Cafe Hopper Review: Bluedoor Cafe and Bookshop@Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok

Was looking forward to visit this cafe since the start of my journey here! Decided to make this my last cafe for the trip and it certainly did not let me down! The cafe in its simplicity has developed it’s own personality and character! From the exterior decor to the interior, the cafe emits a strong sense of local flavor and at the same time not loosing its uniqueness among all the cafés I have visited so far! I couldn’t stop taking photos of little corners of the cafe to give me reader a sense of its artistic flair! This cafe and (UN)Fashion Cafe, just right opposite each other, is certainly comparable and both have a strong personality in doing cafés! I am so glad that they are within the same Soi so that I didn’t have to travel too far to meet one another!

The food that the cafe serve is pretty much local delights. I ordered Krap Bao with chicken meat! This is a very common dish among the Thais! They basically can eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I also ordered the Thai ice milk tea! The milk tea is refreshing but again it’s too sweet for me! Another thing I like about the cafe is that it is a good blend of bookshop and cafés! I have not seen anything like this in Singapore and I certainly hope that we will have one soon in the bear future!

My overall experience with Bluedoor is that it is definitely worth the walk from Thonglor to Ekkamai despite me not feeling well! Especially when I got two cafés for a treat! With Bluedoor marks the end of my cafés tour in Bangkok! The very last cafe that I visited for the trip is actually this stand-alone Starbucks just opposite my hotel! It is simply too tempting not to pay a visit! There aren’t many stand-alone Starbucks in Singapore so I thought this is worth the go!

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Cafe Hopper Review: (UN) Fashion Cafe@Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok

My body was certainly feeling rather tired today. However, still I picked up myself to embark on today’s cafe hopping venture. I must say that I had quite a walk from my hotel to Ekkamai Soi 10 and the weather was simply unbearably hot. I finally reached Ekkamai Soi 10 and found Bluedoor Cafe. Unfortunately the cafe opens only at 11:30am. Ekkamai Soi 10 is a pretty interesting spot with shops selling vintage fashion. While waiting for Bluedoor to open, I took a stroll around the area and guess what, I found another cafe just directly opposite Bluedoor. This is really an interesting cafe because the cafe is one with personality and character. From the outside, the cafe looks like an old, rusty caravan but the inside is far from being a rusty piece of metal. It has a country theme in decor and I love every tiny corner of the cafe. There is a second floor to the cafe but I was too tired to go up for a look.

I ordered an ice latte and some scone. Nothing really fantastic about the food but the ambience of the cafe already mesmerised me so much that it doesn’t matter what they serve. One thing to note is that they make those pastries on their own and I guess that add to the special things about this cafe. Just besides the cafe is a little vintage shop selling vintage fashion.

Overall experience for this cafe, real good one. I love the country theme and its nice just sitting there and listening to all those old country songs, including You are My Sunshine! If you are too tired of walking, you may wish to take a cab here, especially when the weather can be really hot.

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Cafe Hopper Review: Le Pla Daak Cafe@Bangkok Cultural and Arts Center, Bangkok

I always love to visit the Bangkok Cultural and Arts Centre, BACC. Many tourists would not take time to visit this place as they would be too immersed in the shopping spree just diagonally across Siam Center and Siam Paragon. Just opposite the building is the famous MBK, a haven for cheap imitation products. Thus, its easy for many to miss this building though it is always very prominent if you manoeuvre around the Siam area. Not only would you see gallery of art works and photography, you will also be greeted by interesting shops selling unique art related products. Amidst these shops, there are a couple of nice cafes as well. I was rather tired and was considering whether to have my lunch here at BACC or over at Siam Square or Siam Center. Just when I was getting too tired of thinking, right before me was this interesting cafe. I was attracted by the vintage style decor but wasn’t too happy with the menu. Still eventually I stepped in and decided on this one.

I was so overwhelmed by all the interesting vintage style decor and the many old-school display on the shelves. I simply love the feeling of having old stuff surrounding me. The tables, the chairs, the plaques and the many many different kinds of household stuff that turn into art works in this small, little cafe. I ordered ice coffee and a set of BBQ pork with rice. The coffee tasted pretty right but just a little too sweet. Food served is very home-cook style. Just when I was there, the staff were having their lunch and they seemed to be eating pretty much the same thing as I was. So, if you wish to eat something that Thai people eat at home, this is probably a good place to begin with.

