Chatuchak weekend market is the ultimate shopping destination in Bangkok, and every Saturday and Sunday tens of thousands of people come to hunt for bargains at one of the 15,000 stalls, or simply soak up the busy and exciting atmosphere.
Getting to the market is easy, either via BTS getting off at Mo Chit, or using the MRT and getting off at either Kamphaeng Phet or Chatuchak Park station. For cool clothing we recommend getting off at Kamphaeng Phet. Although there is lane and section numbers to help you locate particular stalls, there is no definitive list of the shops at Chatuchak weekend market. It’s part of the ‘JJ Market’ experience to get a little lost amongst the wired and wonderful stalls, but if you would like a more definitive overview of Chatuchak, our favourite map is the Nancy Chandler one, which at least gives an idea of what is where. We have picked five favourite shops at Chatuchak weekend market that we think are worth checking out:
Kinnaree Silk and Linen
This is one of the few shops at Chatuchak weekend market that is air-conditioned, but that isn’t what is drawing the crowds in. Thanks to some savvy designing, the collection at Kinnaree is suitable for every lady, whether they are in their early 20s or turning 60. Selling smart dresses, skirts, trousers and tops in a range of beautiful colours from pale aquamarine to candy pink, you are practically guaranteed to find something special. The silk is some of the finest you can find at Chatuchak weekend market, and whether you are looking for a simple top or a wrap dress with flower detailing there are plenty of options. Prices start at just under 1000 baht, to over 5000 baht if you want something that is made to measure. Kinnaree also stock a range of jewellery that complements their clothing selection.
- Location: Section 9 / Soi 18
This colourful leather goods store has some funky Paul Smith inspired stripes on the shop facade that catch your eye, but not quite as much as the stunning leather handbags that hang from the ceiling. The quality of the leather and craftsmanship is amazing, but Guate also only release their bags in a limited run, so you are unlikely to spot anyone else with the same bag, especially as they come in a rainbow of colours. The bags range in size from small shoulder clutches to roomy shoppers. There are also a range of wallets, purses, key chains and rucksacks, so there is something for everyone. On our last trip there we spotted a beautiful curved handbag, large enough to carry all my paraphernalia but still look chic, and given the quality, a snip at only 4,000 baht.
- Location: Section 24 / Soi 33
Even before you step inside Anyadharu you can smell the beautiful scents that waft through the double doors. Selling a range of bath and body products, Anyadharu offers customers the chance to blend their own natural oil scents. Aromas range from classics like lavender and bergamot to more Thai perfumes like galangal and sweet basil. Everything for sale here is 100% natural and smells delicious – a fantastic gift to take home, especially for yourself! If you have any questions the staff are very happy to explain how Anyadharu’s scent library works and advise you on your choices, with prices starting at around 300 baht. This is also my favourite spot in Chatuchak weekend market for a break. At the back of Anyadharu you will find a small selection of tables where you can enjoy one of their amazing Lann Chat iced teas with a small plate of sandwiches.
- Location: Section 3 / Soi 3
We adore the selection of great value jewellery that is on sale at Backyard Jewellery in Chatuchak Market. It’s playful, cute and slightly quirky. The collection has shades of Alice in Wonderland, with cute Cheshire Cat earrings, White Rabbit pendants and red rose earrings. As well as plenty of cute things, Backyard Jewellery’s Chatuchak shop also has some more modern pieces for sophisticated night-time looks, chunky rings with encrusted pearls and a beehive pendant with black and white stripes. Be sure to rummage through the wicker basket at the front of the shop, in it you will find Backyard collection of T-shirts decorated with watercolour animals and unusual prints. Prices are excellent, with costume jewellery prices starting at only 300 baht and cool little T shirts starting at only 150 baht.
- Location: Section 4 / Soi 2
Masque & 17:09
For edgy men’s and women’s clothing head to Masque & 17:09, a wooden fronted boutique in section 3. The collection focuses on casual wear, with racks of patterned shirts, shorts and a small selection of natty trilbies for the guys and T-shirt dresses, blouses and boyfriend jeans for the girls. On our last visit we couldn’t help but return with bags of goodies, including a paint-dipped T-shirt at 280 baht, a short polka dot dress at only 550 baht and a canvas shopper that has an old Vogue sketch printed on both sides for 580 baht. One of the greatest things about Chatuchak Weekend Market is the chance to discover up and coming labels and designers. Masque and 17:09 really encompass this by offering original fashion for both men and women.
- Location: Section 3 / Soi 46