Photo: The On On lobby.

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Eat and meet

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.

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

Constructed of dark wood, the decor is eclectic, with endless hanging plants and, well, stylised junk scattered everywhere, which is actually a lot more appealing than it sounds. Wacky antiques are strategically placed about the restaurant too, making it easy for your eyes to wander while you try to pick something off the 200-plus item menu. Food is exceptional -- this is one of our favourites in... Read our full review of Natural Restaurant.

Khon 101
Wichit Songkhram and Mae Luan Rds intersection, 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 thatched longhouse lit by bulbs in old cleaning bottles. Don’t worry – the decor is no reflection of the food. While there’s an English menu, you’d be hard pressed to find any other foreigners here. Plates of papaya salad start at 25B. Come hungry and you’ll... Read our full review of Khon 101.

Kopitiam by Wilai
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 “coffee shop”. It’s a fitting name for this fan-cooled restaurant, which opens out to vibrant Thalang... Read our full review of Kopitiam by Wilai.

Soi Romanee
Soi Romanee

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 favourite pub in this area to enjoy some live tunes is Glasnost with its antiques giving the place a lot of character. Jam sessions are officially held on the 4th Sunday of every month but that schedule tends to change — welcome to island... Read our full review of Soi Romanee.

118/1 Yaowarat Rd, Phuket Town

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 band breaks for beer a great DJ takes their place. Be sure to get to Timberhut before 23:00 if you want a table — hope you don’t mind standing if it’s after.... Read our full review of Timberhut.

Yaowarat Road

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 definitely more upmarket than Rom–Dee and so a bit more expensive – small beers are 100B, a small fortune in Phuket... Read our full review of Rom-Dee.

Bo(ok)hemian @ House
61 Talang Road, Phuket Town
T: (096) 524 223

Very popular with the Thai student set, enjoy a very affordable cold herbal drink or coffee and browse through their small collection of independent books and movies. The café sits in a sort-of-partly-renovated Chinese shophouse and has been designed to lure customers to stay for hours. This is definitely a cool place to hang out, make use of the free WiFi and socialise with other guests.... Read our full review of Bo(ok)hemian @ House.

The Cook
101 Phang Na Rd, 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 sign out front says that they do Pizza, Italian, Thai Style and Thai Food, and these pizzas really are all four combined. Pizza and burgers aside, the menu is extensive and dishes are very affordable, starting at... Read our full review of The Cook.

Bai - Ka - Prao Cafe and Restaurant
126 Yaowarat Rd, Talad Yai, Phuket Town
T: (076) 220 293

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 furnishings are simple wooden affairs, the food is anything but, with an appetising selection of freshly made Thai salads and small dishes on offer. The food is ideal for grazing and, affordably priced, it doesn’t disappoint. Popular with locals... Read our full review of Bai - Ka - Prao Cafe and Restaurant.

Ka Jok See
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 on top of a table, shed of all inhibitions and even an item of clothing or two mere hours after... Read our full review of Ka Jok See.

Michael's Bar
12 Takua Pa Rd, Phuket Town
T: (076) 256 562

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 be a good spot to cool off without spending the earth. Running for a decade, Michael’s has some very dedicated customers and can be a good spot to catch up on the dramas and gossip of the local expat scene.... Read our full review of Michael's Bar.

Wilai Restaurant
Thalang Rd, near Thalang/Yaowarat intersection, Phuket Town

Totally no frills, fan-cooled Wilai Restaurant is decked out with plastic chairs and metal tables and makes up for the lack of trimmings by offering good, cheap Thai food. Owner Wilai was an English teacher in the past and speaks excellent English — her husband runs Kopitiam next door. Popular with locals and visitors longing for curries, which are proudly displayed at the front of the... Read our full review of Wilai Restaurant.

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

The exhaustive menu here covers both Thai and foreign food and both the food and drinks are very reasonably priced. We tried the chicken larp and it was solid. The crowd here is always friendly and manager Eddy has live music starting at 20:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. Come for a drink and stay until you leave your mark on the wall like previous visitors. Look for the tricycles out front —... Read our full review of Phuket Old Tricycle.

Gallery Cafe
106 Rassada Rd, Phuket Town
T: (089) 103 7000

Some of the favourites on offer include delicious vegetarian plates, sandwiches and the all-natural shakes — yum! We went for something far more simple — a freshly baked double chocolate brownie — and it delivered the goods. Gallery Cafe also has a pretty solid set of Western breakfast offerings should you be so inclined, though watch out for a big blob of caramel at the... Read our full review of Gallery Cafe.

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

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 furniture that is extremely comfortable and, well, more difficult to get up from than you may well imagine. Free WiFi rounds out a pretty good deal for those looking for a couple of hours of online solace.... Read our full review of Kaffe.

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