Want to take a break from the heat at the beaches? Cafe hopping sounds like a great idea to spend a chill day in Phuket. With a growth in the number of cafes in the city, there are many worth-visiting cafes where you can snap instagrammable shots while enjoying tasty food and drinks.
Let’s take a look at these must-visit cafes/ bars in Phuket: Three Monkeys, Ma Doo Bua Cafe, Coconut Cafe, Mango Moment, Z1mplex Mixology Laboratory Bar, and Chalong Bay Rum Distillery & Bar!
Located within Hanuman World, the famous zipline park in Phuket, Three Monkeys is surrounded by lush jungle and greenery with trees aged over 100 years. So, if you are a nature lover or simply want to relax, this is definitely the place for you.
Three Monkeys is both restaurant and bar, serving authentic Southern Thai cuisine, Japanese dishes, and creative cocktails. If you prefer something lighter, they also have ice cream and organic coffee.
The restaurant has two main seating zones: lower deck and upper deck. While the former is air-conditioned, the latter lets you enjoy the cool jungle breeze and stunning Phuket scenery.
Apart from tasty food and drinks, Three Monkeys also have many photo shooting spots for your instagramable pictures.
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 9 PM
Location: 105, Muang Chao Fah Road, Wichit
Ma Doo Bua Cafe
Another popular cafe in Phuket that you shouldn’t miss is Ma Doo Bua. Being more than a cafe, Ma Doo Bua houses numerous Victoria water lilies, the largest of its kind, in its giant pond. Those found here can grow up to 1.5 meters in diameter!
Victoria water lilies (Cr. tidsoihoytam.com)
As the name suggests (Ma Doo Bua can be translated to come to see water lilies in English), the highlight of this cafe is the giant water lilies which provide a beautiful backdrop for photos.
Besides serving delicious fusion Southern Thai cuisine, Ma Doo Bua offers two special activities: Floating Boat Photo by Drone Camera and Standing Bua.
For Floating Boat Photo by Drone Camera, you will receive one photo set consisting of 4 photos. The boat can support no more than 5 people or within 350 kilograms.
Floating Boat Photo by Drone Camera
For even more unique photos, try Standing Bua, where you will literally be standing on the giant water lilies!
Standing Bua (Cr. bkkfoodie.com)
These two activities are open on weekends from 1 PM to 5 PM. However, it is highly recommended that you check their availability before visiting.
Starting Price: Floating Boat Photo by Drone Camera – 500 THB (for single person)
Standing Bua – 350 THB
Opening Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 6 PM
Hidden in a tiny street of Chalong, Coconut Cafe is a perfect hang-out spot for those looking for a serene dining experience.
The cafe is a small house surrounded by a natural landscape and numerous coconut trees. You can choose to sit in the lovely outdoor garden or the inside area decorated in a cozy style.
Cr. Coconuts café
And definitely, there are many photogenic spots for you to take pictures of, both inside and outside the house.
Cr. Coconuts café
This lovely restaurant and bakery serve a variety of homemade desserts, breakfast menus, and delish Thai dishes.
Their must-try signature menu is Khao Soi Chicken, noodles in a savory Thai curry broth. For the bakery, we would recommend a brownie with ice cream and a buttery scone.
Khao Soi Chicken (Cr. Coconuts café)
Opening Hours: Daily, 9 AM – 6 PM
Location: 32/19, Chalong, Mueang Phuket District
Located in Porto de Phuket, an open-air community mall, Mango Moment is one of the top instagrammable cafes in Phuket.
Not only is the cafe painted and decorated in yellow and white, but it also has many pretty props and settings. Don’t forget to check out their famous beach spot and pose with a big white umbrella and dashing beach chairs!
Moreover, Mango Moment, as the name suggests, is a paradise for mango lovers! All menus use premium Barracuda Mango collected from the farm, which has the same quality as exports.
Some must-try dishes are Afternoon Tea Set, Mango Moment Sticky Rice, and Mango Smoothie Yoghurt.
Craving for homemade ice cream? They have up to 4 flavors for you to choose from: mango, coconut, durian, and Thai Tea.
Opening Hours: Daily, 11 AM – 8 PM
Z1mplex Mixology Laboratory
Unlike normal bars, Z1mplex regards itself as a mixology laboratory. You will completely understand why as you watch them making the drinks in action!
All drinks served here are shots and each shot is creatively and finely crafted using colorful mixtures. Almost like a magic show, each creation of a shooter blends science and art together.
Their shots’ names are also very unique, which adds more gimmick to their drinks. For instance, they have “Fourth Dimension,” “Hannibal Shot,” “Weatherium,” and “Aztec Jellyfish.”
Fourth Dimension (Cr. ZIMPLEX)
It is indeed a one-of-a-kind bar you need to check out when you are in Phuket!
Opening Hours: 8 PM – 12 AM (Closed on Mondays)
Location: 156, 48 Phangnga Road, Tambon Talat Yai
Chalong Bay Distillery & Bar
Want to experience an award-winning fine cane spirit in Phuket? Visit Chalong Bay Distillery & Bar!
Here, they offer a natural fine cane spirit distilled from 100% pure sugar cane juice. Fun fact: only 10% of the rums in the world are made this way. So, this is a rare opportunity to taste the high-grade spirit!
Apart from running an open-air bar, Chalong Bay also offers guided tours and cocktail-making workshops.
For the Distillery Tour, you will get to learn more about the production process of their world-class rum, enjoy the tasting session and receive a free Mojito! The guided tour is operated daily from 2 PM to 6 PM and is priced at 300 THB.
The Cocktail-Making Workshop includes a distillery tour, 3 cocktails, and tapas and is priced at 1,290 THB. No background in the profession is required. It runs daily from 4 PM to 6 PM. You can opt for private cocktail workshops too.
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM (Closed on Sundays)
Location: 14/2 Moo 2, Palai, Soi 2, Chalong
So, if you are planning to go cafe/bar-hopping in Phuket, remember to take down these 6 must-visit cafes! Whether your objective is to take a photo, indulge in good food, or simply relax, you will be able to fulfill all of them at these places!