The best cappuccino with Bangkok's best view of Wat Arun on the opposite of the river. It also has very nice music for us to sit and relax after all day walking tour to the historical sites nearby; the Grand Palace and Wat Po.
Near Bangkok's biggest flower market (Pak klong talad). Walk north passing Rajini Pier and the River Book Shop. It's the next lane on the left after book shop.
This is the best cappuccino I've found in Bangkok, and the only place in the city I've ever ordered a second cup. Down a little alley, suddenly you reach this place, all big glass windows overlooking the river with a view over to Wat Arun. The cappuccinos come with a proper big froth rising above the top of the cup, slightly burnt around the edges.
It's north of the flower market, Pak Klong Talat. Walk north from Tha Tien pier, past River Books. There's a sign on the corner of the lane; turn left into the lane and go to the end, where the river is. Hard to explain, so here are the co-ordinates: Just cut and paste into Google Earth. 13.7434705145N 100.492430184E
If you want to drink coffee on a budget in Bangkok and you can't stand instant or the prices at Starbucks, then kaafae thung (a local filter coffee) is for you.
It is sold by street vendors and is drunk with condensed milk and sugar or honey.
It can also be drunk iced; the steaming brew is deposited, Thai style, in a plastic bag full of ice tied up with a rubber band. The coffee is then drunk through a straw.
You have to state that it is the kaafae thung you want (pronounced kar-fay tueng) or your vendor will automatically serve up the more expensive western instant. Sometimes served with a savoury, dunking style doughnut.
Available during the day, anywhere there’s a pavement.
A hip little collection of cake shops, cafes, restaurants, an Apple Mac shop, and a good supermarket. Grab a coffee and sit and watch Bangkok's finest come and go in their new 4WDs.
Thonglor Soi 15. Get a cab from Thonglor BTS station if you don't want to cab it all the way.
Bangkok is actually a very hip place; the people are entrepreneurial and have a great sense of style. Playground is a mini-mall with a great magazine selection, a couple of cafes and a good restaurant on the top floor, a bookstore, clothes, great regular art shows and other designy things to look at.
It's on Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55). Get the BTS to Thonglor then a cab up the road. Playground is on the right. Or just get a cab from wherever you are, it's cheap.
When in Bangkok airport don't queue for coffee in a throwaway cup at the self-service point on the main concourse. Co to the Thai restaurant where a waiter will bring you coffee in a cup and saucer at the same price. Peaceful surroundings and good food too.
Up stairs from main shopping concourse in airport. Sign at foot of stairs but easy to miss.
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