Phuket Real Local Restaurants

The list of local restaurants in Phuket keeps growing, and it is truly amazing how great local food can be here. No tourist places and no trendy venues here, it’s all about local food and only local food! Here are some of the most popular (very) local Thai restaurants in Phuket. They are not fancy, and all are cheap: they don’t care about the decor, and they sometimes forget to smile, it’s all about efficiency and great taste! Some of them might appear dirty if you are not used to it, so if you don’t like the crowd, plastic chairs and plates, toilet paper as napkins and ice cubes in your beer (and sometimes MSG), you probably will not print this page to take it with you. If you want to find out what makes people queue in Phuket, get ready for some real dining experience!

This list is of course very subjective, we know other places would make it to the list, but here are the best known local shops for two decades. We also spent some time building a map at the end of the page to help you locate these fancy places.



1. Kruvit Floating Restaurant

Phuket East Coast

Phuket Floating restaurant

Kruvit Raft or Kru Suwit Seafood Restaurant brings a unique tropical touch to a lunch or dinner. The seafood is in nets between the rafts, and the Thai food is delicious. Prices are a little higher than in roadside seafood restaurant, but it includes the transfer by longtail boat from the Laem Hin Pier Pick one of the tables under little wooden roofs and enjoy the breeze and even the sunset if you came for dinner. Read more

 

Location: Front of Maphrao Island, Koh Kaew
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 086 687 0892

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2. Bang Pae Seafood

Phuket East Coast

Bang Pae Seafood

Bang Pae is a great local restaurant, very hidden by the mangrove on the east coast of Phuket. The place is very relaxing with a view of the mangrove and the ocean beyond it. The food is excellent, especially the fresh seafood, and the prices are very reasonable, making it a perfect escape for lunch or dinner.

Location: Soi Bang Toei, near Bang Pae waterfall
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm
Phone: 087 887 5785
Price: Affordable

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3. Kin Kub Ei

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Kin Kub Ei Restaurant Phuket

Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant is a hidden gem serving delicious southern dishes cooked by Khun Tubtim (the lady on the photos), with her family recipes, and served in a beautiful garden hidden from the main road. The place is somewhat unique, only opened three days a week and only with reservation, which makes it a little challenging to plan. The food served is so good and affordable, Kin-Kub-Ei received a ‘Michelin Bib Gourmand’, which stands for quality food and good value cooking. Read more

Location: Cherngtalay
Address: 81/9 Moo 7, Si Sunthon Road, Si Sunthon, Phuket, 83110, Thailand
Open: Fri, Sat, Sun – 11 am – 6.30 pm
Phone: 095 428 7195
Price: affordable

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4. Piang Prai

Bang Pae Waterfall

Piang Prai Restaurant

Piang Prai (Krua Piang Prai) is a great hidden local restaurant found in a green nest just next to Bang Pae waterfall. Mostly unknown from tourists because of its remote location, Piang Prai is one of the two great places to have lunch if you happen to be in the area (the other restaurant being Bang Pae Seafood.) The food at Piang Prai is so good; it’s almost worth travelling to enjoy their excellent Thai food.

Location: Bang Pae Waterfall
Address: Namtok Bang Toei, Pa Klok, Thalang District, Phuket 83110
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm
Tel: 085 832 7439
Price: Affordable

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5. Kan Eang 2

Seafood in Chalong

Kan Eang 2 Seafood Restaurant Phuket

Kan Eang 2 is not easy to find, but it’s one of the best local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Everyone in Phuket is well aware that there are two Kan Eang Seafood restaurants on the island. Kan [email protected] is the youngest and most talked about, while Kan Eang 2 is the venerable and more modest older sister.

Location: Chalong
Address: 9/3 Moo 9 Chao Fah Tawan Aok Road, Ao Chalong, Phuket 83130
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 381 323
Price: Affordable
Speciality: seafood

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6. Laem Hin Seafood

Phuket East Coast

Laem Hin Seafood restaurant Phuket

Laem Hin Seafood is one of the best known local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Located on the east coast of the island, Laem Hin is vast but still manages to get full for dinner and even more on weekends. The setting above the water is enjoyable, but it’s not what we would call a romantic restaurant, it’s a little too busy for that. However, if you can arrive at the restaurant around 6 pm, you will find the place pleasantly quiet and breezy.

