Sukhumvit Road is easily one of Bangkok's best-known shopping streets. Easily accessible thanks to the BTS Skytrain, its air-conditioned malls, department stores, shops and sidewalk vendors stock an overwhelming variety of goods at different price points.

    The most visible and vibrant forms of commerce in Sukhumvit are the street stalls peddling souvenirs, knock-off clothing, and pirated DVDs. These operate all along lower Sukhumvit road around the main hotels. Many don't close until late. Shops offer just about everything, from haircuts and antiques to tailored suits and massages. Here’s a selection of where to shop and what to buy in Sukhumvit.


    Button Up Bangkok Tailors

    Button Up is a luxury tailor and fashion brand based in Bangkok which can claim celebrity A-Listers as customers. American rapper Snoop Dogg and teen-drama 90210 actor Matt Lanter are both customers along with the cream of Bangkok’s glitterati. In fact, the team at Button Up worked as stylists for Snoop Dogg’s music video No Guns Allowed.

    Along with the flagship store in the fashionable Thong Lor area of Sukhumvit, Button Up has 8 separate branches spread throughout the top shopping malls in the city. Siam Paragon and Central Chit Lom both have off-the-rack shirts and apparel for sale starting from 2,000 baht, but for bespoke tailoring and refined service, you must visit their standalone store next to Thong Lor Soi 5.

    Location: 113/6 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thong Lor, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10.30am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 712 6111


    Dasa Book Cafe

    Dasa Book Cafe is a hip secondhand bookshop in Sukhumvit where you can cozy up with the latest Murakami and sip a mocha. Located in a 3-storey shophouse and decorated in subdued earth tones, the esteemed Dasa boasts over 17,000 genre-spanning titles, while also doubling up as a café serving a selection of cakes and fresh coffee.

    Most of the books here are in English but they also stock French, German, Scandanavian and Swedish editions. Prices are good, and you can also sell or trade your books here.

    Location: 714/4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 8pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 661 2993

    Emporium Shopping Mall is filled with glamorous boutiques selling both international and Thai designer brands. On the 1st floor, you'll 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 colorful home decor and accessories.

    With direct access from the BTS at Phrom Pong, Emporium Shopping Mall isn’t just about clothes shopping – it's also a great place to buy homeware and gadgets, with almost an entire floor dedicated to laptops, photography and mobile phones.

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    Location: Sukhumvit 24 Alley, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 269 1000


    EmQuartier Bangkok is part of an expansive retail hub in the Phrom Phong part of the city. You may have already heard of or visited the popular Emporium Shopping Mall – EmQuartier mall stands on the opposite side of Sukhumvit Road.

    Expect to find a long list of designer brands at 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 Emporium Mall across the road.

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    Location: 695 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 269 1000


    Food Mart

    If you fancy a Korean barbecue dinner but can’t be bothered to marinate the beef, then head over to this supermarket. The meat section has ready-cut meats, both pre-marinated and freshly cut, ready for the grill.

    While here, pick up other groceries, whether fresh gimchi, cooking sauces, barbecue marinades, spicy bean pastes, bagged snacks or Korean-style stainless steel utensils, bowls and cooking pots.

    Location: Sukhumvit Plaza, 12 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 653 3920


    A trip to Gateway Ekamai 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 Ekkamai BTS Skytrain Station. The ground and 1st floor at Gateway Ekamai are dedicated to food, but on the 2nd floor, you'll find beauty salons offering eyelash extensions and facials.

    Go up to the 3rd floor for a bazaar-style shopping experience with a handful of independent clothes, accessories and jewelry 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.

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    Location: 22 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)02 108 2888


    Jaspal Home Collection

    Jaspal Home Collection is a local brand that’s been around since the 1950s and now has showrooms at high-end shopping malls along downtown Sukhumvit Road. With a presence at leading furniture stores throughout Bangkok and major cities in Thailand, the brand offers a range of classic and contemporary pieces, fabrics and accessories for your bedroom, restroom, dining and living room.

    Jaspal Home Collection is an ideal shopping destination for those who fancy a vintage boudoir look or the understated elegance of a modern classic style.

    Location: Level 4, The Emporium Shopping Complex, 622 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 9pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 664 8566


    K Village is a modern-looking mall featuring some 100 air-conditioned shops in its 5 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 lifestyle mall, frequented by local celebrities as well as the hip and well-to-do of Bangkok, is a welcome alternate to the glittering mega-malls flanking downtown Sukhumvit Road. It features 2 open-style buildings, each offering 2 levels of retail space, an activities ground which doubles as a beer garden in cooler months, and an outdoor parking lot.

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    Location: 95 Sukhumvit 26 Alley, Khlong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 258 9919


    Major Sukhumvit (Ekkamai)

    Major Ekkamai is more of an entertainment center, rather than another ordinary Sukhumvit shopping mall – with a whole host of activities spread across numerous levels. As well as a few decent shops and all your usual fast-food chains downstairs, on the upper levels, you’ll find a big movie theater, bowling lanes (with a bar), karaoke rooms and a games arcade.

