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Velo Cafe’ X Rock’n Roast | Hua Hin | Thailand

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The popular Velo Cafe has now opened its doors to its new Cafe’ “Velo Cafe’ X Rock’n Roast”. With a GREAT size block of land, these guys have put it to good use, constructing a cafe that consists of multiple indoor air-conditioned areas as well as outdoor areas.

The Rock’n Roast part of the name isn’t something new either, rather it’s been part of the business for a long time, as it’s where all the coffee magic happens for these guys. Rock’n Roast is the name Velo have used for their coffee roasting part of the business, and this is the property where it all happens.

This new cafe sits along side the Rock’n Roast coffee roasting house, which is the first thing you’ll see when walking into the cafe. When entering the cafe, you’ll pass by the roastery, and then through the front outdoor area, which consists of around 4-5 tables seating a total of about 20 people…it’s well air-conditioned and was my room of choice for the day

It’s here (the first entrance and main cafe) where you take your order and flip through their iPad containing an electronic menu with images of all the food and drinks you can order.

To the right of the main counter, there’s a sliding door (yes – every door here is sliding as well, like their town center cafe, so don’t try and give it a good shove and smash head up against the door) that leads into a large open space Co-Working type area. This room has large benches with a HEAP of power points – it really is like Co-Working space you’d find in Bangkok. In mentioning this, they also have probably the fastest Wifi of any cafe’s I’ve been to in Hua Hin!

If you keep travelling through this room, the next door opens out into a huge garden area with a large bench/table sitting under a roof (so you can still sit outside even if it’s raining) in the center of their garden. The bench would have to seat around 15 people or more…and for the smokers…this is where you go!

There is a wider range of items on the menu here than there are at the Velo cafe in the town center…a little different too. The menu here has a large selection of Thai meals for you too order and heaps of cakes and sweets which are made by the sister of this family run business.

I’ve been a fan of these guys since I tasted their first coffee, and they really stepped it up a notch with this new cafe. The family is obviously a very creative and artistic family, as they put creativity and love in everything they do, even down to your final drop of coffee in your cup. After having my first coffee here, one of the brothers asked me what I thought of it and if it were any good. I was honest and said there it was slightly different to their city cafe, but nothing that made it worse, just different. He went on to say how the water purifying system was a different brand, and, when the water is a little different, so is the coffee, hence the little change of taste in Coffee. True artisans I’d say…cause the only other time I heard this said was in the Guinness factory in Dublin, and how Guinness can’t be made anywhere else and maintain the same taste because it ain’t the same water.

These guys tasted, and tasted and tasted…until they got it as close they could to their city cafe. In the end they had to change the roast a little in order to get the closest match. This family really puts a lot of love in their food and coffee and wants you to enjoy it just as much as they do…you can see and taste it within the first 5 minutes of being there, from the design of the bar/counter area, the steel sign beside the front door, the furniture, the garden, the food…and of course…the coffee…it’s all about attention to detail and a lot of love. Did you know these guys went through CARTONS of different milk to make the perfect tasking coffee until they finally found the right one which they thought people would like??? Ask them about the milk sometime 🙂

Come and check this new place out – it’s well worth it!

What did you like most about the place?

The whole family thing going on and the love for what they do. It does go to show that the best comes out when you’re doing what you love.

What other features/facilities stood out?

I’d say the large glass windows and outdoor plants around building – makes you feel you’re centered in an air-conditioned garden :-)…and not to mention the tree house in the garden area – first tree house I’ve seen in Thailand!

What are the prices like?

Great value for money – for this quality of coffee, it’s a very good price. The same quality I’d get from quality cafe’s in Bangkok, but at half the price. The food is very well priced as well, and my Thai girlfriend often asks “Are you going to Velo X today” – cause she’ll jump on the bike anytime to have their Phad Krapow Moo.

Where are they located?

Good question…It’s about 2 km down Canal road heading from Hua Hin City to Cha Am…But best to check the address below.

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
4.5

Valista Coffee | Sam Roi Yod | Thailand

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Well this place is a little different! It may sit in the middle of nowhere, but they do make a great coffee and could be a great stopping point if you’re travelling south/north through Prachuap Khiri Kran or simply touring around the Sam Roi Yod area.

