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Simply delicious !

October 1, 2010

120,000 square meters bursting with world-class products, Central Festival Phuket is the consummate one-stop shopping, non-stop entertainment complex for every Phuket resident and visitor. Enjoy the newest, largest, most complete shopping and entertainment complex in the South.

Admire broad and enticing selections of men’s and women’s fashion such as Marks & Spencer, Liz Claiborne, Nautica & more. Find the best in beauty & cosmetics with world-renowned brands such as Lancome, Clinique and Clarins. Check out Central’s award-winning home decor department and don’t forget to deck out the kiddos in the best in children’s wear – brands such as Guess kid are sold exclusively at Central.

We’ve seen the arrival of Tesco-Lotus (and its expansion into mini-Lotuses outside town), the opening of Big C, the arrival of Tops in Central Festival and Carrefour in Jungceylon in Patong, and more recently, Villa Mart in Chalong. We’ve even seen Super Cheap up its game by stocking foreign stuff.

But now the world-class guys are here. August saw the official opening of Central Food Hall at Central Festival. Tops is no longer tops at Central. In fact, Tops is no longer even there. It’s been elbowed out by the Food Hall. This is the fourth Central Food Hall in Thailand.  The Phuket branch definitely raises the bar locally.

Central has its own butcher backstage, making sausages onsite (they sell out almost as fast as they make them),  it imports fresh salmon and fillets and smokes them in Bangkok so that that the smoked salmon is fresher and cheaper than the Norwegian import (which they also stock, just in case you’re a suspicious Scandinavian).

Genuine British-style bacon from British icon Waitrose,proper cordials and ginger beer, McVitie’s chocolate digestive biscuits, Waitrose ginger nut biscuits, Wilkin & Sons jams, Twinings and PG Tips tea (okay, they have Lipton’s, too) – if you’re British, you get the idea. If you’re French, Italian, German, Australian, Korean (kimchi) or Japanese, you’ll also feel right at home.

Central has its own pig farms and its own chicken farms – not quite free range, because that might expose the chooks to bird flu, but farms where the chickens at least get to walk around the barn. Meat from these feeds not only into the fresh meat counter but also into the big sandwich bar with eight different breads to choose from, 20 fillings and 10 dressings. And quiche and, and and…

Then, of course, there’s a bakery. Spectacular. Absolutely. Check out the enormous sourdough loaves that take 12 hours to prove and another 12 to bake.

The big names are all here Armani A/x, ck Calvin Klein, DIESEL, DKNY JEANS. Nautica, Jim Thompson, ZARA, bebe, Lacoste, Nike, Adidas…and after you’ve found your favourite outfit, enjoy some of the best foods that the island has to offer, all to be had at Central Festival Phuket. With more than 250 shops offering an irresistible selection of international and local brands. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Do not miss Central Department Store, the best shopping destination in Phuket that offers a 5% Tourist Privilege Card as well as a 7% VAT refund on top of a host of attractive promotional prices. Sports enthusiasts will love the range of goods at Super Sports, the biggest store of its kind in Phuket.  Saviour the tastiest  foods that are unique to Phuket when you dine at any of 30 restaurants in the complex.

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