Tonsai Bay Restaurants & Dining

Where and What to Eat in Tonsai Bay

Tonsai Bay restaurants and dining scene offer you a wide range of flavours to discover. Tonsai Bay is the beating heart of Phi Phi Island. Along its alleys and streets, you will find an interesting and alluring mix of traditional Thailand and an out-and-out tourist orientated destination.

From the western to the eastern ends of the bay, there are good dining options. Nevertheless, note that it's in the central part of the bay – in the village - that you’ll find the largest choice of restaurants. Food-wise, it certainly is party central. There’s a bar or restaurant for all tastes and leanings here, the art is in finding the one for you. See below some of the most notable places to eat in Tonsai Bay.

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Right next to Moskito Diving stands Anna’s. New, and with a pleasantly personal feel, Anna’s could be described as a family-run restaurant. Featuring English breakfasts but also doing a line in German and Italian dishes along with Thai, Anna’s is nothing if not versatile. Cooled by ceiling fans and with friendly English-speaking staff, it’s one of Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – Late
  • Location: Next to Moskito Diving, Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: International
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Aroy Kaffeine

Aroy Kaffeine is a hidden gem which should be on the bucket-list of every curious gastronome visiting Phi Phi Island. Located on one of the narrow lanes of Tonsai Village, it offers a rather unique place to dine on the island. Settled between Unni’s Restaurant and Phi Phi Sea Frog Diving Centre, Aroy Kaffeine is a Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 07:30-22:00 (later in high season)
  • Location: in Tonsai village
  • Tel: +66 (0)95 720 3382
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Bakery Hut by Pajay

Just round the corner to the island’s food market, Pajay Bakery is a happening spot. Selling fresh coffee, tea, breakfast, pastries, bread and juices, Pajay is L-shaped with a central bar and is open on both sides. It’s not a large place and fills up quickly, lending it a rather busy atmosphere.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:0009:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Between the market and Moskito Diving
  • Cuisine: Patisserie
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Breakers Bar & Grill

Not unlike a school refectory, Breakers features five rows of heavy wooden tables and bench seating. This bar/pub/restaurant has non-stop entertainment value in that it’s located right downtown and there is a constant stream of casually dressed humanity surging past most hours of the day. Over the bar optics, large-screen TVs show sports and news at Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
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Beach Bar (The Pier)

The very first bar you hit when getting off the ferry and the very last when you leave, this is predictably a scintillating people-watching spot from the moment to first ferry comes in until the last at 17:00. Snacks, burgers, beers, cocktails, babies, stray cats and quite possibly the worst music on the island all add up to make an interesting place. If only they could do something about that music, though.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – late
  • Location: The pier
  • Cuisine: Beach vibe café/bar
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Beachfront Dining in Tonsai Bay

Tonsai Bay offers a good choice of beachfront dining options. Curiously, the majority of of beach restaurants in Tonsai Bay are located on the east and west sides of the bay, instead of being in the central part. 

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Regular visitors to Phi Phi may be surprised to learn that D’s Books has been replaced by Capu Latte, a smoothie/coffee/tea/juice outlet. Capu Latte also sells breakfasts, salads, wraps, pasta and cocktails. It’s still a good-looking, well-situated place and probably the best people-watching spot on the island. The only difference is that you won’t be able to score a newspaper/novel to read over your juice. Best take along your own, then.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: Light food
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In a relatively new location, Cosmic is one of the island’s old timers and has the usual suspects on its menu from late breakfast to night dining although pizza seems to be its speciality. There’s quite a bit of wooden furniture and accessories here, giving the place an extra personality boost.

  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: International
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Efe Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant

Mediterranean cuisine covers a wide range of flavours, each of them originating from the different countries bordering the southern European or northern African sea. At Efe Mediterranean Cuisine Restaurant, you can sample a good choice of delicious specialities, including fresh bread and hummus, kebab, falafel and meats on skewer, just to name a few. You’ll appreciate the relaxed atmosphere of the venue, as well as the commitment of all the staff and management, who are always happy to explain what the dishes served are made of.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
  • Location: In the same lane as Unni’s, some 60m from the main drag coming from the pier
  • Tel: +66 (0)95 150 4434
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Grand PP Arcade Restaurant

Grand PP Arcade is a recently established (2013) small shopping mall hosting fashion and accessories boutiques which is mostly famous for its coffee-shop and restaurant. Located in the northeastern part of Tonsai Village, 75m from Loh Dalum, Grand PP Arcade is a genuine local family-run restaurant built in a very local style. The settings and atmosphere are rather laid-back, like a peaceful oasis in a buzzing neighbourhood.

Grand PP Arcade Restaurant serves western and Thai food of excellent quality and is particularly renowned for its breakfasts. With friendly staff, relaxed ambience, free Wi-Fi, and excellent food, this venue is indeed amongst the most popular dining in Phi Phi at the moment.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 - 23:00
  • Location: Next to Harmony House in the northeastern side of Tonsai Village
  • Tel: 080-5382608
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Khun Va Thai Cuisine

Formerly the well-know pickup joint Apache, Khun Va is nowadays a bar and restaurant serving pizza, spaghetti, fast food and more with views out over Tonsai Bay, Phi Phi Leh and further.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
  • Location: Near Carlito’s
  • Cuisine: Eclectic
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Once the famous Mama’s restaurant, Italiano has been fitted out to look more like a ‘normal’ restaurant than its predecessor. With the usual raft of pizzas, pastas, spaghetti and ice cream, this is little Italy by the sea.

