Best cafes for working in Bangkok

Looking for the best cafes for working in Bangkok? Sensible seating, quality coffee, power points, easy to get to, food options, a comfortable working environment without pressure from staff. Perhaps even an area for sitting on a bean bag and breaking up the monotony of work with a book.

Bangkok has so many great options that offer one or two of these features, but not many can boast the complete utopian office for the travelling laptop guru.

Here we have reviewed the best cafes for working in Bangkok from a list of our regular haunts as well as the best from other review sites. Each category is scored out of 3 (min. 1) and the list is presented from high to low.

Map: Best cafes for working in Bangkok

Thailand Creative Design Centre – Riverside (TCDC) (27 pts)

  • Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10.30am-10pm
  • Address: The Grand Postal Building, 1160 Charoen Krung Rd, Bang Rak, 10501.
  • Nearest station: A 15-min walk from BTS Saphan Taksin.
  • Website: https://web.tcdc.or.th/en/contactus
  • Winner: Bets place to putt in a serious day of hard yakka

TCDC Level 5 best cafes working bangkok

About: One of Asia’s largest design and creative resources is a space for research and creative thinking. It contains over 55,000 information resources including books, magazines, journals, multimedia, e-magazine and online databases. A investment in the future of Thai design and creativity, something the Thais already excel at.

  • Entry fee: Free to the café. 1,200 baht for annual membership (600 for students) and 100 baht for a day. Just pay the annual membership you cheapskate and also support a great institution.
  • Coffee: (2) Not bad actually for a library-style café. But it does come in a takeaway cup.
  • Comfort: (3) So many options. So, so many options. A café area as well as two floors like a library.
  • Wifi: (2) Yes but with some limitations on websites. But I stream Spotify here with no problems.
  • Power: (3) Everywhere
  • Food and drinks: (2) Hot and cold coffees and desserts.
  • Drinking water: (3) Yes. A machine in the breakout area.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) Classical music on rotation. Work, work, work. You may want to take a jumper or scarf as they can crank the air-con up.
  • Reading zone: (3) Yes, yes, yes.
  • Meeting room: (3) Loads
  • Toilets: (3) Comfortable and not far from your desk.

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How to get there: A 10-min taxi (50baht) from BTS Chong Nonsi or Saphan Taksin but the traffic surprisingly flows in the morning. Also, not far from River City. Tell the taxi driver “bry sa’nee glaaang” (all mid-tone) which means central post office.

Casa Lapin – Phrom Phong (26 pts)

  • Opening hours: 8am-10pm
  • Address: 51 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khwaeng Khlong Tan
  • Nearest station: BTS Phrom Phong (a 10-min walk)
  • Website: https://casalapin.com

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  • Coffee: (3) Good quality. They offer a long black which is often a good sign.
  • Comfort: (3) Lots of tables from which to choose
  • Wifi: (3) fast
  • Power: (2) Plenty of sockets but not with every seat.
  • Food and drinks: (3) An extensive menu of Thai and western options. And a huge collection of IPAs and beers on tap or bottled if you wish to change the focus of your approach to working.
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil plastic bottles for sale.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) An industrial-chic creative space called The Jam Factory. A pretty location. Great for whiling away the hours. Connected to a bookshop and lifestyle store.
  • Reading zone: (3) Some comfortable chairs to sit back in.
  • Meeting room: (2) A co-working space is available if you wish to hire it.
  • Toilets: (3) Clean and part of the complex. You needn’t worry about leaving your laptop and walking to the other end of the bar. I’ve done it many times.

