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THE 23 BEST KOH PHANGAN RESTAURANTS & CAFES! – A Complete Guide
Spending 5 months during the COVID-19 lockdown on Koh Phangan has been nothing to complain about with all the amazing restaurants in Koh Phangan. As soon as the restaurants started to open up again, we went out for breakfast, lunch or dinner everyday. During these 5 months on Koh Phangan we’ve tried all the best places to eat in Koh Phangan. So in this complete guide you will find all the best Koh Phangan restaurants. The best places to eat breakfast and smoothiebowls in Koh Phangan, the best coffee in Koh Phangan, best lunch in Koh Phangan, all the healthy and vegan restaurants in Koh Phangan, best restaurants for dinner in Koh Phangan. From Italian, to French, Thai dishes and Indian restaurants in Koh Phangan, this guide is super extensive with a great overview of the best food in Koh Phangan!
Best vegan, breakfast & lunch restaurants in Koh Phangan
If you’re vegan or vegetarian you won’t have any problems finding nice cafes with delicious vegan food in Koh Phangan. There are lots of cafe’s and restaurants on the island offering vegan options, even Thai local food stalls. At a few cafes the whole menu is even dedicated to vegan options. Especially in the Sri Thanu area, which is known for the many yoga schools, detox retreats and art, hippie vibes. Below some of our favorite vegan restaurants in Koh Phangan offering some of the best smoothie bowls and yummy vegan dishes!
Orion cafe Koh Phangan- detox & healthy meals
Orion is a holistic healing, detox and yoga retreat centre and restaurant in Sri Thanu. It was one of our most favorite cafes in Koh Phangan to eat and have a juice at any time of the day! Their menu is so extensive with a lot of delicious detox and vegan options, so you’ll feel revitalised and re energised after eating. And together with the wonderful sea view and relaxing atmosphere this is one of the best places to sit down and enjoy the sea breeze with a super healthy meal. Try their elixirs and healthy juices because they are the best of the island. I personally also loved the green smoothie bowl and salads.
Opening times Orion Cafe Koh Phangan: Monday to Sunday 7.30 AM – 11 PM.
Orion Koh Phangan is surrounded by palm trees
The healthy detox menu of Orion Koh Phangan
Karma Cafe Koh Phangan
Karma cafe is located in Sri Thanu and is an organic and vegan cafe serving some of the best vegan dishes and desserts on the island. Their unique Bali-style interior looks fancy, and the environment make it a perfect place to get some work done if you’re a Digital Nomad. To be honest we personally ate there a few times and every time the service was very slow and not that attentive. Which is also one of the comments on Tripadvisor. But besides that, I still recommend it because the food is very good and you know, it’s the island life. So everything and everyone slows down. Try their smoothie bowl or the vegan sushi, yum!
Opening times Karma Cafe Koh Phangan: Tuesday to Sunday 9 AM – 11 PM (Monday closed)
The smoothie bowls at Karma Koh Phangan are delicious!
Eat.Co Koh Phangan
Eat.Co means Eat Conscioulsy, and that’s exactly what you can expect when your food gets served! Located in Sri Thanu and another restaurant close to the pier of Koh Phangan in Thong Sala, their extensive menu is a mix of delicious vegan food from smoothie bowls to salads and burgers. We’ve eaten here so many times and love the vegan sushi bowl, brownie, banoffee pie and snickers smoothie bowl in particular. But also their freak shakes and many other dishes on the menu are very tasty and worth a try!
Opening times Eat.Co Sri Thanu Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 10 PM (Thursday closed)
Opening times Eat.Co Thong Sala Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 5 PM (Thursday closed)
Capara Koh Phangan
Capara was newly openend in Koh Phangan around June 2020. This air-conditioned cafe is a nice place to have breakfast, lunch or diner and maybe even to get some work done! They bring a mix of European and Middle Eastern food with a nice, minimalistic interior. Their menu is vegan friendly but they also serve meat. You can sit inside in the airco or outside on their lovely veranda.
