Chiang Mai City Shopping
Where to Shop and What to Buy in Chiang Mai City
Being one of Asia primary handicraft centres, Chiang Mai is definitely a place you will leave with little if any spare room in your luggage. Nimmanhaemin Road is the place to head if you want to be in a spacious pleasant shopping environment; it’s comparable to shopping in a high-end suburb with its quality boutiques, antiques & furniture stores and art galleries. It has a distinct cosmopolitan vibe.
Central Department store is the closest you will get to the feeling of an urbanised Chiang Mai, with its air-conditioned malls playing host to brand stores and galleries. Wondering around the city, visitors will inevitably encounter a few unusual gems, which is part of the beauty of Chiang Mai; you’ll never know quite what you will find.
All Shopping Places in Chiang Mai City
A good way of identifying this unmarked shop is to note that it is two shops away from Red Ruby Tailor. The store has an extensive selection of colourful clothes and accessories made from locally sourced fabrics. Other items include accessories for the house in both Asian and western themes. The designs take a traditional approach with a modern twist. The hill tribe- inspired holder bags are absolutely beautiful and make for the perfect travel companion.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
- Address: 400/402 Thapae Road
- Tel: +66 53 251 750
This is a beautiful women’s clothing store selling floral dresses, jackets and skirts made with cotton and silk. Other items include whimsical home accessories.
- Address: 30 Inthawarorot Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 416838
This funky little clothes boutique has few items but what it has are pretty original. All created by designer Warin Inthayot, what you pay for them now could be a lot cheaper than what you might get them for in the future. Buying in here will guarantee you an individual piece that you won’t see many other wearing.
- Opening Hours: 10:00- 22:00
- Address: 204/2 Wulai Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 8124 97084
A gem of a find when it comes to picking up antiques, home furnishings and crafts when in Chiang Mai. Customers need not worry about arranging shipping through another company as both boat and air transportation can be arranged in house. This is a popular place for Buddha images and high-quality local crafts. There is a lot of variety here, so it is worth going and having a look if you have your heart set on picking up some locally crafted pieces.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00
- Address: 1-15 Thapae Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 81 961 4457
Fu fu Club
This is a really quirky cute take on accessories and novelty gear, all handmade. The T-shirts have great attention to detail with little buttons and sequins added on for extra effect. The canvas bags will do you well for travel and shopping and the home accessories are incredibly cute and whimsical. It’s kind of like a better and (thankfully) less annoying version of Hello Kitty.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Address: 147/1 Rachademnoen
- Tel: +66 (0) 841505533
Situated in various spots around the old and new town, this is considered the best used-books store in Chiang Mai. The expansive collection has been amassed through a system of buying books from travellers and locals. Consequently this chain of shops features an extensive choice of non-fiction and fiction, science fiction, horror, mystery, new age, Southeast Asian history, travel, Buddhist and Christian and a good few rock n' roll biographies. While the vast majority of books are English language there is a small selection of Dutch, German and French titles.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-21:00
- Address: 2/6 Chang Moi Kao Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 874 066
Shopping can be lots of fun, but nowhere is it more cheery than at The House, where Thai brand Ginger display their colourful range of kitchen-ware, Thai-inspired furniture and clothing. Anyone who loves to shop will have a field-day here, with so many eye-catching items on display. The House is a beautifully renovated home that makes the perfect backdrop for the bright cushions and funky clothing on display. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 until 22:00
- Address: 199 Moonmuang Road, T.Sriphum, A.Maung,Chiangmai
- Tel: +66(0)53 418 263
Shopping for quality spa and aromatherapy products in Chiang Mai is made easy with the fabulous Herb Basics, a brand who makes the most of Chiang Mai’s temperate climate to source local flowers and oils from the hills surrounding the city, creating a fabulously scented collection that will make you feel pampered and relaxed. In the city you will find Herb Basics in two handy locations. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00
- Address: 344 Thapae Road Tambol Chang Moi Muang Chiang Mai
- Tel: +66 (0)53 234 585
HQ PaperMaker™ & HQ Art Gallery
HQ PaperMaker™ is a leading specialist paper producer based in northern Thailand. We employ age-old traditional techniques for handmade production. Our production capabilities are very versatile and we are able to cater for practically any specialty paper needs that you have. Our mulberry paper is made from the branches of the trees which grow again very rapidly.
