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Basic Space Coffee: Old Shop Renovated as a Home Style Café

Basic Space Coffee: Old Shop Renovated as a Home Style Café

AYUTTHAYA / An old grocery-cum-bistro in the historic city of Ayutthaya has been tastefully renovated as a home style café. Aptly named “Basic Space Coffee”, it’s located at the corner of Bang Ian and Liab Khlong Makham Riang roads. Intended to better meet customer needs, the makeover project was undertaken by BodinChapa Architects, who were responsible for both design and construction supervision.


The design team has kept firmly to its original concept. Since the business owner works here all day, it makes perfect sense for the café to feel like a home. To ensure customers feel comfortable and at ease, the designers think it wise to turn back to basics.

Parts of the 100 sq. m. building that are not impaired in any way are kept intact. They include the old corrugated roofing sheets and flooring materials with a simplicity and charm typical of the countryside.


Old ceiling panels are removed to make the interior spacious and well ventilated. The bar counter and custom cabinetry that form an integral part of the structure remain where they’ve always been since old times. Together, they prove a perfect complement to the building façade made of a hybrid of wood, brickwork, concrete. 


Door casing, panels and the bar counter are made of solid wood, such as Makha (Afzelia xylocarpa) and Teng (Shorea obtuse). Where appropriate, plywood is used on parts of the interior walls, while furniture brings a degree of uniqueness to a peaceful country setting. This include tables with cabriole legs that have been adapted for use in a different purpose supporting the bar counter. Just like old times, rustic wooden tables with cabriole legs adorn semi-open spaces that remain at the ready for spontaneous meetings.

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BodinChapa Architects / Phitchapa Lothong (Left) and Bodin Mueanglue
Basic Space Coffee Crew / From left: Supatip (Nim) Onbuakhao, co-founder of Basic Space Coffee, Putthipong Wanichsuwan the owner, and Man the barista.

Basic Space Coffee is open Tuesday through Sunday from 07.30 to 16.00. Tel: 09-1871-2028.

House Becomes Café

Basic Space Coffee is among 17 cafés being featured in “House Becomes Café”, a guide to home remodeling that’s part of the “room Books” series. It’s a nexus of ideas to transform single homes, townhouses, and row houses into business spaces giving a feeling of comfort, warmth and relaxation. It’s a rich source of strategies and techniques that can be done in real life, plus knowledge of safety inspections, café restaurant systems and procedures, and laws you need to know.

“House Becomes Café” is available in paperback, 4-color-process printing, dimensions 20 x 25 cm. Total 184 pages. Pre-order now until 31 May 2021 to receive a special introductory offer of 360 Baht (a 425 Baht value), plus 50 Baht shipping in Thailand for a total of 411 Baht. Place your order at: or Inbox Page:

Story: Nawapat Dusdul
Photographs: Nantiya B., Mhee Rattanachai

Plant Me on the Moon

Plant Me on the Moon

The coffee shop name got its inspiration from “Fly Me to the Moon”, one of Frank Sinatra’s all-time greatest hits. A brainchild of the Bangkok-based studio Embassy of Design Territory, the serene café serving coffee and refreshments is nestled among lush tropical gardens in the heart of the city’s Lad Phrao District.

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Drawing on his experience and a remarkable aptitude for organizing events, the designer transformed an ordinary co-creating office space into a coffee shop ensconced among the trees and shrubs. The café on the ground floor is characterized by a relaxing cozy atmosphere that gives off good vibes. Vertical gardens come in handy to fulfill a dream that one day humans will be able to grow them on the Moon.

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Design ideas: The outside part of the shop is made of steel scaffolds with platforms or shelves, upon which gardens of luxuriant foliage thrive. The café interior built of plywood affords ample space, while exterior glass walls protect it from the elements, let natural light shine through and increase aesthetic appeal. Wood furniture, vintage décor and garden plants have positive effects on the atmosphere and good mental health. There’s a picture of Leon: The Professional, a 1994 action thriller film, starkly juxtaposed with lush green surroundings. If you’re shopping for plant containers, there are plenty of them to buy.

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Why we love it: Like an oasis tucked away in a city neighborhood, “Plant Me on the Moon” is a perfect rendezvous to share good times with friends and loved ones. The atmosphere is just right for life, and coffee smells like fresh ground heaven, plus a collection of soothing garden music. Drop in for a nice cup of coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy the calm and peaceful greenhouse view!

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Address: 17 LadPhrao 93 off Lad Phrao Road,
Khlong Chaokhunsing, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310
Open Daily 8.30 am – 8.00 pm


Story: BRL
Photographs: Anupong Chaisukkasem


Tea Café, Choui Fong Plantation, Chiang Rai Province

Tea Café, Choui Fong Plantation, Chiang Rai Province

Choui Fong Plantation in Chiang Rai is a popular landmark for travelers. In 2016 its Tea Café was awarded a citation of excellence in the commercial and office building category by The Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA).

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Story: Wuthikorn Suthiapa /// Photography: Sitthisak Namkham /// Designer: Idin Architects

The building’s left wing holds a shop filled with tea-related products.
Buildings split off radially for a panoramic view of mountains and fields.



Sit and sip tea with a 360-degree view.

If you have the good fortune to visit Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai Province, source of Thailand’s high-quality tea, you’ll pass through Mae Chan District. This is home to the Choui Fong Plantation, an enormously popular local tourist landmark. Besides the beautiful tea field landscape spreading as far as the eye can see, you’ll also find the truly chic Choui Fong Tea Café, in 2016 recipient of an architectural award from the Association of Siamese Architects.

