Phuket Town Shopping

What to Buy and Where to Shop in Phuket Town

In Phuket Town you can find items ranging from antique Asian art & crafts, clothing boutiques, household knick-knacks to bolts of famous Thai silk. Whether you are looking for a special something for yourself or for your loved ones, the following are the best places to explore.

The first area to start off is Old Phuket Town which covers Thalang and Dibuk roads. Then try Yaowarat, Rassada and Phang Nga roads and continue to the outskirts of Phuket. Wandering around the town, if only for a day, you will soon realise that Phuket is more than a provincial capital; it is also a fascinating location for enthusiastic shoppers with all kind of budgets.


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Central Festival Phuket Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival Phuket is an air conditioned, fully equipped three-storey shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. The logical place to start bargain hunting is Central Department Store itself. Read More...

 
Expo Phuket Expo Phuket

Entering Expo, a bazaar-like shopping emporium in Phuket Town, is a little like going to the weekend market without its extreme weather and jostling crowds. Same goods but in a more comfortable shopping experience. Read More...

Phuket Indie Market Phuket Indy Market

Phuket Town’s Indy Market on Dibuk Road is a place where locals, especially teenagers and young adults, come to enjoy themselves with an entertaining mix of vendors and live performances. Read More...

 
Phuket Weekend Market Phuket Weekend Market

Phuket’s weekend market, located just outside Phuket Town, is a fascinating jumble of secondhand goods, pirated items, a large amount of great local food to sample. Read More...

Premium Outlet Phuket Premium Outlet Phuket

The shops at Premium Outlet Phuket on the Bypass Road deal in guaranteed brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices. They feature discounts of up to 70%. Read More...

 
Supercheap Supercheap

Supercheap is a sprawling warehouse-like shop stacked high with every product you could possibly imagine. Supercheap Phuket burnt down in the evening of Oct 16th, 2013. Its reconstruction may take several months. Read More...

Aubergine

 Aubergine

Aubergine is an interesting little shop in Phuket City, further along Phang Nga Road, at No 115, near the clock tower. It is run by the same team as Island Paradise but the products are very different. Here you can find hand-made Asian ethnic products from China, India, Thailand and as far as Afghanistan.

Opening Hours: 09:00 to 20:00, Monday to Friday
Location: 115 Phang Nga Road near the clock tower.
Tel: +66 76 258 336

Ban Boran Textiles

Ban Boran Textiles

Ban Boran Textiles, which opened more than 10 years ago, offers ready-to-wear clothing made from silk and cotton, and a variety of textile wall hangings, table cloths and bags. Co-owner Wandee Keawtawee, who has extensive knowledge of Thai textiles, is usually there to assist customers. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:30 to 18:30
Location: 51 Yaowarat Road, Phuket City
Tel: +66 76 258 249

Big C

Big C

Just 300 metres north of Central on the Bypass Rd is another shopping mall called Big C. The western-facing outside car park (there is also underground parking here) is the site of quite a few clothes stalls and several stalls selling car accessories as well as decorative household goods. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 – 23:00
Location: on Bypass Road

Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival Phuket is an air conditioned, fully equipped three-storey shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. Many satellite shops make up the sum of Central but the logical place to start bargain hunting is Central Department Store itself. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 - 22:00
Location: On the Bypass Road in Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0) 76 291 111

Chaco

 Chaco

Open in 2008, this chic and stylish boutique retails elegant evening dresses and beautiful casual ones. All are made from satin and silk-mixed fabrics. Also on display are shoes, handbags and hats. Chaco offers all kinds of bespoke dresses including wedding dresses. Ask for the lovely Khun Pui.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 19:00
Location: 41 Yaowarat Road, about 8-10 minutes walk from the Fresh Market traffic circle
Tel: +66 (0) 76 216 213

China Inn

If you enter the front room at 20 Thalang Road in Phuket you may be tempted to sit down in the lovely red sofa there and stare in wonder at the beautiful Chinese artifacts, figurines,lacquer work, textiles and fabrics… but don’t. This is because the sofa, a ‘Thairalia’ seasoned hardwood goose and duck feather-filled marvel, is for sale. Read More...