We do not cut trees down to make any of our paper. We have also developed ranges of recycled and non-wood based papers from abundant local organic materials. HQ Art Gallery promotes paintings by local young artist and Elephant paintings. We have two factory outlet stores in Phrasing (with HQ Art Gallery) and Changklan at where you can shop wide range of mulberry paper and paper products for your stationary, gift and souvenirs.
- Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
- Address: 3/31 Samlan Road and 146/31-32 Changklan
- Tel: +66 53 814717(Phrasing Shop) 53 818880 (Changklan Shop)
Jing Jai Market is a little north of Chiang Mai’s old city and a pleasant area to relax and sip a coffee. Not to be confused with the JJ (otherwise known as Chatuchak) market in Bangkok, Chiang Mai’s JJ market is much more relaxed. Most of the time Jing Jai market is just a small collection of cafes, restaurants and bars on the outskirts of town. Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday morning (6:00 – 9:00) there is a small market with local Thai’s selling organic vegetables and handmade handicrafts.
If you are tired of being in the touristic areas of Chiang Mai, then Jing Jai Market will offer you a glimpse into the more peaceful side of Thailand. Walk around the cute shopping complex, choose a café to relax in and read a book. Across the road from Jing Jai Market is Chiang Mai’s largest plant and garden market and also a great place to explore as there are many varieties of plants native to Southeast Asia. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Jing Jai shopping complex – daily 10:00 -18:00, Wednesday and Saturday markets 6:00 – 9:00, Sunday market 6:00 – 12:00
- Location: 45 Assadathon Road, Chiang Mai
John Gallery is certainly something you can’t walk past without being intrigued enough to go in and have a look. Looking like something from the Lord of the Rings, the tree-house-like-shop is a labyrinth of paint, T-shirts, canvases and cards. John, the quirky artist who runs the gallery, creates ironic T-shirts that question acknowledged perceptions of religion. If you want to pick up some postcards or paintings while in Chiang Mai this is definitely worth checking out with its reasonable prices and great art.
- Opening Hours: n/a
- Address: 330 Thapae Road
Kad Suan Kaew Department store is the oldest of the shopping malls in Chiang Mai, but has a variety of shops, restaurants, discount stores and electronics stalls. While there are not many brand name shops in Kad Suan Kaew, it does offer many export shops (popular brand clothing with the labels cut out) and a western style supermarket, Tops, which stocks bread, cheese, alcohol and many other imported items. The basement floor has a small, simple food court and a few mobile phone shops, while the first, second and third floors have clothing, health, beauty and restaurants. On the fourth floor there is a popular bowling alley and an old cinema which only plays Thai films. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 11:00 – 21:00, Sat - Sun 10:00 – 21:00
- Address: 99/4 Huay Kaew Road
- Tel: +66 (0)53 224 444
Lost Heavens has dealt in tribal and primitive art since opening in 1988, with another branch in the Night Bazaar. The collection predominantly focuses on the Yao people, who were originally from southern China, illustrating traditional and ceremonial importance through various art media.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Address: 234 Thapae Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 251 557
Maya Lifestyle Shopping Center is a world-class shopping mall and urban lifestyle hub in the Nimmanhaemin district of Chiang Mai. From the moment you see the mammoth size and futuristic look of Maya Shopping Mall, it’s clear there is nothing else like it in the city. Owned and operated by the famous MBK group, this shopping mall is more like those found in the mega-metropolises of Bangkok or Singapore, with six floors of fashion, tech-gadgets, health and beauty, banking, restaurants, and entertainment.
