When the world revolves around the “coffee first” motto, it absolutely comes as no surprise that the streets are crammed with cafes where folks can munch on food, sip on some tea and — most importantly – indulge in quality brews. And when new cafes keep dotting the land with their own unique takes on the cafe theme and all the delicious fare that comes with it, it keeps Bangkok’s cafe scene ever so refreshing and spirited.
So with the end of a busy 2018 when it came to cafe openings, we thought it would be awesome to show you the roundup of the best new spots we simply couldn’t stop talking about last year. Scroll down to see our list of 2018’s best new cafes that you need to check out, if you haven’t already.
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Sometimes I Feel
Coffee is an astounding thing: it keeps us going throughout the day and night. And when coffee is included in the major food group, you know you need to get a real quality cup instead of the instant powder. And Sometimes I Feel over at Sukhumvit Soi 31 happens to have just the thing to offer. The outlet roasts their own coffee beans and makes a mean coffee. Those who love fruity flavours in a cup, tuck into the Orange Mocha (THB 140) and a Lemon-Infused Float (THB 140) for a bright and acidic take on coffee.
Sometimes I Feel, 5/1 Sukhumvit 31, Prakhanong, Klongtoey, Bangkok, +6689 223 1493
Craftsman at Silpa Bhirasri’s place
Following the success of their first and second cafes in Ratchathewi and Sathorn, Craftsman finally opened the door of its third venue last year at Silpa Bhirasri’s House. The cafe is an ideal spot for adventurous coffee drinkers since the venue does offer scrumptious coffee made from freshly roasted beans imported from many coffee producing countries like Kenya, Costa Rica and Panama. Craftsman is also a multi-purpose space where the upstairs of the coffee shop is held for an art gallery devoted solely to the works of Silpa Bhirasri, an acclaimed artist during the reign of King Rama XI.
Craftsman at Silpa Bhirasri’s place, G/F, Silpa Bhirasri’s House, 153 Ratchawithi Rd., +6686 688 5442
Cafe Thieves and Bar
Cafe Thieves and Bar is a cafe by day and a bar by night — what’s not to like about that? So if you’re cruising the streets for the perfect brews in the daytime and for a glass of crisp cocktail at night-tide, this is the place for you. The venue also offers a wide selection of comfort food like the Thieve’s Cheese Burger (THB 380) and the ooey-gooey Salted Caramel Nutella Banana Pancake (THB 275) to make sure you’re fed anytime you visit the spot.
Cafe Thieves and Bar, 40/25 Ekamai 12 Klongton Nue Wattana, Bangkok, +6695 164 6551
House Of Eden
Inspired by the mythical garden, House of Eden conjures a sense of illusional fantasy that makes this place so dreamy and marvelous. From pastel pink sofas and pink-painted walls to the use of a rose-gold palette throughout the entire shop, the House of Eden may appear to be what every girl pictures when she thinks about the princess tea house. So those who wants to dine like a prince or princess, saunter over there and try the cafe’s sumptuous feast of food, desserts and drinks like the Chicken Wings Eden Sauce (THB 260), Scallops Carpaccio (THB 340), Lemon Meringue Croissant (THB 220), Jasmine Tea Crème Brulee (THB 195), Rose Milke Frappe’ (THB 160) and Rosie Latte (THB 130).
House Of Eden, 2/F, Groove, Central World; 2/F, Siam Discovery, +6662 420 7999
Brimming with teatime treats and fine high tea sets, an exclusive lounge housed within Waldorf Astoria, Peacock Alley can satisfy all your sweet cravings. Combining the local’s sweet and savoury favourites in the form of a classic English afternoon tea (THB 950), diners can expect to see a mix of western and Thai goodies included in their afternoon tea delight served alongside assorted quality teas from Mariage Freres Tea Cellar – all of which made them one of Bangkok’s best cafes of 2018.
Peacock Alley, Lobby Floor, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Rd., Lumphini, Pathum Wan, +662 846 8888
Wondering: Cafe’ & Bakeshop
Baked goods totally take centre stage at Wondering Cafe’ & Bakeshop. Known for their daily freshly-baked pastries, the Nang Linchi Bakeshop is totally noted for their butter-packed croissants stuffed with various fillings like sugar-coated apple or shredded barbecue pork. The Young Coconut Cake (THB 145) is also not to be missed if you are someone who goes bananas for soft cake and coconut pulp. Furnished with blue velvet seatings and white marble tables, the cafe evokes this cosy-sophisticated vibe that’s unusual for a typical bakehouse you’ve been to.
Wondering Cafe’ & Bakeshop, 238/2 Nang Linchi Rd., Chong Nonsi, Yannawa,+6662 624 6156
Located within the family-friendly Lily House Mansion, there’s no surprise why Lili Cafe has turned out to be the neighbourhood’s favourite hangout spot for families. With glass windows and wooden furniture throughout the space, Lili Cafe boasts this warm and airy ambience perfect for sitting for coffee or taking your kids for a sweet treat. The menu highlights here include their signature Lily Drip (THB 150), Kagoshima Matcha Latte (THB 120) and the luscious Iced Ball Cold Brew Matcha Latte (THB 150).
Lily Cafe, 205 Sukhumvit 31 Sukumvit Rd. Wattana, Bangkok, +6689 225 5077
Oh Vacoda will make you go “Ah vocado” as soon as you see its avocado-centred menu. The Ari cafe dishes up everything with the green goddess fruit. For example, Pad Kapao (THB 190) atop deep-fried breaded avocado, Bacon Pancakes topped with Baked Cloud Eggs (THB 235), Avocado Chocolate Bundt Cake (THB 155), and Avocado Cheesecake Pudding Parfait (THB 175). Those hankering to get the full-bodied taste of avocado, opt for the Avoothie (THB 150), a pure avocado smoothie with nothing but avocado. Undoubtedly, this cafe is a paradise for avocado fans.
Oh! Vacoda Cafe , Soi Ari Samphan 4, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok, +6690 986 4779
If you’re tired of seeing western goodies dotted around town already, head to Heijii for the traditional Chinese-style cafe, coffee and desserts. Located in Charoen Krung, Heijii serves cold and hot brews with a touch of Chinese flavours as you can see from their signature Hong Kong Papaya Milk (THB 85). Their house-made baked goods like the almond-specked Earl Grey Chiffon and the Financier (THB 150) also shouldn’t be missed since they both have that distinctive deliciousness you can’t find in other western-style bakeries.
Heijii, Charoen Krung 43, Bangkok, +66 62 709 4545
Disjarus Craft and Cafe
Sometimes coffee and cake taste best when eaten in a magical garden. And when there’s no magic garden existing in reality, we would say Disjarus Craft and Café comes close. Furnished with full-on vintage decorations and leafy plants, cafe enthusiasts will get to indulge in their drinks and desserts in a fairy, fanciful setting. The pink-basted Madeleine with Ice Cream (THB 180) is an excellent choice for a stellar starter if you’re a first timer there at the cafe. A selection of tea, iced cold drinks, and desserts like scones and cakes are also available.
Disjarus Craft and Cafe, 462 Sirindhorn Rd., Bang Phlat, Bangkok, +6683 624 2942