One of Bangkok’s main business areas, Silom
is home to towering skyscrapers, modern architectural marvels
, and a famed vibrant and diverse nightlife
. There are also plenty of opportunities to indulge in a little retail therapy. Check out these 10 top independent stores in Silom for some unusual and unique finds.
Something of a hidden gem for those who love digging through dusty old antiques, Bangkok Antiques has a huge selection of vintage and valuable treasures. Religious ornaments, amulets, decorative vases, teapots, out-of-circulation bank notes, and old bottles of liquor are just a few things you can expect to find here. Some of the more unusual items include dried and preserved pitcher plants. The shop’s sign is in Thai, so do keep a sharp eye out when looking for it.
AkeAntique, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 83 666 0077
Shop as the locals do at Srp Shop, an independent fashion shop that sells a range of clothing from different (mainly local or unknown) brands. Specialising in casual menswear, you’ll find trendy jeans, shorts, t-shirts, and more. The prices are reasonable and it offers similar goods to what you would find in the street markets, without the hustle, bustle and crowds.
Srp Shop, 191 Si Lom, Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 91 413 9448
A fabulous place for book lovers, not only does Fathom Bookspace sell a wide range of books in different languages, but it also encourages you to grab a copy of something that catches your eye and chill out while you lose yourself in the pages. You don’t need to even buy anything to appreciate great writing here. There’s a small on-site café too.
Fathom Bookspace, 572/3 Soi Sathon 3, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon +66 96 935 3642
For all things home related, head to Abode. Run by a couple who love stylish furnishings inspired by nature, the store sells a wide range of hand-crafted and bespoke wooden furniture. Items draw on influences from both the east and the west. There are many unique, high-quality pieces to catch your eye and make a statement in your own home.
Abode, 142/40-41 Sathon Soi 12, North Sathon Road,, Silom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 2 635 2040
Why follow the crowd when it comes to clothing? Feel fancy and have clothes custom made at the reputable Universal Tailors in Silom. You’ll need to allow at least a few days for several fittings, but they can come to your hotel to make things easier if you prefer. There’s nothing quite as nice as dressing yourself in items that have been made to your exact measurements and requirements. Whether you want a business suit, something swanky for nights out, or formal wear for special occasions, treat yourself to something tailor made.
Universal Tailors, 252/2 Silom Rd, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok
Thailand is a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, and some people leave some of the planning and details until they arrive in the Land of Smiles. If you’re looking for a beautiful wedding dress for your big day, visit Aunchalee Boutique. They also sell a great selection of stunning bridal accessories to make sure you look and feel like a million dollars. It’s still worth popping in even if you’re not planning a wedding as they also sell a beautiful assortment of evening gowns, all made in house, that are ideal for any formal occasion.
Aunchalee Boutique, 23/13-14 YJA Building, Sala Daeng Soi 1, Silom, Bangkok +66 2 636 0472
Located at the small and charming shopping and leisure complex of Baan Silom, NaRaYa has become a firm favourite with tourists seeking lovely accessories. The shop specialises in bags of all shapes, colours, and styles, and made from a range of fabrics. NaRaYa also has a smaller collection of fabric kitchen items, such as oven gloves, aprons, table covers, and place mats. Established and run by a husband and wife team, their venture grew rapidly and they now employ numerous workers around Thailand to produce their attractive goods.
NaRaYa, Baan Silom Rd,, 302 Si Lom, Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 2 266 2691
Boransilp is an antique store that mainly sells old and restored items of furniture, though other interesting collections are also curated and available for sale. Most items are from around Thailand, but you will also find a few antiques from nearby countries. Bronze figurines and figures made from other metals sit alongside stone ornaments, chess boards with intricately carved wooden pieces, historic artwork, ceramic urns and teapots, and more.
Boransilp, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Khet Bang Rak, Bangkok +66 81 641 8602