Phuket Town Restaurants

Where to Eat in Phuket Town

Most Asians love to eat and seem to be snacking or dining all the time, day and night. Eating out in this part of the world is not taken as seriously as in the west, and people enjoy various types of fresh and delicious food without breaking their bank account.

Although not a serious tourist destination, Phuket Town is an ideal place to visit for good food; not only for local delights but for international cuisine as well. In the heart of Phuket Old Town, visitors will find a few well-known restaurants such as the China Inn Café, Wilai, Dibuk Restaurant, Raya, Ka Jok See and Salvatore’s.

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One Chun Café & Restaurant in Phuket Old Town

One Chun Restaurant

One Chun Café & Restaurant (pronounced Wan Jan, which means Monday in Thai) is a trendy venue blending vintage Read More...

La Gaetana

La Gaetana

La Gaetana enjoys a formidable reputation in Phuket as a small, family-run Italian restaurant with an eye for details. Read More...

Raya Restaurant

Raya Restaurant

Along Dibuk, Thalang and Phang Nga roads downtown you'll see beautiful examples of restored Sino-Portugese shophouses Read More...

Tu Kab Khao

Tu Kab Khao is a great Thai restaurant in a 120-year-old building on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town. It focuses on Read More...

Blue Elephant Cooking Class in Phuket

The Blue Elephant Cooking Class is part of the well-known Blue Elephant Restaurant in Phuket, and is the place to come Read More...

Les Diables Phuket

Les Diables Phuket

Les Diables Phuket sits next to the water on the eastern side of central Phuket. It’s an innovative patisserie that is Read More...

All Restaurants in Phuket Town and Around

Anna's Cafe

An up-market Thai restaurant, part of the popular Bangkok-based chain, Anna’s Café is a charming dining venue situated in a shophouse in the heart of Phuket Town. Their recommended dishes include Thai-style chicken wings, fried tofu, green curry with roti, massaman curry and geng som spicy fish soup. Don’t forget to complete your meal with banana banoffee or banana flambé. They are absolutely delicious. 

  • Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
  • Location: Next to Salvatore's on Rassada Road, a few steps from the circle traffic
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 210 535
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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B Cat Café & B Shady Restaurant

B Cat Café and B Shady Restaurant are the two sides of the same coin. Located in Phuket Old Town, this unique venue blends the Taiwanese origin of the concept of cat cafés (the first one opened in 1998 in Taipei) and the charming vintage spirit of the historical district of Phuket City. The cat café Read More...

  • Opening Hours: the restaurant is open from11:00-22:00; the cat café is open from 12:00-21:30. Closed on Mondays
  • Location: On Thepkasattri Road between Dibuk and Thalang roads in Phuket Old Town
  • Tel: 089 471 7776
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Baan Kanom Thai

Baan Kanom Thai (meaning ‘Thai Desserts House’) is known as one of the busiest lunch outlets for people who live and work in and around Phuket City. It is popular for its khao raat kang (plain rice topped with food) as well as the biggest choice of Thai traditional sweets on the island. In the old Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon – Sat from 06:00 – 16:00
  • Location: City Home Village Soi 5, on Ruam Pattana Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 240 717
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Baba Nest Rooftop at Sri Panwa Resort

Baba Nest is located within Phuket’s exclusive and family-run Sri Panwa Resort. It is also one of the best places to chill out as the sun sets. Head up to the rooftop for a bird’s eye view of the sparkling Andaman Sea and the south-eastern part of Phuket’s peninsula. Settle down and lie back on a Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 17:00-21:00 daily
  • Location: 88/5 Moo.8, Sakdidej Road, Tambon Vichit, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Phuket
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 371 000
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Blue Elephant Phuket

Blue Elephant has branches all over the world in 12 different countries and specialises in Royal Thai cuisine – a rich and exotic combination of flavours once uniquely created for the Royal Palace that has recently grown popular because of the global spread of Thai cooking. The Phuket restaurant is based in a splendid, old Chinese-colonial style Read More...

  • Location: 96 Krabi Road
  • Tel: + 66 76 354 355-7
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Bollywood Phuket Restaurant

Bollywood Phuket is a genuine Indian restaurant located on Bangyai Road – the small street right behind Index Living Mall – off the Bypass Road on the outskirts of Phuket Town. Set in a splendid modern Sino-Portuguese style building it offers Phuketians and tourists alike, the chance to sample top-notch subcontinent specialities. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 23:00 Closed on Tuesdays
  • Location: on Bangyai Road (right behind Index Living Mall)
  • Tel: 076 304 034
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Bo(ok)hemian Arthouse - Nang (Sua)

And yes, this is a very Bohemian sort of place, with concrete floors, lots of Thai-language books, sketches of Phuket Town mounted on its chipped concrete walls, a shelf of DVDs next to a selection of foreign books and a display of postcards. It’s not the most cheerful looking of places but you can score an iced coffee for 70 baht or a latte for 60 baht and there’s a glass-fronted fridge with homemade cakes. Open fronted and fan cooled, it’s a good place in which to watch the world go by.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Thalang Road
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Café 154 at Royal Phuket City Hotel

The lovely Café 154, located on the ground floor of the Royal Phuket City Hotel, offers daily freshly baked cakes, muffins and more. Together with cappuccino, espresso, frappuccino (hot or iced, depending on the weather). They have a good variety of sandwiches, too. 

  • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 24:00
  • Location: Inside Royal Phuket City Hotel on Phang Nga Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 233 333
  • Cuisine: Sandwich and bakery
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Café y Té

As well as having a cute little archway terrace, Café y Té has a very attractive interior with faux-pine floors, garden chairs and round glass top tables, sofas, as well as white bar stools. This air-conditioned café offers blueberry cheese cake, chocolate fudge for 80 baht and apple crumble – also for 80 baht.

The owner spent some time in Spain and the colourful and cheerful décor underscores this fact. For an afternoon tea/coffee experience it is one of the best in town. 

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Phang Nga Road, next to the clock tower
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Cha Kang Raw

Deceptively modest from the outside, Cha Kang Raw is actually quite smart on the inside, being well-lit with good wooden furniture and the walls all used as blackboards, showing off impressive drawings as well as the menu written in Thai. You can also get the menu in English, where you will find that this busy and popular place specialises in Thai noodle soup. It works in a step-by-step DIY method, so you can choose your own combination of noodles and flavours. Most of the dishes are priced at 50 to 100 baht each. With its free Wi-Fi, it is particularly popular with young Thais.

  • Address: 38/1 Patiphat Road, Phuket Town
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Chicroom Café

Chicroom Café is a trendy new venue near Phuket Old Town on Phuket Road. Part of Quip Bed & Breakfast, this restaurant/coffee & cake shop has a retro look lending it a back-to-the ‘60s feel. Located on the banks of Phuket Canal, right next to Saphan Ha Ram (Ha Ram Bridge), Chicroom Café is a perfect Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00
  • Location: next to the corner of Phuket and Rasada Roads, right next to the canal
  • Tel: 081 541 7111
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China Inn Café & Restaurant

China Inn Café & Restaurant is a beautifully restored example of what people can do with a rundown old building if they possess dedication, patience and a strong vision. The restaurant stands in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town; a place brimming with history and tradition. This is where Phuket’s commercial heart beat over 100 years Read More...

  • Opening Hours: During the high season China Inn is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but for the most part it is a daytime dining eatery closing at 19:00 unless you book beforehand for an evening group.
  • Location: 20 Thalang Road, Phuket Old Town. Thalang Road is a one-way west-heading thoroughfare and it is never easy finding a parking space there so it’s perhaps best to park wherever you can in the area and walk the rest of the way.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 356 239
  • Cuisine: Thai-European
  • Price Range: Thai-European
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Chomchan by One Chun Restaurant

Chomchan by One Chun Restaurant in Phuket Town is a classy establishment serving fine Thai cuisine at surprisingly reasonable prices given the extraordinary quality. It boasts friendly staff, some creative drinks and really tasty traditional dishes, served in airy, classically-styled dining room. From the exterior, the restaurant is surprisingly modest. It is hidden a little back Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 242/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 660 5954
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The Cook

With a simple name making it easy to remember, the Cook is run by Tam Buntam a former pastry chef at Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. Khun Tam is a good example of someone who sees food as a labour of love and who uses his long experience in the profession to the best advantage. A must-try is his pizzas with standard tops or more inventive ones such as green curry or tom yam goong. All are delicious and prices are reasonable. Thai dishes start from 35-40 baht.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00, closed on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month
  • Location: Next to Sinthawee Hotel on Phang Nga Road
  • Cuisine: Pizzas, Thai and international
  • Price Range: Budget
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Crust Café & Restaurant

Crust is a shiny-clean, new restaurant located just behind the Index shop in a Sino-Portuguese building near the huge Central Festival Phuket shopping mall just outside Phuket Town. Entering the restaurant is like discovering a new world as it’s wooden and timber-based theme is refreshingly thought out and the air conditioning most welcome.

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  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 closed Wedesdays
  • Location: Bangyai Road (behind Index)
  • Tel: 093 873 0317
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Dibuk Grill and Bar

Located on one of the most charming streets in Phuket Town and in the midst of vintage Sino-Portuguese shophouses, the menu offers international dishes, pizza and pasta. 

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Dibuk Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 218 425
  • Cuisine: International
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Dibuk Restaurant

Open since 2001, Dibuk Restaurant offers a good combination of Thai and French-style cuisine with a wide selection of wines. This little place has won many people’s heart with its charming interior and warm ambience. Typical of the area, it is a vintage shophouse converted into a lovely and quiet place to dine. Try their filet mignon de boeuf and civet de lapin. Here you'll find reasonable prices and friendly service. Across the road is their second venue which is called the Dibuk Place. A cool-looking bar to chill in for a drink or two.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: On Dibuk Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 258 148
  • Cuisine: French-Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Eleven Two & Co.