I took a weekend visit to Sam Roi Yot and for those of you that have been here, you’ll know there’s not much in the way of cafe’s and restaurants in the area. For good reason too, a lot of it is protected land and a national park which. You can drive for miles and see only beautiful landscapes including mountains, marshlands and quiet beaches…it what makes this place such a tourist attraction…the peace and quiet together with the beautiful views.

So it was day 2 and I still hadn’t had a decent coffee – the choices were packet Nescafe or an average cappuccino from your typical beach type bar/cafe that serves the typical club sandwich and few thai dishes.

I ran into this place when on our way to the Sam Roi Yod marshlands boardwalk, it sits just before/after the turnoff from Phetkhasem road to area. It’s pretty easy to spot too, as it has a bright yellow building which makes it stand out from the others, so just keep your eyes open for the building once you’re in the area and you shouldn’t miss it.

The coffee was well above average, and I was actually quite surprised to find such a quality coffee in such a random location…it really is located in the middle of nowhere.

The cafe has a great spacious inside and well air-conditioned. There’s also a large veranda/deck area that’s under cover if you wanted to take in the fresh outside air.

The hot coffee is around 40-45 baht and there’s a selection of Americano, Cappuccino, Espresso and Latte.

If you’re feeling peckish and you have a sweet tooth, you’re in luck! They have a good selection of cakes as well in the front refrigerated cabinet.

What did you like most about the place?

The quality of coffee – best I’ve found in this area (not considering Pranburi city), and probably cheapest too.

What other features/facilities stood out?

  • The space
  • Outdoor deck area
  • Location – surprised to find something out this way, but makes a great stop if you’re doing a road trip

What are the prices like?

Cheap! 40 baht for my coffee, not sure how guys can even make money from this.

Where are they located?

The address probably won’t help you – but here it is.

Sam Krathai, Kui Buri District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77180

Check out the map below or their facebook page for more accurate directions.

Where can I find them online?

I couldn’t find a Facebook page for their Hua Hin branch, but they have posts about it on their other Facebook pages.

Valista Coffee Facebook Page

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
3.7

Coffeelism | Another Great Coffee Shop | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another great cafe in Hua Hin! This would be the best coffee in the Khao Takiab area in my opinion.

It’s setup much like a Takeaway drive through restaurant (coffee to go) with an outdoor sliding window for you take your order from outside the cafe if you’re on the run! The design of the place obviously follows their shops/cafe’s in Bangkok, in particular the “Coffeelism Stand” branch.

Although it’s designed to serve people who are on the go and need a quick take away coffee, it does have a nice indoor area attached which is well air conditioned, bright and spacious. I was in need of some cooling down after riding the bicycle in today, so I opted to take a seat inside the cafe and recharge.

The coffee is served in paper cups which would be the only downside to this (as I much prefer to drink out of a mug or cup), but I guess they are targeting people who on the go, so this makes sense. On the hand, perhaps it’s just a way to keep the costs down, or maybe it’s just the trend, I know a few other top quality cafe’s in Bangkok that are doing the same thing. But don’t let the paper cup make you think they’re doing it on the cheap…this would have to be one the best coffee’s you’ll find in the area. You also still get a glass of water with your coffee if you chose to stay in the cafe, so other than paper cups, you still get the cafe experience, including.

  • The glass of water on the site
  • Air-conditioning
  • Free WiFi
  • Clean toilet/bathroom

They open at 8am in the morning, so although not the earliest coffee you can found in Hua Hin, it’s still earlier than a lot of other cafe’s around.

What did you like most about the place?

The quality of coffee ( Nice and strong, but not too bitter – a great smooth taste ) and at really good price. A cappuccino or latte is 60 baht, and. You get a good serving in the cup too.

What other features/facilities stood out?

I’d say the large glass windows and outdoor plants around building – makes you feel you’re centered in an air-conditioned garden 🙂

What are the prices like?

Great value for money – for this quality of coffee, it’s a very good price. The same quality I’d get from quality cafe’s in Bangkok, but at half the price.

Where are they located?

(Main road heading into Khao Takiab – just after the Sunset Plaza heading south) – Nong Kae, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110

It literally sits in front of the Norndee Hotel

Where can I find them online?

I couldn’t find a Facebook page for their Hua Hin branch, but they have posts about it on their other Facebook pages.

Coffelism Cafe Bangkok

Coffeelism Stand Bangkok

Coffeelism Pattaya

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
4.7

LAFF Cafe | Sukhumvit 50 | Onnut | Bangkok | Thailand

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The interior of this place is absolutely stunning and so fresh, vibrant and green!

