Friday, March 27, 2015

A Writer’s Guide to Bangkok Cafes

Bangkok is an amazing city with excellent cafes at every MRT stop. There is no shortage of the famous chain stores, but the city boasts some local treasures, and I wanted to be sure to take full advantage of them in the week I was here. 

Too Fast To Sleep
A place that needs no introduction. Ok, wait, it does. Because outside of Bangkok the world is entirely unaware of this amazing place. Library-work space-café, this place spans two floors, and 5 rooms? I counted. Open 24 hours, and right across the street from the prestigious Chulalongkorn University. This place is packaged with students on the weekends and at night. But in the day time I recommend one of the bar counter seat by the window, with a view of Highway  Rama 9, which is great for people watching. There is free wifi with the purchase of food or drink.
I recommend the iced cappuccino or the toast with condensed milk.

Full Stop
This  is easily my favorite place on Thong Lor road. A small counter and few seats at the bottom, but if you are lucky you can grab one of the coveted booths of the second floor, and get a beautiful view of the street below. Fantastic drinks and sandwiches. I ordered an iced Vanilla tea with milk, and a pesto-cheese Panini.

Casa Lapin
The most highly recommended place in Ari. I initially steered away from it because I was under the impression it was more of a restaurant than café. I was pleasantly surprised to see dozens of others working from Macbooks when I attended. I recommend the delicious green tea latte and red velvet cake.

Another quaint café in Ari. The white walls and sparse wood interieor give it a very American southwest ambiance. I enjoyed sitting by the window and people watching from Ari street.

Quest Café
The next-door neighbor or Usine, a high end restaurant. Quest is sparse, but incredibly conformable. Again, I picked a counter seat facing the window. Somehow the backdrop of people moving behind my computer screen lends itself to immense productivity. They also offer delicious toast and desserts. 

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