Updated: May 19
Koh Tao is a small island compared to Koh Samui and Koh Pha-Ngan, but that doesn't stop it from being home to some unbelievable cafes and restaurants. With the help of some locals, we were able to try all sorts of mouthwatering food! The whole island was in lockdown just 2 days before we arrived, so we are glad we got to eat at these incredible places. Here are all the recommendations we can provide if you're able to make your way to this amazing island.
This was our favourite breakfast and lunch spot. If you enjoy eating great food on the beach, while looking out at the ocean, then this is for you. Everything we tried was excellent. The divers wrap is a standout and is perfect to take on the boat with you if you're going scuba diving for the day. The big veggie breakfast was very good and the cheesecake was to die for! The owners are friendly and the whole place has a brilliant relaxed environment only made better by incredible well-priced food.
Another breakfast and lunch spot near the pier which again is great value for money. They do take away offers on sandwiches, which would be perfect for diving trips. You can get anything from a large breakfast to simple eggs on toast, and everything in between. It's the only place in Thailand where we found bagels, which was a nice unexpected surprise. It's a family-run cafe with friendly staff...you can't go wrong regardless of what you order here.
We loved this place so much, and not just for the cheap beers! It's a bunch of bamboo shacks located a few minutes from the pier. Their signature dish is a hot pot which is served on top of a live flame and you then add the meat or vegetables you want to the broth. They sometimes have live music playing, which can attract a few locals and lead to a great night. It's a chilled out place and everyone is incredibly friendly. You are guaranteed a fun night!
BIG BITE CAFE
This cafe is a bit more inland but worth the trip. They do one of the best smoothie bowls you're likely to find in all of Thailand, which we don't say lightly. We always saw locals here which is a great sign of any bar or restaurant. You always know you've stumbled upon somewhere special when that's the case.
This was one of the first places we saw on trip advisor, and it was mentioned to us a lot. It's no hidden gem, but that's for a very good reason...incredible food at even better prices. The local pooch makes sure to keep all other dogs that roam through in check, so you can sit back and enjoy the great food. If you want great food on a shoestring budget then this will likely be a mainstay for you.
THE FRENCH MARKET
This place is incredible and they've found a great tactic by offering discount meals on set days. We went for the Sunday deal, which is an all you can eat French breakfast for 200THB per person, and runs from 8 am-10 am. While it sounds too good to be true, it isn't. You get unlimited coffee, pastries, fruit, eggs and deli meats for 2hrs. We went diving after finishing the breakfast which probably wasn't the wisest choice, but one we didn't regret at least it fueled us for the dives. Some other deals they run include a pizza, roast chicken and vegetarian days and the prices range from 100THB to 200THB. Remember to put your name on the list the day before!
If you're looking for some Western food to mix things up then this is a great pizza place, and when we visited they ran deals on 100THB pizzas. It's one of the best pizzas on the island, and is amazing after a long day diving! If you're an Italian visiting the island looking for some home comfort then you might feel a little letdown. Anyone that's been away from home for long enough will certainly welcome it with open arms!
We would take any reason to go back to Koh Tao because it's such an incredible place. With more open on the island, we can't wait to head back and try even more incredible food...as well as all of these again obviously!