K Village is a modern-looking mall featuring some 100 air-conditioned shops in its five zones, including Fashion & Accessories, Café & Restaurants, Health & Beauty, Lifestyle & Technology and Gourmet Market. The main highlight, though, is dining, and the place is often packed at weekends. This new-generation lifestyle mall, frequented by local celebrities as well as the hip and well-to-do of Bangkok, is a welcome alternative to the glittering mega-malls flanking downtown Sukhumvit Road. It features two open-style buildings, each offering two levels of retail space, an activities ground which doubles as a beer garden in cooler months and an outdoor parking lot. The mall itself is pet-friendly, although not every shop allows pets inside.
With freeform architecture, pockets of greenery and lots of airy, open spaces, shopping at K Village is pleasant and relaxing at the same time. Shops on the ground floor range from tiny clothes boutiques and shops selling fashion accessories to branded outlets such as Crocs, iBeat and True Value. There’s also a luxury car dealer, The Gallery, where you can empty your bank account in exchange for a spanking-new Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, or other equally prestigious brands.
Many restaurants and cafés at K Village also have outdoor dining terraces. Wine Connection is highly popular and often packed during meal times; its kitchen serves a selection of pastas, pizzas, salads and grilled meat dishes, while the adjacent wine shop offers a diverse and extremely reasonably priced range of white and red wines as well as imported beers. Also notable is KUU, a Japanese restaurant and sake bar, offering a large selection of yakitori and creative starters. The second level has more restaurants and a handful of beauty salons. Many Japanese restaurants offer specialized menus, whether shabu shabu (Shabu Sen), katsu-dong (Katsu King), curries (Coco Ichibanya), or ramens (Yamagishi Tsukemen). The two Thai restaurants, Len Zen Boat Noodles and Yum & Tum, are also worth trying.
Shopping for food is a serious pastime at K Village. The two Gourmet Markets offer large selections of imported groceries from Korea and Japan, along with dedicated sections for all kinds of specialized food imaginable, whether organic vegetables, fresh fruits from orchards around the world, imported seafood, hygienic meat, charcuteries, delicatessen, Italian groceries or those specific to Thai cuisine. Regular groceries are also available, along with smaller vendors offering a range of snacks, such as Japanese sweets, patisserie products, bread, yoghurts, dairy products and Italian gelatos. Among the dozens of community malls popping up across the city, K Village has done an exemplary job of combining all the elements of a contemporary lifestyle under one roof. There’s a good mix of chain as well as independent outlets and budget-friendly to top-end luxury brands. You feel there’s something different and more exciting here. Plus, the pet-friendly policy is definitely a bonus.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (shops and restaurants); 08:00 – 22:00 (Gourmet Market)
Location: Sukhumvit Soi 26 (near the Rama IV end) BTS:
Tel: +66 (0)2 258 9919-21
How to get there: It’s a long walk (about 30 min.) down Sukhumvit Soi 26, so it’s better to take a taxi from BTS Phrom Phong.