Due to the large numbers of both expats and foreign tourists that live on or visit Koh Samui the island has an abundance of shops, delis, bakeries and supermarkets that specialise in selling good quality, imported food from all over the world, as well as freshly made produce.
These types of establishments that specialise in selling foreign food on Koh Samui are not only popular with expats who are looking for a little taste of something from back home, they are also used by many of the islands restaurants as a place to source foreign or international produce and ingredients.
The wide variety of foreign food shops on Koh Samui provide a great selection of international and European food such as, bread, steaks, sausages, fish, beer, wine, hams, cheeses, just to name a few. Although it is true that the price of imported food on the island will inevitably be more expensive than locally purchased Thai food, the quality of a lot of imported food products can often be better.
Whilst there is an excellent choice of foreign food available in both restaurants and shops on Koh Samui, it might not always be possible to get your hands on absolutely every food item from your own country. For more elusive items you might have to try and track down large suppliers, who will normally be based in Bangkok. You could also purchase such item online and arrange for them to be imported yourself but this will inevitably be quite expensive.
Having said that, you will probably be presently surprised by just how much selection there is when it comes to purchasing foreign foods on Koh Samui.
Here is a selection of some of the main foreign food suppliers and outlets that can be found on Koh Samui:
French Bakery Koh Samui
If you want to sample some wonderful freshly baked bread, croissants, cakes and pastries then look no further than Koh Samui’s French Bakery, which has branches in both Chaweng and Lamai. Open from 8am daily, French Bakery is popular with many European visitors and expats. Customers can sit inside and enjoy a coffee and a cake in the bakery’s cafe, whilst taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi.
Address: French Bakery Chaweng, 4169 Main Ring Road, Chaweng
French Bakery Lamai, 4169 Main Ring Road, Chaweng
Colibri Food Supply
Located near Chaweng Beach, Colibri Food Supply specialise in importing international fine food products. Some of their best selling products include Appenzeller, Brie, Asiago and Danish Blue cheese, prime Australian beef and the finest New Zealand lamb. Colibri is also the place to go for all your Christmas food shopping, with their Christmas hampers proving to be extremely popular.
Address: Soi Colibri, 46/29 Moo 3, Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, 84320
Tel: 077 230 575
Rossini Ice Cream
With close to 20 years trading experience, Rossini Ice Cream supplies pretty much every fine dining establishment on the island with their delicious Italian ice cream. All their produce, which also includes sorbets and tiramisu are handmade and contain no artificial additives or preservatives. Open from 9am to 5pm Monday-Saturday, Rossini has over 75 flavours of ice cream to choose from.
II Mulino Italian Bakery
Situated not too far from Bangkok Samui Hospital, II Mulino Italian Bakery specialises in freshly baked Italian breads, pizzas and sandwiches. They also have a great selection of cold cuts of meats and cheeses, all of which are imported from Italy. At II Mulino, you can eat in, takeaway or even arrange to have your Italian produce delivered to you at home.
Address: 26/7 Chaweng Ring Road, Moo 3 Bophut, 84320
Tel: 077 239 031
With branches throughout Thailand, Schmidt’s supply a large number of both commercial and private customers with a wide range of breads, chocolates and other bakery products. Located in Lamai, Schmidt’s offers a wide selection of imported food products.
Address: 127/28, Moo 3, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui, 84310
Tel: 077 418 433
The Bakers Oven
A traditional English bakery, The Bakers Oven and Restaurant serve a wide range of breads and cakes at very reasonable prices, with their sandwich rolls being extremely popular. Located in Lamai, the The Bakers Oven is open from 7.30am daily. As you approach the bakery from the main road, the smell of freshly baking bread is nothing short of wonderful!
Address: 84/29 Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, 84310
Tel: 0857 901 797
Wine Connection Samui
Traditionally wine can be very expensive in Thailand but Wine Connection Samui does their very best at trying to offer high quality international wines at affordable prices. As well as fine fines, they also stock a good selection of spirits and Belgium beers.
The recently refurbished Makro is another popular place to source international and imported foods. The branch at Samui is large and is used by locals and expats, as well as many of the islands restaurateurs who often use the store for produce and ingredients they are unable to otherwise source locally. Located on the main ring road in Bophut, Makro is open daily from 10am to 9am.
There are a couple of large Tesco Lotus stores that can be found on Koh Samui, most notably in Chaweng and Lamai. Both of these stores sell a wide range of international food products and produce, as well as many of the products you would expect to find at a regular supermarket. As part of each of these Tesco Lotus shopping complexes you will also find a wide range of other stores and fast food chains. Visit our Koh Samui shopping pages for more information (LINK HERE)
Address: Tesco Lotus Chaweng, 1/7 Moo 6 Samui Ring Road, Chaweng, 84320
Tel: 077 245 400
Address: Tesco Lotus Lamai, 13/12 Moo 4, Lamai, Samui 84310