Holidays in Phuket should be all about relaxation, and one of the best places to unwind will be inside one of the many fine cafes to be found on the island. Visiting one of these venues can be particularly nice during the middle of the day when the heat outside becomes a bit excessive – these establishments will usually have air conditioning. The standard of coffee in Phuket is very high and even connoisseurs should have no problem finding something to impress them. Most cafes also offer free Wi Fi, and many of them will also have a selection of books and magazines that customers can enjoy with their coffee.
Best Cafes in Phuket Town
There is a good selection of cafes in Phuket Town including:
Pirrera Cafe is a renovated slop house in the historical part of Phuket Town. This cafe has a reputation for selling the best coffee in the city, and the decor is charming – it is like stepping back in time. The interior is very inviting due to a clever combination of pastel colors. Pirrera Cafe serves local coffees, and they have a superb selection of cakes and desserts to choose from. Customers also get to use free Wi Fi. This cafe is located on Dibuk Road in the old town right on the corner of Yaowarat Road.
Gallery Cafe can be found on Rassada Road, and they offer a good selection of edible items as well as coffees. They are particularly popular in the mornings because of their full English breakfast which costs only 190 THB (as of early 2013). They also have a nice selection of Thai dishes to choose from as well. There is free Wi Fi available here. This cafe has an open front and there is seating available inside or outside.
Glasnost Cafe is a good option for people who love jazz as the owner is a huge fan. This venue is located on Soi Romanee which runs between Dibuk Road and Thalang Road. The owner also keeps a selection of musical instruments and customers are encouraged to play. The Glasnost Cafe also doubles as a law office, so visitors may be able to get some legal advice while they are enjoying their coffee.
Best Cafes in Patong
Patong is the number one tourist destination on the island, and there are a number of good cafes to choose from here including:
Cafe Siam is a boutique cafe located in the Royal Paradise Hotel Complex on Rat-U-Thit Road. They specialize in Italian coffee, and they also have a nice breakfast menu. There is a library on the premises for customers who need some reading material.
Bean and Gone
Bean and Gone is a popular place that can be found between Beach Road and Rat-U-Thit Road – they are located underneath the Patong Language School. They offer a nice selection of hot and cold coffee drinks as well as smoothies. This venue offers a very welcoming atmosphere, and it is a good option for people who want to catch up on some reading while enjoying a coffee. It is also possible to go online from here.
Spoon Cafe can be found on the ground floor of the Jungceylon Mall on Rat-U-Thit Road. This is a modern looking cafe, and they have comfortable sofas and chairs so that customers can feel right at home. They offer a large selection of food options as well as coffee and other beverages.
Starbukcs is one of the most popular cafe chains in the world, so it is only natural that they would have a branch in somewhere like Patong. They are located inside the Jungceylon Mall on the ground floor. Starbucks also have branches in on Thaveewong Rd and Bangla Road in Patong.
Best Cafes in Karon and Kata
The Karon and Kata area is the second most popular tourist destination in Phuket, so there are plenty of nice cafes here including:
Amdaman Coffee has three branches; one on Kata Road and two on Karon Road. They offer a full menu of hot and cold coffee drinks including favorites such as Cappuccino, latte, Mocha Frappe, Expreso, and Americano. On the food menu, they have items such as toasted sandwiches and waffles. This chain of cafes offers a high level of comfort and customers can just lounge back on one of the sofas while enjoying their drink. There is Wi Fi in all parts of the cafe, and they also have a selection of free magazines.
Kata Third Street Cafe
Kata Third Street Cafe is located on Kata Road. This is a chic and modern looking place, and it is the ideal choice if people are looking for somewhere to relax after a busy day on the beach. They have a good selection of food items prepared by a world class chef. They also have free Wi Fi.
Best Cafes Elsewhere in Phuket
There are plenty of cafes elsewhere in Phuket including:
Red Cafe is located 100 meters down from 7eleven in Kamala going towards the beach. They offer a good selection of coffees and other beverages, and they also sell snack items such as toasted sandwiches and fancy cakes. They have comfortable seating inside and there is also outside seating under a canopy.
Bamboo Cafe can be found in Rawai on Soi Yuan. They open every day from 08:00 until 21:30. As well as coffee they also sell a nice selection of Thai as well as western food.
The Coffee Baan
The Coffee Baan is right beside Chalong Pier next to the marina, and this venue offers a comfortable environment where people can enjoy a nice cup of coffee. There are regular events taking place at this cafe, and it is a good choice for music lovers. During the daytime it is a bit quieter, so it is a nice place to go to read.
Coffee World is a chain of cafes that has branches throughout Thailand and other parts of the world. They are famous for using only the very best Arabian coffee beans, and they also have a nice selection of snacks and desserts. Coffee World can be found in Phuket International Airport (HKT), and they also have branches in Patong.