Their map can resemble something of a pirate’s treasure map, with X marking the spot somewhere deep in the zig-zagging backstreets of Sukhumvit 31. But buried at the end of this trek is Caffe What If, a modern, trendy cafe that stands up well against the best of Bangkok’s Coffee Scene.
Set in GreenConnect, a small collection of boutiques catering to the upmarket condos nearby, What If has been decorated in an impeccable euro retro style, with a white tiled fascia, liberal use of bare wood and unique vintage light fixtures. Combined with the ‘hidden’ feeling of the place, this all makes for a very cosy vibe and relaxed atmosphere. Truly a haven from all of Bangkok’s current turmoil.
Coffee is served by a skilled barista who takes care to produce smooth espresso from a Thai 100% Arabica blend sourced in the north of Thailand. I tried their Caffe Macchiato which was impeccably presented on a cute wooden tray with a small sugar bowl. The palate was only slightly acidic but very smooth with lots of character, definitely a coffee I’d come back for.
There is also a full food menu, craft beers and cocktails on offer. If you live in this area I think it’s a must to stop by and soak up the atmosphere in total seclusion and laze away the afternoon with some great food and coffee.