When you think Phuket, you think sunny beaches, clear waters and beautiful bays. Cafehopping is probably the last association you would have with a summer haven like Phuket. Cafe culture in Thailand is not all a new trend, young travellers are well aware about the booming cafe culture in Bangkok and has since sought to discover these hideouts. Whereas for Phuket, the cafe scene is probably still an unexplored territory. We were also surprised to have found such a promising cafe culture brewing in the heart of Phuket Old Town.
When you arrive at Phuket Old Town, you could sniff the scent of rich history and an abandoned past. Old provision shops and souvenir stores alternate the row of shop houses, and you are about to get disappointed about what you could chance upon in a place like this. Then, Bookhemian will stop you in your tracks.
As the name suggests, Bookhemian is a book cafe, and you could tell from the whole wall shelved with books. It is a simple set up at the counter, but it is almost too soon to judge a book by its cover. The coffee that served up was actually impressive, a Picollo that screamed excellence.
The door opens up to a somewhat a backyard with more seating and quirky display. It played well on its dark tones and natural light, giving a vibe that can’t be replicated easily. If you dare to venture up the steep stairway, you will find a lone art gallery.
Address: 61 Thaland Road, Phuket
Tel.: +098 090 0657
Memories made on trips are extremely precious and we try our best to note every experience and sight through taking photos. A good travel companion is extremely important in documenting these memories – and more precisely, I mean the camera.
Generally, I am someone who is afraid of weight and hassle, yet I can’t be quite happy with the results from the average compact cameras in the market. I was convinced once I started using Sony Cyber-shot™ RX100 III, as it is really compact, yet competent. With a small pocket-size body, it is easy to fit into the handbag or hang on the neck. The lens, F1.8 Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens (24-70mm), a huge step up from RX100 II, produces bright and sharp results.
CHINO CAFE GALLERY
Onward down the street, you will meet the next interesting spot, Chino Cafe Gallery. The name might not sound enticing, but this place has a quiet charm to it, and a really beautiful interior. We ordered a set of butter sugar toast and it was so good we ordered a second one. Speaking about simple pleasures.
Address: 4 Talang Road, Taladyai Muang Phuket 83000
Tel.:081 9796 190
MACCHIATO HOUSE AND CAKEBOX
To cramp multiple cafe stops into just a 3-hour slot means that we had to move fast – giving the true meaning to cafehopping. Next up was Macchiato House, which looked pretty legit for its sweets. We couldn’t resist the sounds of Nutella Crepe cake. However, it turned out to be pretty average, but anything Nutella wouldn’t go too wrong anyway. The walls are well dressed up by portraits of famous people in the world, giving an artistic touch to its ambience.
Address: 48 Thalang Road, TaladYai Muang Phuket 83000
Tel.: 076 215701
For Food photos or close subjects, I can’t stress more on the importance of the bokeh effect to make them look more alluring.
The lens of Sony Cyber-shot™ RX100 III has an impressive aperture range F1.8-2.8 for its size, which creates a natural blurring of the background. This is by far the strongest bokeh I have seen from the compact range.
Taking a turn at the end led us to another lane which harboured more surprises. We were 80% filled by then and we had to make a more careful selection so as not to miss out on the real good catches. We popped by a few to take a look and decided to stick around Gallery Cafe by Pinky which had a good crowd. We ordered some good’ol Eggs and Toast which turned out well, giving a good closure to the day of cafehopping.
Address: 19 Yaowarad Road A.Muang Phuket 83000
Tel.: 089 103 7000
The Sony Cyber-shot™ RX100 III also encompasses versatile capabilities thanks to the improved sensor and processor, especially noticeable for low light conditions. It focuses quickly even in dim cafes and the images produced are barely grainy and details are captured quite entirely.
Cafehopping in Phuket was more fruitful than expected, and the quality of the cafes there is commendable. If you happen to head to Phuket for a trip, and realize you are having too many “beaches”, “island-hopping” or “snorkelling” on the itinerary, add cafehopping to give a different touch to the experience! Hope this guide gave a good peek into the cafe culture brewing in Phuket.
Photographed with Sony Cyber-shot™ RX100 III