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Bangkok's Best Boutiques and Independent Stores

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Bangkok's fashion industry has come a long way in the last decade, and although Thai designers are renowned far beyond Southeast Asia, their creations are still easily found in the city. Other offbeat retail experiences, meanwhile, prove there's lots of life beyond the big shopping malls.
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s street food astounded, but I’d known...
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51 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Toei Nuea, Khet Watthana, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
Bangkok, of course, is very much its own city. But New York districts, specifically Brooklyn, are exerting a strong influence in certain quarters. These Williamsburg stylings are, for the most part, mercifully unaffected with little of the...
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150A, Siam Paragon Shopping Center, 991 Rama I Rd, Khwaeng Pathum Wan, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330, Thailand
The brainchild of designer Polpat Asavaprapha, the Asava range manages to be both sophisticated and practical. The brand and its sister line ASV feature clean lines, classic cuts and strong colors. Photo by Paul Ancheta/Flickr.
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Room 121 1st Floor, สยามเซ็นเตอร์ 989 ถนน พระรามที่ 1 แขวง ปทุมวัน เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330, Thailand
The wildly imaginative collections of Bangkok-raised Chalernkiat Khatikasemlert (nickname Pop) have attracted attention far beyond Thailand. His lines for men and women are colorful and striking and have a distinctly urban edge. Photo by Le...
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Bangkok, Thailand
Like in most Chinatown neighborhoods found around the world, be it in New York City, Toronto or London, when you step inside a bustling Chinatown community, you can find just about anything there. The same is true of Bangkok's, but it has its own...
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Tesco Lotus, Khwaeng Din Daeng, Khet Din Daeng, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10400, Thailand
The format that was supposed to die a death continues to thrive -- even in modernity-obsessed Bangkok. One of a handful of specialist vinyl stores in the Thai capital, Vinylica features everything from second-hand gems to spanking 180gram reissues...
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714/4 Sukhumvit Rd, Khwaeng Khlong Tan, Khet Khlong Toei, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10110, Thailand
There’s no better place in Bangkok to browse for books than Dasa Book Café. While Kinokinuya (deservedly) holds sway in the malls, this cute seller is the pick among the city’s independent book retailers. The shop itself boasts around 17,000...
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392/44 Siam Square Soi 6 Rama I Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Hemmed in by traffic-clogged roads, concrete overpasses and some of the city's best-known malls, Siam Square is not a visually spectacular focal point. It is, however, the the hub for Thai youth culture with a host of trendy shops and boutiques as...
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Famous throughout Thailand, Nittaya is the perfect place to pick up some takeaway curry pastes for an authentic flavour of Bangkok. Located in the Banglamphu area of the city, the shop is easy to find - just follow your nose. Photo by ...