If you’re looking for a supermarket in Bangkok, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are high-end supermarkets such as Gourmet Market, well known names such as Tesco Lotus and Big C, and the ubiquitous 24/7 stores such as 7-Eleven and Family Mart. We’ve lived in Bangkok for years, so here is our comprehensive guide to what’s available and what each supermarket is really like. Click here to book a great hotel in Bangkok.
For us this is one of the best supermarkets in Bangkok. The produce here is high quality and the range is superb. You will find lots of Western produce, so if you’ve craving something from back home, then this is the place to visit. The downside is that they only have four branches, with all of them being in the Sukhumvit area.
The stores are located in Siam Paragon, Emporium, Terminal 21 and K Village.
Billed as Thailand’s original international supermarket, Villa Market is a place we shop at fairly often. The are branches located all over Bangkok, and also in many cities around Thailand. They have an extensive range of international foods.
Foodland is another supermarket that sells a good rang of international foods, and I know many expats that shop there. There are branches around Bangkok, mostly in areas with a high percentage of expats.
If you’re British, you’ll be very familiar with Tesco. Tesco Lotus is a joint venture between Tesco and Lotus Supermarkets. It has over 1,400 branches nationwide, with plenty scattered around Bangkok. It is Thailand’s biggest supermarket operator. Tesco Lotus also offer online shopping, with next day delivery
Tops Market is very popular with middle class Thais, as the quality and prices are pretty good. This is the main place we do our shopping, as we have two stores that are within waking distance. They also sell Western foods, although the range is less than at either Gourmet Market or Villa Market. Most stores have a fresh salad bar, and some stores also sell hot food to go. They offer free delivery if you spend 888 baht or more, otherwise it costs 60 baht. You can also shop online.
Tops Market is part of the Central Group, who run many shopping malls around Thailand. There are around 100 Tops Market stores in Bangkok. You’ll find them in most areas of the city.
Big C is Thailand’s second largest hypermarket operator. As of September 2015, it had 697 stores in Thailand. It also has stores in Vietnam and Laos. There are a range of store formats, including Big C Supercenter, Big C Extra, Big C Jumbo, Big C Market, Mini Big C and Pure by Big C, which is a drugstore chain.
Makro is an international brand of warehouse clubs, with Thailand having 77 branches by the end of 2017.
MaxValu is a Japanese supermarket chain, with around 70 branches in Thailand, mainly in Bangkok.
7-Eleven doesn’t need much introduction, as you will surely have seen them all over Bangkok. 7-Eleven is an American-Japanese convenience store chin, and is incredibly popular in Thailand. Thailand has the second largest number of 7-Eleven stores, after Japan. It currently has around 10,000 stores, with around half of those being in Bangkok.
Family Mart is a chain of 24/7 convenience stores similar to 7-Eleven. I’ve spotted a few that have had complete makeovers and that now included decent cafes. The store above is located on the ground floor below Holiday Inn Silom. Just like 7-Eleven, you can also pay your household bills here and top up your phone.
There are over 1,000 Family Mart stores in Thailand, mainly in Bangkok. You will see them all over the city.
Where To Stay In Bangkok
Bangkok has thousands of hotels, so do what we do, and head on over to Agoda Bangkok. They have a great selection of hotels and great prices. We use Agoda for almost all our hotel bookings.