My recent trip to Bangkok’s Chinatown was not to shop at Sampeng Market, one of the area’s busiest attractions, or explore the many vibrant street food cuisines, but instead to visit a newly opened little café hidden among the area’s old but charming shop houses. Tucked in a narrow alley connecting Sampeng Market and Song Wat Road is Pieces café & bed. As the name suggests, Pieces is both a café and a hostel, with two rooms on the second and third floor available for tourists to stay in, while the ground floor is the café area serving refreshing drinks and homemade desserts.
Although the café is pint-sized – it can fit around 8-9 customers tops – somehow I felt pretty at ease sitting by the window corner reading my book and chatting with my hubby. The owner was friendly to the customers, and the overall vibe of the place was warm and welcoming. This is probably due to the interior design of the café, which although is minimal, still has eye-catching cool details like the coffee equipment and kitchenware at the open kitchen/work station area, the earth tone color of the curtain, or the selection of the furniture.
Breast Milk Bread with Ice-Cream
Lemon Tea Granita and Orange Sesame Cake
The coffee selection at Pieces are pretty basic with choices of double-espresso, americano, cappucino, and coffee latte. Therefore, I would recommend something a little bit different like Moka Pot Coffee Float (95 Baht) – iced coffee topped with coconut ice-cream, or Lemon Tea Granita (70 Baht) to kill off the heat. Last but not least, do not miss out on their signature dessert, Breast Milk Bread with Ice-Cream (65 Baht) – doughy, warm and delicious unique looking bread, served with a dab of butter and coconut ice-cream. Yum!
Location: 214 Song Wat Rd, Samphanthawong Sub-District, Samphanthawong District, Bangkok 10100 (Rachawong Pier)
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10:00 am – 19:00 pm, Sat-Sun 08:30 am – 19:30 pm