[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 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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Another handy cafe if you are in the Asoke/Sukhumvit area.
Location: Sukhumvit Rd, near Soi 25.
Factory Espresso Bar
Nice little independent cafe on Thanon Phayathai.
Location: Thanon Phayathai, between Victory Monument and Phayathai BTS stations.
A cafe with a restaurant attached next door. Nice open space here and good work bench.
Location: Thanon Phayathai (BTS Phayathai – Exit 1).
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.
A bright white-washed cafe in Ari.
Location: 111/1 Soi Phahon Yothin 7 (btwn Soi Ari 3 & 4), Phaya Thai.
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.
Coffee Society is the best option on Silom and extra points for being open 24 hours.
Location: 12/3 Silom Road (Saladaeng BTS).
Nice cafe located in front of the The Siam Heritage Hotel in the Silom area.
Location: The Siam Heritage, 115/1 Surawong Road.
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
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).
At the base of Asoke Tower, closer to Petchaburi BTS.
Location: Asoke Tower, Asoke.
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.
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.
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).
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).
The Bagel Cafe, 72/1 Sukhumvit 63