33 Best (VERY) Local Thai Restaurants in Phuket (updated October 2020)

Best Thai Restaurants in Phuket

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

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Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant

Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant Phuketket

Kin-Kub-Ei Restaurant Phuket [toc] 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 on the way to Bangtao Beach. 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

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Jadjan Restaurant in Phuket Town

Jadjan Restaurant in Phuket Towm

A Michelin Restaurant in Phuket Town [toc] Jadjan is a local Thai restaurant hidden on the outskirt of Phuket Town, and not many travellers know that a former chef from a 5-star hotel in Bangkok runs it. If you are familiar with Thai food, you will appreciate the unique flavours of the southern food prepared at Jadjan, which has a deeper taste than usual. The dishes are so good that

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25 Thai Fruits to Discover in Phuket

Thai fruits in Phuket

What exotic fruits can you find in Phuket? [toc] Exotic Thai fruits in Phuket range from the well-known pineapple or even watermelon to the most surprising ones like the weird-looking Dragon Fruit, the huge pungent Durian or the enormous Jackfruit. The choice of fruits in Thailand is endless and visiting a local market in Phuket is a chance to try as many as you can. Some of the best fruits

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Kanom Jeen Saphan Hin in Phuket Town (ขนมจีนสะพานหิน)

Kanom Jeen Saphan Hin in Phuket Town

Best Kanom Jeen in Phuket Town [toc] Kanom Jeen Saphan Hin (ขนมจีนสะพานหิน) is a long time favourite restaurant in Phuket Town where mostly locals come for a late breakfast, lunch or even dinner. The restaurant is vast with plenty of space between the table, superbly clean and spotless with a friendly team. The atmosphere is very pleasant, open on one side to let the breeze flow in and with a

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Hong Khao Tom Pla Restaurant (ฮ้องข้าวต้มปลา)

Hong Khao Tom Pla Restaurant in Phuket Town

A discreet Michelin Restaurant in town [toc] Hong Khao Tom Pla is a discreet and long-established restaurant in Phuket Town, named after its famous fish rice porridge speciality. Behind this modest appearance is a little gem, so good that the Michelin Guide awarded them a 'Bib Gourmand', which is a sign of good quality and good value cooking. If you are a visitor to Phuket, you probably would walk by

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Baan 109 Bar and Restaurant in Phuket Town

Baan 109 Bar and Restaurant in Phuket Town

A fun restaurant on Thalang Road Baan 109 is a fun vintage looking restaurant as well as a casual bar on the popular Thalang Road, the historical street of Old Phuket Town where the famous Sunday Walking Street Market is held every weekend. The name 'Baan' means house and the number 109 is the street number. The restaurant is in one of those typical shophouses and inside, you'll find an

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Nak-Kerd Seaview Cafe near Phuket Big Buddha

Nakkerd Seaview Cafe at Big Buddha Phuket

A restaurant with a view near Big Buddha [toc] Nak-Kerd Seaview Cafe (previously called Star Mountain Sunset Restaurant) is a small restaurant with a superb panoramic view of Karon Beach. The place is simple, partly made of thatched roofs and bamboo tables, which adds a lot of charm to a simple lunch or dinner after your visit to the Big Buddha of Phuket. Nak-Kerd is actually the name of the

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Kanom Jeen in Phuket

Kanom Jeen in Phuket

Where to find great Kanom Jeen in Phuket [toc] Kanom Jeen is, without a doubt our favourite Thai breakfast on weekends. We'll never miss a chance to go to 'Kanom Jeen Saphan Hin' or 'Pa Mai Kanom Jeen Restaurant', on Satun road in Phuket Town, just next to the Blue Elephant restaurant if we manage to wake up early, of course. Pa Mai Restaurant is open from 5.30 am to

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Noodle Soup in Phuket (Kuey Tiaow)

Noodle Soup in Phuket

How to order noodle soup in Phuket? [toc] Noodle soup is everywhere in Phuket ('Kuey Tiaow' in Thai), and while it's not precisely Thai food, it is entirely part of everyday life in Thailand. You will find small restaurants and carts serving it in almost every street at any time of the day and night, not only for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. While you can easily order the classic

