All hail the retail paradox – a shopping heaven within a shopping heaven! Hidden up some stairs between Siam Square Sois 9 and 10, Siam Vintage is a little shopping aerie where neo-vintage corridors with art deco lamps, wood parquet and a moody, black colour scheme lead to roughly thirty hip boutiques. If you live here and are a keen online shopper, you’ve probably heard of some of them. The likes of Urface (“insanely exclusive” bags featuring all-limited edition designs by local artists), ZM Bangkok (clothes and accessories with ethnic patterns) and Onion (vintage sunglasses) actually all have their main shop windows online, with the stalls here serving as a base where the customer can come and see the merchandise first-hand.
There’s a wide variety of gear on offer, some of it, such as the girly secondhand finds in His & Her and Again & Again, living up to the mini-mall’s vintage billing, the majority of it not. Cool sneakers from the likes of Onistuka Tiger and New Balance can be snagged at Carnival Company, while The Crows Denim is a homegrown jeans store specialising in the skinny and straight varieties. Also worth coolly perusing: the Taiwanese jewelry at Muse 21, and the thick-framed retro eyewear from Unik. Naturally, fashion foraging is draining work. Fortunately, Siam Vintage has a couple of spots where you can refuel while also keeping up the cool quotient, the likes of Feat. (international food; look for the life-size Stormtrooper) and Burendo Shabu Shabu (Japanese hotpot).