Langsuan Road, realm of the white collar worker and aimlessly roaming expat housewife, hides a place where you can cool down, enjoy a brew and also shop.
Stocking everything from kitchenware to stationery to clothing (all of it registering in the red on our cuteometer), Spoonful Zakka Café is a stylish space that owes its philosophy to the Japanese design and fashion phenomenon known as zakka. In a nutshell, this term refers to everything and anything that improves your home, life and appearance – objects that make daily life that little bit easier and, also, stylish.
Writing in the New York Times about the trend back in 2001, Kaori Shoji remarked that “the value of a zakka is also measured on the atmosphere of the shop where it was bought,” and also that “it’s impossible to step into any of them and not feel transported into an extremely posh and private museum.”
This most definitely applies to Spoonful, with its eclectically stocked shelves lined with everything from cartoon stamp seals (B115) and knitted shoulder bags to Scandinavian style wooden spoons and forks (B45-60) and umbrellas imported from Japan. “We strive to stock items not seen anywhere in town and also rotate it in accordance with Japan’s four seasons,” says owner and Japanophile Sitanan Wuttivej. Coming soon, she says, is ‘Itsumo’ – Spoonful’s first tableware collection.
Once you’ve finished fondling all the slightly corny, yet highly practical, trinkets and gifts, definitely be sure to check out the on-site café. This was founded on the belief that a good cup of tea (B145) or homemade scone (B160 for two pieces) is just as important to good living as a pretty notebook or roll of patterned masking tape. Indeed, one bite of their matcha (green tea flavoured) scones made with powder from Kyoto should be enough to convince you that they’re on to something.
Spoonful Zakka Café
Unit 201 The Portico, Lang Suan Road | 02-652-2278 | spoonfulzakka.com