From the outside you’d think you were walking into a tiny little 2 square meter cafe with it’s small front appearance…but it opens up into a large dining area out the back (reminded me of Air Space – Hua Hin)  that made you feel like you were sitting in a Green House.

This was another Google Map find on my most recent visit to Bangkok. I simply typed in “cafe” on my maps and noticed this place…which I’d never seen or heard of before. It was only 6 months or so back I was last in this area and I’m sure this place didn’t exist, as I’d walk up and down this street at least once a day.

The coffee here is top quality, and so it should be as you are paying top price for it. At 120 baht for a cappuccino and 115 baht for a piccolo latte, you’d want to be served a quality coffee, and that you’ll get! One thing I didn’t realise at first glance of the menu though was that your coffee is served with a delicious home made cookie as well, and I mean DELICIOUS!…not the standard “Arnotts” biscuit you might find at other places. So for the friendly service, quality and spacious seating/dining options, DECLICIOUS coffee, and homemade cookie on the side…this is great value in my opinion!

The food here is mainly cakes and cookies and a few pastries as well including croissants, some hot dog looking things and other nibblies (so mainly all sweets). The sweets looked great, particularly their double choc cookies!

It’s a bit of a walk from the BTS, maybe 10 minutes or so, but if you’re in On Nut area it’s definitely worth a stop if you wanting a good coffee – I’d say it’s the best coffee you’ll find in the area (based on the 10 or so cafe’s I’ve visited around here).

If you’re one that loves to take a photo or two, this is a MUST stop. I’m not a “selfie” person myself, but I’ve been to enough cafe’s to know what makes a place popular for a photo shoot, and this has it all!

What did you like most about the place?

The Architecture and ambience of the place. It’s a real surprise, because the place looks so small from the outside, but when you walk in the front door it’s quite the opposite. A large wooden chandelier hangs from the ceiling near the entrance, and all the table and furniture has an antique classiness to it, like you’d find in an old mansion.

The coffee menu shows they know their stuff with the “flat white” and “piccolo” on the menu, a quality coffee machine, and a number of coffee grinders with different roast in each one. The sweets are all on display out the front as well, so if you’re not feeling peckish, you might be after staring at their cakes and cookies display for a couple of minutes.

What other features/facilities stood out?

  • Cool wooden spiral staircase in the front area (adding to that antique/old feel to the place)
  • Nice water feature outside
  • A lot of greenery around the outside that you can through the windows of the cafe – adding to that “green house” feel
  • Free WiFi
  • Friendly staff

What are the prices like?

Good value for what you get. Some might say too much for a coffee, but if you pay for quality and you get quality, then it’s good value in my opinion. And with the cookie on the side it’s better than what you get from other cafe’s around Bangkok (some would sell the cookie alone for an extra 40 baht).

Where are they located?

199/1 ,Soi Bunthom ,Sukhumvit 50 road Phrakanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
4

Better Moon x Refill Station | Onnut | Bangkok | Thailand

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This cafe has a brilliant breakfast menu and amazing prices!

Better Moon x Refill Station – an eco-friendly cafe near the Onnut BTS station in Bangkok and focuses on helping the environment waste problem by not using plastic, rather using green/eco-friendly products.

I stumbled across this place this morning while walking about the area looking for a cafe where I good get a good coffee, wifi and open space. This place ticked all boxes!

What did you like most about the place?

Probably the price and the menu. They had a great range of healthy breaky’s to choose from including a poached Egg on Toast for 75 baht. At that price I was expecting a pretty basic slice of toast and average looking poached egg, but it was presented with some watercress, small tomatoes and a little dressing on the side. The poached Egg was cooked well too, with the yolk all runny in the middle. It is only a single poached egg, however the slice of toast is quite thick, so it’s quite a filling breaky, however if you’re starving, you might want to order two.

What other features/facilities stood out?

  • The organic look and feel of the place, very relaxing
  • Location – not too far from Onnut BTS. The other good thing is it is on a strip where there is a heap of outdoor food stalls selling great thai street food. We were allowed to order something from one of the street food stands and eat it in the cafe BUT, it couldn’t contain any plastic (bag or plate etc.)
  • They really promote eco-friendly products here
  • Great Wifi, really fast and no user/password was required – Easy!

