10 Best Shopping in Pattaya
The very finest Pattaya shopping
The best shopping options in Pattaya create a varied list of malls, markets, stalls and even a bazaar. One thing is for sure: it is not lacking in places to shop. In fact, the area is home to an impressive collection of malls, catering to a range of budgets and needs. Most have some sort of gimmick or quirk which sets them apart and makes them fun as an attraction instead of being just a collection of stores. You don’t need to be a shopaholic to enjoy a day of retail therapy.
Our pick of the 10 Best Shopping in Pattaya showcases a selection of the best places to go for high street names and amazing bargains. Naturally, a certain degree of cynicism is needed when it comes to making a purchase in markets and, if the price seems too good to be true, don’t be too surprise if that “genuine” watch or shirt falls apart within a week. Read on to discover the 10 Best Shopping in Pattaya.
1Central Festival Pattaya Beach Road Open: 11:00 – 23:00
Since its opening in 2009, CentralFestival Pattaya Beach has dominated the city’s skyline. It is easily the tallest structure on the beachfront and, with over 300 shops housed within, it also dominates the area’s shopping scene. It is the home of many high street fashion brands, including Calvin Klein, H&M, Marks & Spencer, Nautica and Zara. There is also a wide selection of food outlets, from the Central Food Court on the bottom floor to Oishi Ramen on the top, with Middle Eastern Italian and western cuisines represented in between. Electrical stores include PowerBuy, Canon and Samsung outlets while the Central Department Store covers five floors of the Second Road end of the building. With the addition of a cinema and bowling alley, CentralFestival is one of the main social hotspots in the city as well as being a shopper’s paradise. Read More...2Royal Garden Plaza Pattaya South Pattaya Open: 10:30-23:00
What CentralFestival has in height, Royal Garden Plaza has in width. Stretching out along the southern end of Beach Road, it is a distinctive landmark for the bright red aircraft stuck out of the Second Road entrance and the yellow balloon rising out of the roof, both of which belong to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! museum which takes up most of an entire floor. The remaining three floors, however, are the home of an array of high street brands including Levi’s, Esprit, Von Dutch and Converse. There is also an impressive range of souvenirs, jewellery, beachwear, electrical goods and dining options. Read More...3Pattaya Floating Market Jomtien Open: 10:00 - 23:00
A combination of living museum, live show and shopping centre, Pattaya Floating Market is an extremely popular attraction as well as being a great place for souvenir shopping. Being an artificial reconstruction of the popular floating markets in Bangkok, it is considerably safer and easier to navigate and is home to a great selection of high quality wares such as clothing, handicraft, art and jewellery. There is also the option to scoot around the stilted village in a small boat, enjoy some of the cultural demonstrations or dine at the great selection of small eateries offering Thai meals and snacks from across the country. Read More...4Outlet Mall Pattaya Jomtien Open: 10:00-22:00
While the selection of local and international brands on offer in Outlet Mall Pattaya is impressive, the huge savings available are even more so. Up to 70 per cent has been known to be knocked off the prices of original products from Levi, Camel Active, Adidas, Nike, Timberland, Warner Bros. Studio and Lacoste, amongst others. The downstairs Premium Fashion Mall features a recreation of a street market layout, but with names like Clarks, Samsonite, Speedo and Crocs on sale. Amongst the few on-site eating options is one of the finest low-cost, high-quality Thai restaurants in Pattaya. Read More...5Mimosa Na Jomtien Open: 10:00-22:00
This colourful recreation of the French city of Colmar is almost impossible not to notice as you drive along Sukhumvit Road. Amongst the recreation Renaissance-era buildings, the windmill, the canals and the musical water fountain are more than 300 shops selling a selection of souvenirs, clothing, jewellery and Thai handicrafts. There is also a 45-minute family-friendly cabaret show around the fountain, street performances throughout the day and a small collection of rides and attractions in the Funland Amusement Park, making for a great day out for the entire family. Read More...6Central Center Pattaya North Pattaya Open: 09:00 – 23:00
The most tropical experience in our list of the 10 Best Shopping in Pattaya, Central Center Pattaya has an open design with a colourful, plant-strew courtyard surrounded by over 130 shops. The biggest is the supermarket which gives this place its more common name of “Big C North”, but others include boutique and brand name stores selling an impressive selection of clothing, jewellery, accessories and electrical goods, particularly in the ‘IT Corner’ area. There is also a five-screen cinema and a good selection of food outlets, including local and international brands.7Mike Shopping Mall South Pattaya Open: 10:00-23:00
Mike Shopping Mall combines the air-conditioned environment of big shopping malls with the excellent prices of street markets. It has a selection of smaller brand stores such as Maybelline, Nike and Pierre Cardin, but these are vastly outnumbered by the vendors selling unbranded or copied clothing. It is also a great place to go looking for souvenirs and has a selection of cheap local dining options in and around it. Uniquely amongst the shopping options in Pattaya, it has a rooftop pool which is available for public use for a small fee. Read More...8One Tambon, One Product Naklua Open: 10:00 – 20:00
If you want to make sure that your holiday souvenirs are made by local craftspeople instead of a giant factory (and that those craftspeople get the money you spent on their products), the “OTOP Shop” is the place to go. Part of a government initiative to support local communities, the wares in OTOP all come from around Pattaya (a ‘Tambon’ being a regional subdivision, such as a town or village). Items on offer in the 1,500sqm showroom range from those as small as scented soaps to as large as wardrobes and other items of furniture, all showing a remarkable level of skill in their construction and prices which are fair and reasonable.9Thepprasit Road Night Market Jomtien Open: Fri – Sun 17:00 – 23:00.
One of the biggest and certainly amongst the most popular of the local markets, it attracts tourists and locals alike each weekend. Sometimes known as “Kankheha Thepprasit Market”, it is home to an impressive range of clothes, jewellery, mobile phone accessories, make-up, toys, gadgets, souvenirs and Thai cuisine. As is to be expected of a street market, most of the wares are cheap copies, particularly the CDs and DVDs, but there are still some excellent bargains to be found on surprisingly good non-branded items, particularly if you haggle the prices down a bit. Read More...10Pattaya Night Bazaar South Pattaya Open: 08:00 - 23:00.
What was once a rag-tag collection of street stalls under a stifling corrugated metal roof is now an air-conditioned edifice containing a good selection of stalls selling wares ideal for tourists. Also known as the “Made in Thailand Market”, the vendors within sell everything from discount clothing and souvenirs to mobile phone accessories and small electrical gadgets – basically, everything you would normally find in a street market, with a few bonus extras like tailor shops and luggage stalls. The prices are perhaps few baht higher than you would expect to pay at one of the street markets, but paying for wider paths between stalls and a constant flow of cool air is well worth it. Read More...