Location: 20 Thalang Road, Phuket Old Town
Tel: 076-356239

Colonial Influences

Colonial Influences

Colonial Influences is owned by a Thai/Italian couple who fell in love with this Chino-Portuguese shophouse and bought it from a local family. “The previous owner had a few approaches before us but she said she did not feel right selling her family home until we came along. We are quite lucky,” says Rungthiwa Bunlom who then renovated and turned it into a lovely boutique and in the process managed to retain its old charm.

Colonial Influences has all it takes to become one of the most desirable shops in Phuket Town. It offers a good balance of art and crafts from Thailand and nearby Asian countries with a range of antiques, clothes, Burmese-style dolls and images, hardwood furniture, paintings and vases. The boutique also sells Voltan shoes, a well-known Italian brand, imported directly from the factory in Italy. Prices are surprisingly reasonable.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 19:00 in low season, and from 10:00 – 20:00 in high season
Location: 119 Thalang Road, near the Thalang and Thepkasattri Road traffic lights
Tel: +66 (0) 76 214 801

D Gallery

D Gallery in the Royal Phuket Marina is a well organized, beautifully lit gallery that also has a very active exhibition programme. Read More...

Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00, Tuesday to Saturday, 12:00 to 18:00 Sunday
Location: Royal Phuket Marina, near Phuket Town
Tel: +66 (0) 76 360 867

Harmonic

Just one of Phuket's music stores, Harmonic is run by a young couple with musical sensibilities so the range of instruments and accessories for sale is wider than at most equivalent stores. With a studio for hire at the back and a small range of secondhand guitars and amps plus a good range of strings, Harmonic's a good one-stop destination for traveling musicians. You can also order items from Bangkok from here.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 18:00
Location: Just after Thalang Road intersection

Hi.So.

Located in the old quarter of Phuket Town stands an unusual shop that doubles as a bar and restaurant at night. Hi.So. is the brainchild of Frenchman Marc Gliede, a designer who, along with Indonesian and Canadian contributors, makes colourful objets d’art, home accessories, cushions, celadon, bath products, furniture, lamps and lampshades and a whirligig of other products out of feathers, recycled teak and plantation mahogany, bamboo, fiber, resin, MDF, mirror fragments, rattan and water hyacinth. It’s not as confusing to the eye as you might imagine as everything is artfully laid out and intertwines in idea and colour. Read More...

Opening Hours: Shop 10:00 – 0100, restaurant/bar 18:00 – 01:00
Location: 169 Yaowarat Road

HomeWorks

Located opposite Central Festival Phuket, homeWorks offers a lot for people who are looking for home furnishing, D.I.Y. gear and more. Here, you'll find a big electronics shop called Power Buy, a few arts & crafts shops, a shop selling everything you need for barbecues as well as a Shabu Shabu Japanese restaurant. There is a walking bridge over the Bypass Road connecting the two malls together. Talk about convenience…  

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Opposite Central Festival Phuket

Index Shopping Mall

Another 300 metres further north is the Index Living Mall, a place that majors in chic household goods. There are home theatre systems, artwork, bedding, kitchenware and even a few clothes outlets but the main part of the mall deals in high quality items such as pans, rugs and the like. In case you get the munchies while shopping there's a rather incongruous food outlet right by the cashiers.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: on Bypass Road

Island Paradise

Island Paradise

Designer Lek Rattanachinkorn opened this boutique in November 2007, gathering outstanding products from a dozen other top Thai designers, as well as a large variety of decorative goods for the home. Brands available at Island Paradise include Rococo, Century22, Seneda, Classic Model and Only Sugar. Read More...

Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00, Monday to Saturday
Location: 8 Phang Nga Road, next to Siam Indigo Restaurant, Phuket Town
Tel: +66 76 256 418

Jim Thompson

Jim Thompson is a well-known Thai textile outlet with branches throughout the country. Thompson, an American businessman who mysteriously disappeared in the Malaysian highlands in 1967, almost singlehandedly resurrected the Thai silk industry after WWII and his legacy, in the form of colourful and high-end silk shops and boutiques, is a must-do part of any visit to Thailand. Read More...

Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Location: Ground floor Central Festival Phuket
Tel: 076 249 615(6)

Kid Dee (a.k.a. Think Positive)

It is amazing to see how one can fit such a variety of Asian art & crafts in a single shophouse. Most items are imported from Indonesia and India and the stock features futon mattresses, masks, lamps, clothes, bed covers, hats, sarongs, wooden Buddha images and wooden art products. Certain pieces are just typical ‘knick knacks’ souvenirs but some feature very high quality and special designs. Kid Dee is definitely a good place to shop for Asian arts & crafts. Prices are reasonable.

Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 21:00
Location: Next to Siam Deli, close by the Fresh Market traffic circle on Yaowarat Road

Makro Phuket

Through Makro pitches toward local shops, restaurants and hotels, in fact they welcome anybody and shoppers get the best deals when bulk buying. This international cash-and-carry store features everything you need when it comes to food and certain items are hard to find elsewhere in Phuket. 

Opening Hours: Daily from 06:00 – 23:00
Location: On Vichitsongkram Road, not far from Central Phuket Festival
Tel: +66 (0) 76 249 791

Nguan Choon Tong Herbs Shop

Nguan Choon Tong Herbs Shop

This herbs and medicine shop has been part of Phuket Town's history for more than 75 years as it is the oldest herbs shop on the island. In August 2009, it was shown on TV worldwide. If you are a fan of the CBS’s 'Amazing Race' you will probably remember the Phuket herbs shop that featured as part of the game. All 14 contestants came in and asked the shopkeeper to open each of 99 herb drawers for their clues.

The shop featured was none other than Nguan Choon Tong Shop in the heart of Phuket Old Town. Interestingly, the wooden boxes contain real herbs such as dried roots, bark, leaves as well as dried insects and much more. Many locals go to Nguan Choon Tong as they prefer herbs to modern medicine.  

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 – 20:00
Location: Next to Wilai Restaurant and a few doors away from the famous China Inn Restaurant on Thalang Road

Ocean Shopping Mall

Located near Robinsons, Ocean Shopping Mall is not only known as a place to go for good quality products with friendly prices but it also houses many fun entertainment activities including a ten-pin bowling alley, restaurants and a multiplex cinema showing English-language films with Thai subtitles.

Shopping here is quite convenient as there is just about everything in one place including ATM machines, a Watson's pharmacy and a supermarket plus lots of shops and outlets selling clothes and such. Nearby businesses include a movie theatre, Swensen’s, the Pizza Company, Mister Donut and Kipling.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 -22:00
Location: Almost next to Robinsons Department Store

Oriental Origin

Oriental Origin

Formerly known as Oriental Closet (well known for their outstanding Chinese style clothes and accessories), Oriental Origin has been run by the same team since 2003. They offer souvenirs and decorative items from Thailand, Laos, China, Burma and Vietnam.

Though the shop is rather small the items are quite unique i.e. Chinese silk embroidery, embroidered handbags, wooden dolls, paintings, crafted wooden items. Prices are very customer friendly and some items can be discounted by 10%.  

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 18:00
Location: On 99 Dibuk Road, near Blue Elephant Restaurant

Oriental Pleasure

Oriental Pleasure houses a good range of Thai silk (mainly from Surin Province near the Cambodian border). Other products include spa and aromatherapy products, silverware, pearls, bed and table covers. 

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:30 – 19:00, Sunday from 09:30 – 16:00
Location: 27 Rassada Road, opposite Thanachart Bank (the bright orange building)
Tel: +66 (0) 76 355 439

Outdoor Crockery Shop

This is an unusual sight and worth a photo – the 'shop' is an outdoor setup with thousands of pieces of crockery displayed on the floor. Plates, dishes, cups and serving bowls as well as vases and flower pots all vie for floor space here and many items are the same as are for sale in department stores but, of course, at reduced prices. Do not accept the original asking price and bargain things down.  It is quite an unusual set up for a shop selling housewares to display their goods on the floor without any cover or flooring. 

Opening Hours: Daily
Location: On Bangkok Road, Phuket Town

Paul Ropp

Paul Ropp is a Bali-based New Yorker; a fashion designer who once said "My inspiration is based on sun and fun. My clothes are for people who want sensual freedom and movement or prefer to be naked." He started making clothes in the 1960s for rock icons like Jimi Hendrix. Ropp opened his first shop in Thailand at the Royal Phuket Marina in 2008. His designs are quite impressive and offer fashion choices for both men and women. Accessories for women include bags, belts, bras, jewelry, hats, sandals, shoes and scarves.  Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 11:00 -21:00
Location: Royal Phuket Marina, north of Phuket Town

Pasathan

A Bangkok-based furniture and design company currently running four branches in Thailand, Pasathan Phuket is located opposite Dibuk Restaurant on Dibuk Road.

