While many cafes in Bangkok choose to go the industrial loft route when it comes to design, this Thong Lor spot is doing things a bit differently. And you’ll notice as soon as you catch a glimpse of the place, tucked away in an alley on Thong Lor’s Soi 13.
Though Sundays has been open for a bit, it continues to attract attention for its unusual decor and was recently featured on the designboom blog.
Even before you enter, you’ll realize you’re at an unusual eatery. It has a blue bathtub out front — yes, you can get in a take a photo — and a heavy, colorful, Chinese enameled door.
Once inside, a warm, nature-loving feeling is provided by the giant tree growing through the middle of the cafe, while the back wall — made completely of small, old panes of glass — allows sunlight to stream through. Beyond that is outdoor seating in a sizable backyard with fairy garden details.
The two-floor cafe is full of odds and ends, making for easy conversation starters if your early morning mind isn’t too sharp before your first coffee. Their pet fish are housed in an old television set. The staff is known to chat with any visitors who are curious about the paintings on the walls, some of which were created by the people working at the cafe.
Reviewers report that the prices are lower and the feeling far homier than other places in Thong Lor, which tend to veer high-end. Guests rate the engaging, bilingual staff highly, who have even been known to sit down to draw with their customers at the tables.
As much as they strive to find a balance between making the cafe cozy, fun, and interesting, they’ve done the same with the menu, which offers updated takes on Western and Thai comfort food, such as a tricked-out, souped-up bowl of Mama Kee Mao (THB165), spicy instant noodles with salted, fried egg yolks mixed in.
Other food offerings include: Garden Soup (THB120) with slow-cooked zucchini, baby carrots and tomatoes, Pancakes and Bacon (THB200) with peaches, figs, whipped cream and real maple syrup, and Pate a l’Orange (THB255), grilled chicken livers stir fried with angel hair pasta with orange sauce and dried chili.
But maybe you just want a drink to sip while you enjoy checking out all the plants, artwork, candles, books, empty window frames, and upcycled refrigerators dotting the place. For drinks, they offer Creme Assam (THB125), Assam black tea with vanilla beans and rich cream, a Burnt Sugar Milkshake (THB195) with homemade salted caramel sauce, and many more. Check out their full menu here.
Once the sun goes down, the cafe has a more intimate vibe. Couples line the seats in the windows, sharing cakes and coffees in low lighting provided by hanging Moroccan lanterns beside European chandeliers beside strings of industrial lights.
Whether you go for the morning vibes, or the evening feels, Sundays feels pretty good at any time of the day — or week.
44/9-10 Thong Lor Soi 13
Open Wed-Sun 11am-10pm
BTS Thong Lor