This article was originally written by Jessica Dawdy and has since been updated.
Embark on a magical culinary journey at Anantara’s The Service 1921 Restaurant & Bar. Here, a five-star dining experience awaits as you feast on contemporary Thai, Chinese Szechuan and Vietnamese dishes paired with New and Old World Wines. Cap off your meal with a locally inspired cocktail mixed by one of Thailand’s best mixologists or a fine whiskey and cigar. For an extra special occasion reserve the private dining room which is accessed through a secret bookshelf door in the library wall!
A long-time favourite with locals, expats and tourists alike The Riverside is known for its vibrant atmosphere and scenic setting on the Ping River. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating which are furnished with un-fussy wooden furniture and romantic lighting. The menu is a crowd-pleasing mix of Thai and international food, including pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, curries, and northern Thai dishes. There’s also a nightly boat trip, in which meals are served while diners cruise down the scerene river. Be sure to stick around after dinner to check out the lively cover band.
With a superb location in a traditional Thai house, Ginger & Kafe offers a distinctive restaurant experience, with excellent food and service. The restaurant’s décor is fabulous with antique furniture, colourful accessories, and amazing attention to detail. They offer Thai and international food, with everything being beautifully presented and the massaman curry hailed as one of the best in the city. Before you leave be sure to stop by their onsite shop where you can buy beautiful hand-made furniture and other household items. Beware though as it will be hard to walk away empty-handed!
The River Market holds a prime location on the banks of the Ping River and is housed in a large colonial-inspired building. They have a vast range of Thai and international dishes available with very affordable prices and good quality fare. You can choose to sit inside, on the balcony with views of the river, or upstairs tucked away in a semi-private area.
Located in a quiet courtyard, La Terrasse offers simple, delicious French cuisine in an elegant setting. The restaurant is well-known for its homemade bread, pies, ice-cream and patés, and a menu that incorporates fresh, locally grown products. The setting brings to mind a Parisian bistro with warm woods and deep wine-coloured accents. Menu highlights include traditional French dishes like boeuf bourguignon and an extremely tasty onion soup.