Their range of products features high-quality modern furniture, Asian antiques and reproductions such as Chinese cabinets, chests, beds, shelves, chairs, tables and a lot of newer products made out of mango wood such as vases and lamps. Their products are also found in many hotels and resorts on the island.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 – 18:00 in low season and from 10:00 – 19:00 in high season
Location: Opposite Dibuk Restaurant on Dibuk Road
Tel: + 66 (0) 76 223 307

Pensri, Phuket Square and Expo markets

Pensri Market is located diagonally opposite Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel and it is another version of the Thai bazaar concept. Pensri features a good range of clothes and accessories – skirts, jeans, shirts, T-shirts and belts, shoes, leatherwear, children’s clothes and toys. Most of the market is covered and air conditioned which helps to ease the heat on sunny days. Next to it is another shopping venue called Phuket Square which also houses similar items.

Across the road from Phuket Square is another shopping bazaar called the Expo Phuket where shoppers can find the latest trends. Many of the shops/stands here get their products from Bangkok and usually have new clothes and goods arriving every two or three weeks. The quality of products in these places is not exactly top grade but prices are quite cheap. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily
Location: Diagonally opposite Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel at the corner of Chana-Charoen and Tilok-U-Thit 2 Roads

Phuket Indy Market

Phuket Town’s twice-weekly Indy Market on Dibuk Road is known in Thai as ‘laadploykong’ (‘a market to let go of your goods’). It is also a place where locals, especially teenagers and young adults, come to enjoy themselves with an entertaining mix of vendors, live performances and more. Read More...

Opening Hours: Every Thurs and Fri from 16:00 – 22:00
Location: Limelight Avenue, next to Lemongrass Restaurant on Dibuk Road, Phuket Town
Remarks: Visitors can park at the Queen Sirikit Park’s car park right across the road from Indie Market as well as the big parking space behind Lemongrass Restaurant.

Premium Outlet Phuket

The shops at Premium Outlet Phuket on the Bypass Road deal in guaranteed brand-name clothing and sports accessories at bargain prices. Apart from Thai brands, other articles on sale include Lacoste, Guy Laroche, Hush Puppies, Warner Bros, Pierre Cardin, Van Heusen, Levi’s, Lee, Nautica, Adidas and Nike and feature discounts of up to 70%. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: On the Bypass Road (aka Chalearmprakiet Ror 9 Road)
Remarks: They have branches all over the country including Pattaya, Cha-Am, Kho Yai, Krabi, Samui and Udon Thani.
Tel: +66 (0)76 350 500

Radsada Handmade

Radsada Handmade is a good place to stop for beautiful textiles. They also have cushions, bed covers, table runners and other home accessories.

Opening Hours: 09:30 to 19:00, Monday to Saturday
Location: 29 Rassada Road, Phuket City
Tel: +66 76 355 439

Robinsons Department Store

Robinsons Department Store is just a few minutes walk from the Old Town and has a good range of satellite, brand-name shops, handicraft shops and numerous stalls selling bargain clothing and shoes. Half of the ground floor is dedicated to Tops Supermarket where you can get everything from daily products, imported food to household items. There are a few ATM machines as well as a bank on this floor, too.

Upstairs has a men’s wear section, ladies’ wear and a children's zone as well as cosmetic and perfume counters with sportswear and equipment on the top floor as well as a food court. Prices are fixed but Robinsons usually offers good discounts at various counters throughout the year. Next to Robinsons, a fresh food market sets up every evening – a great place to take in the sights and smells of a real Thai marketplace. (Read more about shopping centers) Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 – 22:00, the ground floor shops open at 09:00
Location: On Tilok-U-Thit 1 Road, next to Talad Kaset night market

Secondhand Book Shop

Located next to Bangkok Bank on Phang Nga Road, this is a large and airy secondhand book shop. Look for the big sign out front that says 'Buy 4 Pay for 3', you can’t miss it. A good place to meet other travelers.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday
Location: Next to Bangkok Bank on Phang Nga Road, not far from the famous On On Hotel