Phuket Seafood

Location: Phuket east coast
Address: 90/11 Soi Baan Laem Hin, Thepkasattri Road
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 239 357
Price: moderate

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7. Rim Pan Restaurant

Sarasin Bridge, very north of Phuket

Rim Pan Seafood restaurant Phuket

Rimpan Seafood is a small but great local restaurant hidden in plain sight in the north of Phuket Island, near the Sarasin bridge that connects the island to the mainland. Just like the Sri Sunthorn reclining Buddha, thousand people drive past Rimpan without noticing such a great place sits right here.

Location: North Phuket
Address: Below Sarasin Bridge
Open: 9 am – 10 pm
Tel: 083 647 1147
Price: affordable

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8. Nam Yoi Restaurant

Phuket Town

Nam Yoi Restaurant Phuket

Nam Yoi is very modest and challenging to find a restaurant serving an excellent local Thai cuisine in a remote street of Phuket town. The setting is simple, the price is low, and the food is excellent. You will often see the local crowd who love and write about Thai food on social media dining at Nam Yoi.

Som Tum at Nam Yoi Restaurant

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 63/250 Rumpattana Rd, Ratsada, อำเภอ เมืองภูเก็ต Phuket 83000
Open: 11am – 9pm
Phone: 076 525 858
Price: cheap

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9. One Chun Restaurant

Phuket food – Phuket Town

One Chun Restaurant Phuket

Yes you could say One Chun is not a ‘local restaurant’ is the pure sense of it, but it is! One Chun is real Phuket food, and local eat there all the time. One Chun Restaurant Phuket (One Chun means ‘Monday’) is one of the best Thai restaurants in Phuket Town. Serving a southern Thai cuisine without compromise, they first succeeded with locals who are not easy to impress when it comes to their food.  The young owner Khun Prang found the right formula: great food, reasonable price, fun atmosphere, excellent service, good location. Now you too can enjoy real Thai food the way we love it here.

Location: Phuket Town
Address
: 48/1 Thepkrasattri Rd., Talat Yai, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000
Open: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Tel: 076 355 909
Price: Affordable

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10. Mor Mu Dong

Chalong

Mor Mu Dong Restaurant Phuket

Mor Mu Dong is very hidden somewhere on the south-east coast of Phuket, on the way to the well known Chalong circle. The setting in the middle of the mangrove is unique, so unique that Andrew Zimmern from ‘Bizarre Food’ introduced it in one of his TV programs. You can eat lunch or dinner in one of those small wooden houses over the water (or over the mud if its’ low tide). Mor Mu Dong has a great selection of Thai food and seafood.

Location: Chalong
Address: 32/9 Soi Mu Dong, Chao Fah East, Chalong (past the zoo), Phuket
Open: 10:00 am – 9:30 pm
Phone: 088 766 1634
Price: Affordable

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11. Chaiyo Seafood

Phuket Town

Chaiyo Seafood Restaurant

Chaiyo Seafood is a simple little restaurant close to Phuket town if you feel like a nice seafood lunch by the mangrove, without getting far from the city. Nicely built in a more comfortable setting than the famous Mor Mu Dong just across the canal, Chaiyo Seafood keeps its livestock directly in the mangrove stream. Seafood can’t get much fresher than this.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 25/2 Moo 6, Soi Muangthong-Borrae, Sakdidech Road
Open: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Phone: 076 393 142
Price: Cheap

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12. Ko Ang Seafood

Phuket Town

Ko Ang Seafood

It looks small and narrow, but once inside, it’s much bigger than you think. Very popular among locals and always full (hard to get parking). Ko Ang serves excellent seafood in general, excellent fish and lots of shells, some hardcore stuff. Try their Tom Yam: delicious, full of flavours ‘Hoi Chak Tin’, a popular local shell, ‘Razor clams’, and ‘ants eggs’ if you are in an adventurous mood.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 226/2 Phuket Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000 (on the way to Sapan Hin)
Open: 6 pm – 12 am
Phone: 076 221 460
Price: Cheap

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13. Pak Nam Seafood

Phuket Town

Paknam Seafood Restaurant in Phuket

Pak Nam Seafood in Phuket Town is a great Thai restaurant located off the tourist areas. It’s very well-known from locals and residents who like to bring friends for a casual lunch, or just dinner if you are in a mood for good seafood. You can sit in the open-air room, at the terrace or in one of the air-con rooms. The menu is surprisingly long, decently illustrated and in English. Staff can also speak enough English to take your order.

