The best seafood markets in Phuket showcase the island’s unique and popular cuisine like nowhere else in the entirety of Thailand! Being an island, Phuket is naturally surrounded by a bountiful and beautiful sea, filled with plenty of flavoursome life including red snapper, prawns, cockles and the iconic Phuket lobster. Local fisherman land fresh supplies each day, delivering it to these markets. In most cases, the catch is so fresh that it’s still breathing!
A creative quirk of Phuket seafood markets is the ability to buy your selection of ingredients, in some cases right off the fishermen, and then immediately deliver them to a nearby restaurant, where it will be prepared either to your taste or in the chef’s own traditional Thai style, providing you with one of the best tastes of Thailand. Such places are as much an attraction as a dining option.
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Located along Rat-U-Thit Road, over the road from the big Siam Commercial Bank building, the Aroonsom Patong Food Park consists essentially of a sequence of seafood restaurants which only appear in the evening. During the day, their location is a covered side road and car park but, once the sun sets, it houses some of the top eateries on the island. It is not unusual to see every one of the metal tables surrounded by plastic chairs filled with an even mix of tourists and locals, enjoying excellent fresh seafood at great prices. Notable parts include 89 Seafood and Kusuma Halal Restaurant.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: Rat-U-Thit Road, opposite Siam Commercial Bank, Patong
Extremely popular with locals and tourists alike, Banzaan is actually a fresh market, selling all manner of fruit and vegetables and many other wares. However, it is noted for its excellent fresh seafood and its tasty preparations, making it one of the most popular places in the city for the locals to get a cheap meal. You will need to buy your fish on the ground floor before taking it up to the first level where it is prepared in typical Thai styles. While its popularity with tourists is seeing prices starting to edge up, they are still very reasonable. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
- Location: Sai Kor Road, behind Jungceylon Shopping Centre, Patong
Comprising of a ring of small seafood restaurants around a large central courtyard filled with tables and chairs - featuring such names as 99 Seafood, Cocoa-nut Restaurant and Dang No. 8 – Paradise Food Court is named for the Paradise Complex just over the road from it. Built around the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa, the Paradise Complex is best known as the heart of the gay nightlife in Phuket. Each of the different restaurants promises great Thai seafood as well as some European dishes. Sometimes known as the Patong Seafood Court, it has a great, friendly atmosphere and low prices throughout. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: Rat-U-Thit Road, opposite the Royal Paradise Hotel, Patong
Rawai Sea Gypsies Market is one of the best known and most popular seafood markets in Phuket. Comprising of a line of stalls selling the raw ingredients on one side of the road and a line of restaurants promising to prepare your purchases for 100 baht per kilogram on the other side, you are buying right off the fishermen and their families, so you can be sure that the food is fresh. The only reason that this market does not rank higher in our list of the 5 Best Seafood Markets in Phuket is that it has been a victim of its own popularity, with prices growing much higher than those of nearby restaurants. While it is a very novel experience, you are effectively paying for that novelty. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 04:00
- Location: To the left of Rawai Pier
Downtown Market is located in a soi on the right side of the one-way Ranong Road – approx. 100m from the entrance of the street, linking Ranong and Krabi roads. It is mostly a 24/7 open market where many vendors from other markets in Phuket come to do their shopping (wholesalers park their trucks at the back of the market, opposite Downtown Inn). Vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, exotic fruits, condiments and ready-made dishes are all sold here. Unlike the other markets on our list, there are no places to get your purchases cooked up for you. Read More...
- Location: Off Ranong Road, Phuket Town