May 12 2011
It is not terribly hard to wander through Bangkok and stumble upon a restaurant serving some mangled variation of the non-Thai food of your choice, but at the end of the day there is comfort in knowing where the Western food meccas are when you need them.
Villa Market, a Western-style supermarket chain with various locations around the city, sells a fairly comprehensive selection of European, American and Asian products.
While I can only speak from shopping experience about the locations at Phaholyothin Soi 8, right off Soi Ari, and Sukhumvit Soi 11, both offer packaged goodies from Western lands and towering alcohol sections. The array of wines to choose from is a rarity in Southeast Asia and the liquors for sale range from top-shelf to “this’ll do”.
The pantry-stocking options and neighbourhood vibe are what make Villa a real stand out. Compared to 7-Eleven prices may seem astronomical, but sometimes it’s worth shelling out 180 baht for real cheddar cheese.
Phaholyothin soi 8, right off the Ari BTS stop
Open daily, 07:00 – 22:00
Sukhumvit soi 11, off the Nana BTS stop
Open daily, 07:00-22:00
Tops Market offers a wide variety of Asian and Western products with a little less gourmet pretense and a little more practicality. Think pet food aisles, easy-to-make noodles, and all the cleaning supplies and toiletries one needs. With various Tops locations around the city, the Tops Market at Asoke is centrally located with a great range of items.
The venue also has a tasty bakery section with ready-made cakes, breads and pastries. When you’ve finished your shopping, a small food court right outside the supermarket offers cheap noodles and Indian dishes to fill up on.
Corner of Sukhumvit Soi 19, underneath Robinson’s department store and just below the Asoke BTS station
Open daily, 09:00-23:00
Central Food Hall
Central Food Hall works hard to make you forget they are related to their more lowbrow Tops younger brother. A gourmet shopping experience, Central Food Hall is a beautiful store with every item three times over. Imagine, 750 types of olive oil and 900 brands of water! The produce section is the best of these three stores and the frozen goods are international and gourmet.
Another perk at Central Food Hall are the pre-packaged sandwiches and salads, excellent for take-away.
Central Food Hall
First floor of Central department store, right off the Chid Lom BTS station
Open daily, 10:00-22:00
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