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new in town / hands and heart & kaizen coffee co

featif you haven’t had enough of minimalistic design that happen to be the reoccuring theme of oh so fashionable cafes in bangkok yet, you’ve landed at the right page. these two i’m about to mention is in it’s indomitable position reppin’ ultimate sophistication, simplicity and minimalist design that we all can’t seem to get enough of. brick walls and rustic interior is so yesterday. it’s now go white or go home.

hands and heart

located in the same soi as the famous night food stalls in sukhumvit 38, this small yet characteristic cafe is probably one of the most talked about (and instagrammed) lately and i’m not surprised. from black croissant to all white minimalist interior and friendly group of coffee-passionate friends who owned the place – i know if i lived a little closer to this place it would be my go to caffeine source every morning.

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kaizen coffee co

located between ekamai 26 and 28 next to where king kong buffet is at – kaizen is another most talked about hipster cafe in town. from nitro cold brew coffee to strange looking brewing machine that reminds me of my chemistry class back in high school (anyone know how this thing work?) it definitely adds spark of freshness among the typical cafe scene in the neighborhood. although ekamai is one of the places i try my best to avoid cos of its infamous traffic but i don’t think i would mind a little extended travel time for a decent cup of jo at this place.

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  • Reply Danika Maia

    This is an Instagram dream!! Haha but really I prefer the kind of cafe that’s dark with persian rugs and big armchairs and a smoking lounge feel to it.

    Danika Maia

    May 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      ah i know what you’re talking about danika. cos i dig those too! both are charming in its own ways :)

      May 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply marie

    great place ! I would love to try it but I honestly do prefer little coffee shops with more charms and quirky feel etc. and less clinical.


    May 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha clinical is another way to call it i guess! i think both are charming in their own ways – me love it all! <3

      May 17, 2015 at 10:28 pm
  • Reply Melanie

    This place looks so cool! I would love to go to coffee shop like this!
    Melanie @

    May 12, 2015 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe i know you’ll love it mel!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Jo

    Hi Annie,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog a while back. I love how clean and crisp your layout look. Ooh I didn’t see all this modern cafe when I was in Bangkok. They look like a great place for coffee connoisseurs.

    Jo’s Jumbled Jardinière

    May 13, 2015 at 1:02 am
    • Reply annie lee

      when were you here last? :) you should come back for it!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply LindaLibraLoca

    They look like they give you a great experience along with your cup of coffee.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    May 13, 2015 at 1:43 am
  • Reply Lena Chu

    These are two amazing cafes Annie! I think the minimalistic look is definitely making a huge statement in fashion and art, from “whitegrams” to the monochrome style that many fashion bloggers are rocking. I think I’ve caught a bit of that bug too hehe. Omg that black croissant and hands and heart is so interesting! Just curious but what gives it the color? Anyhow I love your pictures hun you truly are an artist and writer all in one package (a very refined and polished one too!) Have a great week ahead dear! :) xo~ Lena

    May 13, 2015 at 9:42 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hey lena! i couldn’t agree more – monochrome minimalist style is everywhere! i actually think of you when i try these stylish places out ya know :) they actually were saying what the black color is from but i can’t recall.. i might be getting old. :|

      May 17, 2015 at 10:26 pm
  • Reply Naeun

    Ooh these cafes look so nice! I love the marble counter in the first one and the seating area looks so cosy. What do the black croissants taste like? :) xx

    May 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hey naeun!! it tasted like… an ordinary croissant. how boring? lol but the coffee was excellent :)

      May 17, 2015 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Somin Bach

    1. Your pictures are always so on point. #goals
    2. I didn’t know BKK had so many nice cafes, it baffles me!! Makes me want to just go cafe-hopping when I visit one day!

