There is a long checklist as to what exactly makes a café work-friendly. From comfortable seating to extended hours, here are Bangkok‘s best coffee shops in which to work.
Cafés do not get more work-friendly than Too Fast To Sleep. As the name suggests, sleeping is not allowed in the establishment’s main seating area. The chairs are certainly comfortable enough to take a quick power nap before hammering out whatever work it is visitors need to accomplish, however. In addition to ample and comfy seating, Too Fast To Sleep is a quiet café: no talking is allowed, at least in one particular zone, which is great because there is no better, sure-fire way to get absolutely nothing done than to sit next to someone who is incredibly chatty (and loud). In addition to great coffee and sweet desserts, Too Fast To Sleep is open 24 hours a day.
Cafés do not get much cozier than Little Spoon, tucked away on an unnoteworthy street in Asoke. Visitors have to follow the prints up a flight of stairs before finally arriving at the café. The walls are whitewashed and complement the ample, wooden seating, and an adorable small cactus plant decorates each table. The larger seating area found in Little Spoon has floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook trees, a rare sight in Bangkok. The music playing softly throughout the café almost sounds like what one would play in a nursery. In addition to providing visitors with a work-friendly setting, Little Spoon is serving up some delicious and affordable brews, including their delicious mocha (฿95), mint latte (฿90), and even an americano pure vanilla float (฿135). They also have teas, non-caffeinated drinks, some Thai cuisine, and delicious homemade desserts, like their strawberry waffle tower (฿280).
Cafés that operate 24 hours a day are the friendliest of places for work. But just because an establishment is open all night does not mean you want to be there until the sun comes up the next day; however, this is not the case with 24 Owls Cafe & Bistro. Located in Ekkamai, this coffee shop lures in worker bees with the large “we never sleep” sign in all caps. Once inside, the décor is like no other in the capital, with no detail neglected; this unique space features painted murals on every wall. One is a large tree, with nothing other than a handful of colorful owls occupying its stretching branches. Comfort is key when it comes to working, and every chair in this coffee shop has a pillow or cushion, and there are also some plush couches and armchairs on which to sit. From their signature espresso amarina (฿149) to their latte (฿105), the coffees here will not disappoint, and they are strong enough to keep even the sleepiest of customer awake. Those who work up an appetite should check out their extensive menu, with soups, salads, appetizers, pasta, and more.
No one would guess that the infamous Soi Cowboy is almost right across the street from this coffee shop and eatery duo. Artís is a quaint café located in a not-so-quaint area of town. Visitors to Thailand can escape the madness that is Asok and instead opt for a delicious brew at Artís, with a selection of blended, iced, and hot coffee drinks. This spot is one of the more affordable coffee shops in town regardless of its central location, with coffees starting at only ฿70. The coffee shop is relatively small, with a handful of seating available indoors. Those who are immune to Bangkok’s heat can choose from a number of seats available outside Artís’s sliding glass doors.
There are plenty of Tom N Toms found around the city, but one of the most work-friendly spots in town is the coffee shop located in Phra Khanong. It is only a three-minute walk from the station. What makes this spot so inviting is the number of different seating arrangements it offers. There are lovely outdoor tables and chairs for those who need some vitamin D to get into work mode, and there is also a high-topped table with chairs that is big enough for a group of people. Unlike specialty coffee shops, Tom N Toms has three different coffee cup sizes to choose from, in addition to a wide variety of drinks. One purchase allows visitors three hours of wi-fi, but the friendly baristas here will oftentimes give out another slip upon request. In addition to drinks, Tom N Toms makes delicious, handmade pretzels that fill the café with the most pleasant of aromas as it cooks. Chowing down on one of these provides customers with the perfect break before getting back to work. The best thing about Tom N Toms is that it is open all day and night.
Those who weave through the back sois (streets) of Ekkamai will have the pleasure of stumbling across Vanilla Garden, an inconspicuous café for those who are not on the lookout for it. This place is no ordinary coffee shop, as Vanilla Garden is made up of several different buildings, each one equipped with different décor and cuisine. Those looking to get some work done should head to Vanilla Bake Shop, as it has the most enticing of aromas from the many oven-baked goods they are cooking up while customers work. From baked Danish toast (฿380) to warm baked desserts (฿395-420), there are plenty of goodies from which to choose. There is also ample seating, with both indoor and outdoor seating available. It is incredibly stylish, made up of wooden accents in combination with stainless steel décor. Vanilla Garden’s menu is certainly on the pricier side, with coffees starting at ฿130, but what this café lacks in affordability, it makes up for in ambiance and an aesthetically pleasing place to get some work done.
Located just a five-minute walk from the BTS Skytrain Station Victory Monument is Factory Coffee – Bangkok. This café is bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows doubling as an exterior. Other than this, the coffee shop is homely and seemingly dressed down. The only pieces of décor are plants protruding from mason jars found on some of the tables; however, this is a great place for those hoping to accomplish the many items on their work checklist. Smooth jazz serenades customers while they work, and hard benches and short, tin stools are the only seating that Factory Coffee – Bangkok has. They certainly are not cushy and comfortable, but they are great for sitting up straight and getting down to business. The main reason to visit this coffee shop is to try one of its signature drinks. Some of their creative brews include the mocha sea salt (฿150), el brown espresso, which is an espresso with chocolate milk (฿100), and white citrus (฿120). They also have delicious chocolate brownies (฿45) should workers need a sweet, sweet break.
There are many reasons as to why a café is more work-friendly than most. Things like wi-fi and late, extended hours are no-brainers; however, oftentimes even the most minuscule of details can make a café the perfect place to sit and get work done. One detail often overlooked is comfort. A coffee shop can have the best of brews, coolest of atmospheres, and friendliest of baristas, but if the seating is less than comfortable, you are not going to want to sit, stay, and work. Luckily, (un) FASHION Cafe has some of the snuggest seating in town, with plush benches decked out with large pillows and padded seats. The delicious coffees and cool concept are added bonuses. This must-visit spot sits off the BTS Skytrain Station Ekkamai and is about a 20-minute walk from the station or a short motorbike taxi ride away.
Dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-free – you pick the dietary need, and (Not Just) Another Cup is sure to satisfy. This quaint café, located in Silom, sits under the towering MahaNakhon, the tallest building in Bangkok. Regardless of its neighbor, (Not Just) Another Cup holds it grounds with its delicious brunch, desserts, and caffeine options. The coffee shop comprises two floors, each one equipped with ample seating for digital nomads to occupy. What makes this place stand apart from the rest is the variety of delicious offerings found on the menu, with rare items including an acai bowl. While its mouthwatering coffee menu is a bit on the pricier side, it is sure to please even the biggest of coffee connoisseurs with its cups of joe, such as espressos and a sea salt caramel latte.
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