Vanilla Industry in Siam Square announces its presence with an intriguing old fashioned wooden door front that stands out amongst the fashion boutiques in this part of Bangkok. Step inside and you are greeted by a vintage looking counter that displays some of the tastiest cakes we have seen, from banoffee pie to crumbly cookies. This bakery opened in 2004 and has been delighting customers ever since with their blend of yesteryear, delicious sweet treats and excellent prices. The Vanilla empire has now expanded to the hip neighbourhoods of Thong Lor and Ekkamai, but we have a soft spot for the original three storey restaurant that now offers full meals and cooking classes. Located on Siam Square Soi 11, it is around a five minute walk from Siam BTS sky train station. It is open every day from 10:00 till 22:00.
The setup at Vanilla Industry really transports you to another world. On the first floor is the cake counter, with freshly baked goodies displayed in glass fronted cabinets and cool cakes and tarts kept fresh in small, clear fridges. If you are inspired to bake there is an impressive selection of sprinkles for sale, or if you want to take away for a special occasion you can grab a box of cakes and purchase candles, ribbon and accessories too. There are a few tables here, but this is definitely a short stop area. Head upstairs to the dining room if you are looking to linger over your food. Here you will find half a dozen Parisian chairs and tables, with one sofa that is often been hogged by a group of students who are sharing a couple of slices of cake and a pot of tea between them.
This is more than just a cake café, there is a good range of light bites and meals on the menu, from chips and dips to large dishes of spaghetti. We order the calamari fritters (180 baht), generously battered and buttery, served with herb sauce and carrots for dipping. Our chicken, apple and raisin salad (160 baht) is generously covered in a creamy dressing, and was a cooling accompaniment to the crispy duck spaghetti (280 baht) that had a real kick to it. The drinks menu here is almost as long as the food menu, with unusual offerings such as the dark chocolate mint, either hot or cold, and a blueberry crumble frappe. There is also a decent range of normal coffees, teas and soft drinks, starting at 80 baht.
Service here can be a little slow during busy periods, so it’s not a good option if you are in a rush, but thankfully we wanted a break before tackling dessert: a vanilla crepe cake and chocolate truffle cheesecake. The crepe cake, created with layer upon layer of thin pancakes and vanilla is topped with a large layer of whipped cream. It’s simple and delicious and goes perfectly with a cup of black coffee. On the other end of the scale, the chocolate cake was dark and rich, ideal for those who want to share and garnished with a bright red strawberry. As well as the desserts on the menu, make sure you check out the selection on the ground floor. Sweet treats start at 80 baht.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 daily
- BTS: Siam
- Address: 422/1-3 Siam Square Soi 11
- Tel: +66 (0)2 658 4720