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SeaBreeze Cafe & Bistro | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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I am really impressed with this place, and it’s just the place I’ve been looking for since arriving in Ao Nang.

What I find most with the popular tourist beach spots in Thailand is they’re flooded with 2 types of restaurants.

  1. Those marketed to the foreigner and focus a lot on western food, and thai food (dulled down in flavour for the non-thais).
  2. Expensive seafood / thai restaurants offering the “unique” and/or “traditional” thai experience, and you end up paying for the whole boutiqueness of the restaurant and fanciness of the food which isn’t always “true” thai anyway.

Don’t get me wrong, I love both of these places, but at least once during the day I want to find just a “normal” low key cafe/restaurant that still has comfortable space, offers good thai food and not necessarily fancy or in huge portions…just a simple phad krapow – and perhaps a coffee or beer.

This place has nailed it! A very clean and modern looking cafe, but not with all the frills. They do great traditional thai meals, with TRUE thai taste, and good portions too. They even have a few western dishes on the menu as well for you too choose from, and there will be more coming soon (so the owner tells me). In fact I got to try one of her chicken wraps which will be appearing on the menu soon.

So what have tried here?

  • Chicken wrap with french fries
    FANTASTIC!! I asked for a healthy version and so it came without mayo, and just simply made of fresh (marinated) breast chicken strips and salad in a tortilla wrap. The french fries were the thin shoe string fries and pretty crispy. I had a small bowl of ketchup and mayo to add to the wrap if I needed to or dip my fries in.
  • Laab Ghai Tort (deep fried chicken balls with thai spices and herbs)
    WOW! How frickin tasty!!!! These are balls of absolute goodness…and flavour…wow the flavour! The moment you bite into them the thai herbs and spices are released into your mouth and the flavour is incredible!
  • Phad krapow (chicken and seafood)
    Great Phad Krapow! I can’t rave about this, because I’ve tried so many good one’s, but had a lot of boring ones as well. This certainly is an above average Phad Krapow, and the ingredients quality as well. I had a sliced chicken version, and a seafood version. For the prices (which are pretty cheap) I wasn’t expecting the best seafood, but for what you pay you get good quality ingredients, a great flavour, and good portion.
  • Interesting fried rice dish (forget the name of it)
  • Cappuccino & Iced Coffee
    The cappuccino I prefered over the iced coffee, and it could have been because of having more milk. I’m pretty picky about my coffee, and I wouldn’t put this on the top of my list for quality coffee in Ao Nang, but it is above average, and only 50 baht. Put it this way, I order one every time I go there, it’s definitely a good coffee – just not what I’d call the best.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Clean and fresh feeling cafe
  • SUPER friendly staff and the eagerness for them to please the customer
  • Quality – WOW, so good to get a quality thai meal at closer to normal prices
  • Prices (very well priced and quite cheap)
  • The view – being one the beach front

What are the prices like?

They’d be some of the best you’ll find along the beach front in Ao Nang (possibly THE best)

Where are they located?

On the main beach road, about 200 meters from the Holiday Inn (heading west).

Sea Breeze Cafe & Bistro
4203, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

10:000 am – 8:00 pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 9/10
    Location - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food Quality - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Coffee Quality - 7/10
8.6/10

Lion & Shark | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Cafe with a view! This place is a hidden gem in the Ao Nang area, and although not easy to notice walking by on the main street, it’s become pretty popular for the coffee and healthy breakfast lovers.

This cafe sits up on a second floor with an open lounge/balcony area where you can plonk yourself down on a cushion and take in the great mountain view of Ao Nang bay. It even has a cool little entrance where you literally walk up a steel ladder to enter…BUT…there is a more familiar method of entering as well, which involves walking up the hill a little more and simply walk straight in.

The whole upstairs area is open allowing the breeze to pass through, and because it’s well covered/shaded, even in the middle of a hot day, it’s quite fresh and peaceful upstairs so no need for the dry air of air-conditioners.

The cafe is very inviting and from the moment you walk in, you feel like you’re in a cozy chillout lounge room where all you want to do is sit back, relax, and maybe even have a little snooze 🙂

It’s always been nice and quiet too when I’ve been here. Other than the coffee machine grinding in the background, and a few people talking quietly amongst themselves, you really have your own little space here and a place to fully relax over a good cuppa’ or tasty dish from their food menu.

