Rocket has been doing fancy takes on breakfast since before restaurants were doing fancy takes on breakfast in Bangkok, so they know what constitutes a good breakfast. Think elegant touches here, such as herbed omelettes served with Gravlax salmon, and Swedish smorrebrod open sandwiches, or various takes on Benedict like salmon or crabcake. Their rocket fuel signature cold brew coffee is legendary, and the vast menu can handle pretty much breakfast, lunch, or even an afternoon snack if needed. With knowledgeable baristas and a cozy setting, this is a long time favorite.
Recommended for Breakfast because: For a long-running Bangkok gourmet breakfast niche, look to Rocket.
Dave's expert tip: To get here take the skytrain to Surasak and walk back to Sathorn Soi 12.
Took Lae Dee, while not falling into the same category of elegance as the other places on this list, nevertheless gets a spot here. Took Lae Dee means cheap and good in Thai, and its long food counter, which can be found inside any branch of Foodland supermarkets, has appeared in countless numbers of Thai movies and thus is well known throughout the country. The food is nothing over the top, but its regulars swear by it, and many visitors to Thailand end up spending days and hours here, lingering over the big American breakfasts, consisting of of toast, eggs, bacon, ham, sausages, orange juice and tea or coffee. Think of that local cheap hangout diner back home and you can see why Took Lae Dee is a success, not to mention that you can go shopping in the supermarket while you are there. They also have posted this review up on all their outlet walls, which we certainly get a kick out of!
Recommended for Breakfast because: For cheap and filling, Took Lae Dee is a Bangkok institution!
Dave's expert tip: There are 9 branches of Took Lae Dee in the 11 Foodlands in Bangkok, a large proportion of tourists seem to frequent the one in Sukhumvit Soi 16 and also Soi 5. From 5-9am, breakfast goes for 49 baht!
This ultra healthy organic cafe and juice bar does brekkie, as the name implies, but also a lot more. They are actually open throughout the day, and do a range of all day breakfasts, sandwiches, and then superfood bowls and quinoa specials for those who really want something healthy. The Spirulina Bowl comes with passion fruit, bananas, and spirulina, blended with fresh raspberries, mango, bee pollen, and chia seeds, while breakfast items include avocado toast and baked eggs with chorizo. If you need your Thai food fix, try a quinoa krapao, where chicken breast is served with holy basil over quinoa. Brekkie also does a range of organic teas and fine coffees, and it's an intimate spot to chill at, with white walls and soft lighting.
Recommended for Breakfast because: Vegans and health lovers will feel right at home at Brekkie.
Dave's expert tip: The nearest BTS station is Phrom Phong, and you'll need a taxi or motorcycle taxi from there, as it is a long walk up the soi.
This longstanding bagel bakery is a downtown fixture, and offers more than just the best bagels in the kingdom. An American and Thai who missed chewy New York bagels opened up this centrally located eatery and now have a legion of faithful followers. As co-owner Eric Seldin stated, "for the longest time we had to do with bagels in Bangkok that were essentially just round pieces of bread." These days, you can treat yourself to a Lox, Stock, and Bagel, a tuna melt or a Reuben, and plenty of good coffee and desserts to boot. In addition to the bagel fixtures, there are also plenty of excellent sandwiches made with in-house cured and smoked meats. Throw in the free wifi, and you could spend a few hours or more here.
Recommended for Breakfast because: for Bangkok's best bagels and more, the Bangkok Bagel Bakery is a winner.
Dave's expert tip: The Bangkok Bagel Bakery is located inside of the Maniya Center, accessed by the BTS Skytrain's Ploenchit Stati
Roast combines some of the best coffee in Bangkok along with brunch options to die for, featuring hearty fare such as poached eggs with corned beef hash, eggs Benedict with Parma ham, banana stuffed French toast, and the house standouts, which are duck hash browns made with duck, potatoes, carmelized onions, garlic and herbs. For those with a sweet tooth, the strawberry waffles stuffed with vanilla ice cream will guarantee a return visit, and of course this can all be washed down with wildly exotic roasts such as Ethiopian sidamo natural organic or Nicaraguan jinotega. In addition to this eatery at the hip Commons space, Roast has also branched out to the swank EmQuartier Mall, where they have a restaurant on the first floor of the Helix Quartier.
Recommended for Breakfast because: for excellent brunch with the best coffee in town, Roast is it.
Dave's expert tip: Soi 13 is a bit of a walk from the BTS Skytrain station at Thong Lor, so better to take a taxi up from Sukhumvit. Breakfast/brunch is served here until 530pm.
This elegant urban lifestyle bistro sets the bar for snazzy decor and is Bangkok's hippest breakfast and brunch niche. Open for all day dining, the Instagram-popular eatery inside the posh 137 Pillars Bangkok hotel features an airy and bright interior with high ceilings,, looking out at verdant gardens, and even a lush outdoor seating area should the weather cooperate, making diners feel far removed from the stresses of chaotic Bangkok. You're not coming here just to gawk though, as the menu features globally-inspired dishes made with ultra-fresh ingredients that will sate all your breakfast cravings. Dig into eggs Benedict Florentine, Hong Kong congee, avocado toast, or coconut waffles to go with some strong organic coffee. Make sure to save room for dessert as well, as the Baileys cheesecake and tiramisu are superb. Bangkok Trading Post has become so popular that they recently opened another branch in the Mercury Ville mall downtown, but come to this original spot for one relaxing morning.
