Our list of the best shopping in Phuket Town presents an eclectic choice of shopping opportunities featuring modern department stores, local markets, bazaar-like emporiums and stylish boutiques that have all in common to be very popular and well-stocked.
Phuket Town is and always has been the prime centre of all commercial activities in Phuket. Ever since the historical district (Phuket Old Town) was built during the mid-19th century’s tin mining boom, it remains a popular shopping hub. The fast development of Phuket also catalysed the development of several large shopping malls and supermarkets on the outskirts of the city. Discover the best places to shop in Phuket Town, below.
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Central Festival Phuket is among the largest shopping malls in Phuket, right after Jungceylon in Patong Beach. Located at the intersection of Bypass and Wichitsongkram roads in a 4-storey building, you could find almost anything here.
Hosting around 120 outlets (covering fashion, electronics, accessories, souvenirs, cosmetics, photography, health, optic, culture, jewellery, and more), a 3-storey department store (featuring international brands such as Levi’s, Billabong, Camel, and AIIZ, just to name a few), about 50 restaurants/food outlets, and an SFX Coliseum movie theatre, Central Festival Phuket is among the most important shopping hubs in Phuket. It’s also a great place to spend an entire rainy day with little chance of getting bored. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 10pm
- Location: 74, 75 Vichitsongkram Rd, Wichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 603 333
Chillva Market Phuket is a cool, trendy night market with a somewhat bohemian vibe and an impressive selection of food, fashion and other stalls, despite a relatively small size. Hard to miss by the side of Yaowarat Road (which runs by Tesco Lotus, on the way towards Phuket Town), it has a distinctive look created by the use of colourful shipping containers as shopfronts.
The stores in the upcycled containers are open every day from 4pm, but the best time to visit is on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, when the flea market comes to town, setting up in tents and little hawker stalls to fill the 6,400-square-metre marketplace to capacity. At the heart of the market is a small stage with a pond behind and amphitheatre in front, which sees presentations and music when the market is in full swing. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 5pm to 11pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: 141/2 Yaowarat Road, Phuket Town, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)99 152 1919
Phuket Weekend Market is the most fascinating shopping fair in Phuket. Often compared – on a smaller scale – to Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, it is held every Saturdays and Sundays on the outskirts of Phuket Town, one kilometre South from Central Festival.
There are 3 main zones that share the 30,000-square-metre area on which the market is held. The largest zone sell first-hand products ranging from fashion items to souvenirs and even live animals; the second largest zone is dedicated to food, from cakes to ready-made dishes and popular Thai snacks (including fried insects); and the third zone is dedicated to second-hand goods. Surprising, fascinating and lively are the 3 words that describe this must-see market the best. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Saturday–Sunday from 4pm to 11pm
- Location: 7 Wirat Hong Yok Rd, Phuket Town, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Phuket Walking Street is a lively fair held every Sundays on Thalang Road in the heart of Phuket Old Town. This famous street went through renovation in 2012 during which all electric cables were buried in a way to restore its past splendor; in addition, well-thought colour-changing lighting effects have been added on the facade of each house in the street, giving this historical street a great modern touch.
The main products available at Phuket Walking Street are clothing, handcrafted souvenirs, and food (mostly local favourites). This market is somehow more the occasion for an end of afternoon promenade, meeting friends, grabbing a snack and having a drink than a pure commercial interest; it is anyway extremely popular and frequented by both locals and visitors. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Sundays from 4pm to 10pm
- Location: Thalang Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Premium Outlet Phuket is a rather large shopping complex located on the Bypass Road in the northern part of Phuket Town. Featuring about 50 boutiques in which you could find something like 300 brand-names (most of them are international) sold at bargain prices due to the fact that they are left-over from the previous collection/year. Fashion, shoes, accessories, sports equipment (including golf), children clothing, toys, handcrafted products, they are all here with discounts that can be up to 70% of their original prices.
Premium Outlet Village is aptly named as it looks like a small town with streets in which you go window-shopping. A few outlets sell drinks and snacks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
- Location: 888/1 Moo 2 Koh Gaew, Muang, Phuket, 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 350 500
Jim Thompson is certainly the most famous brand of silk products in the world and this for three main reasons: firstly, the outstanding quality of its articles; secondly, the talent and tenacity of Jim Thompson in reviving the silk industry in Thailand; and thirdly, the mystery around his disappearance in the Cameron Highlands (Malaysia) in 1967.
The main Jim Thompson outlet is located on the ground floor of Central Festival Phuket; in here you could find all the products that made this brand that famous: linen shirts, kimonos, silk duvet covers, silk scarves, shopping bags, leather wallets, silk ties, and a lot more. Prices are on par with the quality and the brand-name, so expect them to be fancy. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 9pm
- Location: 1st floor, Central Phuket Floresta, 199 Moo 4, Tambol Vichit, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 249 616
Supercheap, just north of Phuket Town, is well worth a visit for its sprawling warehouse-like shop almost the size of a city block. Inside, items are stacked high with every product you could possibly imagine and more.
If there is any logic to it, it would be difficult to explain, but its seeming lack of logic is the very essence of its charm. Retail chaos under one roof is hard to come by in the west but here in Thailand it is very much alive and kicking. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4am to 10pm
- Location: 46-30 Thepkasattri Rd, Ratsada, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 609 000
The Phuket Square and Expo markets are 2 bazaar-like shopping emporiums facing each other on Tilok Uthit 2 Road (diagonally opposite Thavorn Grand Plaza Hotel) in Phuket Town. The items for sale here are rather similar to those found at Phuket Weekend Market with a notable difference: shopping here is slightly more comfortable due to the neon-lit ‘hangar-style’ of the venue which allows shopping whatever the weather conditions.
Clothing, accessories, and handcrafted gifts stalls organized in rows offer good souvenirs to bring back home, considering that the same items sold on Phuket’s West coast are sold here at discounted prices, after bargaining (with a smile!) of course. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 9pm
- Location: 9/3 Tilok-U-Thit 2 Road, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)76 212 181
Ban Boran Textiles
Ban Boran Textiles is a cosy vintage boutique in Phuket Old Town that specialises in genuine textiles. These include silk, raw silk, and cotton – articles handcrafted in northern and northeastern villages of Thailand. Featuring quality colourful clothing, wall hanging, sarongs, table cloths and bags, Ban Boran Textiles is, despite its tiny size, pretty famous in Phuket.
Besides textiles, Ban Boran also hosts a great collection of silver ornaments made by Ka Riang tribes in northern Thailand; these rare jewellery items (Ban Boran is the only place in Phuket where they could be found) are of course for sale.
- Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 6pm (closed on Sundays)
- Location: Phang Nga Rd, Talat Yai, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Ranong Road and its 2 markets – Talaad Sod Satarana and downtown market – forms the historical shopping hub of Phuket Town. They feature dozens of small shops selling a wide range of products from gardening tools, clothing and wicker baskets to live chicken and jewelleries (there are around 10 gold shops within the first 100 metres of the street). As Ranong Road is also the local bus (songthaew) station, it is indeed a very local and lively place.
Downtown Market is open mostly 24/7, while Talaad Sod Satarana is open from 5am to 11am. Downtown Market is open-air and has a good choice of local fruits, vegetables and fresh seafood on sale. Talaad Sod Satarana is set in a 3-storey building in which you could find almost anything from biscuits to dried-seafood to clothing to fresh meat, and more. Ranong Road is a nice place to wander around and get a glimpse of southern Thailand everyday’s life. Read More...
- Location: Rassada Road, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand