CentralWorld Shopping Mall Bangkok
CentralWorld is now the third-largest mall in Bangkok after Siam Paragon and the new Icon Siam. With a strategic location, it is truly a shopper’s and dining paradise, probably with a wider price range than the two other shopping malls in Bangkok. Central World aims at the mid and upper range of local and international clientele. With an immense esplanade in front of the mall and a strategic location in Siam, the heart of Bangkok, CentralWold is often the stage of special events, concerts, seasonal night markets. This is one of the good places to wait for the New Year’s firework if you don’t mind the crowd. On the downside, CentralWorld has no direct Skytrain access and, unless you drive your own car, a bit of walk from Chidlom or Siam BTS station is necessary.
CentralWorld has a long history. It was originally built in 1990 and was first called ‘World Trade Centre’ and was the place everyone would go to for fun and shopping, even on a short trip to Bangkok. It was a rather dark maze of shops, and in a way it was fun. You could never find your way around! in 2003 the mall was renovated and renamed CentralWorld and the success was instant, mostly because Bangkokians love shopping malls on the weekend and novelty is a real magnet!
Shopping at CentralWorld
The amount of shop available at CentralWorld is staggering. We list a few just to give you an idea but with 550,000 m2 (5,900,000 sq ft) of surface, you get the picture: the list is endless. All the mainstream brands you can expect to find in a mall are here and easy to find, which wasn’t the case in the past. The first floor is as usual dedicated to the luxury brands while the highest floor displays an impressive collection of restaurants and a vast cinema.
Food and Restaurants
Online shopping has definitely affected the balance between shopping and dining in most malls in Bangkok. In the past, people came to shop then wrap the day with dinner, but now the trend is clearly inverted. People come to eat and eventually will buy something after their meal.
More and more shops disappeared to be replaced by all kinds of dining venues. All the usual international franchises are here obviously, always popular with teenagers and tourist who don’t feel like taking a chance with Thai food. What is interesting is that there are a lot of branches of local restaurants as well. This is a welcome addition to otherwise blend Mc Donalds or Sizzler.
Groove is a relatively recent addition to the mall entirely dedicated to dining and drinking, usually with more local names than in the main galley. Groove is where young Bangkokians go for dinner and a bit of casual party with friends. The place is compact with a surprising amount of restaurant on multiple floors, plus live music in the central area. It’s a great place to end the day after shopping as you can walk around and see which cuisine talks to your appetite: Thai, Italian, Japanese, steakhouse etc. Groove is open from 10 am to midnight, every day.
List of restaurants at Groove:
- 1881 by Water Library (gastro bar)
- Air Space (Thai and Western cuisine)
- Apinara (Thai cuisine)
- Greyhound Cafe (modern casual cuisine)
- Hiyaku (Japanese)
- Hobs (house of beers and modern cuisine)
- Hyde and Seek (modern western cuisine)
- House of Eden (fusion food, cakes and cocktails)
- iO Italian Osteria (Italian)
- Kenshin Izakaya (Japanese)
- Kin Hey (Thai)
- Paul (western casual)
- The Ranch (steakhouse)
- Wine Connection (steakhouse, grill and western food)
- Wine I Love You (western food)
Red Sky Rooftop on the 55th floor of the Centara Grand in Bangkok is definitely a good place to end the day after your shopping spree. The restaurant is a little expensive but you are welcome to go up there just for a drink while admiring the ever-changing Bangkok cityscape and if you are lucky a sunset above it!
Open: 5 pm – 1 am
Tel: 02 100 1234
Floor: 55th floor
CRU Champagne Bar is one of the most exclusive rooftop bars in Bangkok right now (pronounce it ‘cru’, not C.R.U) meaning a vineyard of recognized quality in France. The location is well-known since it is just 3 floors above Red Sky Bar on the 55th Floor of Centralworld shopping mall. CRU Rooftop wants to be the place for the Hi-So and Bangkok Elite people, serving mostly Champagne and selected grand crus. The 360˙ view from up there is simply superb.
Open: 5 pm – 1 am
Tel: 02 100 1234
Floor: 58th floor
Price: very high
Uno Mas restaurant serves excellent Spanish cuisine with an impressive view of Bangkok as a backdrop. The food is good but quite expensive so keep this for a special occasion. The best way to make your evening special is to first have a sunset drink at Red Sky rooftop above it first, then walk down to the restaurant for dinner. Just make sure you booked in advance as Uno Mas is quite popular.
Open: 4 pm – 1 am
Phone: 02 100 6255
Entertainment and What to Do
There are a few places to entertain yourself once you are done with your shopping. The most popular is definitely the rooftop bars and restaurants, but you can also enjoy a number of high-quality cinemas rooms as well as a large ice rink.
The Rink Ice Arena
The Rink is a mid-size ice rink on the second floor of the mall, perfect to cool down on a hot day and to play with the kids.
Location: 2nd floor
Open: 10.30 am – 9.30 pm
Phone: 081 875 1212
Playmondo is an immense children playground on the second floor, divided into 4 themed zones: desert, ocean, volcano and forest. It also includes a laser tag game.
Central World Info
Address: 999/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
Open: 10 am – 10 pm
Phone: 02 640 7000
Opening date: 1990
Size: 830,000 m2