Kopitiam by Wilai

New cafe with a classic feel

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What we say: 4 stars

One of our favourite spots that capitalises on Phuket Town's classic old-town atmosphere is Kopitiam, a new open-air cafe on vibrant Thalang Road that feels like it's been here for decades.

One of our favourite spots that capitalises on Phuket Town's classic old-town atmosphere is Kopitiam, a new open-air cafe on vibrant Thalang Road that feels like it's been here for decades.

Named after the Malay-Hokkien phrase for "coffee shop", Kopitiam was created by the owners of Wilai, a simple yet tasty noodle shop located a few doors down on the same street. With its old school Thai script sign, red Chinese lanterns, green shutter doors and vintage photos of the Phuket of yesteryear, this is one classy cafe. Apart from fresh coffee, beverages include interesting juices like butterfly pea flower, chrysanthemum, beetroot-lime and tamarind, as well as hot tea, iced milky teas and small and large bottles of beer. With a Thai-English language picture menu that goes heavy on noodle dishes (try the Hokkien mee), food is a mix of Hokkien-Chinese, Malay and Thai flavours that strays from the ordinary.

Prices are in the 60 to 120 baht range for most dishes, but it's worth it for the classic atmosphere that attracts a mix of locals and tourists.

Contact details
18 Thalang Road, Phuket Town
T: (083) 606 9776
Open: Daily 11:00-22:00
About the author
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand (and, ok, a Thai man) began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.

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

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