The Circle Ratchapruk Shopping Village

The Circle Ratchapruk Shopping Village
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The Circle Ratchapruk Shopping Village

 

The Circle Ratchapruk Shopping Village  (or The Circle Lifestyle City) has been open since more than a year, maybe around April 2011, but we never heard of it until recently and it still looks brand new. This is what you would call a ‘themed shopping village’ and reminds instantly of the very successful Palio in Kao Yai but with a southern France flair.

The Circle Ratchapruk is also pet friendly, which seems to be the latest way to attract a young audience from Bangkok and if it is not as detailed as Palio it is at least very close to Bangkok. The Circle obviously applied a very good principle that works extremely in Thailand when opening a shopping place, especially it’s located far from everything: ‘Bring the food and they will come’. Get a lot of restaurants, large, small, fun, fa(s)t food…. then add the shops around, this is often a recipe for success, while the other way around doesn’t always work.

The Circle Ratchapruk does have plenty of restaurants, many of them are franchises and large brands MK Suki, S & P,  and even a drive-thru McDonald. Some names start to be familiar, Madame Heng, Secret Recipe. Lots of Japanese restaurants! Pang Shabu Shabu, Tohkai Yakiniku, Katsu King, Kasa Japanese restaurant, Dotonbori Ramen and a Korean Restaurant Kimju Royal Korean Cuisine. Few more top of the line places: Greyhound (this one is called Ground Hey… fun twist), Hong Min Chinese restaurant, Scoosi.

The Circle is an open-air mini village, 62 shops and 40 kiosk spread on a 6,950 square meters with partly covered areas and a parking for 500 cars. None of the shops look the same and it’s a fun place to walk around, take photos, sneak inside and… even buy stuff!
Shopping is very teen and young family oriented with a good range of selection for everyone, young fashion, accessories, sexy underwear, good wines, a pretty good photo equipment shop, an Apple store, a library, Boots pharmacy and a rather small Tops supermarket. Plenty of banks, so you can get rid of your banking duties between a coffee and a lunch. Last but not least, a nice range of pet shops with a real wide collection of products.
As the The Circle Ratchapruek target essentially young families, a lot of space, activities and educational shops is dedicated to kids.
It’s outside Bangkok, not too far, but you definitely will need a car to get there.

The Circle Ratchapruek
39 Ratchapruk Road, Bangramad, Talingchan Bangkok
Tel. 02-865-6850
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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 22 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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