Here are the three new shops you might want to check out on your next flight to Bangkok.
Dean & Deluca. This posh New York retailer store known for its gourmet and specialty foods such as hors d’ oeuvres and appetizer, array of herbs & spices, coffee, teas, breads & dairy products, premium wines & spirits, and also high-end dining & kitchenware has arrived in Bangkok making Thailand the first Dean & Deluca outlet in Southeast Asia (they also have in Japan, Taiwan, Middle East, and soon to open in South Korea).
I saw D&D Mahanakhon by accident as I was walking to the BTS Station in Chong Nonsi, which happened to be just across our hotel. Lucky to have few hours left before going to the airport, we had a quick breakfast there and stuffed our faces with generous servings of Salmon Terriyaki with greens on the side and layered of pancakes with whipped cream, fresh blueberries, bananas, and strawberry. And of course, I will never leave the place without getting their signature canvass tote—and it’s too nice to use as a grocery bag.
How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Chong Nonsi Station. 92 Naratiwasrachanakarin Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500, Thailand, +662 234 1434
Uniqlo. Japan’s leading clothing retail chain, known to have adopted the strategies of the American brand “The Gap” (SPA or Special retailer of Private-label Apparel strategy), is coming to Bangkok this September. They will open a 2,500sqm (huge!) boutique in Central World Mall in Pathumwan. Uniqlo is known for their basic tees, chic casual wear for men & women, comfy jeans. But to me, I know Uniqlo as a great source of 3D jeans. I am telling you, you will be amazed and think that there’s something magical about them; it fits just as perfectly, like custom-made, faultless. No more panic-buying-coz-I-don’t-know-when-I’ll-be-back-again-in-HK. Uniqlo Thailand, you make my heart sing! (I just hope the price will be so much like those in Japan because seriously it’s a bit higher in HK).
How to get there: Take the BTS Skytrain to Chit Lom or Siam Station then walk going to the intersection of Rachaprasong.
Ikea. Can I just say, “Wow!”. And I also hear the cupboards in our kitchen say “wow”. Lol, my pamangkins are whispering “wow” too.
Ikea Thailand will be opening this coming November in Bangna (city outside Bangkok, near the airport—don’t worry BTS Bangna will be opening soon, but you can take a taxi though) and it’s going to be the largest Ikea store in the Southeast Asia with a 45,000sqm space; 1300 parking spaces, 7500 items to “wow” you, and 700-seat restaurant and café.
Though easily, we can raid Ikea in our neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia, or Hong Kong however the excess baggage will be a problem. In Bangkok, you can easily find forwarders to ship your goodies with a low-cost rate.
How to get there: I will let you know asap.
A taste of New York, Japan, and Sweden…oh Thailand, you are truly amazing!?