Patong beach is the most popular resort area of Phuket, and attracts thousands of people to its bustling nightlife everyday.
Views of the area are mixed depending on who you ask – I must admit I wasn’t really a fan, but ended up staying here anyway because of its central location, the beautiful hotel nearby, and the huge choice of activities in the area.
Walking through Patong as a first timer can be a bit of a shock – the whole area is packed full of souvenir stalls, massage parlours, tattoo shops, clubs, bars and restaurants, with vendors trying to pull you in from the street at every opportunity. It’s nearly impossible to walk past some restaurants without a menu being waved in your face, and someone asking if you’re hungry!
Like everything in the area, food here is heavily catered towards tourists; I didn’t come across a single restaurant that didn’t serve something western, and with literally hundreds of places to choose from, finding somewhere good to eat can seem like an impossible task.
Here are my suggestions for where to eat in Patong.
Tucked down one of the side streets in the south side of the beach, the aptly named Euro Thai is a small restaurant offering mostly Thai dishes along with a small selection of European plates.
We ate here on our first night in Patong and loved their friendly service, affordable prices and delicious food. The ‘silky prawn’ starter was a definite favourite, with giant king prawns wrapped in crispy noodles and deep-fried.
If you’re open to something non-alcoholic, try one of their ice-cold fruit smoothies too, a tasty and refreshing drink to help you cool down in the sweltering heat!
The Sweet Restaurant
I’ve never seen a menu as extensive as the one at The Sweet Restaurant – look past the spaghetti Bolognese and fish and chips (who’s ordering this?!) and try one of their Thai dishes instead, for a great meal with great value.
I’d recommend the sweet chilli fish, but be warned it’s extremely spicy!
No. 9 2nd Restaurant
Not to be confused with No. 6 restaurant, No. 9 2nd restaurant is located at the north end of Patong, just off the main road. Service here is very friendly, and the generously portioned food is both delicious and reasonably priced.
They’re so popular, this is actually the restaurant’s second branch, with the first located further down the road, called No. 2 Restaurant.
Make sure you order their tempura prawns!
Home Dining Cafe & Lounge
Friendly service is synonymous with Thai culture, and Home Dining is the perfect example of this.
We came here just before their kitchens closed and were greeted with a warm welcome and fantastic service throughout our meal. You can sit outside along the street, or in the air-conditioned restaurant for a welcome break from the night time heat.
I have to be honest, the food we had here was not quite as good as elsewhere on this list, but as it was last thing at night, I’m sure it would’ve been better if we went earlier in the day.
Logging onto their free wi-fi, I found out this place is actually part of a LGBT-friendly bed and breakfast, which has as equally good reviews as the restaurant.
I couldn’t leave without saying goodbye to the owners’ three adorable long-haired Chihuahuas, two of which are named Nikki Minaj and Lady Gaga!
Pancake street vendors
If you’ve got room for dessert, or just fancy something sweet while browsing through the stalls, try one of the pancake street vendors found along the main road. For a few hundred baht, you’ll get a freshly made pancake with a choice of fruit fillings and sweet toppings – I’d recommend the mango one with lashings of honey on top.
Have you been to Patong? What did you think? Have I missed your favourite restaurant? Tell me in the comments!
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