I have been traveling quite a lot for some four decades now and last eighteen years together with my partner. Bangkok is one of my favorite destinations.
Places mentioned in this article are not either gay owned or “gay friendly” by an outdated classification. LGBT travel today is quite different to that of several decades ago and gay and lesbian travelers today are less inclined to stick to “gay friendly” places. First of all, in many years of traveling I have failed to find hotel that was not “gay friendly” regardless of them advertising as such or not. As a matter of fact, most of places advertising as gay friendly are completely ignorant of LGBT issues and are only interested in a “pink dollar”. However, there is nothing wrong with staying in gay owned and operated hotels as a way to support local LGBT businesses at your destination. In general, Thailand is very gay friendly destination and it is more genuine than in some other places.
So, lets explore Bangkok at day time – Soi 26 – and see what is on offer. Once you have finished running around and seeing all “must see” places in Bangkok (if you have enough time for that as there are quite many) it is time to have one relaxing day – just sit back and enjoy your coffee or some other drink and watch world go by.
Here are the best cafes on Sukhumvit Soi 26, listed as you come across them walking from BTS Phrom Phong:
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Hello Strangers Cafe
The modern industrial-style Hello Strangers Cafe serves a variety of hot and cold drinks, plus sweets and pastries Recommended items include the double-shot, cocoa-based Monkey Brain Latte (B90) in a skull cup, the buttery strawberry or banana chocolate pancakes (B180), homemade carrot cake (B90) and soft chocolate cake (B90). The place even has a vinyl record corner.
The cement and light wood-dominated Sora City looks like something straight out of Japan. Besides selling vintage-style bicycles (with the eponymous brand starting from B13,900), the cafe also does latte tiramisu and bitter chocolate (both from B95). On a hot day, order refreshing heavenly blue soda (B100). To celebrate its launch all hot drinks are priced at B70, while cold ones are B80.
Baker Gonna Bake
K Village just got a whole lot sweeter. Baker Gonna Bake began life as a little online bakery and has transformed into a full-time cafe serving coffee and treats. Inside carries a cutesy Japanese cafe vibe owing to the wooden tables, concrete floors and all-too-adorable dessert menu. The Le Condon Bleu-graduate owner bakes her treats on-site, including classics like chocolate cookies and brownies (B55) as well as twists like the Brownoffee (banoffee brownie, B150), mango tart with sticky rice base (B95) and baked dome (a rich chococlate sphere with a brownie cookie base, B140). They serve blended tea from Chiang Mai’s Rustic and Blue at B120 a pot, in flavors like dark chocolate orange and mango hibiscus. Plain bagels are just B50 and there’s an entire espresso menu which uses beans from local coffee roaster Somersault (B70-B95). Stay tuned for the baking workshops held at the cafe.
G/F, K Village, Sukhumvit Soi 26. Open daily 8am-10pm
In contrast to the dark original venue on Sukhumvit Soi 31, the new Wonderwall, dubbed Wonderwall #26, sits in a bright, cozy space (courtesy of Be Grey design) with plenty of natural light on one of Sukhumvit’s most pleasant-looking streets. On top of the signature Wonderwall blend coffee (from B60) from P&F roaster and familiar baked items, the cafe also adds a breakfast and brunch menu, consisting of things like eggs Benedict on Waffle (B220) and French toast with Fresh fruits (B250). The slow bar features selected rotating beans from Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.