As locals put it, what to buy at Chatuchak Weekend Market in Bangkok ranges “from toothpicks to battleships”. Well, not literally, but there’s almost everything, even stuff you wouldn’t expect to find. There are over 15,000 stalls, but luckily, souvenirs in the same category are found in the same area. (Maps are available at information booths or here.)
Sometimes spelled Jatujak Market and usually called JJ Market by locals, Chatuchak Weekend Market is the world’s largest weekend market and Thailand’s best place to buy souvenirs. From 6am to 6pm, you can spend the whole day getting lost in this wonderland. JJ Market is one of the best places for cheap shopping in Bangkok and most vendors let you bargain. However, check the sign first whether they let you do it.
Also, did you know that the weekend market will soon go 4.0? According to the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), Chatuchak Weekend Market will start going cashless from June 2018 after so many years of accepting only cash. With card and QR code payment on the horizon, shopping at JJ Market will be even more fun.
Even if you don’t love shopping, we still say you go there! JJ Market is full of pretty and unique things. Plus there are lots of things to eat. When hunting souvenirs at Chatuchak Weekend Market, you don’t have to worry about getting hungry or thirsty at all!
Now let’s find out top souvenirs and things to eat in our Chatuchak shopping guide.
Chatuchak Shopping Guide
What to Buy at Chatuchak Weekend Market
- 1. Home decorations
JJ Market is a great place to buy handicrafts from artisans themselves. From traditional Thai to vintage to indie, there’s something for everyone at this weekend market. Some home decorations are factory-made, but they are still pretty. With these at your home, you’ll owl-ways be reminded of your wonderful vacation in Thailand.
2. Buddhist art
This deserves its own category.
Turkey isn’t the only country with Instagram-worthy lamps. Some of the world’s cutest and most colorful lamps are at Chatuchak Weekend Market.
So beautiful that you might not want to stain them, right? Use the Benjarong porcelain ware (lit. five-colored porcelain ware) for an opulent dining experience or decorate your home with them.
Definitely put fruit-shaped and flower-shapped soap on your Chatuchak shopping list. It costs only about $1 each and makes a great souvenir.
6. Clothing items and accessories
Ladies and gentlemen, we’re pleased to tell you that JJ Market caters for a wide range of tastes, including pop culture lovers.
7. Bags, pouches and purses
Probably the most popular items as they are on almost every Chatuchak shopping list. Feel the northern spirit with these hill tribe-style bags.
8. Dolls, keychains and magnets
Also one of the staples of everyone’s Chatuchak shopping list. Take these elephant dolls home to cuddle with.
9. Phone cases
Make your phone fashionable at JJ Market.
What to Eat at Chatuchak Weekend Market
- 1. Grilled meat and seafood
Chatuchak Weekend Market is a street foodie paradise. Pork balls, chicken balls, beef balls, fish balls, sausages, grilled squids, you name it.
2. Fried quail eggs
Yummy bites cooked in a unique kind of pan.
Bananas, nutella, condensed milk, chocolate and many more… So many toppings to choose.
4. Ice cream
Coconut ice cream is served in coconut shells! There are lots of topping options, too, like corn, sticky rice, red beans, nuts, etc. Now you know how to fight the heat at JJ Market.
5. Soft drink-flavored popsicles
From Fanta to Cola to many more, you can see these popsicles being made before your very own eyes.
6. Fruit smoothie and fruit juice
It just goes to show you really get 100% fruits.
Yeah, mango sticky rice is available at JJ Market. But if you prefer things sour, try sliced green mangos.
It’s authentic Spanish. Chef Fernando puts on a show with those giant pans and he’ll be happy to let you take photos… or even have your photo taken with him!
9. “Mysterious mixes”
So… there are many kinds of soups, curries, pastes, stir-fry, etc. Thai locals eat them with rice. Compared to weirder food like fried insects, the ingredients are actually ordinary, so everyone can try them.
TakeMeTour hopes this Chatuchak shopping guide inspire you to explore JJ Market. How about you let our Local Experts help you navigate the market and bargain? Book one of our Chatuchak Weekend Market tours!