It’s so weird that we like to Instagram our food, our whereabouts, and the places we’re eating at, just so our friends and acquaintances can catch up with our lives.
I love when my Insta page is full of colour, gorgeous interiors and structured exteriors, ferns, greens and best of all, mother nature.
I guess that’s why I love to find the coolest spots to take photos…I mean, eat at…that fill my feed with colour, patterns and a pleasing aesthetic for my followers (friends).
I’m also here to tell you that Phuket is more than just a pretty island/beach destination.
They also have a ton of gorgeous, trendy and urban-cool spots that not only look real good on camera – but they offer seriously delicious (and pretty!!) food too. <3
Being on an island and all, life here is pretty much lived in the slow lane and that means waking up a little later.
So if you’re up and ready just in time for brunch…You’ll be delighted with these lovely spots that happen to be pretty darn Insta-worthy too!
1. All of the natural lighting in the world – Glasshouse @ Sino (Old Town Phuket)
Close your eyes and picture a beautiful white garden greenhouse, coupled with hanging succulents. Now open your eyes!
Welcome to the real deal, except it’s actually a cafe.
The succulents aren’t the only things hanging, I love the umbrellas, orchids and low iron lamp-shades too! AND the house is built around a big, beautiful strong tree that runs through the roof of the cafe, so its trunk is inside.
The greenhouse-like doors allow for tons of natural light to shine in from the glass floor to ceiling – so the weather outside reflects the light straight inside! (There’s always going to be amazing lighting for your photos!).
They celebrate Thai cuisine here, although it does have an English (exterior) feel to it.
Expect aromatic Thai curries, salads, rice with fried eggs and sides, fresh spring rolls, and more.
2. A really Mediterranean/European Beach kind of feeling – Coast Beach Club & Bistro (Karon)
One of the great things about the South of Europe, is all of the beaches. They’re fully equipped with beautiful beach cabanas, loungers, beanbags and restaurants/cafes/bars (even gelato shops). Coast Beach Club has got that exact vibe!
This is just ideal for those picturesque seaside images, under your billowing beach cabana’s sheets. The overall theme is a sweet oceanic and classy mix of sea blues and greens, whites, beiges, browns.
For brunch, feast off divine cold cut meat platters (antipasti), fruit salad, or a divine looking strawberry pannacotta!!
I also have to mention their Crabmeat and Avocado salad which looks amazing – shredded crab meat and an entire avo basically sliced with the meat on top, and basil. Belissimo
You may think this spot looks familiar and you could be right if you’ve travelled and visited one of their other branches either in Koh Samui, Pattaya or Hua Hin.
PS: Every Sunday they do an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet! You’re welcome…
3. A little bit of island vibrations, it’s totally tropicana – Macaw Cafe (Rawai)
Tropical, bright and clean, with touches of South American / Colombia-from-the-50’s vibes going on… Enjoy this slice of freshness.
It’s on Rawai Beach to the left-hand side of restaurants and bay area, nestled among the trees. I love Rawai. It’s so small and there’s not a million tourists here.
Plus this restaurant is right on the sandy bit as you enter and is shaded by trees, with gorgeous views – think of those like fairy forest trees and the ocean in the background, it’s very scenic.
Granola bowls come in a layered jar – pretty. And they have all types of food such as burgers, fried rice, seafood, and more. The food is served in coconuts and pineapples and adds a feeling of Tropicana.
Gold lantern-like cages at tables, wicker chairs and ferns make up some of its lush design.
4. Organic veggies and a health-conscious menu – We Café Phuket (Chalong)
It’s hard to find a café with fresher produce than We Café , which has an in-house greenhouse growing seven different types of organic lettuce.
The café is also adjacent to a hydroponic farm that’s been operating for over 15 years and supplies many local businesses with fresh fruits and veggies.
Bottom line: if you eat at We Café – it is 100% fresh and quality ingredients guaranteed.
Pick and choose your own salad ingredients starting with the type of lettuce and add different toppings, like grilled salmon, chicken teriyaki, tofu, or avocado. While salads are the café’s specialty, they have a host of other tasty offerings; sandwiches, wraps, burgers, fruit bowls, smoothies, coffees, and tea.
They also have some super original creations, like the rice berry quinoa sushi roll or the mango salsa chicken wrap. Definitely worth a try!
The café itself has large bay windows, letting in lots of natural light,and there is both indoor and outdoor seating, with views of the greenhouse from some of the tables.
5. This is all about them steampunk vibes, with a modern twist – Feelsion (Old Town Phuket)
This is the definition of cool and it oozes that Brooklyn-urban-artsy-theatre-goer kind of feel. (If you’ve walked the streets of Brooklyn, you’ll know what I’m talking about.)
Bricks, ferns, black & white checkers and dark woods pave the way to a totally open space, and the high ceiling really adds another layer of openness and light.
It’s just as cool from the outside; the exterior is made from steel and has this rusted vintage feel – and looks like a mix of an old train station platform with the nuts and bolts from the mechanics inside a train – sticking to that steampunk theme.
Their food plating and presentation is cool; bird cages/baskets (Fried Chicken Wings), in pans (Fondues) and gorgeous blue and white crockery and china. They also have a divine selection of cakes and baked goods.
6. Make your own souvenir, have a stellar meal and a cup of Joe whilst you’re at it – Chino Cafe Gallery (Old Town Phuket)
This is a coffee shop, restaurant, souvenir shop, and photo/art gallery all rolled into one.
