After praying at the Erawan Shrine, we continued our way along Ploenchit Road towards Siam BTS station. Besides a section of Central World which can be found on this road, there are also other popular shopping malls like Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery and Siam Square 1 along this stretch.
We went into these shopping malls, not so much to shop, but to check out what they offer within. I would say they cater mainly to the affluent & younger crowd, with many international luxury labels e.g. Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Rolex available here. The Madame Tussauds Bangkok museum can be found at Siam Discovery level 6 while the Sea Life Bangkok Ocean World is located at Siam Paragon basement 1 & 2.
In addition to all the fashion & tourist attractions that you can find, there are also a number of worthy cafes to check out in this area. We didn’t try them out but based on online reviews, as well as the look & feel of the cafes, they do look good to try out. 🙂
On Siam Center level 4, there were 2 cafes that caught my attention – Petite Audrey and Let Them Eat Cake.
We had been to Audrey Cafe & Bistro on Thonglo Soi 11 for dinner on our first day & were impressed by the lovely experience at its flagship store. The Petite Audrey branch at Siam Center was like an exact replica of the flagship store, just smaller, and like the name suggested, petite. 😉 Given that it was dinner time, the cafe was crowded & there were people queuing outside to get in as well.
As for Let Them Eat Cake, I had been craving to try its cakes & pastries since I saw the pictures of pretty pastries that other bloggers had posted online, but was disappointed to learn that its flagship store near Asok BTS station was no longer in operation. It is a fine Thai-French patisserie & the cafe looked so cosy & chic. However when we looked at the pastries on display we were somewhat shocked by the prices as a small slice of cake was easily priced ฿150 or more. Considering that such prices can easily buy you a full meal in Bangkok, guess that probably explained why there was not even a single customer that evening? 😛 Nonetheless the pastries looked really exquisite & yummy, probably I will try another time when I feel richer hehe.
Across the road from Siam Center is Siam Square 1, where Bangkok’s first Hello Kitty House is. It was officially opened only from August 2014, a huge 3-storey unit with a Hello Kitty cafe, shop & spa. It is located on the ground floor at the back of Siam Square 1 (i.e. not facing Siam Center).
The whole house is decked in pink (but you can’t really see it clearly from my photos above taken at night) with images of the cute cat everywhere. There is a takeaway counter just next to the entrance on its first floor so we had a sneak peek at the cute desserts available, which is a bit pricey for the locals I feel, similar to what Let Them Eat Cake is offering. Nonetheless, I guess this is THE place to come for Hello Kitty fans no matter the price. 😛
To get to Siam area, the most convenient way is to take the BTS to Siam station & you will have easy access to all these happening shopping centers in town! You can also check out the MBK Center, an older shopping mall opened since 1985, connected to the Siam Discovery & Siam Paragon shopping malls by elevated walkways. 🙂