Many people treat Bangkok as a gateway to the islands or to northern Thailand, or sometimes as a place to do some shopping, when in truth Bangkok holds lots of things to see and to do. One of the coolest among such is going to cafes with a special, sometimes somewhat strange, concept – The type you’ll only find in Asia. When we arrived in Bangkok, I was reminded of having read about a café for unicorns. I told my husband, Roman, that we’ll go there, but upon further research I found that there are many more cafes in such a cool, over-the-top style. 🙂
Despite being on a tight schedule in Bangkok, I told Roman I’d like to visit seven of the cafés I’ve found which seemed the most unique, since they’re really cool and I think people would be glad to know there are such places in Bangkok. He was hesitant to join me at first, but after visiting the first one he decided it was cool and joined me for the next ones, as well (Which is lucky, as I needed someone to take pictures of me :))
We had a special experience which you undoubtedly can’t find outside Asia and I wanted to share it with you and give you some idea of cafés you’ve got to try the next time you’re in Bangkok.
BTW if you are looking for a driver in Bangkok, We used Tom’s services. He took us to Kanchanaburi and to the airport. He is a local driver who has a transportation company with his lovely wife Dee. Link to Tom and Dee’s email
Cafés in Bangkok with a cool concept
This one was among our favorites. Although really kitschy, the pink, optimistic vibe of the place pulls you in and makes you want to stay forever after only a few minutes. There is a menu with many desserts and special slurpees. We ordered a star slurpee and a pancake dish, both of which were really colorful and pretty. The slurpee wasn’t as good, but the pancakes we simply devoured. They also have hamburgers on their menu (We saw a couple order one and it looked really cool). What I liked the most is that you can rent a unicorn costume. I must admit I felt ridiculous at first, but having gotten over it within a few minutes, it became a lot of fun :).
Renting a costume costs you 100 baht, and you can also buy it for 1200 baht. I didn’t end up buying it, which is a bit of a bummer in afterthought. The costumes come in a variety of sizes and I think it’s totally worth getting one as a souvenir!
Address 44/1 ซอย สาทร 8 สีลม Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
This coffee house is super cute. It’s filled with large dolls of the Moomin characters. They have a food and drink menu and it’s all Moomin themed.
The café is inside the mall, but once you enter, you feel as if you’ve walked into your favorite childhood show. We ordered a cappuccino and a refreshing fruit drink. We just came from the unicorn café, so we weren’t hungry and didn’t order any of the food, but I did ask the couple next to us to take a picture of their pancakes, which looked good :).
Inside Siam Center Mall
240 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
Hello Kitty Café
This café is an entire kingdom devoted to Hello Kitty. It’s a very large café, spanning two floors (The largest of all the cafés we’ve visited). Its design is entirely pink, with pictures of Hello Kitty. There’s an extensive menu of food, drinks and desserts. There are vitrines with a wide variety of desserts, such as cakes, cupcakes and more – and they are all Hello Kitty shaped. We decided to have a small breakfast of pancakes, sausages, fried egg and coffee. The meal was very cute, and we enjoyed sitting there and eating a small, heart shaped friend egg on a tiny Hello Kitty toast.
Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Alice In Wonderland Café
A coffee house straight out of the stories. Of the cafés we’ve been to, this one’s design may have had the most effort invested into it. While there, you truly feel as if visiting Alice’s world and there’s a side room to take pictures in as well. Of course, we’ve used it for a couple of photos with the mini-cakes we ordered. The café has a vitrine with Alice In Wonderland themed mini-cakes. The atmosphere was more intimate, and the visitors were mostly adults who’ve come to enjoy themselves rather than families.
5/1 Ekkamai 10 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Dreamy Maids Café
This café had the coolest waitresses ever. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures, but I can describe them: They’re dressed up as housemaids and when they bring you your order they do a little ceremony which the diners are asked to take part in (A bit embarrassing, but very funny). When the waitress came over to us for the first time she lit a candle symbolizing that from that moment on – We entered the world of dreams and all our wishes will come true.
The concept for this café comes from Japan. I haven’t gotten to visit Japan, but from what I read, the reviews find this experience authentic and very similar to the Japanese experience. They have laws and little rituals like in Japan and the waitresses do a dance sometimes which is really cute and funny.
Of all the cafés we’ve been to, the experience here was undoubtedly the most culturally interesting. The waitresses have a high, child-like voice and they get very invested in their character. The café is inside the MBK and since you’ll most likely get to visit this mall, I recommend trying this café along the way. They also have really tasty, cute desserts – another good reason to visit.
MBK center 7th Fl. 444 Phayathai Rd Pathumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Fairy Tales and fiction inspired café
This café had the highest quality food and drinks, and its design was special with evident effort put into it. It works well for an evening outing as well, since it serves cool, unique cocktails and is open late.
We arrived during the afternoon and decided to have a crazy chocolate soufflé dessert and… Purple yam coffee! (Yes, apparently that’s a thing). It was coffee made with yam, and unsurprisingly tasted a lot like yam. It was a little too sweet for my taste, but definitely a special flavor I’ve never tasted before. The dessert’s presentation was very impressive and unique and we really liked it, despite not usually being fans of chocolate desserts.
Thong Lo 4, Khlong Tan Nuea, (4,315.69 mi)
Japanese restaurant with robot waiter
This was the place Roman was most excited by. It’s a Japanese restaurant where the waiter is a robot. There’s a glass separating the tables and the robot (I was a little bummed out by this), but the robot itself is very cool and brings the food up to the table, serving it through a little window.
Sometimes there’s rhythmic music and the robot starts dancing. This was definitely not a day-to-day experience. We ordered a nice sushi dish and beer. The food itself is cheap and tasty, not too fancy, but most come to experience the robot.
3/F, Monopoly Park, 59/27 Rama 3 Rd., Thailand