Sukhumvit soi 49 opp Samitivej Hospital
7.30am-8.30pm Mon-Fri, 10.30am-8.30pm Sat-Sun
+66 81 257 7920
Casa Lapin X49
‘House of Rabbits’ may not be the most clear and helpful of names you could give a coffee house, but then Casa Lapin is not your average coffee house. Nor, like a rabbit warren, is it the easiest to find, tucked away as it is down a tiny lane (look for the Paste restaurant sign) opposite Samitivej Hospital on Sukhumvit’s Soi 49.
But like the froth on his single estate cappuccino, architect turned coffee maestro Suraphan “Tonk” Tanta has risen to the top of Bangkok’s coffee culture with almost indecent ease, and with this new and expanded branch (the original is on Thonglor), it’s easy to see why.
From the relaxed, alfresco front terrace, to the de rigeur Crittall powder-coated windows, raw polished cement, and brick and bleached wood furniture, it’s a triumph of urban chic, complete with the all important power chargers and WiFi, and naturally a rather stylish clientele to boot. The roster of Thai and international single estate beans is ever-evolving and served via espresso machine, drip or French press, while the toothsome Brooklyn Baker glass dome-encased cakes and pastries wink seductively from the main counter. With groovy tracks, shelves of cult mags like Smith Journal, Fantastic Man, Cereal 1 & 2 and Kinfolk, plus a little upstairs leather armchair nook, this is one rabbit hole you’ll want to dive into.