Other branches next to the BTS:

  • Casa Lapin x Major Ekkamai (BTS Ekkamai)
    Hours: 10.30am–10pm
    Address: Sukhumvit 61, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana
  • Casa Lapin – Taproom (BTS Ari)
    Hours: 8.30am–10pm
    Address: Phahonyothin 7, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai
  • Casa Lapin (BTS Ratchathewi)
    Hours: 7am–10pm
    Address: 304/5 Phayathai Rd, Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi
  • Casa Lapin – Taproom (BTS Phloen Chit)
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 7am–9pm. Sat-Sun: 8am–10pm
    Address: 888/64 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan

(Not Just) Another Cup – Silom (25 pts)

  • Opening Hours: Sun-Sat: 7am-11pm
  • Address: Sathorn Soi 10, Silom, Bangkok
  • Nearest station: BTS Chong Nonsi (a 5-min walk)
  • Winner: Best variety of quality healthy and naughty foods

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Overview:

  • Coffee: (3) Not bad but they don’t have the passion for coffee like their neighbours, Rocket in Soi 12.
  • Comfort: (3) Chairs with good support. The more-comfortable upstairs opens at 9am. No pressure from staff to move on. They’re used to me taking the piss and treating it like my second home.
  • Wifi: (2) Yes. It can sometimes (just sometimes) run a bit slow. Keep requesting those 2-hours access codes or login through social media.
  • Power: (2) Not all tables have power so get their early to secure yours.
  • Food and drinks: (3) Dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-free or meat-packed – NJAC caters to every dietary need or whim. Come for the avocado on toast. We always order an extra poached egg.
  • Drinking water: (1) Sold in evil plastic bottles.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) Popular with tourists and office workers. It can get rowdy with children, particularly on the weekend. The music can also become (at times) a little invasive. So take your headphones.
  • Reading zone: (3) There two arrangements of comfortable couches upstairs with power sockets.
  • Meeting room: (2) A quiet room for around 12 people can be booked.
  • Toilets: (3) Both downstairs and upstairs. So no need to worry about your laptop.

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FU.5 Coffee – Din Daeng (24 pts)

  • Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Address: 139 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Din Daeng
  • Nearest station: MRT Thailand Cultural Centre
  • Website: www.facebook.com/fu.5coffee

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Overview:

  • Coffee: (1) The cappuccino is all frothy milk and no coffee flavour. Unfortunately, it’s also served in a takeaway cup.
  • Comfort: (3) The cafe is well decorated and spacious and a perfect spot for all-night laptop ravers.
  • Wifi: (3) Yes
  • Power: (3) There is always a power socket at hand for those who like to work on their notebooks.
  • Food and drinks: (3) The menu includes a good variety of cooked food, sandwiches and drinks.
  • Drinking water: (1) They sell evil plastic bottles.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) The spacious 2-storey storehouse is decorated with style and abuzz with students. You can sit and chill or eat, read a book or work like a trooper.
  • Reading zone: (3) Yes
  • Meeting room: (3) They also offer private meeting rooms for groups.
  • Toilets: (1) Yes, but in the shopping centre.

Think Tank – Narathiwat (24 pts – but poor location)

  • Opening hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
  • Address: Opposite Rajamangala University of Technology, Nang Lin Jee Road, Sathorn. A taxi away from the trains.
  • Nearest station: Too far to say.
  • Website: www.facebook.com/Thinktank.TH

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  • Coffee: Yes. Not tried yet.
  • Comfort: (3) Cafe and co-working space for up to 200 with several zones.
  • Wifi: (3) Fast and reliable
  • Power: (3) Yes, everywhere
  • Food and drinks: (2) Lots of delicious desserts
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil plastic bottles on sale.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) So many options to choose from, including a café, library and break-out area.
  • Reading zone: (3) A comfortable library. Also a spacious room with bean bags.
  • Meeting room: (3) Private rooms for 6-8.
  • Toilets: (3) Yes

Too Fast to Sleep – Sam Yan (23 pts)

  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • Address: (1) Opposite Chamchuri Square and (2) Siam Square Soi 1
  • Nearest station: MRT Samyan (Chamchuri), BTS Siam (Siam Sq.)
  • Website: https://web.facebook.com/toofasttosleep
  • Winner: Best for feeling like a student again

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  • Coffee: (1) Offensive automated-machine coffee.
  • Comfort: (2) The desks and reading spaces vary in degrees of comfort and you may need to move chairs to fit your frame or liking.
  • Wifi: (3) Good
  • Power: (3) Plenty
  • Food and drinks: (2) Specialises in sweets and cakes – the preferred power source of the students – but also serves some Thai food.
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil plastic bottles on sale
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) No music. Full of Chulalongkorn University students. The atmosphere is that of sleepy, overworked geek.
  • Reading zone: (3) Yes. Pick a spot.
  • Meeting room: (3) Yes
  • Toilets: (3) No need to stray too far from your laptop. And you can trust these sleep-eyed students with good Buddhist values.

