Breakfast, Brunch & Baked Goods in Bangkok

One of the biggest perks (and my favorite part) of visiting any foreign country is tasting the local cuisine. It’s the best way to experience the most authentic dishes. I rarely eat food that’s not native to the country I’m traveling in. However, on my last day of a recent trip to Bangkok, I broke from tradition and stopped for brunch at a French patisserie. I chose it for two reasons: it was right next door to the hotel I was staying at (we were running low on time) and I found the storefront really inviting. So we decided to try it, and Eden’s did not disappoint.

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The first thing that caught my eye upon entering the bakery is the beautiful, rustic aesthetic of the place. The walls appear unfinished and there is a portion of exposed brick. The floors are bare concrete, and the furniture is worn and has a farmhouse-meets-french-country style to it. The most eye-catching part of Eden’s is the beautiful buffet of cakes, pastries, pies, and sweets on delicate stands. It’s the first thing you see when you walk in, and all the confections look insanely enticing. And they smell even better.

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Eden’s menu isn’t very big, but it does offer an appetizing selection of breakfast and brunch items. It includes a hearty English breakfast plate, an assortment of toast choices, and a selection of homemade cakes and pies to satisfy any sweet tooth. Like all French patisseries, Eden’s also serves coffees, teas, and juices. I ordered the beef sandwich and Milky Blue tea. The sandwich is served open. The bread is crusty and topped with flavorful, tender beef, caramelized onions, and a duck egg. Homemade sriracha came on the side. The sandwich, while a little hard to eat (because you can’t just pick it up), was heavenly. I loved that the bread had a nice crunch and that the egg gave the whole thing an amazing, velvety texture. The tea was good as well.

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The service at Eden’s is also quite good (at least it was the day I went 😊). The food came out fairly quickly and arrived hot. The waiters were friendly, attentive, and spoke English, which, for me, is always a plus. And, our table was right in front of the window. The cafe is very small (it only seats about 15) and has a cozy and very intimate vibe, making my experience at Eden’s very pleasant. I only have one tiny complaint: they forgot my iced latte, and I had to remind them to bring it out. But otherwise, everything was excellent.

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Eden’s is located in the area referred to as Old Town (Rattanakosin). It’s pretty close to Khao San Road and in walking distance from the Golden Mount (5-7 minutes depending on your pace). There are several attractions nearby as well.

The prices, while a little expensive for Thailand, are very reasonable compared to what I’m used to. My total meal was about ten American dollars. Oddly enough, drinks cost about as much as the food. Eden’s is open Tuesday through Sunday from 0900 to 1700.

Full Belly in Thailand 

Today, I was craving Thai. And no, I don’t mean pad thai from the bowling alley or the box stuff from the supermarket. I was craving the bold, spicy flavors of the authentic Thai cuisine I devoured on my last trip to Bangkok. I bought this meal from a makeshift kitchen in front of a convenience store near our hotel. Three petite ladies were running it. There were about a dozen plastic tables with milk crates and tiny stools for chairs set up on the sidewalk. Every seat was taken. So I knew when I walked up to the counter to order that the food was going to be fantastic. And it was. After stumbling through the language barrier, she made us two bowls. They were filled with fresh vegetables, herbs, pork, and beef. It was topped with a very hot, slightly vinegary and de-freaking-licious sauce. What I wouldn’t give for a bite right now.

For me, food is one of the best parts of traveling. I love to eat. I love experiencing a different part of the world through my taste buds. ❤ The food is just as important as the sights, beaches, culture or any other reason to visit a place.