There has never been a better time to be a coffee drinker in the city thanks to an influx of international chains, artisanal cafes and local bean roasters. The surge of cafes in hip neighborhoods has shaped Bangkok as one of the region's fastest-growing hubs for coffee culture. But which one makes the best coffee in town? The choice is yours.
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This cafe is quite far from downtown and is not an easy find. It’s also out of the way from any BTS or MRT station. It’s worth going, however, for the reason that the owner has had over ten years experience with specialty coffee. His knowledge on how to source and process beans, and on equipment and brewing methods are priceless and incomparable. It’ll be hard to notice the shop if it’s your first time here. Just keep your eyes peeled for shop signs along the way. The black coffee is highly recommended and so is the café latte. The owner, in fact, is known as a master of latte art. For those who don’t like coffee that much, the hot green tea latte is a great choice.
A small café owned by co-founders of Onion, a cutting-edge retailer for men's & women's apparels, and Brave Roasters, a local roaster who supports and mainly selects only good range of Thai beans. This shop's located at Ekkamai 12 where you can find a truly serious cup of joy as well as imported hip and selective brands of outfits and accessories. With a tiny space indoor area, you can watch your barista brews your coffee while the outdoor space is a bit bigger and perfect for your group of friends in a nice weather day of Bangkok. Besides Ekkamai, Brave Roasters has another outlet at Siam Discovery, located inside the O.D.S. department.
Everyone’s favorite coffee shop, Casa Lapin, has just unveiled its newest café in Ratchathewi. This branch feartures Casa Lapin’s signature industrial-loft interiors but refined with warmer and homier touches. Fresh-pressed and siphon brews also star at this branch, alongside food offers such as French toast and salad.
Put your phone down. Put away your laptop. There’s no Wi-Fi at Ceresia. It may be a bit weird today when good cups of coffee usually go together with free Internet. Who knows, maybe it’s their hidden agenda: face to face, not face to phone. With its wooden interiors, orange brick walls and yellow lighting, Ceresia serves not just great coffee but also a warm and relaxing vibe. This is one of the more peaceful specialty coffee shops in Bangkok.
You won’t find any espresso shots here. Instead, hand-brewed cups are served, and even the grinder is still of the manual sort. This shop is a must for pour over coffee lovers who would love to see how coffee is made without any automatic machines. The team behind Gallery Coffee has started a long-term plan that involves working with special coffee beans from the coffee trees they’ve grown, reaping and processing the cherries, and roasting and brewing the beans themselves. The project is named Long, a play on the English word, and a reference to its Thai meaning, which means “to try.” The cafe is located on the first floor of the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre (BACC). After finishing your cuppa, meander upstairs and check out some great artwork and exhibitions.
Combining an art gallery and a café, Ink & Lion is owned by a couple who both have art in their blood. Those who are passionate about arts, crafts and coffee will definitely fall in love with this place. Interesting artwork from both local and international artists are always on exhibit. Ink & Lion, who trained the latest winner of the National Thailand Brewer Cups, is now also roasting small batches of coffee. You can try their beans at the café or buy a pack for home brewing. Parking is limited, although there is more parking available at a site opposite to the café.
All-white interiors, marbletop counters, black infinity-edge lines – all these elements combine to create a clean modern look for this cafe. Outstanding signature drinks and a great food menu make this cafe suitable for everyone. Nitro cold brews offer energy boosts to the caffeine-obsessed, while sweets lovers will enjoy the Milo Mountain (iced chocolate topped with vanilla ice cream and Milo, and served in a chocolate-dipped cup). The two sibling owners have had years of experience in the Australian coffee culture. Their passion and enthusiasm for what they do assures an engaging experience each time you’re here.
Phil Coffee Company is one of the few wholesale specialty bean roasters in Bangkok, a fact that’s enough to guarantee the quality of their coffee. Owned by three siblings, this specialty shop is set off by brick walls and lovely floral ceramic tiles. It’s great for hanging out with friends, but is also suitable for solo fliers particularly on weekdays when it’s quite peaceful. Try their filter house blend (Hummingbird with Floral, Lemon & Caramel notes) and their cold brew. If you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to taste the special Panama Geisha brew. Try it once and it may just be your newest favorite.
Groans were heard all around when everyone’s favorite Roots Coffee Bar at Ekkamai closed down at the end of last year. Jubilation ensued when fans realized that the coffee purveyor was relocating to The Commons, the newest feel-like-home community mall located on Thonglor Soi 17. Hoping to be that backyard hang-out where everyone comes to chill on their free time, Roots serves coffee at its very best. Their cold brew attracts coffees lovers across the neighborhood, even more now that Roots offers it fresh from the tap.