Cafes for writers and digital nomads in Bangkok

[Last updated 22 April, 2014]

Bangkok is so enormous that many of the good cafes are tucked away in not so obvious locations. In October I was able to spend a month here which gave me time to explore the city and go look for work friendly cafes with wifi. While the cafe scene here is not as digital nomad friendly as Chiang Mai or Saigon, there are still plenty of great places to work and get caffeinated. Here are the cafes I found.

Bangkok Cafes Map

Bangkok Cafes Map

re-cafe (bangkok)

re-cafe (bangkok)

re-cafe is a place you would never find by walking around. The soi (side street) leading to it is lined with luxury hotels and apartments and not an obvious place for a cafe. re-cafe is at the end of the soi in a building that time forgot. This is what I image much of Bangkok must have looked liked before the age of concrete and high rise. If the urbanity of Bangkok is getting you down then this is a good place to chill.

Location: Soi Mahadlek Luang 1, Ratchadamri Road, Patumwan.
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Re-cafe/102388233168365

Li-Bra-Ry Cafe

Li-Bra-Ry Cafe

Li-Bra-Ry is another cafe that is tucked away off a long soi. I only found this place as I was staying at the end of the street on a previous visit. The cafe has tasteful 70’s themed decor (if you can say such a thing) and upstairs feels very homely as you have to take your shoes off.

Location: Sukhumvit Soi 24 (about about 500 metres down, then right).
Website: www.facebook.com/librarycafe

Roast Coffee & Eatery

Roast Coffee & Eatery

This is a seriously stylish cafe in the well-to-do Thonglor area. The coffee is pricey for Bangkok (which is to say about the same price as a coffee in Melbourne), but it is worth it. Real. Proper. Coffee.

Location: SeenSpace Thonglor 13.
Website: www.roastbkk.com

Coffee Cop

Coffee Cop

This cafe gets its name from being on the grounds of Thonglor Police Station, not from policing bad coffee. This little box of a cafe is set in a leafy garden with a lovely spirit house.

Location: Thonglor Police Station, Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thonglor Rd).

Pacamara

Pacamara

When I was living in Chiang Mai one of my favourite cafes there was Pacamara, so I was happy to find out they have a branch in Bangkok. excellent coffee set inside a modern shopping complex with its own rainforest garden.

Location: @RainHill Retail Mall 777 Sukhumvit 47.
Website: www.facebook.com/pacamaracoffee

Hollys Coffee

Hollys Coffee

Hollys Coffee on Sukhumvit Road (near Soi 15) is easy to get to from the popular hotel area between Nana and Asoke BTS stations, and it is open 24 hours.

Location: 219/1 Sukhumvit Rd.
Website: www.facebook.com/HollysThailand

Coffee Alley

Coffee Alley

Another little garden oasis amidst the concrete jungle of Bangkok. Indoors is air conditioned if you are not into sitting outside.

Location: Sukhumvit Soi 16, off Ratchadapisek Rd.

Too Fast To Sleep

Too Fast To Sleep

Too Fast To Sleep is open 24 hours and is popular with working students. Nicely decorated with books that gives it a vibe of working in a library.

Location: 754 Rama 4 Rd.
Website: www.facebook.com/toofasttosleep

Rocket Coffeebar

Rocket Coffeebar

With Edison light globes and eggs and soldiers on the menu you could be forgiven for thinking you stepped into a portal that transported you to Brooklyn. You only have to go as far as Silom to enjoy the coffee and atmosphere here. The picture shows a coffee bar and there is a table at the front suitable for working as well.

Location: 149, Sathorn Soi 12, Silom, Bangkok.
Website: rocketcoffeebar.com

Zana’s Bean Coffee

Zana's Bean Coffee

A good option if you are staying in the Silom area as Surawong Road is the next street over.

Location: 75-177 Surawong Road, Sathorn.
Website: www.facebook.com/zanasbean

Cafferino illy

Cafferino illy

If you are in the Khao San Rd area you can go to this little cafe which serves real coffee. It is down an arcade and away from the backpacker madness of KS Road.

Location: Arcade leading to Rikka Inn on Khao San Rd.

Thirsty Hungry

Thirsty Hungry

Another handy cafe if you are in the Asoke/Sukhumvit area.

Location: Sukhumvit Rd, near Soi 25.
Website: foursquare.com/v/thirsty-hungry/4f4dc039e4b0629e7adc8448

Factory Espresso Bar

Factory Espresso Bar

Nice little independent cafe on Thanon Phayathai.

