Brunching in Thailand.
Phuket is the land of tropical beaches, warm seas and relaxation. And what better way to fully relax than to enjoy delicious food.
Thailand is awash with incredible restaurants. So much so, that you are totally spoilt for choice. The street food is next level as are the small family run huts. After sampling pretty much all the traditional food, I knew I had to channel my inner foodie and devour some of the best brunch spots!
Gorgeous settings, lavish menus, there’s not a lot that you can find fault with. I headed to 3 amazing places and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and reviews with you!
In no particular order, let’s get stuck right in!
1. Gallery Cafe.
Gallery Cafe Phuket is a chic-lounge bar and restaurant located in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Run by Pinky (a Thai patisserie chef) the cafe is perfect for anyone looking for European dishes, smoothies, local beer and expert prepared desserts!
Immediately walking into the cafe, you’re greeted by friendly staff shouting ‘Sawtdee Kha’ and throughout the whole experience, nothing felt like too much trouble.
The menu is EXTENSIVE. Covering breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner AND COCKTAILS, you could honestly have every meal there! We arrived at around 11am – prime brunch time.
Starting with drinks, we ordered an iced americano, iced cappuccino and a mango passionfruit smoothie.
It took me a good 15 minutes to decide what to order (I’m so indecisive) but, in the end we opted for one veggie breakfast, poached eggs on sourdough with avocado salsa and an omelette with a side salad.
And just when I thought the food couldn’t get any better, I found the dessert cabinet. Pastries, cake and cookie heaven. We ordered a slab of cheesecake and a pink acai bowl because did you even go to Thailand if you didn’t order a smoothie bowl?
Suitably full, we sat in the courtyard out the back to enjoy the last of our desserts. Trust me when I say it was hard to stop at just one!
2. Wilsons Cafe.
There’s a reason why Wilson’s Cafe is one of the most popular cafes in Phuket. It’s the perfect beach hut cafe vibe. Located in Rawai (the southern part of Phuket) it really does tick all the boxes.
Think rustic tables, restored wooden tables, palm trees, outdoor sofas – it screams ‘Instagrammers please stop here’.
It has a really relaxed friendly atmosphere and with your shoes left at the door, you immediately feel at home. Oh, there’s also excellent wifi!! The staff are incredible. Friendly, welcoming and so wiling to go above and beyond.
Iced coffee of course, shortly followed by oat pancakes topped with cream & banana. A toasted egg and bacon bagel, Aussie style eggs aka vegemite on sourdough with avocado, poached eggs and a side salad. Then, to finish, a superfood berry bowl decorated with goji berries, banana, chia seeds and toasted almonds.
I know, you’ve got food envy.
Wilsons Cafe also supply Nana Bowls which always go down a treat if you’re craving something sweet after savoury. If nana bowls aren’t for you, fear not, they supply raw vegan desserts. The peanut butter slice is the one I’d have opted for but, me being me, I didn’t realise they were available until I’d left!
3. Origami Phuket, Blu Monkey.
From beach hut vibes at Wilsons, Origami is the polar opposite – in a good way. Origami have embraced the Bangkok-minimalist style with sleek modern interiors and monochrome colours.
White ceilings, marble tables, green plants – it is stunning. And, you get to enjoy your meal whilst overlooking a luxurious hotel swimming pool. Does it get better? The answer is yes because you can also use the facilities!
Avocado with poached eggs and crispy bacon on ciabatta, Thai-style chicken breast spiced salad with mango and radish, waffles with chocolate and fresh fruits AND finally, honey toast with banana and ice cream. All of that washed down with ice cold americanos. And before you say anything, I know. We went all out – it was the last day after all!
After brunch, we spent half an hour or so lounging by the pool which was just the perfect end to the visit.
The cafe is attached to a hotel which I believe, runs yoga classes at certain times of the year so if you’re a yogi, I recommend taking a look at the timetable!!
My relationship with food seems to always improve when I’m on holiday. Of course it’s tricky to begin for the first few days because my usual routine is out the window, but 2/3 days in and that disappears.
I find that I appreciate and enjoy what I’m eating so much more. I also feel a lot more mindful toward decisions and I really respect when I’m full. However, if I still want dessert or an ice cream after a two course brunch, you an be sure I’ll order it without a side of guilt.
The attitude toward food in Thailand is ‘live to eat, not eat to live’ and it’s something I know I’m trying to practice now that I’m back in the UK.
Have you been to any of these amazing places? If so, PLEASE do let me know! I’d love to know what you thought and of course, what you ordered!
Note: I was very kindly gifted these meals but as always, all views are my own and honest of my epxerience.