Eleven Two & Co. is a chic café and restaurant located on Thalang Road in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Opened in 2013 and set in a beautifully renovated Chinese town-house, this charming place boasts a certain trendy vintage touch and clearly aims at tourists visiting the historical district of the capital of Phuket Island Read More...

  • Opening Hours: from 08:00 - 22:00
  • Location: On Thalang Road in Phuket Old Town
  • Tel: 076 354 424
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Flavor - Organic Kitchen

Flavor - Organic Kitchen is a newcomer on the buzzing Phuket Old Town’s dining scene. Opened in January 2014 by the talented Belgian chef Erik Vranckx, Flavor is small in size but huge when it comes to the quality and elegance of the dishes it serves.

Erik’s commitment to the high standards of the ingredients he Read More...

  • Opening Hours: from 17:00 - 23:00 closed on Mondays
  • Location: 66 Yaowarat Road between Thalang and Dibuk roads
  • Tel: 084 843 1613
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Fortuna Pavilion at Metropole Hotel

This is the place to go if you're after good Chinese food. Serving Phuket residents and visitors for almost two decades, the Fortuna is open daily for lunch and dinner and is famous as one of the best dim sum restaurants on the island. It also offers other well-known Chinese dishes such as Beijing duck and lad nah Hong Kong (or Hong Kong fried noodles with fish). 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 – 14:00, 18:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Inside the Metropole Hotel on Montri Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 215 050
  • Cuisine: Dim Sum and Chinese
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Fuji Japanese Restaurant

Fuji is another popular Bangkok restaurant chain with locations around the county. It features a good Sushi selection and seafood menu. The food is good value and includes Bento boxes. Fast and friendly service.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: Central Phuket Festival Department Store in Phuket Town, Jungceylon in Patong and Tesco Lotus Thalang
  • Cuisine: Japanese
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Gallery Café

Gallery Café is a hippie-chic lounge bar and restaurant located on Yaowarat Road in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Run by Pinky, a Bangkok-born patisserie chef with six years’ culinary experience in London, the place is a haven for those seeking classy European dishes, smoothies, ice-cold beers and expertly prepared cocktails. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Sat from 08:00 - 20:00; Sun from 08:00 - 18:00
  • Location: On Yaowarat Road opposite the intersection with Phang Nga Road
  • Remarks: Free Wi-Fi
  • Tel: 089-1037000
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Ginza Japanese Restaurant

Ginza is the first and only Japanese restaurant in Phuket Old Town. Located on Yaowarat Road and opened in March 2013, it offers quality Japanese dishes at fair rates. Phuket Old Town has evolved a lot since 2010 and has witnessed the opening of many new coffee shops, bars, restaurants as well as the renovation of many historical buildings – such as The Memory at On On Hotel. It’s also seen the burying of ugly overhead electric cables – a project which should be completed by 2014. This area is certainly a wise choice for investment and Ginza, which means ‘silver coin’ in Japanese, garners all the right elements for success: a great location, quality food and service – all at affordable rates. On top of this, it’s also one of the few stand-alone Japanese restaurants in Phuket.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 16:00, dinner 17:00 – 02:00
  • Location: on Yaowarat Road in Phuket Old Town, diagonally opposite Rider Café
  • Tel: 076-258486
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Green Forest Restaurant

Green Forest Restaurant is located on Monkey Hill (Khao To Sae) and offers excellent Thai food as well as superb views out to Koh Sirey and Phuket Town port, pier and coast. You can enjoy well-prepared and presented local dishes in a cool and breezy atmosphere complemented by soft western music. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily, from 11:00 - 23:00
  • Location: 500 metres up Monkey Hill
  • Cuisine: Thai, Seafood
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Hot Pot Buffet Value

The food here is fresh and the buffet very clean. For a fixed price customers can enjoy unlimited choices of meat, seafood, vegetables, as well as ice cream. There’s a small Japanese corner with variety of mainly sushi. If you like Asian hotpot style this place is a treat! Best time to go: Wednesdays with a discount from 20-25%.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: Tesco Lotus Thalang, on Thepkrasattri Road, near Thalang Hospital
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 311 167
  • Cuisine: Asian hotpot
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Hot ‘n Spicy Restaurant

Hot ‘n Spicy is a newcomer to Phuket Town. A Pakistani/Indian restaurant right down town serving Halal food, it’s a simple setup comprising two adjacent shop-houses thus making it one of the few restaurants in Phuket that have two distinct dining rooms, albeit connected with a neat hole in the wall for delivering dishes through.

