BANGKOK | Step inside Hia Tai Kee, and it feels like you’ve gone back in time to Bangkok’s past. The traditional shophouse-style coffee shop, one one of the few remaining in Bangkok, is little changed from when it opened in 1952.
Advertisements, photos, and newspaper clippings from the cafe’s past line the walls. The vibe is slow and relaxed. This is a place to linger, and enjoy conversations with friends.
On the menu, you’ll find traditional Thai breakfast dishes, along with Thai takes on classic Western breakfast items. If you’re familiar with Hong Kong’s cha chaan teng, it’s a similar thing.
The popular kai kra ta (pan-fried eggs with minced pork) is served in the pan that it’s cooked in, with a toasted baguette on the side. There’s also things like green curry, and omelettes. To drink, you can’t go past a cup of Thai milk tea, iced or hot, or the classic, cofe te. The latter is black coffee served with a side of sugar syrup and milk for you to add to taste.
Hia Tai Kee
78/4 Prachachat Road
Soi Ban Phan Thom, Phra Nakhon
Telephone: 02 629 1297
Mon – Sun: 10:00am to 8:00pm