Bangkok’s busy Ratchadapisek Road offers plenty for suburban shoppers with its imposing shopping warehouses and malls. Superb MRT subway access means it's easy to get to. Even though the appeal for tourists here is rather limited, there are places you can check out such as a night bazaar that’s a laidback and local equivalent to Khao San Night Market.

    At the lower end of Ratchada, near Phra Ram 9 MRT station, there’s a 4-floor IT mall that's great for sourcing computer gear. Not far is a 7-floor shopping complex that looks more like a futuristic art gallery than a mall with its sleek curving steel façade. Check out our guide to the best places to go shopping in Ratchadapisek.

    Central Plaza Grand Rama IX is a 7-storey shopping plaza in Ratchadapisek. It has around 300 shops, plus restaurants, cafés, SFX Cineplex, The Rink Ice Arena and anchor stores such as B2S, Power Buy, Uniqlo and Robinson Department Store. Occupying a prime location at the intersection of Rama IX and Ratchadapisek Roads, Central Plaza Rama IX has direct access to the MRT underground’s Rama IX Station at the basement level.

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    Location: 9/9 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 103 5999


    Show DC is a Bangkok mall that focuses on a complete range of entertainment offerings. You can enjoy a 5,000 capacity live music concert hall, a modern sports arena, and a 5,000 sq-meter cultural facility called the Himmapan Avatar: a 4D walkthrough theatre of holographic images and other extraordinary audiovisuals showing scenes from Buddhist mythology.

    On the 6th floor of Show DC is a rooftop bar and club, which brings the soul of Korean nightlife to Bangkok. Expect K-pop, EDM and hip hop tunes in chic and lively surroundings.

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    Location: 99/6-9 Chaturathit Rd, Bangkapi, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11am to 10pm, Saturday–Sunday from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 203 1890


    The Esplanade Bangkok is a 7-storey shopping and entertainment complex with an innovative ‘artetainment’ concept. It offers a host of retail shops, restaurants, a 12-screen Esplanade Cineplex, the Sub Zero ice skating rink, B2S Bookstore, Tops Supermarket and the 1,500-seat Ratchadalai Musical Theatre.

    With the Thailand Cultural Center MRT Station at its doorstep, The Esplanade is very easy to get to. From the outside, the structure features organic contours constructed with glass and steel. At night, colorful LED lighting effects enhance the futuristic look.

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    Location: Ratchadapisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 354 2133


    The Fortune Town shopping mall is attached to the Fortune Hotel, with the IT mall beginning on the 4th floor. Hardware items sold here are more reliable than what you’d find at Bangkok’s renowned Pantip Plaza, while computer software is sold at extremely low prices. The IT mall is spacious with friendly staff, making it an overall nicer shopping experience than Pantip.

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    Location: 1 3,5,7 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 247 3737


    The Rod Fai Market in the Ratchada area of Bangkok brings the same convivial feel of a night bazaar, antique curios, and street-food snacks and treats from its original location. It’s in an area of the city that’s much easier to access thanks to the nearby Cultural Center MRT Underground Station.

    Though the Srinakarin branch is much larger, it is also way out in the suburbs of Bangkok, making it challenging for people who find themselves on the other side of the city. This Bangkok train market is central and compact, meaning it’s easy to pop in for a spot of evening browsing.

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    Location: Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 5pm to midnight (closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)

    Phone: +66 (0)92 713 5599


    Papaya Studio is probably like no other shop you’ve ever seen before. Many have heard of it but few have actually stepped inside it. It is so bizarre that some of the greatest and genuine vintage items on display are not even for sale!

    If you love pop culture curios, you’re in heaven here. Standing between Darth Vader and a huge collection of Ultraman figures, you'll see full-scale models of Albert Hitchcock and James Dean next to the doorway. That's just a fraction of it. Papaya Studio occupies a warehouse along Soi Lat Phrao, about 3 km southeast of the Lad Phrao MRT Station.

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    Location: 306/1 Soi Lat Phrao 55/2 Lat Phrao Rd, Phlabphla, Wang Thonglang, Bangkok 10310

    Open: Daily from 9am to 7pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 539 8220


    The Street shopping mall in Ratchada is part of the new breed of Bangkok lifestyle complexes, which offer shopping, dining and entertainment all under one roof. It opened in early 2016 following a complete refurbishment of the old Robinson Department Store, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Thailand Cultural Center MRT Underground Station.

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    Location: 139 Ratchadaphisek Road, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)2 232 1999


    Union Mall

    Strategically located opposite the ever-busy Central Lad Prao, Union Mall caters especially for a younger crowd, mainly university students, young office workers and those who find Central Lad Prao too expensive and Chatuchak Weekend Market too hot. Union Mall stands 8 storeys tall with a total area of 150,000 square meters and housing over 1,000 retail shops. It boasts easy access from the MRT Phahon Yothin station, an international food court, a myriad of fast-food chains, entertainment areas, tutorial schools, a fitness center and a supermarket.

    The open-air market just outside the air-conditioned mall is also worth a browse (open every day from 5pm onwards). You'll find an interesting range of clothing items, bags, shoes, and fashion accessories at affordable prices.

    Open: Daily from 11am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 512 5000


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