The Choui Fong Plantation had been in tea leaf production long before its second-generation heir, Ping (Chanya Wanatsapithaksakul) made the improvements that put it on the agricultural tourism map, with a shop and stalls distributing many of his products and the café, which offers pastries and high-quality tea-based drinks. The delicious tastes and smells are enhanced by the setting: the ingenious architectural design of IDIN Architects which seems to spring right out of its gorgeous natural surroundings. The rectangular concrete structures, split into three interconnecting wings. are built into the hill at the highest point in the fields. Elegant by themselves, they are even more so in the context of nature. Visitors can walk around the hilltop roof and enjoy a 360-degree vista of tea fields, or look out from the lower deck while relaxing with tea and pastries, which can also be bought at the store.

Visitors walk down from the hilltop to enter the café complex.
With only a single post supporting each wing, the buildings seem light, as if floating midair.
Tea can be enjoyed on both the roof deck and the lower level.

Tea aficionados love the simple décor: pine wood gives a serene look which goes well with the scents and tastes, and all the building materials – steel, concrete, wood – retain their natural textures, bringing to bear the tea-drinking cultural values of honesty and simplicity, attracting both experts and amateurs into the tea world in all its depth.

Sipping tea here is much more than just experiencing delicious tastes, it’s experiencing the joys of life itself.

Evening atmosphere at Choui Fong Tea Café.


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The Café Apartment, a Super-hip Building in Ho Chi Minh City

The Café Apartment, a Super-hip Building in Ho Chi Minh City

A cutting-edge idea: turn an old apartment building into cafés, restaurants, and co-working spaces. The Café Apartment, 42 Nguyen Hue Street (Walking Street) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a must-see.

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It’s all the rage in Ho Chi Minh City! We’re referring to the coolest imaginable conversion of this 9-storey former apartment building into a fantastic collection of restaurants, coffee shops, beauty parlors, fashion boutiques, co-working spaces, and a great bookshop. Here nearly 30 shops have remodeled and redecorated what were once living units to adapt to new functionalities, many removing inside walls and extending onto outside balconies.

The Café Apartment retains its mid-20th-century form: viewed from outside, it might remind you of a chocolate box. In early days it housed government workers and military personnel, later the general public. All rooms face southwest, with balconies looking out on Walking Street, the city, and the Saigon river. A stair leads up to each floor, but there’s also elevator service for 3000 Vietnamese dong (VND) – don’t worry, this isn’t anywhere near as much as it sounds – which is reimbursed when paying the bill at any café. Normal opening hours for cafés are the same as for the building itself: 8AM to 10PM. Drinks and snacks are reasonably priced, but you couldn’t call them cheap. There’s visitor parking nearby at Lucky Plaza for 5,000 dong.

You can easily spend the whole day here soaking in the history and enjoying the atmosphere. The Café Apartment has brought back the vibrant flavor of old Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City: fresh, contemporary, bustling, here is a truly hip spot where travelers from far-off lands checking into the scene can mix with a new generation of Vietnamese. You won’t find this sort of renovation everywhere: in some countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, legal building restrictions are too stringent, which makes this cool spot even more unique.

10 Hip Cafés in KL and Beyond

10 Hip Cafés in KL and Beyond

Not only is it Instagram worthy, but it’s also hip to be part of a thriving café culture. Next time you’re in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, here are ten cafés to chill out with a cuppa and post your best OOTD shots.

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– Merchant’s Lane / Kuala Lumpur –

Its location in bustling Chinatown serves as constant inspiration in defining this stylish café’s aesthetics. The phenomenally popular Merchant’s Lane is known for its vintage touches, most apparent through its traditional rattan chairs. The upper level, a beautiful blend of traditional elements and modern touches, provides more space to cater to the quaint café’s ever-growing number of fans.

For more information on Merchant’s Lane, click here.


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– Peter & Mawar / Kota Damansara –

Its namesake alludes diners to the café’s contradicting yet complementing elements. The heavy use of wooden panels on the walls and floors are cleverly contrasted with floral murals and pops of color from the Scandinavian-inspired furniture, giving the space a warm and welcoming vibe.

The upper level uses mirrors to make the narrow space appear roomier. Meanwhile, those enjoying a cup of latte at the outdoor area may be tempted to take a wefie or two against the iconic exterior walls.

For more information on Peter & Mawar, click here.


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– Nippori / Empire Damansara –

A step into this minimalist café evokes the feeling of stepping into someone’s home, in line with the café’s concept of serving home-style Japanese food. The sunken seating is a refreshingly unique feature and blends perfectly well with other quirky elements in the café, from the magazines hung on the ladder to the colorful display of kitschy collectibles on the open shelves. The beautifully modern Nippori celebrates food through its eye-catching dishes, serving up neat, perfectly-arranged bowls of steaming rice and fresh salads.

For more information on Nippori, click here.


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LOKL Coffee Co

– LOKL Coffee Co / Kuala Lumpur –

Sharing a courtyard with popular backpacker spot BackHome Hostel, this cute compact café sets itself apart from KL’s long list of hipster joints by including top-notch local coffee in its menu. Its signature lightbulb-lit sign serves as a beacon for passers-by, tempting them to make a pit-stop for a rich cup of coffee. LOKL proudly proclaims its love for Kuala Lumpur through the iconic posters hung on its feature wall, often serving as a vibrant backdrop for OOTD shots.

For more information on LOKL Coffee Co, click here.


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– Rimba & Rusa / Kota Damansara –

Lush greenery is prominently featured at this hip coffee joint, starting from the mini rainforest adorning its entrance. Mint-colored accents used throughout the café is a welcomed complement to its collection of live plants, creating a cooling retreat from the city’s hot and humid weather.

The pretty desserts showcase, neatly displayed using see-through cake stands, is the first to greet diners stepping through the entrance. Pick your favourite cake, grab a seat by the ceiling-to-floor windows and watch the world go by.

For more information on Rimba & Rusa, click here.