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  • Top 10 Restaurants in Krabi Town

    Best Places to Eat in Krabi Town

    Krabi Town is the capital of southern Thailand’s province of Krabi. The tourism development the region has been through since the end of the ‘80s hasn’t apparently made a lot of changes in this tranquil and charming town which counts about 25,000 habitants. Krabi Town’s dining scene is still mostly composed of small venues built and decorated with natural materials, usually serving seafood and classic Thai dishes while several offer an international menu featuring the usual suspects – salads, sandwiches and burgers.

    Our top 10 Krabi Town Restaurants List features the most famous eateries in town; places that cleverly combine the winning trio for any dining venue: an agreeable atmosphere and décor, affable staff and owner and, last but not least, excellent cuisine.

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    Mr. Krab-i
    Mr. Krab-i

    Mr. Krab-i is one of the most recommended restaurants in Krabi Town. Located on Chaofah Road, a few hundred metres from Chaofah Park on the Krabi River, Mr. Krab-i is a neat and clean unpretentious restaurant with brick walls, wooden tables and chairs, and curios hanging on the walls. Under management of a charming Italian/Thai couple, the restaurant is famous for both its Italian (pasta al’ dente) and Thai (the soft shell crab is amazing) dishes served in large portions.

    The manager takes orders most of the time and is always available for a talk. With a friendly owner and staff members, delicious food, an extended wine list, and relaxed atmosphere, Mr. Krab-i has a lot going for it.

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
    • Location: Chao Fah Road
    • Tel: 086-5544659
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    Bai Toey Seafood is a highly recommended restaurant in Krabi Town. Set on the banks of Krabi River in a tranquil corner between Chao Fah Pier and Thara Park, Bai Toey Seafood is a neat blue and white wooden restaurant overlooking the river. The place is unpretentious and has a laid-back atmosphere.

    The food served here is 100% Thai with an emphasis on sea products, freshly caught and directly delivered to the restaurant by fishermen from the river. Bai Toey opened in 1988 and its longevity proves again that quality and simplicity are often rewarded with success. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Wed to Mon from 10:00 – 22:00, Tue from 16:00-22:00
    • Location: on Krabi River banks between Chao Fah Pier and Thara Park
    • Tel: 075-611509
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    Gecko Cabane
    Gecko Cabane

    Gecko Cabane is an unpretentious yet charming restaurant famous for its food quality and service as well as for its laid-back atmosphere. Gecko Cabane is located in Soi Ruamjit, a tiny lane off the southern end of Maharaj Road, at the foot of Wat Kaew Korawaram. The restaurant shows character in its original setting and décor: rough wooden furnishing, green plants hanging all around the dining room, and ornaments on the walls, Gecko Cabane has a genuine Thai rustic feeling in which one could sense the feminine touch of Jariya Paklow, the chef and owner of the place.

    The food served at Gecko Cabane compasses tasty Asian fusion, Thai and vegetarian dishes, all served in generous portions at affordable prices. Please note that the spice rate indicated on the menu is made to Thai standards, so #8 is already very spicy.

    • Opening Hours: daily from 07:30 – 23:30
    • Location: Soi Ruamjit off the southern end of Maharaj Road in Krabi Town
    • Tel: 081-9585945
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    Chalita Café & Restaurant
    Chalita Café & Restaurant

    Chalita Café & Restaurant is one of these places at which everyone feels at ease as soon as they settle in. A wooden one-storey shop with soft lighting and jazzy music, rattan cane tables and chairs, a warm welcome from the staff, the restaurant owes its success to its distinctive atmosphere, for the quality of its food, and for its low prices.

    Under Italian management, Chalita offers more than a delicious meal and relaxed ambience; the owner of the place is very attentive to the well-being and satisfaction of its customers, offering advices and suggestions about Krabi-related places and subjects. Italian, international and Thai favourites are all on Chalita’s menu which also features an impressive wine list at fair rates (house-wine at 100 baht per glass).

    • Opening Hours: daily from 22:00 – 24:00
    • Location: Chao Fah Road, 50m from Krabi River
    • Tel: 080-5314831
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    Krabi’s largest night market is called Chao Fah Night Market and it features outdoor food stands and stalls along the roadside. It’s a chance to enjoy a great range of local dishes such as barbecued seafood and meat, curries, and more - in a lively Thai market atmosphere.

