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How To… Flop in Style

June 06, 2016
Bangkok’s Best Cafes
The pervasive, frenetic bustle of Bangkok is undoubtedly part of its charm, but it can equally leave you feeling rather world-weary at times. Sigh… But fret not, Fifi! Respite is close at hand in the form of these top flop spots, perf for an arvo tea or therapeutic glucose hit. Just pop a pew and sink a brew!

The greenhouse-esque Garden Gallery & Cafe is a leafy layabout perfectly placed in the grounds of the Neilson Hays Library. The light-filled space is zealously zen, replete with an art-lined wall, glassy glimpses of its verdant surrounds, and trad Anglo plates courtesy of the British Club – think fish n’ chips topped with mushy peas and banoffee pie (best taken with a trad tea).

Or, skip around to casj all-day caffeinator and eatery, Roast. This wood-wrapped wonder serves brunch, lunch and dinner options, but for your noon-ish needs there are tapas-y tidbits like cod croquettes, charcuterie, and decadent desserts, plus house-roasted joe and tempting ‘tails for a cheeky pre-happy hour nip.

If you’re more about the beans than the brews, try away-from-hoi-polloi brick townhouse Casa Lapin where you can take your jammin’ java over a design ‘zine at one of the large, bare bulb-lit communal tables.

Rather something a little more dandy-Scandi? Zoom over to the pretty-in-pastel digs of Rocket Coffeebar where sustainably sourced ingreds and house-baked rye form wholesome Swedish-y salads n’ sarnies, with a side of aeropress coff and cold-pressed juices.

Finally, for a sweet sugar fix, trot over to Minibar Cafe for diabetes-inducing velvet cake and a house-mixed soda. They also do a devilish brownie-spangled ‘cake shake’. Next stop: the gym.
Garden Gallery & Cafe / 195 Thanon Surawong / Bang Rak / +66 2 233 1731 / 9.30am-5pm Tue-Sun /
Roast / 335 Thonglor Soi 17 / Sukhumvit 55 / Khlongton Nua / +66 2 185 2865 / 10am-11pm Mon-Thu, 9am-11pm Fri-Sat, til 10pm Sun /
Casa Lapin x49 / Sukhumvit Soi 49 / Thonglor / +66 81 261 2040 / 8am-5pm daily /
Rocket Coffeebar / 149 Sathorn Soi 12 / Sathorn / +66 2 635 0404 / 7am-9pm daily / + branches /
Minibar Cafe / 5/F / Central Embassy / Ploenchit Rd / +66 2 160 5610 / 11am-10pm Sun-Thu, 11am-12am Fri-Sat /