Though the orange-hued, sweet and milky iced tea or ice-cold bottles of local ale may first come to mind when thinking of Thai drinks, when in Thailand, you’re never far from a cup of coffee.
In the past decade, Thailand’s coffee scene has exploded with picture-perfect cafes and baristas brewing the latest batch of locally-roasted beans. With coffee farms covering the northern part of the nation, coffee has become more than just a morning jolt of caffeine with the northern hub of Chiang Mai and capital city of Bangkok leading the pack of ultra-stylish cafés. The trend has spread throughout the country, including in the seaside town of Pattaya, where cafés boast creative drink menus featuring signature drinks paired with surprising food options ranging from typical café fare to fresh seafood.
Here’s where to go for a hot cup of coffee, afternoon pick-me-up or even late-night treat in Pattaya City.
Housed in what looks like, well, a trendy house and surrounded by a leafy garden, Spa Café offers a welcoming atmosphere from which to grab breakfast, meet friends for lunch, opt for dinner and dessert, or simply sip on a solid cup of coffee. The food menu includes a variety of Thai and Western favourites to please any palate.
Tucked away in the heart of COSI Pattaya Wong Amat Beach, Café 247 is, as its name suggests, a 24-hour café where guests and visitors can enjoy modern Thai and western favourites and a choice of beverages. The casual café doubles as the young trendy hotel’s social hub, where you can mix and mingle while you munch!
A gathering place for like-minded coffee lovers, Sheeva Café’s dedicated owners are part of the draw when coming in for a specially crafted espresso or something from the slow bar. Though small, there always seems to be something going on or something new to try in this eclectic cafe, whether it be a new roast to savour as a pour-over or even enjoying freshly shucked oysters served on the half shell. Now there’s something you don’t typically see in a cafe!
A popular Bangkok chain, Casa Lapin also has an outpost in Pattaya serving up its crowd-pleasing cappuccinos and flat whites alongside Western-style breakfasts of the bacon and egg variety. Tall ceilings and a bright and airy interior with Casa Lapin’s signature industrial-chic aesthetic and plenty of greenery complete the cafe’s country-wide appeal.
Get your camera ready – this Instagram-friendly minimalist cafe with clean architectural lines and white brick walls prides itself on its impressive drink menu featuring coffee concoctions with both Thai and international beans along with handmade fruit sodas and more. Once you narrow down which drink to try it’s time to choose what to eat from a selection of mouth-watering desserts, croissants, all-day brunch, Thai and Western classics.
You can’t beat fresh coffee right by the beach. Located on Soi Na Jomtien 32, just a few steps away from Jomtien Beach, the cute and quirky Do Café coffee truck whips up coffees along with brightly coloured teas and fruit juices accompanied by sayings and affirmations handwritten on your cup.