I am green with envy that so many of my friends are spending their holidays in Bangkok. While incredibly cooling towards the end of December, Bangkok, Thailand is a great place to visit all year round, made easy with many airlines offering Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok flights daily. Delicious food, exciting shopping hunts (cough pratunam/ chaktuchak ladies cough) and so so many instagrammable cafes popping up all over the city. Exciting times to be travelling indeed.
Asides from all the aforementioned stuff, Bangkok is also known for their mad traffic which is why I have always prefered taking the MRT around. To help ease your transport worries, I am going to share with you five instagrammable cafes within walking distance from a MRT station.
1. Sretsis Parlour
Closest station: Phloen Chit station, 5 minutes walk
Address: Central Embassy, Level 2 Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Sretsis Parlour is a magical mystical wonderland reminscent of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn novel and film with its motives of unicorns and lions that is actually Sretsis’ own Tamed Lovers collection design. This whimsical cafe is the extension of the luxury Thai brand, Sretsis (psst, the brand name is sisters spelt backwards) to which it is located right next to in Central Embassy.
With a lovely pink, hand-carved facade, the tea room has been quoted to be a fairy tale come true. Furthermore, not only is its interior just so dreamy, you will have a hard time eating its too-beautiful-to-be-eaten teatime snacks without first snapping a lot of photos.
2. B-Story Cafe
Closest station: Ratchathewi station, 2 minutes walk
Address: 89/35, Phayathai Road, Thanon Phetchaburi,
Ratchathewi, 10400 Bangkok, Thailand.
Fancy a getaway from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok without actually having to leave it? The B-Story cafe has you covered. Ecclesiatical is the word you’re looking for as you approach the two-storey coffee shop as a guardian angel statue welcomes you at the entrance.
The next word you will be looking for is ‘whoa’ as you take in the stained glass windows with the garden blooming outside…and inside. The second floor offers solo travellers solitude as you pour over your options of either Thai or Western dishes. B-Story cafe is chic but yet feels like home away from home.
3. Hands and Heart Cafe
Closest station: Thong Lo station, 5 minutes walk
Address: 225 Sukhumvit 71, Pridi Banomyong Soi 25, Bangkok, Thailand
There is always something so instagrammable about a clean minimalist interior and Hands and Heart embodies this concept perfectly! It takes inspiration for its decor from the Teshima Art Museum in Japan. Visitors can opt to sit at their normal tables or on the floor, ala Japanese style. The cafe takes great pride in their crafted coffee beans with extensive research and experimentation having gone into their drinks. If you’re uncertain as to what beans you want, just ask and the staff will be able to recommend a few.
Interestingly their black coffee is served in a white cup while their white coffee is presented in a black up. Their salted caramel latte comes highly recommended. As for food, Hands and Hearts cafe offers delicious homemade charcoal and raspberry croissants to go with their home brewed drinks. Hands and Heart cafe opens their doors at 7am to welcome the early birds.
4. D’ark by Phillip Di Bella
Closest station: Phrom Phong station, 2 minutes walk
Address: 651 Sukhumvit Road, Emquartier, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Don’t be intimidated by its name. D’ark is a third wave artisanal coffee joint cum casual french dining headed by two Michelin-trained chefs. That alone should tell you that this place is a secret gem you need to try. The cafe has two floors and also houses a upper-scale restaurant on the third floor. However, D’ark by Phillip Di Bella stll manages to maintain an air of elegance with its magical ceiling lights as the main centerpiece from above. It also takes advantage of the natural lighting to brighten up its instagrammable corners.
Unlike its namesake, D’ark opens at the break of dawn. Drinks are served in double walled cups ensuring that they maintain their texture and taste much longer than normal. Their menu offer a wide variety of food all day long ensuring that there is something for everyone.
5. NaNa Coffee Roasters
Closest station: Lamphong Railway Station, 10 minutes walk
Address: 31-33 Soi Nana, Pom Prap, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok
Wallflower seems to be the word to describe NaNa Coffee Roasters but once you find it you are in for a treat. It also seems fitting that it is located above a flower shop, Oneday Wallflowers. The cafe blends in nicely with the neighbourhood with dozens of potted plants to guide visitors to the back of the shop.
A spiral staircase takes you up to the award-winning barista Warong Chalanuchpong who serves up the inhouse signatures like the Le Boisson De Kanda (espresso, tea and sparkling rose lemonade topped with milk foam). Tastefully decorated with antique furnishings, the ambiance speaks 19th century and amidst the bustle of Bangkok, you will feel as though time has slowed.
I hope I have got you IG-inspired to go cafe hopping in Bangkok as your next holiday activity. To find cheap flight rates to Bangkok, click on over to Traveloka flights. Not only can you book your flights through Traveloka but you can also take care of your accommodation at the same time! Just make sure your hotel/apartment/hostel is near a MRT stop for easy travels. Happy cafe hunting in Bangkok!