Living on Phi Phi in small room with no way to do any home cooking meant I have some experience with eating out on Phi Phi. In no particular order here are 10 of my top restaurants to visit on Koh Phi Phi.
Grand PP Arcade – The favourite for many locals and tourists alike. The owners very genuinely care about the quality and value for money in their food and this shows in how good the food is and how great the staff are. The menu is small but regularly increasing and nothing new is added until it meets the owners high standards. Check that they are open before you go using their FB page.
Unni’s – More expensive but high in quality, lots of variety and good portion sizes. Locals head here when they want to spoil themselves.
Matt’s Joint – Really good BBQ. Need I say more? How about buffet BBQ? Particularly good for the carnivorous among us but also catering for those of the veggie persuasion. The all you can eat BBQ buffet is always my safe bet but then it’s difficult to go past the steaks and the monstrous burgers. If you’re heading to Matt’s Joint bring a decent sized appetite!
The PP Bakerys – As you come off Tonsai Pier, turn right and 1 minutes walk are 2 of the best bakeries on Phi Phi. They sit opposite each other. On your left (Patcharee Bakery) is great for cakes, burgers and smoothies. To the right (Phi Phi Bakery) is great for breakfast, croissants, smoothies and club sandwiches
DMC – Huge choice, great for burgers, pizza and my favourite place for pork noodle soup
Cosmic – Another large menu, good for pasta and if you’re after something a little different try on of the shwarmas and hummos dishes.
Mr Local – This sued to be dorm room and that’s really all you can find out about on the Internet. It’s now a small restaurant serving really good local curry as well as my favorite here, the crispy pork with kale in Oyster Sauce. Be sure to ask for none spicy because the default is super hot!
Papaya Restaurant – Great traditional Thai with big portions and good service. Great staff and helpful if you’re not sure what to order. If you forget to tell them how hot you want it the default is medium rather than melt your face off hot.
La Mamita – Not the easiest to find since everything on the Internet points you to the hotel above the restaurant. If you check with a local they will point you in the right direction. Great Pasta cooked with salt, really good 3 cheese gnocci but avoid the breakfast
Banana Bar – Mexican food, generous portions well priced. Burgers are great, happy hour cocktails are nice and the free afternoon movie session is a great way to spend and afternoon. It’s also the only rooftop bar on Phi Phi so a great way to spend a hot afternoon with a view of the bay.