To most traveling foodies, Thailand is known for bustling markets that serve scrumptious street foods and refreshing local drinks: sodas, iced milk teas and fresh tropical fruit juices to name a few. But thanks to the increasing popularity of specialty coffee in the country since the 2000s, there is a high chance of encountering a fortunate stroke of serendipity and finding yourself in beautifully designed specialty coffee shops, if you wander off into the shopping malls and smaller streets in Bangkok.
In between meeting up with a potential business partner based in the Thai capital, our team went cafe hopping to recharge and check out the local scene for themselves. These are the coffee shops they think you should include in your next trip.
Previously located in the hipster community of Ekkamai, the smaller of the two Roots locations in Bangkok found its new home in The Commons – a communal shopping mall in Thonglor where passionate cooks, baristas and artists gather to serve up delicious eats and beverages, and share their artwork with visitors.
We loved the coziness of this coffee shop – due to limited space available, customers are seated at a wooden counter near the baristas’ working area, bringing them closer to the brewing process of the coffee they drink. We also appreciate the use of windows in the shop’s walls and ceiling, which allows sunlight through and adds a welcoming vibe into the shop floor.
Kaizen Coffee Newold is located in a spacious standalone building surrounded by lush greenery. We walked into the space and immediately fell in love with the pared back coffee bar, built with grey bricks and a matte black metal countertop.
After standing at the top of the staircase to watch the baristas do their thing from above, we sat down to enjoy our coffees and food in the comfort of the seating area upstairs. We also appreciated the contrast between the art pieces hung above the coffee bar and mono-tone colours used throughout Kaizen.
Coffeeology is hidden in the Eating Deck in Open House, an award-winning department-store-slash-lifestyle village designed by Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architecture. The space of curation is also equipped with an art gallery, a bookstore, design shops and a playground for children.
Our favourite details of the interior design were the white walls, high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, adding a sense of openness and lots of sunlight into the bright, quiet corner of the coffee shop, and allowing customers to enjoy coffee with a view to Bangkok from a prime location.
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