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Bangkok’s 7 Most Unique and Charming Cafes

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Colorful night market in Bangkok, Thailand

Whether you are a seasoned coffee connoisseur, tired of the usual haunts in the capital, or want to impress your friends with an unusual experience you had while having a coffee, you will be delighted to know that there is no shortage of unique and charming cafes in Bangkok. The café culture in the city is superb, and there is something that will appeal to all.

So take a break, make sure your camera is working and head to one of these locations around the city. Without further ado here is a selection of Bangkok’s most unique and Instagram-worthy cafés.

For the Coffee Fanatics – Rocket Coffee Bar S12

Rocket Coffee bar specializes in artisan coffee from all over the world. Sample blends from Ethiopia, Nicaragua, and Kenya as well as their in-house delicacies. Their Instagram profile boasts all-day brunch and wholesome eats. The Swedish-inspired coffee shop serves up delicious meals, such as Scandinavian inspired sandwiches and heart-shaped waffles. Inside the chic and modern interior is where you can sit at a beautiful marble bar counter and watch the baristas doing their best work in real-time.

It is a great place to bring your laptop if you need to do some work (the coffee will certainly keep you awake) or alternatively bring your book and while away the afternoon in a hip setting.

Rocket Coffee Bar S12
147 Sathon Soi 12, Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand

For the animal lover – Pool Time Café (Temporarily closed due to Covid-19)

At the Pool Time Café, find yourself immersed in a poolside experience. The décor is quirky and cool with vividly blue walls, pool chairs to sit on, and vintage swimsuits hanging around the café. Although an actual pool is not featured, the food is definitely fit-for-an-influencer and that’s not even the real reason for the café’s popularity. Often called The Racoon Café instead, many flocks to visit Bob, Apo, and Yee-pun; the friendly raccoons, rescued and resident at Pool Time. One can interact with them after having a coffee, as they are kept separate from the rest of the café. Purchase a ticket on the mezzanine level and you can feed these cute and curious creatures treats as well. On the menu are the striking Blue Bun Burgers and the pastel gradient milkshakes, which are as tasty as they are aesthetically pleasing.

Although they are currently temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 situation when they open go to see the stars of the show – they are the cutest.

Pooltime Cafe
582 Soi Sukhumvit Rd, Wattana, Bangkok

For the eco-conscious coffee lover – Patom Organic Living

In recent years more and more cafes and restaurants are incorporating eco-conscious elements into their designs. This particular café is a glass cube surrounded by magnificent green gardens, similar to that of a modern greenhouse. One might feel as though you are getting lost trying to find it but once you do you are in store for a peaceful experience that does no harm to the environment. The brainchild of the owners, Patom Organic Living intends to sell food and other beauty products in a beautiful and environment in the otherwise concrete jungle. The owners work with organic farmers to make organic body care products and traditional Thai delicacies.

Placed in the most tranquil setting one can most definitely feel closer to nature while having a caffeine dose at the same time. The café only seats 25 patrons at a time so it is an intimate and cozy setting – perfect for a day time escape.

Patom Organic Living
9/2 Phrom Phak Alley, Khlong Tan Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok

Thailand is famous for its beautiful blossoms and you don’t need to be a botanist to appreciate this amazing café and teahouse. The Blooming Gallery is a must-visit for its beautiful floral and green decorated interior. Inspired by a Claude Monet landscape painting with lavender and wisteria suspended from the ceiling, potted ferns hanging by the bar and other colorful bouquets arrangements (also for sale) placed around the café, it certainly feels like being in an enchanted forest or botanical garden.

The menu offers a variety of delights as well. The Path in the Forest which is a decadent Matcha Mousse Cheesecake is their signature dish and a must. It also serves over 22 imported teas (My Dear Rose comes highly recommended), 5 of which are reserved to be enjoyed in-house. In the evening it’s a great place to stop by for cocktails. Get your camera ready and fill your Instagram feed with a bevy of horticulture and equally impressive sweet treats to match. The Blooming Gallery is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.

The Blooming Gallery, Address: LG/F, Eight Thonglor, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Mocking Tales – The Ultimate Fairy Tale

If you fancy teatime feeling like you’ve just received your letter for Hogwarts or you are the ultimate Lord of The Rings fan, all things fantastical awaits you in a café in Bangkok. Mocking Tales doubles as a bar after dark, so depending on how you prefer your poison you can try their Inferno Mountain dessert (definitely Instagram-worthy) or one of the many fantasies inspired cocktails. All the dishes and drinks are aptly named in keeping with the theme of the café and are served to cast a spell on their guests with their bewitching smoke and hidden surprises. The attention to detail in this café is captivating, great for taking pictures and challenging your friends to a “gentleman’s duel”.

Address: Thonglor, 10110 Bangkok Thailand

For the Most Unique View – Vivi The Coffee Place

As its unusual to find a place that serves good coffee and has an interesting view, not only of the city, Vivi The Coffee Place is a hidden gem. Its located in the heart of old Bangkok and next to the Chao Praya River. This café is a good option to stop in after sightseeing at the Grand Palace and if you sit outside on the balcony, which you should, you can enjoy your coffee whilst watching the boats ferry tourists up the river. The atmosphere is quiet and serene and has a stellar view of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn). Make the experience one step better and go watch the sunset from there whilst enjoying a coffee and their Coconut Cake. It’s a wonderful hidden spot that allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of tourists and city traffic and take in one of Bangkok’s well-known holy sites.

Vivi The Coffee Place
Address: Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchwang, Bangkok

Bring back the magic at the Unicorn Café

Finally, no list about unique and Instagram-able cafes would be complete without mentioning the psychedelic, rainbow-wonderland that is the Unicorn Café. Doing a roaring trade since 2012, it’s not only for little girls. The clientele is from all over the world, all ages, and genders (although several husbands and boyfriends did seem to be less enthusiastic about being there). If you are in need of some escapism and childhood nostalgia the Unicorn Café will make you a believer. The café is covered in every shade of pink imaginable with, of course, unicorns in all shapes and sizes – wallpaper, carpet and statues, it comes with a warning – not for the fainthearted. Here you can sample a wide range of unicorn-themed dishes and drinks, though it’s advisable to stick to desserts – crepes and waffles look more appealing in rainbow-colored hues than spaghetti. The burgers are even accompanied “unicorn-horn” French fries.

It’s a unique and whimsical place to spend an afternoon taking selfies in a unicorn onesie that will most definitely shock and surprise your friends from back home.

Address: 44/1, Sathon 8, Silom, Bangkok

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