Living in Phuket we are extremely fortunate to have so much good quality fresh produce available – organic vegetables, tropical fruit and young coconuts to name just a few gems. One thing we have struggled with over the years is getting our hands (or more accurately our mouths) on fresh, quality bakery products and pastries although there have been a few long-term notables.
But now we’ve got your covered with a plethora of new bakeries opening on the island. In no particular order…
The refurbished and newly opened (August 2017), Iniala Gourmet has without a doubt the best bakery items on the island. Chef David Inglada has one of the most beautiful pastry kitchens I have seen in Natai where their flagship product, the world famous Iniala Beach House, is located. He is one of the top pastry chefs in the country. His pastries and artisan breads are baked fresh daily and are affordable and mouthwatering, such is the quality of his products they are also available at a number of high end resorts like Kata Rocks around the island.
Located perfectly on a corner in Ban Manik, the newly opened Napoleon Bakery is making waves on the island with it’s beautifully crafted artisan breads and bakery items. All items are baked on site daily by Head Chef Rolf Kurt who has 40 years experience, traditional in it’s style, using only the best of produce, Napoleon Bakery is an absolute must.
Locals drive from all over the island to buy takeaway bread and pastries from Zurich Bread Factory. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu features its house-made traditionally European style breads and pastries. You need to try the cranberry hot cross buns, almond croissants and fruit tart (there’s definitely fruit in there, along with creamy custard and chocolate 🙂 Located on the very busy Phrabaramee Road in Kathu, opposite the go-karting track. Parking is available behind the bakery.
With multiple outlets on the island, Bake Cherngtalay is the home of its production kitchen which supplies bakery products throughout Phuket. With dine in and takeaway options, their fresh pastries (apple turnover a must try) and daily baked fresh breads, their extensive list means there is something for everyone’s palate. Once the kingpin on the island, but now finds itself in a more competitive market, Bake Cherngtalay continues to provide excellent quality bakery items and is very deserving of a place in our top ten list.
Located five minutes inland from Layan Beach, nestled amongst lush grass and native foliage, Project Artisan is the perfect escape for the entire family. A newcomer in location and style, Project Artisan is establishing itself as the place to be on the island for the hip crowd, providing excellent service, artisan food and beverages and regular workshops to educate the young and the young at heart. Project Artisan’s locally sourced, and organic-where-possible breads and pastries are available in their aptly named “Grab & Go“ and also feature on their evolving menu.
With two locations in Kamala, one a cute little café and the other featuring a café but also the bakery production kitchen, La Fayette French Bakery is a wonderful addition to the formerly-sleepy Kamala village. The dine in and takeaway bakery items and rustic, traditionally crafted bread as well as their buttery and fluffy croissants are a naughty pleasure.
High Tea at Les Diables is an institution on the island just like the café’s owner Peter Webber. With a larger than life personality, Peter is a master craftsman in patisserie, growing up in Devon UK, it is no wonder his scones and house made jams are divine. For ten years he held the position of Executive Pastry Chef at the famed Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. Now he’s brought all that skill and precision to Les Diables in Phuket. Delicate pastries, bite size sandwiches, scones and savory pastries all feature in the afternoon tea available daily. And for special occasions Peter’s bespoke cakes deserve a Top Ten category all on their own.
Off the beaten track down in Rawai (used to be in Chalong on Viset Road), Delish Café is primarily frequented by locals, our suggestion to you is to break out of the tourist trap and head south. The café is owned and operated by an Australian couple who are long term residents on the island. Already listed on The Thaiger’s Top Ten Coffees, it also makes our best bakery list too, because their freshly baked products are simply the best. The cake cabinet is something you would expect in a trendy suburban café in Sydney, their latest addition is walnut, coffee flavored cake, cinnamon meringue, toasted walnuts, and maple vanilla whipped cream. Oh my goodness take my money now!!!
Yes, I am fully aware this is not a bakery, however… Anantara Layan has the most scrumptious breakfast buffet on the island and this is largely due to the extensive and delicate bakery items on it. Executive Chef Silvano, a long time resident on the island, and his pastry team produce all items on site daily. The banana bread is especially delicious as is the light and fluffy croissants, paired with house made spreads and jams.
This cute little café in Phuket Town has very quickly established itself as a place to have good quality vegetarian/vegan bakery items. Their banana bread with a hot latte is very popular with locals! Changing menus depending on availability of healthy products keeping the café fresh, current and keeps you coming back for more.
- Donna Toon