Christmas is coming, so time to start thinking about what to give and where to shop. Here now are four riverside retailers offering a variety of great gift items.
A favourite shopping and dining destination along the river is Asiatique The Riverfront (2194 Charoen Krung Rd). Divided into four districts, this lifestyle mall offers shoppers a seemingly endless selection, with both a colourful night bazaar and over 1,000 small boutiques, selling everything from souvenirs to handicrafts, jewellery, fashion, and gadgets. Make an evening out of it, and stop by for dinner and drinks as well. You can also enjoy one of the many nightly performances, including the Calypso Cabaret (a celebrated ladyboy show), a traditional folk art performance at the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre, or an exciting martial arts stage show at Muay Thai Live. Asiatique is open every night of the week from 5pm to midnight.
Whether you can afford it or not, strolling through Oriental Plaza (O.P.) Place (30/1, Charoenkrung Soi 38) is an experience by itself. Located in a neo-classical building that dates back to the early 20th century, this shopping mall is home to over 50 boutique stores, with a focus on antiques and interior decorations, as well as different art shops, tailors, jewellers, and leather goods and souvenir shops. Head to The Ashwood Gallery on the top floor and admire even more storied antiques, sculptures and art pieces on display. O.P. Place is open daily from 10:30am to 6:30pm.
A little north of the Saphan Taksin bridge is where you’ll find River City (23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Yota Rd), a 4-storey mall specialising in antiques and collectibles. Find everything from ceramics and pottery, to old maps and prints, as well as sculptures and wood carvings. They even host monthly auctions for true collectors. In addition, shoppers can also peruse fashion and jewellery boutiques, offering Thai silk, leather accessories, and gems. River City is also a popular riverside dining destination, thanks to a handful of beautiful eateries with outside terraces, as well as a rooftop restaurant.
While the Tha Maharaj community mall (1/11 Trok Mahathat, Maharaj Rd) might not have as large a selection of shops as the other shopping complexes, the stores here are in many ways more unique than what you find elsewhere. Check out Editions, a small independent bookstore selling a variety of books on art, design, history and local culture, as well as artisanal souvenirs, postcards, and cute gifts. Another shop worth paying a visit to is Tathata, a lifestyle brand with a focus on leather. Their products range from quirky toiletry cases, to patterned tote bags and minimalistic watches. In addition, there’s also a regular weekend market to browse through, and a large selection of riverview restaurants, including Peppina and Savoy.