Their coffee is up there with the best in Ao Nang I think, but the price is a little higher than others. I generally get a cappuccino or latte for 90 baht from here, but you can get a piccolo latte for 80 baht…so that probably gives you an overall idea of all their coffee prices. If not – take a look at the image gallery, I snapped one of the coffee menu in there. Although the prices might be a little higher here, the ambience and view you take in from this place is something most of the others don’t offer…so…consider that, and they don’t make you feel unwelcome if you want to just chill there for a couple of ours and only order a drink or two.

The food menu looks delicious, and although I’ve only ever been to this cafe for the coffee, I see a lot of early birds coming in here for a healthy breakfast after a bike ride or walk, or simply just to start the day after waking up. Their food menu has a good range to choose from, and it’s reasonably priced as well, and I wouldn’t say it’s either pricey or cheap – I’d say it’s pretty much on par most other places serving quality food around here.

The other thing I love about these guys is their opening hours. They open at 7:30am,  hence why it’s a great spot for me, because I’m generally wanting a coffee around 7am-8am and it can be hard to find a place open in a lot places around Thailand. These guys not only open early, but they do amazing coffee as well – so Lion & Shark is a favourite for me.

If you’re in the Ao Nang area – check em out! They’re well worth the stop.

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • The view
  • The Ambiance – super chillout zone!
  • Powerpoints and good WiFi

What are the prices like?

Higher than others – but consider the ambiance and view that comes with it. I think it’s well priced for what you get.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – it’s not an easy one to find from the main street. Keep your eyes out for a second floor terrace and there is a small sign that hangs out the front that you can see from the street. But that’s about all you’ll see. You’ll need hang a right (if ya heading towards the beach) up the hill (a driveway) for a few meters and then enter in from the side.

Lion & Shark
247 3, Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi 81180

Opening Hours

7:30am – 10pm Every Day

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8/10
    Location - 8/10
  • 7.5/10
    Price - 7.5/10
  • 10/10
    Coffee Quality - 10/10
8.5/10

Meet Up Cafe | Ao Nang | Krabi | Thailand

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Serving up one of the best coffee’s in Krabi and at a fraction of the price to its competition!

Meet Up Cafe & Bistro might not be the easiest place to get to if you’re here visiting and don’t have your own wheels to get around, but in saying that, perhaps you like your morning walks, and if that’s the case, this place makes a perfect halfway stop, as it’s only about 2-3 KM’s from the beach strip.

I’ve already been around most of the cafe’s here in Ao Nang, and other than “Cafe 8.98” (which I blogged about on my last visit here) there guys are up there in the top when it comes to quality coffee. I’ve tried their Cappuccino, their Latte and their Iced Americano, and all had a perfect kick without being too strong, and true taste of quality. I’ve also tried a couple of their dishes (Thai Dishes) and they’re well priced and good quality. I wouldn’t rate the food 5 star, but it’s what you would expect from a standard “quality” Thai restaurant…so maybe 4 stars.

I hadn’t planned for a coffee stop on my first visit here, rather I was going for drive around the back of town to take a look at some different scenery to the beaches (where we were spending most of our time). The drive around here is really nice…it’s quiet, fresh and full of nature (greenery, hills, forest). The cafe feels a little bit the same, it’s got a very “green house” feel to it (being made with full height glass walls and wooden furniture), a very “organic” or “natural” feel. There’s plenty of space too and a few dining area to choose from including the main front of the cafe (inside), an outdoor area, and a large back indoor area (well large enough). I’d say the whole place could seat around 50 people or so. But the large space and seating areas doesn’t mean it’s busy, in fact it makes it feel really quiet and much less busy than your Coffee Clubs and other cafe’s in the city. All visits to this cafe there’s only ever been around 10 people, but with the large amount of space, it makes it feel like the place is all yours. It was low season on my visit here, so perhaps in high season it’s a little busier…I’m sure it is.

There’s a good amount of staff working all the time too, so you get prompt service, and the preparation times for both food and coffee is pretty quick.

Price here for coffee is one of the cheapest as well in Ao Nang (for quality coffee anyway). There’s probably another 5 cafe’s around here that do an awesome coffee, and they all start from around 80 baht, and go up to around 120 baht, Bangkok prices basically. These guys do a coffee for around 65 baht.

Been here 3 times now, and probably be popping in here a few more times before we head off!