Recommended for Breakfast because: For Bangkok's hippest breakfast and brunch niche, you can't do better than Bangkok Trading Post.
Dave's expert tip: From Phrom Pong, best to taxi up. Take Sukhumvit Soi 39 up to Phrom Chit Alley (where 39 changes to one way coming at you, and you have to turn left), you'll find the restaurant in the 137 Pillars Hotel which is just in front of you (to the right of Soi 39).
While Chu has achieved notoriety as Bangkok's most wicked dessert house, serving up some mean churros and chocolate along with a host of other ultra sweet desserts, it also has emerged with some fantastic breakfast and brunch creations, such as an outstanding Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce and Canadian bacon. They also do homemade pancakes with imported blueberries and strawberries and French toast. Wash all this down with a cup of real hot chocolate, made with 58% cacao French baking chocolate, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face as well as your palate. Keep an eye out for their new opening in a garden house on Sukhumvit Soi 31, as the Covid pandemic has seen them end their stay in the Exchange Tower address.
Recommended for Breakfast because: The real cacao hot chocolate at Chu is well worth the trip.
Dave's expert tip: Note that Chu has left its longtime location in the Exchange Tower and is awaiting the end of Covid before opening up in a new shop in a garden house on Sukhumvit Soi 31. Check their FB page for the latest.
From Croque Monsieur to baguette sandwiches and build your own salads, the menu is seriously good here, with soups, sandwiches, salads, roast meats, and divine eggs Benedict rounding out the French boulangerie and cafe style menu. Mainly a breakfast, brunch, and lunch spot, Cafe Tartine is also wildly popular for being one of the most family friendly eateries in Bangkok, as they have highchairs for toddlers, plenty of colouring books, crayons, and books for the kids, and even children's movies playing throughout the day. Additionally, there is a full Kids Menu, a 159 baht deal that comes with a sandwich, drink, and cookies. The portions here aren't all that big, but where else can you get quiche Lorraine or a brie burger in Bangkok?
Recommended for Breakfast because: For Bangkok's best French breakfast, Cafe Tartine is tops.
Dave's expert tip: While they list their address on Wireless, best to take the BTS Skytrain to Ploenchit, walk back a block to Soi Ruamrudee, and walk down it to the restaurant. The cafe is in the Athinee Residence.
Run by the folks behind Roast, one of Bangkok's best longstanding breakfast eateries and Roots, its earliest and foremost gourmet coffee roasters, Ocken is an eclectic nouvelle eatery that mainly does dinner, but had to be included here for its delicious weekend brunch offerings.
While the name Ocken might sound a bit Scandinavian (and certainly goes with the rather Nordic look and feel to the restaurant), it actually comes from something far more mundane. When the founders here put together their first dinner menu, they featured their two favourite foods, octopus and chicken, and thus Ocken was born!
Offerings here are pretty diverse, ranging from OcMuffins, which feature English muffins stuffed with a fennel sausage patty, American cheese, and a folded chive omelet, or else omelets with melted brie, in which your standard omelet gets a facelift, adding sautéed kale, mornay sauce, and decadent brie to the mix. There are also Asian dishes like Cheeky Pho Rice, named after the Vietnamese pho and Ocken's using beef cheeks, and even Middle Eastern spread platters that feature hummus and tzatziki.
There is freshly baked bread and pastries, a lovely chocolate mascarpone crepe cake with fresh blackberries, cashew toffee, and hot fudge sauce, and of course the outstanding gourmet coffee from Roots. Set in a stylish space at the foot of the Surasak BTS station, Ocken has become a darling for the hip young Thai food-Instagram crowd, and is a pleasant spot to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Recommended for Breakfast because: For hip brunch creations paired with gourmet coffee, Ocken is a great weekend spot.
Dave's expert tip: The best way to get here if via the BTS Skytrain. Get off at the Surasak Station on its south side, Ocken is downstairs in the Bhiraj Tower.
While spicy Thai cuisine might be the driving force behind your trip, you'd be hard pressed to turn down a fresh berry pancake with maple butter breakfast. At the Crackhouse (yes you are safe, it's all about eggs, not drugs!), the same folks behind the long time breakfast favorite CHU, not only elevate pancakes, but they've come up with all sorts of egg-centric breakfast and brunch dishes, ranging from a Crack Griddle (featuring an omelette, sausage, and cheddar cheese sandwiched between two pancakes), to a breakfast burrito, and plenty more. Beverages of choice include gourmet coffee and fresh pressed orange juice. Crackhouse also makes life as simple as the comfort food on tap, as they have take out, delivery, and even serve breakfast around the clock. Homesick for some good old diner dishes, then make a beeline for this authentic brekkie niche now!
Recommended for Breakfast because: For truly egg-ceptional breakfasts and major comfort food, head to the Crackhouse!
Dave's expert tip: To get here, take the BTS to Sala Daeng or the MRT subway to Lumpini and walk over to the Sala Daeng Soi 1 alley.