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The chalkboard menu behind the bar has one too many drinks to choose from. This includes hot and iced coffee, hot and iced tea, chocolate drinks, frappes, and more. The move here is to get your hands on one of their signature drinks, like their mugoccinos or Snickers frappes. Prices starting at ฿60 (about $1.90). Pay ฿20 more for a large and you will be ready to take on the island.
Location: 44/139 Moo 1, Koh Phangan, Koh Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
Contact: +66 098 559 1125 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Calling all vegans and vegetarians: this cafe is for you. Karma Kafe is a cool venue found amongst a handful of other meat-free entities on the western coast of the island. It takes the cake for being one of the best of them all, however. Sticking to the cafe’s vegan-friendly theme, green foliage is found wherever it can be, whether it’s sitting atop the dark wood seating arrangements or hanging from the ceiling. The floor seating is super conducive to meeting others in the cafe, as well, and it is a great pit stop for solo travelers looking for other health-conscious or meat-free explorers. And remember: at Karma Kafe, it is island time all the time, so slip off your shoes and venture into this health-conscious eatery.
Karma Kafe is serving up vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, sugar-free, and even raw items. Foodie favorites include the karma burrito with tempeh and raw pesto pasta. Other delicious dishes include the tropical beetroot burger and the karma quesadilla. Those on the hunt for something a bit sweeter cannot go wrong with ordering the holy cacao! Kreamy smoothie (฿130). This ice cold glass of chocolate goodness consists of cacao, coconut, bananas, and crunchy cacao nibs.
Location: 20/18 Moo 8, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Contact: +66 098 559 1125 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. | Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Coffee Drinks Haad Rin @ Koh Phangan
Location: 111/1 Moo 6, Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Suratthani, Thailand. 84280
Contact: [email protected] | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Ideally situated in Baan Tai is Hive Cafe. The owner is almost as cute as the small cafe is, and she is more than happy to share her local wisdom with all visitors of Hive to help them better explore the island. While bad cover songs play in the background, it is a great spot to sit and escape from the craziness that can be Koh Phangan. Quietly enjoy an affordable coffee or chat with the owner. The Wi-Fi is super speedy, and the cafe is also centrally located, so you can fuel up here before heading to your next destination. Alas, seating here is super minimal, with only a handful of chairs to choose from, so grab a cup to go or come early to claim your seat.
Location: Baan Tai Koh Phangan, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 893 6288 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Fat Cat
Those in need of some liquid therapy should check out The Fat Cat Coffee & More. This cafe is the perfect venue for cat and coffee lovers alike, as it is decked out in cat paraphernalia and serves up some of the best coffee on the island. The cafe itself is worth relaxing or working in, and there are plenty of overhead fans to help keep customers cool as their storefront is open to the busy street. The plain, concrete floors are complimented with white metal seating that gives the venue both a quaint and laid-back vibe. The owners hail from Portugal and are all about spreading the word about spaying and neutering animals in Thailand, as well. This is great considering the island is sadly home to one too many stray animals. Lastly, be sure to check out the owner’s cat tattoos: they are almost as cool as she is.
There is a ฿10 charge for a whole, low fat, or soy milk, which is not bad considering coffees start at ฿50 (about $1.60). Those on the hunt for something sweet should check out one of their ice cream smoothies. Interesting finds include the forest berries and banana (฿160) or the espresso milkshake (฿160). Their menu is also chock full of special shakes that are perfect for those wanting something a bit healthier. Favorites include the minty morning made with carrots, oranges, cucumbers, and mint (฿95). The Fat Cat Coffee & More is also serving up soft drinks, juices, breakfast, salads, toasties, and bagels.
Location: Walking Street Market, Taladkao Road, Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Contact: +66 87 622 0541 | Facebook
Hours: Daily (except Mondays) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Nira’s Home Bakery
Nira’s Home Bakery is one of the largest cafes on our list, so if you are traveling with a group, this is the place to frequent. The coffee shop doubles as accommodation and has been around since 1985; it remains a local favorite. The bakery bit of this cafe also has one of the most extensive menus out of all our favorite coffee shops on the island, with one too many enticing baked goods to choose from. Slow jazz serenades customers while they take in the smell of fresh coffee being brewed and pastries being made. Nira’s Home Bakery is right across the street from the beach, as well. Large windows allow visitors to look out whilst enjoying their fresh cup of Joe. Both indoor and outdoor seating is available.
