After You is a hot spot for all sweet-toothed Bangkokians, serving a range of delicious treats, including a signature shibuya honey toast. Anywhere that proclaims ‘There’s always room for dessert’ as their mantra and serves a great selection of breakfast dishes and sugary snacks quickly becomes a real must-try in Bangkok, so don’t be surprised if there is a queue during peak times, they move fast and there are now five branches around town to try them in.
The original After You cafe is located in Thong Lor, about 100 metres along Soi 13. It’s probably best to take a taxi from Thong Lor BTS, which will take around five minutes and cost around 50 baht. This is definitely the most picturesque branch, but success means that you can now tuck in at cafes near Ari BTS station, at Siam Paragon and Central Plaza Ladprao.
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After You is modern and cosy, with warm wooden decor, plenty of seats, lots of natural light during the day and the smell of fresh baking that is noticeable as soon as you enter. Customers are mainly Thai and it is a favourite for students and families, who come here and split a few desserts so they can try a selection. I recommend doing this, too. Outside the Siam Paragon branch there is a sign all photographers love to see, a camera without a line through it. These cakes and desserts are so pretty you can’t help but want to snap away and make your friends envious. Sadly, there is no table service, so you may have to queue twice, once to get in and once to order, but I promise it’s worth it. Price wise, desserts are around 150 baht.
The menu at the counter has mini Polaroid snaps of all the dishes to whet your appetite. There are three categories: shibuya toast, signature and breakfast. Classic shibuya toast is a thick chunk of toast served with honey, vanilla ice-cream and some extra honey. It is easily big enough to share between two or three people, and if you don’t fancy the classic toppings, try chocolate, banana or toffee. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to share desserts, check out their signature range, The Queen Bee Fudge Cake is chocoholic heaven, a slice of chocolate cake, with more chocolate, marshmallows, with warm fudge sauce and ice-cream, another way to get your sugar fix is with the slightly less sweet strawberry crumble. The breakfast menu isn’t so sugar laden but it’s still calorie rich; the cheese and bacon baked egg toast is worth trying if you’re hungry. The drinks continue the sweet theme with most of lattes, frappes, teas and coffees available iced and hot.
Many people have tried to copy After You’s sugary formula, and honey toast can be found in establishments across the city with no-one quite matching the taste and experience of the original. The best time to come here is after a light dinner on a weekday evening, when it’s slightly quieter but still just as welcoming.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight every day
- Location: J Avenue, Thonglor soi 13
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Tel: +66 (0)2 7129266