CentralWorld magically transforms its outdoor square into an enormous food and cultural festival for you to eat, shop, and chill like in the good old days.
To celebrate Bangkok’s 234th anniversary next year, CentralWorld, in partnership with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and businesses around Central Bangkok commercial district, converts its CentralWorld Square into a giant (faux) floating market to revive the nostalgic vibes of when Bangkokians still lived by waterways and the city was still dubbed Venice of the East. The outdoor bazaar invites you to sample tasteful Thai delicacies from more than 300 food vendors, shop for handmade crafts and walk through exhibitions portraying Bangkok’s seven waterfront communities.
The event is one of the three events of "Tastes of the World at Central Bangkok" campaign that looks to emphasize and promote Bangkok as the world’s “food technopolis” to global citizens. Other two events are Central Food Hall World Gastronomy at CentralWorld (19-24 July) and the celebration of Eathai's expansion at Central Embassy (21 July - 7 August).
Consisting of seven zones, here are the top five highlights you shouldn't miss.
Miniature replica of old Ta Tian
This miniature neighborhood of Ta Tien recaptures lives in the glorious past of Ta Tien community; mini food vendors and shop houses depicting simple life in the old day. This intricate work of art was created exclusively for Bangkok Varee.
Pad Thai in bamboo basket
Expect a long queue at this famous stall. The environment-friendly mackerel baskets are used to serve this noodle dish instead of Styrofoam boxes. You can take the basket back home and it will make a cool dinnerware.
Boat noodle in coconut shell
This noodle shop shows their quirky edge by serving everyone’s favorite street food using coconut shell. You have a choice of either pork or beef noodle.
Traditional rice pudding
Thanks to the 2,000-year-old recipe from India, Mae La Miad’s Khao mathu payas (traditional rice pudding) is one of the country’s best you shouldn’t miss.
Demonstration of monk-bowl making
Artisans from famous Ban Baat community in Old Bangkok showcase their mastery of making monk bowls. Their intricate works are also available for purchase and will make a unique souvenir.