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  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – midnight
  • Location: 34/3 Takuapa Road Phuket
  • Tel: 084 191 4391 (Thai) 085 870 7797 (English)
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Ka Jok See Restaurant

Ka Jok See is one of the most successful restaurants on the island. Without any advertising at all, the restaurant has been featured in countless top magazines and newspapers around the globe such as UK Glamour, Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times. The front door is hidden behind an ivy façade, the beautiful vintage Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 18:30 – late, Tuesday – Saturday
  • Location: on Takua Pa Road, a short walk from the Rassada Traffic Circle.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 217 903
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Kaewjai Bakery and Restaurant

A family run restaurant open since 1961, Kaewjai is a popular spot for real Thai food. Kaewjai is rather small with an air-conditioned dining area inside and a few more tables outdoors and usually gets busy at lunchtime. Some recommendations are kao pad gai (fried rice with chicken), tom yum seafood (spicy and sour soup with Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 to about 16:00 but most of the sweet items are usually sold out before then
  • Location: on Soi Phang Nga 4, not far from Royal Phuket City Hotel and the original Phuket Bus Station
  • Cuisine: Thai and patisserie/bakery
  • Price Range: Budget
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Khao Lao Super

Khao Lao Super is essentially like the little shop-house noodle restaurants, but with a significantly smarter look, including modern furnishings and a cool, open design. It may be small in size, but it is very popular with local Thais. The menu is limited to just a few kinds of spicy Thai soup costing around 55 to 65 baht each, including the iconic Tom Yum Goong. Ordering is done with a checklist written entirely in Thai, but the staff are very friendly and will happily explain what each choice is

  • Location: Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town
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Khun Jeed Yod Pak

Rad-na or kwit-teow rad-naa is a Thai Style wide rice noodle dish with meat and vegetables in a gravy-like sauce: Thai fast food, if you want. At Khun Jeed Pad Na Pak, you can enjoy the popular rad-na dish with pork or seafood. O

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 20:30, close on the 25th of the month. If the 25th falls on a weekend the closing day is moved to the following Monday
  • Location: Phang Nga Road, under the Mung Pheng Hotel, not far from On On Hotel
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Budget
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Kopitiam Café & Restaurant

Kopitiam Café & Restaurant is located on Thalang Road and offers a simple Thai menu with the usual suspects - fried rice, noodles, green curry, at affordable rates. It is decorated in a Chinese style with a touch of old Phuket Town (old photos and postcards of the city are for sale here). Pretty busy at Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 11:00 - 22:00
  • Location: 18, Thalang Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 892 3723
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Kota Khao Man Gai

Ko Ta serves mainly khao man gai (a.k.a. Thai chicken rice); one of Thailand's most popular fast-food dishes. Khao man gai is rice steamed with garlic, with boiled chicken and chicken stock. It's eaten with fresh vegetables, chicken soup and a dipping sauce. Prices start from 35 baht which is unbelievable for such an outstanding dish. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 until stocks run out around late afternoon
  • Location: Near the Metropole Hotel on Tilok Utis 1 Road
  • Cuisine: Khao Man Gai (Chicken Rice)
  • Price Range: Budget
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La Gaetana

La Gaetana enjoys a formidable reputation in Phuket as a small, family-run Italian restaurant with an eye for detail. Giovanni Ferrara ('Gianni') and his Thai wife Chonticha are the hospitable owners of La Gaetana and excel in making diners feel comfortable and ensuring that a gourmet meal is enjoyed here. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Open for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Closed Wednesday. Evening reservations necessary.
  • Location: On Phuket Road, downtown Phuket Town. Coming from McDonalds, go to the crossroads of Phuket Road with Ongsimpai Road. Turn left at the crossroads' traffic light and La Gaetana is on the opposite side on the corner.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 250 523
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Pricey
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La Romantica Pizzeria

Located opposite Sinthawee Hotel, La Romantica is easily recognised by its green awning out front. The menu consists of many choices of pizza and pasta. 

  • Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
  • Location: Opposite Sinthawee Hotel
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Laem Tong Chinese Restaurant

Laem Tong is the oldest Chinese Restaurant on the island and has been in business for more than 30 years. Its first location was opposite the Pearl Hotel in town and it relocated to the current location in 1992.  The two-floor, air-con restaurant is decorated in modern Chinese style and has 40 tables plus four private rooms. Laem Tong is particularly well known for its seafood and Chiuchow (or Teochew) food such as oyster omelette, Beijing chicken, steamed fish balls, shark-fin soup, por phee (fresh non-fried spring rolls) and steamed fish with preserved plums and ginger.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 –14:00, 17:30 – 22:00 (last order at 21:00)
  • Location: Opposite Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel on Chana-Charoen Road. Look for its green Chinese style roof and big shark chef sign on top. You can’t miss it.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 224 349
  • Cuisine: Teochew Chinese and seafood
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Lemongrass Restaurant

This open-air Thai restaurant is especially popular among office staff who use it as their meeting point after work. Lemongrass is famous for spicy soup and salad as well as seafood. Try their fried vegetables with fish in sweet-and-sour sauce and Chinese-style steamed fish with ginger and plum. If you feel like having some Japanese, you can order from their sister restaurant, the Shintaro across the road. Prices are very reasonable with pretty good service. Staff members speak just enough English to get by.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 01:00
  • Location: Opposite Shintaro and Raya Restaurant and not far from Seng Ho Bookstore on New Dibuk Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 233 455
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Les Anges

