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If you have been to Bangkok, you would have seen the Chao Phraya river that is often referred to as the main artery of the nation. The name literally translates to ‘River of Kings’ and plays a big part in the daily life of the people of Bangkok. Not only is the river used for transportation and cruises but the snaking river provides gorgeous views especially during sunset.
Hence, it is actually a really great place where you can have a romantic dinner with your significant other. Just imagine, what could be better than enjoying a delicious meal and looking at breathtaking views by the riverside with your partner! Here are a few places that you should try for a fantastic meal with stunning views of Chao Phraya river. PS: Bear in mind that most of them are rather fine eateries, do come armed with enough cash as the prices can be a little steep!
1. Steve Cafe & Cuisine
This little cafe is tucked away in a secluded corner, with no big signage which makes it a little harder to find. It used to be a little undiscovered gem but their relaxed atmosphere and yummy dishes make it so popular that it soon became famous, just by word of mouth. They serve really good Thai food that definitely makes the hunt worthwhile. They’re opening another branch at Rama VI Soi 41 in may 2018 so head there if you decide not to go to the riverside restaurant.
Pro tip: If you have time, allocate some to explore the area around the restaurant
Address: 68 Sri Ayuthaya road, Soi Sri Ayuthaya 21 (Devet), Vachiraphayabaan, Dusit, Bangkok 10300
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.30pm
Contact: +66 (0) 84 361 4910, +66 (0) 2 281 0915, +66 (0) 2 280 2989
2. Le Normandie
If you’re feeling extravagant, then go ahead and try this classic fine dining restaurant in Mandarin Oriental hotel that overlooks the river. This exclusive restaurant serves French food and has been in existence for more than 40 years but they are still touted as one of the best. While fine dining restaurants usually serve bite sized portions, you can rest assured that this is not the same case for Le Normandie which will fill you up! Make sure you dress smartly!
Address: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00pm – 2.00pm, Dinner 7.00pm – 10.00pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: +66 (0)2 659 9000 ext 7390
3. Sala Rim Naam
Sala Rim Naam offers a whole new cultural experience while you’re dining as you are entertained by awesome performances such as Thai dances while you eat. Come to this Thai fine dining restaurant if you want to have the full experience. Although they are owned by Mandarin Oriental hotel, the restaurant is located on the other side of the Chao Phraya river. Too add to the convenience, they actually have a free classic wood shuttle boat to the location.
Address: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm, Dinner 7.00pm – 10.30pm, Performance 8.15pm – 9.30pm
Contact: 66 (0)2 659 9000 ext 7330
4. The Deck
Other than the famous river itself, there are several tourist attractions lined up along the river banks and one of the most popular is the iconic Wat Arun, which is also known as ‘Temple of Dawn.’ The majestic temple is stunning at all times but it is at its best when the sun sets. The best place to view this work of art from nature is at the Deck at Arun Residence, which has certainly made it popular, especially when coupled with their excellent Thai food.
Pro tip: To catch the sunset at its finest, go to the bar at the top floor and have a drink before making your way downstairs for dinner
Address: Arun Residence, 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11.00am – 10.00pm, Fri – Sun 11.00am – 11.00pm (top floor bar opens at 5.30pm)
Contact: +66 (0) 2 221 9158
5. Riva Surya
This hotel has three different restaurants and bars that offer amazing views of Chao Phraya river. Babble & Rum serves both Western and Thai cuisines which is slightly more upscale and refined. After filling up your tummy with the all-day cafe’s delicious food, head over to The Garden and the Mezzanine Room to enjoy the picturesque views. Make sure you try out the unique cocktails they have there!
Address: Riva Surya Bangkok, 23 Phra Arthit Road, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand,
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 11.00pm (Babble & Rum, The Garden), 9.00am – 10.3-pm (Mezzanine Room)
Contact: +66 (0) 26335000
6. Mango Tree on the River
You will be surprised to know that this eatery has branches all over the world, including London, Tokyo, Busan, Dubai, Kuching and Hong Kong but once you taste the food, you will understand why. The restaurant has a long history dating back to 1994 and serves cuisine that truly embodies all four regions of Thailand. Paired with the irresistible view of Wat Arun and Wat Kalayanamitr, it’s definitely one of the best ways to end your night!
Address: 240 Yodpiman River Walk Shopping Paradise, Building D5, Atsadang Rd., Wang Burapha Phirom, Phranakhon, Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours: 3.30pm – 1.00am
Contact: +66 2110 0819 20
7. Sheepshank Public House
Get a change of atmosphere at this popular riverside restaurant that sports a modern and industrial look. This place serves American cuisine, and you’ll find yourself leaving very satisfied, especially when your food is paired with their craft beer. The owner of the restaurant actually transformed it from an abandoned boatshed to the cosy and stylish restaurant you see today. Certainly makes a very Insta-worthy place!
Address: 49 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 1.00am (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: +66 2 629 5165
8. The View Bar and Restaurant
Aptly named, The View does indeed, provide a jaw-dropping view of the river and its surroundings when you dine there. Other than that, one of the main draws that keep the crowds coming back is the plethora of food on its menu. There’s Thai, Chinese, European, vegetarian and fusion dishes that will keep your palate happy as well as a wide range of the View Bar and Restaurant’s special cocktails, mocktails, smoothies, spirits, beers, and much more.
Address: 2525 Charoen Krung Rd., Bangkholaem Bangkok Thailand 10120
Opening Hours: 5.00pm – 1.00am
Contact: +66 (0) 2-68913937
Enjoy your meal and remember to bring your camera to capture those awesome views!
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