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Aside from being a paradise for thrill-seekers, it’s no secret that Bangkok is haven for shoppers!

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!

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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!)

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You can pick up some made-in-Japan souvenirs on the second floor: they have everything from cosplay costumes to cosmetics!

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A discount store with competitive prices, this is the golden opportunity for you to stock up on all things Japanese.

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Don Don Donki

Price: From 80 Baht / USD 2.50
Address: 107 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Khwaeng Khlong Tan Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 301 0950
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7


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.

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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.

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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.

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Makro Sathorn

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!

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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!

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Tesco On Nut BTS

Price: From 15 Baht / USD $0.50
Address: 1710 ถนน สุขุมวิท Khwaeng Phra Khanong, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 741 4444
Opening Hours: Daily from 6am to 12midnight


4. Insect snacks? Dried fruit? Instant noodles? All conveniently located at – 7-11 Siam Square

Bangkok’s 7-11 is renowned for being a true one-stop shop. You will be able to find everyone’s favourite edibles and popular beauty products, such as detox coffee and collagen drinks.

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You will even be able to find dried insect snacks here too. Perfectly packaged so you can bring it home for your friends and tell them you bought them chips! 😛

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7-11 Siam Square

Price: From 15 Baht / USD $0.50
Address: Siam Square Soi 2, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7

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…

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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.

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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.

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Foodland Sukhumvit 16

Price: From 12 Baht / USD $0.40
Address: 48 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 530 0220
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7


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!

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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. 😉

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Big C Ratchadamri / Rajdamri 

Price: From 80 Baht / USD $2.50
Address: Rajdamri Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 250 4888
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 2am


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).

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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!

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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.

Gourmet Market (Siam Paragon G Floor)

Price: From 22 Baht / USD $0.70
Address: G Floor, 991, Rama 1 Road | Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 610 8000
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm


8. Free delivery to hotels within a 10KM radius – Central Food Hall

Located on the 7th floor of Central World, you will find Central Food Hall which is chock-full of tasty treats which you can try before buying. Be sure to keep an eye out for their durian chips!!

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For those who are tired of shopping or just want to get straight to the trophy: there’s a special area set up for tourists with all the must-buy snacks, so you don’t have to browse or shop around.

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They do have a carry-out service, where they’ll help you bring your stuff to your car. And! With every purchase of 1500 Baht, they offer free deliveries to hotels which are no further than 10KM away.

Once that’s all said and done, you can chill at the After You dessert place next door!

Central Food Hall

Price: From 18 Baht / USD $0.60
Address: เซ็นทรัลเวิลด์ 4 4 , 4/1-2 4 Ratchadamri Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 2 640 7000
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm


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

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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!

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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!

Jiduban G Market

Price: From 88 Baht / USD $2.80
Address: 99/26-28 Ratchadaphisek Rd. Dindaeng Dindaeng Bangkok, Thailand 10400 (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 61 053 5000
Opening Hours: 9AM – 11PM


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.

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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. 😉

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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!

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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!

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Golden Place Supermarket

Price: From 80 Baht / USD 2.50
Address:  เลขที่ 153 อาคารโกลเด้น เพลซ พลาซ่า ห้องที่ 100 ชั้น 1 ถนนราชดำริห์ แขวงลุมพินี Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand (Coordinates here)
Contact: +66 91 010 2414
Opening Hours: Daily 24/7


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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