What are the prices like?

Really good value for what you get. The prices are really cheap in my opinion, and this is not at all reflected in the quality of food or presentation, in fact you’d expect to pay a lot more by looking at the meals they serve out here. Coffee is around 70 baht.

Where are they located?

2031 Better Moon Cafe, Soi Sukhumvit 77/1, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here

And a website here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
  • Food Quality
4.6

Eights a Day | Quality Coffee and Toasties | Khon Kaen | Thailand

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Eights a day is a little hidden gem in the middle of one of the busiest areas in Khon Kaen and is one of things that sets this place apart from its competition. This area is jammed with cafes and restaurants and is always lively with the dense traffic of University students moving through here every day. It’s a really popular spot for the younger crowd and it’s hard to find a cafe or restaurant that isn’t busy from 8am onwards.

Eights a Day however sits about 100 meters off the main strip on a small residential soi, away from the other cafes and restaurants. When coming here for the first time, you might feel like you’ve been lead down the garden path by Google maps, but keep going…

It’s a two story joint with the bottom floor being half indoor, and the other half an outdoor garden area. The indoor area down stairs is a little cozy, but with good size tables and chairs and probably seats around 10 people. Then you have a long bench area sitting right out the font of the cafe (outside), with around 4 stools overlooking the street/houses. The main outdoor area is surrounded plants around and hanging from the ceiling (second floor) and seems very “rainforesty”. There’s not much seating outside, perhaps enough to seat 4-6 people and has been left more as an outdoor feature than a dining area.

The second floor has a lot more space, and a heap more tables. If you wanted to work away on a notebook or read a book, this is probably your place. It’s a little quieter, and you can probably find your own little space up here without feeling jammed in with the rest of the crowd. IT’s definitely got a more “study/library” feel to it and there’s power points if you need to charge your laptop or phone. The downstairs doesn’t have any power points BUT it does have USB charge points.

Any westerner looking for a bit of a “home” fix should probably check this place out. They have a great selection of coffees and drinks to choose from, and good selection of Toasted Sandwiches and Burgers. The coffee menu has all the popular favourites like cappuccino, latte, piccolo latte etc. and the quality is 100%. This place is on my top 5 list of places to come for a coffee in Khon Kaen.

I haven’t yet tried one of their toasties 🙁 as this is a “first coffee cafe” (my first coffee always has to be a good one), and because they open at 7am I’m here right on opening, so it’s a bit early in the morning for a toastie. I’ll have to plan a lunch visit soon because they look AWESOME! And not just from the photos, I’ve seen a good few come out on the plates and they look great!

Anyway, check out the photos and if you’re in town, check em out! If you love a toastie or a good coffee, trust me! You will LOVE this place.

Where are they located?

141/75 Adulyaram Soi5, Nai Muang, Muang Khonkaen, Khon Kaen 40000

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
5

Brew Planet | Coffee Roaster, Brewer and Cafe in Khon Kaen | Khon Kaen | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Great find in Khon Kaen today! If you read my previous post on Coffee in Khon Kaen, I mentioned I’d marked down a heap of cafes to visit and didn’t have time to visit them all, well…this was one of them. The saying “save the best till last” might just be the case for this place, although it might not be the best cafe in Khon Kaen, they’re dishing out some of the best coffee I’ve tried here in Khon Kaen, and I’m not just referring to my favourite (the cappuccino) either, I’ve tried tried quite a few including:

  • Iced Americano
  • Cappuccino
  • Piccolo Latte
  • Home made coffee with their freshly roasted coffee beans (made using a hand coffee grinder and minipresso)

They roast their own coffee here and have a great selection of beans/roasts to choose from. They’re also popular with some of the cafes throughout Thailand who choose these guys as a supplier for their beans…so who knows…you might just be drinking a Brew Planet coffee and don’t even know it!

The coffee here is really well priced as well, both in the cup and take home (as beans etc.). At around 200 baht a bag, you can get some quality roasts using home grown beans from Thailand and even other popular regions from around the world. Whatever coffee you’re into, I’m sure you’ll find it here, from the bean, to the roast and how you’d like it to end up in your cup! Here’s a couple of familiar (and maybe not so familiar) names you’ll find on the menu.