Location: Thanon Phayathai, between Victory Monument and Phayathai BTS stations.
Website: www.facebook.com/FactoryEspressoBar

Usine

Usine

A cafe with a restaurant attached next door. Nice open space here and good work bench.

Location: Thanon Phayathai (BTS Phayathai – Exit 1).
Website: www.facebook.com/usinecafe

Casa Lapin

Casa Lapin

The Ari area is becoming one of the coolest places in Bangkok, and Casa Lapin is where the cool kids in Ari are hanging out.

Location: 8/2 Soi Phahon Yothin 7 (at Noble Reform), Phaya Thai.
Website: 4sq.com/15jihx3

Porcupine Cafe

Porcupine Cafe

A bright white-washed cafe in Ari.

Location: 111/1 Soi Phahon Yothin 7 (btwn Soi Ari 3 & 4), Phaya Thai.
Website: www.facebook.com/porcupineari

TINPRESSO

TINPRESSO

I had never been beyond 100 on Sukhumvit Rd so when Mark from migrationology.com invited me to explore the area around 101 he showed me this cafe that is well tucked away. Good coffee and they are latte art masters.

Location: 341/1, Wachiratham Sathit 21, Sukhumvit 101/1 Bangkok.
Website: www.facebook.com/TINPRESSO

Coffee Society

Coffee Society

Coffee Society is the best option on Silom and extra points for being open 24 hours.

Location: 12/3 Silom Road (Saladaeng BTS).
Website: www.facebook.com/CoffeeSociety

Bunfe

Bunfe Coffee

Nice cafe located in front of the The Siam Heritage Hotel in the Silom area.

Location: The Siam Heritage, 115/1 Surawong Road.
Website: www.facebook.com/bunfecoffee

24 Owls by Sometime’s

24 Owls by Sometime's

24 Owls is – as the name suggests – a 24 hour cafe located in an alley deep down Sukhumvit 63 (Ekkamai). Great coffee but at 123 Baht for a latte (once tax and service charge added) it is expensive.

Location: 39/9 Ekkamai (Sukhumvit 63) 12
Website: www.facebook.com/24owls

The Bagel Cafe

The Bagel Cafe

Serving bagels and American “comfort foods” as well as coffee and wifi.

Location: 72/1 Sukhumvit 63
Website: www.facebook.com/TheBagelCafe

Domus Coffee Bakery and Wine

Domus Coffee Bakery and Wine

A small cafe on Sukhumvit Rd, not far from Thong Lo BTS station.

Location: 1097,1099 Sukhumvit Rd (Between Soi 55 and Soi 57).
Website: www.facebook.com/DomusCoffeeBakeryAndWine

Ted’s Cafe

Ted's Cafe

At the base of Asoke Tower, closer to Petchaburi BTS.

Location: Asoke Tower, Asoke.

cafe@work

cafe@work

Another cafe hidden away in an office tower, handy if you are in the neighbourhood.

Location: Ground Level, Charn Issara Tower II, New Petchburi Road.

Zeno Cafe

Zeno Cafe

A small cafe in Sukhumvit 16, which is not too far from the action of the Asoke BTS/Sukhumvit MRT area.

Location: 25/8 Sukhumvit 16.
Website: www.facebook.com/zenocafethailand

The Third Place

The Third Place

The Third Place is a shared work space where you can buy daily or monthly membership. You can buy a day pass for 150 THB (about $5), which includes a drink, unlimited Wi-Fi and use of office appliances and meetings rooms. There is also monthly membership available for 899 THB (approx $30), which includes a gift voucher for the cafe of 250 THB. This is a good option if you would prefer more of an office environment. This place was just a bit far from my place to make it worthwhile to travel there every day, so I didn’t use it. If I was living closer to it I would definitely join this service. I hope more places like this start up as I would like to work in such a place.

Location: 137-137/1 Sukhumvit 63 (Thonglor 10).
Website: www.thirdplacebangkok.com

Closed

Cafes that have since closed since this list began:

Bookends Cafe, Siam Square 10.
Kofvino Coffee & Wine, 7 Sukhumvit 24.
Cafe Bicycle, Mahatun Plaza, Ploenchit (BTS Ploenchit exit 2 and 4).





Comments

  1. Love this resource! Thank you. So many amazing looking cafes in Bangkok. Wish I had been a coffee drinker when we lived there, I would have loved hanging out in some of these

  2. This is fantastic James! I mostly stay cooped up in my apartment, but with your awesome recommendations, I may have to make some productive work and coffee trips out!

  3. Wow, excellent resource! I’m heading to Thailand soon and will be sure to look a few of these places up. I don’t suppose any of these places have live music such as jazz, do they?

