Nakhon Si Thammarat, the largest province in southern Thailand, is located on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula with Krabi to the west. My wife studied traditional Thai dance here when she was a young girl and still visit the town from time to time when some errands need to be done.
Most recent, she needed to meet a dermatologist, and before we went back to Krabi, she wanted to show me Kopi 1942, which is a famous breakfast place in the center of Nakhon Si Thammarat Town serving old-style coffee, traditional tea, dim sum and other Chinese/Thai food.
Although it’s known for being a breakfast place for the locals, you can come here for dinner as we did or simply have a coffee and enjoy the old colonial style restaurant – highly recommended if you are in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Kopi, which is a Malay/Hokkien term for coffee, was established in 1942 and little has changed since then.
Not very busy at noon.
A light tea is served to all customers as soon as they sit down.
A well-browsed menu.
We ordered a mix of Chinese and Thai dishes.
Bak Kut Teh served in an old clay pot. A must order when visiting Kopi 1942 according to my wife. It’s a Chinese pork rib soup popular in southern Thailand.
Wall decorated with old photos and antique clocks.
I regret I didn’t try the coffee, but coffee is not the first thing that comes into my mind when it’s 35 degrees at noon.
Nakhon Si Thammarat is full of history with Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan as the most must-see temple in the south of Thailand; missing out on Wat Phra Mahathat when visiting Nakhon Si Thammarat is described as going to Rome and not visiting St Peter’s Basilica. UNESCO placed the temple on a tentative list of world heritage sites in 2012.
Map showing Kopi 1942 in Nakhon Si Thammarat Town