  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Double Ristretto
  • Piccolo Latte
  • Macchiato
  • Aeropress
  • Drip
  • Chemex
  • Nitro Cold Brew

It’s a bit off the beaten track, so make sure you check out the map first or do your own search on Google.

Anyway, I could keep writing, but gotta get back to my coffee before it gets cold!

CIAO!!!

Where are they located?

Thep Phasuk, Nai Mueang, Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen 40000

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
4.3

Ronin Capsule | A Cafe with Personality | Hua Hin | Thailand

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“Welcome Home” they said as I was walked into this place – well, not really, but it felt like that kind of welcoming…it truly felt like stepping right back into a cafe back on home turf…St Kilda (Melbourne, Australia). I find St Kilda is a place everyone is themselves and respected for it. It’s a cauldron of cultures, because you literally have every culture and class living and socialising around this one suburb..it has everything (or everyone), young professionals, rich and retired, famous sports stars and actors, local hairdressers, baristas, students, thugs, prostitutes…you can be whatever/whoever you want to be here, and this breeds individuality.

The cafes and restaurants have a personality, and not just a “style”, because they’re unique, they’re individual, and often due to the owners/creators behind them expressing their individuality or own personality through their cafe/restaurant.

That’s what I felt when I came into Ronin Capsule, a smack in the face of personality. So different to many other cafes/restaurants I’ve visited throughout Hua Hin AND Thailand.

There’s class with the white walls, open planned dining area, art throughout the place, and the bar/counter area with all the polished, shiny coffee making machines all nicely lined up together and organised.

There’s hip, with the type of art, being comic like with some, and other well sketched pieces, a skateboard or two hanging around the place, and racks/shelves with printed t-shirts for sale. One word can’t describe this place, because you can’t put it in a box like others, it’s unique, it’s got it’s own thing going on, it’s got personality!

Coffee is their game here, and you’ll see that the moment you walk in. The first thing you’ll see is the moka machines, drip coffee flasks, milk foamers…yep…it’s all about the coffee. What’s more unique about this place, is you won’t see an espresso machine…nope…this place is very manual and old school, pretty much every coffee you order is made using an old school/traditional coffee machines, event the hot latte which I tried for the first time the other day is made from a Moka, and then warm foamed milk added to it later.

What these guys are most popular for are their cold / iced coffees and latte. I only recently got into the pour over coffee and iced americano’s and lattes, and now you could say I’m a bit of fan. Drinking a pour over coffee is like drinking a glass of good wine, you want to sip it slowly and taste it. They have a selection of quality beans to choose from, and so you’ll need to be prepared, cause ordering a coffee here isn’t as simple as saying “one americano please”. You’ll be asked what bean you want, and if you haven’t been here before an not sure what beans they have, you’ll be presented with a selection of 4-5 jars of coffee beans for you to smell and make your choice. Only then the brewing begins!

I’ve tried most of their beans now, and each coffee I’ve tried has had a REAL obvious change in taste and mood…like I said…much like wine. But although I do love the pour overs, iced americanos/black coffee, I still favour my milk coffee, and so I’ll always start with an iced or hot latte from these guys.

As far as things to eat go – there’s not a huge selection. Mainly sweets (like thick toast with fruit and whipped cream) and croissants to choose from.

The place has quite a bit of space with two downstairs area (one looking more like an art gallery), and an upstairs area with a two large table seating around 4-6 people and a bench area that would seat around 3 people. They also have EXTREMELY fast WiFi, they must have 200MB fibre connection, and that worked well for me, cause my first visit here I spent around 4 hours sitting comfortably here on my notebook and walked out high as kite on coffee (after 4 coffee’s I decided to call it).

Check it out – it’s a must if you’re in Hua Hin!

Where are they located?

1/1 Ruampao Naebkhehad Road, HuaHin, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 (check out the map)

Where can I find them online?

Check out their Facebook page here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Space
  • Coffee Quality
4.8

Soil to Soul | Thai Fusion Pizzas and a Step Back in Time | Khao Tao | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Walking into this place is like stepping back in time, well for part of it anyway. The furniture and decor of this place dates back years, and I’m not talking 20 – 30 years, I’m talking more 50 – 60…even more! But the food on the other hand, is modern and brave, with fusion dishes including their pizza selection all with toppings inspired by traditional Thai dishes including a Chicken Penang Curry Pizza….What the?!?!?!??!

The Place

There’s a true artisan behind the layout and decoration of this place. It pleases almost every sense.

