Places to eat
Where to begin…..you really are spoiled for choice with food on Koh Tao. Here is a tiny selection of places you should check out:
Mint Kitchen – This small and friendly restaurant is located directly next to Roctopus dive. It without doubt serves the best Thai food on the island!
Hippo – Located on the main road into Sairee, Hippo has a large selection of western food, great steaks and the best fajitas on the island!
Zanzibar – Located in Sairee (opposite Hippo), this is the best place for a sandwich on the island.
Portabello – Located in Sairee behind Choppers Bar, this is where you can get amazing pasta and pizzas.
Barracuda – Located on ‘Walking Street’ in Sairee, Barracuda serves some amazing dishes that you would usually expect to see in fine dining restaurants, not on a small tropical island! Make sure you book in advance, it gets busy.
Through the Looking Glass – Located in Sairee (up the road from the 7-11 at the cross roads), this is a small snack shop/Bakery. Great cheap sandwiches, pasties, and cakes……delicious.
Shalimar – Located next to the gas station in Sairee, if you like Indian food this place will not disappoint.
Su’Chilli – Located in Sairee, This place serves some of the best Thai curries in Thailand. Good quality and cheap.
The Whitening – Located on the beach in Mae Haad, this has the reputation of being one of the best restaurants on the island. Great Thai and Western food, and a great cocktail menu!
The Gallery – Located on the road to Roctopus Dive, this restaurant will give you the ‘full dining experience’. Superb Thai dishes, amazing selection of drinks (including a delightful Thai wine), and a level of service that is unmatched on Koh Tao.
Greasy Spoon – for all you guys out there with a hangover, the Greasy Spoon does the best fried breakfast on the island. Located in Mae Haad after the petrol station.
Lung Pae – Located in the hills overlooking Chalok Ban Kao, this place serves the best steak on the island!
Golden 139 – Located in between Mae Haad and Chalok Ban Kao, this is where you get a Korean BBQ. Spend 139 Baht and eat and cook for as long as you want.
Goodtime Adventures Beach Cafe – Located south Sairee Beach, this is a very stylish restaurant with great food.
A Taste of Home - Conveniently located opposite Roctopus Dive.
Ali – The pancake man, located outside 7-11 Sairee beach serves by far the best pancakes in the world. Go get a pancake and enjoy the show!
Ali the Pancake Man
Places to drink
Koh Tao is a very relaxing island, but it does also offer a great nightlife too! Here are a few places to check out:
Maya Beach Bar – Don’t miss the chance to visit Koh Tao’s premiere beach bar. Maya offers great cocktails, live DJ’s every night, in an amazing location on the beach!!!
Choppers Bar & Grill – Located by the crossroads in Sairee this Australian bar is a very popular choice. With a huge menu of Thai and western food, and a happy hour every night (from 6pm until 8pm) this is a good place to start your night. Its also the place to go to watch sport as it has many flat screen TVs dedicated to this
Office Bar – Another place for very cheap drinks. Located on the same road as Choppers, this laid back bar has become the main hangout for after-party drinks
Lotus Bar – Located on Sairee Beach (opposite Office Bar), the Lotus Bar after 10pm is one of the busiest bars on the island. If you’re looking for the party………this is the place for you.
Moov – This is one of the most popular bars on the island. With regular parties and international DJs, you will not be disappointed. Go there early to sample their tapas menu….the ribs are highly rccommended.
Raw Art Moovment – Located in Mae Haad above Moov, make sure you check out the live music (open Mic Night) at their ‘Sunday Jam’!!!
Fizz Bar – Located on Sairee Beach, this is a place to relax and chat. With huge bean bags and a extensive cocktail menu, this is the place to relax and watch the sunset. Also try the food here, it’s very good!
Goodtime Adventures – Located south Sairee Beach. This is another great place to begin your evening, good drinks, and very friendly staff.
Banyan Bar – Located in Sairee next to Koh Tao CrossFit, this is the place to start your night if you want a ‘big one’. Their drink selection is huge and the bar staff are very entertaining.
Babaloo – Located in Chalok Ban Kao, this chill out bar is right on the beach! A great choice to unwind in.
The Bucket…..try one if you dare!!!