Boat Avenue - Phuket

Shopping in Bangtao

Boat Avenue is a large shopping complex in Bangtao, located right before Tinlay Place and the entrance of Laguna Phuket Resort Complex. Covering an area of 30,000 sqm, Boat Avenue contains dozens of fashionable boutiques and restaurants, as well as a large Villa Supermarket and a weekly night market. With a contemporary style and plenty of car parking space, it is one of the more popular shopping areas in Phuket.

The shops in Boat Avenue are spread around several areas. When facing the entrance from the main road, you’ll see a long line of shops along the left and a smaller alley to the right. In between is the quirky Container Mall, built from old shipping containers. Behind that, neighbouring the Villa Supermarket, is Boat Avenue Mall, which is a small selection of shops either side of a covered walkway. Finally, a line of shops and restaurants leads off to the right of the supermarket, with a small lake over the road from them. The following are the highlights from this broad selection of venues.

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Shops in Boat Avenue

Chandra

Chandra is one of relatively few fashion boutiques in Boat Avenue to stock both men’s and women’s clothing. Specialising in trendy resort wear, the selection includes colourful bikinis, elegant dresses, fitted shirts, light trousers, and more. Designs lean more towards stylish simplicity, with relatively few busy patterns. There’s another Chandra store in Phuket, in Surin Beach, as well as two more in Koh Samui.

  • Location: Over the road from Container Mall, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
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Dalaya Boutique

Dalaya has grown from a simple men's and women’s fashion boutique to a first-class lifestyle brand spread across southern Thailand. With outlets in Koh Samui and Phuket, the brand includes home décor and different styles of fashion. There are two or three stores under the Dalaya brand in Boat Avenue alone, but the main store is close to the footbridge. The menswear selection is fairly limited, but women will find exotic light summer dresses and bold swimwear designs.

  • Location: Near the footbridge, opposite Thailiscious, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
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Fe2

Looking for something really unusual to add to your home décor? Fe2 has a selection of beautiful crystals and geodes, which are sure to add a distinctive talking point to your room. Smaller crystals have also been formed into unique pieces of jewellery, and the shop also stocks handwoven silks and antiques.

  • Location: 49/33 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 838 8749
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Fun Friday Avenue Weekly Market

The car park of Boat Avenue turns into one of the cooler night markets every Friday evening. Obviously that means that parking space becomes rather limited that evening, but it’s worth it for the range of clothes, accessories, jewellery and food. The choice of street food is especially impressive, including bread, fruit smoothies, desserts, fresh seafood and snacks. There are a few tables available where you can sit and eat your purchases, too. This is one of Phuket’s more popular night markets, and generally starts to get busy from around 18:00.

  • Opening Hours: Fri 16:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 652 6137
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Kaanda Beach Life

A Phuket-based beachwear label with stores right across Thailand, Kaanda Beach Life stocks a wide range of designs, from the colourful to the classic. Their catalogue – and the flagship store near Villa Supermarket – features one-piece swimsuits, bikinis, beach dresses, kaftans and accessories. There’s no menswear to be found, but women will find some interesting unique designs to help you look at your best on the beach.

  • Location: Entrance to Boat Avenue Mall
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 660 8699
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Mandalay Casa

Whether you're looking for a unique evening dress, something for a special event or elegant beach and casual wear, you'll find plenty of options at Mandalay Casa, a lovely boutique store in Boat Avenue. While in the shop, take a look at their stylish hats and many other fashion accessories.

  • Location: By the exit to Laguna Phuket Resort Complex
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Marie France Van Damme

Inspired by a lifetime of travelling, fashion designer Marie France Van Damme has brought her remarkable collection of resort wear to Boat Avenue. The store is as chic and stylish as the items on sale, which include swimsuits, dresses and casual clothes – mostly for women – with a fluid neutral palette of metallic colours and natural prints in silk, chiffon and satin.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:30
  • Address: 49/46 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4022
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Villa Supermarket

Villa Supermarket is basically the store that Boat Avenue is built around. Villa is a Thai chain of international supermarkets, providing imported foods mostly for expatriates and overseas visitors. For those who miss their little taste of home, most essentials and treats can be found of their shelves. Being imported, the prices tend to be a little higher than what you would expect to pay for the same product at home.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 49/13 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 630 4630
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Wings by hejselbjerg

Wings is a large womenswear boutique, selling high-end designer fashion brands. The main supplier is hejselbjerg from Denmark, which specialises in graphic prints with natural elements, primarily using greys and earthy tones. The store stocks mostly cool summer dresses, all made of fine silk and all carefully chosen for their eye-catching look and exclusive designs. There are also accessories like hats and purses to complete the look.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 21:00
  • Location: Opposite The Mexican, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
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Restaurants in Boat Avenue

23 Restaurant and Club

The spacious 23 Restaurant and Club is right by the lake at the back of Boat Avenue. It has a classical design, with a waterfront garden and indoor lounge area. Live acoustic music on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays accompanies tasty fusion cuisine, combining Thai, Mediterranean and Japanese influences. Dish prices start from about 270 baht for main courses like aioli pasta or green curry. It’s quite a stylish and elegant place so, while smart attire isn’t required, it is recommended.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00
  • Location: Near Skye Lake Club, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)64 027 2323
  • Cuisine: Thai and Mediterranean Fusion
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Brewbridge Craft Beer

The huge illuminated sign on the front of the bar says it all – this place specialises in craft beers. There’s also a small selection of surprisingly high-quality bar snacks and gourmet pub grub on the menu, including tasty pork ribs and Thai-style seafood spaghetti. Among their top beers are the 8% pale ale La Chouffe (280 baht) and the 5% golden ale Boonville (260 baht). There’s a second outlet of Brewbridge on Patong’s Beach Road, near the entrance to Bangla Road.

