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Phuket Town

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Phuket Town

You won't find nearly as many fine-dining choices in Phuket Town as you would in nearby Patong, but a few places offer great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices -- something unheard of on the beaches. A local indie crowd keep opening cool cafes, making the spots to enjoy a cup of coffee endless and difficult to choose from.

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    Siang Khaen
    4.5 stars

    Love it!

    Mae Luan Rd

    This is, quite simply, the best northeastern Thai restaurant in Phuket Town — if not Phuket. Very popular, Siang Khaen does exceptionally solid Isaan food. Know that if you request the food to be spicy, it will be. The English-language menu is comprehensive and pretty much covers all ... read more

  • Natural Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    A standout

    62/5 Soi Phutorn, Phuket Town
    T: (076) 214 037

    If you can't find this popular Thai/Chinese restaurant, pretty much any Phuket Town local should be able to point you in the direction to Thammachart, or Natural Restaurant. Constructed of dark wood, the decor is eclectic, with endless hanging plants and, well, stylised junk scattered everywhere, ... read more

  • Khon 101
    4.5 stars

    Love it

    Wichit Songkhram and Mae Luan Rds intersection, Phuket Town

    This is a straight-up typical Thai shopfront eatery. Khon 101 serves some of the best local food with close to the cheapest prices you'll find in Phuket Town. It dishes out food from northeastern Thailand and is packed most nights. Enjoy your spicy lunch or dinner in the restaurant or in the ... read more

  • Kopitiam by Wilai
    4 stars

    New cafe with a classic feel

    18 Thalang Road, Phuket Town
    T: (083) 606 9776

    Kopitiam by Wilai is a newish place but its retro design complete with vintage photos of the island’s past makes it feel like an old favourite in Phuket’s Old Town. The word kopitiam should be familiar to travellers around Southeast Asia, a Malay-Hokkien phrase that translates simply to ... read more

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    Suay Restaurant
    4 stars

    Recommended for a splurge

    Takua Pa Rd

    Whitewashed chic Suay Restaurant sits a short walk to the south of Ratsada Road and offers mid-priced Thai fusion. The chef was previously head chef at a five-star resort and decided to set up shop himself to deliver five-star cuisine at down-to-earth prices — he's certainly on the right ... read more

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    Hokien Noodle Shop
    4 stars

    Best in town

    Luang Poh Wat Chalong

    There are many Hokkien noodle shops in Phuket and we were told by a few people that this was the best in town. You can have the soup straight up or with a tom yam flavour. We went with the original and weren't disappointed. The restaurant is a simple Thai shopfront affair and easy to find thanks ... read more

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    Khanom Jeen Mae Ting
    4 stars

    Great breakfast spot

    Satun Road

    Set towards the base of Rang Hill on Satun Road, Khanom Jeen Mae Ting is a popular and excellent breakfast spot. Don't expect a menu, as this is very much a point and smile outfit. Pick up a plate of the fresh white noodles, then select a sauce to go with it — there were five to choose ... read more

  • Soi Romanee
    4 stars

    When it kicks, it kicks

    Soi Romanee

    A soi rather than a particular place, Soi Romanee really come alive when all of its small cafés and bar doors open with live music blasting. While it is well known for its jazz and blues music, it's not as popular as it once was, but when the timing is right it can really come alive. Our ... read more

  • Timberhut
    4 stars

    Phuket Town's best venue for live music

    118/1 Yaowarat Rd, Phuket Town

    As other bars in town start to quieten down, the crowds often drift to Timberhut – Phuket Town's best venue for live music. The brick-faced cabin-like venue has nightly live music playing songs that you will certainly know — and if they are in Thai at least all the locals will! When the ... read more

  • Rom-Dee
    4 stars

    Small and good

    Yaowarat Road

    Yaowarat Road has the highest concentration of small bars and live music venues in Phuket Town. Rom-Dee is a small live music bar with just a handful of very small tables catering to young Thais. Both Rom–Dee and neighbouring Sanaeha have live music every night and get quite busy. Saneaha is ... read more

  • Bo(ok)hemian @ House
    4 stars

    We like

    61 Talang Road, Phuket Town
    T: (096) 524 223

    Part coffee house, part gallery, part WiFi zone, part bookstore, the all too suitably-named Bo(ok)hemian is an all-round cool place to hang out for a couple of hours. Very popular with the Thai student set, enjoy a very affordable cold herbal drink or coffee and browse through their small ... read more

