While Phuket is not usually synonymous with the culture of café hopping, as it is typically more famous for its sandy beaches and nightlife, the island does offer some fine cafes and coffee houses for the hipsters and foodies to enjoy an afternoon of cakes, pastries, desserts, coffee and tea. This guide aims to highlight some of the best cafes and coffee houses in Phuket for that perfect indie Instagram-worthy food shot.
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1. Dou Brew Coffee & Craft
Grab a drink in this small cafe tucked inside the narrow streets of Phuket’s Old Town, lined with traditional shophouses and temples. With its plain wooden tables and display cabinets, vintage photographs hung on walls and a low-lit interior, Dou Brew is a perfect spot - providing patrons with a welcome relief from the urban tensions. The choice goes from traditional Thai Milk Tea, classic espresso decorated with a rosette design and a newly-introduced Nitro Cold Brew (iced coffee infused with nitrogen).
Dou Brew Coffee & Craft
Address: Soi Rommanee Talat Yai, Muang Phuket 83000 Thailand
Contact: +66 92 218 9292
Website: Dou Brew Coffee & Craft
2. Bookworms will love Bookhemian
One of the most popular must-visit cafés in Phuket, Bookhemian, as its name suggests, is a café-cum-mini bookstore with stacks of reads lining the walls of the eatery. Covering a wide spectrum of materials ranging from Thai novels to art magazines, patrons can spend a relaxing afternoon here browsing through the collection with a cuppa, before deciding if they would like to purchase any books home as a souvenir. In addition, when you thought the café couldn’t get hipster enough, the 2nd level is equipped with a mini cinema! Films are occasionally screened here with tickets going at only 100 THB (2.8 USD), we’d highly recommend patrons to check out their schedules and snap up tickets quickly! Last, but definitely not least, the menu! Bookhemian offers patrons a very decent selection of pastries, such as quiche and croissants, while the Picollo Latte is highly recommended for a reasonable price.
Recommended: Picollo Latte, Cinnamon Croissant
9 am to 7 pm (Mon to Fri)
9 am to 8.30 pm (Sat & Sun)
Address: 61 Thalang Road, Phuket
3. Start your morning right at Gallery Cafe by Pinky
As a more conventional café by nature, rather than serving just pastries and coffee, the Gallery Café by Pinky is a great hangout place for friends over breakfast, lunch or even dinner! The owner, Pinky, strives to serve top equality European inspired cuisine in a laid back atmosphere as she is often on hand at the café every day to ensure that customers enjoy friendly service and delicious food. Operating as a full-service café, the menu at Gallery Cafe is extensive with dishes ranging from pasta to rice and burgers. However, we highly recommend visiting the café in the morning for breakfast or brunch, for those who struggle to wake up, as patrons will be spoilt for choice with its extensive “eggs” menu. In addition, due to its popularity, Gallery Cafe has opened up new branches in areas such as Chalong.
Recommended: Full Breakfast, Stack of pancakes
Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm daily
Address: 19 Yaowarad Road, Phuket, Thailand
4. Hang out with the friendly owners at Mac-Chiato House & Cakebox
Established in 2011 by a group of friends, Mac-Chiato House & Cakebox has an interesting origins story as it was initially opened as a graphic design and computer repair shop. The idea of expanding the store into a café developed when the owners begun serving customers cakes and coffee while they waited for their computers to be fixed, gaining more popularity and attention to their desserts and drinks. Nowadays, Mac-Chiato House & Cakebox runs as a full-fledged café serving its signature desserts Honey Toast and Banana Cake, which patrons can enjoy in a friendly and welcoming ambiance.
Mac-Chiato House & Cakebox
Opening hours: 8 am to 9 pm daily
*Recommended: *Banana Cake, Mac-chiato House Iced Caramel
Address: 48 Thalang Road, TaladYai Muang Phuket 83000
5. Delight in artisan treats at Factory Cafe
With the artfully designed décor and its various desserts including honey toasts and rainbow crepe cakes, it’s no wonder food bloggers and tourists armed with cameras flock to the Factory Café for that perfect Instagram-worthy post. Not only are the designs on their plates innovative, the interior of the café is also unique with its simple yet creative industrial theme. The café’s subtle lighting gives a cozy feel to the entire space, allowing customers to enjoy their desserts in a comfortable environment. Tourists who crave a late-night snack without heading into the crowded Patong area might also consider Factory Café as it closes only at 11.00pm.
