Siam is arguably one of Bangkok’s hippest area for retail therapy. Shopping malls litter the strip, each one bigger and grander than the last, catering to all kinds of tastes and budgets. The interconnected overhead bridges help shoppers hop from one mall to another, as up there the pollution and heat of the streets below are noticeably missing.
Siam is also home to various dining establishments and hip cafes, a testament to Bangkok’s thriving cafe scene. Here are five of our favourites that we would be happy to re-visit again and again!
White Flower Factory, Siam Square One
White Flower Factory serves really good Thai food at affordable prices. The cafe is spacious and airy, with high ceilings and a long communal table stretching down its length. It has an industrial feel, all concrete walls and visible pipings.
We arrived early and the staff informed us they were not open yet, and to come back at 11am. In fact, a lot of places in Siam (and elsewhere in Bangkok!) do not open before 11am on weekdays – so don’t bother coming down before then. We had early lunch there and throughly enjoyed our meal. We spent around THB 480 (~SGD 25) for the two of us, which was fairly reasonable. The cafe also has a super-tantalising desserts counter, but we had to give the cakes a miss – next time!!
White Flower Factory Siam Square One, 4th Floor Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm (on paper) But don't come before 11 am!
Yingdeaw Homemade, Siam Square One
We gave desserts at White Flower Factory a miss because we wanted to visit this place. My friend T has an eternal craving for waffles, and since Yingdeaw Homemade was famous for them, we decided to give this place a try. And oh my. Let me make this bold statement: this small hole-in-the-wall establishment just beside White Flower Factory serves the BEST waffles I’ve had, ever!
I’m not a big fan of waffles and I find most to be just okay – but the ones from Yingdeaw Homemade were so very good. It was crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and the cold ice cream complimented the hot, made-to-order waffles beautifully. I still dream of these waffles now, no kidding. Make sure to try them when you’re in Bangkok. And it doesn’t hurt that the place is cute as a button.
Yingdeaw Homemade Siam Square One, 4th Floor Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm But then again don't come before 11 am ;D
Greyhound Cafe, Groove @ CentralWorld
Greyhound is probably a household name amongst cafe goers in Bangkok. The chain has a number of outlets and a few sister brands scattered around the city. It’s like Singapore’s P.S Cafe – each cafe with its own chic decor and hip address. I had dinner here once and the food then was nothing too remarkable, but the cafe serves the BEST rendition of a banoffee pie. Ever.
The dessert comes in a jar, with oreo crumbs at the bottom, bananas, a lovely layer of toffee sauce, topped off with a generous dollop of cream. I dug in to the very bottom to make sure I had a bit of everything, and then had my first spoonful. YUM. The sweetness was just right, and the texture combination – crunchy crumbs and soft bananas and airy cream – was wonderful. It was definitely one of the best desserts I had ever had. Or then again maybe I’m biased because I love toffee 😀
Greyhound Cafe Groove @ CentralWorld, 1st Floor Opening hours: 11 am to 11 pm Website: http://www.greyhoundcafe.co.th/
Mr. Jones’ Orphanage, Siam Center
Desserts, desserts, desserts! Mr. Jones’ Orphanage serves a wide range of mouth-watering cakes and desserts. Visit with a large group so you can try many things at once, or just accept the fact you’d have to wait until the next time you visit Bangkok to try all the different cakes.
The place itself has a very whimsical feel and design. It is decorated with teddy bears sitting inside carriages on low-hanging wooden railway tracks, which you have to duck beneath when you pass by. The seats are, I assume, fashioned after those in vintage train compartments. Personally I felt it was all a tad too gimmicky, and the seats were super cramped. But the cakes we had were fantastic! So come for the food 😀
Mr. Jones' Orphanage Siam Center, 2nd Floor (Just beside the exit leading to Siam Paragon) Opening hours: 11 am to 10 pm
After You Dessert Cafe
Shibuya-style honey toast right in the center of Bangkok! 🙂
“Eat Shibuya honey toast in Bangkok? Are you serious?? Isn’t it a Japanese thing??”
You would probably wonder why eat Shibuya toast in Bangkok BUT this is definitely the place for all the “sweet-toothed” out there!
Other than Shibuya honey toasts, they also have buttermilk pancake, chocolate lava, brownies, mille crepe and scones! I tried their pancakes and scones before, but I find them alright, not as special as the honey toasts : So try their various honey toasts when you are at After You! 🙂
After You’s honey toasts are to die for!
It’s so fluffy.. I’m gonna die….
No kidding!! Their toasts are seriously good! The toast is hot, fluffy and buttery! Yum <3
So what are you waiting for? Don’t forget to visit After You Dessert Cafe when you are in Bangkok because there’s always room for desserts! 😉
After You Dessert Cafe, Central World Central World Mall 7th Floor Opening hours: 10.00 AM - 10.00 PM (everyday) For the complete list of locations, click here