This story was first published on 20 July 2018. It is now updated with the latest information on travelling to Thailand.
A popular weekend getaway for most Singaporeans, Bangkok has a vibrant café scene that never fails to surprise and delight with its new concepts. If you’re big on food like me, you might just be tempted to hop on the next plane to Bangkok after reading this!
Bangkok has always been a hot tourist destination for many living in the Southeast Asian region. With affordable shopping, fantastic restaurants and cafés, and landmarks, it’s hard to resist packing your bags for a trip there. Now with Bangkok open for quarantine-free travel, there is an opportunity to go savour all that the city has to offer! Here’s a guide to the best cafés to visit, along with my personal recommendations on the best items to order at each place.
Other than visiting the popular shopping spots like Central World and Chatuchak Weekend Market, with some research on hand, I set out to explore some interesting cafés on my recent trip to Bangkok. From a quirky café to Instagrammable and unique pet cafés, read on to get a detailed low-down on these cafes!
1. The Instagrammer’s dream: Shugaa
The prettiest café in my books, and a definite hit for those who love taking pictures for their social media feed, Shugaa is also perfect for couples wishing to spend some quality time together. With huge floor-to-ceiling glass panels, this café in Bangkok exudes a bright and airy feel. There’s even a gorgeous spiral staircase that leads to more seating on the second floor.
‘Mirror Mirror on the Wall’ is Shugaa’s signature dessert, and a definite must-order at the café.. Beautifully presented on a plate shaped like a part of a tree trunk, the moist double dark chocolate mousse cake was delightfully soft and spongy to bite into. I was also pleasantly surprised by the sweet caramelised apple chunks hidden within the cake.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 61, The Residence at 61 (nearest station: Thong Lo BTS)
Opening hours: 10:00am – 8:00pm daily
Recommended: Mirror Mirror on the Wall (285฿ ; ~S$11.80)
2. Homely vibes and a unique affogato: Ekkamai Macchiato Home Brewer
It might be a little tricky to locate this café, which is tucked away in a quiet residential area.
In line with the homely vibes that the café’s name suggests, it looks like a regular residential house from the outside, with only a small sign on the door. Upon entering the café, the bright, airy interior coupled with a quaint little bookshelf just next to the counter made me feel right at home.
Address: 6/2 Ekkamai 12, Sukhumvit 63, Klongton North, Watthana (nearest station: Ekkamai BTS)
Opening hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 8:00am – 4:00pm (Tue) & 9:00am – 6:00pm (Sat – Sun)
Recommended: Adult Affogato (180฿ ; ~S$7.40) & Cappuccino (100฿ ; ~S$4.10)
3. The cosy, laid-back café: Casa Lapin x Ratchathewi
While Casa Lapin has a few outlets in Bangkok, I would recommend visiting the one at Ratchathewi as it has a rather accessible location. This cosy, laid-back café was found within a condominium (Noble Reform), just a few minutes’ walk from Ratchathewi station.
Address: 318 Phaya Thai Rd, Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400 (nearest station: Ratchathewi)
Opening hours: 8.30am – 10:00pm daily
Recommended: White Cold Brew (100฿ ; ~S$4) & Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake (160฿ ; ~S$6.60)
4. The garden-themed café with 3D latte art: B-story Café
Conveniently located beside Ratchathewi BTS station, B-story café looks more like a flower shop than a café, with the many leafy plants adorning the front porch. Upon stepping into the café, I felt like I was in a pretty European cottage with the plants and flowers peeking out from nearly every nook and cranny.
Address: 89/35 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 (nearest station: Ratchathewi BTS)
Opening hours: 10:00am - 11:00pm daily
Recommended: Salmon Hollandaise (290฿ ; ~S$12), Nero Pasta Tomyum (320฿ ; ~S$13.20) & 3D latte art drinks (70฿ ; ~S$2.90 for a cup of cappuccino)
5. The minimalist café: Invisible Coffee Room
Relatively new, the Invisible Coffee Room has been slowly heating up the Bangkok café scene with its interesting fusion drinks and great coffee.
Address: 25/8 Soi Sukhumvit 16, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110 (nearest station: Asoke BTS)
Opening hours: 7.30am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8:00am – 4:00pm (Sat & Sun)
Recommended: Piccolo (65฿ ; ~S$2.70), OMG [thai tea, milk & matcha] (80฿ ; ~S$3.30)
A quick and relaxing weekend getaway in Bangkok is perfect for recharging. So what are you waiting for?
Things to note while travelling to Bangkok
- The Covid-19 protocols vary throughout Thailand. Bangkok is classified as a ‘Blue Zone’ and has had its restrictions relaxed. Nonetheless, travellers should continue to consider the risks of close contact with others to ensure safe travels.
- Museums, art galleries, historical sites, ancient monuments, spas, cinemas, pools, tattoo studios and sporting facilities are open throughout the country but still operate under strict public health measures.
- Everyone must still strictly follow mask mandates and adhere to social distancing measures.
- In Bangkok, masks are expected to be worn in public, both indoors and out, while temperature checks are the norm. Those who do not wear masks may face fines.
- Commuters are also required to wear a face mask when using public transportation.
- Continue to stay updated on what you can and cannot do while travelling in Thailand here.
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Best Time to Visit
With a consistent tropical climate, Bangkok is generally great to visit all-year round. Avoid the wet monsoon season by visiting in the November – February period, or visit during April to experience Songkran, the most popular festival and celebration in Thailand.
While the public bus network is rather confusing for non-Thai speakers, Bangkok is well-connected by rail. Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) and Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) are the main modes of rail transport, and can get you to most tourist destinations cheaply and efficiently. Grab is a stress-free option for getting around, without having to worry about miscommunication or taxi drivers trying to fleece you.
For a quintessential local experience, hop onto a tuktuk, though be sure to bargain the fare beforehand!
Bangkok’s local currency is the Thai Baht (฿). While some shops and cafes are moving toward contactless payment, keeping some cash on hand is useful for paying for transportation and food/drinks at the local street stalls.
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