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Phuket

5 best restaurants in Phuket

Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor

1 Tung Ka Café

Sunset paradise

Although the location steals the show at Tung Ka Café, this hilltop restaurant is also home to fabulous Thai food and traditional sweet coffee and tea. In our opinion Phuket's best bet for sunset viewing, it enjoys180-degree vistas over the town and the island’s north-to-south hills. Located 140 metres above sea level, its three separate terraces are surrounded by lush foliage, allowing you to dine in peace on an affordable and truly tasty menu.

Top of Rang Hill, Phuket Town        +66 076 211 500

2 Breeze

Fine dining by the sea

Lunch? Dinner? Sunday Brunch? Or maybe it’s the 12-label wine list that’ll tempt. Breeze has it all within a changing menu of modern, inventive cuisine created using only the freshest ingredients. Soak up stunning views of the sea from the open-sided restaurant and feast on fresh oysters, flatbread with homemade cashew nut butter and duck rillettes, before indulging your sweet side with a fresh pomelo sorbet or unbeatable banana bread. This is the go-to venue in the Thalang District for a leisurely meal in

Cape Yamu, 228 Moo 7, Paklok, Thalang        +66 0 81 271 2320

3 Pum Thai Cooking School

Move over Masterchef!

Cook up a Thai storm of your own in the open kitchen of Pum, who runs this cookery school and restaurant on Patong’s Rat-U-Thit Road. Wannabe chefs of all levels can get creative under the watchful eye of their friendly teacher’s fun-filled lessons. Ranging from 90 minutes to six hours, supervised classes allow you to create everything from Andaman fried rice to noodle soup. The bonus? Not only do you get to eat your delicious dishes, you return home armed with the power to impress your friends!

204/32 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd, Patong, Phuket        +66 76 346 269

4 Siam Supper Club

Sophistication, style and soothing sounds

A must on any to-do list in Phuket, Siam Supper Club is a world-renowned dining venue characterised by chic design, cool cocktails and a unique ambience flavoured by a mouth-watering menu of ‘West Coast cuisine’ alongside local Thai dishes. Set just outside Laguna Phuket, this restaurant also serves a selection of the world’s best wines set against a backdrop of mellow jazz and lounge music, creating an experience within itself.

36, 38, 40 Lagoon Rd, Phuket        +66 76 270 936

5 Mor Mu Dong

Meals from the mangroves

As far off the tourist tread as you can get, this seafood eatery in east Phuket is hidden within a mangrove swamp just 100 metres from the sea. Mor Mu Dong is a collection of traditional bamboo huts where diners can embrace local culture by sitting on mats and eating off low tables, all with river views. As well as specialising in seafood such as freshwater eels, shrimps, catfish, squid and crab, Mor Mu Dong also teases the taste buds with chicken dishes, fiery pork and even a unique selection of frog.

9/4 Chao Fah Ta Wan Aok Road, Chalong Subdistrict, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Town, Phuket        +66 76282302

Phuket

5 hottest bars in Phuket

Don't miss these awesome cocktail bars. The hottest places to unwind after dark

1 Sabai Corner

Happiness is a beach bar

Meaning ‘Happy Corner’, Sabai Bar is the most aptly named in Phuket. The wow factor is one thing it has in spades, having been built on a bluff with some of the best beach views on the island. Sip on a chilled drink and glance to the north to see Kata Noi, Kata Yai, and Karon beaches, along with Pu Island and the back of the iconic Big Buddha, or stare across the sea to the horizon. Set near Kata View Point, you can sit back in serene surroundings and make your way through the classic cocktail list.

On the road leading from the Kata/Karon viewpoint (look for signage)        +089 8755 525

2 Tai Pan

Phuket’s biggest party

Packed with character, long-standing Phuket favourite Tai Pan has a reputation for offering the most generous prizes in town for bar contests (scooter, anyone?). When you want to experience the fun side of Thailand and mingle with the locals, this bar/club has it all. Get your groove on to resident and guest DJs, imbibed by happy-hour deals that will keep you coming back for more.

Rat-U-Thit Road, diagonally opposite Soi Bangla        +66 82 531 4273

3 Nine Lounge and Bar

World-class cocktails

Named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the ‘World’s Best Bars’, Nine Lounge and Bar is simply the most stylish venue in Phuket. This uber-cool bar is the place for the town’s most glamorous to sit back and soak up the sunset with a classic or crafty cocktail, dance the night away under the stars on the terrace or chill out in the sleek, contemporary surroundings. If class is what you’re looking for, this is the place to find it.

26 Phrabaramee Road Soi 7, Kalim Beach, Phuket        +66 76 344 834

4 Ska Bar

Feel the heat of hip-hop

Run by dreadlocked Rastas, this vibrant bar is packed and pulsing with the sounds of reggae, hip-hop and R&B. But the music’s not the only draw of this intimate venue – sunset hour is the time to come and enjoy a cold Chang beer and chat to the friendly frequenters of this beachside bar set between two huge boulders at the end of Kata Beach. And when the sun goes down, fire dancers will keep up the heat throughout the night.

186/12 Kata Beach, Kata Beach, Phuket        +66 8 1797 0559

5 Rock City

Roll with the rockers

THE place to be for live heavy metal and hard rock music in Phuket’s Patong Beach. Its central location, in the same area as Tai Pan, makes it unmissable (not least because its main door is guarded by two massive Predator and Alien statues made of recycled engine spare parts). Cold, cheap beer, two-for-one cocktails and real rock n’ roll will keep you coming back night after night.

188/1 Thaweewong Road, Patong Beach, Phuket        +66 78 855 101