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Laem Hin Seafood

Laem Hin Seafood restaurant Phuket

Popular with Locals: Laem Hin Seafood [toc] Laem Hin Seafood is one of the best known local seafood restaurants in Phuket. Built mostly on an immense wooden terrace on the east coast of the island, Laem Hin is huge but it can get pretty full on weekdays dinner and even more on weekends. The setting above the water is charming, but it's not what you would call a romantic restaurant,

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16 Best Desserts to Try in Phuket – Thai Sweets

Phuket desserts and sweetsPhuket desserts and sweets

 What are the best Thai sweets to try in Phuket? [toc] Thailand is known the world around for its amazing food, but it doesn't stop here. There are also many Thai sweets and desserts to try during your stay in Phuket. Of course, everyone knows the delicious pancakes (or roti) and the mango sticky rice, but don't stop your culinary exploration here: look around, and you will find amazing treats

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Baan Phadthai Restaurant Bangkok

Baan Phadthai Restaurant Bangkok

A great Phadthai in Silom [toc] Baan Phadthai is a beautiful restaurant which received a Michelin Bib Gourmand (inspectors’ favourites for good value) hidden in one of these tiny lanes of Bangrak, between Silom and the riverside. There is no need to describe what Pad Thai is, it's now such a famous dish that is has become the culinary flagship of Thailand and a long time favourite to so many

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Nai Dam Restaurant in Kathu

Nai Dam Restaurant Phuket

A great local restaurant in Kathu [toc] Nai Dam Restaurant in Kathu looks just like any restaurant by the roadside of Phuket. It's not fancy, there are no exterior sign of luxury and even the restaurant signboard is hardly visible. We are not easily impressed after trying so many restaurants all around Thailand, but on that day, we were! Nai Dam Restaurant is a great place for those who know

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Krua Jongjit Restaurant in Phuket – Jongjit Kitchen Kathu (ครัวจงจิต)

Krua Jongjit Restaurant in Phuket, Kathu

Krua Jongjit Restaurant in Kathu [toc] Krua Jongjit restaurant in Kathu (Jongjit Kitchen) is the proof that a restaurant doesn’t have to be fancy nor expensive to be excellent and even receive a Michelin Plate for fresh ingredients, carefully prepared: a good meal. For such a modest venue, it is still a big statement. Krua Jongjit received a 'Michelin Plate' rating in the Phuket Michelin Guide. 'Michelin Plate' is a

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Nom Jeen Phuket – Kanom Jeen Restaurant in Phuket Town

Nom Jeen Phuket

A new Kanom Jeen restaurant [toc] Nom Jeen Phuket is a beautiful and relaxing new local restaurant serving kanom jeen on the outskirt of Phuket Town. There are quite a few kanom jeen shops around the island but this one feels very relaxed and trendy in a casual young fashion, and yet, it's not expensive! Obviously, Nom Jeen Phuket specializes mostly in kanom jeen, a much loved Thai speciality made

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10 Best Typical Southern Food You Must Try in Phuket

Best Phuket local food

Best Southern Food in Phuket [toc] Southern Thai food is a treat for those who love seafood and want to explore intense and spicy flavours. On a Southern Thai table, you’ll find dishes with such local ingredients as sataw (stink beans) or miang leaves that you’re unlikely to see in other Thai regional cuisines. The cuisine has also been shaped by a mix of Indian, Arabian and Persian cultural influences,

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Osha Restaurant Bangkok

Osha Restaurant Bangkok

Osha Bangkok [toc] Osha Bangkok is one of the fanciest and most upmarket Thai restaurants in Bangkok. Originally from San Francisco where they run five restaurants, Osha serves Thai food with a slight twist, created by talented Thai chefs. Standing high and proud at the corner of Wireless and Ruamrudee roads opposite Lumpini park, the building is massive and even intimidating. We first tried it soon after the opening and

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