La Fabrique French Bakery

What we say: 3.5 stars

Shortly after the Lamai temple and the bend in the road on the 4169 when coming from Chaweng, you’ll find a little piece of France. There’s a large concentration of French expats in this part of Ko Samui, and many gather at La Fabrique for a taste of home.

All too tempting…

The bakery supplies many of the resorts and restaurants on the island, but also makes a great place to hang out over a latte, espresso or cappuccino. The food is good too. Croissants are buttery and flaky; choose from plain or chocolate filled. Grab a quiche for 50 baht, or a cinnamon spiral, packed with, well, cinnamon, sugar and raisins. Other sweet treats include generous slices of cake for around 80 baht per slice, a packet of house-made meringues for 60 baht, or macaroons for 25 baht each. The supersize chocolate chip cookies are great broken and dipped into a latte, or grab a couple as you leave for later — they’re only 35 baht each.

Forget the diet.

La Fabrique is a sought after breakfast and brunch hangout, with the baguettes being the most popular. Choose from a selection of cold cuts, salads and cheeses and depending on your choice, it’ll set you back from 100 to 140 baht. The “French Breakfast” consists of coffee, orange juice, a baguette with butter and jam, and some fresh fruit, for 120 baht.

A good spot to satisfy a caffeine craving.

The interior is comfortable, with padded chairs and wooden tables, cafe windows, white-washed wood, and cafe-type posters and artwork lending a distinctly French feel. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Paris.

Here you’ll find expats (mostly French) and holiday makers looking for free WiFi, or wanting to catch up on the news — there’s a selection of newspapers to browse over. It’s also a good spot to grab a few breads and pastries to take back to your bungalow for a cheap meal later. Plain baguettes are 17 baht and they’re delicious. La Fabrique also has a branch at the traffic lights near Tesco Lotus in Chaweng, on the 4169 ring road, although the Lamai branch seems to offer a wider selection of goodies.

Even if you’re not staying in Lamai, La Fabrique is a good stop-over before heading to sights on the southeast coast, such as the Guan Yu shrine, Hin-Ta Hin-Yai, or the Namuang 1 and 2 waterfalls.

Contact details
105/1 Moo 6, Lamai Ring Road, Ko Samui
T: (077) 961 507
About the author
Rosanne Turner relocated to Thailand in 2010 from South Africa. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of Samui after walking every beach, hill, coconut grove and forgotten path in search of that memory-making beach bar. You can follow her blog at Travelling Pen.
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