Sometimes only the creamy, sugary goodness that comes in a cake can satisfy, so it’s a relief to know that even though Bangkok may be far from home, it’s still possible to find a whole host of temptingly delicious confections.
While these desserts may not be traditionally Thai sweet treats, there’s no doubt that the Big Mango is home to some incredible cake shops.
Here’s our guide to where to find the best cakes and pastries in Bangkok…
Be transported to the charming streets of Paris with the authentically French, mouthwatering pastries and cakes at Paris Mikki in Asok.
The chef here trained extensively at luxury patisseries like Laduree in Paris, and happily he has brought his sweet skills to Bangkok.
Everything at the award winning Paris Mikki is baked fresh every day and is of the highest quality — from rich, buttery croissants to indulgently decadent millefeuilles. Some rather good coffee is also available to accompany your cake.
Pastries are only made in small batches and sell out fast, so get here early to avoid disappointment.
Address: 27 Sukhumvit Soi 19
Open: Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 9 pm, and weekends from 9 am to 9 pm. Closed Monday.
For a whole lot of bready goodness, head down to Bangkok’s Holey Bakery in Sukhumvit, where the dough is fermented for three days in temperature controlled rooms to create breads and pastries that are full of flavour and lighter than air.
There’s a definite French influence here, but the extensive menu includes more goodies than just baguettes and croissants.
Sourdoughs, ciabatta, cherry Danish, English sausage rolls and beer bread all have their place on the menu too, as well as American style cheesecakes, rich chocolate cake, key lime pie, artisan sandwiches and hot pressed paninis.
Address: 245/12 Sukhumvit Soi 31
Open: Monday to Friday from 7 am to 5 pm, and on weekends from 7 am to 7 pm
Yellow Spoon Pastry
The gluten free, additive free, low sugar cakes and pastries on offer at Yellow Spoon Pastry just go to show that it is possible to eat yummy cake without having the guilt afterwards.
Everything is made from scratch here using carefully selected 100% natural quality ingredients, and is simply yet beautifully presented.
Little slices of healthy cake heaven include salted caramel chocolate tart, mascarpone chocolate pie, soft baked cookies, lemon tart brownies, and strawberry crumble tart.
This is an intimate and friendly little cafe where you can even watch the pastry chefs at work.
Address: 317/5 Ekkamai 19, Sukhumvit 63
Open: Every day from 10 am to 8 pm
The name is no joke — at Snaffle’s you’ll be tempted to snaffle everything in sight.
This is the home of the sumptuous Hokkaido cheesecake from Japan — a rich, fluffy and intensely creamy melt in the mouth cheesecake made from 20 different types of cheese, fresh eggs, sugar and flour, which is hand mixed to perfection before being oven baked.
The original flavour is divine, but there are also a handful of others to choose from, including maple, chocolate, green tea, and Tiramisu.
Address: Ground Floor, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Rd
Open: Daily from midday to 10 pm
Warm Wood Cafe
The cosy and inviting Warm Wood Cafe in Thonglor is the perfect place sink back into some plump cushions and treat yourself to some scrumptious desserts.
It’s also a great place to come for tasty savoury treats and brunches.
Pastry chef Praparporn Leosirikul, was formerly at the celebrated Sirocco restaurant next to Bangkok’s famous Sky Bar, and he whips up delights such as cream choux pastries in different flavours, light and fluffy cheesecakes, almond crumble and pavlova topped with exotic fruits.
Address: 141 Thonglor Soi 10 (near Wine Republic ), Sukhumvit Soi 55
Open: 9 am to 5 pm daily
This 100% non dairy bakery had an extremely popular online store before branching out and opening up a cafe at the glitzy Mercury Ville Mall in Chitlom and as a standalone cafe on Sukhumvit Soi 24.
There’s a huge abundance of classic desserts and cakes available at Veganerie, and all created under strict controls to ensure that zero dairy products are used in the ingredients.
Happily this lack of dairy doesn’t mean lack of flavour, as delectable dishes like fudge brownie sundae, peach ‘n’ cream shortcake, chocolate banana waffle, death by chocolate, and Eton mess can testify.
Savoury dishes including all day breakfasts, salads, burgers and curries are also on the menu.
Address: 4th Floor, Mercury Ville, 540 Phloen Chit Road and 35/2 Sukhumvit Soi 24
Open: Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 9 pm
LeTao has a classy little kiosk in the swish Siam Paragon and Emquartier malls from which it sells some very fine Hokkaido cheesecake indeed.
The super light and fluffy signature LeTao Double Fromage cheesecake is considered one of the best in the world, but it doesn’t stop there — LeTao also serve up a bounty of other creamy cheesecake delights including double green tea, melon, pumpkin, chocolate and strawberry cream flavours, as well as other sweet treats.
Address: Ground Floor, Siam Paragon, 991/1 Rama 1 Road and Ground Floor, Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road
Open: 10 am to 10 pm every day
The Mocking Tales dessert restaurant is like something straight out of a storybook, and the fairytale confections here are more than mere ice cream: they’re works of art.
A knight in shining armour guards the entrance to the magical Mocking Tales kingdom, and there is a strong otherworldly theme to the decor and dessert presentation, as they’re served up wreathed in smoke from dry ice, or doused in blue flame.
Signature dishes include ‘Poison Apple’, a superb twist on an apple crumble, and ‘The Lost Treasure’, crispy black cookie toast with marshmallows and ice cream.
Address: Ground Floor, Maze, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thonglor
Open: From 9 am to 10 pm every day
Uncle Tetsu is another small cafe where you can sink your teeth into a pillowy soft Japanese cheesecake.
The brand has been baking sweet delights for the last 20 years, and Uncle Tetsu cheesecakes are of the highest quality — so much so that there’s often a long line of eager customers.
Choose from original, strawberry, or chocolate flavour cheesecakes, or sample a cheese tart, which features the same luscious creamy, cheesy filling with a crispy pastry base.
Address: Ground Floor, Siam Paragon Mall, Rama 1 Road
Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm
Issaya La Patisserie
Thais are well known for their sweet tooth, and at Issaya La Patisserie in the chic Central Embassy shopping mall, fêted pastry chef Ian Kittichai adds creative Thai touches to traditional French patisserie. They also have a branch in Sukhumvit’s Emquartier mall.
Desserts are unique, flavorsome and beautifully presented.
Expect exotic ingredients such as mango, cucumber, coconut, coriander, and fusions such a classic eclair filled with caramelised banana cream, or choux buns stuffed with delicious pandanus cream and chunks of sweet mangoes topped with mascarpone whipped cream.
Address: 5th Floor Central Embassy, 1031 Phloen Chit Road and Emquartier, Sukhumvit Road
Open: Every day from 10 am to 10 pm
What’s your pick for the best cake shop in Bangkok?
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