The original stalwart in the soon-to-be EmDistrict trifecta of luxury shopping malls, Emporium holds a sweet spot in the heart of many a Phrom Phong resident.
Although not quite as popular as the new EmQuartier over the road, Emporium still has luxury fashion outlets by the bucketload and the added bonuses of a multi-storey department store – akin to Siam Paragon – and a slightly more relaxed clientele compared to its hectic neighbour.
Let’s take a look around.
We should note that our photography expedition took place on a beautiful November day so Christmas paraphernalia was very much in evidence.
We particularly enjoy the cheeky little ‘spoil me Santa’ installations dotted around the mall.
Emporium’s mantra is luxury, luxury, luxury.
With a little more luxury.
High fashion like Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Chloe sit next to super prime jewellers Tiffany and Cartier in an extravagant display of wealth.
If you want quasi-affordable shopping, then the Emporium department store should be your first port of call.
Set over a number of levels, it’s got shoes, menswear, womenswear, a kids department, stationery sections and accessories.
Scattered throughout the mall are also a number of ‘sportmalls’, a Powermall for all your electronic needs and a huge homeware zone full of kitchen goods, chinaware, bedroom furniture and general interior decoration.
Emporium isn’t just a shopping destination, however.
Emprivé is the cinema in residence with a number of screens – although there’s no 3D or IMAX offerings like some of Bangkok’s malls offer.
It’s luxurious though, with bigger and more comfortable seats than its competitors and a Director’s Lounge for complimentary drinks and snacks that comes part and parcel with some ticket types.
Because it’s not quite as crowd-drawing as EmQuartier’s CineArt across the road, Emprivé has decidedly less footfall and a generally more relaxed atmosphere.
Emporium also fancies itself as something of a dining destination with a small handful of restaurants and a cut-price food hall where you can get your hands on a variety of Asian dishes for sub-100 baht.
For those after more western-friendly fare, you’ll also find Starbucks, Burger King, Krispy Kreme and Piri Piri Chicken dotted around the fourth floor.
If you’re looking to round off your luxury shopping trip with a similarly opulent lunch, take some time to check out the impressive Raw Bar.
It’s the perfect spot for a dozen oysters and a glass of Veuve before leaving the mall and braving Sukhumvit’s traffic…
What do you think of Emporium?
Luxury shopping haven? Or EmQuartier’s poorer cousin?