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Although hotel brunches with free-flowing champagne and seafood bars were once de rigeur, these days a trendy local crowd can be spotted sipping mimosas at these stylish spots.
Thanks in part to their city’s legendary nightlife, Bangkokians tend to approach the weekend days at a leisurely pace. In the past, brunch in the city was all but synonymous with luxury hotels and bottomless bottles of bubbles. Today, such events tend to be reserved for special occasions and the stylish set prefers a more laid-back approach. The following independent spots offer gourmet versions of classic breakfast staples, top-notch espresso and cappuccino, and plenty of ambiance. Follow the fashionable set to these places to see and be seen on a Sunday afternoon.
Choosing between classic brunch staples like shakshuka and avocado toast and heartier lunch fare such as the roasted lamb shoulder can prove something of a struggle at this contemporary bistro. Fortunately, there are Bloody Marys and an excellent selection of wines, including plenty natural bottles, to sip while you sort it all out. Be sure to order a few rounds of veggie-centric side plates for sharing.
Now something of an institution, this café practically launched Bangkok’s upscale independent brunch scene when it first opened a few years ago. Although it’s moved to a different location and now has plenty of competition, it remains one of the best places to kick off a lazy weekend afternoon. A wide selection of single-origin coffees, house-baked croissants and English muffins, and friendly service keep regulars coming back. Order the huevos rancheros, which come in a cast iron skillet fully loaded with chorizo, or the crab cake Benedict, with a crispy potato rösti and a drizzle of hollandaise.
Despite its decadent reputation, brunch need not always be an occasion for excess. For those on a detox, or simply those who would prefer to spend their Sunday feeling fresh and not slightly tipsy, this café offers a slightly more wholesome alternative that still feels indulgent. Sourdough breads by local bakery Maison Jean Philippe, sausages by Bangkok’s best charcutier, Joe Sloane, and organic produce add to the experience. There’s no alcohol here, but with excellent coffee from Chiang Rai and cold-pressed juices, you’re not likely to miss it.