    There’s direct access from Ekkamai BTS and the entrance to the hugely popular WE Fitness Society Ekkamai Club is next door.

    Location: 1221, 39 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10.30am to 11.45pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 381 4855


    Rajawongse Clothier

    Rajawongse Clothier, at first glance, appears no different to the rows of other bespoke tailor shops that line Sukhumvit Road around Bangkok's lively Nana area.

    Even so, take a minute to stop and observe the narrow, no-frills looking shop front and you’ll notice one crucial factor that sets Rajawongse Clothier apart from the rest of the competition: their glass door is constantly being opened and closed all day long – not by an overly pushy salesman telling the passing crowds, “Nice shirt my friend, you want one more?” – but instead, by a constant stream of customers.

    Location: 130 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10.30am to 8pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)2 255 3714


    Rain Hill Plaza

    Rain Hill feels a little out of place in Bangkok… but in a good way. Laid out over 5 floors, this eco-friendly shopping mall, decorated with manicured trees, focuses on independent eateries and boutique fashion stores.

    The real draw here is the specialist restaurants with the chance to pick up some unique fashion an added benefit. Located on Sukhumvit 49, Rain Hill is halfway between Thong Lor and Phrom Phong BTS stations, and even though it lacks the convenience of direct access from a Skytrain station, it’s little more than a 10-minute walk either way.

    Location: 777 Sukhumvit Soi 47, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 260 7447


    The Sukhumvit Market, also known as the Middle Eastern quarter –'Little Arabia’, is where many Arab businesses set up shop. A lot of Nana shopping exists on the street, with the vendors that make up the roadside market fringing the main road.

    Street stalls selling counterfeit T-shirts, bags, trinkets, and eastern-influenced apparel contribute to the bustling vibrancy of the place. This is a great location to pick up interesting tokens for friends and family back home.

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    Location: Sukhumvit Road Soi 1–20, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 7pm to 1am (some stalls will close early)


    Terminal 21 is one of the largest shopping malls in Sukhumvit. If you love shopping you're going to love the almost 600 shops here, but this is no ordinary shopping experience. The mall takes you around the world as you explore the 5 floors, with some of the best-themed decors we have ever seen.

    You can take a trip to London (men’s clothing), Paris (fashion brands like H&M and Nike), Tokyo (women’s clothing), and even the Caribbean (food). On the top floor, you'll find Hollywood where you can enjoy the latest blockbusters, or head down 1 floor for restaurants and an impressive food court in San Francisco.

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    Location: 88 Soi Sukhumvit 19, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 108 0888


    Nana Square Shopping Mall

    Nana Square has 5 floors of shops selling a wide variety of goods: electronics, clothes, souvenirs and accessories with a focus on handbags. On the ground floor, you'll 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 its handy location, it tends to be frequented for practical reasons. If you’ve left your gift buying to the last minute and are staying in the area, head to this mall to pick up some bargains.

    Location: 49 Soi Sukhumvit 3, Khlong Toei Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 253 0192


    Eight Thonglor

    Eight Thonglor is a fun lifestyle mall with a focus on food located along Thong Lor's Sukhumvit Soi 55. Restaurants and cafes take over most of the ground floor. Popular spots include Paul Bakery and Din Tai Fung. Downstairs in the basement is Foodland, a 24-hour supermarket selling international products.

    There’s a great range of unique boutiques at Eight Thonglor. Shop for beautifully crafted children’s clothing at Chateau de Sable, rare and collectable records at 8 Musique, or pre-owned designer clothing and handbags at The Vintage Store. Eight Thonglor is within a 15-minute walk of the Thong Lo BTS Skytrain Station, but you can also get there by motorbike taxi.

    Location: Thong Lor soi 8, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 714 9515


    J Avenue

    J Avenue is a lifestyle outdoor mall that was among the first to open and thrive on Thonglor. It features an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés, fast food outlets, IT stores, banks and beauty salons as well as a Villa Market grocery store.

    Most people come here to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at one of the sidewalk cafés, such as Au Bon Pain and Greyhound Café. The second floor houses a lineup of Japanese restaurants, serving the usual suspects – teppanyaki, sushi and yakiniku. There’s also a Japanese discounted store, Daiso, very similar to the 100-yen shops in Japan.

    Location: 323/1-3 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 660 9000


    Sangki Supermarket

    Sangki Supermarket is a single-unit shophouse that’s jam-packed with shelves of imported dry groceries from Korea. Most of the items are snacks, potato chips, multiple varieties of spicy bean pastes, bottled barbecue marinades, cooking sauces and a few toiletries. There’s also a small section for soju (rice wines) and canned drinks.

    Location: 1st Floor, Sukhumvit Plaza (Korea Town), Sukhumvit Soi 12, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday–Sunday from 9am to 10pm

    Phone: +66 (0)2 653 1881

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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