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Na Cafe at Bangkok 1899

A social minded-cafe in a historic building

Photographs: Chayawat Manasiri
Jul 25, 2019

Na Cafe at Bangkok 1899

A social minded-cafe in a historic building

Photographs: Chayawat Manasiri
Jul 25, 2019

Along the Nakhon Sawan road, there is a prominent, western-styled, half-wood and half-concrete, two-storey, white building with dark green eaves and windows. This building is known as The House of Chaophraya Thammasak Montri, an esteemed former minister of Thailand, who laid the foundation of basic and vocational education during the reign of King Rama VI. He also became the Speaker of the House of Representatives after the democratic revolution in Thailand in 1932.



The history of this building dates back to 1899 when Phraya Sriphuripricha built it as a house for newly married couple; Thawin, his biggest daughter,  and  Sanan Thephasadin Na Ayudhya. That’s where the English name of the house i.e. “Bangkok 1899” came from.



The original parts of the house was designed by the famous Italian architect "Mario Tamagno", whose outstanding works include  Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Neilson Hays Library, etc. Sometime later, Western-style stucco motifs were added to the house.      



The fact that the house is over a hundred years did not present an obstacle to the renovation. The house has returned to life earlier this year when it started to welcome everyone. There is a small cafe downstairs called "Na Cafe", which embraces the public space concept that will surely inspire visitors. Guests can enjoy many types of beverages including coffee as well as snacks while enjoying arts that are scattered around the house that possess the atmosphere of the nostalgic past. Occasionally, the house is used as a venue for art-related activities or exhibitions




Na Cafe uses local products. Coffee seeds come from San Charoen Village in Nan Province and from Doi Chang in Chiang Rai Province, while cocoa comes from Chanthaburi province.  Non-coffee drinkers have other interesting drink menus to choose from to quench thirsts, such as passion fruit + herbs + chilli and cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juice, which are perfect together with bit-sized snack like date cake or salted-egg mooncake (khanom-pia-nomsod-khaikem). The cafe also focuses on reducing waste by using materials such as paper straws and banana leaves.




 

Na Cafe at Bangkok 1899 (Located in the house of Chaophraya Thammasak Montri)

Nakhon Sawan Road (Nang Loeng market) Pom Prap Sattru Phai District, Bangkok
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 – 18.00 (Closed on Monday) Tell. 08-9164-4454

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