One of Bangkok, Thailand’s newest malls is JJ Mall. Opened less than two years ago, JJ Mall is popular as it’s right behind the world famous Chatuchak Weekend Market (also called JJ Weekend Market, hence the name of the mall). It’s a large seven storey mall, with four floors of shopping and three of parking, so if you don’t come by public transportation, which is just down the street, you’ll have no problem parking. JJ Mall is busy during the week but absolutely crowded on the weekends, with more than 200,000 people visiting it every day. It’s also five minutes from my house, so a weekly trip for me. Not surprising really as it’s such a wonderful mall.
Where Is JJ Mall Located? – JJ Mall is in northern Bangkok, directly behind Chatuchak Weekend Market, south east Asia’s largest outdoor market, and located on Kampaeng Phet II and Kampaeng Phet IV Road. It’s easy to get to as public buses stop right outside the front door, taxis and tuk-tuks are parked outside, and both the sky train and underground train systems have stations down the street. (Mo Chit station for the BTS sky train and Kampaeng Phet for the MRT underground).
Why Is JJ Mall So Popular? – JJ Mall is so incredibly popular with both Thais and foreigners for three reasons. It’s cheap, they sell just about everything and it’s air-conditioned, so a welcome respite if you’re at the outdoor Chatuchak Weekend Market and just can’t handle the heat anymore.
What Can You Buy at JJ Mall? – You name it, they sell it. It’s known as one of the cheapest malls in Bangkok but that doesn’t mean the quality is cheap. Each floor concentrates on different types of items but there’s also a nice mix of products.
You’ll find hundreds of stalls selling Thai handicrafts, artwork, pottery, bamboo products, handmade soaps, shoes, clothing, jackets, lamps, books, toiletries, cosmetics, jewelry, gold and silver, furniture – basically, if you’re looking for it, they likely have it. For most items you will find they are similar to the products at Chatuchak Weekend Market but at JJ Mall some stalls are slightly more expensive. However, on a 100 degree-plus Thai afternoon, I don’t mind paying 2% more at JJ Mall than I would at Chatuchak (plus you can bargain). Being in the air conditioning makes the extra cost entirely worth it.
Eating at JJ Mall – Another reason so many people go to the mall is for the restaurants. You’ll find everything from Thai to Chinese, Japanese, American, – noodles, rice dishes, sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, vegetarian dishes, ice cream, cake, – so many types of food it’s hard to make a decision. Almost all of the restaurants and cafes, too, are of the low-price type, so you can get a great lunch or dinner for less than $3.
My favorite restaurants there are Black Canyon Coffee, Yum Sap and Chester’s Grill – all Thai chain restaurants. You’ll also find more than 100 stalls selling food and drink items scattered all over the mall, if you just want to snack. I highly recommend the grilled oysters, the som tam (spicy papaya salad) and any of the Thai desserts.
Also, if you’re looking for very cheap food, there’s a wonderful food court on the top floor that has a large selection of Thai main dishes and desserts, all cooked fresh while you wait. An average dish here is just over $1.
JJ Mall is a must-visit place for any tourist to Thailand. Unlike the malls in downtown Bangkok that are crowded with tourists, JJ Mall is very much a local mall and it’s where the Thais shop. If you’re looking for a real Thai experience and not a touristy one, you’ll love shopping at this mall, and you’ll save a ton of money while you’re at it.
JJ Mall, Bangkok, Thailand