There is plenty of choice in restaurants in the Mae Phim area. There are about 60 restaurants along the beach alone, most of them are traditional beach restaurants with sunbeds.
The classification of restaurants could be street kitchens, local lunch places, places specializing only in seafood, half-western (offering not only Thai but also Western food) and restaurants intended for tourists.
There are also plenty of wooden chair and table restaurants with menus ranging from steaks to traditional Thai dishes. You can also find here e.g. tapas, cook-your-own and grill restaurants. Pizza is available in almost every half-western and tourist restaurant, and their toppings are wide. The taste of the pizzas could be described as very good.
Compared to the number of residents and tourists, the number of restaurants seems disproportionately large. This is due to the fact that Mae Phim has long been a place to spend weekends and holidays especially for Bangkokians. With their help, we maintain a good level of service for us Finns as well. This also enables various beach entertainments with jet skis and banana boats.
Eating out or picking up food from a restaurant is very common here among the locals, so the popular lunch spots can be packed just before and after noon. However, you should bravely go to such a place, because the crowd is a sign that they serve exactly that Authentic Thai food.
The menus in these places favored by the locals are usually only in Thai, but orders can be made based on the pictures, or perhaps the most famous Thai dish, Pad Thai, can be ordered in English "Pad Thai with chicken/shrimps, spicy/medium/not spicy, please". More information about Pad Thai on Wikipedia.
For dessert, of course, Roti banana pancakes, which you can buy at the scooter shop (mostly in the evenings in front of 7 Eleven stores).
It's a pretty sure thing that you won't be surprised by hunger in Mae Phim. There are numerous fixed street kitchens and mobile kitchens built on scooters on Beach road and along the road leading to Kram. There is plenty to choose, from whole grilled chickens to skewers and local snacks.
Fish restaurants (local)
When you go from Tequila Sunrise to the fish market, there are several restaurants specializing in fish and other seafood. The fish and shellfish are alive in their tanks, so the freshness of the food is guaranteed.
A row of beach restaurants begins after the fish market. Here you can always get fresh and tasty food made especially from fish and shellfish. Rakmaephim represents one of these many. Friendly service and affordable prices guarantee a nice lunch experience.
Tom yom soups can be mentioned in particular, these are brought to the beach table in their own pot with coal heating.
Muai Pad Thai (local)
The lunch restaurant located near Kram's Pattana shop is very popular with the locals. The best Pad Thai at its most authentic is served here.
Don't be afraid even if you don't find a free seat right away, you will be rewarded for waiting a while.
Rice Wonder Cafe & Eco Resort (local)
Rice Wonder Cafe & Eco Resort offers authentic Thai food in a glamping atmosphere. The values of the place are closeness to nature and ecological choices.
The owner can also be reached on WhatsApp +358505734779.
Accommodation is also available in charming bungalows.
Singapore Chicken (local)
A few hundred meters from Kram to the beach, there is an authentic Thai restaurant specializing in chicken meals.
Honestly the food is better than they are offering in international brand restaurants. Of course it's a matter of taste, but at least the price is right without compromising the taste.
Linda I-San (local)
The northeastern part of Thailand, Isan, is the largest of the country's regions. From here, a unique food culture has spread around the country.
In Mae Phim, this is represented by Linda I-San, where small meze-type portions are served, and the absolute top is represented by Hot Pots, where seafood, pork and beef are prepared yourself. A nice place to enjoy food and being together wit friends, map link.
Shade Tree is a family owned restaurant with a good atmosphere and, of course, authentic Thai food.
However, there are also Nordic dishes on the menu, from meatballs to minced meat spaghetti and crab bread.
The restaurant is closed for renovation and will open in September 2024.
Tequila Sunrice is perhaps the most western style restaurant in Mae Phim. However, this does not mean that it is worse than the others, only in a positive sense. Here you can get portions when you want something other than Thai food - or Thai food in a Western style.
The restaurant often has live music with moderate intensity and you can also see beautiful sunsets from there.
The pizzas are the masterpieces of Pizza Nuss, which has been operating since 2009. Many come here regularly to enjoy pizzas and other food as well. The twenty-page long menu contains comprehensive selections from Thai dishes to pasta, cuts, pizzas and stews.
During the same visit, you will also visit in Bali Residence, a holiday home area popular with Nordics.
Bo Pen Yang
Located roughly halfway along the road leading to Kram, Bo Pen Yang offers a versatile menu that includes Thai dishes as well as Western food. The place is attractively decorated and there is also an opportunity to play billiards. You can see the menus on Facebook and Google Map.
Jojo Seafood is by far one of the biggest restaurants in Mae Phim. This indicates that the place is popular especially among the locals. In the parking lot, there can be several colorful tourist buses from time to time, which mainly bring Bangkokians for a weekend vacation. The reason for this must be the delicious seafood.