In international dining out terms Phuket Town has traditionally lived in the shadow of west coast Patong and many visitors are content enough with their west coast beaches and more expensive restaurants. But Phuket Town has genuine Thai eateries, several world-class international restaurants and overall lower prices than Patong and that makes it all the more worthy of a visit.
Combine a shopping trip with a stroll around Phuket’s Old Town then try dining at one of the area’s classier restaurants and you certainly won’t regret it. Here are some of the best Phuket Town restaurants listed in alphabetical order.
One Chun Café & Restaurant serves an authentic Thai cuisine with a preference for southern dishes at affordable prices in the relaxed atmosphere of a vintage décor. Located on Thepkasattri Road’s last section in Phuket Old Town, One Chun is set in a historical building dating back early 20th century. Featuring five main areas – three rooms at the front, the Sino-colonial style garden and one room at the second floor, One Chun is usually overflowing at lunch and dinner time; the garden area is also a cool and refreshing place to enjoy a smoothie and a piece of cake while checking your emails (complimentary Wi-Fi connection is available) at the end of the afternoon. One Chun really mixes old and new worlds in style. Read More...
- 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
This spacious restaurant is well respected for its adherence to original, high-end and traditional recipes yet doesn’t shy away from good old frites and beer. With probably the largest selection of imported Belgium beer in the south of Thailand (the owner is an importer) just sitting at the well-stocked bar at Brasserie is quite an experience but dining here is also exemplary and with a 12-page menu it’s obvious that Brasserie takes its cuisine seriously.
You’ll be served by impeccably turned out university students in an air-conditioned atmosphere of fine Belgium and French dining and dishes consist of spare-no-expense imported items such as North Sea sole, French oysters, and the best lobsters available. The wine list is no slouch either with a whole gamut of new and old world labels. Brasserie has succeeded in tapping into a mine of wealthy people in Phuket who appreciate quality and a rich dining experience. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00 - 24:00
- Location: Downtown Phuket on Rassada Road
- Tel: 076-210511
Noted as one of Phuket Town’s more ‘original’ restaurants (meaning that things can get a little crazy there) Ka Jok See has felt absolutely no need to advertise over its many years of operation. A simple vine-covered entrance leads into an atmospheric discreetly lit yet straightforward interior with tablecloths replaced by newspapers, Thai-European décor featuring textured walls, period photos, and a certain ‘economy of space’.
Portions served up here are extremely generous and you should expect to eat Thai-style by sharing and sampling the respective dishes. Even though the food is noteworthy it’s what comes after desserts that makes this restaurant stand out from the crowd. At a certain time of evening a glamorously attired transvestite takes to the microphone and from then on the whole evening morphs from the discreet to the unashamedly burlesque. Inhibitions are cast to the four winds and tabletop dancing is not unheard of as the drinks flow freely. Certainly a unique experience, you’ll awaken your inner party animal here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 18:30 – late
- Location: 26 Takuapa Road (off Rassada Road)
- Tel: 076-217903
One of the best Italian restaurants in Thailand, La Gaetana (‘The Gypsy’) is compact, colourful and creative. This 32-cover restaurant has long been a favourite with locals in the know and as a result of its popularity it is absolutely necessary to book days in advance. The product of a Thai-Italian partnership (and marriage) La Gaetana’s maître d’ Gianni Ferrara trains his staff to perfection and decants wine (mostly Italian labells) table to table with flourish and obvious enjoyment.
The food is fabulous and consistent in its quality year after year, serving classic Italian dishes and sides with an attention to detail that makes the restaurant stand out in any gourmet’s collection of favourite dining locations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-23:00. Open for lunch Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Closed Wednesday
- Location: 352 Phuket Road. Phuket Town
- Tel: 076-250523 - Mobile: 081 397 1227
One of Phuket Town’s most-loved Thai restaurants and known nationwide, Raya has set the culinary standard for many others but has never been surpassed. Located in a quaint two-storey, 90-year old Thai house on the fringes of the Old Town, fan-cooled Raya has a mature charm to it, mosaic tiled floors, walls adorned with period posters advertising cigarettes and cruises, a wide central staircase, not exactly intimate lighting, and space for small banquets upstairs.
Raya was the ex-prime minister’s first choice of restaurant on a recent visit and it’s not unusual to spot well-known Thai luminaries dining here – the owner-chef even receives takeaway orders from Bangkok! Expect a small but competent wine list, slightly indifferent service, a happy and not at all snobby atmosphere, and great food. A surefire favourite is creamed coconut curried crab. Read More...
- Location: 48 New Dibuk Road, Phuket Old Town
- Tel: 076-218155, 076-232236