A decade ago it was hard to find coffee in Bangkok that wasn’t a) 40% evaporated milk, or b) bearing a green mermaid logo. Happily, and rather caffeinated-ly, all that has changed, and it feels as if the Thai capital is entering a golden age of coffee culture. Here are seven new cafes, of countless more, that have cropped up across Bangkok over the last several months.
Earlier in 2022, Sarnies, a beloved Singaporean brand opened its second outlet on Bangkok soil, this time in the commercial hub of Ploenchit. A revamped townhouse five minutes’ walk from Chitlom BTS station, the airy, industrial-style venue offers Sarnies’ tried-and-true combo of hearty brunch-style dining and onsite-roasted, single-origin beans. A trendy spot for your latte and lunch, it’s got the lofty prices to match — but that’s just part of the territory this close to embassy row.
Launched in late 2021, CDGRE BKK is a hybrid bistro-streetwear store launched by a collab of Bangkok’s culinary bigwigs — just one reason this mall café deserves a mention. Another is that both the coffee and the food (like the crispy German pork knuckle and literally all the pastries) are genuinely chef’s-kiss delicious, as you would expect from Gaggan Anand and the famed brothers Sühring. Dine downstairs, then hit the little mezzanine and browse cheeky CDGRE merch by local streetwear purveyor Carnival.