In general, department stores and supermarkets have many of the same items you would find at home, but probably with a smaller choice of brands. Most department stores have a supermarket section. Generally, stores are open daily from around 1000-2300hrs.
All the main supermarket chains, many of them household names in Europe, moved into Pattaya some years back. Bangkok's department stores opened branches too, some of them more elaborate than their namesakes in the capital. At outlet mall was the latest edition sporting genuine brand items that are made locally.It's all part of Pattaya's friendly new image. Visitors can escape the midday sun for a cool shopping mall where ice-cream parlors and the familiar logos of international food chain restaurants for attention. On the top floors are state-of-the-art cinemas that feature the latest movies with English soundtrack and entertainment complexes that target teenagers.
Big C and Central Festival Pattaya - on Pattaya 2nd Road. Big Shopping Centre with big signs. Can be accessed from Pattaya 2nd Road or North Pattaya Road. Tel: 361443, 361445. Hours: 1000-2300 daily. This mall has a big supermarket (Big C), smaller boutiques and shops, restaurants on the ground floor as well as KFC, Mister Donut, Burger King and a large four-screen cinema on the 2nd floor. Large parking area.
The Big C Shopping Center, also known as the Central Festival Center, is a two story shopping center with a huge open area for public shows, concerts and special events. Big C Shopping Center features numerous restaurants, and many independent retail shops making up the major area of the shopping facility. However, the Big C Department Store at the far end away from Pattaya Second Road, is the main drawing card of the facility, with an extensive food market, household goods market, hardware, appliances, automotive and garden supplies, television, stereo and other electronic goods, mostly at "cut rate prices.". Above the second floor of Big C Department Store is a third floor area built especially to house four cinema theaters. These cinemas ordinarily feature two or three films with English sound tracks (with Thai language subtitles), and one or two with Thai soundtracks, although some are Chinese films with Thai subtitles. The theaters are fully modern, with especially comfortable seating. All motion pictures are shown on a very current basis, equal to that of films distributed in the Bangkok metropolitan area. (Most American films are shown within several weeks after their first release in the U.S.) The entire main section of the shopping center, except the outdoor festival area, is now enclosed and air conditioned, providing a great socializing and meeting area for the elderly and the young people of Pattaya, as well as an outstanding shopping opportunity.
Laem Thong I Department Store - on Sukhumvit Road, Sri Racha. Tel: 322876, 322269. Hours: 1000-2100 daily. Large shopping area with several small boutiques spread over two floors. There is also a supermarket.
Mike Department Store - owned by the same owner as Mike Shopping Center, Mike Department Store is located in downtown South Pattaya, almost directly across Beach Road from the City's marina pier. The store runs the complete distance from Pattaya Beach Road to Pattaya Second Road, with its second level nearest the beach being its snooker area, and the rest of the second floor and all other floors devoted to the business known as Mike Hotel. The department store features primarily "soft" goods, specializing in name brand clothing, shoes, and other goods needed for the home, generally at reasonable prices.
Mike Shopping Center - located on Pattaya Beach Road between sois 11 and 12, Mike Shopping Center runs the entire distance to Pattaya Second Road, with parking primarily for busses at the Second Road entrance to the shopping center. Five floors of shops and departments, most owned by the Center but some independent, fill the center, offering a wide range of hardware, soft goods, household equipment and furniture, computers, electronic equipment, stationery supplies, beds, bedding, shoes, and virtually anything else needed for the home. It is also the site of many tour bus visits, especially in the early evening hours, as tour operators give their clients the opportunity to shop in "Amazing Thailand" in a facility that offers virtually anything a person needs. Tel: 423523-6, 412000-9. Hours: 1100-2330 daily.
Pacific Park Shopping Mall and Robinson Department Store - on Sukhumvit Road, Sri Racha. Tel: 771001-10. Hours: 1000-2100 daily. Offers the usual mall shops. Robinson's department store is modern and nice. Has a few stall style shops on the top floor.
Pattaya Basa Shopping Centre - at corner of North Pattaya and Pattaya 2nd Road. Across from the Dolphin roundabout.
Royal Garden Plaza - next to Royal Garden Hotel. Entrance from Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya 2nd Road. Tel: 710287. Hours: 1100-2300 daily. Big air-conditioned mall with three floors. Has many clothes boutiques, video shops, music shops, video games rooms, handicrafts shops, pharmacies, shoes shops, restaurants, coffee shops, magazine and book shops, a cinema and Ripley's Museum. Underground parking available.
The Royal Garden Plaza is a modern, up-to-date shopping center spread over three floors and running virtually the entire distance between Pattaya Beach Road and Pattaya Second Road, in downtown South Pattaya . This center is located between Soi Post Office (the new "Ship's Wheel" type street sign's Pattaya 13.2) and Pattayaland Soi 1 (now designated as Pattaya Soi 13.3 on the new "Ship's Wheel" street signs), and about one-half kilometer from the city's recently constructed marina pier. This shopping center is the home for dozens of shops, small and large; restaurants, a large display area, and the Food Center and Entertainment Centers on the Third Floor. The entertainment centers include two full size cinemas, showing current motion pictures, at least one of which usually has the original English soundtrack with subtitles in the Thai language, in addition to the Ripley World of Entertainment toward the rear of the shopping center. Many "fast food" or franchise type establishments are included: McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, Sizzler, Swenson's, and numerous others. A bank operates on the first floor during normal banking hours. Tied in with the shopping center is a major downtown high class hotel, The Royal Garden Hotel. The Royal Garden Hotel also features its own Garden Restaurant, and the very popular restaurant, Shenanigan's Restaurant, operated by its separate management, is situated partly underground below Gard