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sukhumvit / 2 underrated independent coffee shops

bangkok cafesbest coffee is not as easy to come by as we’d imagine. with big brands and franchises constantly shoving themselves in our faces we seldom have the occasion, let alone find the need, to venture out and look for independent and authentic coffee shops that actually focus soley on the quality of their drinks (rather than in their looks or interior which seems to be all, if not only, rage as of lately).

considering the number of new cafes sprouting up all over the city every week you’d expect to find more but honestly i haven’t come across that many with exceptions of phil and wonderwall, two rather underrated cafes, that managed to catch my attention with their excellent cup of joe and thought they deserve more recognition! i’ve been alternating between them and would recommend to anyone looking for some quiet and peace while getting some work done which, by the way, seems to be a luxury in most cafes these days.

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  • Reply annika


    March 14, 2016 at 3:22 am
  • Reply LindaLibraLoca

    I much prefer small little coffee shops over big chains as well.

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    March 14, 2016 at 4:13 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      yessss. big chains have no ‘personal’ touch you know?

      March 21, 2016 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Kandice

    I’m so jealous you get to go to authentic coffee shops. everything is so far from my place

    March 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Can’t get enough of these pictures. SO beautiful :)

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    March 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm
  • Reply gail

    Sooo many cool cafes and coffee shops pop in Bangkok! I normally go to the one near my house, but I would love to discover more in your area :)

    March 14, 2016 at 9:37 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      did you say you live around ari? i’m sure there are lots of cool places in that hood as well!

      March 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm
  • Reply sileas

    Good to see that there are some hidden gems out there! Mmm the coffee looks so tempting and photogenic too, although I don’t drink coffee it makes me wanna have some :)

    March 14, 2016 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      whaaaat, why don’t you drink coffee? are you more of a tea person? :)

      March 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Samantha Mariko

    I love looking for cute new cafes! I recently found one to only find it closed down already… it happens sometimes.. this place looks lovely though!

    March 15, 2016 at 9:35 am
    • Reply annie lee

      that’s the sad thing! hate when big franchises kill and take over local, independent ones :(

      March 21, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth T.

    I totally know what you mean Annie! A lot of of the big names are a little too hyped, and I just love finding small, independent shops that really care about the quality of their coffee :) Loving all of your photos as usual! <3 Wishing you a great week ahead!

    XO, Elizabeth

    March 15, 2016 at 11:41 am
    • Reply annie lee

      you’re right they’re too hyped! but it’s like in your face everywhere so sometimes it’s just easier. but i love discovering new independent ones from time to time!

      March 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Audrey

    Great recommendations and lovely photos as well, I wish I had seen this post before going on my Bangkok trip, but there will always be a next time!


    March 15, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      oh did you make a trip here recently?

      March 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply yuka

    this place looks lovely. and that latte art is perfection!

    March 16, 2016 at 1:16 am
    • Reply annie lee

      it makes it taste that much better ;)

      March 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm
  • Reply Vicky

    I really enjoy visiting smaller cafes too. Bigger names are not always better


    March 16, 2016 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Elisa

    Beautiful photos!
    xx Elisa

    March 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Mitzie Mee

    I can almost smell the coffee:) What I like the most about independent, less known cafés is, that it’s almost always ok that you linger around with your MacBook for an hour or more without feeling that the staff just wants you to leave (or buy more items).

    March 17, 2016 at 1:40 am
    • Reply annie lee

      i totally know what you mean. like they don’t say it but you can definitely feel it. lol pressure much?

      March 21, 2016 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Nevena Krstic

    You always have such lovely photos! I’d love to try both places and I agree, I think it’s nicer to visit independent cafes rather than big chains :) xx

    March 17, 2016 at 2:33 am
    • Reply annie lee

      they’re more ‘personal’ in every level – me love!

      March 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Waz

    Mmm, coffee! I love the smell, but I’ve never been a huge fan of the taste. Both Phil and Wonderwall look like great places to spend an afternoon and get some work done. They’ve both perfected their latte art too!

    March 19, 2016 at 10:00 pm
    • Reply annie lee

      noooooo, really? are you more of a tea person?

      March 21, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    Those 2 cafes look so nice, i’ll find time visit them when i come to bkk <3

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    April 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm
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