Rod Fai Market (Ratchada)
Antique toys, neon-lit beers signs, vintage fashion and retro furniture line the streets of this popular night market.
Although smaller than its out-of-town predecessor, Rod Fai Market 2 has the winning formula of variety and accessibility. What was once a parking lot behind The Esplanade shopping mall is now a vibrant bazaar of endless street eats, bars, clothes and accessories. With a vibe that’s chilled out yet full of energy, just walking around the maze of stalls is a fun experience in itself, plus with MRT Thailand Cultural Center so close, getting here is a breeze.
What we like: The abundance of stalls is conveniently organized into food, shopping and bar sections. When it comes to shopping, you can pretty much get anything, from fashionable handbags and sunnies to colorful hipster socks, all at very low prices. The choice of food is equally impressive, ranging from the local favorite leng saab (hot and spicy soup with pork ribs), Korean barbecue and Japanese hot pots, to classic burgers and grilled seafood. There’s no shortage of drinks and live music either, thanks to rows and rows of dive bars—head to the second floor bars for the best Instagram shots.
What to buy: There’s a good mix of generic night market fare—graphic tees, Hawaiian shirts, tank tops, swimwear—and cool finds, like chic resort wear, big brand sneakers like Nike, Vans and Adidas, artsy jewelry, vintage clothes, antiques, boutique body care and home fragrances. The quality here is more than decent, all at wallet-friendly prices.
What annoys us: Once you surface from the MRT, there are no clear signs that indicate the market’s exact location. We suggest you follow the hordes heading around the back of The Esplanade mall, where you’ll find the entrance.
Who goes there: Everyone—families, young couples, teens and tourists. This place is a magnet for Chinese tour groups.
Pro tips: Don’t stress yourself out by driving, because finding parking at Esplanade is a bitch. Take a taxi and you risk getting stuck in traffic for hours. Just get on the MRT. Period.
SHOP HERE: Used in Japan
A must-visit for savvy thrift shoppers seeking quality second hand clothes from Japanese and other international brands. Expect to snag gems like Ken Nakamura jeans, vintage Ralph Lauren jackets or Golden Goose Deluxe Brand (GGDB) sneakers. Chinos are in the B1,090-1,490 range, while jeans range from B990 to around B2,400. 087-051-2929. Open daily 6pm-10pm
|Address:||Rod Fai Market (Ratchada), Parking lot of Esplanade Complex, 99 Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, 10400 Thailand|
|Open since:||February, 2015|
|Opening hours:||Thu-Sun 4pm-midnight|
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