reviews

Yellow Submarine Coffee Tank, Khao Yai, Thailand

The Yellow Submarine is one of the coolest cafes I’ve been to. Practically in the middle of nowhere off a main road in Khao Yai, this cafe is surrounded by trees and the cafe makes that part of the ambience. It’s a pretty phenomenal piece of architecture as they feature and celebrate the woods and greenery around them. There’s ample space to sit inside or outside, in groups or perched at the long table. I brought my laptop and charger (with electric sockets for power, but no wifi) and had a nice time just sat in the open-air outside section. Plus side: the coffee is excellent, a rich roast with a nutty aroma. Down side: very limited menu, the one savoury item they offer was sold out before I ordered, although they do have a sweets menu but I wasn’t keen on pecan pie for breakfast. Another downside: Yellow Submarine has hit the web and the social media hype is real. I felt like I was the only one there enjoying my coffee, as the ambience was broken by beautiful people gazing pensively at their iced latte and posing for the gram.

 

 

 

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Cute Corner Cuisine, Asoke Bangkok, Thailand

My partner and I stumbled across this gem in our meanderings of the Asoke streets. This little cafe cooks fresh, Thai and Western style breakfasts. Their coffee is decadent and the wifi is fast- both draw cards for a traveler. There’s a long table and a few little nooks off to the side, with board games and reading areas. They’ve maximised the space really well with mirrors and a second level that makes the cafe feel really open and light. They create a sense of homeliness with a cute collection of hanging plants and a drawn sketch of the city. The breakfast sets are good value. My partner got a tuna sandwich and salad while I got an omelet (and it came with roast veggies and a passionfruit juice dressing for the salad). Great value, good price, cute cafe.

 

 

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The Penthouse Bar, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand

My partner and I went up to the Penthouse Bar for a Sunday evening cocktail. Such a wonderful panoramic view of the city and all the lights. The Penthouse is a very sleek bar that offers an extensive spirit and cocktail menu. Unfortunately, they were out of the gin I requested, but the waitress was lovely and pitched me a cocktail that she thought I would prefer- she was right. I tried the Cha Yen Fizz and loved it: Chalong Bay rum, Thai tea syrup, pomelo juice, Bénédictine D.O.M., Fernet Branca, soda. Very theatrical with smoke and just the right amount of sweetness served in a tea cup. Honestly, a bit pricey, but right in the centre of it all with great views and conservative chic ambience- it’s a nice place for evening drinks.

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St Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi, Vietnam 

St Joseph’s Cathedral is stunning gothic monolith, just a stroll from Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. It’s a marvel of history and architecture and beautiful even just to witness. The church still runs masses in various languages. However, it’s worth visiting for the sheer beauty of the structure. The area around it is a meeting place for tours and has plenty of cafes and restaurants. Lots of boutique handicraft shopping in the area as well.

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El Mercardo, Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Hail, Bangkok’s best kept secret. El Mercado is tucked away down a side street, down a side alley, down a long driveway. It’s a courtyard and a delicatessen and bar and a terrace house all rolled into one restuarant. It’s off the main drag, and the place is vibing, with fairy lights and fig trees and raucous laughter. 

Find it. You wont regret it. 
This Spanish delicatessen treats you in all manners sweet and savoury. Their cheese selection is to die for, and their charcuterie is carefully selected, and decadent. We tried an array of tapas; salmon, tuna, salads, cheeses, meats, wines. Everything was exquisite. The owner came to greet us, recommending wine pairings and off the menu delights. It was a perfect feast for my final night in Thailand.

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Aroi Dessert Cafe, Hanoi

This dessert cafe was a great find. Wifi, right in the thick of a restaurant alley, just off from one of the main streets in Hanoi Old Quarter. It has an extensive bev list and everything is reasonably priced so it’s easy to just kick your feet up and chill out. We shared a lava cake and a Teddy bear chocolate mousse and both desserts were a perfect sweet treat. My friend was satisfied with her iced matcha latte and I really enjoyed my iced honey and kumquat drink. It’s not the height of luxury, but honestly, in Hanoi it’s just a real treat to find aircon, comfy sofa, delicious treats and wifi. Would recommend.

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Chu Chocolate Bar & Café, Asoke, Bangkok

Tucked away in the Exchange Centre in Asoke, Bangkok, is a little chocolate café. They serve decadent treats and rich delights- a haven for any sweet tooth. Their desserts don’t hold back, they ooze, pop and melt in your mouth. Their Nutella waffles are thick and their affogatos are strong. Be sure to go on an empty stomach, their desserts Andre not for the faint hearted. There’s ample space to sit by yourself or bring friends, and the air con is welcome respite for sweaty travelers. The drinks are reasonably priced and all things considered, this is a satisfying café. 

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