Blue by Alain Ducasse/ICONSIAM
Blue by Alain Ducasse/ICONSIAM

9 best riverfront restaurants to catch New Year's Eve fireworks

Prime spots to celebrate life, love and the coming of the new year

Time Out Bangkok in partnership with ICONSIAM
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Mesmerizing fireworks lighting up the inky night sky from every direction—to end the old and ring in the new year on a high—are what everyone is looking forward to on New Year’s Eve. 

In Bangkok, fireworks can take place as often as every day. It’s pretty common for riverfront hotels and establishments to shoot them up to celebrate a special occasion (someone’s birthday or marriage, perhaps). But the fireworks that blaze up the sky at the end of the year go on longer and are, by far, grander.

This is why, come New Year’s Eve, the best seats at riverside restaurants are some of the most sought-after and are usually pre-booked for weeks ahead. It doesn’t hurt to start your research now, whether you’re on the lookout for the best spots to welcome the New Year with your loved ones or just looking for dining inspirations by the River of Kings. Check out which restaurants we recommend.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Charoennakhon
  • price 4 of 4

Enjoy an intimate setting that features indigo hues, delicate white details, touches of mahogany and, most importantly, curved panoramic windows that look out to the Chao Phraya River. Blue by Alain Ducasse, located at riverside mall ICONSIAM, is one of the best and most romantic fine-dining restaurants to welcome 2022 in style. Indulge in fine French cuisine crafted by skillful chefs and linger around until late in the evening when ICONSIAM’s state-of-the-art New Year’s Eve fireworks light up the sky right before your eyes. 

  • Restaurants
  • Singaporean
  • Charoennakhon
  • price 4 of 4

Set right next to ICONSIAM River Park (where all the fun stuff will be taking place on NYE) on the mall’s main level, Singapore-hailing JUMBO is ideal for those wishing to have it all —a space that can accommodate the entire family, mouth-watering fare such as crab soaked in savory curry and tasty Cantonese dishes, and a front-row view of the festive fireworks.  

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Fallabella
Falabella

Fallabella

Located on the higher floor of ICONSIAM, this open-air establishment will let you dine on international fare under the star- and firework-lit sky. The menu includes your favorite fare, from Italian pizzas and pastas to comfort Thai dishes. 

On NYE, Fallabella is rolling out a dining package for two at B9,000. Book your table via Line @0968926425. 

HOBS
HOBS

HOBS

A cold glass of beer is essential to any celebration, be it NYE or any other special occasion. The best beer-focused eatery along the river is none other than the ICONSIAM branch of HOBS (House of Beers). Come over to sample malted brews from all over the world, and pair them with international dishes as well as stunning views of the Chao Phraya and the firework-lit sky. 

Table reservations for NYE are now open on Line @0951971905. Early-bird prices start from B6,000 (book between Dec 10-17, 2021). 

 

 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Charoenkrung
  • price 4 of 4

The Mandarin Oriental’s two-Michelin-starred French restaurant has just welcomed a new head chef. British native Alain Roux, who headed three-Michelin-starred The Waterside Inn in the UK prior to coming to Bangkok, is set to guide the iconic establishment to a new culinary direction. Same old beloved venue with a new set of dishes, plus amazing views. How can you say no?

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Khlong San

Catch the fireworks over the river after feasting on every foodstuff you can imagine, from fresh seafood, to Thai treats, to homemade pasta at the buffet restaurant of The Peninsula Bangkok. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Charoenkrung

The riverfront restaurant of the Shangri-La hotel has long been praised for its loaded buffet (note: the lobsters are the real deal), casual vibes and a huge outdoor patio—perfect for a fun evening with food, family and fireworks.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Charoenkrung

If you haven’t been to the Royal Orchid Sheraton in a while, then you probably didn’t know that its Italian eatery Giorgio’s has gotten a revamp, both in its decor and menu, which now boasts dishes at surprisingly affordable prices. The huge windows with million-dollar views still remain. Pasta and fireworks, anyone?

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  • Restaurants
  • Charoennakhon

The Millennium Hilton gave its popular riverfront restaurant a head-to-toe refresh during the lockdown and it’s now ready to welcome back diners wishing to feast on sumptuous food and glorious views of the Chao Phraya—plus dazzling fireworks on New Year’s Eve. 

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