Esplanade shopping mall
The Esplanade was opened in late 2009 as a high-end 'life style' mall in a similar vein to Siam Paragon, but without a major anchor tenant. The mall has a rather posh cineplex, complete with a bowling alley, but the real unique features to the mall are its ice rink and a broadway-styled theater. The theater hosts regular road companies of broadway shows, many of which are years past their prime. The ice rink is small and irregularly shaped.
The ground floor and basement levels have several nice casual dining restaurant, with a heavy emphasis on Japanese cuisine. There's also a supermarket in the basement.
Getting there: The Esplanade is almost right on top of the Thailand Cultural Center subway station. There is no direct link from the station to the mall, although one is planned. Check the signs as you exit the train to find the exit to Esplanade. It is the same exit as the Chinese Embassy.