Great Food & Coffee @ Rustic Barista

Rustic Barista is a cute little coffee shop and restaurant that is run by a lady with a Mexican father, in the Sanam Keelar area of town between Thanon Chang Pueak (the road with Maharat Hospital) and Suranarai Road (the road with Rajabat University). It's a bit tricky to find, but when you get there, you are in for a treat.

It has a growing reputation in Korat, and rightly so. Starting up a few years back as This is Cup, it was rebooted last year and has continually improved a truly impressive menu.

The Cuban sandwich and other hot, real bread, savoury filling sandwiches put them on the map, along with beef chili nachos, followed by a game changing 12 inch subway sandwich menu. The subs are as big as my Popeye forearms and you get a choice of up to 3 meats, 3 cheeses, lots of salad options and an array of home made sandwich sauces. Other winners on the menu include pasta dishes, salads and a killer eggs benedict.

They are the real deal and the 2 people running it are a lovely couple to boot. They make drip coffee and City Roast is the dog's danglies. No sweetener, no messing it all up.

There is also a nice chilled vibe to the place with a few sofas and some very comfy reclining seats. A telly with some decent music playing, some retro posters and some generally interesting trinkets and decor. Drinking water is free.

Food and drinks can take a while to come, so make sure you are not in a rush and take something to distract you from thinking about your food and coffee - It's worth the wait! Also be warned, there can be a cat or 2 in there, but they are super chilled out and pretty much always sleeping.

Rustic Barista Info:

Opening hours: Thursday - Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm - Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Tel: 0918304754, 0877119887

Please click for the Rustic Barista Facebook page.

Address: 519 Soi Sanam Keelar Klang 3, Ban Ko, Korat, 30000

Directions: Head north up Chang Peuak (Maharat) Road and turn right at the traffic lights (where you would turn left to go to Maharat Hospital - There is a light blue Krung Thai Bank on your right hand side). Straight ahead of you at Suan Mon School and the post office, the road turns left, and then you pass a mosque on your left hand side. 

A little further up, there is a Family Mart and some market stalls and the road veers right. Take that right and then take the immediate left down the first small soi (Soi Keelar Klang 3). You will see a sign for Rustic Baista with their skull logo and when you pass a 5-a-side football pitch on your right Rustic is just a little farther on your left. You've finally made it!

You can also try to find it on the What's On Korat's interactive map (use the 'restaurant' layer and look just east of Maharat Hospital).

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