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.
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 11:00 – 11:45
- Location: Soi Ruamjit off the southern end of Maharaj Road in Krabi Town
- Tel: +66 (0)81 958 5945
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). Read More...
- Opening Hours: daily from 16:00 – 24:00
- Location: Chao Fah Road, 50m from Krabi River
- Tel: +66 (0)81 206 6299
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
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
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
Maharat Bakery & Restaurant
Opened since 1995, Maharat Bakery & Restaurant is a cool venue located in a tiny lane parallel to Maharat Road, the main street in the centre of Krabi Town. Owned by a Thai-Dutch couple, René and Yim Boerman, Maharat Bakery & Restaurant is the perfect venue to enjoy delicious breakfast, pastry or sandwich washed down with a refreshing fruit juice or an iced-coffee while strolling around Krabi Town. Using to best ingredients to bake a wide range of bread types, the quality of the products served at this long-established restaurant is second to none.
- Opening Hours: 07:00 – 17:00
- Location: In a tiny lane parallel to Maharat Road, 500m north of Vogue Department Store in the centre of Krabi Town
- Tel: +66 (0)75 631 225
Located along Krabi Riverside, a stroll away from Chao Fah Pier in the centre of Krabi Town, Poo Dam is a simple yet delicious affair, if you’re into seafood. This open-sided restaurant may look a bit dodgy at first sight as it seems to be made of recycled materials; but “do not judge a book by the cover” as Poo Dam is one of the favourite venues in Krabi Town to feast on seafood. From fish to crab (poo dam means black crab in Thai) to prawns to squid, and more, you’ll find here the freshest products prepared to your taste by a top-notch kitchen team.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: Diagonally opposite the crab statues on Krabi Riverside
- Tel: +66 (0)76 581 366
Zoo Coffee is a quaint modern coffee shop opened in 2015, and located on Itsara Road, the street that lead to the heart of Krabi town when coming from Chao Fah Pier on Krabi Riverside. Featuring a large black and white animal-themed wall painting, Zoo Coffee is typical of the new wave of coffee shops that can be found all around the old town districts of many cities in Thailand. Serving top-notch expresso and a good choice of Thai and international dishes at fair prices, Zoo Coffee is a cool place to hang on while exploring Krabi Town.
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – 18:00 Closed on Wednesdays
- Location: On Itsara Road, a walk away from Chao Fah Pier
- Tel: +66 (0)75 611 664
Arun is a tiny restaurant settled in a converted vintage house situated on Chao Fah Alley, some 50m before to reach Krabi Riverside and Chao Fah Food Market. The design and décor of the venue could not be more basic, and is certainly not the main reason for the popularity of Arun. The laid-back atmosphere of the place, and above all, the quality of the dishes served here are what makes people come to Arun. You can sample here genuine Thai dishes as well as a selection of international favourites at rock-bottom rates. Unpretentious, and cheap, Arun is one of the best-value dinners in this peaceful area of Krabi Town.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00
- Location: On Chao Fah Alley, 50m before to reach the riverside and Chao Fah Food Market
- Tel: +66 (0)75 611 494
Nicknamed the “small Scandinavian Embassy” by the expats community of Krabi Town, Café Europa is a small venue serving an excellent choice of European dishes and products including salami, gouda cheese, and more. Their western breakfast and typical Scandinavian dishes are also for a big part of their success. This tiny Scandinavian restaurant is also famous for its unpretentious and friendly atmosphere, as well as for the tips about Krabi and southern Thailand that its management and patrons gently give to passing-by visitors.
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 Closed on Sundays
- Location: in Soi Ruamjit, 50m from Gecko Cabane, just south of Maharaj Road
- Tel: +66 (0)75 620 407