Location: Phuket Town
Address
: 52/220 Ratsadanuson Rd, Phuket Town
Tel: 076 240240
Open: 10.30 am – 10.30 pm
Price: Reasonable

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14. Jadjan by Ko Dang

Phuket Town

Khun Dang (Chef Suthee) serves an amazingly good Thai food cooked with a personal touch that will please the most demanding customers. Service is speedy, prices are low, and Khun Dang who speaks good English is a friendly person who makes sure you have a great meal. A treat! Read more

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 9, 3 Sakdidet Rd, Tambon Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 10.30 am – 10 pm
Phone: 089 868 1954
Price: cheap to affordable
Specialities:
Pad Pak Boong Moo Krob (Stir-fried morning glory with crispy pork) – 140 Baht
Pla Tod Kra Tiam Prik (Fried Fish with Garlic and Chili) – 180 Baht
Kang Poo Bai Cha-Ploo (Crab curry with betel leaves) – 300 baht

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15. Chuan Chim

Phuket Town

A small local restaurant on Montri Road in Phuket Town, where most jewellery shops are. The restaurant is quite large and simple and spotlessly clean. Food is cheap and excellent. We loved the fried basil with minced pork or chicken and the seafood salad.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 37/3 Montri Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11.30 am – 1.30 pm, 5.30 pm – 11.30 pm
Phone: 076 215 825
Price: Cheap
Specialities:
Stir-fried basil with minced pork or chicken, Seafood Salad


16. Hong Khao Tom Pla

Phuket Town

Hong Khao Tom Pla

Hong Khao Tom Pla is an excellent local restaurant frozen in time. You go there for their delicious local cuisine, not for the decor! If the indoor room is full, you can sit at one of the three outside tables; it feels even more exotic. Read more

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 5 Kra Road, Mueang Phuket, Phuket 83000
Phone: 076 214 877
Price: cheap
Specialities
: Khao Tom Pla (rice porridge with fish), Pu Phat Phong Ka Ri (seafood curry), Pla Tom Buay (fish with sour plum sauce)

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17. Ko Benz

Phuket Town

Ko Benz serves some amazing rice porridge and great noodle soups using instant noodles! Half the restaurant is full before they even can take the first order, so get ready to wait, but it’s worth it! Another strange thing: The shop opens according to the moon calendar! So it is for us hard to predict what are the chances to eat there, and yet we drive all the way to see ‘if it’s open’. Try ‘Mama Moo Sap’ the famous noodle with mama instant noodle (photo), ‘Woonsen Moo Sap’ (with glass noodles) ‘Khao Tom Haeg’ (Porridge with pork chop plus crispy pork).

Location: Phuket Town
Address: Krabi Road, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 7 pm – 2 am
Phone: 084 060 7799
Price: Cheap

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18. Som Chit Hokkien Noodles

Phuket Town

Som Chit Hokkien Noodle Soup Phuket

Som Chit Restaurant is famous for its delicious Hokkien Noodle Soup. People from Bangkok who know about it will stop for lunch at Som Chit if they are in the vicinity of Phuket Town. Som Chit (pronounce ‘Som Kit’) is easy to find, near the clock circle in Phuket Town and just next to the famous Mee Tong Poh who is also renowned for their Hokkien noodles! However, dishes served in those two restaurants are entirely different: Mee Ton Poh serves their Hokkien noodles in gravy, while Som Chit mostly serves them as soup. Huge difference.

Location: Phuket Town, near the Clock Circle
Address: 214/6 Phuket Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 8am – 5pm
Phone: 081 693 7705
Price: Cheap

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19. Ko Yoon Hokkien Noodles

Phuket Town

Ko Yoon Hokkien Noodles

Ko Yoon Restaurant is a tiny and discreet place serving amazing Hokkien Noodles. If you happen to visit Phuket Town, chances are you walked passed it without noticing it; it looks like any other anonymous local hole-in-the-wall restaurant. But Ko Yoon has prepared those delicious big yellow noodles for decades, and locals know how good they are. Yes, there is much hype about Mee Ton Poh, another restaurant serving the same dish, but Ko Yoon has this little extra that makes his noodle dish a bit better.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: Suriyadet fountain Circle, Phuket Town (near the local bus station)
Tel: 084 189 5432
Open: 9 am – 4 pm
Price: Cheap

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20. Ketho Coffee and Kitchen

Kathu

Ketho is a roadside restaurant very popular with local, mostly at breakfast time, for their dim sums and soups. The price is, and of course, the place is busy. You select from the fridge the dim sums you like, and they will steam them for you. Easy going and very satisfying for breakfast! Read more

