Baby mannequins? Check. Antique furniture? Check. Life-size superheroes and retro clocks? Check and check. Imagine it, and it’ll probably be hidden away somewhere within the labyrinth that is Papaya Vintage. Several floors of more than 100,000 trinkets and antiquities make this vintage warehouse among the largest stores in Thonglor. Eager relic hunters comb the mazes of shelves and hidden rooms for art deco chairs and old-fashioned typewriters, nestled among haphazard pinball machines and vintage cars – and the owner travels to Europe four times a year to hunt for fresh additions. Be aware that not everything is for sale, however. Some items are stored in the showroom for entertainment, but are actually rented out to movie studios to use on the set of films.
Located in the heart of The Commons, one of Thonglor’s trendiest malls, Sourced Grocers specialises in hearty, healthy grocery items like grains, nut butters, pastas, and sauces. A well-stocked deli caters to all tastes, selling cuts of cheeses like truffle gouda, manchego, Roquefort, and even vegan nut cheeses, and cold cuts like spicy chorizo, Milano salami, and Proccuitto di parma.
This newly renovated Japanese teahouse smells of aromas of floral blends and novel iced teas, and drinks including ceremony blend Uji matcha. It is also an official retailer of award-winning MEI LEAF premium artisan teas, and herbal juices. The lounge serves expertly brewed teas, in the traditional ceremonial style, and unique creations like cold matcha with mint and elder flower or matcha white chocolate frappe.
Roseman’s portmanteau name reflects its concept of class, unisex designs, inspired by antique European furniture and vintage décor for a “unique urban lifestyle”. The versatile lines are designed in Bangkok and then handmade in Japan by expert craftsmen. Best sellers at their flagship Thonglor boutique include the Haru Sunset frames, the Austin Westwood sunglasses, and the Katsu Sea Salt daytime sunglasses with lenses in pink, blue, yellow, and green.
This skincare boutique, featuring its own name brand made from natural and organic ingredients from France, is designed to encourage healthier, natural, sustainable lifestyles. Products offer healthier alternatives to commercial skin care, from raw makeup to natural sunscreens and shampoos. The owner, herself trained in aromatherapy and natural cosmetics, also offers DIY workshops with themes like “zero-acne”, mixing up serum and face wash, “aromatherapy and emotions”, and making your own detox body wrap.
While there are a number of second-hand designer handbag shops in the neighbourhood, (un)Fashion Vintage boasts a unique stock of obscure designers and rare designs. Leather bags, shoes, and accessories for both men and women arrive weekly sourced from all over the world, some items dating back to the 1930s, and all at reasonable prices. An energetic but cosy café – modelled after a traveling caravan – greets shoppers towards the back.