Western Food in Phuket
Yes, while in Phuket, there are places to indulge in Western food cravings!
Some Western food in Phuket is better than pizza we’ve had in the US. That is because lots of Europeans start restaurants here so when you eat a pizza in Phuket you might be eating truly Italian pizza!!
Phuket has plenty of fancy places with a nice atmosphere and decent Western food. A burger might not compare to the best burger you’ve had back home but satisfying an intense craving with a Phuket burger may make it taste like one of the best you’ve had!
Western styled restaurant have prices similar to the prices you’d pay back home. Burgers cost 5-10 USD, a coffee will cost 3-5 USD, and a stack of pancakes will cost you 4-8 USD.
One of many Western places that offers a burger. These guys are noteworthy because they offer burger options that include a double stack with bacon.
If you’re a vegetarian, skip to the Gallery Cafe (below). It’s got a burger just for you and you’ll probably love it.
Spagetti & C
This place is the best! It’s delicious food and cheap prices. It lacks the atmosphere of the pricier places but it is half the price and just as good. It is run by one Thai woman who doesn’t say much, or smile much, but once you taste her Italian cooking you won’t really care.
I know what you’re wondering: “She has pizza and pasta… so does she have…” and the answer is YES:
The Gallery Cafe
By no means is this cafe the only cafe. It is actually quite the opposite. There are probably 20+ cafes in Phuket Town alone.
We ended up in the Gallery Cafe on our first day in Phuket. It was pouring and a Sunday and everything within “not getting soaked” distance was closed. It was good food and we’ve been back a bunch of times. They have tons of options. Several friends can vouch for the vegetarian burger being awesome.
The Phuketique is on the Rasada circle in Phuket Town. For 60 baht you can get the best waffle you’ve ever had, anywhere. It is crispy and the syrup is delicious.
The Pancake Corner
Okay, the frappe here isn’t quite Western. It is ice cream in a cup which you then dump warm chocolate on, warm expresso on, add nuts, and mix. It’s an Asian modification that’s very tasty.
Their pancakes rock and we haven’t even swung for the expensive ones yet. We’ll let you know when we swing for the fences and get the really high end stuff!
Fancier Does Not Mean Better Food
Be cautious of fancy atmospheres. They do not correlate with quality. We’ve tested out a few fancy atmosphere places and at one we didn’t even finish our meals. (Hint, it may be the place in the image directly below).
Paying more for food isn’t always bad though. Sometimes, if the price is higher for a Thai dish, it’s because the place gives larger portions. But I will repeat, do not use atmosphere as an indicator of quality!!
Phuket Truly Has Endless Cafe Options
Western Food Summary
Every town has Western options. The touristy areas have the most Western places. In Patong you can even find Starbucks and Hooters.
Thanks to Italians who live here, you’ll have great pizza and bruschetta options. There is at least one nice French restaurant and several Mexican places with decent food.
Prices will generally be $7-10 per dish/pizza. If you’re looking to visit the nicest places, you can shell out $15-20 and get a better atmosphere and service.