Opening times Capara Koh Phangan: Monday to Sunday from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Art Cafe Koh Phangan
The Art cafe is a really nice place, kind of tree house, to sit down and have some healthy food, drinks and relax. The interior looks like a library because they have an extensive international book collection, which you are welcome to read during your visit. The food on the menu is creative and delicious, and everything is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. You have to try their delicious and nutritious smoothie bowls, banana bread, chai latte and chocolate vegan cake.
Opening times Art Cafe Koh Phangan: 8 AM – 6 PM (Tuesday closed)
The library of Art Cafe Koh Phangan and cosy inside seating area
Seed to Feed Koh Phangan
Seed to Feed is a beautifully decorated and peaceful restaurant with a mission to “grow their menu daily”. This healthy, European, Asian, vegetarian friendly restaurant with vegan options has a farm next to the restaurant where they grow (almost) all their ingredients themselves.
Their menu is extensive with lots of different choices from ‘create your own salad’ to healthy juices and other delicious nutrition rich food. Definitely one of the more pricey restaurants in Koh Phangan, but you’ll get a lot of quality and taste for it in return. Also a nice place to work as a Digital Nomad!
Opening times Seed to Feed Koh Phangan: 8 AM – 10 PM
The salads and affogato coffee of Seed to Feed were so good!
Best coffee and work cafes in Koh Phangan
There are a few cafes in Koh Phangan which serve some of the best coffee we’ve tasted. Coffee and work often goes hand in hand, so in many nice coffee cafes in Koh Phangan you will see Digital Nomads at work. Some of the best and most laptop friendly work spaces with delicious coffee and food are listed below.
Bubba’s Koh Phangan
Bubba’s eatery was one of our favourite cafes to have breakfast. Their coffee is the best on the island, you definitely have to try it if you’re a coffee lover! We also loved their chia pudding which has a nice light vanilla taste with mango and pineapple in it. Their menu is varied and you can get some really nice healthy options. We also worked a few times at Bubba’s cafe and saw that many other Digital Nomads did the same. So for a very good coffee, attentive staff and a nice work environment, Bubba’s is your place to be! They have two locations, one in Haad Yao and one in Ban Tai, of which the one in Ban Tai has a more extensive menu for lunch.
Opening times Bubba’s Koh Phangan: 7 AM – 6 PM
Indigo Koh Phangan
Indigo is a specialty coffee & bakery in Sri Thanu Koh Phangan. They also serve some of the best coffee on the island but with a little different taste than at Bubba’s. Its just about your personal taste what you prefer more. Indigo is a French orientated restaurant and they absolutely have the best croissants and freshly baked bread on the island. Their menu has a big variety vegetarian and non vegetarian choices, as well as a lot of tea and coffee options. Another great plus is that they are a laptop friendly workplace, especially their upper floor where most of the Digital Nomads are working.
Opening times Indigo Koh Phangan: 7 AM – 9 PM
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Best dinner restaurants in Koh Phangan
Peppercorn Koh Phangan
If you’re looking for the best steak on the island, head over to Peppercorn in Haad Salad. Definitely some of the best steaks we’ve ever had and without a doubt the best meat restaurant on the island! The chef asked us every time we went there how the food was, very polite! The restaurant has a nice view on a part of the sea and has other different choices on the menu as well. But don’t go here when you’re vegetarian. The high quality food comes with a price as well, so be prepared to pay about 1500 – 1800 Baht for a dinner for two with drinks.
The steak at Peppercorn is tremendously good! And the bay view is beautiful too
Fisherman’s restaurant Koh Phangan
This lovely beach front restaurant located in Ban Tai has some of the best fresh seafood in Koh Phangan. The idyllic beachfront seating and mostly natural interior materials give this restaurant a special vibe. The owner converted his family fishing boats into seating which gives that extra personal touch. All their seafood is fresh from the sea and not farm fed, and Fishermans also claims to not use and artificial flavoring such as MSG. They use fresh local ingredients and where possible organic. Their wine list is also extensive and the prices are mid range but well worth it!