  • The Cook
    4 stars

    Cheap and cheerful

    101 Phang Na Rd, Phuket Town

    Family-run and deservedly busy, The Cook is a favourite both for those living in and passing through Phuket Town. According to some this place puts together the best burger in town, but in our opinion, the pizzas -- topped with durian, green curry, or tom yam kung -- are the most memorable. The ... read more

  • Bai - Ka - Prao Cafe and Restaurant
    4 stars

    Cute and tasty

    126 Yaowarat Rd, Talad Yai, Phuket Town
    T: (076) 220 293; (081) 645 6452

    This deep-blue with white trimming café sits in an old Chinese shopfront on Yaowarat Rd, just by the well-known drinking hole Timberhut. Despite the old-school building, Bai Ka Prao's interior has been decorated with a modern flourish with the white and blue theme throughout. While the ... read more

  • Ka Jok See
    3.5 stars

    When "fun" just isn't enough

    26 Takua Pa Road, Phuket Town
    T: (076) 217 903

    How do you review a place like Ka Jok See? This long-running restaurant in Phuket Town, set in a softly-lit, restored Sino-Portuguese shophouse, is not just a place to wine and dine. It’s a nightly social experiment. It’s a place where even the most reluctant wallflower finds herself twirling ... read more

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    3.5 stars

    Cheap good breakfast

    Thep Kasattri Rd

    When you're all done with noodle soup and ABFs for breakfast, it's time for roti. This roti restaurant is on Thep Kasattri Road, just north of the intersection with Thalang Road, and does excellent plain and egg roti, served with your choice of a small plate of beef or chicken curry. It is a ... read more

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    Mee Ton Poe
    3.5 stars

    Easy lunch spot

    Phuket Rd

    Set towards the southern end of Phuket Town, a little before you reach the department stores, Mee Ton Poe makes for a good lunch spot. They do a wide variety of both noodle and rice dishes and have a comprensive English-language menu making this an easy option for non-Thai speakers. Food is good ... read more

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    Ko Yoon
    3.5 stars


    Ranong Rd traffic circle

    You really feel like you're snacking in the front room of someone's (very cluttered) house rather than a restaurant here. Hokkien noodle soup is the standard at Ko Yoon. It comes with far more lashings than at the Hokien Noodle Shop on Luang Poh Wat Chalong, and the setting really is excellent, ... read more

  • Michael's Bar
    3.5 stars

    Popular with expats

    12 Takua Pa Rd, Phuket Town
    T: (076) 256 562

    If a Thai place isn't too your liking, resident expats and tourists often flock to a couple of centrally located pubs of which Michael's Bar is one of the best. With 60B beers from 16:00 to 19:00 every day and very happy hours on Saturdays and Sundays — buy one get one free — this can ... read more

  • Wilai Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Local style eating

    Thalang Rd, near Thalang/Yaowarat intersection, Phuket Town

    While Phuket Town is filled with local spots just like this, Wilai is unique because it has been holding its own among the Chinese shophouses that are turning into chic cafes and restaurants. Totally no frills, fan-cooled Wilai Restaurant is decked out with plastic chairs and metal tables and makes ... read more

  • Phuket Old Tricycle
    3.5 stars

    Popular and affordable

    62/9 Phuket Shopping Centre, Ratsada Rd, Phuket Town
    T: (081) 894 5451

    A very simple streetside spot in downtown Phuket Town, Phuket Old Tricycle is a favourite among expats and is located just behind the big yellow bank in the Phuket Shopping Centre. The exhaustive menu here covers both Thai and foreign food and both the food and drinks are very reasonably priced. We ... read more

  • Gallery Cafe
    3.5 stars

    A cosy cafe

    106 Rassada Rd, Phuket Town
    T: (089) 103 7000; (076) 223 677

    This cosy streetside cafe has relocated to a larger place next door and is a very fine place to come for a snack, drinks or a full meal. Some of the favourites on offer include delicious vegetarian plates, sandwiches and the all-natural shakes — yum! We went for something far more simple ... read more

  • Kaffe
    3.5 stars

    Artsy coffee house

    38 Phuket Road, Talad Yai, Phuket Town
    T: (076) 22 0934

    Built in 2009, popular and very well-located coffee house Kaffe has done well and is extending further. Best visited for their excellent bakery items, including tarts, cookies and sandwiches, Kaffe can also put together a pretty good caffeine hit. The trendy decor is buttressed with artsy ... read more

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