From Kyoto to Bangkok: Japanese specialty coffee shop ‘Kurasu’ expands to Thailand

Photo: Kurasu Bangkok / FB
Photo: Kurasu Bangkok / FB

Bangkok never gets tired of a good coffee shop. 

Kyoto-based Kurasu landed in Bangkok last week with its first cafe in Thailand — its second outside of Japan (the first overseas shop opened at Singapore’s Odeon Towers in 2017). The Bangkok cafe sits inside Bambini Villa just off Soi Sukhumvit 26 where it keeps the brand’s signature minimalist style.

Unlike its original outpost — a small coffee stand in Kyoto — the Bangkok branch offers a lot more space. It’s divided into two zones: a coffee bar and a roastery. 

The menu includes coffee options like a traditional espresso (starting at THB100) and pour-over coffee (starting at THB120), as well as non-coffee beverages such as iced or hot chocolates, matcha drinks and more. Customers can select either coffee blends or from single origin beans. 

Photo: Kurasu Bangkok / FB
Photo: Kurasu Bangkok / FB

There is also a dessert option available, the Toast Anko (THB130), a thick slice of toast topped with butter and sweet adzuki (Japanese red bean) paste. We hear that more sweet items will be added to the menu list in the future.

Founded by Yozo Otsuki, Kurasu means “lifestyle” in Japanese, and first opened back in 2016 next to Kyoto Station. Embracing Japanese coffee culture and being a one-stop provider for coffee equipment, Kurasu quickly became well-known among coffee lovers in Kyoto. 

Kurasu Bangkok is open from 8am until 6pm every day and is located inside Bambini Villa on Soi Sukhumvit 26.

Kurasu Bangkok is at A104 Bambini Villa 18, Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok
Open daily, 8am-6pm
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