The riverside in Bangkok is one of the city’s coolest places. Literally – the breezes from the water are welcome during sweltering days and nights. It’s a wonderful place to escape the bustle of the inner city for a while. Bangkok Riverside is also a great place to chill out in style, with a diversity of excellent restaurants and bars offering outstanding views alongside amazing food. Here are our picks of the best places to make the most of the Chao Phraya River’s views and food.
1) Arun Residence
When you want to truly appreciate Wat Arun, Bangkok’s Temple of Dawn, you can sail past it on a boat or you can sit and enjoy a relaxing meal opposite the temple. Arun Residence is a perfect place for a great view of the temple and you can take advantage of the fine Thai dishes and European favorites. A recommended restaurant with great views and lovely food.
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2) Thara Thong
Set in the Royal Orchid Sheraton, this is a traditional-style Thai restaurant complete with floor-level seating and lots of glowing teakwood and pavilion-style architecture. The Thai food is excellent, with traditional favorites alongside new ideas.
3) Mei Jiang
The Mei Jiang restaurant is part of the posh Peninsula Hotel which is situated right beside the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It is one of the more elegant riverside restaurants in Bangkok and offers Cantonese food. The big picture windows give great views over the river which is particularly attractive at night and as the sun sets. The dim sum is especially worth a try here. The restaurant is at 333 Charoennakorn Road.
4) Sheepshank Public House
The Sheepshank Public House is an American-style, industrial-themed restaurant set close to Pier 13 and offering American fare and dishes from around the world. The restaurant is popular with expats and is a trendy place to spend the evening.
5) Steve Cafe and Cuisine
The Steve Café may not be the most opulent place on the Bangkok river but it is certainly one of the most popular, and the place where you are most likely to enjoy excellent Thai food with great views. Steve Café and Cuisine is tucked away next to the river and is a cute, quaint little restaurant that has attracted fans through word of mouth. The food is fresh and delicious with an emphasis on traditional Thai food and some more adventurous new dishes. To get to the restaurant, take a boat until you reach Dhevet Pier and then head towards the Thevarakunchong Temple. Steve Café is at 68, Sri Ayudhaya Road.
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Set on the 63rd floor of a popular hotel in Bangkok, the Lebua State Hotel, Sirocco is a short distance from the river and benefits from outstanding views across the water seeing as you are so high up. The restaurant offers a selection of amazing Mediterranean dishes made from fresh ingredients and it is expensive, but worth it for a special meal. Find the hotel and restaurant around five minutes from the Saphan Taksin BTS Station, it is at 1055 State Tower, Silom Road.
Part of the popular, fun and stylish Benihana chain, this is the place to go if you want Japanese food with a riverside setting. Located in the grounds of the upmarket Anantara Riverside Resort and Spa, Benihana serves teppanyaki – hotplate cooking – and sushi with style. The setting is luxurious and the food is plentiful, tasty, and attractively presented.
8) Sala Rim Nam
The Sala Rim Nam not only offers excellent Thai food but also a Thai extravaganza in the form of dancing and acting. The restaurant is within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and is set on the river in a lovely Thai-style pavilion with teakwood and high ceilings. It is a special place for a special riverside meal.
9) Bable & Rum
Apart from the bar, part restaurant combination, Bable & Rum is a trendy upmarket place with a terrace overlooking the river and a range of international food, cocktails, fine wines and beers. The restaurant/ bar is a great place for sunset cocktails or for enjoying a full meal in style overlooking the river.
10) Flow at Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Flow at the Millennium Hilton is the spot for stylish, upmarket riverside dining. There’s also an outdoor terrace for uninterrupted views over the river. The restaurant serves a selection of international food and there are also special dinner shows and events to enjoy.
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