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Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant in Phuket Town

Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant

Never heard of Kopitiam by Wilai Restaurant before? Not a surprise since Thalang road changed from just an old busy street to a full-scale tourist attraction, bars and restaurants started to appear like flies on honey. And thinking of it, it is a good thing! Well, I do have an opinion on the way those houses are renovated, too often looking like dollhouses, but the oldest parts of Phuket town deserved to be kept alive, and Kopitiam Restaurant took a smart approach.

Kopitiam by Wilai in Phuket Town

So what can be better than walking down an old Sino Portuguese street and having the choice among several fun restaurants or chilling in one of these little cafes? In this part of Thalang road, Wilai and China Inn were always popular, each in its way, and I often come to Wilai for a quick and easy lunch. Kopitiam Restaurant, the name given to coffee shops in Malaysia and Singapore, is Wilai’s new creation. And once you walk by, you must admire their sense of making a lot with very little.

Kopitiam by Wilai

What strikes the most right away at Kopitiam Restaurant by Wilai is this impression of looking at an old established Chinese shop, you know, the ones that don’t have a style but ended up having their exotic look by keeping all kinds of small bric-a-brac over the years. And it works; just observe how many people just stop for a glimpse or even a photo. The decor at Kopitiam Restaurant is simple but done with sense and fun taste.

If you decide to go to Kopitiam, remember that Thalang Road hosts the Walking Street Market every Sunday and is packed with walk-in customers.

Kopitiam by Wilai in Phuket Town

What to Order?

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The food at Kopitiam Restaurant is inexpensive and tasty, just like its elder sister ‘Wilai’ next door. These restaurants specialise in delicious Hokkien fried noodles with squid, prawns and an egg on top (Hokkien Mee, 105 baht), thick or thin (mee hoon) and a good selection of classic Thai dishes such as the ever-popular Pad Thai (105 baht), and the spicy version Pad Thai Kee Mao, a speciality from Kopitiam (125 baht). Beef noodle soup (Kuey Teow Tom Yum, 125 baht), Thai curries (Kaeng Khiew Wan) and Tom Yam.

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Hokkien Noodles at Kopitiam by Wilai in Phuket Town

Kopitiam by Wilai Photos

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Kopitiam By Wilai Restaurant

Location: Phuket Town
Address: 18 Thalang Road, Tambon Talat Yai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000
Open: 11 am to 10 pm
Phone: 083 606 9776
Prices: around 70 – 120 Baht

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Willy Thuan

Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!