The cute exterior is marked with a bright red, old-fashioned bicycle, which is sometimes used to deliver the café’s freshly baked goods around town too – love it! (I always love taking photos posing next to vintage cycles, so old-worldly and such perfect props!)
Polished grey marble walls and floors, accented with wooden tables and chairs give off a modern and subtly chic vibe.
Fill up on fresh tuna salads, pancakes, mango sticky rice (and a really nice big portion with tons of milk, don’t you just hate it when they’re stingy on the coconut milk!).
They even have a make-your-own-postcard station! Très hipster!
7. A dreamy Sino-Portuguese building, reminiscent of beautiful times past – Gallery Cafe by Pinky (Old Town Phuket)
I’m loving all the luscious green ferns; on the tables, floors/walls and in the food! And naturally, there’s art all across the walls! Gorgeous wooden tabletops and a mixture of bohemian and floral print cover pillows.
They serve all-day-breakfast (oh, yeahhhh) and they do a great portion size. (Their Smashed Avocado and Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict literally has my mouth-watering).
Run by Pinky, a Bangkok-born Patisserie chef with six years of culinary experience in London, you can expect the food to be colourful, wholesome and pops with colour.
They also do their own freshly baked bread, gluten-free options and yummy Super-bowls.
8. Different, funky & fresh, from the tables to the plates (boxes) of food – Project Artisan (Choeng Thale)
Naturally, when you think of any word with the word ‘art’ in it, you think ‘creative, colourful, a bit out there’. Well, I’m delighted to tell you that’s exactly what you’re going to find here (down to the last detail).
Expect your food to be presented in wooden boxed carry trays, big gorgeous wooden platter-like plates with bright mini cast-iron pots (think Le Creuset vibes) joining the board too.
Vegan, Poke and Super Smoothie bowls (which we all just love to Instagram for some reason, maybe because it adds pops of colour to our feed and looks oh-so-pretty) are available alongside their brunch menu.
The interiors are an eclectic mix of furnishings – bookshelves, mismatched tablecloths, prints, random succulents at different tables, and vintage things here and there too. Wow, this is so up my alley!
9. ‘Camp in style’ whilst enjoying a comfy brunch – The Tent (Old Town Phuket)
This café sets itself apart from the others with its creative Native-American inspired theme.
Low tables inside turquoise and white teepee tents make this spot one-of-a-kind. I love the low seating here and the use of palettes. Also, you get to sit in a teepee and enjoy your brunch… How cool!
Food design and presentation are flawless and every detail is attended to. From waffles to chicken skewers, scrambled egg sandwiches to spicy spaghetti with garlic and bacon – there’s no bad choice here.
You’ll even notice the food’s presentation follows the “tent” theme!
Choose from a wide selection of designer drinks, smoothies, and coffees – try the Salty Caramel Marshmallow Colombian Coffee or Banoffee Drink (blended banana, Oreo, milk, vanilla, um, YUMMM).
Don’t forget to save room for the creative and delicious desserts. Their must-try? – DIY S’mores!
10. I don’t think I’ve seen brighter smoothie bowls before – Wilsons Phuket (Rawai)
Groovy, natural and light, you’ll find this refreshing stop on your way to – or from – Rawai Beach and it really makes for the perfect photo opportunity!
I’ll tell you why; the outside wall has the grooviest mural that stretches across it and has been there for years. It’s filled with colour and is really big – about 4 x 5 metres I’d say.
It’s also an amazing one because there are so many different elements within the one big graphic of the wall. So because of the size it gives you not only one, but maybe 7 different background options to choose from for your Insta feed just from one mural/painting!
It’s got a lovely laid back beach vibe, and it’s earthy and natural. I absolutely love their wooden tables in blues and browns with reworked paint.
They also have AMAZING smoothie bowls in the brightest berry colour blasts and pops of colour, all served in a coconut – naturally, and other beloved breakfast favoruites such as poached eggs, butter croissants, as well as french toast.
And don’t forget to try one of their divine/amazing fresh juices served in jars.
11. Traditional East meets the trendy West – Eleven Two & Co. Cafe (Old Town Phuket)
Housed in a Sino-Chinese building in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town is the charming and extremely popular fusion café.
The cheerful exterior welcomes passerby and you won’t be disappointed once you step in. The interior is simple yet stylish, with exposed brick walls, and chic black and white décor.
The menu has a wide range of tasty options – from Thai favourites like Pad Thai and Thai Omelette, to Western dishes like pizza, club sandwich, or a combination of both like the Caesar salad with crispy pork belly or spaghetti with Isan-style (traditional Thai) sausages.
The drinks selection is unique with detox juices and healthy smoothies, along with Thai-inspired sodas and cocktails, all served in tall mason jars.
There’s also a quirky gift shop in the front of the café, that’s perfect for souvenir shopping for things like postcards, soaps, purses, and other knick-knacks.
12. Brunch at this unforgettably dreamy victorian-themed space – VT Namnueng Phuket Restaurant (Old Town Phuket)
Stumbling into this dreamy space will quite literally make your jaw drop.
From the courtyard with its little maze of hedges leading to a beautiful fountain…
To the hidden benches between the shrubbery perfect for romantic rendezvous…
The gorgeous architecture of the mansion with a history spanning over a century…
And the incredibly detailed English/Victorian themed decor within…You’ll find this place picture-worthy both outside and in.