The cosy outdoor seating area and fresh seafood at Fishermans are a perfect combination
Chana Masala Koh Phangan Indian Food
Chana Masala is the best Indian restaurant in Koh Phangan. They only have vegetarian options, but those are so tasty and rich in flavour that it makes you come back for more! The restaurant is located in Sri Thanu next to Indigo and they have a cozy outdoor eating area with tables and in another area cushions to sit down on. The menu is very extensive and the prices are affordable. We would advise to try the paneer butter masala, malai kofta and plain palak. So tasty!
Opening times Chana Masala Koh Phangan: 8 AM – 10 PM
Most amazing vegan Indian food we’ve ever tasted!
L’Alcove Koh Phangan
L’Alcove is an unique French, Mediterranean, Thai style beach restaurant with a perfect sunset view and great wine bar. The international and Thai kitchen serves varied quality food and their wine menu is very extensive with more than 60 references by the bottle. The stylish and creative design is a true eye catcher. A lot of love and talent went into decorating this quirky Parisian paradise by the sea. The best French restaurant in Koh Phangan for a special dining experience with your feet in the sand.
The lovely beach side seating area of L’Alcove Koh Phangan
Indoor dining at L’Alcove Koh Phangan is also very cosy
Locco’s PizzaBar Koh Phangan
Locco’s Pizza Bar is the best pizzeria in Koh Phangan if you ask us. The pizza’s are loaded with toppings with a crispy base, but also other Italian dishes are from excellent quality. The cozy atmosphere and nice tropical interior makes a perfect match. On selected evenings they have beautiful live music and the staff is very polite and attentive. Definitely our favorite Italian restaurant in Koh Phangan!
Opening times Loco’s Pizza Bar Koh Phangan: 2 PM – 11 PM
Sirtaki Taverna Greek restaurant Koh Phangan
Sirtaki Taverna in Sri Thanu is the best Greek restaurant in Koh Phangan. The very kind and polite staff and the delicious Greek food makes it an unforgettable dinner. The plates are big and the food is very tasteful. We liked the moussaka and souvlaki chicken in particular and heard that the octopus and calamari are amazing as well. Absolutely a must try, you won’t be disappointed here!
When in Thailand, of course you want to taste the best local Thai dishes. On Koh Phangan are some very good Thai restaurants or take away options. Every restaurant offers take away, but you can also get some very good Thai food on the markets, such as the Thong Sala Night Market.
Pum Pui Thai food Koh Phangan
Our favorite Thai restaurant and best Phangan Thai take away was Pum Pui in Sri Thanu. The cook is a very nice and funny guy and always welcomed us with a warm smile while saying to Atiba: “Handsome Man! What you want today?! Massaman?” We ordered almost every time Massaman here, because it is so rich in taste and very yummy! We used to have take away here a minimum of 3 times a week. Definitely try this restaurant if you want to taste the real Thai food. But ask for no spicy or in Thai “Mai Pit” if you’re not into spicy food. When we left Phangan we said him goodbye and he gave us these Massaman coloured t shirts with Pum Pui on it, so cool haha!
Uncle cafe and restaurant is located in the centre of Sri Thanu with direct views on the Laem Son Lake. It has a very quiet and relaxing setting and serves Thai and Burmese food including meat options but also vegan food. Their specialty is Thai curry and Pad Thai. For breakfast they serve western vegan food including granola, coconut yogurt, Burmese tea leaf salad and fresh fruit platters. Drinks include coffee, tea, juice, shakes and beers.
Opening times Uncle cafe Koh Phangan: 8.30 AM – 8.30 PM (only on Saturday 6 PM closed)
Best smoothie bowls in Koh Phangan
Beach Coconut Bowls Koh Phangan
Beach Coconut Bowls is specialised in smoothie bowls, which is the only food besides coffee they have on the menu. Their bowls are so creamy and sweet but made without ice and sugar, they only use frozen fruits! So it’s a very healthy and vegan friendly smoothie bowl restaurant. During high season you need to make a reservation, which you can do via their Instagram or WatsApp: 66952794925.
