Wooden panels, heavy bronze chandeliers, Art Nouveau frescoes and exquisite coffee and cakes. This would be the typical experience of a Wiener Kaffeehaus to any visitor coming to the Austrian capital. Except that this can be experienced in the heart of Bangkok. Norasingh Coffee Shop is located in a pavilion facing Phaya Thai Palace, this Art Nouveau German-inspired palace built by Italian Architect Mario Tamagno. Norasingh Coffeeshop is probably what Bangkok could get as close as possible to a grand Coffee House in old Europe with its stylish furniture, wooden tables, old pictures and large counter while classical music is distilled in the room.
The coffee House is also due to be renovated as the entire Palace is converted into a museum. But the current manager promises that the renovation will be very toned down to keep the peculiar and charming atmosphere of the place. The only thing to be regretted in the coffee shop: drinks are served in plastic cups. Not really “Imperial Vienna” style ! Norasingh Coffee Shop is opened everyday in the compound of Phaya Thai Palace.
Café de Norasingh
315 Ratchawithi Road (inside Phra Mongkut Hospital) | 02 354 8376 | facebook.com: Cafe-de-Norasingha