  4. Awesome…have to bookmark this. We are off to Bangkok next!

  5. These are actually really cool cafes. The ones you have here are really intimate and soft too. I’m going to visit Bangkok next year and I can’t wait to check these places out.

  6. Thank you! I’m at recafe now and it’s perfect! I love how you walk through an alley full of food stalls where all the locals (who work at all the luxury hotels nearby?) eat on your way here. It feels so secret and special.

    And a damn good latte to boot!

    • Thanks Josh. I love how you get there through that passage of trees then there are all those local eateries. I’m guessing local workers as well. Glad you enjoyed as much as me :)

  7. Not only cafes but there are some amazing restaurant also with best service, hospitality and delicious food. I have visited Bangkok before and enjoyed eat out at some of the cafes and restaurants. Especially I love the service of MBK Food Court. Cost of is affordable with best quality and great variety of food items. All of these cafes and restaurant makes Bangkok a tourist friendly city. Even some of the cafes plays cool music to entertain the customers.

  8. Brian Hill says:

    James, awesome job as usual! I have not been to any cafes lately,except for Starbucks in Daytona Beach, Florida on Labor Day and one who’s name I forgot in Lake Mary, Florida on Halloween. However I just finished my last Britt coffee from Costa Rica and ground up some dark roast from Sumatra! I got to have my coffee! I also got some Kahlua liquor that came with a bag of arabica coffee beans that they make the liquor from. If your not familiar with Kahlua it is coffee liquor made in Mexico. Very good stuff! Thanks for the email. Brian.

  9. hi James,

    We was met several time at my cafe. I would like to say thank you muchly for your comment on our cafe.
    We still new in this business but what make us happy are customer smile and feel good with our cafe.
    We are welcome everyone, and wish to see you again.

    Regards.

  10. I HATE finding these posts a couple of months after I need them! I’ve tried three times to love Bangkok (albeit for only 48 hours at a time) and these are exactly the kind of places which would help me. Nice post, happy new year James.

    • Oh that’s poor timing, Christian. I didn’t know about many of these places myself until I put in a month in the city so I can understand the frustration of visiting with only a couple of days. Hope you get to have another chance at Bangkok.

  11. Hi james,

    Thanks for the resources.

    Unfortunately when I browse the web for the “best coffee in Bangkok” the write ups seem to be focused on the quality of the cafes them selves rather than the quality of the actual latte or cappucino.

    I’m only here for a few days so I don’t want to waste my time like I did yesterday by trying Agilico. ( The coffee is honestly an insult on all levels)

    I want a good cup of coffee… I mean a really good cup of coffee. Something you’d find so easily in Melbourne, Sydney and now days in Bali!

    Where can I get “that” cup of coffee in Bangkok?

    Please help me ;)

    Thanks Beau

    • Hi Beau, I feel your pain! As a Melburnian I have given up on expecting coffee in Asia that is on a par with anything in Melbourne, so my listings are more for digital nomads looking for a cafe work environment. Having said that, the best coffee is probably at Roast or Bicycle.

  12. Wow… Just wow. I’ve looked at so many blog posts on ‘the best coffee shops’ since getting to Bangkok a year ago, and most seems to suggest the same boring choices… this is an incredibly comprehensive list though. Thanks a lot. Look forward to checking these out.

  13. To tell you the truth, I’m Thai and I had no idea half of these coffee shops existed. :) Thanks for compiling such a great list. It’s time for me to start going through it. :)

  14. Wow, I REALLY wish I had seen this list when I was there – I left BKK thinking the only cafes were the chain outlets in the malls!

  15. Thanks for this post! I have been looking for good places to do some work. I went to Too Fast to Sleep yesterday‎, which is a good one that you could add to this list! http://chewytravels.com/2013/10/01/too-fast-to-sleep-in-bangkok/

    I like that you also list place away from the main roads. It is nice to know that these places exist and if I have time to explore I should be able to find them!

  16. Hey James,

    Do you have a favourite BKK Cafe? We’re exploring today and would love to test Bangkok’s best cafes.

    Hope to meet up again this winter sometime. We might head to the Hooch in the new year if you’re still around?

  17. Li-Bra-Ry is an excellent place to work and you are right to comment on the homely vibe. There are few more hidden gems in the Thonglor area and some decent spots up in Ari that could be added, but thanks for a good all-round summary!

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  19. any places with good wifi where the coffee is only 30 baht? haha :p

  20. Cafe Bicycle in Ploen Chit is closed. Too bad, it was a nice place to work and had good food.

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