  • The eyes, with the outdoor garden, the decor and the open planned semi outdoor dining area
  • The ears with the relaxing music (and very well selected too) playing in the background
  • Touch/Feel of the comfortable dining and well sized/spacious dining tables and chairs
  • Taste and Smell of the delicious food and fresh fresh FRESH! juices they serve here.

It’s a really relaxed feeling you get in here, and although I’d bought my notebook along with me, I couldn’t open it, it would be a sin and ruin the whole experience – it would’ve been a real contrast to the vibe this place gives off. Very antique and wooden, with all the furniture and decor, but not in the old sense (although it is all old), because it’s laid/spaced out to look good in a modern environment, making all this 50 year old decor look amazing in a really modern building/house. Items you’ll find around this place include vintage type ornaments, lighting, mirrors and sofas, and even things like old film recorders and projectors. On top of all this – ALL of this is for sale! I couldn’t believe all of this stuff was for sale, because at at leat 75% of all these items I thought were priceless and couldn’t be sold to the public.

Any, after the jaw dropping entry and finally taking my seat, I took a look at their menu which was really quite impressive, and well priced. There was a good mix of Western and Thai dishes on there which always good for undecided groups deciding whether to eat Thai or Western. The pizza’s looked amazing (which I’d seen on Hua Hin Foodies) and would have loved to have tried one out,  but we’d just come from a lunch and really only popped in here to take a look while on our way to Pak Nam Pran, BUT, we couldn’t leave here without trying anything. So we ordered Caesar Salad to share and also one of their desserts. Being so hot I was hanging for a fresh drink as well so I tried one of their fresh juices, and (for testing purposes) a cappuccino to finish it all off.

The Caesar salad was much like I’d have back home – no Thai twist to this dish, traditional Caesar dressing, fresh croutons (by fresh I mean not to stale and hard – freshly toasted bread), Fresh Lettuce/Salad, and quality grilled marinated chicken breast – delicious!

The dessert was a Strawberry Ice Cream, which tasted and had a texture very similar to a frozen yogurt, served on a small plate as a single scoop with a little cherry on top. Nice strong strawberry flavour with a little citrus/sour tang which I found quite refreshing (and probably gave it that “yogurt” touch).

The Juice was really fresh – and even served in a “Soil to Soul” glass bottle, to refill your glass 2-3 times. I’ve tried a few “so called” fresh juiced in Hua Hin, but this one was really fresh, and you can see them prepare it behind the counter for you. I know there’s certain processes and machines (like cold-press juicers) used to extract the juice to prevent oxidisation etc. etc. which is better for you , but I’m not a juicing expert, so I won’t go in to details here, other than say it took a good 5 minutes to prepare the juice, and it tasted fantastic!

The Coffee was a little average, but then, I don’t come to a restaurant for a coffee – in fact I hardly ever have a coffee after a meal in a restaurant, so I didn’t see this as bad thing. I simply saw the selection of coffee on the menu and thought I’d try one while I was here. Good coffee for me is a flavorsome, freshly roasted and ground espresso or cappuccino, which I’ll drink in the morning. This coffee tasted more like the cappuccino or espresso shot I would get in Italy, (which a lot of people say is some of the best coffee in the world), so If that’s your thing, then you’ll love the coffee! Just not my favourite.

The place is about 15km’s from Hua Hin, so you really want your own transport to get here. It’s a great stop if you’re planning a day out at Khao Tao or Pak Nam Pran, however it’s well worth the visit on it’s own whether or not you’re heading out this way, you could spend a good hour or so just relaxing here and looking around the store. The other advantage for places out this side of town, is you get the peace and quietness and a lot of space, something that can be hard to find in the center of Hua Hin.

Where are they located?

Nong Kae, 140, Hua Hin, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan 77110 (check out the map)

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here but the address details here are for their Cha-Am branch, so use the details provided below in the Google Map.

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Food Quality
  • Space
4.5

Love Bread | Great Food, Great Coffee and Good Price! | Hua Hin | Thailand

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So this is the second post I’ve written in the last week or so on a place I’ve already reviewed, however neither of them I’d intended to write another blog post on, however I just had to, because full credit to them…they’re killing it!

My first review on this place was probably a little rushed and based mainly on the food I ordered and not what else was on offer from this shop/cafe/restaurant/bakery/patisserie/cakery…..yep, that’s a few names to describe a place, but they do DO all that!

