I love going to coffee shops. Whenever I feel like I need to boost my mood and creativity, or simply feel like I need to get out of my apartment for a change, a coffee shop is always my go-to place. I never get bored of the atmosphere of coffee shops – the fragrant smell of coffee, the faint sound of music, the swift movements of baristas, the low buzzing sounds of people’s conversations – there’s a general calm and happy vibe going on that tells me people come here for the same reasons – to simply have a good time with their cup of coffee while catching up with their friends, doing some work, or like me, to have some quality time with their book.
While Bangkok is famous for its modern shopping malls, outdoor markets, and delicious street food among many other things, for the past few years there has been a significant growing number of coffee shops and cafes popping up all around the city, from independent cafes, international chains to local bean roasters, each offering a very impressive taste of coffee and unique atmosphere for all coffee lovers. As cafe hopping is one of my favorite hobbies, I have come up with a list of some of the best coffee shops and cafes in Bangkok, including ones that are my personal favorites and ones that are just so brilliant at what they do, that it’s no surprise that they made it on almost all of the lists of must visit cafes in Bangkok!
Gallery Drip Coffee
If you’re searching for a mean cup of coffee in Bangkok, Gallery Drip Coffee is a good place to start. Located on the ground floor of Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center (BACC), this coffee shop specializes in the drip brew coffee method, hence the name ‘Gallery Drip Coffee’. The team behind this cafe are two photographers who take their coffee very seriously. You’ll notice that coffee here takes a bit of time to be served as they give great attention to detail when preparing the drip coffees – using single-origin beans sourced from places like Ethiopia and Kenya, as well as Chiang Rai, but once you get a taste of the coffee here you’ll know it was worth waiting for. If you want to get a seat and spend some time absorbing the artsy vibe of this place, I suggest for you to come here on weekdays as it is more quiet, otherwise you’ll probably end up ordering the coffee to-go.
Location: Gallery Drip Coffee, G Floor, Bangkok Arts and Cultural Center (BTS National Stadium)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:00 am – 21:00 pm
This uber chic Scandinavian brunch and coffee spot is such a hit among Bangkokians that they have not one, but FOUR branches around Bangkok! They are famous for their hearty breakfast and brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict, Quail Egg & Truffle, and Viking Breakfast Plate, freshly baked goods, gourmet desserts, delicious cocktails, and of course good coffee. The first time I’ve visited Rocket was at the Sukhumvit Soi 49 branch, and I was so impressed not only by the food, but also by the beautiful decor. The cafe was quite sophisticated, with bright natural light and clean industrial interiors, but at the same time I felt comfortable, and cozy. I’ve recently visited their latest branch, Rocket X 72 Courtyard in Thonglor, this one under the theme grab and go, express style offering healthy quick bites and my favorite – bagels! With their sophisticated, yet friendly menu and spot on decor and service, Rocket tends to pull in crowds of young and hip locals and foreigners, so I always find it quite interesting to people-watch here.
Rocket S. 12, Sathorn Soi 12 (BTS Chong Nonsi)
Rocket S. 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Siwilai Rocket, 5th Floor, Central Embassy (BTS Ploenchit)
Rocket X, 72 Courtyard, between Thonglor Soi 16 and 18 (BTS Thonglor)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 07:00 am – 21:00 pm
Hands and Heart Siam Square
When it comes to minimal and hip industrial decor cafes, Hands and Heart really knows how to rock the look. Located on the second floor of FREITAG store in Siam Square, this second branch, like the first branch in Sukhumvit Soi 38, comes with a really clean, really sleek, black and white minimalist decor. With its white lighting, bare walls, aluminum tables and slow bar in the middle that’s equipped with coffee tools and utensils, for a minute I thought I’ve just stepped into a futuristic coffee lab! This cafe is serious about hand-brewed coffee, using single-origin beans from Kenya, Guatemala, Ecuador, Ethiopia, as well as Norway and Thailand. Actually, this cafe reminds me a lot of Supercrown Coffee Roasters in Bushwick, NY with their big coffee bar in the middle, few tables, industrial decor, hipster baristas, and just the overall vibe that screams chic from every corner. There are only three big tables here at Hands and Heart, meaning you have to share your space with other (young and hip) customers. The price of coffee and desserts here are a bit expensive, but I was impressed by how friendly and informative the staffs are – which you don’t often get from visiting these super hip cafes.
Location: Hands and Heart, 2nd Floor of FREITAG store, Siam Square (BTS Siam)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 10:00 am – 20:00 pm
Ceresia Coffee Roasters
This coffee shop owned by a Thai-Venezuelan family is another serious coffee place – serious meaning that they serve really great single-origin and original blended coffee sourced from local farms and a variety of farms worldwide. The beans that they used are being rotated seasonally, and are fresh roasted by them everyday. The staffs here are very friendly, so don’t be shy to ask for their recommended coffee you should try, or methods of brewing coffee at home if you decided to buy their roasted beans. As for the atmosphere, with its simple wooden interiors, orange brick walls, and yellow lighting, Ceresia has a very warm and peaceful vibe. However, there’s no Wi-Fi here, as they encourage customers to interact with one another rather than spending time on phones and laptops. So if you’re looking for a cafe to do some serious catch up with your friends or to quietly read your book while sipping on a mean cup of coffee, Ceresia is the place for you.
