5 Local Shops To Discover

Published on: March 17, 2021

Gosia shares her experience of the top 5 best-loved shops that are handy in these COVID-19 times.

By: Gosia Kurowska

Shopping in Bangkok: You either love it or you hate it. If you’re someone who loves endless browsing, you’ll have a wonderful time at the numerous malls, markets and plethora of small shops. However, it can get overwhelming – and inefficient at times – if you’re looking for something specific or have little time on your hands.

In my pre-baby life, I definitely belonged to the category of avid shoppers (I still am, on the rare moments I am husband and child-free). One of my favorite weekend activities – besides a big Sunday brunch – was endless strolling on Chatuchak market. But once I entered motherhood, I discovered the perks of online shopping. Luckily there are plenty of options for that in Bangkok too (useful in Covid times as well)!

In this article, I’ll be sharing my top 5 favorite shops with you – all local and independent stores, which I prefer to support. All offer the option to buy online too, so you can just stay in the comfort of your own home if you prefer. Happy shopping!

1. Borboleta

Borboleta is the shop to get the handbag of your dreams! Founder Veronica designs each bag with the modern woman-on-the-go in mind: high quality, vegan leather and a practical design with many compartments (finally done with endless key searching!). There is also a wide range of colors to choose from. I use her bag and backpack as diaper bags as well!

Finally, I love that Borboleta has a heart for charity – each sale supports underprivileged Thai children.

For more information please visit borboletabag.com.

2. Lamka Artisan Store

Alright, I might be a little biased on this one – Lamka is the multi-brand store I launched in cooperation with local artisans! I wanted to offer a worldwide platform for the beautiful items I discover here and support local small businesses in this difficult time.

You’ll find three categories of products on Lamka Artisan Store: jewelry, home decor and baby/kids items. All are handmade by craftspeople in Thailand and every purchase supports them directly. Gift cards are available too. And worldwide shipping is offered, if you want to send your loved ones a Thai inspired present!

For more information please visit lamkaartisanstore.com

3. Saona Collection

This local shop has beautiful boho style clothing (mainly dresses) and accessories. Their pieces are also perfect for your maternity wardrobe: I could wear them until the very end of my pregnancy! The large majority of clothes are also nursing friendly.

You can find Saona Collection at Terminal 21 (1st floor, shop 1018) or you can find their collection online.

For more information please visit saonacollection.com

4. MonPanama

MonPanama is the store of Anne-Claude, a Swiss mother-of-three in Bangkok. She discovered the beauty of Panama hats after marrying her husband from Ecuador (where these hats, despite their name, originate from).

She has a gorgeous collection of hats and bags for every occasion – you can visit her showroom in Ekkamai or shop on her website!

For more information please visit monpanama.com

5. Bangkok Soap Opera

Last but not least, I’d love to introduce you to this natural skincare shop (or maybe they don’t need any introduction anymore?). When I got pregnant for the first time, I started looking into my cosmetics and only then realised how many chemicals they contain!

Bangkok Soap Opera is my go-to shop for natural skincare – they have a wide range of deliciously smelling soaps, creams and body oils. They also organise workshops to learn how to make your own soaps, candles and others!

For more information please visit soapoperabkk.com

About the Author

Gosia moved from Belgium to Bangkok 3 years ago. She has a 21-month-old daughter and a second girl on the way. Her move to Thailand and her love for local crafts inspired her to start a blog, Treasurista.com, and a web store with Thai artisan products, Lamkaartisanstore.com

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