Recommended: Rainbow Crepe Cake, Caramel Macchiato
Opening hours: 10.30 am to 11 pm daily
Address: 81, 83 Satoon Road
6. No-frills fresh French pastries at Siam Bakery
As one of the more established cafés in Phuket, and unlike its new competitors targeting local youth and tourists, the décor in Siam Bakery is relatively humble with a modest seating area for guests. However, despite this, the crowds still flock to this French-owned bakery as it’s more renowned for its famed croissants and sandwiches, which are freshly baked out of the oven, and homemade cakes rather than for a flashy interior design.
Recommended: Ham & Cheese Croissants, French Baguettes
Opening hours: 8 am to 6 pm, closed on Sundays
Address: 13 Yaowarat Road, Muang, Phuket Town 83000
7. Relaxation At First Sight Cafe
If you’re driving into Phuket, you’re guaranteed to spot this café as it’s located on the highway just after you’ve cleared the checkpoint, hence, the play on words for its name, At First Sight. Boasting a spacious outdoor seating platform overlooking the garden and a separate coffee lounge, the café affords tourists a perfect opportunity to stretch their legs after a long drive at the café over drinks and light refreshments.
First Sight Cafe
Recommended: Strawberry Macchiato, Green Tea Smoothie
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6 pm daily
Address: 402 Mai Khao, Thalang, Phuket 83110
8. Campus Coffee Roaster
With its interior outfitted with vinyl floor tiles, exposed brick walls and chic wooden tables, this cosy and inviting cafe, located on the edge of Phuket Town, is fashioned for intimate gatherings. Focusing on high-quality single origin coffee, this cafe roast its own beans to ensure its qualilty. Freshly baked pastries, light Thai snacks and a thick velvety brew are served by skilled baristas at the long wooden counter.
Campus Coffee Roaster
Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Address: 6 Krabi, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Website: Campus Coffee Roaster
9. HOUSE Cafe
This bustling little cafe, furnished with house plants and a long row of stools overlooking the streets of Phuket Town, is a place for locals to meet over a cup of well-brewed coffee. Grab a book, sip a cup of ice coffee with whipped cream or steaming black espresso, and your afternoon would be gone before you know it. The unprecendented amounts of coziness is probably the reason whu no one seems to be in a hurry to leave.
Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm
Address: Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
10. Va Va Voom at Rider Café
Biking enthusiasts would’ve definitely heard of this café before heading to Phuket, if not, then it’s just your lucky day! Rider Café is the perfect location for biking enthusiasts to meet up and have a chat or two about their hobby and passion for bikes as the café has several affiliations to bike rental companies and clubs where tourists can rent a Harley Davidson for 4000 THB (113 USD) a day. As bikers, you don’t run on empty tanks, and the food here is pretty decent as well. We highly recommend the juicy Rider Bacon Burger washed down with an ice cold beer, of course.
Recommended: Rider Bacon Burger
8.30 am to 11 pm (Tues to Sun)
8.30 am to 6 pm (Mon)
Address: Yaowarad Rd 30, Thalad Yai, Phuket Town, Thailand 83000
11. B Cat Café
Besides providing a good cup of coffee for its clients, this animal-themed cafe is a haven catering for cat-lovers. Cats are often curled up on the soft vinyl seats and banquettes when they are not busy jumping up and down the laps of the guests. Complete your unique dining experience with a cup of hot brew along with a slice of pastry.
B Cat Café
11 am to 8.30 pm (Mon to Fri)
11 am to 10 pm (Sat & Sun)
Address: 34, 36 Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
Website: B Cat Café
12. The Old Phuket Coffee "Coffee Station"
It is customary for locals as well as tourists exploring Phuket Town to drop by for strong coffee, often sweetened with pastries. Furniture in the Coffee Station is retro; walls lined with monochrome photos and antiqued radios, spacious shophouse outfitted with varnished wooden tables and chairs, evoking nostalgia sentiments in many of its senior patrons.
The Old Phuket Coffee "Coffee Station"
Address: 72/1 Yaowarat Rd, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83000, Thailand
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Pastries, cakes, desserts, coffee and tea galore!
Whether you want to take a breather from water sports and sun tanning at Phuket’s beaches or whether you need somewhere to cool down after an intense day of exploring the island, this guide is compiled just for you, as visitors might even want to dedicate a whole afternoon to café hopping to change things up! Either way, you can’t go wrong with a lazy brunch or afternoon tea on holiday!
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