With metro tiles, bare lightbulbs and – dear god – iced coffees in mason jars being all the rage in Bangkok’s coffee shops these days, these old-style cafes found in Bangkok’s Old Town are a welcome change of scenery. Don’t expect Ethiopian beans, avocado toast or cold brew lattes, but good ‘ol Thai coffee and kaya toast at old-time prices.
On Lok Yun (ออน ล๊อก หยุ่น)
An institution in Bangkok’s Old Town, On Lok Yun dishes up Thai-style American breakfast classics such as fried or scrambled eggs, ham, and sausages. You’re going to find better American breakfasts elsewhere in town, so we recommend sticking to what they do best: Thai iced tea (cha yen) and toast. The toast is incredibly fluffy and comes with a side of sugar and butter, condensed milk or egg custard (kaya).
Step inside, and it immediately shows that little has changed since its opening 80 years ago: a no-frills interior with wooden cabinets on either side filled with a wide range of 80’s style tins, condiments, and Thai paraphernalia. This nostalgia-inducing cafe attracts a mix of young locals and Thai-Chinese aunties and has also become a rite of passage for many Singaporean travelers, thanks to its extensive coverage on Instagram and blogs (avoid their hour-long photo shoots by visiting on a weekday).
Tip: while you’re in the area, hop by Bangkok’s first-ever department store The Nightingale Olympic a few blocks away from here.
72 Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok
Rule: you can’t leave On Lok Yun without snapping at least one picture like this.
Kopi Hya Tai Kee (โกปี๊ เฮี้ยะไถ่กี่)
With marble-top tables, vintage portraits on the wall and tea served in Chinese ceramic cups, Hya Tai Kee is easily the most photogenic pick of this list. Its menu is also the most extensive, as aside from coffee and toast, you’ll find a wide selection of curries
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