Ao Nang’s Catalunya Walking Street is an L-shaped, partially covered lane at the southern corner of Ao Nang (Beach) Road. The name ‘walking street’ could be misleading as in Thailand, it usually refers to a weekly market-like fair such as Krabi Walking Street in Krabi Town’s soi Maharaj 8, or Phuket Walking Street in Phuket Old Town’s Thalang Road.
Opened in 2007, Catalunya Walking Street is a permanent bazaar-like compact shopping complex, in which you will also find an art gallery, a tailor, an optician, an ice-cream shop, four restaurants (Thai, Mexican, and international), two bars, a bank, and a guesthouse, all right next to Ao Nang Beach.
Ao Nang’s Catalunya Walking Street has three entrances: on the Beach Road it is flanked by a TMB Bank branch and a Häagen-Dazs small outlet; on the Ao Nang Road the two access-ways are respectively next to Sitti Café and next to Top Charoen Optical. The bazaar-like part of the walking street is at the latter entrance, with a dozen small shops and stalls selling a wide choice of souvenirs (Buddha masks and statues, Thai traditional fabrics, candle-holders, framed and mounted insects & arachnids and much more) and clothing (T-shirts, swimming and beach wear). This bazaar is the covered part of the walking street.
Other shops along in Catalunya Walking Street include Fashion Way Ladies and Gents Custom Tailor, the art gallery of a talented Thai artist – Watana Pradit – who creates oil paintings on canvas in a wide range of styles (Buddha faces, pop art, comics, footballers, movie and music star portraits, or esoteric abstraction).
Catalunya Walking Street is also a lively place for food and drinks: the Häagen-Dazs shop (on the beach road) is already famous for the quality of its goods; Crazy Gringos is a stylish yet affordable Tex-Mex Restaurant (with daily live music from 19:30 onward); Blue Orchid is a modern cosmopolitan restaurant serving Mexican and Thai fare as well as pizzas, kebab, and burgers; Take Away is a tiny shop selling homemade ice-creams; and the Sitti Café is a great people-watching spot serving Thai and international favourites.
Styled in a trendy retro ‘70s décor, Boogie Bar is also a very interesting venue that’s packed every night. Here you can enjoy a drink (cocktails at 180 baht) while listening to an excellent live band that plays well-known ‘70s and ‘80s funk, rock, Latino and reggae covers.
Ao Nang Walking Street
- Location: at the southern corner of Ao Nang Beach Road