PEAK Chocolate Passionist is the popular chain of dessert cafés in Bangkok, renowned by foodies in the Thai capital as the go-to brand for all things chocolate. PEAK opened its first branch last year at the Beacon Zone of CentralWorld’s 6th floor, soon attracting many fans wishing to sample the impressive selection of authentic desserts and beverages on offer.
Acclaimed chocolate manufacturers, both in Thailand and abroad, supply PEAK: as well as having a number of Thai suppliers, the company also imports chocolate for their products from Belgium, Philippines, Venezuela, Cuba, and Tanzania. It’s Switzerland however, with PEAK’s alpine influence, that you’re likely to think of when visiting one of their locations.
The latest PEAK branch at Siam Paragon is their fourth café to open in Bangkok, opposite Gourmet Market’s secondary entrance at the back of the store, on the mall’s ground floor. For anyone who needs to indulge a sweet tooth, PEAK at Siam Paragon is a great choice of venues to enjoy a luxurious dessert on its own, after a meal, or as a fancy snack.
If You Love Chocolate or Desserts, You Will Love PEAK!
PEAK’s owner Khun Tip describes herself as a “passionist” for desserts, which is apparent when you consider the superb selection of sweet treats that she has chosen for the menu. It consists of a variety of categories: Choux Series, For Sharing, Popsicles, Pizzas and Soft Crepes, and the item seen above is a Choux Series option which tastes amazingly good.
The Strawberry Vanilla Cream Choux is as delicious as it looks, and is worth every baht of the THB 215 cost, based on the high quality of ingredients and the craftsmanship that has gone into this seriously tasty dish. The vanilla soft serve ice cream complements the light and crispy choux pastry perfectly, with the slices of strawberries, strawberry sauce, fresh whipping cream and crushed almonds all working together to deliver a taste sensation.
The Strawberry Banana Brownie Pizza, which can be seen below, is PEAK’s fun version of everyone’s favourite food, pizza! Its crunchy, sticky texture will likely remind you of a giant cookie, but this is a far more lavish creation: the baked biscuit base benefits from the not overly sweet chocolate sauce – it’s great value at THB 199 for a small sized serving.
PEAK has also won praise for serving up delicious beverages, namely specialty chocolate drinks, milkshakes and smoothies, coffee, and tea. Their best-selling items are the hot and iced range of chocolate drinks: there are yummy dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate concoctions to choose from, all reasonably priced between THB 120 and 155.
The Dark Chocolate Chocogato, as can be seen in the photo above, has proven to be one of PEAK’s most sought after drinks. It combines rich, dark chocolate, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and swirls of authentic chocolate sauce – at THB 155, this is well worth the money and it is miles superior to any of the affogato offerings sold by coffee shop competitors.
You can also see above some of the smaller items, available from the kiosk next to where you pay: the pack of eight Chocolate Balls are a real delight, clearly made using only the finest chocolate and priced at THB 85. The Cocoa Dust Chocolate Cake has a seriously high cocoa content, packed full of dark chocolatey goodness – a bargain at THB 115.
Beat the Bangkok Heat with PEAK’s Summer Fresh Menu
Right now, there are some unique items to try within PEAK’s special Summer Fresh menu, perfect to help you cool down from the intense Bangkok heat during the hot season. Soft serve ice cream is sure to keep you feeling refreshed, and PEAK have some funky flavors for you to munch on, as well as some juicy fruit pairings to provide maximum hydration.
Watermelons and lychees are two of the most well-loved fruits in Thailand, and they make for fantastic ice cream varieties to try this summer at PEAK: you can order either of these two flavors on their own, or plump for the Watermelon Lychee Twist that combines both. There are regular sized cones, baby sized cones, and cups to enjoy the cooling treats.
Or why not try the Watermelon Soft Serve in Fresh Watermelon, as seen above – it is the ultimate combination of ice cream and fruit to maintain your cool as you battle the fierce summer heat. A cold, hollowed out piece of watermelon is used as the cone for the ice cream, for two sources of refreshment in one tasty dessert that is well worth THB 155.
How To Find PEAK’s New Location at Siam Paragon
Siam Paragon is one of Asia’s largest shopping centers, therefore it can be a challenge to find establishments without ending up lost. The closest entrance in the mall to PEAK is its drop off point seen above near the North Lift Lobby, which is signposted throughout. You will see Jumbo Seafood on your left, and Another Hound on your right, after you enter.
If you are walking to PEAK from Siam BTS station, you will be approaching from a different direction. The easiest route is to follow The Gourmet Garden that can be seen on the map below, walking past venues including Koi and Veganerie, until you see the Donna Chang concession – then turn right, where in front of you will be Makai, with PEAK behind it.
On the map, if you look for PEAK’s logo close to the rear entrance of Gourmet Market, you shall also see that either side of it are two well-known restaurants to note as landmarks. If you are stood in front of the PEAK counter, seen in the photo below, Chilli Thai will be on your right-hand side, while The Grill Tokyo will be situated on your left-hand side.
The mall can accommodate 3,000 cars and offers free parking for 2 hours. From Ploenchit through Ratchaprasong Intersection, carry on straight to Pathumwan area on Rama 1 Road and turn right into Siam Paragon shopping centre, following the signs for the car parks.
Siam BTS station connects directly to Siam Paragon. Follow the exit signs from the station that will point you in the right direction, and look for the escalator leading to the mall.