With the whole year having flown by in just a blink of an eye, it’s hard to believe that it’s December already. Of course, one of the best things about welcoming in a new month is the new selection of cafes. To keep your spirit and energy levels high, we’ve brought you December’s batch of cafe openings to check out. Here’s a drool-worthy addition to add to your cafe-hopping plans this month.
Hero image credits: Peacock Alley; featured image credits: Pan’s Coffee.Restaurant
Lily Cafe is a new coffee shop inside the well-recognised Lily House Mansion on Soi Sukhumvit 31. Located under the same roof with Round Note Music and Lily Yoga Studio, this cafe is a wonderful spot to drop by for some craft coffees after enjoying music and workout classes. With warm wooden furnishings and glass windows framing the room, the space mixes picture-perfect interiors with an airy view of the surrounding neighbourhood. While coffee addicts will love its signature Lily Drip (THB 150), green tea obsessives will be happy to know that it serves up Kagoshima Matcha Latte (THB 120). For those who can’t choose between coffees and teas, there’s an option for a flavourful fusion – Iced Ball Cold Brew Matcha Latte (THB 150) – to let you have the best of both worlds.
A combination of restaurant and cafe, Pan’s Coffee.Restaurant offers a full-on menu that goes beyond standard dessert fare, from classic brews to hearty homemade dishes. Situated in Asoke, the cafe is decked out with dark loft-style decorations and rows of books aligned on the shelves, resembling the vibes of one of those cafes on New York’s streets. One of the highlights include Quesadilla Sausage (THB 155), a crispy tortillas stuffed with Italian sausage fillings and salsa sauce, as well as Namprik Num Pasta (THB 129) served with Northern Thai spicy sausage and green chilli drip. Don’t forget to leave your room for White Cake Strawberry (THB 105) and Coconut Cake (THB 120). As for drinks, go for a unique fusion of coffee, coconut water and butterfly pea flower tea (THB 150), which comes with colourful layers of hazel and lavender hues.
Pan’s Coffee.Restaurant, 25/5 Sukhumvit 16, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +662 103 1234
Slow Hands Cafe
Tucked away in a small alley of the Phaya Thai area, Slow Hands is a new upcoming cafe that provides plenty of plant-filled cosy corners and group-friendly benches for spending a lazy afternoon away from the city crowds. Perfect for cool minimalists with a sweet tooth, the cafe specialises in crafting exceptional sips including rich chocolate topped with toasted marshmallows and whipped cream (Cold THB 65/ Hot THB 60), frozen milkshake with caramel popcorn flavours (Cold THB 65/ Hot THB 60), and green tea infused with chocolate syrup (Cold THB 65/ Hot THB 60). For a lighter and frizzier option, its rose lemonade soda (THB 65) is something not to miss, too.
Slow Hands, 9 Soi Pradipat 23, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok, +6664 990 9654
SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER
SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER is run by talented chef Sarath Nimlamai who is behind the perennially popular school, CHOCOLATE HOUSE. Taking the Thai chocolate industry to new heights, the cafe serves up fantastic choices of specialty brews, with cocoa beans locally sourced from Chantaburi and Prachuabkirikhan. On its marble countertops, expect a fresh batch of colourful chocolate bon bons (12 flavours THB 350), which come in intricately designed shapes with patterns. Other must-try dishes include Pure Origin Eclairs (THB 185), which is a baked choux pastry filled with 70% dark chocolate cream, topped with brownie bits and showered in chocolate glaze. Apart from scrumptious delicacies, you’ll also find a drink menu with Single Origin Hot Chocolate (THB 175) as well as a frozen dessert like Truffle Affogato (THB 165) that’s made from natural vanilla and served with espresso shots.
SARATH N. CHOCOLATIER, 19 Sutthisan Winitchai Rd, Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Khet Phaya Thai, +6694 962 9898
If you’re looking for a teatime break or a fine high tea celebration in an exclusive lounge, Peacock Alley caters to all your cravings. Housed in the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, this cafe lets you savour small bites and flavoured teas in Bangkok’s most elegant setting. The chef here combines local favourites, both sweet and savoury, within the traditional format of an English afternoon tea (THB 950) – think a wide selection of western goodies such as a tiger prawn caesar wrap, bagel with salmon gravlax and charcoal bun with smoked chickens, a mulberry chocolate fudge and tangerine meringue tartlet, as well as authentic Thai spreads like tung thong and some crispy golden pockets with vegetables. This terrific set also comes with the premium teas from Mariage Freres Tea Cellar, with an option for earl grey, black or white tea. For those who’d like to try something different, Arabica Soda (THB 180) and White Orange Latte (THB 200) are on offer, too.