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Phuket Old Town – photos and information, click here.
To see photos of the Sino-Colonial shophouses on Soi Rommani, Old Phuket, click here.
Affordable Restaurants in Phuket:
China Inn Café: One of the well-known restaurants in Phuket town, which has been visited by royalty and featured in some magazines. With the concept of Burmese antique shop in front side and restaurant in the back side. You can find it in the heart of Phuket old town, where you can also find the charming vestiges of Sino-Portuguese architecture. The restaurant serves an extensive Thai menu and other classic dishes, also the choices of western foods.
Opening Hours: During the high season China Inn is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights but for the most part it is a daytime dining eatery closing at 19:00 unless you book beforehand for an evening group.
Location: 20 Thalang Road, Phuket Old Town
Tel: +66 (0) 76 356239
Dibuk Restaurant: The mix of traditional Thai food and French cuisines with wide selection of wines, which are presented in the old Chinese style house. With the reasonable price and good quality for each dish, this restaurant suits the tourists, locals and expats. The romantic set, soft music and the friendly staffs, is a perfect place for the customers to use for candle dinner as well.
Opening Hours: open daily, from 11:00 to 23:00
Location: 69 Dibuk Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 258148 ; +66 (0) 81 7195340
Raya House: You can feel the retro-Asian atmosphere in here, and meet the number of local businessman and families. The owner of this restaurant is a trained-Thai foods chef on the island, no wonder that movie stars, royalty and even the prime minister have eaten in here. It also provides the banquettes service and cooking class by booking through the phone.
Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00-22:00
Location: New Dibuk Road. Next-door to Shintaro Japanese restaurant but use the bright-red Shintaro signage as your landmark.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 218155
Lemongrass Restaurant: This is an open-air restaurant, with okay-English-speaking staffs. Office staffs often use it for their meeting point after work, a cozy place to hangout though. You should try their famous spicy soup, salad and seafood menu, or you can also try the Japanese menu in its sister restaurant, Shintaro which is just across the road.
Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 01:00
Location: Opposite Shintaro and Raya Restaurant and not far from Seng Ho Bookstore on New Dibuk Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 233455
Siam Bakery: Go visit this restaurant, whenever you need the fresh breads from the oven. It is a small French-run bakery in the circle of Yaowarat Road. You can relax in its nice air conditioned surroundings, and enjoy the yummy popular sandwiches, from the chef, Jerome Vollais.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 – 18:00
Location: Yaowarat Road, by the downtown traffic circle next to Kid Dee souvenir shop.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 355947
Anna’s Café: This is the Bangkok-based chain, with two floors and an indoor garden. It serves both Thai and Western cuisines. Best enjoyed with the family or group of friends, and share the dish. Don’t forget to order the famous dish, banana banoffee.
Opening Hours: For lunch and dinner
Location: Next to Salvatore’s on Rassada Road, a few steps from the circle traffic
Tel: +66 (0) 76 210535
Laem Tong Chinese Restaurant: It is the oldest Chinese restaurant on the Island. It has been run for 30 years, and relocated from the opposite of Pearl Hotel, and now is in the opposite of Thavorn Grand Plaza. It is well known for its seafood and Chiuchow (or Teuchew Chinese).
Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 –14:00, 17:30 – 22:00 (last order at 21:00)
Location: Opposite Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel on Chana-Charoen Road. Look for its green Chinese style roof and big shark chef sign on top.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 224349
Tamachart Restaurant: translated as ‘Natural’, this restaurant presents an interesting concept of a restaurant. You may be impressed by its surroundings, the semi-outdoor restaurant, built in the tree-house with vintage decorations. The prices are very reasonable, and recommended to visit it on the evening, so that you can enjoy the beauty of Phuket town in the night, with a great crowd to enjoy it with.
Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 -23:30, except Tuesday
Location: On Soi Phutorn in Phuket City. This is the soi that branches off Ranong Road where Phuket’s fresh day market is located.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 214037
Khanasutra Indian Restaurant: It is an Arabian – Indian style menu. It offers the taste of the cuisines in an elegant setting. The Halal kitchen is under an experienced Indian chef. You should try their various dishes, such as Tandoori chicken, Pakora, Naan bread, or Iced masala tea.
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday from 11:30 – 15:00, 18:00 – 24:00, Sunday from 18:00 – 24:00
Location: Near Ka Jok See Restaurant on Takua Pa Road
Tel: +66(0) 76 256192, +66(0) 81 8940794
La Romantica Pizzeria: You can find a lot of choices of pizza and pasta in here for your lunch and dinner. The green awning covers the front roof of the restaurant, so people can easily recognize it.
Opening Hours: Everyday during lunch and dinner
Location: Opposite Sinthawee Hotel
Café 154: you can enjoy the fresh bakery in here, come together with the cappuccino or espresso. With the reasonable price, you can get choose their good variety of sandwiches.
