Ari cafe-hopping guide
If you’re deep in the cafe-hopping trend and are looking for new brunch spots to hit up in Bangkok for cakes, coffee, and IG shots, we hear you. Ari, which is known to many Bangkokians as the city’s cafe hot spot, is one of the coolest neighbourhoods to visit.
From a death-themed cafe to one with all things avocado, here are 10 cafes in Ari with affordable prices.
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1. Oh! Vacoda Cafe
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Oh! Vacoda is an avocado-inspired cafe that sits right at the corner of Ari Samphan Soi 4. You’ll notice this peach-coloured cafe and its yellow scooter from a distance.
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The interior decor of the place is reminiscent of an American cafe from the 70s, which makes this cafe look cool. Aside from its vintage vibe and retro artwork on the walls, neon lights also come on during the evening, which add a cool atmosphere.
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As for their food and drinks, the one drink you can’t miss out on is the Avoothie (฿150). This creamy smoothie mixes fresh chunks of avocado and lime juice and is overly thick. Chocolate lovers can go for the Iced Cacao-Cado (฿110) instead. It is not too sweet, so it doesn’t feel too “heavy” on the palate.
Besides drinks, they serve up avocado dishes too. For a unique Thai twist, try the signature Kaprao Avocado (฿190). This comes with stir-fried basil pork, an egg, and fried avocado – definitely not something you’ll find at a normal street stall.
Oh! Vacoda Cafe
Address: 1/1, Ari Samphan Soi 4, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 80-046-0349
Opening Hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
2. Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe
Yes, this is a real cafe, not a funeral ceremony. Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe has been extremely popular since the very first day it opened, thanks to its completely unique theme compared to other cafes in Bangkok.
Inside, you’ll find death-related decor, including a fake skeleton that adds a morbidly cool touch to the cafe. There are air-conditioned indoor and outdoor zones for you to sit and have some drinks.
Their signature drinks are named after the stages of life: Born, Elder, Painful, and Death. We recommend going for Death (฿150), a chocolate frappe topped with whipped cream, and snacks like Oreo and a Pocky stick. If you’re visiting on a hot day, go for Birth (฿120), a refreshing drink that features soda and fruity berry syrup.
The best part is that you can take part in the following activities to get a ฿5 discount on your order:
- Like and Share their Facebook page
- Answer the barista’s question cards
- Join their “Before Death” activities like writing a message to yourself
- Sleep in their coffin
Kid Mai Death Awareness Cafe
Address: 1191, Ari Soi 1, Phahonyotin Rd., Bangkok
Telephone: +66 63-324-4519
Opening Hours: 9AM-7PM, Daily
3. Thong Yoy Cafe
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With its vibrant rose-gold exterior, Thong Yoy Cafe stands out to everyone who passes by Ari Samphan Soi 7. This luxurious looking cafe doesn’t only offer Thai-style desserts and drinks in style but also has a collection of ladies fashion for customers to check out. Sounds like the perfect place for a girls’ day out!
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When you enter the cafe, you might feel like you’re entering a garden thanks to the vibrant flowers that adorn the space. Here’s where you can take some awesome Instagram photos!
Thong Yoy Cafe serves up traditional desserts in a royal-looking golden tea sets. The recommended dessert is the Khanom Thai Khun Thong Yoy Set (฿190) which features 5 Thai desserts and coconut pudding. You can pick the desserts you’d like, from sago puddings to coconut jelly.
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Stay refreshed with a Soda Set (฿150), which comes with drinks of your choice. Take your pick from options such as roselle soda and rose tea with lychee soda. This set comes with some cookies and a sweet snack on the side.
Pop by the 2nd store to browse some fashionable pieces that start from ฿390
Thong Yoy Cafe
Address: 88/2, Ari Samphan Soi 7, Rama 6 Rd., Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 83-298-7288
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 7AM-9PM, Weekends: 10AM-10PM
4. One Dee Cafe
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One Dee Cafe hit the streets of Ari in 2017 and is best known for serving up desserts inspired by traditional Thai flavours. It is also really easy to get to and is located only a few minutes away from Ari BTS station.
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After a recent renovation, this 2-storey cafe has become fully air-conditioned with more indoor space. Those looking for a chill pitstop while in the area can come over here to cool down.
One Dee brings traditional Thai recipes to a new level by adding a modern twist such as ice cream and whipped cream. For example, the stars of the menu you should try are the Steamed Sticky Rice Stuffed with Banana and Black Beans Ice Cream (฿169) and Toddy Palm Cakes with Ice Cream (฿159). Not something you’ll get so easily around Bangkok!
One Dee Cafe
Address: Phahon Yothin 7 Rd., Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 2-163-4357
Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 10AM-10PM, Fri-Sun: 10AM-10:30PM
5. Porcupine Cafe
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I remember going to Porcupine Cafe ever since I was in high school, and it’s still going strong till today. It is known for serving classic cafe fare like coffee and cakes and is a 10-minute walk from Ari BTS.
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The interior has a nice earthy tone and gives the cafe a rustic vibe. There are many tables available for customers and the space isn’t cramped. Plus, the playlist is great too!
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When it comes to coffee, Porcupine offers an interesting White Cube Latte (฿138). The drink includes a shot of coffee, additional milk, and caramel ice cubes which make sure your drink doesn’t get diluted after a while. If you’re not into coffee, you also have a matcha green tea option.
