Needless to say, Bangkok is every shopaholics’ dream come true with its variety of shopping malls and night markets. There is sure to be something to suit every retail budget and taste in the city. Not sure where are the best places for shopping in Bangkok?
Fret not, as we have compiled the TOP 8 Unique Shopping Malls that you should definitely check out in your time here in Bangkok. You are bound to shop till you drop or till your wallet runs out of currency.
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River lays Thailand’s biggest and possibly fanciest shopping mall, thus attracting thousands of visitors every day. Iconsiam is an interesting mall to visit, not just for its shopping but the wide variety of Thai food choices. What’s so cool about this mall, you may ask!? Well… there is a river on the ground floor of this mall where a floating market with small boats lies, selling food and snacks. You can also experience Thai arts, culture, tradition, food and way of life from the 77 provinces of Thailand. When it comes to shopping, you can find shops like H&M, Victoria Secrets, Hermes, Versace and more.
It also houses Thailand’s first official Apple store at the second level of the mall. And one of the highlights of coming to this mall is the Iconic Multimedia Water Show shown at the gigantic fountain between the shopping mall and the river. Every evening at 18:30 (6.30pm), 20:00 (8pm) and 21:00 (9pm) Bangkok time, it turns into a spectacular sound and light show; a must if you are there.
2. Siam Discovery
After a major renovation, Siam Discovery came back with a completely new design. Now, it features an urban design of white walls with black metal contrasts and has an open airy market-like feel. Instead of the typical stores’ layout like in general malls, in Siam Discovery you will find an open hybrid retail space.
What’s so special about this mall? On the ground floor, it features boutiques and anchor stores such as Diesel and Issey Miyake; whereas, on the higher floors, there is a distinct lack of shops where goods are naturally laid out like you are in someone’s home. Each level has different themed floors called ‘Labs’, ranging from Her to His floor to a retail innovation lab where Madame Tussauds is located at.
It is connected to Siam Center and Siam Paragon too, where you can head to after you are done shopping at Siam Discovery.
3. Gaysorn Village
Located in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong district, Gaysorn Village houses both a retail complex and office space, conveniently connected through a skywalk. It is the go-to place for international lifestyle brands, flagship stores and luxury brand name products. You can also shop for high-end Thai fashion and accessories brands here.
The shopping experience is truly a relaxing one with only a few shoppers at a time.
Emquartier is a large shopping centre and is divided into three different zones – the Glass, Helix and Waterfall Quartier. The mall features a futuristic style with its expansive glass panels. There’s also plenty of grass, plants and trees added to each level, fitting in nicely with the nearby Benjasiri Park.
The main highlight here is the stunning rooftop open-air park where you will find the Quartier Water Garden with panoramic city view over Bangkok.
It is home to designer brands like Prada, Chanel and more affordable high street brands such as Zara, Uniqlo as well as homegrown brands including Kloset, Greyhound.
5. Gateway Bangsue
Gateway Bangsue was launched towards the end of 2018, catering to residents in the district of Bang Sue. The mall is divided into zones like ‘Fashion Zone’, ‘Lifestyle Living Zone’, ‘Lifestyle Dining Zone’ and ‘Entertainment Zone’.
There is also a huge space for kids to have activities like art class, music class and a play zone; where parents can go shopping while kids are having fun there. It is definitely a good place for family bonding.
CentralWorld is the sixth biggest shopping centre in the world with eight storeys. It is influenced by the shopping street concept, allowing shoppers to see several storefronts at a glance and emphasizing on natural light filtering through the open wells.
Super Sports, Bangkok’s largest sports shop is located there too.
With the many entertainment options, it is all teenagers’ and families’ favourite hang-out location. There is an open ice skating rink, cinema, the Genius Planet Zone (kids’ zone and learning centre).
There are just so many activities here that you should definitely pay this mall a visit. Truly a shopping experience not to be missed.
7. Terminal 21
Terminal 21 is one of the coolest shopping malls in Bangkok, with its facade resembling an airport. Each floor is named after a different part of the world and complete with local icons. One can visit Tokyo, London or Paris simply by riding up an escalator. Doesn’t that just sound appealing?!
Other than international brands, it is also full of small Asian design brands, perfect to shop for gifts and souvenirs to bring back home.
Here, you will be able to find more than 50 restaurants and cafes like Secret Recipe, Swensen’s and Tony Roma’s; as well as a food court selling everything from dim sum to grilled seafood, totally spoilt for choice!
8. The Market
Newly opened this year on the 14th of February, this six-storey mall is a newer version of Platinum Mall and is home to a variety of fashion boutiques, cafes, restaurants, wellness shops and more.
With its unique architecture, The Market attracts lots of customers, where they will feel like they are shopping in a real market due to the open arrangement between shops.
The highlight here is undoubtedly the Domo-Kun cafe; where you can buy take-out drinks in a plastic cup with Domo-Kun’s face on it. How cute is that?! You can also buy official merchandises at the cafe too.