When you land in Bangkok, you expect the usual hustle bustle of a city, the traffic, the malls… but what you don’t see immediately, are the little cafe’s and themed restaurants tucked away in the heart of the city. We went on a trail in search of these hidden gems.
Purr Cat Cafe Club: 63 Soi Sukhumvit 53, Sukhumvit Rd., Khlongtunnua, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
Thong lo is the place to be for specialty cafe’s. You can take the sky-train to Thong lo station and walk to almost all the cafe’s.
If you love cats, you will find your heaven at the Purr Cat Cafe, like I did. Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PurrCatCafeClub/
UPDATE: Sadly, I just got to know that the Cat Cafe Club is closed to visitors now.
It was started by a celebrity who loves cats and they have many types of fluffy felines who live here now. Some are as large as a dog! They do have a few rules, like taking off your footwear before entering and cleaning your hands with hand sanitizer. Once you enter the cat zone you can relax with a nice coffee surrounded by nonchalant beauties, eat some cookies or cat shaped brownies while you play with the loving kitties for as long as you like. They charge a 200 baht entry fee which can be skipped by ordering some drinks and eats from their set menu. It is totally worth it! we spent close to 2 hours there! All the cats were very calm and friendly. They are used to being around people and kids so my toddler was most pleased with all the attention.
True Love Cafe:153 Soi Ari Samphan 2, Samsen Nai, 10400, Thailand
And there’s one for dog lovers too! If you love Siberian Huskies, you cannot miss True Love cafe, on Phahon Yothin Road. It’s run by Neverland Siberians breeders and the cafe has Siberian huskies and Alaskan Malamutes. Here too, you need to order something from their set menu to enter, special footwear is provided and hands need to be sanitized. It’s quite a treat to come up close and personal with these magnificent huskies. The timings for playing with them are in the image below. What I really liked was that they built a special air conditioned enclosure for the dogs to live in, since they need a climate controlled habitat.
Casa Lapin x 49: Song Phi Nong Alley, Khwaeng Lam Prathew, Lat Krabang, Bangkok 10520, Thailand
Photo courtesy: www.casalapincafe.com
Casa Lapin is a labor of love for sure, best known for their authentic Thai coffee. (Try the siphon one) Surapan, the owner is an architect who took his love for coffee to the next level by studying the perfect ways to brew coffee. Casa Lapin a tiny hole in the wall cafe in the Art village with a casual vibe. Surapan is also the architect of this little oasis and you can feel and appreciate the effort he has put in to carve out this tranquil niche in the heart of Bangkok. Also, I just love the presentation of the food and drinks here.
After You: Siam Paragon Mall
After You first started out in Thong lo, but due to the overwhelming response to their scrumptious desserts, they opened an outlet in Siam Paragon mall now. Every time we passed by, there were at least 15 people waiting for a table and I wondered, what magic could they be serving in there? So we took a chance late one evening and decided to sample the treats. I went in mainly to have the Shibuya honey toast because that’s what everyone was raving about. But when I saw it, it just looked like a lot of sliced bread with ice cream and honey on it. Blah. So we ordered the Signature Queen Bee chocolate fudge cake instead. OMG! it was heaven on a plate. Rich decadent dark chocolate fudge with a gooey marshmallow center, chocolate sauce and home made ice cream. Yumm!!
Kyo Roll en: Central World mall
We would have missed this little gem if it wasn’t for the brilliant display. What initially looked like a swiss roll cake, on closer inspection turned out to be an intricately designed dessert. Like all Japanese dishes, the Kyo Roll Set is art made for eating. It’s designed by a dessert artist in the ‘Kaiseki’ style – your choice of roll cake served with low-fat soft-cream, fresh fruit platter, ‘nama’ chocolate truffle and condimental sauce.
The menu also has parfaits and Monaga ice cream sandwiches with a crispy shell too. Quite a unique experience.
I can’t wait to go back and discover more dessert hideouts!