Best new cafes to try in Bangkok this weekend
Pouring chocolate sauce from a jug or plastic bottle seems so last season. A small café in Rama IX has recently set a trend where chocolate sauce is squeezed from a toothpaste tube. And yes, it’s a pretty big thing on Instagram right now. Pressed Cafe injects a trendy edge to the residential Rama IX neighborhood by offering carefully crafted brews in a hip, spare setting. The menu tempts with comforting decaffeinated items like iced DIY chocolate (B70), a chocolate drink topped with a layer of matcha (B90), anda refreshing espresso with tonic (B120).
Praised for offering some of the best croissants in Bangkok, Maison Chatenet has opened a cafe in the old town at Warehouse 30 in Charoenkrung. Though Laotian- French baker, Albert Chatenet, is no longer involved, his older brother Marcel still adheres to the bakery’s philosophy and practice of offering Bangkokians the most authentic fine French pastries made of the best ingredients they can afford—we’re talking imported French butter, French flour, mineral water and fine cane sugar. Get there early (don’t say we didn’t warn you) if you want a taste of their famed buttery croissant (B30).
Now, you won’t need to wait until your next Japan holiday to savor the puffy treat as the first Bangkok branch of Zakuzaku has now opened at Siam Center. Taking over the space next to the entrance from Siam BTS station, the bakery has two specialties—croquant chou and soft-serve ice cream. The famed pastry is a decadent treat that features a tender puffy dough that’s filled with thick vanilla cream and coated with crispy almond (B75). Pair this treat—and survive the intense Bangkok heat—with their vanilla soft serve that’s made from fresh Hokkaido milk (B135).