    It is the best way to get a glimpse of southern Thai daily life as Chao Fah Night Market is authentically local. The market gets started at about five o’clock in the afternoon when the sun is not too warm, making it a perfect dining option for all walks of life. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 17.00 - 00.30. All year, come rain or shine!
    • Location: Chao Fah Pier, on Kongka Road, Krabi Town
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    May & Mark Restaurant has played a large part in the history of tourism in Krabi Town. Opened in 1990 by Matee and Kittiya Kulpanpinunt a Thai couple in their thirties, and named after their children, May & Mark’s cuisine was based on pre-cooked curries served with rice. The early ‘90s saw the first significant amount of foreign travelers visiting Krabi, and rapidly Matee and Kittiya understood that curry over rice was not a favourite of western visitors, which is why they learned how to bake bread and how to cook ‘farang’ food (taught to them by passing-through travellers).

    Today, the original - slightly old-fashioned - restaurant is still at its place in Soi Maharaj 2, and a brand-new branch named May & Mark’s House has opened in the central area of Soi Maharaj 8, right next to Krabi Walking Street. The two branches serve the same dishes. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
    • Location: Maharaj Soi 2 and Maharaj Soi 8
    • Tel: 075-612562
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    Viva Da Renato (Ristorante – Pizzeria – Bar) is the doyen of Italian eateries in Krabi as it has been open since 1999. Italian owner Renato is an extremely affable character and runs a tight, professional, yet friendly ship. Located on Pruksa Utit Road, opposite Soi Maharaj 4, Viva is a large opened-front venue sporting the Italian tricolour.

    With homemade pastas and daily fresh-baked bread, 100% organic olive oil, and an exclusive Italian wine list, plenty of space in a central location, Viva is a winner; and its longevity in downtown Krabi proves the point. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
    • Location: 29 Pruksa Utit Road, between Maharaj Road and the Krabi River
    • Tel: 075-630517
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    Ruen Mai Restaurant
    Ruen Mai Restaurant

    Ruen Mai Restaurant is considered one of the best southern Thai cuisine diners in Krabi Town. It is located slightly out of town in the middle of lush banana and sugarcane plantations and is entirely built with natural materials: a swinging bridge from the main road with a bamboo fence brings punters onto a wooden platform – the seating area which is covered with an impressive thatched conical bamboo and thatch roof.

    Its cuisine features seafood and southern Thai specialties and mainly uses organic vegetables and herbs grown in the property’s garden. With friendly staff members, relaxed ambience, and high-quality local food, Ruen Mai Restaurant is indeed a highly recommended venue.

    • Opening Hours: daily from 10:00 – 22:00
    • Location: Maharaj Road approximately 1,5km from downtown Krabi
    • Tel: 089-2883232
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    Ruan Pae - Krabi River Floating Restaurant
    Ruan Pae - Krabi River Floating Restaurant

    Ruan Pae - Krabi River Floating Restaurant is an original place to dine at in Krabi Town. Set off Chao Fah Pier and nowadays accessible via a narrow bridge – it used to float further away from the river banks and was accessible only by long-tail boat – this long-established slightly old-fashioned venue offers a unique way to enjoy the sunset over the mangroves while dining on local seafood favourites.

    The atmosphere is great, the ambience relaxed, and the food served features a great choice of crab curries, steamed fish, and barbecued shrimp and squid. Please be warned that early evening is also dinner time for mosquitoes that come in masses for a feast on the river so do not forget your mosquito-repellent and wear pants (the restaurant also sets up mosquito coils around the dining room).

    • Opening Hours: daily from 17:00 – 22:00
    • Location: off Chao Fah Pier
    • Tel: 075-611956
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    Krabi Town may not be known for its culinary inventiveness but it does have a few Aces up its sleeve, one of which is Takola, a chic eatery on the outskirts of the town. It is located two kilometres out of town on the main riverside drag Utarakit Road that leads to Trang and Koh Lanta. In fact it’s about 50 metres from the entrance of the sprawling Maritime Park & Spa Resort.

    Takola is a relative newcomer to Krabi’s dining scene - it opened in 2009 - and while it trades tradition for trendiness and old-fashioned charm for chic it still delivers great Thai and Chinese food the way it should be prepared. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 06:00 – 23:30 daily
    • Location: Utarakit Road, Krabi Town
    • Tel: 075-620872
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