What were the main things you liked about the place?

Here’s what stood out for me in the first 5 minutes

  • Quality coffee
  • Price
  • Beautiful location and cafe
  • Good amount of power points and great WiFi

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 65 baht for a quality coffee is something you can’t complain about.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Meetup Cafe & Bistro
323/1 ม5 ต อ่าวนาง | 81180 Ban Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Opening Hours

10am – 9pm Every Day (except Mondays)

Closed on Monday

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8.5/10
    Location - 8.5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 9.5/10
    Coffee Quality - 9.5/10
  • 7.5/10
    Food Quality - 7.5/10
8.9/10

Anjana Coffee | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another coffee roaster in Hua Hin!

Anjana – A coffee roaster, coffee machine supplier and Cafe just at the top of Hin Lhek Fai.

They’re certainly not new to Hua Hin (as they’ve been around for quite a while), but they were new to me today. They were actually recommended to me a couple of years back, and it was only today I decided to take a ride up their and check it out.

The shop itself has a nice outdoor area surrounded with plants and some water features, a main showroom area where you can see all their coffee machines, grinders, and coffee beans for sale, and then the cafe, which is an indoor air conditioned area able to to sit about 15 people.

I had a quick look through the shop to start with, and it was pretty impressive. A lot of quality coffee machines and grinders to choose from, and a good range as well (as far as price and quality goes). Most of the machines I thought were more suitable for a home or small cafe, but there’s some big beasts available as well. There was a HUGE selection of coffee beans, and all at very reasonable prices. I took a quick glance at a few bags and the prices were around 250 baht for a 500 gram bag, which is a very good price!

The cafe serves mainly drinks, however there are a few light snacks (sweets) to choose from that sit on the counter.

I ordered a cappuccino and a Mango smoothie. The cappuccino was definitely above average here and I’d say in the top 30% of coffee’s I’ve had in Hua Hin. A cappuccino can sometimes make any coffee taste good because the milk can hide the quality a little and so if it’s nice, thick, and creamy you might like the drink, but quality of coffee isn’t actually that good (eg. Starbucks – milk and syrup!). The quality of coffee really came through though, and that’s what I think makes a good cappuccino ie. being able to taste the quality of coffee in your cup and having a good kick to it.  The cost of a cappuccino here is 60 baht.

The mango smoothie was good as well – I’d asked for one without sugar and/or yogurt (I’m not sure if yogurt comes in it normally, but I asked for without anyway, as often they do), and the lady obviously listened well cause it was made perfect! The smoothie cups are pretty big too – definitely one of the larger sized smoothies I’ve ordered, and the cost is around 80 baht.

Overall I was pretty impressed the place and it actually exceeded my expectations before arriving here. It’s a damn good coffee, but still maybe a little out of the way for me to come just for a cup of coffee. It is worth the trip though if I’m gonna stock up on some coffee beans while I’m there as well though.

What did you like most about the place?

The freshly roasted beans – always love having a coffee from a place that roast their own beans.

What other features/facilities stood out?

The showroom – OK, it’s just another showroom, but it’s something to take a look at while you’re there.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 60 baht for a quality coffee is definitely a cheap coffee.

Where are they located?

Probably best to check out the map – but here’s the address

Anjana Coffee Roastery Hua-hin ( Coffee-Coffee Co.,Ltd.)
254 -254/1 M.15, Tambol: Hin Lhek Fai, Hua Hin Prachup Khiri Khan Thailand 77110

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 5/10
    Location - 5/10
  • 10/10
    Price - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Food/Drink Quality - 8.5/10
7.8/10

Kocchira Cafe (Rest and Bake) | Khao Takiab | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Another new cafe in Khao Takiab!

After taking a drive down to Khao Takiab beach the other weekend, it seems there’s a lot going down in the area including a a new wood fired pizza restaurant that used to be the “O La La Pizza” place, or perhaps it’s the same place but just had a reno and a new pizza oven installed…not sure cause I haven’t checked it out yet, but it’s on the list. If anyone’s been there, would be interested hear what you thought about it!

Anyway, back to the topic – “Kocchira Cafe”. It was late afternoon on the way back from the beach when checking this place out, so I wasn’t going to grab a coffee, but I was keen to take a look inside and see what they had on offer.

