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The Rise of Bangkok Coffee Culture: A Guide to Café Hopping

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Bangkok’s coffee culture has grown exponentially over that past few years, with cafes of every colour, size and décor vying for their place within the scene. From casually understated shops to extravagant luxury experiences, you are never more than a few metres away from that must-have cuppa. Here we explore some of the city’s most popular coffee spots (as well as some lesser known hidden gems).

Roots
Known as one of Bangkok’s finest coffee roasters, Roots specialises in craft coffee using sustainably farmed and sourced beans. They pride themselves on promoting Thai and regional coffee and work to ensure the well-being of everyone involved in their coffee process, from farm-to-cup. They also promote the cup-to-farm philosophy as a way for customers to also be involved in the growth, development and improvement of coffee production and culture in Thailand.
This socially conscious café has two central locations: The Commons concept mall in Thong Lor and on Sathorn Road, in the heart of the central business district.

Mother Roaster
Set on the second floor of an old wooden shop house amidst the charming back streets of Bangkok’s historic Talat Noi neighbourhood, Mother Roaster is a truly unique and local coffee experience. The café gets its name from the 70-year old owner, known affectionately as ‘Mother’ in Thai, who roasts all of the coffee beans herself. With over 30 types of beans to choose from, Mother is available to guide you through the various options and showcase her renowned slow drip coffee style.
Mother Roaster is located on Soi Charoen Krung 22 in Talat Noi.

Kaizen Coffee
If you are looking for a more modern café experience, Kaizen is known for its 100% Nitrogen-infused Cold Brew. The owner and barista team are passionate about coffee and it shows through their innovative offerings, exceptional service and expertly executed latte art. Unlike some cafés where food may seem like an afterthought, Kaizen boasts a carefully crafted menu of delicious and healthy dishes.
For those looking for something with a little more punch, Kaizen also offers beer, wine and cocktails. This café is located just off Sukhumvit Road on Ekkamai Soi 30.

Gallery Drip Coffee
As the name suggests, Gallery Drip Coffee specialises in single-bean drip coffees, with beans sourced from around the world. However, their most popular coffee comes from Thai beans that are grown by the Akha people in the hills of Chiang Rai. Instagrammers will fall in love with Gallery Drip’s sketch-lined walls and honeycomb ceiling, while art aficionados will be thrilled to know it’s located at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre. Coffee and art? Sounds like the perfect afternoon.
Gallery Drip Coffee is located at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre next to the National Stadium BTS station.

Sretsis Parlour
Sretsis Parlour (that’s sisters spelled backwards) is a sweet and magical land located in the heart of the Sukhumvit area. Whimsical décor, bright colours and feminine design elements reflect the style and taste of the owners – three sisters known for their Sretsis clothing brand. Indulge your girlhood fantasies with an array of delectable drinks and cakes or choose a signature tea set that includes coffee, tea, or champagne.
This chic and extravagant parlour is located inside the famed Central Embassy shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road.

Bangkok has become a haven for coffee lovers, which means your daily cup is always easily accessible – no matter where in the city you are.

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