Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall

Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall
Central Festival Phuket Shopping Mall
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Central Festival Phuket

Central Festival Phuket, built around 2004, is one of the two mega malls on the island (the other one being Jungceylon) and is a great stop for a rainy day. It had a bit of a slow start but soon gained a huge success. Originally using only 3 of its 4 levels built in a circular shape, it finally opened the 4th floor at the occasion of their 6th anniversary.
Central Festival Shopping mall is divided in several zones:

  • Central Department Store: A shop on its own which occupies a large section on five floors.
  • Central Shopping Gallery: The circular area with few known brands and special events.
  • Central Food Hall: a very large deli and supermarket with high end imported products.
  • Food Court: a fast food concept very popular in Asia.
  • SFX Cinemas with 6 rooms
  • Starbucks 


Central Phuket Department Store:

That’s where you will find most designers brands and cosmetics, most famous and most expensive are as expected on the ground floor, but note that ‘Central Department Store’ is actually a shop in the shop, often having it’s own great promotions. Shops in the main gallery don’t participate to this promotions.

Underground Floor:

Houseware, House Decoration, Tools and electric equipment.

Ground Floor:

Clothing: CK, CK Jeans, Armani Exchange, Diesel, DKNY (nice one), Miss Sixty. There are always sales, so it’s worth a look. Most brands have interesting prices, except Diesel, which is really more expensive than in Europe. Cosmetics: L’Occitane, Chanel, Esthee Lauder, Shiseido, and most of the usual brands Watches: A pretty big display of accessory watches, but not many high end brands Women Shoes: Not a very large selection, lucky if you find your size once you find the shoes you like

Second Floor:

Women fashion, Muji, Zeen Zone selling fun stuff for teens.

Third Floor:

Men fashion, shoes, luggage, B2S a very large book shop with DVD and few blu-ray, and music CDs (all real). Banks and all the restaurants are on this floor.

Fourth Floor:

Kids floor with lots of clothing, toys and useful items. Also lately dozen of cosmetic shops and diet shop moved to the top floor… If you need a facial or a haircut.

central2Central Festival Shopping Gallery:

Ground floor is often hosting events… loud events. This usually happens on week end and it gets even louder at the end of the month. Motors shows and property shows are the most common. Rest of the time the area is used as a huge discount items display. Surrounding the central area are the usual ‘ground floor fashion shops’: Guess, Zara, Esprit, and Mango (MNG)


Food at Central Festival:

Now what really made the success of Central Festival Phuket are the many restaurants franchises… At first the management might have thought that people would come shopping and when done with it, have lunch or dinner. With the 2010 renovation, you can see how that trend has changed. People come for food… and maybe they’ll buy something once done! Most popular are the new ‘Wine Connection’ great choice, good food and affordable price and Zen Japanese Restaurant on the ground floor. On the third floor, MK Suki and Fuji Japanese Restaurants are always popular venues. Also well known are S&P, Sizzler, Yaam Sap, Hachi Ban Ramen and a lot more.

Useful Tips for Central Phuket:

Week ends are full of visitors and a parking space is really hard to find, but there is a worst case scenario: A rainy day at the end of the month when salaries have been paid! Imagine everyone on the island deciding to spend a bit of their newly earned salary (on food mostly!) and as it rains, there is nowhere else to go. So if you drive, first try to avoid meals times, and second, park across the road at Homeworks. Just a bit of walk using the skybridge is a hundred time better than driving in circles in a smokey underground parking!




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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 22 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I now manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com