The shops on offer at Maya in Chiang Mai are an interesting mix of Thai and international brands and you’re certain to find something that suits you no matter your personal style. Stand out Thai brands include Jaspal, Panpuri, CC-00 and local favourite Herb Basics, while international flagship stores include Oakley, Adidas, Samsung and Guess. It’s also possible to bag some bargains at the ground floor boutique stalls with a wide range of ladies fashion, and on the second floor there is popular discount outlet 71 Export. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00
- Address: Maya 55 Moo 5, Huay Kaew Road, Nimmanhaemin
- Tel: +66 (0) 5208 1555
Founded in 1973 this is the foremost producer of handcrafted celadon (the finest pottery in the region) and stoneware in Chiang Mai. The showroom, situated in the southwest corner of the Old City, includes vases, bowls and decorative objects, some adorned with traditional motifs. Note that credit cards are not accepted but personal cheques are.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
- Address: 79/2 Arak Road, Samlarn Soi 6
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 241063
Nova Contemporary Jewelry
Specialising in custom-made, contemporary jewelry in stainless steel, sterling silver, white, yellow and rose gold, Nova also has a small selection of semi-precious stones that can be set within pieces. The pieces are undeniably striking and elegant and can be custom made or designed personally, after a stint at the in house jewelry workshop.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 09:00-20:30, Sunday 12:30-20:30
- Address: 201 Thapae Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 206 134
Specialising in antique art, furniture, home décor for both wholesale and retail consumption, Phalita shines as one of Chiang Mai’s most eclectic décor shops. As quaint and boutique as you might imagine a classic Chiang Mai business to be, no doubt you will be able to spend a good hour admiring the quality of craftsmanship and beauty of the finished products.
- Address: 114/3-4 Ratchaakka Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 8141949
The walking Street is one of the best things about visiting Chiang Mai, so much so that it is often referred to as the weekend market as its popularity warrants a small Saturday evening version. One of the great things about it is a place where you really pick up the feeling that craftsmanship is an inherent ability of Chiang Mai’s locals. Traditional style dress in the form of hilltribe jackets, dresses and skirts, backpacker uniforms, dainty and fierce-looking jewelry, great bags and beautiful crafts are just some of the things that can be found.
The whole vibe of the area is totally alive, comparable to Bangkok’s Khao San road but with a more a subdued energy and less inebriation. The real beauty of the place is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to leave with some quality and unique purchases. Read More...
Thai Tribal Crafts
The vision of Thai Tribal crafts is to operate as a fair trading organization through providing development opportunities for the tribal people of Northern Thailand. All products have been produced by the six major hill tribe groups living in Northern Thailand with great care while still being conscious of the quality control of products and environmental effects. Products include bags, home living, clothing, musical instruments and basketry.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-19:30
- Address: 208 Bamrungrat Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 241043
The House Lifestyle Compound
Born as a lifelong venture of long-term Danish resident and fashion and homeware designer, Hans Christianson, The House is Chiang Mai’s premier Lifestyle Compound. Home to the Ginger and Nomad stores, the compound is likely to get homeware and fashion enthusiasts excited.
Expect to come across luxurious yet very affordable casual fashion, much of it embroidered and beaded and described as “the perfect uniform for she who is the urban international nomad making refined use of so many rare and unusual natural materials, ethnic textiles & artifacts sourced from all corners of Asia.”
- Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00
- Address: 199 Moon Muang Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 53 419014
Things Called Art
A quirky little shop, Things Called Art primarily deals in abstract canvases all of which can be applied to cards, notebooks, T-shirts, homeware and accessories, mainly in the form of bags.
- Opening Hours: 09:00-19:30
- Address: 111 Prapokklao Road
- Tel: + 66 89 9501329
Chiang Mai’s two coolest vintage stores are conveniently next door to one another, ideal for lazy thrift shop enthusiasts. Kaber probably has a better selection catering for both men and women there are a lot of denim pieces especially Levi’s shorts, skirts, shirts and jeans. A good place to come and pick up cute dresses and bags from bygone eras, next door, Rich, is more feminine and mainstream-fashion focused with a great selection of shoes. If you put the time and effort in and rummage through the racks there is a good chance you might just find a little jewel.
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00
- Address: 58/2 Inthawarorot