Opening times Beach Coconut Bowls Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 2 PM
Pura Vida Koh Phangan
Pura Vida offers a great variety of western food as well as some Portuguese / Brazil delicacies such as the Acia smoothie bowl. It is located in Haad Yao opposite of Locco’s PizzaBar and next to Bubba’s cafe. There is not too much space to sit outside, and you’re basically sitting next to the road, so it’s maybe not the most cosy place to eat. But if you’re a smoothie bowl lover you have to try the Acai bowl! It’d very good and the best Acia bowl we’ve had on the island! Their coffee on the other hand was okay but a but light in taste.
Opening times Pura Vida Koh Phangan: 7.30 AM – 7.30 PM (only on Monday and Thursday closed at 5 PM)
Orion Koh Phangan
Orion has been mentioned before in this blog post as best breakfast and vegan restaurant in Koh Phangan. This holistic healing, detox and yoga retreat centre in Sri Thanu offers an extensive menu with many healthy options. One of the great options on their menu was the smoothie bowl of which you can choose the base yourself. I loved the green smoothie bowl which had spirulina in it. The toppings were good too, and in the smoothie itself were pieces of mango mixed.
Opening times Orion Cafe Koh Phangan: Monday to Sunday 7.30 AM – 11 PM.
Organic Love Wholefood Kitchen Koh Phangan
This organic, healthy and sustainable restaurant is aiming to use only organic ingredients as.They serve vegan, vegetarian and macrobiotic food with a huge variety in choices. Besides these options they also offer vegetarian options with egg and cheese. We really liked their smoothie bowl which was rich in taste and toppings. Combine this with a healthy juice or coffee and you’re ready to start the day in a healthy way!
Opening times Love Wholefood Kitchen Koh Phangan: 8 AM – 9 PM
Best cocktail and sunset spots in Koh Phangan
After a day of exploring Koh Phangan or relaxing at one of the many beautiful beaches, it is the best idea to close the day off with a cocktail, beer or coconut at one of the many great sunset bars in Koh Phangan. Luckily there are many great spots to watch the sunset on Phangan’s west coast. Some of our favourite are listed down below. You can also have dinner at these spots, or eat a snack, but that’s up to you!
Amsterdam Bar Koh Phangan
Amsterdam Bar is one of the very chill, laidback sunset bars in Koh Phangan. Perched on a cliff and with amazing 180 degrees view on the sea, this is a perfect spot to hang out and watch the sun go down with a drink. There are no real seats but both levels have cushions where you can sit or lay on while enjoying the sunset. It’s a really laid back and chill bar for backpackers but also family friendly. With reggae music and good vibes you will feel completely chill on this paradise island. You can order juices, cocktails and beers and they also have simple Thai food.
Opening times Amsterdam Bar Koh Phangan: 12 PM – 1 AM
This new restaurant combines luxury with a fantastic sunset view. The food is of great quality, the stunning infinity pool is free to use if you order some snacks or drinks, and upstairs is space enough for a group of people. You can even work here if you want to! Besides getting a cocktail or having dinner here, this is also a great spot to spend the day at the pool.
Opening times Tomorrow X High Life Villas restaurant Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 10 PM
Koh Raham bar and restaurant Koh Phangan
Koh Raham bar and restaurant is located on Secret beach. It is one of the cutest beach bars on the island with its unique tropical interior, swings, hammocks and colourful lights in the trees. The restaurant stretches out to the cliffs from where you will have an amazing view of the sea and beach. The cute hammocks invite you to just chill and take some insta worthy tropical paradise pictures. So if you visit Secret Beach, this is definitely a bar where you want to relax, have lunch or watch the sunset with a drink!
Opening times Koh Raham restaurant Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 12 AM
Bluerama restaurant Koh Phangan
Bluerama is another fancy, modern Thai style restaurant and bar for cocktails and an amazing sunset view. Situated on the top of a hill with a 220° panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand, Bluerama Koh Phangan is the best way to spend the afternoon. Surrounded by a tropical forest and typical granite rocks, the restaurant welcomes you for drinks, snacks or dinner.
Opening times Bluerama restaurant Koh Phangan: 9 AM – 10 PM
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