The 5 best cafes in Bangkok

2) Roots

One of the original players involved in getting gourmet coffee going in Bangkok, Roots sources single origin beans from around the world as well as working with Thai farmers, and in addition to running this cafe, they do barista training and artisan coffee making workshops.

Roots coffee bar

Thonglor Soi 17, Sukhumvit 55, Thonglor/Ekkamai

+66 (0)97 059 4517

http://www.rootsbkk.com

3) Ink & Lion

White brick walls and a comfy vibe make this place popular with digital nomads, who work on their computers over cups of espresso machine shots or hand-done pourovers. In addition to the artistic lattes, there are great pastries. Closed on Thursday and Friday.

interior of Ink & Lion

1/7 Ekkamai Soi 2, Sukhumvit Soi 63, Thonglor/Ekkamai

+66 (0)91 559 0994

4) Ceresia

We must thank two Venezuelan sisters (and one’s Thai husband) for putting Bangkok firmly on the global coffee map. Lucia Aguilar and her sister come from a family of coffee growers in Latin America, and they know their stuff. The trio source the beans from single origin cooperatives around the world, and the owners love talking coffee with the clientele.

interior of Ceresia

593/29-41 Sukhumvit Soi 33/1, Sukhumvit

+66 (0)98 251 4327

http://www.ceresiacoffeeroasters.com

5) Eiah Sae

For nearly ninety years, this funky cafe with purple walls has been churning out the owner’s great-grandparents’ Thai-coffee recipes to a legion of faithful chain-smoking regulars, who look like they have been coming in since the cafe first opened. The cups of traditional cafe boran (ancient coffee) with sweet condensed milk are strong, and it’s worth coming for the ambience alone.

coffee bar Eiah Sae

101-103 Padsai Road, Chinatown

+66 (0)2 221 0549

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