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Best Coffee Places in Bangkok Thong Lo and Ekkamai

6. December 2017

Bangkok is a city that really caters to coffee lovers like me. There are so many small breweries with delicious coffee. Furthermore, these places have become my second home and office. In this article I want to show you my favourite places in the Thong Lo and Ekkamai areas. Similar to my guides about Hong KongSingapore and Vienna, I rated them according to price, taste, location, staff, ambience and one new dimension: work friendliness. This last dimension is indicated separately next the overall score.

Hands and Heart Café

Overall Rating: 8.6
Work Friendliness: 6.0

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Hands and Heart Cafe v3

This was the first discovery I made in our neighbourhood. The most convenient thing for me about Hands & Heart is that they open as early as 7 am. So you can grab your coffee on your way to work. The coffee is delicious and the staff extremely friendly. A cappuccino is BHT 120. In the afternoon, Instagramers arrive at the place to take pictures in the really cool white marble lofty setting. The pastries are delicious (try the lemon cake and the brownie; the croissants are only so-so). I sometimes go there to work, usually in the mornings. There is unlimited wi-fi, however it drops sometimes. In the afternoon it can be a bit noisy. Hence, it is not really a place where you can have work calls. (33 Soi Sukhumvit 38)

Price 7 / Taste 9 / Location 9 / Service 10 / Ambience 8 / Work Friendliness 6

Blue Dye Café

Overall Rating: 8.2
Work Friendliness: 8
Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Blue Dye Coffee

The coffee tableware at Blue Dye can be purchased at the store.

Another coffee place I discovered when I was exploring our neighbourhood. This café is located in a side street of Soi 36 (right behind the Noble Remix condo). I really like the green house vibe thanks to big window front overlooking a small terrace where they sell coffee accessories and tableware. There is unlimited wi-fi and it is a popular place for people to work as well. The staff is very nice and the coffee is good. A cappuccino is BHT 110. (40/1 Soi Sukhumvit 36 (small side alley Napha Sap Alley, Lane 1)

Price 7 / Taste 7 / Location 9 / Service 9 / Ambience 9 / Work Friendliness 8

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Blue Dye Coffee Inside

Blue Dye Café is popular among the working crowd.

Ink & Lion

Overall Rating 8.2
Work Friendliness: 9.0
Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Ink and Lion

Delicious coffee at loft-style Ink & Lion

This is one of my favourite places. It makes me forget that I am in Bangkok – it could be New York or London as well. The coffee is delicious (a cappuccino is BHT 100) and they offer mini-pastries as well (about BHT 60 per piece). It is very work friendly (free unlimited wi-fi) and you will find a lot of fellow “coffees are my office” people. The music is not too noisy and it is in general a rather quiet place. Hence, it is perfect if you want to do some work from there. (Soi Sukhumvit 63 – Soi Ekkamai 2)

Price 8 / Taste 8 / Location 7 / Staff 9 / Ambience 9 / Work Friendly 9

Goodfellas Café

Overall Rating: 8.0
Work Friendliness: 5.0

Right below the stairs of Thong Lo BTS is the small Goodfellas Café. It is a bit dark but the coffee is very nice and comparatively cheap to the other places (a cappuccino is BHT 60). Unlimited wi-fi is available. We also tried the pastries, they were OK but go there for the coffee not the pastries 😉 (1039-1041, 55 Sukhumwit (main road), right below the staircase to the Thong Lo BTS station)

Price 9 / Taste 8 / Location 10 / Service 7 / Ambience 6 / Work Friendliness 5

Dandelion Cake and Picnic

Overall Rating: 8.0
Work Friendliness: 5.0

This is a really cute café near the Thong Lo BTS station. The carrot cake is delicious! And the coffee is also decent. It is a really stylish place with two floors, where you can watch how the cakes are made. The croissants looked really good too. I will try them next time! 🙂 It is more a coffee place to meet friends rather than work. Wi-fi is available. (919/5 Sukhumvit Rd (main road))

Price 8 / Taste 8 / Location 8 / Staff 8 / Ambience 8 / Work Friendly 5

Toby’s on Sukhumvit 38

Overall Rating: 7.8
Work Friendliness: 6.0

Toby’s is more of a brunch place but I still wanted to include it in this list because the coffee is really nice. A cappuccino is BHT 110 (including 10% VAT). I really like the vibe, because it is a small house with a Scandinavian touch. It is not really a place where I like to work, because it feels a bit empty during the week. But it has become one of my regular coffee and brunch places, I just love it! (75 Sukhumvit Soi 38)

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Tobys

Toby’s has actually become my go-to brunch place. But I had to list it here because their coffee is delicious as well!

Price 7 / Taste 9 / Location 6 (it is a bit far in the Soi, especially if you walk from the BTS station) / Service 9 / Ambience 8 (it is a bit noisy on the weekends, the music is actually not necessary) / Work Friendly 6

Audrey Café & Bistro

Overall Rating: 6.8
Work Friendliness: 5.0
Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Cafe Audrey Inside

I do not know how to describe the vibe at Café Audrey – it is a mix between Paris and Asia with a touch of Chanel.

I was debating if I should include it in the list. It is not really my style of café – Audrey tries to spread Parisian vibes with a menu catered to the local taste. However, the cakes were really good, the coffee OK and it is just a pretty place if you want to have an afternoon chat with your girlfriends. It is not a place where I would feel comfortable to work – it is quite big and during the week a bit empty and clearly only a fun place. (163 Thong Lo Soi 11)

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Cafe Audrey Cake

Enjoy a cake at Audrey’s – the decor of the café is really pretty.