Li-bra-ry at Candide (Jam Factory) (23 pts – but poor location)

  • Opening hours: 9am-8pm
  • Address: 41/1 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Bangkok
  • Nearest station: BTS Saphan Taksin but a taxi ride away. Across the river from River City
  • Website: www.facebook.com/librarycafe
  • Winner: Most difficult to get to

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  • Coffee: Yes. Not tried yet
  • Comfort: (3) Spacious tables with good chairs.
  • Wifi: (3) Fast
  • Power: (3) Plenty of sockets
  • Food and drinks: (3) Delicious food. From sweets to 250b Thai dishes.
  • Drinking water: (1) Nasty plastic bottles for sale.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) An industrial-chic creative space called The Jam Factory. A pretty location. Great for whiling away the hours. Connected to a bookshop and lifestyle store.
  • Reading zone: (3) Yes
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (3) Clean and comfortable.

Patissez – Phrom Phong (22 pts)

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  • Coffee: (3) Excellent Australian-standard coffee. Silky-smooth espressos
  • Comfort: (3) Good tables for working at if you don’t feel pressure to let diners dine.
  • Wifi: (3) Good
  • Power: (2) Yes
  • Food and drinks: (3) The creators of the world-famous Freak Shakes. We gave the food a bad review. Primarily because we felt it was overhyped and poorly prepared. It may have been an off day for the kitchen. But there is plenty to choose from.
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil plastic bottles for sale.
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) We found the acoustic rhythms and beach-vibe vocals a little grating when trying to work. You may want to plug in.
  • Reading zone: (2) Some benches with lots of cushions at the back make a comfortable space for reading.
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (2) In the shared complex and up the escalators. But comfortable.

Coffee Club – Silom (22 pts)

  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7am-10pm
  • Address: 45/15 Convent Road, Silom,
  • Nearest station: BTS Sala Daeng or MRT Lumphini
  • Website: www.coffeeclub.com.au

Overview: The Coffee Club is a coffeehouse-style café chain. Originally created in 1989 as a place to get “an excellent coffee”, the concept includes café bar/restaurant stores with expanded menus and full table service. They just don’t seem to have exported that quality coffee concept to Thailand.

  • Coffee: (2) Meh. It’s ok. But at most of the outlets the staff have come across quite ignorant about coffee and tailoring to specific tastes.
  • Comfort: (3) Usually lots of good tables and chairs. No pushy staff.
  • Wifi: (3) Yes
  • Power: (3) Usually plenty of options to choose from.
  • Food and drinks: (3) Fantastic food. The plagiarised freak shakes weren’t that great but those with a sweet taste should find exactly what they need.
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil plastic bottles sold.
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) The music is never offensive. The place is busy for breakfast and lunch and has a good atmosphere.
  • Reading zone: (1) No
  • Meeting room: (1) No. But plenty of room upstairs away from the noise.
  • Toilets: (3) Up several flights of stairs to the top of the house.

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Chu Chocolate Bar and Café – Silom (21 pts)

  • Opening hours: Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm. Mon-Fri: 8.30am-9pm
  • Address: Soi Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra 3, Silom
  • Nearest station: BTS Chong Nonsi (a short walk)
  • Website: www.facebook.com/CHU.BKK
  • Winner: Best ‘convince-yourself-it’s-healthy’ hot chocolate

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  • Coffee: (2) Quality.
  • Comfort: (2) The dining tables and hardback chairs are good for working and there is no pressure on you to vacate for diners. It’s comfortable enough to stay for a few hours. The staff are friendly and non-pushy.
  • Wifi: (3) Yes. Good. Unlimited. Multiple devices.
  • Power: (2) Only a couple of power outlets, one at a table and chair so get there outside of the meal-time rush.
  • Food and drinks: (3) Casual brunch, churros, desserts and hot chocolates. Not-bad wine and IPA beers available. The 75% hot chocolate drinks are a delight.
  • Drinking water: (1) Nasty plastic bottles.
  • Music and atmosphere: (3) I like the soundtrack here. From French band Phoenix to funky Motown. A popular place with locals and tourists
  • Reading zone: (2) A few great sofas to relax and read
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (2) Just next to the adjoining hotel reception. I have no worries leaving my things in the café unattended.

