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