Price 6 / Taste 7 / Location 6 / Service 7 / Ambience 8 / Work Friendliness 5

Roast

Overall Rating: 6.8
Work Friendliness: 6.0

Another classic with multiple branches but I like the one at the Commons most. The Commons is a really cool concept in Thong Lo – market area in the basement with small restaurants and then 4 floors full of restaurants and bars and outdoor seating areas. (Stay tuned for a separate post about that.) The coffee is really good and a cappuccino is about BHT 120 (the menu prices do not include 10% service charge and 7% VAT). (The COMMONS 335 Thong Lo 17 Alley)

Price 7 / Taste 8 / Location 5 (it is quite for from the BTS station and traffic in that area can be really bad) / Service 7 / Ambience 7 / Work Friendliness 6

D’ark

Overall Rating: 6.6
Work Friendliness: 7.0

D’ark has become an institution in Bangkok with two outlets – on at Emporium mall and one in the trendy Thong Lo area. A cappuccino is BHT 136 (they menu shows prices without 7% VAT and 10% service charge), which is comparatively high. It looks really pretty though and tastes really good. I love the mini-brownies and carrot cakes! (Piman 49 – Sukhumvit Soi 49)

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Dark

Beautiful coffee art at D’ark

Price 6 / Taste 8 / Location 5 (it is quite for from the BTS station and traffic in that area can be really bad) / Staff 7 / Ambience 7 / Work Friendly 7

Bankok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Rating

 

Why Certain Cafés Did not Make it onto My List – Un-Fashion Café

Bangkok Coffee Thong Lo and Ekkamai Un-Fashion Cafe

Because of its unique architecture, Un-Fashion Café is all over Instagram at the moment. Unfortunately, my visit was not really a pleasant and welcoming one.

I read a lot about the café which is really hyped online and really wanted to check it out. When I arrived, there were three waitresses looking into their phones. It took a while until the one at the counter looked up and I could order. I then wanted to pay with a BHT 1,000 note, which had, until then, never been an issue. Even at really small cafés. The staff did not want to accept it. I asked if I can pay by card instead because I did not have any smaller notes. The woman at the counter sighed and said she would go change the money. Throughout my coffee, the staff watched what I was doing. Furthermore, I think the place is a bit overrated. The design idea and the adjacent vintage shops are a cute idea. But, I did not find it an inviting place that would make me want to come back.

Ekkamai Macchiato

I have read so much about this coffee place and it was recommended by multiple people. Hence, I was very excited to go. However, I tried multiple times and was always standing in front of a closed gate – even though their website said it was open. For this reason, unfortunately, I cannot give you any review about this place. (Soi Sukhumvit 63 – 12 Soi Ekkamai 2)

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Amy Alton 7. December 2017 at 10:34

    The photos of the coffees are all so beautiful! It’s fun to see how the places compare with their coffee art!

    • Reply Liz 7. December 2017 at 10:40

      Thank you so much! It was really interesting to do the research and also the coffee was so good! 🙂

  • Reply UnaVeronicaVagante 7. December 2017 at 11:24

    I didn’t expect to see cafes like these in Bangkok! But I do like them – I will keep this post for whenever I’ll head to Asia ♥

    • Reply Liz 8. December 2017 at 5:44

      Yeah, I am always surprised by the variety and quality of the dining scene in Bangkok as well!

  • Reply Ella 7. December 2017 at 11:32

    Those coffees all look delicious. Good to hear that good coffee shops are in abundance in Bangkok Thong Lo and Ekkamai! Those cakes as well look mouth-watering 🙂

    • Reply Liz 8. December 2017 at 6:06

      The cakes are so good indeed! I fell in love with the lemon cake!

  • Reply Annie 7. December 2017 at 12:04

    I liked the reviews of each place by your criteria, I’m always interested in how people rate somewhere. 🙂

    • Reply Liz 8. December 2017 at 6:06

      Thanks a lot! I tried to show my criteria because I think these reviews are subjective by nature. Hence, I wanted to make my ratings as objective as possible.

  • Reply Rachel 7. December 2017 at 18:07

    Love the photos of coffees and cakes! Making me hungry for sure. i love that you include wether they are work friendly, such a good point to include!

    • Reply Liz 8. December 2017 at 6:07

      Thanks for your comment. I added the work friendliness out of my personal need, actually. I read a lot about coffee places, how pretty and nice they are. Then I go there to work and I realize it is absolutely not a place where I can focus.

  • Reply Olga Maria 9. December 2017 at 13:01

    You had me at coffee. I am a coffee addict. I also go to lots of coffee shops to work. 🙂

    • Reply Liz 10. December 2017 at 14:54

      Haha, me too! Then Bangkok is definitely your city 😉

  • Reply Mayi Mac 9. December 2017 at 18:48

    Wow, what an extensive list! I’ve never been to Thailand (but really want to) and really never thought it was a country big on coffee! I like the atmosphere of the Blue Dye Café and night check it out when I go to Thailand.

    • Reply Liz 10. December 2017 at 15:01

      Coffee really is nothing that comes to mind immediately when we think about Thailand but the coffee scene in Bangkok is really big. Bly Dye is a really nice place!

  • Reply Anna 9. December 2017 at 22:06

    That’s such a nice, unique post. I love coffee and seeing this makes me go on a coffe tour right away 🙂 Awesome, thanks for sharing, makes me wanna revisit again and drink all the coffee & try the little cakes! <3

    • Reply Liz 10. December 2017 at 15:03

      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m glad I was able to inspire you to go exploring 🙂

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