I sat there for a while after I finished my lunch and really just enjoying the very classic Thai songs playing at the background. Overall, the experience with this cafe is good and really a good blend of arts and food within this small space. More importantly, do drop by the BACC the next time you come to Bangkok!

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Cafe Hopper Review: Full Stop Cafe@Soi Thonglor, Bangkok

This is not a difficult find at all! Situated along Soi Thonglor, Full Stop Cafe is a Japanese style cafe serving simple western delights like sandwiches and salad! The decor of the cafe is simple! It’s toys and figurine theme definitely give diners a very Japanese feel and of course the many Japanese magazines and books on display the shelves! Well, weather anyone read them or not is really not that crucial! Placing them there already fulfill the theme of the cafe! This is definitely a good theme as many Japanese stay along Soi Thonglor. Well, if you want a good treat of Japanese food in Bangkok, Thonglor is really the place!

The cafe latte is pretty ordinary and the food as well! I guess you can’t do too much of cooking with a very small kitchen just behind the counter! It took a while for the owner to get ready my breakfast and two other diners as well! Though not fantastically well in terms of food and drinks, it is certainly good for a place to sit around to do some reading! I spent quite a while reading my book this morning!

When you get tired, you can always walk around the cafe and admire the cartoon figurines and well, perhaps just take a look at some of the reading materials on the shelves! I would certainly come back here for a good read I suppose.

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Cafe Hopper Review: Audrey Cafe and Bistro@Thonglor 11, Bangkok

This is certainly one cafe that your eyes can’t have enough to see. It has a French classical design for interior decor and the moment you stepped into the courtyard of the cafe, you are already spoiled by the posh and classy outlook. From the table display to the black, elegant chandelier, the cafe is just too beautiful to be missed. This is one place that has lots of personality and character in it. I decided to tuck myself in one corner of the cafe so that I can have a good view of almost everything. The ambience alone will kill diners here.

The menu is not exactly a fusion of Thai-French cuisine. It basically has two types of menu, French and Thai. I took me a while to decide what to eat cos I was really spoiled of all the choices possible. Their signature pork knuckle cube looks totally tempting and I almost gave in to it. However, I promised myself that I won’t resist the temptation again next time. The braised beef is worth trying and apparently it takes 6 hours to braised the beef. Wooooo….how not to try it. Still, I decided to give it a miss since I am travelling alone. In the end, I ordered a simple pasta dish with corn beef and a Thai appetiser, meat wrap with rice skin. Well, I didn’t quite get a fusion but I must say that I pretty like my order.

Honestly I pretty like the outdoor seating if not because the weather is rather warm. I suggest, if you come in December, take the alfresco seating and enjoy the courtyard atmosphere. Trust me, you will for a moment believe that you are in Paris.

I didn’t get to try the pastry because I simply need to reserve some parts of my stomach for other things. The coffee wasn’t really that fragrant and it is rather light for me. Well, I don’t suppose they would pride themselves with their coffee when their food is good and their ambience is almost perfect. I love the short walk out of Thonglor Soi 11…quiet, peaceful and just the right environment to think about the next cafe to hop to. Thonglor is really a cool dinning area in Bangkok!


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Cafe Hopper Review: Peony Teafe and Gallery@ Sala Daeng , Bangkok

This cafe tuck in a corner of Soi Sala Daeng is an interesting find. It’s not too far away from BTS Sala Daeng where the famous street of Silom is! In the night, Silom is buzzing with fun seekers and pleasure finders, not just for the straights but also for the LGBT community! Anyway, that is not my main point! I was expecting a rather difficult find or that the cafe has closed down or something! When I saw the signboard outside the cafe I was so happy! Immediately, I took out my phone started taking pictures of its exterior. The cafe as a very elegant exterior, decorated with dotted peony flowers!

The moment you stepped into the cafe, it gives u a garden cafe kind of feeling! There is flower every where and even the cushion covers are flowers in print! There are three sections to the cafe, namely the counter area, the middle section is an alfresco concept … More like a courtyard, and finally the main dinning hall! It’s good that I have chosen to come here in the morning as the decor really makes yours early morning brighter and lighter!

