After graduating from college, owner Par joined with her friend Sho to open up this cork and leather accessories shop. Mazmoizelle does messenger bags, school bags and small purses, as well as passport covers made from cork, leather and canvas. Expect preppy designs fusing canvas and leather in tones like brown, black, beige and green, messenger bags made from cork, and leather wallets and notebooks in various colors. The designs here are simple and understated, but what’s really cool is the use of cork as one of the main materials, as well as their tasteful color combinations like the carrier bag in beige and indigo, khaki and green or even beige and ash. Bags start from B690 and notebooks from B150.
Section 3, Soi 43, 085-557-5721
The labor of love of two friends, Labyrinth’s beautiful bracelets, necklaces, locket pendants, bangles and rings are made from interesting materials like brass, feather, stone, resin and stencils. Their style aims to promote feminine beauty and is clearly influenced by European Rococo art.
Section 3, Soi 2, 081-907-8705
This accessories shop was founded three years ago by budding jewelry designer Nicha “Nan” Iamsakulpanich, whose vintage-style pieces take their cues from nature. Expect plenty of trees and animals, as well as designs influenced by Nicha’s favorite fairy tales, such as wooden rabbit pendants and coral-shaped earrings. Prices are B320-B1,890.
Section 4, Soi 2, Room 225, 086-392-6169,
Nampueng and her elder sister turned their passion for dressing other women into a haven of romantic, vintage-style accessories. Chuan Pissamai was born six years ago when Nampueng started using leftover costume jewelry to decorate hats. Ladies can browse the seemingly unlimited range of flower-pattern shoes, bags and accessories, but the real highlights are the headbands (B290-590) and hats (B450-3,000)—Nampueng crafts them herself and vows that each is one of a kind.
Section 3, Room 125-126, www.facebook.com/ChuanPisamai
A lots Of
Visiting A Lots Of is like walking into a hoarder’s secret lair. With everything from old clocks to nostalgic childhood bric-a-brac, this is one perfect giftshop for when you need something fun to give your friend or deck out your living room. Here you’ll find cutely designed paper cards, tin dolls and retro lamps, along with much, much more. Prices start from as low as one baht.
Section 4, Soi 51/1, 081-442-7190
Plain & Pattern
As the name suggests, it’s all about plain colors and pattern prints, here. Plain&Pattern presents minimal-looking flat shoes, t-shirts and cotton dresses in stripes, polka dots and earth-toned colors. For a more summer feel, they also produce blouses and dresses made from high-quality linen. Prices are B290-650.
Section 4, Soi 50/1, Room 192, 081-499-4995, www.facebook.com/plainandpattern
SHOES & BAGS
This popular bags and shoes store is located just next to MRT Kampaeng Phet station (exit 2), luring in shoppers with its colorful leather and canvas goods. With sharp, on-trend designs and affordable prices (men’s shoes from B3,500, women’s shoes from B3,250), it’s plain to see why Perfect Combination has been a favorite for almost a decade
Next to MRT Kamphaeng Phet, 083-066-5960
As you step out of MRT Kamphaeng Phet station, you may be greeted by a surprisingly pleasant aroma. What you’re smelling is almost certainly the signature scents of Karmakamet, which is located right next door. Here, a black, classical European façade welcomes you into a small space displaying the full range of Karmakamet’s aromatic products, from room diffusers to perfumed sachets to body shampoo. Launched in 2001, Karmakamet has forged a fine name for its aromas which are influenced by different Asian cultures and flowers.
Next to MRT Kamphaeng Phet, 02-391-7391
Parinya Songsamut’s 18-year-old percussion instrument store, Maeklong, isn’t named after the river that marks the border of Eastern Thailand, but rather derives from two words combined—Mae, the name of Parinya’s beloved mother, and Klong, meaning drum, his favorite instrument. Parinya doesn’t have a music degree but his long love of music makes him somewhat of a percussion guru. “Apart from selling instruments, I also sell inspiration,” he says.
Section 3, Soi 1, 086-977-0265
The Sleeveless Garden
It all started when three friends were having trouble finding the perfect vintage-style bag at an affordable price, and so decided to take matters into their own hands. The Sleeveless Garden’s bags combine genuine leather with cool designs and fashionable color schemes—and prices start from just B2,000. Highlights include the series of school bags (from B2,900) in different colors, from tanned orange to vintage black, and we’re in love with their new minimal-style Grand Canel tote bag (from B2,900).
Section 4, Soi 47/1, Room 18, 081-456-0315,
FOOD & DRINKS
If you feel like having a break during your shopping spree make sure you can stop by one of the following places:
This tranquil spot boasting white couches, a garden bench and teashop is a great spot to recuperate thanks in part to its chill French soundtrack. Skip the smoothies and coffee and go straight for the vanilla tea latte (B65), a concoction of vanilla black tea, vanilla syrup and milk served on ice. They also have cakes and sandwiches on offer.
Room 122-123, Soi 3, Section 3, 02-513-0145/6
Uncle Add, the patriarch of this old-school orange juice shop, has been squeezing OJ for 25 years. This time-capsule enjoys a steady stream of thirsty tourists and loyal customers which means the uncle ends up squeezing about 6,000 little oranges a day. The perfectly sour and sweet juice comes in small (B12) and big glass bottles (B50) and it’s one baht extra if you want ice.
Room 079-080, Soi 38/2, Section 2, 08-1937-2675.
Comfortable seating, a live DJ and splendid cocktails. This spot has been around for 12 years and is owned by a family that knows how to mix an extra-smooth martini (B250), even if the Long Island Iced Tea (B250) which includes a splash of Kahlua and lemonade, is their specialty.
Section 8, 02-272-4783
This wooden khao gaeng (prepared food) shop, with its red clay plates and coconut shells used as cups, is famous for its fresh ingredients. Make sure you try the delicious kanom jeen naam phrik (B40). The rich peanut sauce over rice noodles combines wonderfully with the deep-fried morning glory. Dishes are around B50 each, and you need to get there early as they tend to run out fast.
Room 126, Soi 38/3, Section 2, 08-1648-2282.
The signs that you are at a legit Maprao Hom stall are the coconuts hanging on the parasols and the toothpicks bearing their insignia. They serve their homemade coconut ice cream in young coconut husks and give out free cups of coconut juice. Their second stall stands opposite the Phufa shop (opposite MRT Kamphaeng Phet).
Soi 36, Section 1, 08-6510-1060.
Raan Yaam Jae-Euang
This tiny lot is an amazing one-man show starring Joe and his two run-down stoves. You’ll have to wait but it’s totally worth it. Highlights include the delicious tom yam kung (B60), Joe’s fluffy omelets with ground pork (B40) and the yummy thod man (fish cakes, B30-40).
Room 65, Soi 38/1, Section 2, 08-3343-2502
Despite our guide, finding your way around the market can be a confusing affair. That’s where the free JJ App for iOS devices comes in handy. It includes details of every shop in the market along with promotions as well as a clear location map so you shouldn’t get lost. Download at http://goo.gl/yHyY9b