Sukhumvit has some of the best shopping Bangkok has to offer, with modern malls, luxury shopping centres and plenty of opportunities to bag some bargains. The Sukhumvit area of Bangkok is popular with visitors and ex-pats, and their influence can often be seen in the variety of shops you find here with Emporium offering luxury shopping, and nearer to the Asoke junction, Terminal 21 taking you around the world, visiting cities such as London, Istanbul and San Francisco and is filled with boutiques. For vintage clothes check out the shops at Rain Hill near Thong Lor and for bargains head to Nana, where you can find Sukhumvit Arcade and Nana Sqaure. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best shopping experiences on Sukhumvit.
EmQuartier Bangkok opened in March 2015, and is part of The Mall Group’s multi-billion-baht ‘EM District’ project to transform Phrom Phong into one of the biggest retail hubs of the city. You may have already heard of or visited the popular Emporium Shopping Mall – the new EmQuartier mall stands tall on the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road.
Expect to find a long list of designer brands at the new EmQuartier Bangkok, as well as a distinctly futuristic design with dozens of restaurants, offices, event halls and a cool atrium garden – complete with a waterfall. There’s also direct access from Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain and a link to the original Emporium mall across the road. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-23:00 daily
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Address: Phrom Phong, Sukhumvit Road
One of our all time favourite shopping centres not only on Sukhumvit but also in Bangkok, Terminal 21 caters for everyone. If you love shopping then you are in heaven: there are over 600 shops here. If following your friends or family around the mall is usually painful, then Terminal 21 Shopping Mall will keep you distracted. This is no ordinary shopping experience, taking you around the world as you explore the 5 floors, with some of the best themed decor we have ever seen. You can take a trip to London (men’s clothing), Paris (known fashion brands like H&M and Nike), Tokyo (women’s clothing) and even the Caribbean (food). On the top floor you will find Hollywood where you can enjoy the latest blockbusters, or head down one floor for restaurants and an impressive food court in San Francisco. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Location: Sukhumvit Road (between Soi 19 and 21)
- MRT: Sukhumvit
- BTS: Asok (direct access via Skywalk)
With direct access from the BTS at Phrom Pong, Emporium Shopping Mall is filled with glamorous boutiques selling both international and Thai designer brands. On the first floor you will find the usual suspects: Dior, Hermes, Chanel and more, but head up into Emporium’s department store to discover some fabulous Thai fashion including names such as Sretsis, It Happens to be a Closet and Disaya. Other Thai brands we love are Greyhound for clothing and Ginger for colourful home decor and accessories. Emporium Shopping Mall isn’t just about clothes shopping; it is also a great place to buy homeware and gadgets, with almost an entire floor dedicated to laptops, photography and mobile phones. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 9.00-21.00
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 24/26
- BTS: Phrom Phong
Another shopping mall on Sukhumvit Road that has adopted a theme is Gateway Ekamai. A trip here is meant to tap into Thailand’s fascination with Japan, and the decor includes an elephant-sized Maneki-neko (lucky cat) that welcomes you from the sky train, some replica cherry trees and bamboo water fountains. The ground and first floor at Gateway Ekamai are dedicated to food, but on the 2nd floor you will find nail salons and treatments such as eyelash extensions and facials. Go up to the 3rd floor for a bazaar style shopping experience with over 30 independent clothes, accessories and jewellery shops. The 4th and 5th floors are dedicated to electronics, with some impressive photography and camera equipment and dedicated branches for Samsung, Apple, Acer and Toshiba mobile phones and laptops. You can also get repairs done here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00–22.00
- Location: Sukhumvit road 42, Ekamai, Bangkok
- BTS: BTS Ekamai station
- Tel: +66(0)8-1911-6430
K Village is a modern-looking mall featuring some 100 air-conditioned shops in its five zones, including Fashion & Accessories, Café & Restaurants, Health & Beauty, Lifestyle & Technology and Gourmet Market. The main highlight, though, is dining, and the place is often packed at weekends. This new-generation lifestyle mall, frequented by local celebrities as well as the hip and well-to-do of Bangkok, is a welcome alternative to the glittering mega-malls flanking downtown Sukhumvit Road. It features two open-style buildings, each offering two levels of retail space, an activities ground which doubles as a beer garden in cooler months and an outdoor parking lot. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 (shops and restaurants); 08:00 - 22:00 (Gourmet Market)
- Location: Sukhumvit Soi 26 (near the Rama IV end)
- BTS: Phrom Phong
- Tel: +66 (0)2 258 9919-21
- How to get there: It's a long walk (about 30 min.) down Sukhumvit Soi 26, so it's better to take a taxi from BTS Phrom Phong.
