There are many reasons to love Phuket—its proximity to Singapore, which makes it perfect for a weekend getaway, the beautiful beaches, the lively party atmosphere and a burgeoning dining scene that makes it one of the best and most affordable places to sample everything from Thai cuisine to international offerings.
Here are the best restaurants and cafes to try the next time you get hungry in Phuket.
Piang Prai Restaurant
Address: Thailand, Namtok Bang Toei, Pa Klok, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Located in a pocket of greenery, Piang Prai is a local restaurant that serves up authentic Thai food, It’s far from the tourist resorts at about an hour’s drive from the famous Patong Beach, and popular with locals.
Those who make the trip will be rewarded with affordable and excellent renditions of Thai classics that go beyond the usual pad thai and green curry, as well as scenic views of the surrounding jungles.
Try the spicy mango salad, crab meat omelet, and spicy fish soup. Most dishes are priced in the 100 to 120 baht range (4.27 SGD to 5.11 SGD), and you’ll want to order a few to share.
Laem Hin Seafood
Address: 90/11 Moo 7, Soi Baan Leam Hin, Thepkrasattri Road, Koh Kaew, Phuket Town, Phuket 83200, Thailand
Phuket’s seaside location makes it a popular location for seafood, and Laem Hin Seafood is one of the area’s best local seafood restaurants. Located to the north of Phuket Town on the east coast, it is a very popular choice on weekends, so consider arriving during off-peak hours to get a good seat.
While the restaurant offers nice views of the sea, it is better known for the freshness of its seafood, usually caught by local fishermen. Seafood lovers will relish the abundance of crabs, shrimp, and fish, which are typically charged by weight.
Address: 13 Krabi Rd. Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket City 83000, Thailand
Phuket has its fair share of greasy late-night supper spots and gogo bars, but if you’re looking for something a little more refined, head to Rose Espresso, a hipster cafe done up to look like a secret garden.
At Rose Espresso, you’ll enjoy slices of cake on dainty floral platters and sip artisanal coffee brewed to perfection. It’s a nice place to sit down for brunch and a raspberry smoothie while the rest of the tourists in Phuket recover from hangovers.
Address: 49/47Bann don Cherngtalay Rd, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Despite its name, this stylish yet casual bistro looks like it would look more at home on a busy New York street than Paris. Located about a half hour drive from Patong Beach, it’s not too far from the tourist action, while still offering some respite from the party zone.
That being said, it’s known for being one of the better European-style restaurants in Phuket, serving up a menu that features cheese and cold cut platters, salmon filet, Australian beef tenderloin, pasta, and pizza, as well as a selection of Thai dishes.
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