Mr Jones’ Orphanage Cake Shop
Childish treats and cake in Bangkok
Mr Jones piles tasty cakes, cookies and milkshakes high at his cosy orphanage-inspired café decorated with swinging teddy bears and plenty of Lego to play with. This is another shop making its mark at Seenspace on Thonglor Soi 13, which now encompasses Fat Gutz fish and chips and Roast Coffee and restaurant. The closest BTS is at Thong Lor, but it’s worth taking a taxi as it can take 25 minutes to walk there.
Another branch opened at Siam Center Shopping Mall, a much more handy location for most visitors to Bangkok, close to Siam BTS sky train station. This cafe has the same theme and same delicious cakes.
Ashley Sutton, the creator of Iron Fairies and Fat Gutz has outdone himself with this fun, oddball cake shop. Outside, gothic gargoyles emit a cooling mist, and there is a drop off house for orphans. Inside, lots of blonde wood and toys make this one of the most welcoming orphanages in the world, with cakes piled high on one side with a moving mobile of cake slices. At the centre of the dining hall is a carousel filled with fruit and wooden horses, from the ceiling hundreds of paper planes are dangling in the breeze. You would expect from the toy soldiers and teddy bears for most of the guests to be children, but on our Sunday visit the queue was full of adults. There is an upstairs library that is only accessible to those under 5ft tall though, so children can burn off sugar highs in their own space.
Although there are sandwiches and savoury snacks on the menu, the main reason to come here is for the cake, and there is enough this to satisfy any kind of sweet tooth, whether you fancy a grown-up semolina, pistachio and honey cake or a scone with jam, or perhaps even my childhood dream cake, a triple chocolate M&M Kitkat cake with chocolate mousse filling. The list doesn’t stop there; they serve cookies, brownies, red velvet cake and a large chocolate and cream cake that looks like an Oreo. If you are looking to try one of the in-house creations then I recommend the giant marshmallow, which comes lightly toasted on a bed of biscuit and warm chocolate.
If you want to take the child-inspired experience to the next level you can order Mr Jones’ flavoured milk, which comes in tiny bottles with straws and is flavoured with vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. With plenty of milkshakes, teas and coffees to chose from, it is very easy to pair your drink with your dessert. For those coming in the evening (Mr Jones is open until 23:00), there is a yummy selection of cocktails to try. Everything is served on enamel plates, and even the teacups are that famous white and blue tin that reminded me of childhood camping trips. If you enjoy the metallic sound of tin the whole set is available to take home – perfect for picnics.
Cakes are available for take away if you don’t have time to stay and enjoy the company of fluffy toys or racing cars around your plate. It gets very busy at weekends and in the evenings, but you shouldn’t have to wait more than ten minutes for a table unless you are in a big group. With plenty of cake shops in Bangkok, this stands out not only for the quirky decor, but also the quality and variety of sweet treats on offer.
Mr Jones' Cake Shop
- Location: G/F SeenSpace, 251/1 Thonglor Soi 13, Bangkok
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Tel: +66 (0)2 185 2378