The main selling point of the cafe is actually the tea as the name of the cafe suggests! There is just too many varieties of traditional tea, fushion tea and flower teas in the menu. I ordered the windmill as it says only available in Peony! The tea is very refreshing and the tea is light enough to give you that fresh sensation! I was rather disappointed that they don’t have scone today! I wanted to try their scone! Eventually I ordered some sandwiches instead.

My overall impression of the place is rather positive and the staff are certainly friendly and good to customers. If you ever come by Bangkok do look out for this flowery cafe at Sala Daeng!

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Cafe Hopper Review: Boyy Cafe@Thonglor 12, Bangkok

I arrived at Suvarnabumi Airport and felt really happy that I am back to this Land of Smiles again! Surprisingly clearing the custom was quite a bliss and even the taxi stand wasn’t crowded! I guess many are still having second thought of coming to Bangkok after several months of unrest by the opposition party! In anyway I came and everything seems pretty normal. I even saw a celebrity and his family on the flight as me. I was rather worried that I would have a hard time finding my hotel. To my pleasant surprise it wasn’t that difficult to locate my accommodation for the next 4 days! Thank God!

My check in was easy and contrary to what they said about the staff in this hotel, I was greeted by a very polite counter staff. Also contrary to what the review online, the room is clean and everything is neat! Wondering now why people said all of those negative comments. After I settled down with the hotel room, I was all ready to go out to hunt for some food! I was lazy to walk over to Soi 38 to buy street food… So I decided to walk into this cafe, Boyy Cafe, to see what they would have for dinner! As I approached the cafe, I was greeted by this big table at the courtyard and really very welcoming!

There weren’t too many people eating but I entered anyway. The cafe gave me a sense of comfort especially after a few hours of traveling! The staff of the cafe was polite and welcoming! The cafe has a mix of modern-rustic design and the lightings in the interior was just right to calm the tired soul! I ordered the Italian Bacon with dried chilly spaghetti and my favorite cafe latte! The latte was great and my first sip was a refreshing one! The milk used was fresh! The spaghetti didn’t look quite appealing initially whoever when I started eating, it’s was good but just a little too oily. I guess this has to do with the Italian bacon!

Overall, I had a very pleasant experience at the Boyy Cafe! A good place to start with and a great chill out place if you are looking for a place to have a great conversation with friends!

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Cafe Hopper on his way to Bangkok!

I will be hunting again! Will be taking a whole week off from my main work and do some cafe hunting in Bangkok! Well, it’s not new for people to do cafe hunting in Krung Thep but this time I really would like to do a good find for all my faithful readers! As a matter of fact, I have already posted some pretty good cafés when I was there for 3 months of sabbatical! I certainly would like to find more this time because I will be travelling alone! It really feels good to be travelling alone again!

So readers, watch out for this blog page for more information on cafés in Krung Thep! Sawadee Krub!

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Cafe Hopper Review: Habitat Coffee @ Upper Thomson

This is the probably third time I am writing about Habitat Coffee at Upper Thomson! I have been following the development and the evolution of this cafe since 2012 when I first visited the cafe during my sabbatical! It wasn’t too much of an attraction other then it being cosy and homely! I remember writing in one of my commentaries that the cafe gives me a very warmth and homely feel however it wasn’t serving too good food and coffee. In addition, being very new, the cafe wasn’t that well-known then!

That was like my first few visits to the cafe! Subsequently, as I visited the cafe, I often see significant changes and improvements made by the team of dedicated coffee makers! For instant, the menu was significantly improved and the quality of food definitely up by a few levels. The quality of cuppa also went up and certainly more fragrant and the after taste of the coffee is smoother now! I believe that I mentioned the owner insist on doing latte arts on all his coffee! Take a moment to see him make coffee and you will see that there is a large spoon of sincerity in every cuppa coffee. This is very important!

This afternoon I had a chat with the owner and was telling him that I am so encouraged by the growth and evolution of Habitat! Things have changed so much for the better and business is rolling good! I like what he said to me…that making coffee is really a tough job and he experienced a lot of setbacks as well! I think this is so real! I would like to say that, the owner has done very well in trying to upkeep the standard and making every customer a happy customer! What I like about him is that he is also a Christian! Good to see and know that a fellow Christian brother is doing well in his business and also giving back to His Kingdom! Well done!

If you have not been to Habitat, make a trip down to this cafe a long upper Thomson and get a homely experience there! I will be keeping track of the evolution of this cafe and will certainly update you of anything here in my blog!