If you love the Bangkok #cafehopping life as much as we do, chances are you’ve probably scoured most of the Thonglor-Ekkamai area for that photogenic and hopefully quality as well cup of Joe. Perhaps you've even ventured a few more BTS stations away to people-watch down at Ari. Bangkok’s cafe scene is constantly welcoming new members to the family and for those who’re feeling a bit more adventurous this week, we’ve gathered three new venues we’re quite excited about—some of which are a little further than the typical five minute walk from the BTS. With most of the soft openings having taken place just around a week ago, be sure to head over soon before the rest of Bangkok finds out.
Alex & Beth
Paris meets Charoenkrung at Alex & Beth. With a cosy interior and that the hipster old-town vibes we love, the place is reminiscent of little coffee shops tucked in the alleyways of the world’s most romantic city. With small, round tables and a bar, expect intimate surrounds as well as corners with their own distinct photogenic charm. The menu is still expanding, but already there are some enticing options, such as the iced chocolate with orange zest.
Chocolate lovers, here’s the place for you. Kad Kokoa follows the concept of an upscale chocolate market where you’ll find all kinds of chocolate from different provinces throughout Thailand. There’s so much for you to try here, from specialty chocolates produced in Chiang Mai to specific blends found in Chumporn. The place even has its own chocolate production room, where you can watch as they turn cocoa beans into the divine bars we enjoy. While Kad Kokoa specialises in chocolate, there’s also a food menu including sandwiches and other drinks and desserts.
If you’re a constant in the cool Saladaeng area like we are, chances are you’ve tried KOF, the modern, hip cafe on the ground floor of SO Sofitel Bangkok. Famous for the KOF Kone—an innovative creation where you can have your selected hot drink served in a chocolate-coated ice cream cone—KOF’s iced chocolate has a very special place in our hearts. KOF has now expanded, with a second larger branch in J Avenue Thonglor. Decked right out front, with large glass windows and decor that plays impressively with contours, the place screams instagrammable. Also, did we mention the incredible iced chocolate?
Ha Tien Cafe Bangkok
Expect an aesthetic abundance of greenery and old-school rustic vibes. Ha Tien Cafe leaves the original town-house structure virtually untouched, filling it with vintage charms and old furniture personally collected by the cafe’s owner. The name actually alludes to the story of Vietnamese immigrants in Thailand, who were originally called 'Ha Tien', before Thai people mispronounced the name as 'Tha Tien'. There are three floors in total: a drinks bar on the ground floor, a green shared area on the second and a white-washed top floor with a mini patio area. While we wait for a finalise food menu, enjoy the coffee for now—made with Brave Roasters beans)—and the selection of pastries.
(See also: #TatlerGuide: What’s Good In Saladaeng)