I supposed Kopitiam is unique to Singapore, but I was wrong since I found one in Phuket. In Singapore, Kopitiam is a dinning place where one can find variety of food choices from several countries. It is not a fancy place to dine but the foods served are really good.
In Phuket, Kopitiam is a coffee shop located in idyllic Old Town. The Kopitiam is owned by decendants of Chinese migrants to Phuket and you will get to know the place when you see this sign.
|Signage of Kopitiam in Phuket, Thailand|
They have many offerings on their menu, but worth tasting is their rich coffee which is quite different in taste from the best of Singapore, Bali and Vietnam.
|Kopi unique to Phuket's Kopitiam.|
While having a sip of coffee, one can enjoy the homely ambiance of the shop house where the Kopitiam is located. Inside the coffee shop, one can have a glimpse of the past in the vestiges on display.
|An Antique Typewriter|
|Pictures of the tin mine in Phuket and the subsequent |
development of Old Town.
|Personages involved in Kopitiam.|
|Chinese wall hangings which show that the |
business establishment is Chinese-owned.
Having a coffee in this place is a good experience for tourists. It will make you travel back in time to old Phuket, and for some time know the tidbits of history of the place.