Ten minutes walk from Thong Lor BTS is one of our favourite boutique shopping malls. We love to come here and check out the independent and vintage shops on the upper floors of Rain Hill Plaza then head to the ground floor for a slice of cake and pot of tea at Penguin Love Chocolate, or to Shuffle for gourmet burgers and craft beers. Shopping wise we recommend Him and Her for a mix of men’s and women’s fashion (both vintage and new designs), Triple Stiched for men’s vintage classics and Apostrophe’s for a capsule collection of jumpers, tees and some quirky home accessories. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 23:00
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: Soi 47 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok
- Tel: 02 260 7447
A lot of Nana shopping exists on the street, with the vendors that make up the roadside market fringing the main road. This part of Bangkok is also known as the Middle Eastern quarter –'Little Arabia’, where many Arab businesses set up shop. Street stalls selling counterfeit T-shirts, bags, trinkets, DVDs, CDs and eastern-influenced apparel contribute to the bustling vibrancy of the place. This is a great location to pick up indigenous tokens for friends and family back home. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 11:00-22:30
- BTS: Nana
- Address: Sukhumvit sois 2-12 and sois 3-15
Nana Square Shopping Mall
Nana Square might not be the biggest or shiniest mall in Bangkok, but if you are staying in the Nana area it’s extremely handy, with five floors of shops selling a wide variety of goods: electronics, clothes, souvenirs and accessories with a focus on handbags. On the ground floor you will often find a super sale focused on specific goods, such as end of line clothing, sportswear or even lingerie. Nana Square shopping mall is also the place to come if you are looking for an internet cafe, bank and currency exchange, laundrette or beauty salon. Given Nana Square shopping mall’s handy location it tends to be frequented for practical reasons, but if you’ve left your gift buying to the last minute and are staying in the area, head to Nana Square to pick up some bargains.
- Opening Hours: 10:30-22:30
- BTS: Nana/ Asoke
- Address: Nana Square, 49 Sukhumvit Rd (at the corner of Sukhumvit Soi 3)
- Tel: +66 (0)2 253-0192
A fun lifestyle mall with a focus on food, this shopping centre is located on Thong Lor (soi 55) just before Soi 8. It’s just about walkable from the BTS if you are feeling energetic. Restaurants take over most of the ground floor: Crepes and Co are famous for their delicious pancakes and brunches, True serve coffee and Perfume is an unusual concept where scent is the focus of the food. Downstairs in the basement is a large supermarket (open 24 hours), with international products. There’s a great range of unique boutiques here as well, selling beautifully crafted children’s clothing from Chateau de Sable, rare and collectible records at 8 musique, The Vintage Store stocks pre-owned designer clothing and handbags and Pantry Magic is the ultimate in baking and cooking accessories, fit for a cordon bleu chef.
- BTS: Thong Lor
- Address: Thong Lor soi 8, Sukhumvit 55 (Thonglor), Bangkok, Thailand 10110
- Tel: +66 (0) 2714 9515
Sukhumvit Arcade is stuck in that tricky period of its life. It is pretty run down but hasn’t quite got to that cute, vintage stage yet. Thankfully appearances aren’t everything, and if you are looking for somewhere to pick up souvenirs or a new suitcase Sukhumvit Arcade has got you covered. If you are looking for genuine brands or goods then be careful, as this area of Nana has a reputation for counterfeit goods, selling everything from replica football shirts to fake Rolex watches. Most shops in Sukhumvit Arcade won’t open until late afternoon, but the tailors tend to be open all day. We recommend coming here in the evening when the arcade has a real buzz.
- BTS: Nana
- Address: Sukhumvit Soi 7