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Catfish Bookshop & Restaurant

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113 moo. 1 Saladan , koh Lanta, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
+66 84 454 1154
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Toronto, Canada
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast before catching a ferry and it was surprisingly good! I say surprisingly because I have not enjoyed breakfast in Thailand that much; all the same foods and I find the eggs questionable. Anyways, ordered BLT, fruit, pineapple shake, tea... I definitely recommend!!

Thank jessicaledrew
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute concept! First you walk through the book shop where the cats nap between the books. The restaurant is in the back above the water with a nice view. Best place for breakfast for good prices. I had fresh fruits, pancakes and bananas in hot coconut milk every morning.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Cape Town
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70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Restaurant looked good, didn't actually eat here but checked menu and bought some books from their stall. Everybody looked happy.

Thank KathyCapeTown
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

If you like tasty food, this place is extremely recommended for your visit! All dishes are delicious! And if you are vegetarian, you will find a good choise of falafel, hummus with pita or salad or wrap here. Fruits shakes are very good, all stuff members are really nice, they can suggest you something according your mood or make your... More 

Thank KatieNewbie
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

I thought this place had great character, and the cats do make it extra relaxing. The food was some of the best value, and really tasty. There is a high standard of food on the quay side restaurants in Saladan in general, and for me the USP of this one is the character, for sure.

Thank Carolyn S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

Escaped the hassle of the tuktuk and hotel touts to one of the restaurants built out over the water. This was exactly what we wanted. The big Pussycats were all asleep, but we liked it. Only had iced coffee and sandwiches but it was all good. The bookshop which you enter by was also interesting, and this would be a... More 

Thank Geoff813
Munich, Germany
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30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016 via mobile

Went there for breakfast half an hour earlier than opening hours, yet the staff was very friendly and invited us in. The food and coffee were great, and the cats were super friendly! I found funny the review saying that "this is not a cat cafe but they randomly have friendly cats....and food..." So what exactly is a cat cafe... More 

Thank Diana K
Aix-en-Provence, France
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64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

We love the cats, the books. the view. the strong wifi and the brunch menu. Good quality breakfast menu and sandwich offerings. The coffee is good ( not usual on Lanta) and the shakes are full of fruit and not over sweetened! Situated over the water it is Cool in every sense of the word. A regular haunt now for... More 

Thank neillbarker
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Reserved Catfish as my very last stop before boarding the speedboat to Koh Lipe on 12 Feb 2016. There were few cats around and they were sleeping when I was there for breakfast. Had a salami with cheese sandwich placed on a very cute plate with 3 cats on it! I wonder where I could get a similar plate from.... More 

Thank kaydablew
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149 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

Catfish is not a cat cafe as people have called it. They just happen to have a few resident cats that are friendly and lazing about. Location is close to the pier and on the water so you can sit and watch the boasts go by. Very relaxing between that and petting the cats. The front of the restaurant is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
European, Asian, Thai, Seafood, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 113 moo. 1 Saladan , koh Lanta, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
  • Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Krabi Province  >  Ko Lanta
  • Phone Number: +66 84 454 1154

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?