Les Anges (pronounced ‘Lays Onje’) specializes in homemade breads, pastries, cakes, chocolate and ice-creams. It's run by Georges Sirre, an enthusiastic and creative pastry chef with long experience. This place is definitely a must visit for fans of fine dining and fresh patisserie items. Les Anges also offers weekly Sunday brunch from 11:30 – 17:30. Reservations are suggested. For the indulgent or for those looking for gifts, there is also a chocolate counter, as well as an ice-cream parlour and a selection of fine wines and Champagne. All these delicacies are also available in a picnic basket for your cruise or outing.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:00 – 22:00
  • Location: On the boardwalk at the Royal Phuket Marina
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 360 802
  • Cuisine: Bakery, European and Thai
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Les Diables Phuket

Les Diables Phuket sits next to the water on the eastern side of central Phuket. It’s an innovative patisserie that is operated by an Englishman who developed his culinary skills in France. The acclaimed chef spent more than 10 years working at a top Bangkok hotel, catering for important dignitaries like the British Queen!

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  • Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 08:00 – 22:00 (Closed Mon)
  • Location: Boat Lagoon, Koh Kaew
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 935 0454
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Le Winch

Le Winch, at Phuket’s east coast Boat Lagoon, run by Chef Vincent Meuwly from Lausanne, is a cosy, 40-cover restaurant with loads of personal and welcoming touches. Being on the opposite side of the lagoon from most of the shopping, businesses and restaurants hasn’t seemed to have adversely affected Le Winch’s success and the restaurant is Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday lunch 11:00 – 14:30, Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 22:00. Closed Sunday
  • Location: In Marine Plaza, Boat Lagoon Thepkasattri Road. Take the first right after the security guard.
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 842 8228
  • Price Range: Pricey
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Mac-Chiato House (aka Cake Box)

This is a tasteful café with large black-and-white photos of famous personalities in its front section, two computer terminals (with free Wi-Fi), purses and bags for sale and lots of magazines to browse through. It also smells deliciously of quality coffee in here although there is also an impressive display of tea choices.

To the rear, past the ‘bar’ stands a cute, fan-cooled garden space with wooden chairs and tables. Mac-Chiato House offers a good selection of banana, blueberry, orange, and cheese cakes. Colourful, friendly and chic, this is a good hanging-out spot.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Thalang Road
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Markinny Mate

A cozy family-run restaurant managed by a Thai chef Sive Phaothong-ngarm and his wife Pasara. After working overseas for many years (his last position was Head Chef at the Green Square Hotel in Greensquare, Sydney), Sive brought his passion for cooking to Phuket and created an interesting menu offering a mixture of Asian fusion food and western dishes.

Chef’s recommendation are: BBQ honey pork ribs served with creamy mash potatoes and salad; grilled chilli prawns pasta in rich cream-tomato sauce and pappardelle pasta; grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, tomato salsa and melted cheese served with French fries and salad, and a somtam set (traditional taste Isaan papaya salad served with sticky rice and fried chicken). Prices are reasonable.

  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 08:00 – 22:00 and Sat from 08:00 – midnight.
  • Location: Near the Old Standard Chartered Bank Building and Do Re Me music shop on Phuket Road.
  • Cuisine: Thai and western.
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Mee Ton Poh

Mee Ton Poh serves some of Phuket's best fried noodles in Hokkien style. Yellow egg noodles are stir-fried with vegetables in soy sauce, usually with different choices of meat like pork, chicken or seafood. Located near the clock tower traffic circle on Phuket Road, this shop has been run by the same Phuket family for several Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday for lunch
  • Location: On Phuket Road, facing both the Metropole Hotel and the clock tower at the traffic circle.
  • Cuisine: Hokkien Noodles
  • Price Range: Budget
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Mirror Mirror Restaurant

Mirror Mirror is an elegant restaurant located on Dibuk Road, in the heart of Old Phuket Town. Set in a beautifully renovated two-storey townhouse built in 1930, the restaurant is a classy act targeting wealthy Epicureans looking for a stylish, tranquil venue at which they can feast on delectable dishes in a timeless décor and atmosphere. Read More...

  • Opening Hours: From 17:00 – 23:00
  • Location: on Dibuk Road, 80m before Soi Rommanee
  • Tel: 089 796 9956, 076 355 914
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Monkeypod Coffee House

The family run restaurant Monkeypod Coffeehouse in Paklock Village, Thalang is one of the most talked-about restaurants in the area since opening in mid 2012. But why do people like it so much? Well, it’s a combination of many things from delicious and well-priced food to excellent and modern décor and atmosphere and good service as Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: On Paklok-Muangmai Road, Paklock Village, Thalang. If coming from the Heroines’ Monument heading to Ao Por Pier, Monkeypod is on your left-hand side and less than five kilometres from the monument.
  • Tel: +66 76 529 775
  • Cuisine: Thai, international and vegetarian
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Lock Tien Food Court (aka Old Siam Theatre Local Food Court)

Discovering the authentic tastes and cuisine of the island is not difficult when you explore Phuket Old Town. Just head to the local food stands known by the collective name ‘Lock Tien’ and ‘Old Siam Theatre’ or just ‘Siam’ on Yaowarat Road. This simple food court caters to a variety of local tastes with dishes that Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 06:30 – 17:00 or when supplies run out. Closed Tuesday.
  • Location: At the traffic lights between Dibuk and Yaowarat Road, right next to the old building that used to be Siam Theatre.
  • Price Range: Budget
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One Chun Café & Restaurant

One Chun Café & Restaurant is an unpretentious yet well liked venue in Phuket Town’s dining scene. One Chun (pronounced Wan Jan - Monday in Thai) is a family-friendly restaurant opened in March 2013 located near the intersection of Thepkasattri and Dibuk roads in Phuket Old Town.