  • Opening Hours: 17:30- 23:00
  • Location: Towards the pier on Tonsai’s Main Street
  • Cuisine: Italian trattoria
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Mama Resto

It’s a 750-metre stroll from Tonsai Pier to Mama Beach Residence at the western end of Tonsai Bay but it’s most definitely worth it as here is where you’ll find Mama Resto. In an idyllic beach setting and sheltered by the towering and prolific limestone cliffs that mark the edge of the bay, sunset dining here Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:30 - 23:00
  • Location: Western end of Tonsai Bay, at Mama Beach Residence
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Matt’s Joint

Matt’s is busy because of the popularity of its grilled food. Steaks and Australian burgers are the big draws here but you can also score fresh fish. There’s a modest but good quality selection of Aussie wines. Open sided and at a crossroads (traffic-free, naturally) Matt’s is a good place to take in all the street goings on.

  • Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: Grill
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Papaya Restaurant

Papaya Restaurant is an unpretentious local venue located on the eastern side of Tonsai Village, not far from the famous Reggae Pub. Do not expect fancy settings or outstanding décor here, the restaurant’s main focus is on tasteful genuine Thai food, so get ready get your mouth on fire as spiciness standards are Thai, not western…

From pad thai (fried noodle), to tom yum (south Thailand most looked-after soup), to green/yellow/red curry, to som tam mamuang (papaya salad), the food served at Papaya Restaurant is the real McCoy; served in large portions and at affordable price, Papaya is the right place to experiment Thai cuisine.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Eastern part of Tonsai Village
  • Tel: 087-2801719
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Pirate’s House

Despite the somewhat juvenile moniker, Pirate’s House delivers Indian, Continental and Thai food in a certain style. Here’s the place to grab a juicy steak or good chicken fried rice. With chunky wooden tables and chairs, Pirate’s House is also pretty atmospheric.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: Eclectic
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Phi Phi Bakery

This cult-status Phi Phi old-timer has a quaintly rickety touch to it. With an upstairs and a downstairs fan-cooled part, here’s where you can score homemade buns, croissants, pizzas, muffins, and even steaks and salads. Popular with the diving set, Phi Phi Bakery’s windows are lined with delicious goodies.

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – 21:00
  • Location: 100 metres from the pier on Tonsai Village’s Main Street
  • Cuisine: Bakery/restaurant
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Pizza Take Away

Tonsai Village now has several Pizza Take Away stands. Located at the pier and in the village itself, these tempting outlets are the ideal mishmash of East meets West in that they utilize the Asian concept of a street stand, albeit one that sells already prepared fast food. Neat, huh?


If you’re looking for a professionally cooked Thai meal in charming surroundings you have to try Pum. Easy to find because of its orange colour theme, Pum is part of a three-branch cooking school business (the other branches are in Ao Nang and Patong) that makes cooking fun, it’s logical that their Thai food is top range. Phone ahead to book classes.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:00 - Cooking classes at 11:00 and 14:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Tel: +66 (0) 81 521 8904
  • Cuisine: Thai
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The Mango Garden

As implied by its name, most dishes served at The Mango Garden include one of the favourite fruits in Thailand: mango. You can sample the king of Thai desserts – mango with sticky rice – as well as a great choice of smoothies, juices and other fruity products here. All-day breakfast is available, and you can enjoy a wide array of coffees and teas. The venue is small, but its modern design, cool atmosphere and the air conditioning offer a refreshing break from the heat and humidity of Phi Phi.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
  • Location: On the main drag starting at the pier in Tonsai Village
  • Tel: +66 (0)61 891 8263
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The Rock

A Phi Phi institution, The Rock is a breezy upstairs restaurant with views out over Loh Dalum and further. It’s a chilled-out place with equally chilled music where no one has so much as even heard of the word ‘urgency’ so expect a calm atmosphere in which to enjoy your rice and chicken.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
  • Location: Near PP Casita
  • Cuisine: Thai, European
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Tonsai Seafood

Tonsai Bay is a bustling and colourful place at most times of day. But when the sun sinks into the Andaman Sea and the lights go up along the coastline there is a tangible sense of magic in the air.

Tonsai Seafood is right in the heart of all this fairylike seaside sorcery and, like a Read More...

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Unni’s Restaurant

A Scandinavian restaurant, Unni’s can get pretty busy in the evening and for a good reason: it’s professional, well set up and not expensive. Serving Mexican food, good salads, both western and Thai food along with breakfast until 14:00, this is a cool place.

  • Opening Hours: 07:30 – 23:00
  • Location: Central Tonsai
  • Cuisine: Mexican/Thai/western
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