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Ko Samui’s June’s Art Cafe, located just before Big C when coming from Fisherman’s Village, is is a favourite expat haunt and well-kept secret from the tourists. Pop into this quaint cafe, with art on the walls and handicrafts for sale, and you’ll see why there’s a steady flow from the time they open for breakfast at 09:30 (a little late for the early birds, but worth the wait) until close at 18:30.
Here you’ll find all sorts when it comes to patrons, from school mums who have done their yoga and are catching up over a coffee and healthy muffin, to informal business meetings to those tapping away on their laptops getting a spot of work done.
At June’s you’ll find an endless list of fresh juices, smoothies and shakes, as well as a selection of teas and coffee — the coffee is not only great, but cheap too, with cappuccinos and lattes only 50 baht. The breakfast menu is vast, and affordable at 120 baht. Fruit is organic, toast is wholewheat, and you have the choice of scrambled tofu too, for those who don’t eat eggs.
June’s Art Cafe is so popular partly because compared to some other health food cafes, it’s not expensive. For example, you can grab some hummus, complete with carrot, cucumber and other veggies to dip and a slice of homemade wholewheat bread for 80 baht; portion sizes are reasonable and June’s is also an MSG-free zone.
There’s a great selection of sandwiches, including some with tofu or veggie patties. Vegetarians tired of limited choices will think they’ve hit the jackpot at June’s, as there’s page upon page to choose from, with the average prices 80 to 100 baht. But not everything is vegetarian, and you’ll find specials on the board such as salmon and avo spring rolls. Other favourites are burritos and wraps, wholewheat pastas – try the prawn and pesto — and the fried rice dishes, using brown rice, are winner.
Save space for some guilt-free dessert (well sort of guilt-free). The chocolate cake at 80 baht for a slice, is soft, moist, and not too sweet. Those with gluten intolerances can try the gluten-free cheesecakes.
June’s Art Cafe has made it to the top of my list of regular work spots as it ticks all the boxes, with great healthy food, prompt service, comfortable chair, and reasonable prices.
Other than beer drinkers needing to indulge elsewhere, it’s hard to fault this little cafe. If you’re looking for a spot with a beach view nearby, perhaps head down to Fisherman’s Village instead, but chances are you’ll pay a lot more for lunch.
By Rosanne Turner
Last updated on 24th March, 2015.