The Phuket shopping scene is another reason the island is such a great vacation destination. Of course no one wants to spend their whole beach vacation shopping, but it is nice to know there are plenty of things to do when you’re not in the water. Phuket has a wide variety of shopping options, from small markets to department stores, so whether you need to pick up some essentials at a local supermarket or you just want to browse clothing racks, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
This pretty mid-sized mall right in the heart of Patong Beach is the biggest and newest destination on the Phuket shopping scene. Jungceylon has a large department store, a Carrefour supermarket, a bookstore, a movie theatre, a bowling alley and plenty of little shops and boutiques. There are also more than a dozen restaurants, from casual to high end, serving international and local cuisine.
If you want to get some serious shopping done or need essentials or groceries, head to this large mall complex outside of Phuket Town on the way to Patong Beach. Central Festival has everything – local designers, international brands, a large Central Department Store, a Tops Supermarket, bank branches, movie theatres and plenty of food outlets.
If you’re visiting Phuket Town to see the lovely Sino-Portuguese architecture it’s known for, stop into one of the many little boutiques and shops carrying antiques, clothing and souvenirs. Dibuk Road, Talang Road, Yawolat Road and Phang Nga Road have the best concentration of handicrafts, textiles, books and silk. There is a large Robinsons Department Store and a shopping mall on Tilok Uthit Road that target mostly local shoppers but have all the essentials.
This new outlet mall outside of Phuket Town has a handful of big name brands including Adidas, Nike, Geox and Levis plus lots of sports shops and smaller brands.
There are local markets selling food and clothing in many of the island’s larger areas, including Kata, Patong and Karon. Patong has a large, tourist-oriented night market on Patong Beach Road, as well as lots of smaller markets scattered around the beach. Phuket Town’s night market off Phang Nga Road is a bustling shopping zone with fresh meat and produce, prepared foods and some clothing and souvenirs.