Nira’s Home Bakery is serving up breakfast, sandwiches, snacks and appetizers, salads, soups, pies, quiches, burgers, hot dogs, and a handful of classic Thai dishes. The drink menu is just as wide-ranging, with different coffees, teas, frappes, healthy juices, and shakes to choose from. Coffee starts at ฿50 (about $1.60) and ranges depending on if you want it cold and would like to add a milk substitute.
Location: 74/10 Moo 1 Thong Sala, Koh Phangan, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84280, Thailand
Contact: +66 086 595 0636 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Bubba’s Coffee Bar
Bubba’s Coffee Bar has slowly but surely risen to fame on the island. When we first arrived on Koh Phangan, it was the first coffee shop anyone suggested we visit. We soon found out why. In addition to its chill vibe and cool staff, Bubba’s Coffee Bar’s menu is equipped with drinks and dishes you did not know the island even offered. This includes a delicious acai bowl that was almost too pretty to eat. This cafe is a strong choice for a cup of coffee, as well. All of the coffee is organic and imported from the northern city of Chiang Mai. The homemade chai is also a great go-to. Their mixture of black tea and exotic spices bind together with honey making for a memorable and sweet flavor. The small venue is normally packed with backpackers staying at the hostel across the way. If you are traveling alone, Bubba’s Coffee Bar is one place you will surely meet a few fellow explorers at. The quaint space is outfitted with bright tables and beachy goods for purchase, so whether you need a caffeine fix or a new swimsuit, this is the place to be.
Location: 59/4 Moo 1, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan 84280, Surat Thani Thailand
Contact: +66 099 078 4805 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. (ish)
If you are needing a break from Thai food, Luna’s Cafe is the venue to visit. This cafe is a great spot for those wanting breakfast or lunch as the menu is filled with mains ready to fill you up. Good portion sizes are matched with tasty food which explains the slightly elevated prices (but worth every baht). The veggie-friendly find has a number of meat-free mains as well as vegan milk to add to a cup of coffee. The hip cafe is only serving up quality arabica coffee, as well. Unique refreshment finds include their iced mint latte, freshpresso made of orange and espresso, and the peach and passion ice tea. This cafe is but a short walk from Hive Cafe, and indoor and outdoor seating is available. Cozy benches throughout inviting all visitors to stay and relax.
Art Cafe Library and Tea House
Those looking for a unique coffee shop experience need to check out Art Cafe Library and Tea House. We know we are writing about the best coffee shops on the island, but one of the main reasons to visit this venue is to try one of their smoothie bowls. There are a few fruity options, like the pina colada bowl made with banana, pineapple, mango, and coconut (฿150). Then, you get to add three toppings of your choice, with everything from dried goji berries to peanut butter on the menu. Art Cafe is also serving up breakfast, salads, different types of tea, mains, sandwiches, and appetizers. Luckily for vegans, Art Cafe Library and Tea House also serve up vegan banana bread as well as a few other sweet options to end a meal with. As its name suggests, the cafe doubles as a library. Feel free to sit and read a book while enjoying your meal.
Mad Monkey tip: If you bring a book to donate, you get a free coffee or tea, as well!
Location: 78/9 Moo8 Haad Chao Phao Beach Koh Phangan, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Contact: +66 77 349 222 | Facebook
Hours: Daily (except Tuesdays) from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Hundred Islands Coffee Bar
Visitors to Hundred Islands Coffee Bar will feel like they are in a tree house as opposed to a coffee shop. Its wooden exterior is complemented with ample seating, yet these chairs often cannot accommodate all those who visit during the high season. Those lucky enough to find a seat despite the crowds will get to enjoy the breezy island air that flows through the windows and chat with their fellow coffee lovers.
Hundred Islands Coffee Bar continues to be a destination for quality coffee and a sweet spot to chill on the island. Beat Thailand’s muggy heat with an iced brew or indulge in a hot quality coffee instead. If coffee is not what you are on the hunt for, instead treat yourself to a large breakfast. Delicious finds include their poached eggs bacon on toast with tasty tomato slices. Hungover patrons will be happy to hear that breakfast is served all day long, so feel free to roll in when you can manage it and enjoy all that Hundred Islands Coffee Bar has to offer.
Location: 113/21 Moo 1, Baan Tai, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 559 2230 | Facebook
Hours: Daily from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. (closes at 5 p.m. on Sundays)
More Information About the Best Coffee Shops on Koh Phangan
- The Best Coffee Shops and Cafes in Ko Phangan, Thailand by Kyle Hulme for Culture Trip
- The Best Coffee on Koh Phangan for The Phanganist
- Places to eat in Koh Phangan: Thong Nai Pan for Travelfish