Is this the nicest market in Bangkok? You be the judge
For a long time, Gourmet Market (you can find them in larger properties owned by The Mall Group and standalone units across town) have been some of the fancier grocery stores around. Now, their flagship venue, the Gourmet Market in Siam Paragon, just got a massive new overhaul that makes it even more ritzy—they literally have the best of everything here.
If you’ve been itching to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay or Binging with Babish, here’s what you can expect.
Farm Fresh Market
This is a fruits and veggie zone that has over 3,500 (!!) different kinds of produce from farms across Thailand and organic imported products from around the world. The highlight is the seasonal local fruit selection, including different kinds of lychee, mangoes, durian, and watermelon. All of these are fresh-from-farm quality.
Five of the world’s leading beef-producing countries are on show here: Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan and Argentina. You can grab the best cuts of cow from any country you like. Argentina is a new addition, and cows from that country are mostly free-range and grass-fed, offering unique textures and flavors that cuts like wagyu often don’t. There’s also a James Madison Premium Butcher Shop in this zone, so you can get all your premium cuts, sausages and a customization service for your meats (real butchers are nice to have).
Cheese & Charcuterie
Name says it all here: over 259 assortments of cheese cold cuts and antipasti to choose from. You could probably do your entire shopping trip here if you eat like us. The selection is imported from seven leading European importers from France, Italy and Spain. Some of the products here are organic too. You can even create a fancy cheese and charcuterie board as you like.
This is going to be where all of you probably spend a lot of time and money. The seafood here is imported from across the seven peninsulas—and the stock will change seasonally. Some examples of what you will get are premium salmon, fresh oysters (local and imported) and a bunch of seafood flown in from Japan on the regular. There are also local seafood selections like giant grouper from the Andaman sea and seasonal, rare freshwater fish.
This one is for all you Japanophiles out there and also your go-to spot for some of uber-nice cuts of wagyu, Kobe, and Matsusaka beef. The shop is known by many as the “King of Wagyu” for their selection process. They also stock select sushi and sashimi from the Nakajima Suisan Shop—which gets their core seafood from Tsukiji Fish Market.
This is your health-conscious spot and where you’ll find eco-friendly products as well. This includes everything from fruits and veg to ready-to-eat meals, bakery items, spices and snacks. There is a nice selection of locally sourced Thai brands, too. It’s not just food, either. The zone also includes homecare and personal care products that fit the eco-friendly mold.
Thai Rice Zone
It wouldn’t be a Thai mega-grocery story if it didn’t celebrate one of the nation’s biggest exports. This is actually one of the coolest zones in the whole place. They hold countless rice varieties from agriculturalists across the country. You can get the season’s first-harvested new jasmine rice from Chiang Rai, jasmine rice from Thung Kula Ronghai in Isaan, and sangyod rice from Nakhon Si Thammarat. There are sections for organic rice, too, and a rice huller and rice polishing machine that can polish your rice to seven different levels of polish (that’s a lot of word “polish” but there is no other way to put it).