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  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Address: 48/1 Thepkasattri Road (near the intersection with Dibuk Road in Phuket Old Town)
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 635 5909, +66 (0)8 514 5443
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Osha Thai Restaurant & Bar Phuket

Osha Phuket combines the beautiful classical setting of Old Town with the exciting contemporary Thai cuisine which Osha is known for from the brand’s Bangkok restaurant. Possibly the most photogenic, Instagram-worthy meal on the island, it is also extremely flavourful and innovative, taking classic Thai dishes and giving them a modern twist.

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  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
  • Location: The Memory at On-On Hotel, 23 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 663 4420
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Pae Teaw Noodle

Pae Teaw Noodle is essentially a simple shop-house restaurant, albeit larger and more open than most. It is found in rather a weather-beaten building at the edge of Old Phuket Town, but the interior is generally clean and smart. As the name suggests, the main dishes are noodle-based, including egg noodle tom yum and egg noodle with wonton. In fact, almost the entire menu is just combinations of these and a couple of extra ingredients. It may be simple, but it is cheap and very popular, particularly with the kids from the local schools.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 17:30
  • Location: Junction of Dibuk Road and Satun Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 826 7899, +66 (0)93 761 3053
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Pak Nam

Pak Nam is a large seafood restaurant in northeast Phuket Town. With two enclosed air-conditioned rooms, a central fan-cooled ‘Lanna-style’ wooden eating space and a terrace open to the elements Pak Nam has plenty of dining options and good views of Phuket Town to take in. The speciality here is fresh seafood – be it clams, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 22:00
  • Address: /220 Rasadanusorn road, Tumbon Rasada, Amphor Muang, Phuket
  • Tel: 076-240240, 081-7970474
  • How to get there: The easiest way to get there is to turn right at the lights just past Mission Hospital on Thepkasatri Road and simply keep going until you see the restaurant on the left-hand side of the road after about two kilometres.
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Pirrera

Making the corner of Dibuk and Yaowarat Roads Pirrera’s rough-looking exterior looks as though it’s been peppered with machine gun fire but thankfully once inside among the aroma of banana muffins, scones, cranberry cake and cheese-and-onion toasties, things get a lot better.

Pirrera is run by Khun Eyu, a qualified pastry chef, who gives classes upstairs in her patisserie school. Unlike quite a few Phuket Town cake outlets, there’s a full menu here – even stretching to cocktails from 120 – 150 baht. Chocolate cake and a vodka tonic; now there’s an interesting combination.

 

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Dibuk with Yaoworat Road
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Phuket Floating Seafood Restaurant

A delightfully novel way to dine is at one of the floating seafood restaurants (known in Thai as krachang) that can be found on the east coast of Phuket. The restaurants have adapted the technology of the fish-farming industry, keeping fish, crabs, prawns and other seafood in floating wood-and-net enclosures. All guests have to do is Read More...

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Quip Sky Bar

Quip Sky Bar, Phuket Town’s first ever rooftop bar, brings a distinctly artistic touch to the old city, as well as some cool views and a rather unusual line-up of lobster dishes. Located upstairs at Quip Bed & Breakfast, the fifth floor al fresco space continues the hotel’s quirky and flamboyant style while providing a Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 16:00 – 24:00
  • Location: 5th Floor, Quip Bed & Breakfast, next to the corner of Phuket and Rasada Roads.
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 635 5052, +66 (0)84 246 2222
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Rattan Box Coffee Shop

The air-conditioned Rattan Box Coffee Shop is a popular lunchtime venue among Thais as it serves about 15 – 20 dishes plus Thai desserts (i.e. sticky rice and ripe mango or taro root mixed with flour into balls in coconut milk.) Though it might look just like any other buffet, it is not. Customers pick out what dishes they like and the wait staff brings each order to the table.

