Need a llama and a cuppa?
When Chinatown’s chaotic streets and scorching heat wears you down, head for the cool confines of Nahim Cafe and Handcraft on the increasingly trendy Charoen Krung Soi 22, or the other Soi Nana. Creative non-alcoholic drinks and snacks join handicrafts made by the artsy owners in a setting that’s conducive to an hour of chilling out.
Nahim began as a small handicraft business that sold its smiley stickers and stuffed llamas online. Its signature cuteness now extends throughout the spacious cafe, from the carrot-and-broccoli floor cushions to plants growing under glass-topped tables and half-grinning faces on the coffee mugs. Large windows brighten both the main ground floor and a quiet loft area with swing chairs and even a proper desk for those looking to get some work done.
The friendly women at the counter serve up pots of hot chocolate, passion fruit sodas, sweet potato lattes, a full range of fresh coffee drinks and house-mixed teas in flavours like “dragon berries” and “caramel popcorn”. You also can’t go wrong with a strawberry fondue, homemade scone, “Tokyo hotdog” or soup platter. Drinks run from 50 to 100 baht and food from 90 to 180 baht.
While waiting for your order to be served to one of the large tables, go check out the display of handicrafts made by the owners. You might find a darling souvenir to hang on your fridge, or perhaps a gift for that niece back home who happens to be going through a llama phase.
Nahim can be a saviour when Chinatown gets too hot and crowded — so, just about every day — but it also works well as a place to relax before hitting the nearby bars and art galleries in the evening.
Address: Charoen Krung Soi 22 (Soi Nana), Bangkok
T: (02) 623 3449
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º30'50.23" E, 13º44'23.72" N
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David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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