Hey, loves! Today we’re taking you on a short walk to the colorful Rawai Market in Phuket. This lovely small local market is located close to Rawai Beach and is open every Monday and Thursday from 4 pm – 8 pm. We have been living in the peaceful Rawai area for the last few months and the weekly visit of this Thai food heaven has become a beloved family ritual.
Rawai Market offers an abundance of amazing local fruits and veggies, good quality fresh food (traditional Thai meals), fish, all kind of seafood, meat, as well as souvenirs and clothes. The place is clean and welcoming and has local charm : ) The prices are much more affordable, compared to the crowded tourist spots. The food looks really tasty and lots of locals, expats and tourists come here to grab a dinner. We have tried some vegetarian food, such as sweet corn, steam rice or noodles with vegetables, grilled sweet banana, but to be honest, they aren’t so many vegan/vegetarian options. So, the main reason that we stop by this colorful local market are the super duper yummy exotic fresh fruits and veggies, which actually take such a huge part in our healthy vegan diet : )
Rawai Market Fuits – Always Fresh & Cheap!
Usually, our first stop is at the mango and dragon fruit stand. We just can’t get enough of these amazing local fruits! They are heavenly delicious and a perfect base for yummy smoothies and smoothie bowls, as well as incredibly tasty vegan ice creams.
Mango costs between 60 – 100 THB per kilo, depending on its size and type. Compared to the crowded touristy places (where you can buy mango for at least 120 THB), these prices are absolutely reasonable. We usually buy the smallest one because it’s really tasty and flavorful.
Dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya, Pitahaya and Strawberry pear is a type of cactus, which is grown in Southeast Asia, Mexico and parts of Central and South America. We’re completely in LOVE with this beautiful and refreshingly tasty fruit! You can find two types of dragon fruit on the market. They are both with bright pink skin, but the one is with white flesh and black seeds (80 – 100 THB) and the other with amazing pink-purple flesh with black seeds (150 THB). If you haven’t still tried this gorgeous fruit, oh… you should! Especially the pink-purple flesh one. We usually make this simple and easy Pink Dragon Fruit Smoothie, which turned out a favorite morning breakfast for the whole family.
Bananas here are maybe the best deal in the whole Rawai area! The prices start from 10 THB to 50 THB, and the ripe medium bananas usually cost between 20 THB and 30 THB. We usually buy a huge quantity of them because they are sooo sweet and tasty and a perfect base for delicious vegan ice creams and nice creams : )
This fruit is called Tangerine, a sweet and sometimes slightly sour type of citrus fruit. It costs around 80 THB per kilo.
We just LOVE pineapples and we eat tons of them : ) This good Thai man, who is already our friend sells the most delicious pineapples at the best price (usually between 15 THB and 20 TBH)!
In Rawai Market you can also find delicious red grapes. The prices start from 100 THB. To be honest, we prefer to indulge ourselves with exotic local fruits, because we used to eat plenty of grapes back in Europe.
Rawai Market Vegetables & Herbs
As you can see from the pictures below, Rawai Market offers a great variety of amazing vegetables, mushrooms and herbs! The only downside is that they have no prices, so if you want to make a good deal, just smile and be friendly : ) It’s so easy!
As in all local Thai markets, you can find here an abundance of different types and sizes of chili peppers. As huge lovers of spicy food, we usually have plenty of them at home : )
Shiitake mushrooms are one of our all time favorite mushrooms! We usually use them in the vegan version of the most popular Thai soup Tom Yum.
Rawai Market Sourdough Bread
Last but not least, in Rawai Market you will find the most delicious sourdough bread on the island! Bread O’Clock Bakery Phuket has become our favorite bread shop since it opened in November 2017. This cute little place offers a great selection of healthy and incredibly yummy sourdough bread that we absolutely adore! The price per loaf starts from 60 to 120 THB, which is absolutely value for money. You can find them right next to Chalong Pier and on the colorful Rawai Market every Monday and Thursday.
Rawai Market Location & Opening Time
Well, guys, if you are heading to Rawai and you want to experience the local food and the amazing fruits & veggies of Thailand, stop by Rawai Market. The food is fresh and tasty, and the prices are absolutely affordable. This little food gem is located close to the gorgeous Rawai Beach (take a look at the map below) and is open every Monday and Thursday from 4 pm – 8 pm. Enjoy!
Gerry & Tofobo Family
Photo credit: Tofobo Family