COCONUTS HOT SPOTS — Bangkok’s new Mermaid Castle Cafe is nestled into a slim, four-story building in hip shopping destination Siam Square, and it’s the place where all your underwater dreams can come true.
The first three floors are dedicated to shopping. Swimsuits, mermaid pajamas, phone cases, makeup, pastel power banks, and shell-printed lingerie fill the space, which has walls painted like fish scales.
The fourth floor houses the cafe, where rainbow-hued frozen drinks, whimsical tea sets, cupcakes, and other colorful treats await.
There are tails for all guests and plenty of stuffed seahorses, shells, fish and crabs to cuddle.
Officially opened for business last Saturday, the cafe is already proving a hit with groups of students and duos and trios of young women sharing snacks and shakes.
Mermaid Castle in Siam is the newest opening from Yuri Kuliga, the same young, female owner that brought Thais the much smaller Mermaid Island Cafe off the beaten path in Pathum Thani earlier this year. When she realized how much people love mermaids, she created this larger offering in the center of the city.
On a recent afternoon, we tried a Strawberry Vanilla Frappe (THB150). The multi-colored drink, served in a frozen goblet dripping with chocolate rivulets, has to be made in a few different steps to ensure the various colors on the drink.
It’s finished with gobs of whipped cream, sprinkles and an edible sugar mermaid’s tail. Feel free to ask for two straws if you want to share.
The perfect accompaniment to the sugary drink? More sweets, of course. We relaxed with the house’s Signature Set (THB590), which features a waffle or two slices of cake, two cupcakes, two mermaid’s shell desserts, and a choice of tea or cocoa.
Guests can also order any of these treats on their own. The Milkyway Waffle (THB160) is a sight to behold. Pink on one side and pale blue on the other, it’s drenched in chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, bananas, and colorful sprinkles.
The Mermaid’s Shell (THB69) features two thick, homemade sugar cookies held together with a large gob of rainbow-colored buttercream frosting with a candy “pearl” peeking out.
The Mermaid Cupcake (THB85) is a red velvet mini-cake topped with the same sweet, colorful buttercream, and another edible mermaid tail.
The menu also features savory dishes such as pastas and Thai dishes.
So slide on a tail, settle in with a sweet cake or frappe and indulge all your mermaid fantasies.
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Additional reporting by Prae Sakaowan