Deep in Bangkok’s ancient flower market, secreted away above a working flower shop, is the most enchanting cafe we’ve ever seen.
The hidden retreat requires visitors to walk through the florist, called Napasorn, and up a set of stairs at the back to enter Floral Cafe, a wonderful world where flowers hang everywhere and the ceiling drips with crystals and branches.
On a recent Saturday night when we visited, we had to scurry past several florists busily crafting giant crimson centerpieces that could only have been for a wedding reception.
We kicked our way through the debris on the floor: leaves, stems, and crushed buds. But what was on the other end of our journey was totally worth it.
Up the dark stairs we went, where dried bouquets hung above our heads — just a hint of what was to come. The cafe featured blooms, branches, and fronds in every corner — many of them real. These make the place smell as good as it looks. The cafe changes its entire decor regularly, but when we visited, it was decked out in what felt like a winter theme with red berries and dark evergreen branches everywhere. In a nod to the fact that we’re in the tropics, the elements were perfectly complemented by dark palm fronds.
A quick perusal of the cafe’s well-curated Instagram account confirmed the regular set changes, providing many reasons to come back, not that we needed any.
The cafe is getting buzz on social media from Bangkok’s hippest, and with good reason. Not only do they serve up homemade coffees, cakes, and frappes that can compete with any of Bangkok’s finest, the decor is like something out of a magical movie set.
Try the apple crumble cake (THB160), lemon poppy seed cake (THB160), or very berry brownie (THB90). Wash them down with a cafe latte (THB120), lychee smoothie (THB150) or a pot of the shop’s signature tea blends: lavender rose, cherry rose, or minty rose (THB90).
If you’re in the mood for something to cool you down after shopping in the sweltering flower market, the cafe also offers homemade ice cream in the same signature flavors of lavender rose, cherry rose, and minty rose (THB100).
And, if you feel like you can’t live without one (or more) of the pretty decor items in the cafe, most of them are for sale. But they don’t come cheap. This flower pot costs a whopping THB18,000 (US$553).
Make sure to stop in — for a coffee, at least — next time you’re in Bangkok’s Old Town.
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Floral Cafe at Napasorn
67 Chakphet Rd., Phra Nakhon
Open daily (except Sunday) 10am-10pm