Casa Lapin X26, Bangkok, Thailand

November 22, 2016

In a bustling metropolis like Bangkok, you always feel oppressed by the overwhelming traffic, crowds and skyscrapers constantly invading your space. However, if you know where to go, there are hidden spots within the city that offers a chance to escape, chill and slow down.

When I travel to the City of Lights, Casa Lapin X26 is that escape. Casa Lapin is a popular chain of hipster cafes in Bangkok known for its inviting atmosphere, industrial loft style of high ceilings, wooden floors and red brick walls. My favourite is the branch at Sukhumvit Soi 26, a hidden gem along a quiet street but yet a short walk from EmQuartier and Phrong Phrom BTS station. (It’s on the same street as DoubleTree Hilton).

At Casa Lapin X26, the industrial loft theme carries through with aplenty large windows that brings in soothing natural light. As I have always been a fan of loft style interiors, the exposed brick wall, wooden and cast iron finishes, instantly strikes a chord. When you step into the cafe, you feel like you are transported to New York’s TriBeCa area where beautiful 19th century warehouses becomes coveted living spaces. Loft style design always bears historic details: iron, leather and wood finishes that see the passing of time create a new-old character. Casa Lapin has plenty of that flavour as the designer sourced a mix of materials and furnishings in flea markets instead of using only brand new.

While the menu may not be revolutionary, they do offer some of the most delicious breakfast selections and most importantly very good coffee. Perfect for a cozy morning cuppa and breakfast or a chill afternoon to browse Kinfolk and Frankie magazines. For me, Casa Lapin X26 also allow for some creative Instagram opportunities.

The spacious cafe compound is shared by a florist
One Day Wallflowers’ at the front, a hostel, restaurant and co-working space, ‘One Day Pause and Forward’ that are all connected. So be ensured that there are many unique corners to capture interesting shots. The good amount of natural light are also your allies to help craft your well composed imagery.

(Taken during Christmas 2015)

Ambiance ★★
This is one space I would replicate for my home. It’s unpretentious, cozy and filled with plenty of personality. So many areas to capture beautiful shots for instagram while allowing for quality chill time with friends. As it is located along a quiet street, the peaceful atmosphere is much welcomed from busy Bangkok. When you are finally ready to brave the crowds, the new EmQuartier mall and Phrong Phrom BTS station is just a short walk away. How much more convenient can this get:-)

(I plan to stay in the hostel’s private room in the near future. The interior spaces look very promising for great instagram shots and only accessible to guests.)

Flavour ★★
 I wouldn’t rate the menu offerings as outstanding. They have very good coffee and barista can be cute to admire. But the menu selection is not exactly surprising. Having said that, they are tasty and worth dining in. I always go there for breakfast. Hearty cereals, egg benedict and toasts all gets a thumbs up. 

Pricing ★★ 
The usual hipster cafe price levels in Bangkok. But when compared to Singapore, they are very well priced in view of the quality of food, service and atmosphere you are enjoying. (Starbucks in Singapore would probably cost more.)

★★★★  ExcellentHighlrecommended
★★★  Great. Deserving a thumbs up
★★  GoodFulfill its promise
★★★  MediocreNo surprises

Casa Lapin x26
Sukhumvit Soi 26,
Bangkok, Thailand
Area: Phrom Phong
Nearest Train: BTS Phrom Phong
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30am-10pm


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