The cafe does have the normal selections of coffees and chocolate drinks on the menu (just so you know), as well as a number of cakes and sweets to choose from, and some healthy, and not so healthy smoothies to sip up as well. Being hot, dry and thirsty from the beach, I was after something fresh, cold and thirst quenching, so I ordered the mango smoothie. My partner ordered the Oreo smoothie and then we also ordered some cookies and blueberry muffin to share as well.

The smoothies we great! The mango smoothie was a bit too icy to start with, and so I had a bit of difficulty sucking it up through the straw, but after giving it some to melt a little, all was good! Was really fresh and not too sweet.

The Oreo smoothie was much more drinkable (not too icy) and absolutely delicious. Probably not the healthiest option but very tasty nonetheless and hard to stop drinking once you’ve taken a sip. Try it…see if you can stop!

The cookies – really nice. We had the cranberry cookies….they were kinda like shortbread in taste and texture, so not the soft and chewy type is that’s your preference, more break and melt in your mouth type stuff.

The last thing i tried was one of the freshly bakes muffins (blueberry). The top was great where all the magic was, with a lot of blueberries a blueberry syrup, however below that, not too much…it could have had a few more berries in the middle…after eating off the top off of it, it was more like eating a plane muffin.

First impression of this place was really good. From walking in the door I was really impressed with design and ambiance of the place, great use of colours, great lighting and a lot of space. There’s actually 4 areas to choose from….including the main indoor area which is mainly cushion type stools and a couch….two outdoor areas (the front outdoor area facing the street with 3-4 tables seating 4 people, and the back outdoor area which sits in the main garden and pool area of the hotel attached) and another indoor area which is used for their baking workshops that they hold 3-4 days a week in the morning and afternoons.

It’s this second indoor area that appealed to me the most, as it had a good number of benches and tables to sit at where you could work away on your notebook for a good couple of hours. There was a workshop on when I was here, but I did ask the owner if the space was available when the workshops weren’t running and she said it was. I can’t be 100% sure of this as I haven’t been here when there’s no workshops on, but I’ll be making a visit in the next couple of days to find out. I’ve posted the workshop hours on the website too in case you’re interested in a “learn to bake” session or in case you’d prefer to avoid these hours and use the workshop area.

What i liked most about this place was the ambiance. Great colours and lighting…really chill and relaxed feel the place. I’ll be coming back for a coffee and think it’ll be a great place to set my notebook up and work away for a few hours….when the workshops aren’t on.

What did you like most about the place?

The space and ambiance, very open and spacious with a great area to get some work done.

What other features/facilities stood out?

I loved the selection of colours combined with the lighting (dim, but not too dark). Was also cool seeing the cooking/baking workshops they run regularly.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good. 15 baht for 2 cookies, 35 baht for a Blueberry muffin, 90 baht for a smoothie, and I think around 60 baht for a coffee (can’t remember the price for coffee exactly).

Where are they located?

In between the first 7/11 and Family Mart (opposite side) when coming into the bottom of Kaho Takiab (from Hua Hin). It’s actually the place “Brew Monkey” used to be. Check out the map below anyway.

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Food/Drink Quality
3.8

Ta9 Coffee | Kaeng Krachan | Thailand

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Probably the best coffee to find if you’re in Kaeng Krachan.

If you’re out visiting Kaeng Krachan, there’s not a lot to find out this way as far as a quality coffee or cafe goes, and in my opinion, as far as coffee goes, this is the best there is. The place is located about 1 km from the main town where the only 7/11 is, which is the perfect distance to give it the private country feel without being in the middle of nowhere.

The cafe is surrounded by a lot of greenery and a nice garden which is also where the bathrooms / toilets are located (take your time, enjoy the stroll – unless you’re busting!). It’s got a real nice country feel to it, and there is a nice balcony which runs around the outside of the place so you can really take it all in. Take a seat on the deck and breath in the fresh country air, lap it all up!

There’s not much on the menu here though as far as food goes, just a couple of sweets and some croissants, so this is really only a place to stop for a coffee, smoothie or other sweet drink.

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat, perhaps read my next blog post I’ll be writing on “Radee Coffee” – another good cafe that sits near the river. Not as good a coffee, but a MUCH wider selection of food, and this place has OK coffee too.

