The Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's most atmospheric spots to dine at, with cool river breezes and the swaying and creaking of the surrounding piers accompanying the slow flowing river barges that make their way down the river. There is a wide selection of cuisines and spots for all budgets here as well. One can opt for elegant French at the longstanding Le Normandie in the Mandarin Oriental, or break the bank at the sky high Mezzaluna, which isn't on the river, but gives some of its most sweeping views, high above the city. Back down on the water, Trader Vic's at the Anantara Riverside is a great choice for dining in comfort right by the river, and at the other extreme (literally, as Trader Vic's is in southern Bangkok), head up north to the simple and deservedly popular Steve Cafe and Cuisine, to enjoy Thai cooking in an atmospheric 60 year old traditional house. Other superb romantic spots include The Deck, right opposite Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) and the unique Sheepshank Public House, which serves organic creative American cuisine in an old boatyard. Nearby, Babble and Rum is another upscale spot to relax with a signature cocktail, watch the sun go down, and enjoy dining on the waterfront, a must experience for any visitor to Bangkok.
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