24 hour cafes in Bangkok are unique places that bring together a diverse range of people who would not usually interact – sort of like airports but with much better coffee. All-night cafes are growing in number and popularity to the point that it’s possible to find at least one place open throughout the night in every neighbourhood of Bangkok. However, the best 24 hour coffee shops have character and are worth seeking out if you want more than just a hit of caffiene. Whether you are looking to hit the books, update your blog or fill your belly after an all-night drinking session, we’ve found the perfect spots for you.
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24 Owls is the most charming all night venue in Bangkok. It has a bit of a bric-a-brac interior with cute ornaments dotted around, a quaint garden out the back, a full menu of western and Thai dishes, and a fully stocked bar featuring craft beers and great coffee. Limited plug sockets mean this is not the best place for a late night study session, but is excellent for refuelling after a big night out in Sukhumvit, and why not a last beer for the road. Free Wi-Fi.
- Location: 39/9 Ekkamai Soi 12
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Tel: +66 (0) 2391 4509
A huge 24 hour café and study venue with cosy nooks everywhere and plenty of sockets for charging laptops, phones and tablets. Situated close to Chulalongkorn University in Sam Yan (a quick taxi hop from either Siam or Silom), it is possible to see students burning the midnight oil here every night of the week. Scandinavian pine is everywhere with a bright interior to keep tired minds alert – further helped by the coffees and sweet treats available. Free Wi-Fi. Read More...
More of a restaurant than a coffee shop, Baan Rai Coffee nevertheless serves a huge variety of food and drinks around the clock. The location is a definite plus, right on the corner of Ekkamai (Sukhumvit Soi 61) in an al fresco setting decorated with old bricks in an ancient Ayuthaya style (indoor seating also available). Prices are slightly higher than you would pay elsewhere, although they do offer 24 hour service which perhaps explains it. Everything at Baan Rai Coffee is traditional Thai in style, from the décor, to the coffee, to the menu – all of which prove a hit with the mix of foreigners and locals.
- Location: Ekkamai junction (look for a garden surrounded by old brick walls)
- BTS: Ekkamai
- Tel: +66 (0) 2381 2772
Bug & Bee is the easiest 24 hour café to find in Bangkok, as it occupies three floors of a narrow shophouse in a prominent location at the foot of Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain Station. Their coffee is sourced from northern Thailand, with plenty of smoothies and teas available too. The menu specialises in sweet and savoury crepes, with western and Thai dishes on the sizeable menu (kitchen closes at 22:00. After that it is cakes and baked goods only). Floor-to-ceiling windows from every floor look out over Silom Road, and as it is close to both Patpong red light district and Silom Soi 4 gay street, it attracts a diverse (and polite) late night crowd. Free Wi-Fi.
- Location: 18 Silom Road
- BTS: Sala Daeng
- Tel: +66 (0) 2632 8883
Bare brick, tall ceilings and large arched windows give Think Tank (third place) a definite European charm. The location is a little out of the way, quite far down Narathiwas Road, primarily for the university students from nearby Rajamangala University of Technology. It’s geared towards groups who come to study and it’s not unusual to see groups of university students tapping away on their laptops long past midnight. Private room available for 100 baht per hour. Free Wi-Fi.
- Location: Narathiwas Soi 17
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Tel: +66 (0)8 6784 9384