Location: Kathu
Address: 48/2 Vichitsongkram Rd, Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Open: 7.30 am – 5.30 pm
Phone: 081 536 4555
Price: cheap

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21. Boonrat Dim Sum

Phuket Town

phuket-dim-sum

This popular place gets crowded from early morning serving some excellent Dim Sum from 6 am to 11 am, but if you choose to come late, there won’t be much choice left.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 5/2 Tilok Uthit 2 Road, Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 6 am – 10 am
Phone: 076 210 897
Price: cheap


22. Mee Jirayuwat

Phuket Town

Mee Jirayuwat Phuket

This local restaurant appeared in a famous Korean Magazine, and many customers are now Korean. Their speciality is a Seafood Hokkien noodle soup. Order two, you won’t regret it. Choose between ‘Hokkien Mee’ a fat round yellow noodle, or ‘Ba Mee’ a thin egg noodle. The noodle can be served dry or ‘Hang’ (soup on the side). Located next to the ‘Phuket Trickeye Museum‘ in Phuket Town on Phang Nga Road.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 128 130 Phangnga Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Phone: 081 891 4336
Price: cheap


23. Lock Tien Food Court

Phuket Town

Lock Tien Foodcourt Phuket

This very local food court was renovated not long ago and didn’t appear as ‘old and dirty’ as it used to be (I kind of miss that). But they still serve their great food. ‘Mee Hoon Baa Chaang’ is a local dish – simple stir-fried noodle with soya sauce topped with spring onion, served with pork ribs soup and here too ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’. Don’t miss ‘Moo Satay’, and ‘Poh Pia’: Phuket style spring rolls with grated turnip, pork, greens and sweet sauce. Also ‘O-Eaw’ a famous Phuket dessert: shaved ice and banana jelly.


Address
: 173 Yaowarat Rd, Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open
: 9 am – 5 pm

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24. Pa Mai Kanom Jeen

Phuket Town

Kanom Jeen in Phuket

Small and crowded, Pa Mai is an all-time breakfast favourite. It is always full, and you may have to wait for someone to finish breakfast to jump on their table, or you’ll be missing it. How kanom jeen works: Pick a plate of plain rice noodle and select your curry sauce from large pots: yellow or red, with beef, chicken or fish. Then add on top all kinds of fresh veggies and herbs without which you would be missing half the taste and texture pleasure.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 35, Satun Road, Talat Nuea, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 6 am – 12 pm
Price: Cheap

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25. Mee Ton Poe

Phuket Town

Mee Ton Poe is an old and famous Hokkien shop at Phuket clock circle. It’s hot, smokey and crowded, but their yellow Hokkien noodles dishes are worth a stop, don’t hesitate to order some Satay while waiting. ‘Mee Hokkien Pad’ is their famous stir-fried noodle with seafood. Say ‘Pi-Set’ for a larger bowl, and ‘Sai Khai’ to top the noodle with an egg. ‘Laad Naa’ is the fried noodle in a slimy sauce. You can buy a single stick of ‘Moo Satay’ (Pork Satay), but people usually order by 10 (‘Sib Mai’ is ten sticks).

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 214, 7-8 Phuket Rd, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 9 am – 6.30 pm
Phone: 076 216 293
Price: Cheap

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26. Kalim Rim Lay

Kalim Beach near Patong

Kalim Rim Lay Restaurant

Kalim Rim Lay Restaurant is a little known local restaurant serving good honest Thai food and seafood at a reasonable price. Best of all, for some of you, it is not far from Patong Beach (Past Kalim Beach). Rim Lay is a very relaxing spot to enjoy a lunch or a dinner with spectacular sunsets. Real, local Thai restaurants around Patong are no easy to find, but the food at Rim Lay is genuinely Thai, and some dishes are spicy. Rim Lay has a fantastic setting with seaside, sunsets and bamboo huts. Those tiny bamboo huts have part of Phuket local as long as I remember Phuket. Comfort is a minimal but who cares! You travelled to Thailand for a real experience.

