Bangkok is a fast-paced city that never sleeps, which means there’s no shortage of places that offer a quick caffeine fix. But between the regular cafés and bakeries, there are a few that stand out for their coffee and stylish surroundings. Enjoying a great cup of coffee while exploring, or even if you need to use Wi-Fi in Bangkok, is an important part of the city’s experience, and luckily there are enough independent coffee shops that can turn a simple cup of java into a work of art to keep the city’s army of workers energised.
1. Ink & Lion Café
Ink & Lion Café takes the art of making coffee to a whole new level, literally. The coffee shop is also a gallery run by a couple of artists that also love to make world-class coffee.
You can enjoy a cup of their home-roasted coffee while admiring the artworks of local and international artists. And if you like the coffee, you can even buy roasted coffee brew at home.
This place has a unique laid-back vibe that’s really difficult to mimic – you find yourself immersed in an art-world experience while enjoying one of the best coffees in town.
2. Un Fashion Vintage Café
Located near the Ekkamai BTS, this Bangkok café is basically a trailer parked in a lot, but that’s all part of the charm. The old-fashioned exterior of the trailer, as well as nice design, give this place a truly vintage feel, hence the name.
However, while the design might be nice, the reason you should drop by is the coffee. Un Fashion Vintage Café has signature coffees that have made it a very popular attraction, such as the Thai Iced Cappuccino, but they also serve the classics and serve them well.
All in all, it’s a great place to just have a coffee and relax, or even bring a laptop and do some work in a cosy rustic environment. They also have some delicious food options if you come hungry, although the food can be a bit pricey.
3. Kaizen Coffee Co.
If you want truly world-class coffee, with no fluff, you can’t go wrong with Kaizen Coffee Co. The interior design might be simple and minimal, but the coffee is anything but.
You’ll find a range of signature brews such as their nitro cold brews that have made a reputation that stretches beyond Bangkok, and the classic options make people come back again and again.
The coffee shop’s owners come from an Australian background in coffee making, and that makes for a spectacular blend of cultures that’s truly a can’t miss for coffee enthusiasts. It can also be a cool co-working space in Bangkok that has the added benefit of serving one of the best coffee’s you’ll ever drink.
4. Roast Café & Eatery
Roast Coffee & Eatery offers everything one might be looking for in a coffee shop - cosy interiors and impeccable bean selection make for one hell of a good combination after all.
Pair your coffee of choice with a selection from the extensive brunch menu - with everything from pancakes to huevos rancheros to choose from, there’s something for even the most distant travellers.
5. Pacamara Thonglor
Finally, Pacamara Thonglor Specialty Coffee Lab is a can’t-miss destination for the true coffee connoisseurs – it’s a premier place for tasting expertly prepared roasted coffee beans that have been hand-picked from all over the world.
The double ristretto is a local favourite, and don’t be afraid to ask more about your cup of Joe – part of Pacmara’s appeal lies with their barista’s knowledge and passion for all things Americano.