May 12 2011

Grocery shopping in Bangkok

Published by at 10:48 am under Shopping

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
Villa Market, a Western-style supermarket chain with various locations around the city, sells a fairly comprehensive selection of European, American and Asian products.

Spend your rent money on cheese!

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.

Villa Supermarket
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
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.

I was eyed skeptically for photographing refrigerated produce, so please enjoy this photo.

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.

Tops Market
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.

Every cooking oil ever made.

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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  1. Michaelon 13 May 2011 at 8:24 am

    While Villa has a reputation for being expensive, my experience over these many years is that they’re actually price-competitive on locally produced items. The expensive stuff tends to be the imported items, and hey, have you looked at gas prices lately?

    Cheese is expensive no matter where you buy it, thanks in large part to import duties on dairy products that reaches 90%.

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  4. OzTravelleron 20 Aug 2013 at 6:22 am

    I doubt 900 brands of water at Central … they don’t even have the shelf space for that .