  • Opening Hours: 15:00 – 23:00
  • Location: Under the footbridge, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 660 6650
  • Cuisine: Pub food
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CUT Grill & Lounge

CUT Grill & Lounge Phuket is an exceptional steak restaurant on the lake at the back of Boat Avenue in Bangtao. The fact that it is also quite a classy lounge bar is an added bonus as the star of the show, as the name suggests, is undoubtedly the finest cuts of beef, lamb, pork and Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 02:00 (kitchen closes at 23:00)
  • Location: Behind Villa Supermarket, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)93 638 8921
  • Cuisine: Steak, International
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Divino Tapas

Divino is a trendy tapas bar, with an emphasis on moderately priced healthy food. They boast the use of high-quality fresh ingredients and no MSG. Naturally, the star dish is the tapas, featuring Spanish-style garlic shrimp, patatas bravas, salmon with dill, clams in white wine sauce and more. The married couple behind the restaurant (consisting of a Dutch husband and a Thai wife) have a lot of experience with and passion for food, which comes across in the signature creations, many of which feature Thai twists on European favourites. A mixed plate of tapas costs 350 baht.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
  • Address: 49/31-32 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 632 4500
  • Cuisine: European
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Hong Kong

Hong Kong serves great Cantonese and authentic Chinese dishes. They specialise in seafood and you can see a few fish tanks containing live tiger prawns, crabs, lobsters and clams. Recommended dishes include fried cuttlefish meat Hong Kong-style, tiger prawns steamed with garlic, salt-boiled chicken, steamed fish with soya sauce, stir-fried lobsters with aromatic ginger, and sweetened beam paste cake. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Hong Kong Restaurant is at the Boat Avenue, right before the Laguna Junction.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Entrance to Boat Avenue, right before the Laguna Junction, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 787 6600
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Little Paris

Despite being named after the French capital city, Little Paris actually has quite a rustic look and feel to it. They specialise in homemade classic French dishes, such as Burgundy snails (340 baht), foie gras (490 baht) and crème brûlée (190 baht). There is also an onsite bakery, with an impressive choice of sandwiches available. As you would expect of a French restaurant, the wine and coffee selections are both quite comprehensive, though the choice of pizzas, pastas and Thai dishes is a little more unusual. With high-quality ingredients and great preparation, Little Paris has a reputation as one of the top restaurants in Boat Avenue.

  • Opening Hours: 08:30 – 23:00
  • Address: 49/47 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)76 324 030
  • Cuisine: French, Bakery
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The Mexican

The Mexican is kind of like a pop-up restaurant, right in the middle of Boat Avenue. Essentially a small shipping container with a serving hatch up into one side, the specialty is the 99 baht tacos, available in fish, chicken, pulled pork, minced Australian beef and vegetarian varieties. Margaritas and mojitos are also available for 99 baht each. Despite their low cost, the food is very tasty and moreish, especially when you add the signature sauce. Several other popular Mexican dishes are available, including nachos, burritos and quesadillas.

  • Opening Hours: 15:00 – 22:00
  • Location: Behind Container Mall, Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)98 724 7615
  • Cuisine: Mexican
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Skye Lake Club

Skye Lake Club Phuket is a beautiful setting to enjoy a sophisticated dining and lounge experience in Bangtao. Effectively a beach club away from the beach, come for the glow of the sunset and the lights of the nearby restaurants and resorts reflected on the lake, but stay for the easy-listening music, great international cuisine, lively Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
  • Location: by the lake at the back of Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 654 0939
  • Cuisine: International
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Uoteru

Uoteru sells high-quality Japanese cuisine, particularly sushi and sashimi. Prices are pretty reasonable, with a 14-piece nigari sushi set costing 699 baht. An impressive array of Japanese main dishes are also available, including chicken teriyaki for 139 baht. The restaurant is pretty simple, with indoor and outdoor dining areas available, but the food is reliably good. There are two branches of this bright, modern restaurant in Phuket, the other being in Phuket Town.

  • Address: 49/36 Boat Avenue, Bangtao
  • Tel: +66 (0)7 632 5005
  • Cuisine: Japanese
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Boat Avenue

  • Opening Hours: Hours vary from shop to shop (usually 10:00 - 17:00)
  • Location: in Cherng Talay, at the traffic light marking the entrance to Laguna Phuket Resort Complex
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 537 9673
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