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Known for its design-led cafés in some of Bangkok‘s most fashionable areas, Nana Coffee Roasters has become the go-to address for savvy city dwellers. This specific demographic loves to escape the Thai capital’s hustle and bustle whenever they can, and Chonburi is a fav destination. Situated an hour’s drive southeast of the city, the former fishing village has become a popular resort – mind you, the better know resort town of Pattaya lies further south – and it’s here where the coffee parlour chain has opened its newest outpost. Interestingly, it’s called Harudot because the venue is a collaborative effort with the landlord, but similarly to its affiliated establishments in Bangkok, the premises feature a striking interior design that’s very much influenced by the building’s architecture. The landlord had a big say in the development of the café. First of all, he a particular interest in plants with unique forms, and he also came up with the name. So, haru means ‘Spring’ in Japanese, and as a nod to ‘new beginning’ and ‘growth’, dot was added. The café itself had to become an alluring destination that’s also defined by the landlord’s particular interest.

Enter the distinctly shaped Adansonia, better known as the baobab tree. The sharply pointed roofs, with large built-in openings, which are actually open, creating shaded courtyards of sorts, allow in sunlight and rain, and have been specially created to accommodate these colossal trees. The Harudot café comprises three interconnected volumes and different areas—a bar, coffee zone, lounge, meeting room, and restrooms. Further inside, similar roof openings aren’t as open as they’re enclosed with Barrisol ceilings that help diffuse the lighting inside. Furnishings consist of low benches which meander along the timber-clad walls like a ribbon, paired with sleek metal tables and a variety of stools and chairs. The outdoor seating is made from resin mixed with coffee grounds, rice, and leaves which ties in with Harudot‘s coffee operations. All of the venue’s settings are unified by terrazzo flooring with a subtle flower petal pattern. The menu at the new Harudot café is elaborate, and includes a variety of hot and cold coffee concoctions, teas, matcha teas, in addition to a wide range of savoury bites and soups.

Harudot
Soi Nartmontsevee 30/10 (Samet)
Telephone +66 62 4154793
Mon-Thu 7am-7pm
Fri 7am-8pm
Sat-Sun 8am-8pm

© IDIN Architects / Photography: DOF Sky I Ground