Bangkok, Thailand




Shopping & Eat

Though an entertainment district, Ratchadaphisek is not a shopping destination for tourists to Bangkok or even the locals. There are a few shopping centres here but they are not in the same league as those found in Siam Square, Pratunam, Sukhumvit or even Silom. There are also no markets that would be of interest to tourists to the city. Any shopping in Ratchadaphisek is just that you happen to be in the area.

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 Esplanade shopping centre by central_vietnam

Among the few shopping centres in Ratchadaphisek is the Esplanade, located at 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd (MRT Thailand Cultural Centre). The Esplanade comprises of seven stories of phone shops and beauty stores with some cinemas, restaurants (mostly Japanese) and caf├ęs. The most stunning features here are the ice skating rink and the bowling alley, the only features that differentiate this mall from the others. The mall is quite unorganised and lacks personality.

Another is Fortune Town, located at the Fortune Town Building, 1 Ratchadaphisek Road (MRT Phra Ram 9, slight north of the intersection of Ratchadaphisek Rd and Rama IX Rd). Just like Pantip Plaza in Pratunam but much less touristy. It has an extensive mobile phone section on the second floor and computer sections on the third and fourth floors. The Tesco Lotus supermarket is in the complex as well as many barber shops, restaurants and a food court.

Along Ratchadapisek you can find plenty of street foods serving the office crowd during the day and night-owls at night. Near MRT Phra Ram 9 lies Ratchada Soi 3, home to cheap yet excellent street food. You can find varieties of Thai dishes here including pad thai, phat khana mu krop, khao man kai, tom yam, khao phat and thai curry dishes to name a few. A typical Thai meal with a non-alcoholic drink at street stall will not cost you more than 80-100 baht.

Ratchadaphisek has plenty of seafood restaurants that cater to high-end Chinese and Japanese tourists (though still affordable compared to those found in the Western countries). The area around the Huai Khwang MRT Station has lots of restaurants and especially good for late night dining. If you happen to be in Royal City Avenue (RCA), south of the road is RCA Plaza with plenty of food outlets and a food court. There is also a small food court and fast food outlets such as KFC and McDonald's at Fortune Town.

 RCA Plaza by Globetrotter

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