With pristine beaches and glittery blue waters, Phuket is one of the most popular beach destinations in Thailand among Muslim travellers. Located relatively near the Malay Peninsula, the island is home to people of different cultures including ethnic Malays and sea gypsies. Hence, it is unsurprising that 20% of Phuket’s population are Muslims!
Being a melting pot of cultures, Phuket is littered with a myriad of halal food establishments of distinct cuisines. Here are some of them near Phuket’s hot spots you’ve got to check out:
Any Muslim travellers who has been to Phuket is bound to have visited Patong. Being the largest beach resort town in Phuket, Patong is a bustling town with many things to see and do. Everything you need for a fun beach day is at your fingertips at Patong Beach; water sports shops, roving masseuses and food shacks. In the evenings, soak in the lively atmosphere at Bangla Road or shop till you drop at Patong OTOP Shopping Paradise complex.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, hit up these halal food spots in Patong:
1. Anwa Lookchin Pla
Anwa Lookchin Pla is famous for their bouncy, house-made fishballs which are served in noodle soup. Depending on your spice tolerance, you could either opt for their hot and sour, or hot and spicy soup base. Other unique items on their menu include Beef Steak and Singaporean Chicken Rice!
Address: 128 Phrabarami Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 3pm – 5am
2. Kusuma Halal Thai Seafood
Due to its close proximity to the ocean, you can expect fresh seafood from Phuket’s halal restaurants. One of the most popular halal seafood restaurants in Patong is Kusuma Halal Thai Seafood. Their Thai curries and Tom Yam pair beautifully with prawns, mussels, seabass, lobsters and other many more seafood options.
Address: No. 60/12 Soi Rat-U-Thit 200 Years Road, 2 Pa Tong, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 5pm – 12.50am
3. Casablanca Restaurant
This halal restaurant in Phuket is located on the premises of the Royal Paradise Hotel & Spa. With touches of Arabian decor in the restaurant, you will feel as though you’ve been transported to the Middle East! A fitting way to enhance your “Middle Eastern” experience is to feast on delicious Indian and Arabian cuisines such as Tandoori Chicken and Naan bread.
Address: Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road Kathu Chang Wat, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 11pm
4. The Sandwich Club
Located just a stone’s throw away from Patong Beach, this halal sandwich shack is the perfect place to grab a quick bite after a day on the beach. The Sandwich Club serves up different versions of sandwiches from all over the globe, such as burgers, shawarma and kebabs. Sun, sea and sandwich anybody?
Address: 124/11 Thawewong Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Open 24/7
5. Padiran Iranian Restaurant
Despite being positioned in an area that is full of Middle Eastern cuisine restaurants, Padiran Iranian Restaurant remains one of the top favourites. Out of everything on their extensive menu, their Lamb Shank is the star dish. Besides having mouth-watering halal food at reasonable prices, the restaurant is well-loved among Muslim travellers due to their friendly service.
Address: 204, 41 Soi La Diva, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 11.30pm
6. Cairo Restaurant
Cairo Restaurant brings a slice of Cairo to you as soon as you enter this halal Egyptian-themed restaurant. Although the restaurant is named after the capital of Egypt, the restaurant serves up other cuisines as well such as Thai, Indian and Arabic cuisines. Embark on a gastronomic tour around the world as you feast on Tandoori curries, kebabs, steaks, pasta and seafood.
Address: 5 6 83150 210 5/6 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd, Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu, Chang Wat Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 2 am
Karon & Kata
Karon is the second most beloved beach town after Patong. A hike up to Karon Viewpoint is a must as you’ll be able to appreciate stunning views of Karon and Kata beaches. Reward yourself by taking a dip in the turquoise waters after your hike. Other than Karon Beach, the 1.5-kilometre long Kata Beach is another favourite. Despite being frequented by Muslim tourists, the beach is practically spotless! Kick off your shoes and choose to go surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, diving, snorkelling or swimming.
After a day in the salty seas, fill your tummies at these halal restaurants:
7. The Charm’s Restaurant
The Charm’s Restaurant is a quaint, family-run restaurant which packs a punch. The humble restaurant serves up flavourful Thai and Western dishes such as Chicken Fried Rice, Garlic Pepper Chicken and Thai Basil Chicken. Be sure to wash down your food with their eclectic mix of refreshing fruit smoothies.
