Coffee shops have increased in popularity around the world, and in Pattaya, it is no different. While over the last 18 months, we have seen several businesses open and close, many of the coffee shops have survived. Of course, there are international brands such as Starbucks spread all around the city, but there are some superb privately owned cafés that are great places to catch up with friends over coffee.
The Summer Café is situated on Naklua Soi 16, opposite Park Beach Condo and has a pleasant terrace to sit outside and an air-conditioned inside area. They serve a selection of freshly made coffees and smoothies along with having a light-bites menu with all food made on the premises. It is particularly popular with the many expats that live in the area.
Coffee Shop Café
The Coffee Shop Café is located within the Holiday Inn and wouldn’t usually make our list. However, in the current circumstances and the fact that it has a takeaway option and ample parking, we have made an exception. The coffee and food available are excellent, although it is more expensive than some of the alternatives as it is a hotel. However, the pleasant setting overlooking the bay may make it an attractive option.
Bake ‘n’ Brew
Bake ‘n’ Brew is located on Soi Xcite between Soi Buakhao and Pattaya Third Road. They serve an extensive selection of coffees and other drinks. It is a popular venue for breakfasts as it is very reasonably priced and the portions aren’t too large. Bake ‘n’ Brew is renowned for having pleasant staff that will always make you feel welcome.
Benjamit Coffee Roasters
Benjamit Coffee Roasters claims to be Chonburi’s oldest coffee roaster and is situated just off South Pattaya Road. They serve freshly roasted coffee and have a good menu that includes both Thai and Western dishes. It is popular with foreigners and Thais, with roasted coffee in bags also available for those who enjoy making their own “real” coffee at home.
The Sands Café is located at the Sands Condo at the bottom of Pratamnak Soi 5 and offers some excellent views across the bay. They arguably have the most comprehensive range of drinks of all the cafes on our list, including a selection of coffees, teas, Italian sodas and smoothies. Their food menu is also equally as impressive and varied and includes Thai, Western and Russian food.
Sketchbook Art Café
The Sketchbook Art Café is on Thappraya Road, close to the entrance to View Talay 5. It is very much a boutique café with an emphasis on promoting local artists. They have a relaxed and friendly ambience with a good choice of drinks along with Thai and Western food. The Sketchbook Art Cafe is a popular destination with locals, expats and tourists.
The Baiyoke Café is located on the Pong side of Mabprachan Lake and has a very rustic feel, with benches outside where you can sit and watch the world go by. Their coffee is excellent value for money, and they have a good selection of desserts and ice creams. It is a popular stop-off for those who are cycling around the lake.