South Wind Books

Located opposite the Kasikorn Bank on Phang Nga Road, South Wind Books has earned a reputation as a place to stop by when in need of good secondhand books. The three connected shops offer secondhand books in French, Italian, English and Japanese, Swedish, Danish as well as magazines in various languages.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 – 19:00, Sunday from 10:00 – 15:00
Location: Opposite Kasikorn Bank on Phang Nga Road
Tel: 0897242136

SB Design Square

This modern home furnishing store is like a playground for those who are looking to furnish their home or office. Basically, everything you need to fit out your house is for sale here. The store is laid out in good, logical order and products are separated according to household areas and needs. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Opposite Phuket International Hospital and Big C

Supercheap

One of Phuket's biggest wholesalers and open since 1984, Supercheap is a supermarket, a convenience store, a wet market and a mini-mall and of course a food court, all under one roof. As the name suggests it's hard to beat Supercheap when it comes to low prices. Luxury shopping is most certainly is not – expect a veritable bazaar of alleyways containing everything from canned goods to curries, to musical instruments to school uniforms to gardening tools to car accessories. It's a bit of a sticky experience as Supercheap has no air conditioning but it is fan-cooled in places. The smell of the goods in the heat can sometimes be somewhat overpowering but exploring is an interesting experience.  Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 05:00 – 23:00 except for medicine and alcohol drinks sections which open from 07:00 – 23:00.
Location: On Thepkasattri Road, heading north out of Phuket Town (airport road)
Tel: +66 (0)76 216 791

Tesco Lotus

Further up the road on the right-hand side at the next intersection stands Tesco-Lotus. This mall was the first major modern shopping centre in Phuket and it has goods of a higher quality than Big C - indeed many visitors come from Patong buy Tesco's colourful beach shirts and shorts. Read More...

Opening Hours: Daily from 9:00 – 23:00
Location: on Bypass Road

Wassana Thai Silk

Wassana Thai Silk

Wassana Tipayatongtada, the owner of Wassana Thai Silk, used to travel a lot throughout Thailand. She never forgot the beauty of Thai silk and arts produced in the back of many villagers’ homes on those trips. When she opened her own shops, Khun Wassana filled them with objects of her passion; Thai silk and local art & crafts. Most silk displayed in this shop is from the northeastern province of Issarn and central Thailand. Products include a wide collection of silk bolts (to make dresses or shirts), table covers and bedcovers. Prices are reasonable.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 18:00
Location: Opposite Baan Boran Textile on Yaowarat Road
Tel: +66 (0) 81 537 9515

Weekend Market

Welcome to Phuket’s most talked-about open market/bazaar, the Jatujak Market (aka J J Market or Tai Rod Market) located south of Phuket Town. What makes this place so interesting is the sheer variety of products and their tempting prices. Many items are actually extremely cheap by Western standards (think three singlets for 100 baht and a pair of attractive flip-flops for 100 baht). It's also a great place to look for souvenirs to take back home such as spa & aroma products, crafted soaps and candles, clothes and shoes (don’t forget to check out the secondhand shoe shop. It’s a very interesting place, although secondhand shoes might not be on the top of your holiday shopping list.) At the back of the market you'll see many cute puppies and kittens for sale.

Maybe the best part of this market is its enormous choice of food. There must be at least 100 food stands selling local delights so be brave and try some out; the trick is to head for the stands that have the most customers. There's a lot of finger food as well as sit-down dining options. The most recommended dishes include kanom jeen (Thai rice vermicelli with fish or crab curry), barbecued seafood/pork/chicken with sticky rice, som tam (spicy papaya salad) and Thai-style noodle soup with fish balls/ pork or chicken. Prices are reasonable. While there, don’t miss a chance to taste seasonal fruits such as mangos, bananas, oranges, rambutan (a small sweet fruit with red and soft spiky hair peel) and durian.

This weekend market can be crowded. It is best to wear light and comfortable clothes like shorts and a T-shirt. A good pair of walking shoes is also needed. Read More...

Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday from mid afternoon until 21:00 but most people prefer to come out to shop at about 17:00 onward as it is a bit cooler.
Location: Near Wat Naka on Chao Fa West Road from Central Festival heading south toward Chalong Bay direction. Turn left at the first traffic light.

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