Bangkok's 12 Best Weekend Brunches

Buffet-style dining is common for weekend brunches in Bangkok
Buffet-style dining is common for weekend brunches in Bangkok | © András Barta / Flickr
Sarah Williams

Looking for a top place for a Bangkok brunch for the weekend? Look no further! Enjoy delicious food and drinks in great surroundings, and relax and catch up with friends or make food part of your day’s travelling adventures. Here are some of the City of Angels’ best places to start your day with a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch.

1. Le Café des Stagiaires

Restaurant, American, French, Swiss, Thai

Cheese board
© Lonnie / Flickr

A casual and cosy eatery that’s a favourite spot for friends looking to chill and chat over an early weekend meal, Le Café des Stagiaires is located in an old shop house in Sathorn. There are plenty of vintage touches to catch the eye. Trendy but relaxed, the eclectic menu draws upon the tastes of the international owners. While the café doesn’t open until the afternoon during the week, remaining open until late for those who want dinner, drinks, and a dance, the weekend brunch menu has a selection of dishes with American, French, and Swiss influences. Choices include the croquet truffle, chicken satay, cheese and meat platters, sausage and eggs, croissants, and brie and walnut with crusty bread. Push the boat out and have a tasty cocktail too.

2. One Ounce For Onion

Cafe, Restaurant, American

© Katrin Gilger / Flickr

One Ounce for Onion is located in the hip area of Ekkamai. The fashion café has a range of accessories for sale, including many trendy sunglasses. The chilled out spot is ideal for sitting and chatting with friends over a cup of good coffee or a fruit smoothie. The food menu is compact, but there are enough options to suit most tastes. Items include waffles, croissants, stuffed ciabbatas, meatballs, gnocchi, and weekend specials like the farmer’s hot pan. Don’t forget your camera since everything is very Instagrammable!

3. Trader Vic’s

Hotel Restaurant, American, Seafood, Thai, European

Mai Tai cocktails
© Sam Howzit / Flickr

Located in the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Trader Vic’s is a popular place for food and drink on any day of the week. It is especially great at weekends, however, with the Sunday brunch drawing lots of food-loving folk. Served between 11.30 am and 3 pm, relax in the Polynesian-themed restaurant, slip a flower garland around your neck, sip on a Mai Tai cocktail, and savour the views of the Chao Phraya River as you sample a delicious selection of cuisine from all around the world. There’s a cheese and meat room and the buffet includes sushi, Thai favourites, seafood, Indian tandoori, Beijing duck, Italian pizzas and pastas, steak, and more. Cocktails, wine, and other drinks are included in the package price (a cheaper package is available without alcoholic drinks). Remember to leave a little space for the drool-worthy selection of desserts too!

4. Quince

Restaurant, Mediterranean

Salmon and poached eggs
© Katherine Lim / Flickr

Located in Sukhumvit next door to Sing Sing Theater, Quince is a classy spot with cosy indoor seating, a semi-open conservatory, and seats outside among lush greenery. The brunch menu has a good selection of veggie-friendly dishes as well as meaty favourites; interestingly, the Australian chef used to be a vegetarian but has started eating meat again. The restaurant uses mainly locally sourced ingredients to create tastes from various countries in the Mediterranean region; from Morocco and Lebanon to Italy and Spain, there are plenty of exciting dishes to choose between. Brunch examples include spaghetti carbonara, shakshuka, scrambled tofu, roast pumpkin salad, open steak sandwich, and salmon with poached eggs.

5. Rang Mahal

Restaurant, Indian

Indian samosa
© anokarina / Flickr

Fans of Indian cuisine, particularly fare from North India, should check out Rang Mahal. Located in Khlong Toei on the rooftop of the high-class Rembrandt Hotel, it’s one of the most highly acclaimed Indian restaurants in Bangkok. There are set menus and a la carte options to choose between for dinner, while on Sundays there is a large brunch buffet with a wide variety of veg, meat, and seafood specialities. The price is reasonable and brunch is available between 11 am and 2.30 pm.

6. Coffee Beans by Dao

Cafe, Thai

Thai noodles
A bowl of Thai noodles anokarina / Flickr

If you’re planning to spend your weekend in Bangkok indulging in some retail therapy, Coffee Beans by Dao could be a fantastic place to start you day. There are several outlets around Bangkok, but the branches in Siam Paragon and Central World are best located for shopaholics. People with a sweet tooth will be especially happy here; this place is famous for its awesome cakes! Casual, relaxed, and popular, the café also offers a good selection of Thai food and dishes with international influences. Soups, salads, noodles, steak, grilled chicken, satay, and sesame shrimp toast are a few options to choose between.

7. Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok

Cafe, American, Thai

Coffee with Hello Kitty design
© Tomohiro Ohtake / Flickr

If you want to inject some whimsical cuteness into your weekend, Hello Kitty House is ideal. Self-labelled as a ‘House of Happiness’, visitors can surround themselves with Sanrio scenes, pastel shades, chairs topped with Hello Kitty heads, flowers, and plenty of kitsch touches. The colourful meals are super Instagrammable, with things like pink cheesy toast, spaghetti tom yam gung, Hello Kitty pad Thai, and the pancake brunch. The cakes, including strawberry shortcake, candy cream cheese, rainbow crepe cake, and pinky star cheesecake, are equally as pretty, and even the drinks are photogenic.

8. Espresso

Hotel Restaurant, Seafood, Thai, European

Oysters on ice
© Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

A fancy Bangkok hotel close to Lumpini Park, the InterContinental Bangkok’s Sunday brunch at Espresso is one of the best places in the City of Angels for a weekend seafood feast. There are Thai, Mediterranean, European, and Japanese delights to tempt you, and the lobster, oysters, sushi, mussels, and prawns satisfy even the most discerning of seafood lovers. Sip a glass of bubbly and unwind to the mellow sounds of jazz. Children are welcome and there are lower prices for younger diners. The buffet brunch is available from 12 noon to 3 pm on Sundays.

9. Library Café

Cafe, Thai, Japanese

Thai food
© smalljude / Flickr

For a light bite and a chilled out morning, the Library Café in Sukhumvit is tough to beat. The cosy Japanese-style café has a range of books in several languages, great for avid bookworms who want to indulge in their favourite pastime and lose themselves in the pages of a good read. Of course, you can also visit with friends and sit and chat! It attracts a local crowd, often including young professionals and students. Slip your shoes off and head upstairs to the low tables and floor cushions or settle into one of the armchairs on the ground floor. There’s a basic but satisfying selection of Thai and Japanese meals as well as sweet treats and drinks.

10. Chatuchak Café

Hotel Restaurant, American, Thai, European

© Masayuki (Yuki) Kawagishi / Flickr

Chatuchak Café can be found within the Centara Grand, and it’s a great place to dine if you’re planning on hitting the famous weekend market at the same time. The Sunday buffet is available between 11.30 am until 3 pm, though a la carte dining is available on other days and at other times. The brunch buffet has a huge selection of items to pile onto your plate, including breads, cheeses, cooked meats and cold cuts, seafood, salads, and more. There’s also a selection of Thai favourites if you want to mix up your dining experience. And you’ll find it hard to resist the dessert table.

11. The China House

Hotel Restaurant, Chinese

Dim sum
© Lou Stejskal / Flickr

The China House is a chic and elegant restaurant within the luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Transport yourself to Shanghai during its thriving Art Deco period and admire the beautiful décor as you soak up the refined ambience. Unlike many of the city’s high-class hotels, the Mandarin Oriental offers a delectable weekend buffet brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. The buffet tables are laden with a selection of some of the restaurant’s popular Cantonese dishes, including spring rolls, dumplings, soups, sweet and sour pork, tofu and mushroom in oyster sauce, seafood crispy noodles, and beef with peppercorn and soy sauce. Two packages are available, one with free-flow wine and the other with no alcoholic beverages included. The seafood buffet at Lord Jim’s, also part of the Mandarin Oriental, is also a popular brunch option.

12. Little Market

Cafe, Thai, American

© Michael Saechang / Flickr

A cute, colourful, and cosy café close to Bangkok’s historic old area and the river, Little Market opened its doors in September 2016, providing Charoenkrung with a cool little café-cum-diner. Vintage designs suit the restored shop house perfectly. Get your morning caffeine fix with a cup of coffee made using beans grown in Chiang Rai and satisfy your hunger with a bowl of filling muesli, pancakes, burgers, and baked goods. The prices are reasonable, the atmosphere is relaxed, and it’s easy to feel right at home here. Come on Saturdays for a weekend morning feed. The café is closed on Sundays.

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