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photo: The Blooming Gallery (photo: The Blooming Gallery’s Facebook page)

It is not unusual for city dwellers to yearn for an escape into the tranquility of nature. Many seek to press pause on the hustle and bustle of city life.

Tapping on this trend, a handful of enchanted garden-themed eateries have popped up across Bangkok.

Right in the heart of Bangkok’s prime residential district of Thong Lo is The Blooming Gallery. At this café, customers dine while being surrounded by fresh flora fragrance. There is an explosion of colors, courtesy of the flowers, both fresh and dried, that seems to fill every nook and cranny of the store.

photo: The Garden of Dinsor Palace (photo: The Garden of Dinsor Palace’s Facebook page)

Stumbling into The Garden of Dinsor Palace is like stepping out of central Bangkok through a portal and into a fairytale palace with a magical garden. There is a winding staircase, dainty bridges across little rivers, white swans, peacocks, golden carps, and little water fountains. The Garden of Dinsor Palace serves western fare and its Duck Confit and Crispy Waffle brunch set is a local favorite.

photo: Wood Café (Wood Café’s Facebook page)

Wood Café is a true hidden suburban gem in Lat Phrao. One must first find that elusive wooden door that is almost covered by greenery. Beyond that door is a little garden with a little English cottage. The décor is woody and rustic, with several bright red cushions to brighten up the earthly hues.

The Hidden Backyard is about an hour’s drive outside of Bangkok, but it is the perfect place to chillout in the evening. Its interior, made of brick and wood, gives the place a warm homey feel, while the garden area is lit up by hundreds of hanging light bulbs, adding a magical touch.