[BANGKOK] San Rafael Cafe while noted to be quite far, is seen as a worthwhile destination.

Located on the outskirts of Bangkok where the BTS or the MRT lines don’t extend to, it is a newly opened spot in the Bang Waek area.

It seems to have quickly caught the attention of locals and visitors alike, especially those who are enthusiastic about trendy café spots.

It is a huge double-storey high cafe, with range of items including takeaway brunch, breakfast pies, strawberry shortcake, completo, cakes, cheesecake, and fruitcake.

Like an oasis in the desert, San Rafael Café is a standalone building in the middle of nowhere.

It is decked in light wood and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and a man-made waterfall on the other end of the architecture.

Stepping inside, be prepared to be WOW-ed by the interior, which somehow reminded me of an Apple store.

A 360 degrees brewing bar in the middle of the ground floor is decked in bronze textures.

It also boosts of high ceiling fully decked in light-toned woods with natural sunlight pouring through the circular glass rooflights, and individual wooden flower pods which extend from the ground to the upper floor.

There are a total of 6 seating pods on the upper floor, so head there early to ‘chope’ your seats.

If not, there are other ‘normal’ seats, both indoors and outdoors on the ground floor.

Their menu only consists of pastries, cakes and drinks, so if you are looking for a more substantial brunch menu, this may not be the place for you.

One will be spoilt for choices, with over 30 beverages, 20 pastries and cakes on the menu.

Prices are almost comparable to Singapore, with Iced Coffee (THB 130-180, SGD 5-7), Hot Coffee (THB 95-130, SGD3.50-5), Cocktail (THB 170, SGD 6.50), Signature (THB 190, SGD 7.20) and Frappe (THB 200 – 250, SGD 7.50 – 9.50) on the drinks menu.

I had the signature Iced Lychee Blossom Coffee (THB 190, SGD 7.20) and Iced Coconut Coffee (THB 180, SGD 7).

The former came with an espresso shot on top of lychee juice, topped with rose petals and lychee fruits.

A refreshing drink that was not overly sweet, with the sweet lychee juice counterbalancing the robust coffee.

I enjoyed the Iced Coconut Coffee (THB 180, SGD 7), a different take with baby coconut flesh on top.

Riding on the trend of circular croissants, San Rafael Cafe served a total of 4 flavours (THB 165, SGD 6.30), fully coated in Yuzu Meringue, Salted Eggs, Hokkaido Milk and Matcha.

Their selection of desserts displayed are also pretty and enticing.

This includes Strawberry Choco (THB 265, SGD 10), Strawberry Cheesecake (THB 225, SGD 8.50), Chocolate Rocher (THB 275, SGD 10.50), Bourbon Vanilla (THB 275, SGD 10.50), Mixed Berry Tart (THB 185, SGD 7) and Coconut Delight (THB 220, SGD 8.50).

The Coconut Delight (THB 220, SGD 8.50) was my favourite, shaped like a coconut in a chocolate tart shell, with smooth and velvety coconut mousse, a layer of vanilla sponge cake and bits of baby coconut in it.

The baby coconut adds a mild sweetness more textures to the cake, making it more interesting.

Opened at 7am daily, San Rafael Cafe is an ideal spot for those who starts their day early, except that it is quite a distance from the city centre.

San Rafael Cafe
552 9 Bang Waek Road, Bang Phai, Bang Khae, Bangkok 10160, Thailand
Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)

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* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.


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