From food to fashion, there’s nothing you cannot find in their markets and malls. While most travellers frequent their more popular stores (think Big C and 7-11), Bangkok has so much more to offer that even the most die-hard Bangkok fan might not know about!
Here are our top 11, secret and not-so-secret haunts where you can stock up on tidbits to bring home – and also find rare snacks you’ve probably never even heard of. Let us help you stretch that baht with little tips on VAT returns and privilege cards too!
1. From Japan straight to the shelves of Bangkok — Don Don Donki
Situated in one of the hippest districts in Bangkok, the two-storey Don Don Donki in Thonglor is open 24/7! How’s that for a shopaholic treat?
Aside from the various imported Japanese snacks you can expect to find – from sake to sake kit kats and the ever-popular Calpis drinks… On the first floor, there’s also their signature baked sweet potatoes to look forward to. (We tried it and it was sooooo good!)
You can pick up some made-in-Japan souvenirs on the second floor: they have everything from cosplay costumes to cosmetics!
A discount store with competitive prices, this is the golden opportunity for you to stock up on all things Japanese.
2. If you’re a big spender, this is one store you cannot miss – Makro Sathorn
Makro is best suited for those looking to buy in bulk! It’s the perfect place to go if you’ve got a big family (or a big group of friends) – and you want to buy snacks for all of them.
Being a wholesaler supermarket (as opposed to a retailer), you will definitely get the most bang for your buck. Although, you might want to make sure you have enough cash because they will only accept Citibank credit cards.
The only downside about Makro is that it’s quite out of the way from central Bangkok. So if you’re not looking to buy a significant amount, you can give it a pass.
Price:From 26 Baht / USD $0.80 Address: 1 Naradhiwat Rajanagarindra Rd, Khwaeng Thung Wat Don, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: +66 2 676 0676 Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 11pm
3. The local’s favourite chain supermarket is none other than – Tesco Lotus, On Nut BTS
If On Nut is on your itinerary, make sure you squeeze Tesco Lotus in before you head back to your hotel. From On Nut BTS station, take the number 2 exit and you’ll be able to see it.
In case you haven’t heard, Tesco Lotus is the largest supermarket chain in the country and you can find anything from Thai milk tea to dried cuttlefish – all the local favourites gathered under one roof!
This Tesco Lotus even has a special section for tourists: they’ve assembled all the best local snacks in an aisle for your easy browsing!
5. Shop til you drop at this 24 hour wonderland of snacks! – Foodland Sukhumvit 16
If you’re drawing comparisons between Big C and Tesco Lotus, Foodland is relatively smaller and the prices are not as low, neither does it have a carpark…
However! Foodland is open 24 hours! If you’re rushing for time and trying to squeeze something in every second, Foodland is the answer to your prayers.
And, if you get hungry in the middle of the night (or while shopping, even!), you don’t have to eat a sad instant meal at a convenience store – because Foodland also boasts a 24 hour restaurant where you can get your midnight fix: Took Lae Dee.
6. Top of the list is on everyone’s list; the biggest food chain in Bangkok – Big C Ratchadamri / Rajdamri
Big C Ratchadamri is situated in a convenient and easy to locate spot: right opposite Central World! All you need to do is get to Chit Lom station and walk towards the building decorated in red.
This particular Big C is one of our favourites to browse because it’s huge, and carries a wide (if not the largest) selection of options! And don’t worry about being overwhelmed, because we have a guide specifically for Big C Ratchadamri shoppers: click!
The best part about it is that it’s open till 2 in the morning! No need to sacrifice your valuable day-time to shop when you can do it after the party. 😉
7. Duty-free shopping that also offers storage for your luggage! – Gourmet Market Siam Paragon G Floor
Gourmet Market might have a more refined look but the prices are actually surprisingly down-to-earth. When they have promotions, the prices are downright unbeatable (making it cheaper than what you can get at Big C).
Aside from having storage space for luggage luggers, once you hit the minimum spend – Gourmet Market can send your items directly to your hotel. No need for you to struggle with all that baggage!
TripCanvas Tip: Before you start shopping though, get a Tourist Card as you’ll get a 6% discount. On top of that, you will get tax free shopping with a minimum purchase of 2000 Baht!
If you’re looking for something special to bring home: you will be able to find exclusive items on their shelves that you cannot find anywhere else.
9. Looking for oppa? Perhaps you’ll find him along with your fav Korean snack! – Jiduban G Market
If Korean snacks are your thing, there’s one place you absolutely cannot miss: Jiduban G Market
Jiduban G Market is a haven for all things K-related! It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for instant Korean ramen, Korean snack, Korean candy, Korean biscuits… You get the idea! Aside from that, you can find Soju and Lotte products side by side too!
On the premise, you’ll also find a Korean cafe which has gotten pretty good reviews from the locals. So if you’re looking for something with a little kick or foreign taste, this is the place for you!
10. Is this JAPAN!!? Hold my bags because it’s about to get real – Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza, Siam Takashimaya
Who cares if you can’t exactly afford a trip to Japan? You’ve got everything you could possibly want from Hokkaido at Siam Takashimaya’s very own Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza.
Jagga Pokkuru (the famous fries), Shiroi Koibito (well-loved milk cookies), honeydew-flavoured chocolate, etcetera. You can find all the delectables from Hokkaido right in Bangkok (and that’s why we love it so much!) including Hokkaido soft serve ice-cream.
Hokkaido Dosanko Plaza
Price:From 120 Baht / USD $3.80 Address: Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand (Coordinates here) Contact: Line @hokkaidodosanko Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
11. Right next to the Erawan Shrine is a royal supermarket – Golden Place Supermarket
What’s so special about the Golden Place Supermarket is that it is opened by Thai royalty. That alone should make it a point of interest!
For those who visit Erawan Shrine every time they are in Bangkok: Golden Place is right next door. For the literal: it is a 3-minute walk from the temple. 😉
Aside from the familiar local snacks you’d expect to find, such as Pocky and Royal Chitralada Milk Tablets, you can also find Royal Thai Honey and other royal treats!
One thing you can be sure of is that everything in this supermarket is locally sourced and manufactured. Last but not least, this Golden Place outlet is open 24 hours to suit your midnight shopping needs!
There you have it! Our collection of neat little tips and tricks to make snack shopping a breeze. Now you are ready for your next big shopping adventure!
Make sure you share this guide with your buddies and family because they’ll be sure to thank you for it. If you have any tips of your own, leave it in the comments below 🙂 Happy shopping!
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