Heading to Bangkok with a list of 15 specialty coffee places and zero touristic attractions. That’s how I roll!
I will start with part 1, because when I am writing this blogpost I have two more days- and lot’s of café hopping- ahead of me. Resi, the creator of The Way To Coffee, is taking me on a coffee tour so this will be in another blogpost.
Arriving in Bangkok made me happy, but after a couple of days I got overwhelmed. It all takes so much time to arrive at a café, most cafés are pretty full and I found it hard to have a coffee chat with the baristas. So I didn’t got so much energy back from this- except for a couple of visits!- but I did visit some very nice cafés and sipped some beautiful coffees. I can recommend to stay a couple of days in BKK, visit coffee shops and them move your ass to Chiang Mai because that’s the place to be if you ask me! (And with me a lot of others).
INK & LION
This café is easy to reach, because it’s only a five minute walk from the train station Ekkamai in the area Watthana where you find more specialty coffee shops. The place isn’t so big, but there is enough space to sit, get some work done and look around (the paintings!). I loved the different corners in this café to sit down. Especially next to the vinyl records and player. I’ve sipped a filter coffee with beans from Ruanda roasted by Ink & Lion themselves. The coffee was a bit flat for me, but the waffles with banana was really tasty!
From Ink & Lion you can easily walk to Onion, because it’s in the same neighborhood. That’s what I did! The shop looks cool with seatings inside and outside and a clothes shop next door. You can walk in from the café. The day I visit there was a brewing bar taking over by Australian coffees. The friendly girl explained me that the guy that was brewing is the National Aeropress champion. He went to Sydney for the World Aeropress Championship and brought back all these coffees. It was nice meeting him and he made an excellent pour over for me with beans from Kenya, Nyeri region, washed process, variety SL28 & SL34, roasted by Artificer.
Part of Roots and famous for their brunch. With a menu like a magazine, it’s gonna be hard to choose. This shop is located in a shopping mall. It was a bit hard to find for me. I kept wandering in the mall and asking people. I recommend when you enter, ask straight away. There a large bar where you can stare at the coffee machine while sipping a coffee or you can sit in the restaurant. I think you can guess where I found my seat. Yes, staring at the baristas. The food looked amazing and I went for a strawberry crumble with a scoop of ice cream. I was so yummy. The cappuccino I’ve order was well made with beautiful textured milk and latte art with coffee by Roots.
Rocket has different locations (check their website for current locations). I visit Rocket Coffeebar S.12. The first shops they openend, back in 2013. Rocket is pretty famous, because of their Instragramable interior. For me the first specialty coffee place I visit in Bangkok. I didn’t really enjoyed the atmosphere inside, but I loved the outside tables. Enjoyed a nice cold brew to cool me down after a 5 km walk and a waffle to fill my belly. I’ve missed a bit the espresso bar vibe with chatty baristas, but the cold brew tasted good.
Probably the most famous specialty coffee in Bangkok. What I love about Roots is that the intention is the share the journey of the coffee, which they so call the cup-to-Farm ethos. You can see and feel that they are bit ahead and there is a whole company behind what they do. The little details, the beautiful shop and the quality of the coffee. They recently opened a new location, Roots at Sathon. That’s where I went and I had a nice experience. I sipped this natural processed fruity coffee from Chiang Mai, Doi Saket. They also gave me a bottle of their cold brew to try, because it was made with the same coffee but then with a washed process made on a stylish white Modbar. Both were tasty, but because I am no a big fan of natural coffees I liked the cold brew better. The café looks pretty, minimalistic and cosy.