Baan Saladan Restaurants & Dining

Where to Eat in Baan Saladan

Saladan, the main town of Koh Lanta, is small but has a high concentration of restaurants and cafes all within just 300 metres of each other. The majority of the restaurants sit either side of the main road into Saladan, or are built on stilts stretching out over the channel between the two Koh Lanta islands. The freshest seafood in Koh Lanta is to be found in front of these sea view restaurants and during the day they offer fabulous vistas and welcome breezes.

At night, Saladan is the main alternative to beach dining and so there is a wide range of dishes available to suit all pockets and tastes. Saladan can be very busy at night, with some well-known restaurants, during peak season, filling very early on in the evening. Be aware that most restaurants do not accept reservations, so go early to avoid disappointment.

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Baan Café

Supplier to many of the local dive shops and hotels, this pretty little café sells breads and pastries to take away or to eat in. A popular choice for breakfast and lunch due to its proximity to the passenger ferries, its cool breezes and reasonably priced real coffee, shakes, sandwiches, chocolate croissants and pancakes make this a perfect daytime hangout.

  • Opening Hours: Every day except Friday 07:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Left at the end of the road and 150 metres on the left
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Black Pearl

Already extended since it opened in 2011, The Black Pearl has magnificent views over the sea and is very popular with Swedish families as they offer traditional Swedish fare (their Swedish meatballs are a must), as well as other European (primarily Italian) dishes and Thai food. Good quality food but pricey for Lanta, especially the Thai food, but a good selection of wines.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Left at the end of the road and 150 metres on the left
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Café Mocha

This Danish café, situated in the heart of Saladan, is an excellent spot to stop for a drink, ice cream or their speciality, Danish smorgasbord. You can choose to sit outside and watch the world go by or cool down in their air-conditioned café. The menu is simple café food and real coffee which is popular during the afternoon.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Opposite Siam Commercial Bank
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The front of this restaurant is a second-hand bookstore that sells a wide range of books in many languages. At the back there is a small but pretty café extending over the sea. ‘Fresh’ is the best way to describe the food here, all is freshly cooked and their falafel, wraps, salads and shakes are delicious, feel healthy and are reasonably priced. Perfect for a lunch date.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 07:30 - 22:00
  • Location: Right at the end of the road and 250 metres on the left
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Lanta Pizzeria

Located in the middle of Saladan and extending out over the sea, Lanta Pizzeria is a great place to watch the boats go by. It serves freshly cooked thin-crust pizzas baked in their own brick oven near the entrance of this reasonably priced restaurant. There is a wide selection of toppings and alternatives such as salads and Thai food also available.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: At the end of the main road by the Police Box
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Lanta Seafood

This is probably the most well-known restaurant on the island and is well liked amongst tourists and locals who often come as large groups to share various dishes. Lanta Seafood’s restaurant has beautiful views over the channel but is quite plain looking inside. Do not be put off, they serve tasty but cheap Thai food throughout the day and in the evening their fish and seafood BBQ stall (mid-range in price) opens at the front of the restaurant where you can select your dish and have it prepared your way. Due to its popularity, we recommend going before 20:00 to guarantee a table during High Season.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 to 22:00
  • Location: Left at the end of the main road and 50 metres on the right
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Papa’s Restaurant

There’s a really wide selection of food at this beautiful restaurant, which is over the water and absolutely covered in flowers providing most tables with privacy even when they are very busy in High Season. PaPa’s is relatively expensive for Koh Lanta, but the food portions are generous and their pizzas and steak are very tasty.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Right at the end of the road and 200 metres on the left
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Saladan food stalls

Eating at food stalls in Thailand is a must. The street vendors on the right before the town have seating and the best way to order is to take a sneak peak at what is in the giant cooking pot or ask for the same as someone else has. Do not be surprised if you get hooked; this is Thai cooking at its best and cheapest. The stalls closer to 7-Eleven offer appetizing snacks (fruit pancakes, chicken and pork skewers) at very cheap prices and these are extremely popular at night.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 24:00 varies according to the stall
  • Location: Along the main road and around 7-Eleven

Sala Lanta

Right in the middle of Saladan and open from early morning, when locals take advantage of the breakfast options, Sala Lanta serves well cooked Thai food with their curries being particular popular. The Thai food is well presented, tasty and moderately priced as are their simple international dishes.

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Left just as you arrive in Saladan
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The Frog

From the front of this restaurant you can only see their extensive wine collection in their purpose-built hermetically sealed wine cellar, but climb the stairs and there is a smart restaurant and a beautiful garden behind. A modern bistro, The Frog caters for western tastes serving high quality, but expensive western and limited Thai food. A must is their tenderloin and gourmet burgers and it is one of the few places on the island serving a wide range of good quality wines at reasonable prices. An excellent choice for a special occasion, but booking is recommended in High Season.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 to 22:00
  • Location: Right at the end of the main road and 200 metres on the right
  • Tel: +66 (0)75 668 325
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