Address: 226 Patak Rd, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening hours: Saturdays to Thursdays: 9am – 11pm, Closed on Fridays
8. Kataturk Turkish Restaurant
Although this halal restaurant offers other international cuisines to suit the various tastebuds of their Muslim customers, their Turkish food is the real deal. Kataturk Turkish Restaurant serves traditional Turkish favourites, such as hummus, kebabs, and Lamb Turkish Pizza. If you have a sweet tooth, you cannot leave the restaurant without trying their baklava!
Address: Soi Khoktanod, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83130, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 10.30am – 11pm
9. Istanbul Restaurant Kata Phuket
Istanbul Restaurant Kata Phuket serves up similar Turkish food as other restaurants but their speciality lies in their delectable Turkish pizzas. Their Turkish pizzas are made to order so you can expect to indulge in only freshly-baked goods. Plus, they serve hearty portions which are perfect for sharing and also makes it a great budget-friendly option.
Address: Koktanod Road Muang Karon 87, Ban Kata, Phuket, Thailand 83100
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Sundays: 8am – 10pm, Closed on Mondays
10. Burger House Halal
If you need a break from Thai or Middle Eastern cuisines, tuck into the good ol’ American classic – cheeseburgers! Their patties are oh-so-juicy and their buns are toasted to perfection. Imagine crispy crusts and soft and warm insides. Their burgers are accompanied by a generous serving of fries and doused in tasty homemade sauces. Muslim diners have to give their Mexican Cheeseburger and BBQ Mushroom Burger a try.
Address: 2, 1 Kata Rd, Tambon Karon, Amphoe Mueang Phuket, Chang Wat Phuket 83100, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 11pm
Near Coconut Island
Coconut Island is a small island only a 5-minute boat ride from Phuket Laem Hin Pier. Being located along the less traversed eastern coastline of Phuket, Coconut Island offers a quiet and chill atmosphere for Muslim travellers who crave a serene beach retreat.
While you recharge by lounging around in the resort or go island hopping, nourish your body with scrumptious food at these halal eateries:
11. Bang Mud Seafood Floating Restaurant
Get ready for an epic meal on the waters at Bang Mud Seafood Floating Restaurant. This halal restaurant floats in between Phuket and Coconut Island. This no-frills establishment serves up some of the freshest seafood in Phuket. The seafood is actually caught in the same waters the restaurant’s floating on! Some of their popular dishes include Tom Yum, Fried Soft Shell Crab, and Garlic Chicken.
Address: Thailand, Phuket, 73 Laem Hin Road, Ko Maprao, Phuket Town
Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 8pm
12. Rafah Dim Sum Halal
Who knew you could get halal Dim Sum in Phuket? Rafah Dim Sum Halal is about a 15-minute car ride from Phuket Laem Hin Pier. Besides stuffing your face with a variety of freshly-steamed Har Gow, Shumai or Baozi, this halal restaurant also serves up yummy Boat Noodles with a choice of chicken, beef or fish.
Address: 83000 Ratsadanusorn Road, Soi Suwannakharn 3, Ratsada, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Opening hours: Saturdays to Thursdays: 7am – 1pm, Closed on Fridays
If you want to stay in a quieter side of Phuket but still be close to the buzz, Kamala is the area you’re looking for. Located north of Patong, Kamala offers Muslim visitors a slower pace of life. The only large tourist attraction in Kamala is Phuket Fantasea, a large cultural theme park which features extravagant shows, a buffet, exhibits and a shopping paradise. Other than that, spend your time roaming the local markets or lazing on Kamala Beach.
Famished? Not to worry, Kamala offers plenty of halal culinary delights for you to enjoy!
13. Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant
As part of the Phuket Fantasea cultural park, Golden Kinnaree Buffet Restaurant offers Muslim patrons an extravagant affair. Being the biggest buffet restaurant in Asia, you can expect a generous buffet spread with food hailing from all corners of the globe. For your convenience, the halal buffet spread is provided separately and Muslim guests can dine in a private eating area.