Other teas we recommend trying include the Iced Berry Tea (฿138), which contains ice berry cubes, one jug of berry tea, and sugar syrup on the side.
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It would be sad if you don’t try their cakes before leaving. There is a variety of cakes to choose from, and we say go for their Coconut Cake (฿158). The texture is incredibly soft and creamy and is not too sweet. It also comes topped with coconut chunks. Yum!
Address: 48, Ari Soi 4 (North), Phaholyothin 7 Rd., Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 91-469-4646
Opening Hours: Fri-Wed: 10AM-10PM (Closed on Thursdays)
6. Vlacha Siam Dessert & Tea Room
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Tea lovers, Vlacha Siam Dessert & Tea Room is the place to be. This 2-storey cafe serves over 40 types of teas!
The interior has pretty Oriental designs
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They’ve also got “revamped” Thai desserts. A customer favourite is the Four-coloured Steamed Custard (฿149) – creamy rainbow-coloured steamed custard with a side of soft, fluffy bread for dipping.
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If you want something more traditional, go for the Thai Dessert Set (฿290). This features traditional Thai desserts like egg yolk fudge balls and adorable fruit-shaped mung beans. Worth taking a photo before you dig in!
Vlacha Siam Dessert & Tea Room
Address: Ari Soi 1, Phaholyothin Rd., Bangkok
Telephone: +66 63-087-8888
Opening Hours: Wed-Mon: 10:30AM-9PM, Daily (Closed on Tuesdays)
7. Hor Hidden Cafe
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Don’t underestimate its name – Hor Hidden Cafe is one of those cafes people might find quite hard to reach because of how hidden it is. When you’re here, you’ll notice that it is divided into a restaurant and cafe zone – just walk through the alley on the left side of the front door to get in.
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They’ve got lots of drinks and desserts, making it really hard for us to decide on one. If you’re down on a rainy day, you can go for their hot drinks like Hot Marshmallow Coffee (฿100).
Hor Hidden Cafe
Address: 40/2, Hor Hidden Cafe ,Soi Ari 1, Phaholyothin Rd., Bangkok
Telephone: +66 88-974-0419
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Thur, Sun: 10AM-10:30PM, Fri-Sat: 10AM-11:30PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
8. Bar Storia del Caffè
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Bar Storia del Caffè is a retro European-inspired cafe offers food, drinks, and dessert all under one rood. It’s tucked away in the middle of an alley with little crowd and traffic, making is a nice hidden gem in Ari to escape from the city chaos.
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Customers can drop by for Western food such as B.E.L.T. Sandwich (฿220) that features healthy vegetables, bacon, and a fried egg with a side of french fries. Or if you’re really hungry, go for something bigger like Poached Eggs Grilled Asparagus Parma Ham Wrap (฿280).
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Bar Storia del Caffè offers many desserts as well – an all-time favourite includes Bar Storia del Caffè Tiramisu (฿220) and Strawberry Mille Feuille (฿230). The cafe is open till 12am on Fridays and Saturdays too, so you can even pop by for supper if you are in the area!
Bar Storia del Caffè
Address: 13, Soi Ari 4 (North), Phaholyothin 7 Rd., Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 2-057-9448
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu: 9AM-11PM, Fri-Sat: 9AM-12AM
9. Flower In Hand By P.
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Flower in Hand by P. is a flower cafe that’s is located at the middle of Ari Soi 2, just 15 minutes walk from Ari BTS station. It houses both a cafe and a florist and is decorated with flowers, giving a sweet and relaxing aura to the place.
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Try the cafe’s sweet Cookies which has seasonal edible flowers on top (฿30/piece) or pastries like their Mini Scones (฿35) and Financiers (฿40). All desserts are in small portions, which go well with a pot of hot tea (starting at ฿75).
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Sip on some Lavender Lemonade Soda (฿80) for a refreshing perk-me-up
It is known amongst cafe hoppers and locals that the cafe will be extremely crowded on weekends, so another option is to come by on weekdays where you’ll definitely have seats available to sit and chill.
Flower in Hand by P.
Address: 1/F, Royal Park Condo 3, Ari Soi 2, Samsennai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 62-758-2233
Opening Hours: Thur-Tue: 9AM-7PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
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Blacksmith is a chill open-air cafe by day and a hip bar by night. It’s also one of the newest cafes on the list and sits only 300m from Ari BTS.
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We ordered Iced Mocha, Dirty Honey, to energize ourselves from the sluggish weather on a rainy day and we found it really helpful. Plus, we also had a slice of Chocolate Cake (฿220) that had nutty hints along with a chewy chocolate texture. The fruit toppings help contrast and control the sweetness from getting too dominant.
In the daytime, Blacksmith presents a wide variety of delicious looking cakes
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We love how the cakes look like they’re out of a fantasy-like place like Wonderland, so come by and give the other flavours a try.
Address: Ari Soi 3, Samsen Nai, Phayathai, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 94-698-3636
Opening Hours: 11AM-12AM, Daily (Cafe: 11AM-7PM, Bar: 6PM-12AM)
Ari – the neighbourhood for cafe hoppers
Thanks to its convenient location that can be easily reached by the BTS, Ari is a great neighbourhood to visit over the weekends to hang out with friends. And for the Instagrammers who have a passion for taking beautiful shots with their cakes and coffee, be sure not to miss this spot!
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