Come for the content, stay for the coffee.
As Phuket prepares to re-open itself to tourism again, there seems to be no destination more exciting in all of Thailand. Whether you’re reading this from abroad and prepping for your vacation, or whether you’re a local prepping for your staycation, we’ve got you sorted if you’re looking for cafes while you’re there.
Here, we’ve put together a list of the most Instagrammable cafes in Phuket you’ll definitely need to visit. Whilst all of them boast charming interiors and design, definitely stay to order some delicacies (and coffee!) while you’re there. From the lotus ponds to the espresso bars, there’s something for every taste and taste bud. Cafe-hoppers: assemble.
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It’s hard to miss Rush Coffee when walking through Phuket Old Town. With a dark blue building facade, it’s definitely a stunner, and even offers a great cup of coffee to suit. The espresso and slow bar has been roasting coffee since 2016, and sells roasted coffee beans to take home, too. Come for the stunning outside, stay for the scent of coffee beans inside.
What to order: The lychee cold brew
What to ‘gram: The stunning blue exterior and the second floor windows
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Here’s one for dessert lovers. The Feelsion Cafe makes just about every dessert you could imagine. They’ve got an incredibly imaginative menu and dessert offering, and they know a thing or two about Instagrammable desserts. Choose from chocolate scones and mango cakes and strawberry croissants and doughnuts and so much more.
What to order: A slice of their pie of the day
What to ‘gram: The desserts, definitely
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When you can’t go to Paris, go to Phuket — and while you’re there, visit Crepe is Crepe. The cafe is beloved for their Thai-style crepes with the crispy edges, and offers a variety of sweet or savoury toppings to choose from. With white walls and wooden accents, it’s a chilled out, breezy island-style cafe.
What to order: Crepe, of course!
What to ‘gram: The summer hat wall
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Interior design fans: this one’s for you. Delico Decoration Coffee & Dessert is packed with home decor items, from mirrors to vases to faux peacocks. The dark blue interior and exterior are prime ‘gramming backgrounds, and the big windows and natural light provide the perfect vibe.
What to order: The Chinese or Japanese afternoon tea sets
What to ‘gram: The jazzy interiors
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For a cafe with a bit of history, visit Mueyium Phuket Old Town Coffee. The dark wood interiors have an old school feel about them, and the menu offers plenty of local treats, as well as Thai coffee. We haven’t been here ourselves, but we challenge you to find out what the history of this building is. It’s definitely seeping with story.
What to order: Cafe Boran
What to ‘gram: The sewing machine wall
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Translating to “coming to see the lotus,” Ma Doo Bua Cafe is an absolutely must-gram. The small cafe is located by a lotus pond, with impressively large lotus leaves to admire. Walk along the pier and take in a truly romantic view.
What to order: Southern Thai favourites (spicy curries, especially)
What to ‘gram: The floating lotus pond
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In the mood for a smoothie bowl? Refresh Tropical Cafe has all the tropical vibes you seek. Featuring a small plunge pool, the coffeeshop is decorated with straw and basket decor, and offers fresh fruit and juices on its menu.
What to order: Homemade durian chips and freshly-pressed juice
What to ‘gram: The small pool area
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Looking like the set of a movie, Isara Hotel & Cafe is unmissable for Wes Anderson fans. We love the retro design of this small hotel, featuring a pink and blue colour palette with golden accents. Take the right shot and your followers could never guess you’re in Phuket.
What to order: Fruit soda
What to ‘gram: The charming lobby area (both outside and inside)
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A favourite amongst the local Phuket community, Thalang #31 is an eco-friendly cafe that aims to support local farmers. The interior design is a little Chinese influenced, and has the charm of a typical shophouse. Cheeky signs like “Alcohol You Later” make for prime ‘gramming material, whilst lanterns on the ceiling keep Thalang #31 a fine option for evenings, too.
What to order: Phuket beer
What to ‘gram: The funny quote signs
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For when you want to get away from the busy streets, head to Simplyism. Featuring a green garden space and many different kinds of desserts, the rustic cafe is especially sweet for families. From time to time, they even host special activities and workshops, so definitely keep an eye out.
What to order: Colourful cakes
What to ‘gram: The outdoor coffee bar
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If your style is more boho chic, head to Endless Summer. The boho boutique and cafe sells everything from clothes and accessories to home decor and furniture. Surely a fun find, the interiors are colourful and lively — as is the crowd that hangs here.
What to order: Brunch favourites
What to ‘gram: Your new bohemian island outfit
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Book lovers, art lovers, movie lovers, culture lovers: Bookhemian may just be your haven. The “art space and cinematique” offers plenty for the curious to explore, and happens to have a kickass croissant and coffee selection too. A great place to spend the entire afternoon.
What to order: A hot beverage and a book
What to ‘gram: The stacks of books everywhere
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Did you know that Campus Coffee Roaster was the fourth runner up in the International Coffee Roast Master Thailand 2019 competition? Now you do. Visit the espresso and slow bar for some great specialty coffee, all made using a small batch coffee roaster. Between exposed brick and minimalist interiors, it’s simple in design but sublime in coffee taste.
What to order: Drip coffee
What to ‘gram: The coffee dripping
Not a lot of coffeeshops have a backyard, but Eleven Two & Co. definitely has a wonderful backyard. Serving up Asian-Western fusion dishes, the cafe is great spot to unwind after a day of walking around the Old Town. They’ve got a cute and quirky in-house shop, too, with many little items designed by the cafe’s owner, June.
What to order: Their soft crepe filled with cookies and cream
What to ‘gram: Blue skies and sunshine in the backyard