Address: 99 Moo 3, Phuket FantaSea Building, Kam Kamala, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 6pm – 9pm
14. De’cafe Halalfood
Don’t be fooled by this cafe’s cute exterior because De’cafe Halalfood also serves up some seriously delectable halal Thai and Western dishes. Some of their highly-raved dishes are the Fried Chicken Sandwich and Crab or Prawns in a Thai Curry Sauce. Branded as a cafe, their coffee is also top-notch! Be it a hot cuppa of cappuccino or ice cold frappes, you will truly enjoy your caffeine fix.
Address: 85/52 Kamala Beach Road, Phuket 83150, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 10.30pm
15. Adamna Halal Foods
Adamna Halal Foods is a cosy, family-style restaurant that serves traditional halal Thai food. They incorporate different kinds of plants, herbs and flowers in their dishes. One of their most popular dishes is the Claypot Soup that comes with a tray filled with ingredients you can add to your soup. From various kinds of fresh seafood to noodles, be prepared for a hearty meal.
Address: Bang Wan Waterfall intersection, Moo 1, O Bo Sub-district, Bang Wan, Kamala, Kathu District, Phuket 83120, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 8am – 10pm
Located in the Northern part of Phuket, far from the flurry of Phuket’s popular towns such as Patong and Kata, Bangtao is a quiet, family-friendly beach retreat. With an expansive 6-kilometre long beach, Bangtao Beach is one of Phuket’s biggest. Known as the upscale side of Phuket, Bangtao is dotted with fabulous boutique shops and luxury resorts. At nighttime, a trip to the lively Ma-Kin Night Market Phuket is a must.
If you’re feeling peckish after all those exciting activities, fuel up at one of these eateries in Bangtao:
16. Dirham Halal Restaurant
Conveniently located at Bangtao Beach, Dirham Halal Restaurant is an Indian halal restaurant that also serves up Thai and Western dishes as well. You can look forward to an extensive selection of curries, chicken and seafood dishes that are guaranteed to satisfy any Muslim picky eater. Although the restaurant might look posh, their delightful halal food is actually very affordably.
Address: 73/3 Moo 3, Bang Tao Bay, 2 Ang Bang Tao, Choeng Thale Subdistrict, Klang District, Phuket Province 83110 Choeng Thale, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 6.30am – 10pm
17. Jasmine Halal Food
For a taste of halal authentic Thai seafood dishes, Jasmine Halal Food won’t let you down. Although the items on the menu are simple, the flavours are to die for. Some of their highly recommended dishes are the Fried Sweet and Sour Fish, Fried Garlic and Pepper Chicken, and Tom Yum Koong.
Address: 256/8 Moo 5, Cherng Talay, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: Daily, 9am – 5pm
18. Little Box Steak House Halal
If you need a breather from Asian or seafood dishes, Little Box Steak House Halal will take you on a culinary trip to the West. As you can tell from their name, this restaurant is known for its tender, juicy steaks. Their Cream Sauce Ribeye Steak is a definite crowd favourite among Muslim diners. You should also try other delicious menu items such as spaghetti or pizza-style french toast.
Address: 263/5 Moo 5, Bang Tao, Choeng Thale, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 4 pm – 10 pm, Closed on Sundays
19. Barakat Halal Restaurant
Barakat Halal Restaurant serves up a myriad of different cuisines which include Arabic, Italian and Thai. Travel the world without leaving your seat by ordering dishes such as Pad Thai, Beef Steak, Chicken Briyani, Beef Shank Soup and Naan. Plated impeccably, you cannot help but snap heaps of photos before tucking into your food.
Address: Bang Tao House, Soi Choeng Thale 4, Choeng Thale, Thalang District, Phuket 83110, Thailand
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am – 10 pm, Sundays: 10.30am – 10.30pm, Closed on Mondays
No matter where you are in Phuket, whether you’re in bustling Patong or quiet Bangtao, there’s plenty of halal food spots near you. So kick up your heels and enjoy your beach holiday without worrying about where to grab your next meal.