For a minute there, we forget that we are in the tree-lined Soi Sukhumvit 26 of Phrom Phong. We are transported from humid Bangkok to summery Tokyo: all natural light and blonde woods and… bicycles?
Sora City is a bicycle company first and foremost, specialising in their own brand of functional and beautiful city bikes. Their vintage-style two-wheelers are all minimalist in design, inspired by the Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetic. All clean lines, just like the café itself. Stylish bicycle frames, saddles, helmets and accessories abound.
The Swedish adage “Vackrare vardagsvara” – meaning “Something beautiful for every day” – captures the ephemeral spirit of this lovely café perfectly. (“Sora” or 空 means “sky” in Japanese, hence their cloud-shaped logo.) So consider this a bicycle shop that serves coffee rather than a coffee shop that sells bicycles. Either way, Sora City does both well.
The friendly owner and barista, Amm, suggests that we try their signature homemade buttermilk pancakes, and we’re glad we do. From the basic to a savoury version featuring bacon and scrambled eggs, we are spoilt for choice. Again, we trust her advice and go with the Thai Tea option and we’re so glad we do. Layers of soft, fluffy pancakes interspersed with crumble and a reduced Thai tea sauce – heavenly.
For drinks, we want coffee, of course. Their Sora City Blend balances Sumatra Mandheling G1 with a local Phrao Chiang Mai. Our caffè latte arrives with an adorable bicycle latte art – what else? – that looks to good to sip, though we do, of course. We need something thirst-quenching too, on account of having braved the heat outside, and go with their sugas soda, with delicious bits of jelly cubes.
Whether you’re a lifestyle cyclist in need of a cuppa or a coffee lover looking for some sweet wheels, Sora City might just have what you’re seeking…
Sora 在日文里有天空的意思，而Sora City卻是當地一個自行車品牌。
61/52 Soi Sukhumvit 26, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, Thailand
Mon-Fri (except Wed closed) 9am-6pm / Sat-Sun 9am-8pm