Aside for being lauded as one of Asia's top tropical destinations, the Thai capital offers up an intriguing concoction of vintage finds and hidden gems. It's as if the locals have somehow trained their eye for miscellany that incites covetousness, or piques fascination at the very least. With a myriad of vintage shopping destinations scattered around the city, we cherry-pick the shops worth marking out on your travel itinerary.
Although this is probably the best vintage enclave you've never heard of, the likes of Vogue-appraised jewellery designer Pamela Love has certified the boutique as a vacationer's must-visit. Having moved from its humble beginning at the Chatuchak Weekend Market, the nomadic Americana shop briefly resided in the historic Hotel Cabochon before settling at a discreet street corner in the Ratchathewi District. The assorted treasures hidden within are vintage collectibles that traverse '60s US military gear, Keith Haring originals, and authentic '50s satin Sukajan jackets, guaranteeing elbow rubs with in-the-know fashion insiders.
121/118 Phayathai Road Khwaeng Thanon Phetchaburi, Khet Ratchathewi, Bangkok. Tel (+66) 81 255 2866
1 Of Å Kind
Set an afternoon aside for this one. Nestled in the periphery of central Bangkok, 1 Of Å Kind is worthy of a cab excursion to the suburbs. A stroll through the emporium, which houses everything from eclectic Nordic home décor to various thingamabobs, is quite an escapade. Expect to unearth the unicorn of furnitures in the form of Gote Moble's leather armchair or life-sized Stormtrooper figurines underneath a tangle of mid-century Sputnik ceiling lamps. After snagging some bargains, sit in the warehouse's photogenic sunlit eatery for a celebratory fusion feast to toast your shopping success.
Rama 9 Soi 46. Tel: (+66) 02 718 3260
Thai Auto Vintage
Calling all automobile buffs, this garage is built for you. It's a haven for classic cars — the oldest being a Chyrsler and dating as far back as 1949. The folks behind the vintage car port curate the rarest of old cars and ensure the vehicles are given a new lease of life. From well-maintained Mercedes-Benz convertibles to a 1970 Mini Cooper, you'll be wishing that you drove one of these beauties home. If an entire car is too much of an indulgence for you, try arranging a delivery for the garage's one-off sofas custom-made from a Benz backseat. Pure class.
385/1 Onnut Road, Prawet, Bangkok. Tel: (+66) 02 721 6858
(Un) Fashion Vintage
View the visual jackpot of seeing the hundreds of leather goods perfectly lined across the red-bricked wall. Tucked across Ekkamai Shopping Mall, the cafe-cum-boutique forms a cottage-resembling caravan that is a thing of curiosity amidst the bustling district — the range of shoes, more so. With a sheen to proof they're genially cared for, the vintage kicks are a curated mix of obscure Italian designers from the '70s, and occasionally, gently worn Pradas, Ferragamos or Guccis. Post-shoe shopping, slide into a trailer booth and unwind to a cup of mean Thai coffee.
Ekkamai Soi 10, Bangkok. Tel: (+66) 02 726 9592
Rod Fai Weekend Market
For vintage hunting complemented with tastebud-chummy street treats and a lively crowd to match, look no further than the Rod Fai Weekend Market. You'd probably need a whole day just to walk through the teeming bazaar of 2,000 stalls overflowing with vintage collectables, yesteryear memorabilia and niche fashion. But the real deal would have to be Rod's Antiques, a factory-type warehouse at the end of the stretched out tents, that display antiques from the golden past. Gathered from all parts of the world, the vintage troves include kitschy refrigerators and mid-hip swivel Elvis Presley sculptures.
Srinakarin Soi 51, Bangkok
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