Living as a digital nomad is great if you’re a foodie. This holds true even on the tiniest of islands. During our time spending 3 months in Koh Phangan, we certainly ate our fair share of delicious food. Koh Phangan is a Thailand island covering an area of 167sqkm and 70km far from the mainland. This island does not have an airport but ferries are used to get to the island. We’ve ended up spending three unplanned months here because of the coronavirus and made it our new home. One of the striking attributes of this island is the fact that they have lovely cuisines lined up for you from Thailand and various parts of the world. From the best restaurants in Koh Phangan, you are offered assorted satisfactory dining options and over the years various travelers have come to enjoy these assorted dishes all from this small island.
This article contains a list of 8 best-recommended restaurants in Koh Phangan that every digital nomad should look out for. Some of these restaurants are located at the beaches or other remote locations on the island. So if you want to find out where you can eat in Koh Phangan, then I want you to check out these restaurants. Have you had the experience of eating on a beach – enjoying the cool breeze from the sea with your toes in the sand? If you haven’t, then you should try it. So, over to our list of restaurants:
Seoul Vibe Koh Phangan Korean Restaurant
Seoul Vibe is a Korean restaurant located near the Phantip night food market, 44/160 Moo 1 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan. It started operating since July 2017 and has since then become famous for its Korean barbecue. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and palm oil are not used to prepare their foods and fermented side vegetables like the popular kimchi are prepared right there in the restaurant.
A little health tip here: Korean foods have lots of health benefits. For instance side pickles it a typical eating style for Korean foods, however, it aids the digestion of food in your body especially if you eat heavy foods. The popular foods on their menu include Beef and Pork lover set, the Bibimbab, and the Chili Cheese Chicken.
The Delicious Chana Masala Indian Restaurant and Café
This lovely north/ south Indian restaurant is located at Hin Kohg beach road, next to 7-11 Hin Kohg. They have lined up for you on the best of the varieties of traditional cuisines, vegan and vegetarian food choices, and also Jain and Satvic dining options. All these meals are prepared right there by the Indian chefs. One of the best things about this restaurant is the particular attention they pay to vegan dining options with the vegan sauce. Aside from that, they also serve each meal with a green sauce – which is not vegan – but tastes good. You can enjoy the following on their menu: Sag paneer, Bhindi masala, the Brinjal Bengain bherta, the masala dosa, samosa chaat, and the jeera rice. Plus this place is also a café which means you can chill out here and enjoy drinks.
Ando Loco Mexican Restaurant
Ando Loco Koh Phangan was established in 2005 and it was the first of its kind to offer original Mexican cuisines in Koh Phangan. You will find them about 400 meters outside Thong Sala main town on Baan Tai road where you can enjoy the best of Mexican dishes for lunch and dinner up till around 10.30 pm every day apart from Tuesdays. They have assorted options on their menu for you all from locally procures ingredients and also local favorite cuisine like the Guacamole made with Australian avocados. Have you tasted the Mexican margarita? If you haven’t then you need to. This restaurant also offers separate vegan dining options like tacos, nachos with cashew sour cream, and burritos among other dishes. This is where you come for great tasting Mexican food, burgers, and poutines.
Ristorante Rimini Italian Restaurant
This Italian restaurant is peculiar for its specialty of using locally gotten ingredients for preparing delicacies with fish and seafood. If you are a vegetarian also, they’ve got special treats for you. they offer you a variety of options on their menu for your diner including Italian, seafood, European and Mediterranean cuisines. This restaurant is also located in a lovely place with a lovely setting and offers free Wifi services. Here are some of the dishes lined up for you; spaghetti allo scoglio, freshly grilled fish, pasta con gamberi e pomodorini, and polipo con patate and many other tasty cuisines.
Sushiro Japanese Restaurant
This lovely Japanese restaurant is located opposite Makro, Koh Phangan. Not sure of the name of the street, but you can ask the locals, it is pretty easy to find. This restaurant prepares their food with locally purchased ingredients and offers the best menu for Japanese dishes and at the best prices. Sushiro is the best! They offer a variety of fresh, creative, and tasty foods like the tuna sashimi and salads, and the spicy muscle roll. This restaurant is beautifully decorated and surrounded by a very calm atmosphere and has very lovely staff.
Alex Restaurant is a small but original local restaurant that serves delicious and freshly prepared Thai local cuisines. If you’re looking for the real deal best thai restaurant in Koh Phangan, come here. It is owned by a German and his lovely Thai wife. They have good chefs – who speak great English – and prepare lovely dishes. This restaurant is located very close to the beach at 55/4 Moo 7 Chaloklum, Koh Phangan. They offer a variety of dining options for dinner. There are a lot of dishes on their menu but I’ll mention a few. The garlic pepper red snapper, fried chicken, papaya salad, grilled fish, pad thai, glass noodles salad, massaman curry, and more. This is a really lovely place to eat. Always a great value for the price and the food is consistently delicious. We ate here literally almost everyday during our stay in Koh Phangan.
Bubba’s Coffee Bar
Bubba’s Coffee Bar has been in existence since 2015 and is located at 59, Ban Tai, Koh Phangan. The other branch is at Had Yao. This is where you go if you want to enjoy delicious coffee and a variety of other delicious breakfast options. They also offer a variety of delicious vegetarian and vegan options from breakfast to lunch and dinner to keep you satisfied all day. There is a lot on the menu but here are a few of them. The Acai smoothie bowl, chia pudding, scrambled tofu on toast, a Thai traditional grain salad, mushroom sandwich, and the granola with coconut yogurt. They also offer milk alternatives and other tasty treats for you. The environment is lovely and it is an overall nice place to eat in. Not only is it one of the best restaurants in Koh Phangan, but it also has amazing coffee.
Beach Coconut Bowls Restaurant
Beach Coconut Bowls is a small restaurant that specializes in the sale of smoothie in bowls. They offer a variety of smoothies prepared with fresh organic ingredients. We’ve had a lot of smoothie bowls but these have to be the best. They prepare all bowls with fresh and frozen fruit with absolutely no preservatives, dairy, or added sugar. On their menu, they also have toast with fruit toppings, coffee, and chilled pressed juice. They also offer plant-based milk for coffee like those from almond, soy, and coconut.
This little cafe is owned by a delightful Spanish couple who are really passionate about what they do. They’re currently working on a new location in Chaloklum.
One of the best parts about being a digital nomad is the fact that you get to taste good food on your trips that is why this island is a very good destination for you. In Koh Phangan Island, you are at the home of good foods. So when you find yourself here and you are looking for a place to eat, make sure you check out these best restaurants in Koh Phangan and enjoy the food.