The Siam juggernaut isn’t the only worthwhile shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand. EM Quartier in Sukhumvit is the zenith of consumerism: glossy and addictive. Like Siam, EM Quartier is divided into three easily confused buildings: The Glass Quartier, the Helix Quartier, and the Waterfall Quartier. A fourth building, The Emporium, sits next door.
We recommend starting at The Emporium, where you’ll find Quartier CineArt, one of the most over-the-top V.I.P. movie theaters in BKK. (Think: marble floors and countertops, Matrix neon lighting, super-comfy recliners, and one theater with a three-panel wraparound movie screen.) A few floors down is the excellent Gourmet Market, which sells a tremendous range of exotic fruits and vegetables (including $60 pears from Japan), fun Thai food souvenirs, and a mess of Korean and Japanese beauty products. At the adjacent food court, you can try super-sized fried chicken from Taiwanese chain HotStar, plus a host of authentic street food dishes made by cleanliness-minded vendors. We can personally vouch for the Kumamoto ramen with pork cutlet, Ko Heng fried chicken with stock-steamed rice, and Cha Moodang egg noodles with barbecued pork.
Our favorite non-food diversion at the EM is Another Story, located in the Helix building. The shop stocks clothing and accessories from hip indie labels, plus housewares, skincare, office supplies, and tech/gear. While you’re in the shopping mode, check out the homegrown Fly Now III boutique on the first floor of The Emporium; it’s like walking through an art installation on acid.
689, 693, and 695 Sukhumvit Rd., Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand; +662-269-1000.