MTCH™ LATTE UJI OKUMIDORI is a must-try, considering its tasty, easy-to-down green taste. For a sweeter fix, the velvety MTCH™ Cheese Cake boasts a bittersweet taste, perfect for those who despise overly sweet treats.

MTCH, 118 Phahon Yothin 2, Bangkok, +6665 691 3584; Open: Wed-Sun, 10 am-7 pm.

SAMANTAO Heritage Coffee

This riverside café, SAMANTAO Heritage Coffee, will trick you into thinking you’re out and about in Bangkok’s rural area. Nestled within Nai Lert Park Heritage Home, the coffee shop doles out a selection of Thai breakfast classics along with Thai-style coffee and beverages to take you back in time – think, Thai tea and pandan custard with toast. We recommend opting for the breakfast set composing of a soft-boiled egg, nicely-toasted bread, and drinks for two of your choice. For a drink with a twist, the hot coffee touched with a knob of butter will give your morning a creamy, heavenly start.

SAMANTAO Heritage Coffee, Wireless Road, Lumphini, Bangkok, +6697 140 5176; Open: Mon-Sun, 7 am-5 pm.

Sugar Plump

Plump yourself up with house-made ice cream at Sugar Plump. It’s the new hot spot for licky business. The menu boasts a range of flavours, spanning Vanilla Madagascar, Love me Love my Sour, Salted Caramel Cake, Malt-a-Horlicks, Snow White, and more. Whether you love your scoop in a cone, in a bowl, or atop a pool of Italian soda or cold brew, Sugar Plump will deliver.

Sugar Plump, 155/3 Soi Sathon 7, Bangkok, +6684 468 6667; Open: Mon-Sat, 10 am-7 pm; Sun, 11 am-3:30 pm. 

ARCH

Stop at ARCH for an indoor good vibe and pool-side café. Here’s where a pool meets industrialised setting. The venue serves up a mean coffee alongside butter-packed sweet bites like croissants stuffed with a variety of fillings. Café hoppers who are hunting the street for cafes with an untypical atmosphere to offer, this one is for you.

ARCH, 2304-2306 Sukhumvit Road, Bangchak Phra Khanong, Bangkok, +6665 916 3239; Open: Mon-Wed and Fri, 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sat-Sun, 9:30 am-6:30 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.