If you're looking for a quiet spot to coffee up in Thong Lor, then track the rabbit down to the hidden and homey shophouse burrow of slow coffee bar Casa Lapin x49. Although a little culturally muddled (mixing Spanish and French words), the place gets seemingly everything else right and takes up the mantle the first branch in Thong Lor Art Village (Sukhumvit Soi 55) established, this time with more confidence and deeper pockets.
Inside, all the fixtures fittings are on point, with the design background of co-owner/manager Surapan "Tonk" Tanta and others in the ensemble cast clearly on show. The mood is a subtle rustic enclave with an industrial edge. There's space for 30+ diners in all three areas - outside, the main room with a communal table and a nook upstairs with some lounge-worthy sofas too. Win, win and win.
The beans are sourced both locally and internationally. The Kees van der Westen coffee machine was imported for no small fee, and sits in shining proud chrome on the front counter. Tonk spent a year on design sabbatical in Chiang Mai learning the craft of the bean, and has evidently passed on his knowledge of handling the machine to the well-trained staff when he's not on it himself.
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