    May 13, 2015 at 5:54 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      1. awww <3 i appreciate that you're always so kind somin!! but it's mostly because all the cafes lately are all oh so pretty which makes a life of bloggers much easier lol.
      2. man, same goes for seoul i just can't get enough of all the cafes here!! literally every streets are lined with gorgeous dainty cafes! me love! <3

      May 17, 2015 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply PurseFixation

    Wow, this place looks really intriguing! Love the original decor and these black croissant is tempting!;-)Would love to visit! ;-)Hey, maybe they will open one here in NYC!?
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    May 13, 2015 at 9:03 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha lets hope so cos i know you would love it!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    Both places look really nice. I usually feel a bit awkward when going to coffee aficionado places, because I don’t really like coffee. I have no idea regarding what good coffee is supposed to taste like, as I always have my coffee with milk, caramel syrup and anything else that would hide the real taste of coffee:)

    May 14, 2015 at 5:05 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha you’re too funny sanne :P but i agree with you 100% – it’s pretty difficult with 9999 kinds of single origin beans on the menu with 99 different method of drips in the cafe scenes lately…

      May 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply Melisa

    Such amazing places. I have missed all of these beautiful travel posts and photos. Have a lovely day dear. Kiss,


    May 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe thanks mel! hope you’ve been great :)

      May 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm
  • Reply Waz

    You always pick the best places and get the prettiest shots! I’m not a coffee drinker, but it’s fun to watch it being prepared. You have no idea how much I love minimalist all white interiors! It’s a good thing John and I have a similar decorating style, haha.

    May 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hey waz! i’m guessing that’s one of the most important factor when living together with someone eh? haha ;) i can only imagine how lovely your place must be!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:09 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    What a cool place- loving that gorgeous black marble. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

    May 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      agree with you ashley :) both were so lovely!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Jane

    Such an amazing place! Everything looks so yummy!
    xo, Jane

    May 14, 2015 at 10:41 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks jane :) both were equally lovely!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply Izzy

    Wow. This place looks awesome! How is that croissant black?! I would want to try it though haha!

    xx Izzy

    May 14, 2015 at 11:48 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha they added some ingredient i forgot what.. it tasted pretty ordinary though :P

      May 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply funkyfashion007

    This all looks so very fabulous and chic, and yet I think I would be afraid to eat there and spill something lol.

    May 15, 2015 at 12:58 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha exactly! so scared to make any mess :P

      May 17, 2015 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply sweetsimpleday

    What a great place!! Wanna visit there.
    Thanks for sharing. I’ll bookmark this place for the future. Xoxo

    May 15, 2015 at 2:55 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe i wish you could try em out someday!

      May 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply Patricia Luiza

    I wish we had such cool places where I live! Black croissants, oh my boyfriend would be head over heels with this cafe!


    May 15, 2015 at 3:10 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hahaha so did i patricia! both were such lovely cafes :)

      May 17, 2015 at 10:02 pm
  • Reply nancy @ adore to adorn

    wow looks so amazing. minimalism at its true form. =D

    May 15, 2015 at 3:21 am
    • Reply annie lee

      that’s exactly what i thought nancy! at its finest for real ;)

      May 17, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip

    Hi Annie! You are such a talent with instagram! Do you use any lenses or special apps? Your pictures always look so great :) This place is SO hipster I love it


    Strum Simmer Sip

    May 15, 2015 at 7:28 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww lisa you’re too kind! i edit my photos with vscocam that’s all :)

      May 17, 2015 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply 365hangers

    Both places are way too cute. The food at the first place looks to die for, and now we want snacks lol. Adore the decor in both places and can see why they are both so popular on instagram! Gorgeous shots :)

    xx 365Hangers

    May 15, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i know right? so instagram worthy! haha you guys would love it no doubt :)

      May 17, 2015 at 9:56 pm
  • Reply sonia // daring coco

    Wow this is interior porn right here. What an incredible use of space and design. I love the all white with touches of black and a hint of copper. If this were remotely close to me, I think I’d never leave.


    May 15, 2015 at 11:43 am
    • Reply annie lee

      interior porn.. hahahaha you said it right sonia – it’s amazing!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply stylewich

    this is my kind of coffee shop! gorgeous photos as always annie :)
    love, liz

    May 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i know you would LOVE it liz!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm
  • Reply Sam C

    Awesome shots Annie, you’re really great!

    May 15, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aoww noo you’re too kind sam!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    i love the interior style of hands & hearts. and the croissant looks delsih, May I just ask whats the flavour of the black one? so curious.

