The 10 Best Cafes For Study or Work in Bangkok, Thailand

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Cafe work | © StockSnap / Pixabay
Photo of Leslie Finlay
27 May 2018

Between a non-stop festival calendar, incredible art and music options, and its legendary nightlife, living in Bangkok seems like it could be one big party. But for those days when you need to catch up on work or study, check out these awesome hideaways.

FU.5 Coffee

Cafe, Dessert, Thai, American
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Fu.5 Coffee | © Fu.5 Coffee

Open 24 hours, this quaint café will keep your creative juices flowing all night long, buoyed by their excellent coffee and snacks menu. WiFi is as strong as the coffee, and there are private meeting rooms available along with the reclaimed wood look of the café’s common space – the clean and simple design seriously focuses the mind.

Too Fast To Sleep

Cafe, American, Thai, $$$
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Freelance from anywhere | © Kelly Iverson

This bright and quirky café also boasts a 24-hour schedule, with enough drinks and incredible sweets on the menu to tide you through any work assignment. The huge, lofty space is packed with varieties of areas in which to work – from dining-style tables surrounded with beautiful plants, to cosy and cushioned coves inviting you to curl up and read.

Library at Candide (The Jam Factory)

Cafe, American, Thai, Dessert
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Library at Candide shares its creative space with Jam Factory Bangkok | © Library at Candide

This riverside café is in a converted warehouse, sharing the space with the popular Jam Factory Bangkok – a creative cultural space that often hosts gallery showings, community markets, and live music events. The space itself has high, vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall bookshelves, as well as plenty of seating options such as secluded corners and those with garden views.

Storyline Bangkok

Cafe, Thai, Dessert, Japanese, $$$
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Storyline Bangkok | © Storyline Bangkok

This highly stylish Sukhumvit workspace is after the popular co-working trend taking over Bangkok, featuring all the bells and whistles needed for a productive day of work. Its menu is of much better quality than similar cafes – and broader than just a great selection of sweet treats – from ultra-filling Japanese noodle soups to grilled sea bass or hand-rolled sushi.

FabCafe Bangkok

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FabCafe has lots of quiet space for solo working, team projects, and large workshops — with the latest technology available to unleash your inner genius. | © FabCafe Bangkok
Tucked away in ultra-hip Ari, FabCafe is a Japanese branch that recently expanded to locations like Bangkok and Singapore. Its setup is minimalistic and bright, and use of its café and WiFi is entirely free. For more in-depth projects, several spaces of different sizes are available for rent, each including a projector, screen, audio system, and white board. Or unleash your inner artist and check out its on-site 3D printer, laser cutter, 3D scanner, and other specialist digital equipment. The space also hosts a number of workshops and events centered around the use of its equipment, like its kids-focused “Nerdy Derby,” and its recent workshop on sustainable fashion.

Wanderlust Café

Cafe, Australian, $$$
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Get your fill of the town's tastiest brunch while working the morning away | © Wanderlust Coffee

Be your own muse at Wanderlust Café without compromising on the best breakfast around. The bed-and-breakfast concept café features minimalistic design and the space is constantly flooded with natural light plus splashes of green among the concrete accents, driving productivity all day long. They also energize busy Bangkokites with locally-sourced Chiang Mai coffee and a huge selection of Melbourne-inspired brunch items like skillet pancakes, chia pudding, and loaded breakfast plates. If you’re in the mood for something more hearty, don’t miss the eight-hour-braised pulled beef burger smothered in Cajun seasoning.

Hobbyist Cafe

Cafe, Thai, Dessert, 0
Hobbyist Cafe | © Hobbyist Cafe
This delightfully eccentric café is packed with odd knick-knacks and treasures devoted to hobbyists of all kinds – from collectors of odd artifacts to board game aficionados and many interests in between. The space is quiet and extremely low-key, making it easy to toil away the day with whatever you need to get done, spurred by cup after cup of their excellent coffee and addictive pastries.

Think Tank

Cafe, Thai, Dessert, $$$
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Think Tank has tons of individual spaces, including this bright, airy patio | © Think Tank

Though located in a less convenient area than its counterparts, Think Tank makes up for its remoteness with tons of options for a great day of work. The massive, university library-like space is fit for up to 200 people and split into several zones, including a reading room with bean bags and a break room. There are also private meeting rooms available for groups.

Hello Strangers Café

Cafe, Thai, Dessert, $$$
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The cafe's signature Monkey Brain Latte | © Hello Strangers Cafe

Channeling the style of a beautiful Brookyln loft, this bright space – and attached backyard – offers some quiet reprieve from busy Sukhumvit. The menu has been recently expanded to include more lunch options, and its monkey brain latte served in a skull glass is a must-have.

April Store

Cafe, Thai, Dessert
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Join the student-jammed study session at April Store | © April Store

A favourite among Chulalongkorn Univeristy students, this café is known for its Aeropress coffee, delivering a smooth taste without a bitter note. The menu is small but reasonably priced, and the airy, open space is nearly always dotted with hard-at-work students creating a productive, focused vibe.

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