If you’re looking for western food, there’s not too many options either. What you will find here though is

 

  • Beautiful scenery
  • Great hikes and activities
  • The khaen krachan dam (great scenery again)
  • A 7/11
  • And a lot of thai restaurants

 

The thai restaurants I’ve visited here have so far been a little average. I’ve been to three so far and the prices in some were more than I’d pay for in Hua Hin (where I get quality seafood)…and for a higher price. BUT…you don’t come here for an eating tour…you come for the scenery and fun….food just keeps you going.

Like i said, for a coffee stop, this was the best i could find. Comfy seating, air conditioned, good wifi, and not bad coffee.

I think for a morning coffee, this place is Brilliant. Sit on the deck, have a “pretty” good coffee, and soak up the Country freshness…it’s all about nature here, not the food.

Prices were good…60 baht for a coffee….and a cold/iced chocolate about 50 baht as well.

What did you like most about the place?

The coffee and scenery…feels like you have your own private garden and is very peaceful.

What other features/facilities stood out?

The bathrooms/toilets. There’s a nice little pathway that runs from the cafe to the toilets which are located in the garden. For outdoor bathrooms/toilets. they’re kept very clean too.

What are the prices like?

Pretty good, 60 baht for a quality coffee is definitely a cheap coffee.

Where are they located?

About 1km (probably closer to 500 meters) after you pass the 7/11 heading out of town (towards phetkhasem road) on the right hand side.

Facebook Page

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What to Expect
  • 8.5/10
    Location (considering being out in the sticks) - 8.5/10
  • 8/10
    Price - 8/10
  • 6/10
    Coffee Quality - 6/10
7.5/10

Le Colonial Beach Club | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Well here’s something a bit different! Normally I’m posting mainly on food and coffee, however this place (although having a good food menu as well), has more to write about than just the food, drinks and coffee.

Le Colonial Beach Club Hua Hin offers great value for money and a great way to spend the morning, afternoon or whole day on the beaches of Hua Hin. You can really indulge yourself here in luxury at a very reasonable price.

The beach club sits right on the front of one the best parts of Hua Hin beach and has an alfresco type dining area, an infinity swimming pool that faces the beach, deck chairs by the pool, a bar by the pool, and a number of private cabanas to choose from. Walking into the place it’s all very impressive, and perhaps you’re expecting a heavy price tag to come with it – which, although isn’t on the “cheap” size, it’s a very reasonable price for what you get.

The sun beds are 300 baht per day – BUT – you also get to order 300 baht worth of  food/drink from their menu. So basically your bed comes free as long as you spend a minimum of 300 baht. They also have private cabanas with two beds at 500 baht per person (so 1000 baht total), and like the sunbeds, you get 1000 baht to spend at the bar/restaurant.

Now food isn’t cheap, but not expensive either, and they’ve got a good range of choices to choose from. For example, you can get a Phad Si-Eaw for 80 baht, a phad thai for 120 baht, or a club sandwich for 350 baht. This isn’t all that’s on the menu, however it gives you a good idea of the range of prices and type of food you can expect.

The beers are what might chew your money up here, as most small (330ml) beers are around 200-220 baht except for a 330ml glass of Chaang Draft for 180 baht. The smoothies/fruit shakes are delicious and are around 150 baht. I had about three of them – a watermelon smoothie, pina colada and a pineapple shake – the favourite was the pina colada.If you’re thinking that’s a bit to pricey, than maybe head down here around 3:00 pm and use the pool and deck chairs for a bit and that make use of the happy hour from 4pm – 5pm where you buy 1 and get 1 free. They also have another discount that runs between 11:00-12:00 in the morning where you get whatever the current temperature is (so normally around 32-33 degrees) percent off your drinks (so 32-33%).

The food was great, and we tried a couple of the cheaper dishes and one of the western dishes which are a little more expensive (but nothing more than you’d expect to pay at Coffee Club or some of the other restaurants – without the beach view and swimming pool). We tried the Phad Si-Eaw, and being 80 baht we were expecting a snack size serving, however we got a very large serving and is definitely enough to share between two people. We also tried the Phad Thai, Tom Yum Talay (Spicy Thai Soup with Seafood), the Club Sandwich and some of their snacks like French Fries (100 baht – and also a very good serving) and some spring rolls (100 baht also).

The club sandwich was a little ordinary, it makes for a good photo maybe and looks good coming out of the kitchen, but the ingredients were very minimal, just a couple of slices of lettuce, not much chicken, not much bacon, and with 4 layers/slices of bread, it actually felt like I could really only taste the bread and not much else.