Other branches: Chu Chocolate Bar and Café (BTS Asok)

  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30am-9pm. Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm
  • Address: Unit 204-206 2nd Fl. Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Rd, 10110

Luka – Silom (21 pts)

  • Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 9am-6pm
  • Address: 64/3 Thanon Pan, Bangkok
  • Nearest station: BTS Surasak (a 5-min walk)
  • Website: http://lukabangkok.format.com

Overview: Located at the beginning of leafy Thanon Pan in Bangkok’s Central Business District, this cosy lunch spot is undoubtedly one of the most stylish options in this part of town. A mix of vintage and industrial furnishings provide a very Instagram-friendly backdrop for some hours of productivity. The coffee is awesome and prepared with utmost care, and the lunch menu is not to be sniffed at, either.

  • Coffee: (3) Good quality espressos. They are serious about coffee.
  • Comfort: (1) Comfortable for working but better for brunching. The seats aren’t great for long hours. I also sometimes feel pressured to order something else or make way for diners.
  • Wifi: (3) Quality.
  • Power: (3) Yes.
  • Food and drinks: (3) Great and delicious. Some good variety and original plates.
  • Drinking water: (3) Freely poured refills by the waiters.
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) Very stylish and popular for brunches at the weekend. The side tables with power are great for working but you feel a pressure to vacate for serious diners. The converted house also doubles as a furniture and design store.
  • Reading zone: (1) Perhaps upstairs, but not really.
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (1) Upstairs and out of the air-con. The one single toilet is often occupied and always feels very hot.

Rocket – Silom (19 pts)

  • Opening hours: 7am-9pm
  • Address: Sathorn Soi 12, Silom
  • Nearest station: BTS Chong Nonsi (a 5-min walk)
  • Website: www.rocketcoffeebar.com
  • Winner: Best coffee across the road from my condo

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  • Coffee: (3) Lots of options available. They take pride in their coffee to produce the best quality in this area.
  • Comfort: (1) The seats are low and anyone larger than a mouse may soon feel the pressure on their back. No pushy staff.
  • Wifi: (3) Good
  • Power: (1) Only one option on the far end of the counter.
  • Food and drinks: (3) Good options but better variety and quality at (Not Just) Another Cup in Soi 10.
  • Drinking water: (1) Evil water bottles for sale but I recently discovered a water machine across the road to refill your own bottle for a baht. Get in!!
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) Scandanavian internet radio but the sound quality can sometimes sound like it needs tuning in. Small and intimate and more for your serious coffee drinkers and tourists.
  • Reading zone: (1) No
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (3) Comfortable and in the next room.

Ceresia Coffee Roasters – Phrom Phong (17 pts)

  • Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am-6pm
  • Address: Sukhumvit Soi 33/1 (Opposite UFM Fuji Supermarket)
  • Nearest station: BTS Phrom Phong (a 5-min walk)
  • Website: http://ceresiacoffeeroasters.com
  • Winner: Most passionate about their beans

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  • Coffee: (3) Espresso, stove top, air press, cafetiere, filtered. They also offer Almond milk for those who detest the institutionalised raping of cows.
  • Comfort: (2) 8 chairs with good support around a solid central table.
  • Wifi: (1) No
  • Power: (2) Around the sides but the stalls have no back rest.
  • Food and drinks: (1) It’s all about the coffee actually.
  • Drinking water: (3) Free, filtered water is on the tables.
  • Music and atmosphere: (2) A small space but not usually packed. A few singles.
  • Reading zone: (1) No
  • Meeting room: (1) No
  • Toilets: (1) Outdoors in the shared facilities.