Dishes include tom kha kai (hot sweet soup with chicken and coconut milk.), masaman (Indian-style curry), nam prik (spicy dip, eaten with freshly boiled vegetables) and fried vegetable with shrimps. It's also worth checking out their extensive western food menu. Prices are quite reasonable. At nighttime from 19:30 on there are karaoke style professional singers.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 06:00 – 24:00. Lunch Mon – Fri only and closed for public holidays
  • Location: Phuket Merlin Hotel, Yaowarat Road
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 212 866
  • Cuisine: Thai and international
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Raya House

The charm of Phuket Town's old quarter is nowhere more evident than in its Sino-Portuguese architecture. Along Dibuk, Thalang and Phang Nga roads downtown you'll see beautiful examples of restored shophouses and a good example of this genre is Raya Restaurant in a 90-year-old house.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00-22:00
  • Location: New Dibuk Road. The 90-year-old converted two-storey house is somewhat overshadowed by the newly built, next-door Shintaro Japanese restaurant but use the bright-red Shintaro signage as your landmark.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 218 155
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Rendez-Vous Coffee Wine Dine Phuket

Rendez-Vous Coffee Wine Dine Phuket (more often known as simply Rendez-Vous) is a bistro-like restaurant right in the heart of downtown Phuket. This area, encompassing the Old Town, has lately seen nothing short of a resurrection lately through many new restaurants, bars, boutiques (and sometimes with a combination of the three) livening up what was once Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 13:00 – midnight. Closed Mondays
  • Location: 41/1 Takua Pa road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: 081-8941603, 076-213221
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Rider Café

As the name suggests, Rider Café in Phuket Town is suited for bike enthusiasts as well as people who like to enjoy good food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. On top of Thai and western food, they also offer snacks, cakes, and coffee. If you like burgers, try their V Twin Burger, one of the Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00, closed Monday
  • Location: Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0) 81 958 6832
  • Cuisine: Thai and Western
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Ruamjai Vegetarian Restaurant

Ruamjai Vegetarian Restaurant is the perfect place for curious people to get introduced to the multitude tastes and textures of vegetarian food. Located on Ranong Road, the historical commercial hub of Phuket Old Town, the restaurant can be spotted by its yellow signboard in the midst of similar-looking bric-a-brac shops. At Ruam Jai, the specific food Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 15:00
  • Location: 215 Ranong Road
  • Tel: 076 222 821
  • Price Range: A plate of rice with two vegetarian portions costs 40 baht
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Salvatore Italian Restaurant

Previously very successful in Patong, Salvatore Cossu moved to quieter Phuket Town several years ago and has since stamped his inimitable culinary style in the heart of the town in the shape of a tasteful trattoria. Originally from Sardinia, Salvatore is something of a polyglot and uses his wide knowledge of languages with the many nationalities Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Tue to Sat from 12:00 – 14:30 and again from 18:30 – 23:00, Sunday from 18:30 – 23:00
  • Location: On Rasada Road, downtown Phuket, in between Yaowarat and Phuket roads, near the traffic circle with a fountain in the middle.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 225 958
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price Range: Affordable/ Pricey
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Seoul Grill

Seoul Grill is a chain restaurant that features Korean-style BBQ buffet. The fun part is that food is placed on a conveyor belt that goes through the restaurant, passing every table and counter seat. Just help yourself off it. There’s a 90-minute time limit for the all-you-can-eat buffet. Good value for money.

  • Opening Hours: Lunch and dinner
  • Location: Tesco Lotus Thalang, on Thepkrasattri Road
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 311 295
  • Cuisine: Korean style BBQ buffet
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Siam Bakery

A small French-run bakery located a few steps north of the traffic circle on Yaowarat Road offers authentic homemade French pastries and fresh croissants, cookies and cakes. A nice place to sit and relax after a walk around Phuket Town. They also serve yummy sandwiches.

  • Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 – 18:00
  • Location: Yaowarat Road, by the downtown traffic circle next to Kid Dee ('Think Positive') souvenir shop.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 355 947
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Since 1892

No, this appealing café hasn’t been open as long as that, but the Sino-Portuguese building in which it stands could well have been standing since 1892. You can recognise this café by the cast iron round tables and chairs outside in the street archway.

Inside it is a veritable bazaar of clothes, home décor, old typewriters and carved soap – just about the last place you’d imagine to sip a coffee and nibble a cake but yes, you can get a nice slice of chocolate cake for 79 baht here, along with teas, homemade Bonito ice cream and a selection of coffees. Air conditioned.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 22:00
  • Location: Thalang Road
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Skippers Sports Bar and Restaurant

Skippers is a popular place for expats to hang out and enjoy good Thai and western cuisine at fairly reasonable prices. It features sports shown on a 120" screen as well as pool tables and darts. Skippers is famous for its live music outside overlooking the marina every Friday’s TGIF Party. Don’t miss the great drinks deals during happy hour from 17:00 – 20:00 daily, except on Friday when they extend it by an hour. Friendly service.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - 20:00
  • Location: Royal Phuket Marina
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 360 890
  • Cuisine: European and Thai
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SkyZab Viewpoint Phuket

SkyZab Viewpoint Phuket is a cleverly designed Thai restaurant opened in 2015 on the rooftop of The Sky Dream Hotel in Phuket City. Located off the Bypass Road, the architecture of this hotel and restaurant has something of a Hollywood extravaganza, with its main building leaning against a lush cliff, separated from the freestanding elevator shaft Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:30 – 22:00
  • Location: off the Bypass Road, in the northwestern part of Phuket City
  • Tel: +66 (0)95 414 1161
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Soi Lor Rong Market

