Silom Road is the principal street in the Silom area of Bangkok, as such it is dominated by famous brand name food outlets. however, there are a few bespoke restaurants and shops among all the big names. It is a busy street with a large footfall of office workers, tourists and of course, shoppers.
Being an important commercial centre for Bangkok, and part of the flagship new economy of the country, Silom Road has attracted a range of branches of big multi-national companies. These include Kentucky Fried Chicken, Subway, McDonald’s, Starbucks Coffee, Burger King and Pizza Hut. While Westerners jaded and disillusioned by globalization might not be impressed by such an array of fast food places, for many Thais the appearance of such outlets represents a symbol of the growing financial might of their country. For tourists looking for something less ‘exotic’ and perhaps appealing to their children these outlets represent welcome eating and drinking options.
Those looking for a more bespoke dining experience there are a number of options such as Taketei Japanese Restaurant, Sunshine Tacos (Mexican food), Alaadin (Arabic food) and Hong Kong Restaurant. At lunch time and in the evening there are also various street food vendors to check out.
As well as the usual selection of standardised convenience stores ( 7-11 etc.) there are numerous shops on Silom Road. There is the Oriental Princess selling cosmetics, Body Tune selling branded Japanese body care products and Sports World.
You can get a suit made to measure at Perry’s Tailor and dental work done at Dr. Smile.
It might seem Silom Road is a bit thin on shops and services. That is partly because there are big shopping malls nearby such as Silom Complex, Central and Robinson that host a vast array of retailers. There is also Baan Silom Lifestyle Arcade on Silom Road just before Soi 19. Other shopping rivals to Silom Road are Patpong Night Market and Lalai Sap Market.
On Sundays Silom Road hosts the popular Walking Street market. Every Sunday from 3pm to 10pm Silom Road is closed to vehicles and street stalls set up. This market specialises in Thai food and food made by local producers.