Opening Hours: everyday, from 06:00 – 24:00
Location: Inside Royal Phuket City Hotel on Phang Nga Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 233333
Roxy: you will be amazed when you find the only Turkish restaurant in Phuket town! This restaurant was opened in 2007. It is a life and lovely bar with a reasonable prices and interesting choices of menu. They often make a special events and parties in house, which is very attractive for the guests. Plus, they also serve the delicious Mexican, Thai and Western dishes.
Opening Hours: Daily, from 16:00 -01:00
Location: Near Bangkok Bank and the On On Hotel on Phang Nga Road
Tel: +66 (0) 89 4701711
The Bakery: A lot of choices of fresh baked bread and pastries, and fresh juice. Experience it on a Marina boardwalk without paying too much from your bank account.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 07:00 – 17:00, Sunday from 07:00 – 14:00
Location: inside the Boat Lagoon Marina, north of Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0) 76 238941 ; +66 (0) 17 376184
Thainaan Restaurant: 2000 guests can occupy this restaurant, since it also provides the cater services, such as gala dinner. The building has a unique architectural style from Northern and Southern Thai. The menu varies from Thai, Chinese and Japanese.
Opening Hours: Daily for lunch from 10:30 – 14:30, 17:30 – 21:30
Location: Opposite Central Phuket Festival Department Store on Vichitsongkram Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 226164
Budget Restaurants in Phuket:
Wilai Restaurant: the business is established in the late 1990s. They serve various choices of fresh seafood, beef, chicken and pork, start from 30 THB per dish. It’s located in the old Sino-Portuguese district, where you can find a lot of similar buildings from the former British Straits Settlements.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday from 07:00 – 14:00
Location: Next to Nguan Choon Tong Herb Shop, a few doors away from the China Inn on Thalang Road
Ko Ta Khao Man Gai: They mainly serve the most popular Thailand’s food dish, the Thailand’s answer to British fish and chips, which is Khao Man Gai (Thai Chicken Rice). The price of an outstanding dish starts from 35THB only. You can find it by a short walk in Tilok Utis 1 Road, near Metropole Hotel, and better come early from 08:00 in the morning, because the stocks will not last until late afternoon.
Opening Hours: 08:00 until stocks run out around late afternoon
Location: Near the Metropole Hotel on Tilok Utis 1 Road
Mee Ton Poh: It is one of the oldest restaurants in town, and has been run by several generation of one Phuket family. They serve the Hokkien Noodles, while you can choose the filling with the pork, chicken or seafood. You can easily find it, since it is located near the clock tower of Phuket Town.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday for lunch
Location: On Phuket Road, facing both the Metropole Hotel and the clock tower at the traffic circle.
Tel: +66 (0) 76 212106
Old Siam Theatre Local Food Court: Known as ‘Old siam Theatre’ or ‘Siam’, which located just next to the former Siam Theatre’s building. This restaurant offers the authentic testes of the Island. Rank as one of the recommended local restaurant in Phuket, beside the local cuisines, you would also need to try their best satay in town.
Opening Hours: For lunch until early afternoon when supplies run out.
Location: At the traffic lights between Dibuk and Yaowarat Road, right next to the old building that used to be Siam Theatre.
Up Town: with the price range from 40-60 THB for most of the dishes, you can try delicious taste of Thailand cuisines which are presented by the touch of technology but yet served in an old-fashioned wooden table. This is the popular place to grab the lunch, together with other tourists and locals.
Uptown Restaurant, Phuket town
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday
Location: Opposite the Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel & Expo Market on Chana Charoen Road
Tel: +66 (0) 76 215359 ; +66 (0) 76 212770
The Cook: The restaurant is run by a former pastry Chef from one of the well known hotel in Phuket. It serves international and local dishes, start from 35-40 THB. A must-try dish is the chef’s pizza with standard or different toppings.
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 21:00, closed on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of each month
Location: Next to Sinthawee Hotel on Phang Nga Road
Lotus Restaurant: Famous among the locals, expats and tourists for their international and Thai foods. Available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Opening Hours: For breakfast, lunch and dinner
Location: Phang Nga Road, near The Cook and not far from Sinthawee Hotel
Khun Jeed Yod Pak: You must try the noodle and satay from this restaurant. Since it is open every day, and only close every 25th of the month. The popular dish of the restaurant is rad-na, it is the Thai-Chinese noodle served with pork or seafood.
Opening Hours: Daily from 09:00 – 20:30, close on the 25th of the month.
Location: Phang Nga Road, under the Mung Pheng Hotel, not far from On On Hotel
Tel: +66 (0) 76 256990
Keawjai Bakery and Restaurant: It is a family restaurant which famous with its Thai food and bakery. It has been run since 1961, located near the Phuket Town bus terminal, and other business area, so you might find the office workers take their lunch there.
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat
Location: On Phang Nga Road near the Royal Phuket City Hotel and Phuket Town Bus Terminal
Street Food Vendor: If you want to get know with the Thai people, culture and especially their food, you should pay a visit to the street vendors. You can easily find them in around Phuket town. The price is much cheaper than feasting in a restaurant and the food is definitely worth to try.
Opening Hours: everyday, starts from 17.00 until midnight.
Location: Tilok Uthit 1 Rd, in the backside of Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel & in the street around Phuket town.