Bangkok’s blend of skyscrapers and temples create a unique skyline and we have picked five of our favourite restaurants in the city that offer something a little different for those who want a great view to accompany their meal. When it comes to panoramas, Bangkok has something for everyone, whether you are looking for a romantic rooftop dinner for two, a family friendly Thai feast in the highest building in the city or the perfect sunset spot near a historical temple. There is nothing like seeing a place from a different angle to help you appreciate it all the more, and if you can enjoy a delicious meal whilst you do it, so much the better.
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If you are looking for an unforgettable night with Bangkok beneath your feet, then head up to Vertigo restaurant on the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel. From here you can see skyscrapers as far as the river and tiny ant-like lines of slowly moving traffic winding through the city. This is five star rooftop dining, accompanied by thoughtful service and delicious food. The food is international Asian fusion, with delights such as fresh lobster spring rolls with mango chutney, duck tagine, sea bass on a bed of dauphinoise potatoes, with Thai tea crème brûlée to finish. There are also some inventive cocktails, such as Moon Romance, which comes served on dry ice with a red rose. Vertigo restaurant is popular so we recommend booking ahead, and getting here for 18:00 to enjoy the sunset over a pre-dinner drink. If there is only two of you then request a corner table, both chairs face out and you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Bangkok. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 to 23:00
- MRT: Lumpini
- Address: 21/100 South Sathorn Road
- Tel: +66 (0)2 679120
Many people think you have to climb high to get a great view of Bangkok, and that’s because they have yet to discover Arun Residence. This riverside restaurant has one of the most enviable spots in Bangkok, with the iconic Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) on the other side of the water. Getting here at dusk means you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the sun setting behind the temple, and as the sky gets darker the temple lights up in a golden glow. The food served here is predominantly Thai, with spicy curries and desserts like mango and sticky rice. We enjoy the more unusual dishes, like the fried frogs legs with peppercorn and mushroom and apple salad topped with duck confit. This restaurant is a popular choice with visitors, so we advise booking ahead. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00 am 10:00 pm, Fri - Sun 11:00 am 11:00 pm (top floor bar opens 5.30pm)
- Location: 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road
- Tel: 02 221 9158
- How to get there: There is no BTS station in this area so taxi is the best way. Alternatively, take a passenger ferry from outside Saphan Taksin BTS Station (Central Pier) to Tha Tien Pier (N8)
This wine bar and restaurant has great views of Silom and Sathorn from its 37th floor open air balcony but also boasts an equally impressive vista from the floor to ceiling windows that line the entire length of the dining room (although the terrace is still the most popular spot). The food and drink here equals the view in terms of wow factor. The menu includes faithful recreations of two Michelin starred restaurant Le Relais Louis XII in Paris and over 160 varieties of wine in their cellar. Our favourite dishes includ bone marrow with shallots, beef tartar that has been briefly pan seared, rack of lamb, and a boozy rum baba that is marinated for several days. Because Scarlett has successfully combined a casual wine bar with a fine dining restaurant it makes a great spot for a late supper, finally closing its doors at 01:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 18:00 – 01:00
- BTS: Chong Nonsi
- Address: 37/F, 188 Silom Road
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 238 1991
Despite its impressive location, Rivercity’s rooftop restaurant has kept a low profile, which is great because you can always get a seat here. Although it is only on the fifth floor of the Rivercity complex, it has an uninterrupted view of the Chao Phraya River and the skyscrapers that line the riverbanks, and if you crane your neck a little you can even see the big wheel at Asiatique Night Market. The venue is split into two, on one side you will find the cosy Balco Bar, filled with comfy sofas, and on the other Bar B Q Corner, where you can experience the Thai version of cooking over hot coals. Each table is fitted with a miniature clay pot fire and grill on which you can cook your own selection of meat and vegetables. The dishes are great value with beef (65 baht), squid (55 baht) and even ostrich (150 baht). Cooking for yourself is good fun, and you can watch the large colourful cruise liners gliding along the water as you eat. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Bar B Q, open 11:00-23:00, Balco Bar, open 18:30-midnight, closed Mondays
- Location: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
- Tel: +66 (0) 2237 0077-8
- How to get there: Get on the BTS to Saphan Taksin Station. There's a free shuttle boat service to Rivercity available at Sathorn Pier everyday from 10:00 to 20:00
The idea of a floating market at the top of Bangkok’s tallest building might seem a little on the quirky side, but we think it is a fantastic introduction to the plethora of delicious Thai dishes in a entertaining themed restaurant with arguably the best view in the city, and most definitely the tallest. Laid out on the 75th floor of Baiyoke Tower, the buffet is displayed as it would be along any river, with boats as cooking stations. The food is fresh, delicious and you can eat as much as you want: seafood, curries, noodles, soups and barbecued meats on a stick. The buffet price also includes juices and traditional sweets or desserts, and there is a bar for grown-up drinks at a small extra cost. After you have had your fill, head up to the Revolving View Point on the 84th floor, where you can marvel at Bangkok from the highest viewpoint in the city. Read More...
- BTS: Ratchathewi, plus taxi (not walking distance)
- Address: 75th Floor, Baiyoke Sky Hotel, 222 Ratchaprarop Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2656 3000