Around the Globe: Cat Kao's Bangkok Cafe Hopping Guide
Posted on 26 April 2017
This week on Around the Globe series we have a special guest contributor — Catherine Kao! Cat is a part time architectural designer/ full time globetrotter who drinks too much coffee. Everyone has their own quirks and preferences when it comes to travelling, Cat describes herself as the 'schedule-oriented' type. She lives to wander the world and discover Instagram-worthy corners. From eats and cafes to museums and galleries, she's constantly inspired by her travels and daily adventures.
Cat recently went on a 10-day-trip to Bhutan and Thailand. She ran a half marathon in Bhutan (yup she did) and put together a list of hipster hideaways in Bangkok. Join us as we share with you her definitive guide to cafe-hopping in Bangkok, Thailand.
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As much as I love cultural tours at most of the places I traveled to, I would much prefer to check out the cafe scene in Bangkok. Most people wouldn't associate Bangkok with cafes — but trust me, lookup #bkkcafehopping #bkkcafe and #bkkcoffee on Instagarm and it'll bring you to thousands of coffee snaps. To me, cafe-hopping is all about cold brew and the space. Who doesn’t love enjoying a cup of iced cold brew in a nicely designed cafe?
Rocket Coffeebar is known for its effortless interior and amazing coffee. The loft space is one of the many reasons for you to stay here all day. I am absolutely in love with their signature cold brew coffee and it’s perfect for cooling down from the Bangkok heat. If people-watching is your thing in a cafe, this is definitely a place for you. Grab a seat at the balcony level and enjoy your coffee while looking at strangers moving through the space on the beautifully arranged honeycomb tiles.
Broccoli Revolution isn’t exactly a cafe for coffee but a paradise for juice lover! It has a wide selection of cold-press juice for dine in and bottles for to go. A quick juice cleanse is always a good idea when it comes to traveling. Cheers to green juice!
FILL IN THE BLANK
Fill in the Blank is one of those cafes you would want to go back on your next visit. The warm wooden interior with a dash of floral tiles here and there makes it a quaint space for quality reading or catch up sessions. If you are a fan of iced coffee, cold brew isn’t available here but iced Americano does its magic.
HANDS & HEART COFFEE
How Thai? Very Thai. Speaking of Thai tea cold brew, Hands & Heart Coffee has all the elements you need for an insta-worthy photo: white walls, marble tables, neutral lighting, and cold brew bottles that shouts 'THAI' in all caps. This minimalist place is known for its silhouette frames at the table and skylight over your head. I am not too sure about the functionality of the frames but the skylight surely brings you good lighting for your photos. Do it for the gram!
The location of Karmakamet Diner definitely makes it a “secret world” but it is no longer a secret anymore. This rustic place is so popular that it is filled with girls snapping away in every corner but the interior design is still my favorite among all of the cafes I have visited this trip. There's only a small selection of basic coffee options on the menu, so probably not a place for artisan coffee addicts.
ROOTS COFFEE THE COMMONS
Before I talk about Roots Coffee Bar, I need to emphasize how much I love the space at The Commons. The alleyways lead you to this multistoried F&B and retail complex with an alfresco dining space at the atrium. Located at the heart of Thonglor District, Roots Coffee Bar is the 'IT place' for food and coffee lovers to gather. As a full-blown coffee addict myself, I'm obsessed with the Thai tea cold brew from Roots Coffee. It’s not your average cold brew. The Thai tea flavor makes it a specialty here in Bangkok. Take your cup to the atrium and enjoy a good conversation in the space.
All images © Cat Kao