Location: Ceresia Coffee Roasters, Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 (Opposite UFM Fuji Supermarket) (BTS Phrom Phong)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 08:00 am – 18:00 pm
Roast Coffee & Eatery
Another frontrunner in Bangkok’s brunch and coffee scene is Roast, one of Bangkokian’s favorite weekend chill out spots. What’s cool about this place other than the hipness appeal is the way they present their menu. Done in a newspaper, journal-style, the menu is sectioned along with the editor’s note, recipes, articles, and interviews. With their motto as wanting to be “a casual all-day eatery that serves up high quality comfort food made with the freshest ingredients possible”, Roast’s menu comes with a wide selection of comfort food, from signature brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict and American Pancakes, to other ‘All Day Dining’ dishes like hearty burgers, and barbecue pork ribs. There are so many dishes to choose from, and all the pictures are really enticing, they’ll make your mouth water! Another highlight is of course their coffee, made with a wide range of single-origin, in-house roasted beans which you can either order as a French press or as Espressos.
Roast, The Commons, Thonglor Soi 17 (BTS Thonglor)
Roast, 1st Floor, The Helix Quartier, EmQuartier (BTS Phrom Phong)
Roast The Commons: Mon-Thurs 10:00 am – 23:00 pm / Fri-Sat 09:00 am – 23:00 pm / Sun 09:00 am – 22:00 pm
Roast EmQuartier: Mon-Sun 10:00 am – 22:00 pm
Ansel & Elliott
A new edition to the authentic and bustling neighborhood of Saphan Kwai, this little hip cafe is named after the two renowned film photographers Ansel Adams and Elliott Erwitt. Once you step inside, you can tell right away that the owner of this place is quite passionate about analog culture with their display of black and white photographs, and also cool collections of film cameras and vinyl records with genres ranging from jazz, blues, disco, folk, to pop. Although they don’t serve savory dishes, you can definitely still enjoy some light bites here with their homemade desserts such as lemon and chocolate tarts, Belgian waffles, and peanut butter brownies. As for coffee, they mainly use Pacamara beans for espresso, and a variety of single-origin bean options for drip coffee. With their peaceful and cozy vibe, Ansel & Elliott is a perfect place for you to do some productive work other than at home, or simply to just take a break from the busy world outside.
Location: Ansel & Elliott, Soi Suthisan Winitchai, Sutthisarn Road (Near Saphan Kwai junction) (BTS Saphan Kwai)
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 09:00 am – 20:00 pm
Adored by many coffee enthusiasts and hipsters, Casa Lapin is such a big hit in Bangkok’s cafe scene that it has now expanded beyond its original hole-in-the-wall branch in Thonglor to its SEVENTH branch in Ratchathewi! What makes people to be continuously drawn to Casa Lapin is perhaps its most stand out features – the gorgeous decor and inviting vibe. Owned by an architect who has a strong passion for coffee, this cafe is known for its signature industrial loft style with high ceilings, wooden floors, red brick walls, hanging lamps, and neon-lit signage – perfect for chic Instagram snaps.
It also boasts a wide selection of coffees, from Espresso, Cappuccino, Americano, Latte, French press, to Cold drip, syphon and Aeropress made with variations of single-origin beans. Their food menu is quite impressive as well, serving Western comfort dishes like French toast, pancakes and waffles, big breakfast plates, burgers, as well as an assortment of cakes and bakeries.
Each branch of Casa has a slightly different vibe from one another – my personal favorite is the one in Ari, as it has a cozy, homey atmosphere, meanwhile it’s always buzzing with energy and also has a hip edge to it with its Brooklyn-esque industrial decor, and the creatives, hipsters crowd that seem to love coming here to either work or catch up with their friends….if you like to people watch, this place is great. However, if you prefer a more quiet, understated vibe, perhaps the branch in Ratchathewi is more for you as the place is more spaced out, and its atmosphere is more calm and mature.
Casa Lapin x49, opposite Samitivej Hospital, Sukhumvit Soi 49 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Casa Lapin x26, Sukhumvit Soi 26 (BTS Phrom Phong)
Casa Lapin xAri, 1 Floor, Noble Reform, Phahon Yothin Soi 7 (BTS Ari)
Casa Lapin xPloenchit, 888/59 Mahatun Plaza Ploenchit Road (BTS Ploen Chit)
Casa Lapin xRatchathewi, 304/5 Phayathai Road (BTS Ratchathewi)
Casa Lapin xChic Republic Bangna, Chic Replublic, Trat Road, Bang Na (BTS Bang Na)