Welcome back to all coffee lovers, travelers and restless souls. If Covid-19 didn’t kill you yet, you certainly need a boost, and what can be a better boost than a boost from a good coffee. As you know, our picky butts aren’t happy with any coffee. There must be an artisanal approach, best ingredients, amazing ambiance and lovely service. To be honest, Bangkok is swamped with great cafes and finding one is not a brainer. To get some inspiration, here is our list of the best cafes in Bangkok. These 6 cafes in Bangkok are for every coffee lover and probably hipster as well. Ouuu for easier navigation all six cafes in Bangkok are listed on Google maps at the end.
Pollen Baked Goods
Pollen Baked Goods is a rustic bakery where one can pick tasty pastries for later, or enjoy them immediately with a cup of coffee or tea. We loved the large display of Canadian-inspired goods, including bread. Also, the changing offer and scrumptious bites are a guarantee for more than one visit. A possible second reason is charming tableware that makes everything taste better. In addition to the tasty baked goods, the staff is very friendly, making the experience even better.
On our visit, we tried the soft doughnut with white chocolate glaze that tastes like a million dollars. Then we had a taste of lovely chocolate cherry tart that delivered all the textural and flavourful promises. Finally, we stopped at the scrumptious cookies which were perfect next to a coffee and hot chocolate dip.
Every day except Mondays from 9:00 am – 5 pm
INK & LION Café
Bright industrial space is perfect for the continuous art exhibitions that happen at the INK & LION Café. One might think that art is left on the walls, but if you are like us, you know that creativity has a place on the table as well. In fact, we loved the unique coasters made by Miss Kanjanabat that can be bought on spot. Besides art pieces, guests can also buy coffee beans for home brewing.
Actually, we can say that coffee is part of the art collection at the INK & LION Café made with care from start to finish. One can choose from different types of brews and appreciate the changing flavor as a result. We absolutely loved the strong flavor of Thai-Brazillian blended ice coffee and were thrilled by the detailed menu. With such a menu we got what we wanted; balanced nuttiness with a chocolate aftertaste. As a second drink, we had to taste honey-sweetened Ella milk tea by Mali Ateli. We liked the rounded flavors of mellow red tea that reached floral notes with modest honey addition. If you’ll order at the counter, you’ll see cute little cakes and macarons from the Size S Coffee & Bakery.
Weekday 8am – 4pm -> Closed : Wed, Thu
Weekend 9am – 5pm
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The Blooming Gallery
In general, The Blooming Gallery is about the blossoms, although don’t expect proper thriving plants. That is to say, some have lost the color and will look better after a solid dusting. Nevertheless, space has a romantic vibe we were expecting to find. Another thing we hoped for were tasty treats, which delivered in looks and taste.
We tried the lavender scones and red velvet cake. Both were served warm and included a surprise element. It is hard to say what we liked more. Was it a touch of lavender essential oil in scones or white chocolate filling in the center of a cupcake? It depended on the beverage. We preferred the scones with their house-blended tea named Coffee Lovers, starring vanilla-flavored black tea. Indeed, the bitter aftertaste was coffee-like, but understandably much lighter on a pallet. Since this is a review of the best cafes in Bangkok, we had to taste the coffee and were delighted with the nutty notes in their espresso.
Daily from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Ha Tien Cafe
Indeed, the interior of Ha Tien Cafe is photogenic, but it pushes the boundaries of good taste. What I mean by that is the display of preserved birds, which are indeed beautiful, but at the same time sad to look at. That is true if you are perceptive of things, but if you are fond of taxidermy, you’ll love every bit of Ha Tien Café.
Our thing to look at was the irresistible cake display where everything was propper eye candy. As it turned, their lavish chocolate cake tastes as good as it looks. However, when we tried the blueberry cheese pie, we could taste the conventional powders that disappointed us. Luckily, we had coffee to clean the pallet from the powdery cream. Especially efficient was the espresso with an aftertaste ranging from sour to bitter. Another thing that bothered us was the single-use plastic cups for all iced drinks no matter where you happen to enjoy them.
Daily from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Pompano Roasted Cafe
The vintage furniture showroom at the Camp Vintage Flea Market was crowded every time we passed it. No wonder that people herd inside the Pompano Roasted Cafe to see the constantly changing interior but also to enjoy a treat. When it comes to the desserts, we didn’t find any menu, just nameless pieces on the sandwich stand. Given that the place was too crowded for basic “what is this” questions so we stick to coffee. In addition to that, we weren’t seduced by the basic-looking cakes and were appalled by the single-use cups for all cold drinks.
Therefore, we had a cup of hot latte and hot long black coffee, made from their house blend of Thai and Indonesian beans. The blend is known for the acidic kick, which tasted like coffee cherries. Let’s not forget to mention their signature chocolate drink for those who are after the sweet punch and broad craft beer collection.
A deep blue facade with potted flowers draws attention from far due to the calming effect. The moment we closed the doors we left the buzzing street behind and were drawn to the floral centerpiece. Open-space design keeps the chill on the bottom and invites guests to explore the store above. Even though the shopping is optional we are all for an idea of going over the pile with a drink or bite before buying it.
At Met Café you’ll find a graphic menu full of Thai and Western food. Besides that, you’ll find also ice cream, cakes and our goal, coffee. Ian’s espresso had quite an acidic kick, but it vanished on the way down leaving a pleasantly buttery aftertaste. Milk in my coffee soothed the sourness and presented similar flavors one can find in French croissants.
Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 am – 9 pm