Phuket Foodie Culture

Old Phuket Town Is Home to the City’s Most Instagram-worthy Streets (and Food)

If you are beached out—or have a hankering to see colourful Sino-Portuguese architecture—head to Old Phuket Town. You can easily spend a few hours popping in and out of eclectic shophouses, Thai temples, Chinese shrines, old mansions and quirky cafés along Thalang, Dibuk and Krabi roads. Your first stop should be Aroon Restaurant for cha chuk tea and roti. Like Hong Kong tea, this strong brew is made with condensed milk and sugar, but it’s frothy from having been poured repeatedly between two decanters.

At the front of the family-run shop, they serve up roti filled with meat or a sweeter version filled with butter and sugar and dipped in condensed milk. One of the most Instagrammable streets is Soi Rommanee. It is lit with Chinese lanterns at night, and its traditional shophouses are painted romantic shades of pink, orange, yellow and blue. Its past is equally colourful: It was once a red-light and opium-parlour district frequented by Chinese tin miners.

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