A THREE-FOR-ONE DEAL: That's what you get at Blue Dye Cafe ( @bluedyecafe
) in Phrom Phong, Bangkok. The two-story converted house off Sukhumvit Soi 36 squeezes two boutiques and a coffeeshop under one roof. Blue Dye was out of coffee beans the day we visited ( #whatdafux),
but had a full range of specialty drinks available, including a chai latte with tofu pudding and soda with Earl Grey tea and lavender. Desserts are another forte: rhubarb and rose ice cream with charcoal waffles, for example, or "toast affogato," a fat piece of grilled bread topped with toasted ice cream and a cloud of coffee mousse. Great natural light and a photogenic blue-and-white interior make Blue Dye super @instagram
bait, but the space is also home to Cone No. 9 ( @conennumber9
), one of our favorite Thai ceramics brands. Based in Lampang's Mae Tha district, the family-owned pottery factory makes gorgeous pour-over cones, ice buckets, tea pots and tumblers, delicate vases, and old-fashioned coffee mugs that make you want to curl up with a blanket and get all hygge. Also for sale: soy candles with charcoal bricks from @yaybangkok
, wooden coffee scoops and spoons by @chabatree
, and the latest issues of @standartmag.
And that's not all... Upstairs, you'll find multi-label shop Indigo to Indian ( @indigotoindian
), a regular at pop-up flea markets like @madebylegacy.
Here, owner Kittipong Paiboonsombut sells handwoven indigo scarves, silver-and-turquoise thunderbird pendants, soft vintage tees, and unique @larocca_studio
clutches fashioned from vintage sukajan jackets. Come thirsty and rich in baht — you'll want to buy everything in sight.