8 Phuket Cafes To Try For A Break From Beaches And Island-Hopping

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When it comes to Phuket, we’re all geared up with swimwear and sunscreen - all ready for the sprawling white beaches and clear blue waters. But there’s more to Phuket than just #beachlife, it’s also an island that’s filled with undiscovered cafes. From a book-themed cafe to a farm-to-table joint, here are 8 cafes in Phuket to get your brunch fix from.

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1. Tung Ka Cafe - panoramic sunset view

 

Phuket cafes - Tung Ka Cafe

A cafe-bar, Tung Ka Cafe is tucked away right at the top of Phuket’s Rang Hill. Don’t think you can simply stroll up here - it’s a windy road with poorly maintained walking paths that tend to disappear into gravel right around the bends. But it’s worth heading up for the panoramic view.

Phuket cafes - Tung Ka Cafe

The entire Phuket stretches ahead - mountain peaks, blue seas, and the ebbing sunset all in one frame.

Phuket cafes - Tung Ka Cafe

The best time to come? In the evening, around 4 to 5PM just as the sky flickers a dim orange and the cool night breeze takes over. Make sure you’ve got a cocktail in hand: they come refreshing and vibrantly coloured with names like Tunk-ka Sunset and Phuket Blue. Both are priced at THB180 (~S$7.70).

Address: At the top of Rang Hill, Phuket Town
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10:30AM-10:30PM
Telephone: +66 76 211 500 

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2. Hidden Pot Bakery & Cafe - Muji-inspired cafe

 

Phuket cafes - Hidden Pot Bakery & Cafe

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With minimal Muji-style decor and occasional leafy pot plant, it’s almost as if we’ve entered the filming set of Terrace House. Hidden Pot Bakery & Cafe is exactly how its name sounds - it’s lesser-known even among locals since it’s relatively hard to find.

Phuket cafes - Hidden Pot Bakery & Cafe

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While the Creamy Omelet with Bacon on Rice (THB69, ~S$2.90) is a solid choice, it’s their Turtle Waffle (THB89, ~S$3.80) that’s most worth the calories - it comes with a crisp outer layer fully coated with sprinkled sugar.

Their drinks are just as unusual too. Take the Hidden Hot Chocolate (THB60, ~S$2.60) - it comes as a steaming hot mug of milk, and you’ll have to stir it with your own chocolate-covered stick.

Address: 30/5 Soi Ruam Chai, Old Town Phuket 8300, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon to Tue, Thu to Sun: 11AM-7PM (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: +66 98 505 6616 

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3. The Feelsion Cafe - freshly-baked cakes and carbonara waffles

 

Phuket cafes - The Feelsion Cafe

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There’s a sprawling display of cakes at The Feelsion Cafe. Take your pick: they’ve got Coconut Cream Pie, Oreo Cake, Apple Crumble...the list goes on. It’s also worth trying their freshly-made waffles, especially the Carbonara Waffle since its creamy bacon sauce adds a savoury twist.

Phuket cafes - The Feelsion Cafe

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But understandably so, some like their waffles conventional and will thoroughly enjoy the Apple Crumble Waffle or Mixed Berry Waffle. All waffles are priced at THB169 (~S$7.20)

Phuket cafes - The Feelsion Cafe

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Those looking for a hearty meal will be pleased to know that they’ve got a full-fledged menu with Thai dishes like Seafood Tom Yum with Rice (THB119, ~$5.10) and Pad Thai with Prawns (THB149, ~S$6.40).

Address: 445/1 Phuket Road, Old Phuket Town 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10:30AM-8PM
Telephone: +66 83 181 9845 

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4. ELLA Bar & Bistro - minimalist cafe at Patong Beach

 

Once you step into ELLA Bar & Bistro, you’ll be struck by how warehouse-like everything is, from the high ceilings to bare walls. While it’s one of the trendier aesthetics for cafes, it certainly stands out from the crowd - in other words, it’s not your average touristy Patong Beach bar.

Phuket cafes - ELLA Bar & Bistro

Its all-day breakfast menu is heavily filled with egg dishes like Eggs Norwegian (THB280, ~S$12), which comes with poached eggs and smoked salmon, all on top of a housemade bagel. The true test of a good brunch joint? How perfectly their eggs are poached. We gingerly sliced across the poached egg, and true enough, it split open to reveal an oozing yolk.

Phuket cafes - ELLA Bar & Bistro

They’re also known for their burgers, which come spilling over with ingredients. Their Classic Burger (THB280, ~S$12) is served with a beef patty alongside fresh tomatoes, red onions, and lettuce.

Phuket cafes - ELLA Bar & Bistro

It’s also worth trying their desserts, since they offer up sweet treats like Mango Sticky Rice and Apple Cinnamon Pancake (THB 180, ~S$7.70).

