Whether you're looking for local designer wear or knick-knacks to bring home, Bangkok's malls and street markets has something for everyone. Here are some of the best places to shop at.
Rodfai Market (Ratchada)
Antique toys, neon-lit beers signs, vintage fashion and retro furniture line the streets of this popular night market. The street eats are also endless, spanning all kinds of spicy salads to old-school, manually-pumped sodas and traditional Thai-style coffee and boozier offerings.
Esplanade Complex, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd., 02-591-3777. MRT Thailand Cultural Centre. Open Thu-Sun 5pm-1am.
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak weekend market can be a daunting shopping experience. The sprawling web of 15,000 stalls is one of the world's largest markets, spread over a 11,200-sq-meter plot of land. You’ll find anything from food, furniture, books, plants, clothes and antiques.
Next to Chatuchak Park, Kamphaeng Phet Rd. MRT Kamphaeng Phet. Open Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.
The four-story mall is home to some of the very best Thai fashion. Greyhound offers contemporary clothing with a focus on menswear, while Senada features classically feminine pieces. Other brands worth checking out include Milin (youthful yet sexy) and Fly Now (sophisticated, tailored).
Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1000. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Bangkok’s original ultra-luxury mall contains a huge selection of clothing stores, from Hermes and Chanel to trendy favorites like H&M and Zara.
Rama 1 Rd., 02-690-1000. BTS Siam. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Packed with high-end boutiques including flagship stores from MCM, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Sephora and A Bathing Ape, plus cult Asian brands Stylenanda (Korea) and Beams (Japan).
The EmDistrict, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-269-1000. BTS Phrom Phong. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Phloen Chit’s Amanda Levette-designed mall dedicates eight floors to Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Christian Louboutin, Moschino and other luxury labels. After shopping, stop for rooftop drinks at the Park Hyatt.
1031 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-119-7777. BTS Phloen Chit. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Asiatique the Riverfront
The first shopping center to sit on the riverbank includes over 1,500 boutiques covering quirky fashion and intriguing souvenirs, as well as a variety of eateries, beer gardens and wine bars.
2194 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-108-4488. Open daily 4pm-midnight. Free ferry from Sathorn Pier.
This luxury mall oozes charm from the sweeping wooden staircase to the antique lift. Find rare antiques, handcrafted jewelry, bespoke tailors and fine art. The Ashwood Gallery on the third floor is particularly striking.
30/1 Charoenkrung Soi 38, 02-266-0186. Open daily 10am-7:30pm.
This riverside community mall recaptures the charm of the old town's architecture with a pavilion consisting of over 42 open-air restaurants and lifestyle shops spread over seven buildings styled in keeping with the area's former reputation.
1/11 Trok Mahathat, Maharaj Rd., 02-024-1393, 085-163-9444. Open daily 10am-10pm.
Starchitect Duangrit Bunnag has transformed a 4,000-sq-meter space of abandoned World War II-era warehouses into a web of stores, restaurants, art spaces and other creative endeavors, from minimal everyday wear to vintage finds.
Charoenkrung Soi 30. Open daily 11am-9pm.