Location: Kalim Beach
Address: Phrabaramee road, Patong, Phuket
Open
: 9 am – 8.30 pm
Tel
081 539 8873
Price: Cheap

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28. Siang Khaen

Phuket Town

Siang Khaeng Local Restaurant Phuket

Siang Khaeng is as big and as basic as a warehouse, but always full for dinner! Best dishes we know is Som Tam (Papaya Salad), Laab Het (Mushroom spicy hot salad) or Kai, Namtok Nua (Beef Salad) and Pladook Foo (Grilled Cat Fish). But the list is extensive. This place serves Esarn Food and therefore, can be quite spicy (northern Thailand). Located at  On Mae Luan Road, almost opposite of Mitsubishi Showroom.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 26/1 Mae Luan Road, Phuket Town, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11 am – 10:30 pm
Price: Cheap
Specialities: Esarn northern food


 29. Kha Moo Boran

Kathu

Kha Mu Boran is a very discreet and modest restaurant at a busy intersection of Kathu, very easy to miss and not easy to part, but when you know the place, it is worth it. They serve a unique and delicious stewed pork leg with rice and stewed pork leg noodle with tom yam soup.

Location: Kathu
Address: 17/11 M.6 T. Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120
Open: 7 am – 5 pm
Phone: 089 972 9438
Price: Cheap


30. Brake Taek

Phuket Town

Brake Taek Noodle Soup in Phuket Town

Brake Taek serves a delicious and renown ‘Tom Yam Noodle Soup’. Here too, it can get hard to get a table for lunch, and you might have to wait quite a bit. So while waiting, order their excellent meatballs skewers to keep you busy, you won’t regret it.

How to order a noodle soup:
Choose your noodle from Sen Yai (flat white noodle), Sen Lek (thin white noodle), Mee Hoon (white vermicelli), Woonsen (glass vermicelli), Ba-mee (egg noodle).
Next is the soup – Tom Yam (ordinary), or hang (no soup).
Then the meat: Moo (pork), Gai (Chicken) or Talay (Seafood). When you order pork, say ‘Mai Nai’ to make sure they won’t add entrails in the soup.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 8 am – 5 pm (Tuesday closed)
Phone: 076 217 030
Price: Cheap


31. Krua La Poon Lam Lam

Phuket Town

Krua La Poon Lam Lam

This hard to find restaurant moved several times, but their customers keep on following them. A good sign, the new location in Sam Kong is more beautiful by the lake and come with finally enough parking and northern woven tablecloths!

But all that matters is their delicious ‘Nam Prik Ong’ spicy mashed eggplant, ‘Nam Prik Nam’ pork with a tomato sauce, crispy pork ribs, northern sausage and the famously hard to find in Phuket ‘Chiang Mai Khao Soi.’


32. Boon Restaurant (Kour Maikhao)

Phuket Town outskirts

Boon's Local Thai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Boon, locally known as Kour Maikhao, is an underrated local Thai restaurant just outside Phuket Town. It’s not fancy, the menu is minimal, and lunch at Boon only costs a few baht, but the taste is unique. The restaurant is tiny and hard to spot, but the few dishes they cook makes it worth finding it. Boon’s special dish is Khao Pad Nam Prik Moo Tod, fried rice with chilli relish topped with fried pork.

Location: Phuket Town outskirt
Address: 4/223 Thepkrasatree Rd, Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 10 am – 3 pm
Price: very cheap!

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33. Nom Jeen Phuket

Phuket Town

Nom Jeen Phuket

Nom Jeen Phuket is a beautiful restaurant in a garden serving Kanom Jeen a much-loved dish to enjoy as breakfast or lunch. Kanom Jeen consists of cold rice thin noodles served with your choice of curry on top of which you add the vegetables, condiments and herbs of your choice. Not only Nom Jeen Phuket is beautiful, clean and relaxing; they also select better ingredients than other similar restaurants in Phuket.

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 63/14 Village No. 3, Ruam Pattana Rd., Ratsada, Phuket City 83000
Phone: 081 895 9430
Price: Cheap

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Map of Phuket Best Local Thai Restaurants



FAQs about Local Restaurants in Phuket

✳️ What are the best local restaurants in Phuket?

a. There are many local restaurants on the island, here are some old-time favourites:

✳️ What are the best local seafood restaurants?

a. While you can find seafood all around the island, there are some true local gems to discover:

✳️ What are the best local restaurants in Phuket Town?

a. Phuket Town has a lot of cheap and good places, including a few listed in the Michelin Guide:

✳️ Are there any local restaurants near Patong?

a. There are only a couple of good and relatively local restaurants:

✳️ What are the best local restaurants in the north of the island?

a. If you happen to stay in the northern part of Phuket, you can enjoy these restaurants:


More About Local Food in Phuket

12 Best Local Seafood Restaurants in Phuket (updated)

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