While there are many new restaurants opening every month in Phuket, visitors who are looking to explore local culture should not miss the island’s traditional-style food centres. Phuket Town residents will be proud to point out a few well-known local food outlets to you but the one that always stands out is Soi Lor Rong Market, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round from 06:00 – 17:00. Some stands close during Chinese New Year while others close on Thai holidays.
  • Location: On Pattana Road, near the junction between Ranong Market and Wichitsongkram Road. It’s about 200 metres from the famous Jui Tui Shrine and towards Surakul Stadium.
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Suay Restaurant

Suay Restaurant is a charming and tranquil place located near the buzzing centre of Phuket Town. A small purposely-built house with a front garden, diners can choose between inside and al fresco dining. The food is contemporary Thai with western elements (for instance delicious imported Hungarian foie gras in Thai spices) and offers a possibility to Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5:00 pm till 11:00 pm.
  • Location: on Takua Pa Road (250m from Rassada Road)
  • Address: 50/2 Takua Pa Rd., Talad Nuea, Amphoe Muang, Phuket, Thailand 83000
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 888 6990
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Thai, Isaan (som tam)
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Talad Kaset Night Market

Talad Kaset Night Market located behind Robinson Department Store is considered the largest night market in downtown Phuket. It’s the place where you can sample tasty street food influenced by three different cultures; Thai, Chinese and Muslim. This market gets busy after 20:00 but it’s ready to welcome customers from early evening and continues operating until Read More...

  • Opening Hours: All year round from early evening until about 02:00 or so but after 01: 00, many stalls might run out of food.
  • Location: On Ong Sim Phai Road, next to Robinson Department Store in Phuket Town
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Tamachart Restaurant

Tamachart Restaurant in Phuket City has got to be the most unusual, out-of-the-ordinary eatery this side of Bangkok. It’s been going for 15 years now and is a tremendously popular spot. The word ‘Tamachart’ translates into English as ‘Natural’ and many people in Phuket use the English word when discussing this oddly fitted out Thai-Chinese eating Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 -23:30
  • Location: On Soi Phutorn in Phuket City. This is the soi that branches off Ranong Road where Phuket’s fresh day market is located.
  • Tel: +66 (0) 76 214 037
  • Cuisine: Thai Food
  • Price Range: Affordable
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Thai Village Restaurant

Thai Village Restaurant, formerly known as Phuket Orchid Garden & Thai Village, is located on a former tin mine near Phuket Rajabhat University. Once home to a pioneer Thai cultural show, it now offers a dining experience featuring a few restaurant pavilions, focusing mainly on Chinese food.

There’s still a small-scale orchid farm on the property and if you’re interested specifically to see the Thai and Asian orchids, it’s best to check in advance if there will be any flowers blooming at the time you plan to visit. Also within the same grounds, visitors will find the all-new Simon Star cabaret show.

  • Opening Hours: Daily for lunch and dinner
  • Location: Next to the Phuket Rajabhat University on Thepkrasattri Road, heading north out of town.
  • Tel: 076 237 400
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Tu Kab Khao

Tu Kab Khao is a great Thai restaurant in a 120-year-old building on Phang Nga Road in Phuket Old Town. It focuses on serving delicious dishes from Southern Thailand, offering an exceptional local dining experience. The restaurant is easily spotted along the street of similarly old and beautiful buildings because of the giant multi-coloured lobster fastened Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 00:00
  • Location: 8 Phang Nga Road, Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 660 8888
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Tung Ka Cafe

Phuket has a fair number of sunset viewing points and one in particular – Promthep Cape – which everyone has heard of. West Coast viewpoints can get pretty crowded at about 18:30, when the sun slips into the golden horizon but there is one spot on the island that offers sensational views in relative solitude in Read More...

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Uptown Restaurant

Uptown Restaurant is very popular lunch venue among locals, especially office workers. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner until about 21:00. If you want to get a taste of real Thai-style fast food as well as filling meals, this is the place to stop by. Recommended dishes include pad Thai (fried rice noodles with the meat Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 closed Wednesdays
  • Location: Opposite the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel and Expo Market on Chana Charoen Road
  • Cuisine: Thai Food
  • Price Range: Budget
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VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant

VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant is really a special venue for dining in Phuket Town. Opened in July 2015, this Thai restaurant is set in a superbly renovated Sino-Portuguese house originally built at the end of the 19th century by one of the most prominent tin mining barons of this period, Phra Aram Sakhonkhet.

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  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Along Wichitsongkram Road in Phuket Town
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 354 500
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Wilai Restaurant

If you were to judge a restaurant solely on its looks you’d keep on walking and not stop at Wilai along Thalang Road in Phuket’s old quarter. But wait, if you took a look inside you’d discover a spotless little shop-house restaurant with a refectory-style layout of tables, photos of old Phuket on its turquoise and Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 closed Sunday
  • Location: Next to Nguan Choon Tong Herb Shop, a few doors away from the China Inn Café on Thalang Road
  • Cuisine: Hokkien Noodles and Local Thai
  • Price Range: Budget
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