This little gem (Love Bread) that sits just past the Hua Hin Airport (heading towards Cha Am) impressed me even more on my second visit. Perhaps because I took more notice of the menu, the coffee, the bread….the whole works. I’d recently given this place a high review to a mate of mine and there were a lot of questions that came up where my response were like “Yeah, it was pretty good from memory”. So I thought I should go back and check it out a second time and pay a little more attention…maybe I talked it up too much and it was just an average cafe.

Well…nope…turns out…I didn’t talk this place up enough!

My mate asked me about the quality of coffee here, and I didn’t rave about it, because honestly I couldn’t remember, but I do remember drinking the whole cup so I said “Well it’s pretty good, I drank the whole coffee”. I also raved about the bread selection here and yet there were a heap of pastries and other cakes in store as well, I literally only covered 10% of this place and still have a lot more meals and other things to try before knowing the full quality of their products, but so far, so good.

Today I did the following things different to my previous visit, and here is what I found

  • Had a FULL look at all the breads in their baskets
    There is a heap, and a lot of varieties as well, from Ciabatta, to Italian breads and rolls, to traditional wheat and multi grain breads…and something new (or perhaps I didn’t notice the last time), ENGLISH MUFFINS! – they looked amazing and I have 4 in the freezer and 2 on the bench ready to eat later! They also had scones, raisin bread and a few more varieties of bread, but definitely a LOT more than what you’ll find in most other bakeries around Hua Hin.
  • Had a good look at the menu and other peoples meals, not just what I was ordering
    I was so tempted to ask the other people dining if I could take photos of their food, but after approaching the first group and asking them to hold their meal for 5 minutes while I took some photos…not really, I just took some shots of my own food and drooled over the greener grass on the other side! HOWEVER – I did see a number of other dishes come out including burgers, club sandwiches, Thai meals….they all looked amazing! including the Eggs Benedict with Salmon, and as the menu says, it comes served on home made/baked English Muffins. If this is anything to go by, My Thai girlfriend comes all the way out here for a Thai meal she says she hasn’t seen anywhere else in Hua Hin. She just tried to tell me the name of it in Thai and I’m not even gonna bother writing it – so just take a look at the photos, it’s the noodle dish with eggs etc.
  • I asked about their Coffee Beans
    I already new these guys had their own coffee beans that weren’t bought from Makro or some other supermarket. So I figured I’d ask if I could buy the beans to take home. You can get a 500 gram bag for 400 Baht, which is a pretty damn good deal considering a good roasted bag of beans in Bangkok can cost you 500 baht (and more) for a 250 gram bag of coffee beans. I didn’t get the beans on this trip, but they will definitely be on my list for the next visit.
  • I Actually took notice of the quality of Coffee
    Considering I couldn’t explain the coffee quality 100% to my mate (who is also a coffee lover), I had to drink this one slow, and really take in the taste, and quality of their coffee. I’d put these guys in the top 5 coffee’s of Hua Hin, and if they were located closer to town, I’d probably be there at least 3 times a week just for the coffee. Oh…and the price is 55 Baht for a cappuccino!!! I got a Piccolo latte, and it was perfect, good strength, little bit of froth on top, and served on a nice wooden bread board with sugar, a spoon and water.
  • The Space
    Previous visit I wanted to set up my notebook, but we chose the couches to sit on. Although comfy for dining, it wasn’t the best pozy for working away on a notebook. This time I chose a table and chairs that were located next to a power point and also a good height for working from. I could see there were a heap of these tables around the room and also a good number of power points, something that can be hard to find in some cafe’s. Also great and consistent Wifi
  • I Paid my Bill 
    Na just kidding, I paid my bill last time but seriously it felt like running out without paying considering how cheap the meals are here.

If you haven’t been to Love Bread before, I’d say it’s a MUST VISIT if you’re here for a few days or more. If this place can’t please you, I don’t know what place will, they have just about EVERYTHING on the menu to please anyone, and the prices are so good you can’t walk out in a loss.

Where are they located?

Phetkhasem road – Just before the FN Factory Outlet heading towards Cha-Am (check out the map)

Where can I find them online?

They have a Facebook page here but the address details here are for their Cha-Am branch, so use the details provided below in the Google Map.

What to Expect
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  • Space
  • Coffee Quality
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