Other than the Club Sandwich though, the rest was really delicious!!

We’ve tried both options here, first time the sunbeds at 300 baht per person, and then the cabana at 500 baht per person (1000 baht total). Having tried both, I can say that at 1000 baht for a private cabana, this is the best deal. With the cabana we were much more comfortable and spent a whole day here, so for 1000 baht we had a whole day on the beach, swimming pool, 1000 baht worth of food and drink and our own private cabana. The cabanas also have power points if you need to plug in any of your devices or charge your phone. For a whole day in a luxurious resort style beach club and all of this, 1000 baht is amazing value!

What did you like most about the place?

What didn’t I like?!?! everything here was great, from the sunbeds, cabanas, swimming pool, service, cleanliness (toilets etc.) – I couldn’t find a thing you would complain about with this place. The swimming pool however was probably the best – spending a day just lazing in the pool overlooking the beach with a pina colada – perfect!

What other features/facilities stood out?

Well, everything stood out – all the features and facilities I’ve listed above. But what I think makes this place better/different from the umbrella beach bars, is the cleanliness. If you’re wanting to spend a day on the beach but don’t want to get sand all over you or you’re wanting clean toilets and showers to have access to, this is a great choice.

What are the prices like?

Great value for money – for what you get, I’d say “cheap”. I don’t know of any other place where you get all of this for a whole day with at 1000 baht. If there other places – I’d love to know where they are.

Where are they located?

Easy to find! Directly opposite Market Village – well almost directly. You can see it from the overpass actually – if you’re on the overpass to Market Village, have a look towards the beach and you’ll see a big vacant block of land (a little to the left). At the end of that block of land is the beach club.

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Food Quality
4.2

Parallel Cafe | Hua Hin | Thailand

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Here’s one for the Bingsu and Dessert/Sweet Toast lovers! Although they do coffee, drinks and other desserts here, the main thing that stood out for me with these guys was their Bingsu!

My first visit here was for a quick coffee stop while I worked away on the notebook. I wasn’t too picky about the quality of coffee, mainly that I had a nice air conditioned room with a good seating area where I could sit down and be comfortable for half an hour or so. Within the first few minutes the main boxes were ticked.

  • Good air conditioned room
  • Comfy seating options
  • Power Points
  • And WiFi

The coffee was better than I was expecting, especially being a cafe that focused mainly on the Thai desserts (as generally these places serve up pretty average coffee). It was definitely above average, and for a price of 40 baht, it’d need to be terrible before you could start complaining about anything. I’ll definitely come back for a coffee here, but I wouldn’t rate it as one of my fav’s for coffee.

But like I said, it’s the Bingsu that I thought was most impressive about this place. Why?

  1. Because of the 3 sizing options you have to choose from ie. small, medium and large
  2. The prices were ridiculously cheap for what you get (Small 79 baht, Medium 129 baht, Large 179 baht)

Having tried a number of different cafe’s for their Bingsu, I’ve found it’s normally not something you’d eat on your own, as the servings are quite large, and there’s generally ONLY that large option. So if you’re feeling like just a small dessert for “one”, you really have to buy a huge bowl of Bingsu and just leave the rest to waste (or just eat the whole thing to avoid feeling wasteful).

We ordered the small Chocolate Brownie Bingsu, and the serving was VERY generous. In fact there were so many chunks of brownie in the bowl you’d probably pay more just for the brownie pieces anywhere else. It was really a great bowl of Bingsu and I’d be really interested to see what the large bowl looks like!

If you’re around the 88 area, or more conveniently finishing a meal up at Baan Khun Por and looking for a great place for dessert, this is definitely worth a stop.

What did you like most about the place?

The Bingsu and the price – not sure how places like this make money.

What other features/facilities stood out?

Quality espresso machine and comfy couch/cushion type seating.

What are the prices like?

Too good to be true! Coffee – 40 baht, Bingsu 79 baht – Nuf said!

Where are they located?

Soi 88 just behind Baan Khun Por. So if you’re coming up from Phetkhasem road on soi 88…Cross the railway tracks, go straight through the roundabout (not right to other part of soi 88), keep going about 50 meters, then on your left…vwalla!

Facebook Page

check out their facebook page here

What to Expect
  • Location
  • Price
  • Coffee Quality
  • Food Quality
4

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

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