Phuket cafes - The Feelsion Cafe

Address: 100/19-20 Soi Permpongpattana, Patong, Phuket 83150, Thailand 
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 7AM-11PM
Telephone: +66 89 199 1663 

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5. Bookhemian - read as you drink coffee

 

Phuket cafes - Bookhemian

The ideal life: sipping a freshly-brewed cup of Joe while reading a novel. At Bookhemian, you can do exactly that - they’ve got shelves of books, everything from paperbacks to coffee table books. But instead of sipping on an ordinary coffee, this joint offers special drinks like Bohemian Iced Coffee (THB85, ~S$3.60) which comes with a thick layer of gooey marshmallow cream.

Phuket cafes - Bookhemian

We ordered a Waffle with Honey (THB65, ~S$2.80). It sounds plain and simple, but we couldn’t fault it since it came with crisp edges and a perfectly fluffy texture. They also have other classic brunch dishes like Eggs Benedict (THB120, ~S$5.10) and a range of pasta dishes starting from THB120 (~$S5.10).

Phuket cafes - The Feelsion Cafe

Feel free to flip through the books on display - granted, they’re mostly in Thai but you’ll stumble across an English book every now and then.

Address: 61 Thalang Road, Old Phuket Town 83000, Thailand 
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9AM-7PM, Sat to Sun: 9AM-8:30PM
Telephone: +66 98 090 0657 

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6. We Cafe Phuket @ Chalong - fresh hydroponic salads

 

Phuket cafes - We Cafe Phuket @ Chalong

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If your stomach’s feeling queasy from an overload of tom yum and seafood, head over to We Cafe Phuket @ Chalong to seek refuge. This cafe has a full-blown hydroponic farm in their backyard, and they’re well-known among the locals for their fresh veggies and salads.

Phuket cafes - We Cafe Phuket @ Chalong

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You’ve got a choice of 7 lettuce bases: red batavia, cos, butterhead, red oak, green oak, red coral, and frillice iceberg. A serve starts from just THB80 (~S$3.40) but you’ll also be paying for each topping, which ranges from THB5 (~S$0.20) for vegetables to THB50 (~S$2.20) for protein. Many will be stumped upon ordering - there’s a mighty choice of 31 toppings, with the likes of grilled salmon and smoked duck.

Phuket cafes - We Cafe Phuket @ Chalong

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Before you think it’s all just healthy greens here, they also offer up comfort food like Beef Lasagne (THB195, ~S$8.30) and Potato Wedges (THB55, ~S$2.30). Signature dishes like Tomato with Mozzarella Cheese (THB220, ~S$9.40) and Salmon Steak (THB345, ~S$14.80) are also on the menu.

Address: 5/30 Chao Fah Tawan Tok Road, Old Town Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 7:30AM-8PM
Telephone: +66 88 752 1352 

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7. The Tent - indoor tent dining

 

Phuket cafes - The Tent

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The Tent has it all pegged out. They’ve got patterned tents that serve as cosy dining spots, each with a low coffee table and seat cushions. Those with back pains and knee problems, don’t worry, for they’ve got normal tables too.

Phuket cafes - The Tent

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While many come for the decor, it’s the Campfire S’mores (THB359, ~S$15.30) that caught our eye. It’s a full dessert set that’ll make you feel like you’re glamping out in the woods - with everything you need for a gooey marshmallow s’more, including a hot chocolate pot, graham crackers, and fresh fruits.

They also have a huge range of waffles, from the charcoal mango-laden CMC Waffle (THB195, ~S$8.30) to The Dream Catcher (THB145, ~S$6.20), a matcha green tea waffle with vanilla ice cream.

Phuket cafes - The Tent

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If you need a break from Phuket’s slightly stifling seaside heat, go for The Tent’s googly-eyed Shaved Ice (from THB119, ~S$5.10) which comes in flavours like Tropical Thai Tea and Ume Plum.

Address: 16 Thepkasattri Road, Old Phuket Town 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon, Wed to Sun: 9:30AM-8PM (Closed on Tuesdays)
Telephone: +66 76 217 775 

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8. Chino@Cafe Gallery - fusion Thai food

 

Phuket cafes - Chino@Cafe Gallery

Chino@Cafe Gallery is one bright airy space with plenty of natural sunlight streaming through floor-to-ceiling windows. Unlike many of Phuket’s cafes, it’s a joint that mainly serves up Thai food, but they’ve got a few Western-inspired dishes too.

Phuket cafes - Chino@Cafe Gallery

Their alfresco dining area comes with rope swings.

Take their Spaghetti Green Curry Chicken (THB180, ~S$7.70); each strand comes evenly coated with green curry. As for Thai dishes, try their Pad Krapao Gai - slightly spicy Thai basil chicken over rice with a sunny side up.

Phuket cafes - Chino@Cafe Gallery

There’s also a small retail corner in the cafe, where you can pick up handcrafted goods like tie-dye shirts and antique cameras. 

Address: 4 Thalang Road, Old Town Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 8:30AM-7PM, Sun: 8:30-AM-8PM
Telephone: +66 81 979 6190 

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Lazy days are all about soaking up the sunshine on Phuket’s many beaches, but when your stomach’s growling, there’s also a solid choice of cafes. Whether it’s in historic Old Town Phuket or touristy Patong Beach, you’re sure to find a cafe to while away the afternoon - with an iced latte in hand, of course.

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