Bangkok’s Ari Neighborhood Guide

  • Lapin's flourless cake.

    Lapin's flourless cake.

  • Casa Lapin's mocha and box of signature macaroons.

    Casa Lapin's mocha and box of signature macaroons.

  • The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

    The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

  • Enjoy a glass of Thai whiskey or live music at Bar Aree.

    Enjoy a glass of Thai whiskey or live music at Bar Aree.

  • Bar Aree's front.

    Bar Aree's front.

  • Modern fusion cuisine meets at The Rock, such as the coconut prawn dish.

    Modern fusion cuisine meets at The Rock, such as the coconut prawn dish.

  • Puritan's Strawberry Bloom cake.

    Puritan's Strawberry Bloom cake.

  • A sampling of Puritan's cakes that use only high-quality and low-fat ingredients.

    A sampling of Puritan's cakes that use only high-quality and low-fat ingredients.

  • Numthong Gallery showing

    Numthong Gallery showing "Under Construction" by Kwanchai Lichaikul.

  • A Numthong event.

    A Numthong event.

  • The upstairs dining area of The Rock.

    The upstairs dining area of The Rock.

  • Chef Baimohn of The Rock.

    Chef Baimohn of The Rock.

  • Ari's streets host a thriving street food culture and old money Thai residences.

    Ari's streets host a thriving street food culture and old money Thai residences.

  • Numthong Gallery offers free admission and an art research library to visitors.

    Numthong Gallery offers free admission and an art research library to visitors.

  • The newly renovated parlor and cake room.

    The newly renovated parlor and cake room.

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Casa Lapin

The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

The storefront of Casa Lapin, an artisan coffee shop.

Lapin's flourless lemon cake.

Lapin’s flourless lemon cake.

In a city where the majority of denizens would happy sip instant coffee from a sachet, Casa Lapin is raising the bar for café culture and then some. The shop offers artisanal single origin coffees made from beans sourced from Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Thailand, as well as gourmet cake pairings including flakey chocolate croissants and flourless almond lemon cakes. The owner, Nattaphat Lux Suriyakumphol, is a Thai architect with a passion for quality coffee, so much so that he spent two years at a Chiang Mai plantation studying coffee beans. Nattaphat first opened the shop in Thong Lo in Sukhumvit in 2012, before expanding with a branch in Ari in September 2013. With warm wood furnishings, soft jazz tunes, glittering glass chandeliers, and fresh flowers daily, it’s the kind of place that welcomes caffeine-fueled work sessions and easy conversation. The word lapin is borrowed from the French term of endearment given to a girlfriend or boyfriend, meant to invibe meetings at the café with a sense of familiarity and intimacy.

Soi Pahonyothin 7; 66-81/261-2040; Casa Lapin; coffee from US$4

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