Located on the eastern side of Bophut sits Fisherman’s Village, a rare historical gem that maintains the charm of Koh Samui’s original Thai-Chinese culture. A once thriving fishing community first established in the 17th century, the old wooden shophouses and homes remain with a maze of narrow alleyways connecting them all.
One of the most popular spots in Koh Samui, the area is not only home to the descendant’s of Samui’s original Chinese and Malay fisherman (many of whom still fish each day), but it is the island’s dining hub with over 40 restaurants with several set up directly on the beach.
So, if you needed an excuse to get some food in your belly, we’ve rounded up some of the best times and places for you to get a meal in the area.
Bar Baguette: Quite possibly home to some of the best coffee in Samui, Bar Baguette is particularly popular for breakfast and brunch thanks to great ocean views (and subsequent people watching) and the freshly baked pastries.
Karma Sutra: With two locations, one on either side of Fisherman’s Village, Karma Sutra is a popular coffee shop (and a good place for a cocktail later in the day) that can only be described as hippy chic. The furniture is quite chunky and wooden, but remarkably comfortable thanks to heaps of cushions and muted lighting.
Greenlight Café & Bar: For the health-conscious traveller (or for those in need of a detox after a big night), Greenlight is the place to nosh. Nearly all of their ingredients are locally sourced (some from their own garden!) and organic. Their smoothies are particularly good and if you’re in the mood, there is also a Yoga and Dance Studio on the premises.
Café Darling: Feeling Parisian? Cafe Darling is a cosy French bistro with a sea view and outdoor terrace. Go for the brunch (just say yes to the crepes) and stay for the dessert!
The Hut: For a truly authentic Thai experience, head over to The Hut, which is located both inside and outside the owner’s family home, giving it a really laid-back atmosphere. The food might not be flashy, but it is true to the region and the cocktails are pretty great.
The Seaside Steak House: Meat lovers! Can we have your attention, please? We understand that after some time away from home you’ll start craving a thick, juicy steak and when that time comes, you should be heading over to the Seaside Steak House (yes, it does have sea views) for some beef and Tex-Mex. And, if the rest of your group isn’t ready for that yet, there is plenty of Thai food to be had.
Krua Bophut: One of the most popular restaurants in Fisherman’s Village, Krua Bophut is considered one of the better restaurants on Bophut Beach with dining options both inside and directly on the sand. It is also one of the few places in the village that specialises in traditional local cuisine!
Alla Baia: Owned and run by a Venetian, it is no surprise that Alla Baia is a favourite for those in need of good old-fashioned Italian comfort food. With plenty of pizza and pasta (and some Thai), it’s ideal for those wanting a taste of home (or those with kids who refuse to eat anything else). There are great views too from its open terrace overlooking the sea.
Red Moon: With its red interior and bold signage, it’s hard to miss Red Moon, a French-run bar and restaurant with a New Orleansesque vibe serving tapas, Australian steaks, Thai food and wines.
LINK Cuisine & Lounge: An Italian-Asian fusion restaurant with a stunning upstairs lounge, an open terrace and great cocktails, Link is where you want to be when the sun goes down. There is a live DJ every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night.
CoCo Tam’s: An open-air beach restaurant and bar, with plenty of seats on the terrace or directly on the sand, Coco Tam’s is quite possibly the most popular spot for sunset cocktails. Plus, there are fire shows (starting each evening at 9:30 PM) and live music!
Hawker Market: We, of course, can’t forget the Friday night Hawker market! Each Friday, Fisherman’s Village plays host to the most popular night market on the island. The village is closed to everything but foot traffic from about 5 PM and you can freely roam about. During this time, not only can you eat plenty of delicious local food and delicacies, or have a cocktail at one of the many bars, but you can also purchase all the souvenirs your suitcase can handle!
Special thanks to Leslie Macpherson of Villa M, Fisherman’s Village’s only luxury villa, for her insider tips.