    May 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha i was too tiffany. but as boring as it sounds it tasted like normal ones :(

      May 17, 2015 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    Stunning shots! And a black croissant? Call me curious!

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

    May 15, 2015 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha that’s what brought me there in the first place. it tasted like normal croissant tho!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply kristina

    woaw!! this place looks amazing… I want to go!

    May 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      you would love it kristina! minimalistic at its finest ;)

      May 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Camelia Nita

    I like very much the minimalist style of this place. :) But that black croissant looks really strange, haha :D

    May 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha i loved it too camelia :) and that croissant, it tasted just like normal ones!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply Colourvibes

    OMG! It is such a beautiful place, I want to go there!! heheh

    May 15, 2015 at 11:44 pm
  • Reply jenessa

    Looks like such a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing!

    May 16, 2015 at 3:11 am
    • Reply annie lee

      right?? i loved them both equally!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Gina

    Ohhhh my gosh these spots look so awesome! Next time I’m in Bangkok I’m coming back to your blog to look for cool spots because I totally feel like I didn’t get a good enough experience the first time!

    Pink Wings

    May 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe when were u here last? i’ll be super glad if i could be any help during your next trip!! <3

      May 17, 2015 at 9:47 pm
  • Reply Shirley Tay (Blackswan)

    Great photography, Annie! Looks like a nice place to chill out :D

    May 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      both were oh so lovely :) hehe thanks for droppin by shirley!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply gail

    The place looks pretty and I love the interior design :)

    May 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      thanks gail you should defo give them a try!

      May 17, 2015 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Jeanne

    Stunning places and amazing pictures! Thanks for sharing this with us Annie lee!

    May 17, 2015 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Serene

    these places look stunning, I love the monotone interior and minimalism! That black croissant is spectacular!
    I’ve missed your posts, glad to have you back hehe xoxo

    May 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i agree serene! that black croissant was something new!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Stefanie

    Awesome place! Your pictures are stunning as well, lovely <3

    xx Stefanie

    May 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aww thanks stefanie, you’re so sweet!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    This place doesn’t even look like a coffee shop! I love the design and decor :)

    Sarah |

    May 18, 2015 at 2:49 am
    • Reply annie lee

      it’s almost like an art gallery!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:21 pm
  • Reply Eden

    Looks like a lovely place, beautiful decor and photos!

    May 18, 2015 at 7:01 am
  • Reply Anne

    Love post, beautiful photos!! Greetings from Argentina!

    May 18, 2015 at 7:11 am
    • Reply annie lee

      awww hello anne from argentina! thank you for dropping by love :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply M

    Beautiful photos. Looks like such a fab place

    Made in Mauve // Bloglovin

    May 18, 2015 at 8:44 am
  • Reply vivalaViv

    Love the white in any interior design.., it gives the light; the space and it’s got the freshness that I just can’t get enough of…

    May 18, 2015 at 9:40 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehee i agree – can’t get enough of white spaces! so ig worthy ;)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Vanessa

    Hello from New Orleans! Looks like such an amazing and fun place!!! Sending you much love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    May 18, 2015 at 10:46 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww vanessa, great to meet a blogosphere friend from new orleans! hope you’re doing great!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply enik

    such a lovely place :)


    anna from

    May 18, 2015 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Munky

    I need some coffee right about……….now!

    May 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Anita

    Love all the pics!!

    Kisses pretty

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    May 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Carrie

    great inspirations

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    May 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Dana

    Loving these photos, you always have amazing photos, I love it! You inspire me to travel more and I need to make an effort for cafes around Barcelona, your like my inspiration!
    Have a fantastic day Anni

    May 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      omg dana, if i were in barcelona i wouldn’t stop cafe hopping!! they must have some amazing places :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Nina

    I love minimalistic design. xx

    May 18, 2015 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Everything looks delicious, I love it.

    May 19, 2015 at 12:27 am
    • Reply annie lee

      hehe the croissants were my favorite rachel :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Elena

    What a super lovely and relaxing place :)))


    May 19, 2015 at 1:20 am
    • Reply annie lee

      lovely right? hehe hope you could try it someday elena :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply EMA

    This is very cool and your photos are such great quality!

    May 19, 2015 at 8:23 am
  • Reply mahryska

    wow the place looks amazing :)
    kisses from dubai ♥

    May 19, 2015 at 12:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      aw thanks mahryska – lots of kisses from seoul and bangkok ;)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply John B

    a bit of tea offered would be nice. I was in Seoul last month and the tea cafes were amazing for going in the opposite direction, rustic dark wood interiors and amazing smelling herb tea blends. of course I’m more of a tea purist but I could always go for a masala chai, or something such.

    May 19, 2015 at 5:40 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      they do have some tea at kaizen and they brew it in that odd looking tube! it was kinda cool to see they do it :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply vivian | t w o w a r d

    Wooowww! What a beautiful place! I loveeee the minimalistisc design!! I’d so live in this place if I could haha! Amazing pictures as always Annie :) xo Vivian

    May 19, 2015 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      i knew you would love it vivian!! haha

      May 23, 2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    Annie! These are beautiful photos! I am actually going to be in Bangkok May 27-29th! I have absolutely fallen in love with you blog, and if you are up for it, I would love to meet for coffee at an adorable place like this and say hi! One blogger to the next!! Totally fine if this is weird, but would love to meet a local blogger!


    May 20, 2015 at 3:21 am
    • Reply annie lee

      chelsea, you’re too kind!! really! i replied to your email – hope to hear from you soon :)

      May 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Tina

    The prettiest coffee shop ever!!! I really want to go here and wish there was something like this in Seattle!


    May 20, 2015 at 11:22 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aww thanks tina – but i’m sure seattle has lots to offer in its own style!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:11 pm
  • Reply Euphemia

    Looks a little too clean, especially if I were to come in with my old aged sneakers, I might just probably stain their perfectly white seats! But nonetheless, I get what you mean on the most instagrammed place – keeps popping out on my feed!

    May 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha totally! very clean and sleek indeed ;) have you been to any?

      May 23, 2015 at 4:10 pm
  • Reply Araceli Vera

    Me ha encantado el post
    Un besito

    May 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Adrián Oslé

    Beautiful photos!!


    May 20, 2015 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Arden

    This place looks amazing – so chic. xx


    May 21, 2015 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Michaela

    Wow that looks absolutely amazing!

    May 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply gail

    Hun, I wish I could see you in Bangkok but I am leaving tomorrow. So until next time my dear :)

    May 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      sucks we couldn’t see each other this time! fingers cross our timing falls right next time you’re around :) hope you had a good time gail!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Vanessa Troset

    Beautiful pictures lovely place! love your blog.

    May 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re too kind vanessa :) thanks!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply Jasmin

    Wow! I’ve never seen such an amazing cafe (top one)…and such intriguing croissants. What do the black ones taste like?

    Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day :)

    Jasmin xx

    May 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hi jasmin! idk what gives its color but it tasted pretty similar to the normal ones! haha

      May 23, 2015 at 4:04 pm
  • Reply sharonbeautyprime

    Great post. An urbanist cafe. – that’s so cool. I was wondering the same to as #Jasmin . What does the black croissant tasted like.

    May 22, 2015 at 6:09 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      haha as boring as it sounds – it tasted same as an ordinary one!

      May 23, 2015 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Cecilia

    Great pictures. I must say, I like the minimalist style. Thanks for sharing.

    May 23, 2015 at 3:41 am
  • Reply Gabe1990

    GREAT minimalism you captured there love them alll annie !! ** always enjoy looking at your blog :’))

    May 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply annika

    Oh, your domain has changed! :O I was wondering why it was so long since the last time I saw one of your blog posts in my Feedly feed. Well that’s all fixed now :)

    I have some back reading to do now :)

    Also these black croissants look ridiculous in a good way :D I would definetly be prompted to try them just because of their look.

    May 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      hi annika! yay good to see you again! those black croissants are pretty cool right? ;)

      June 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply giana

    As a designer i admire the space! Minimalist yet great concept!


    June 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Alexandra

    loving the look of this little shop, great post! :)

    June 16, 2015 at 12:52 am
    • Reply annie lee

      aren’t they the chic-est? ;)

      June 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

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