You’ll be forgiven if you thought these themed restaurants were nestled in the boulevards of Paris or a quaint trattoria by the Tiber… But these are all found in Bangkok. No kidding.
Most, if not all, are sprawling grounds of themed furnishings and landscaping made (possibly) for one purpose: to take your breath away. They’re every escapist’s dream, and even though these establishments are just restaurants (amazing, huh?), they all feel very much like theme parks, both in splendour and size.
It’s like they spared no expense in creating magical enclaves all over Bangkok, and they are all usually less than an hour’s drive away. Visiting just one of these on your holiday is enough to make it the highlight of your trip. Opportunities for photos abound, and you’ll never be out of inspiration for that perfect shot.
Here are our five favourite themed restaurants that we strongly recommend for you to check out!
Chocolate Ville is a spectacle even before taking a step inside. Beautiful street lights shimmer over a romantic river meandering through streets of European-styled houses. This anglo-inspired restaurant (or mini-town) is reminiscent of the serene waterways of Amsterdam with a touch of grecko-roman elegance. It’s absolutely breathtaking.
With so many gorgeous scenes, you’ll surely return just to dine in a different ‘district’ each time
Come around 5:00pm to capture the most picturesque photos under the glow of sunset. This gives you enough time to explore the restaurant (we’ll call this a village from now on, cos that’s precisely what it feels like) and take many photos to work up an appetite. With so many gorgeous scenes, you’re bound to return just to experience dining in a different ‘district’.
Dinner is no disappointment too. Thai and western dishes fill the menu, and you’re assured of a good meal whatever you choose. Maybe it’s the romantic ambience, but the food really is good.
Lastly, we’re not too sure why this village is named after chocolate. Maybe it’s to channel the magic of Willy Wonka’s famous factory, or because chocolate is sometimes better than sex, so surrounding it with romantic charm may inspire more than just photos between couples… Okay we’ll stop speculating here.
Whatever the reason for its unique name, Chocolate Ville is a must-go destination for couples, photoistas and escapists alike.
Book a flight to Schipol, Amsterdam. Nah, we’re just kidding!
Alight at Mo Chit BTS Station or Ratchadaphisek MRT Station and hail a cab. This way, you’ll avoid the crazy traffic in central Bangkok. Taxi rides from these 2 stations take slightly over 30mins in smooth traffic.
As alluring as this village is, try not to leave too late as it is quite a distance from Bangkok’s city. First time travellers to Bangkok may be a bit uncomfortable returning too late at night. Always ask for a metered fare or negotiate for a lower fixed fee when offered, read our Taxi guide for more useful information.
Kaset-Nawamin, Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Mon-Sun, 4pm to Midnight
Chocolate Ville – Facebook
Waterside Resort Restaurant
The Waterside is perhaps the least ‘themed’ of the five restaurants here, but that doesn’t make it any less special. In fact, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful of the lot precisely because it doesn’t try too hard.
The Waterside is a sprawling restaurant that’s built atop a lake, which makes the whole place feel like a resort (perhaps that’s the theme!). It’s design is mostly contemporary and far less gimmicky compared to the other themed restaurants.
Boasting a multi-cultural menu that comprises Thai, Western and even Japanese food, this mostly outdoors restaurant is extremely popular and famous amongst the locals. The ambience is fantastic and the live band is really good too.
The restaurant features numerous private rooms that sit atop stilts over the rippling waters. These are perfect enclaves for functions, parties and events for families, friends or business folk.
After a great meal by the waterside, hop onto a cab to visit the Hua Mum Night Market, which is barely just 5 minutes away.
The Waterside the nearest themed restaurant to the city, so getting there by cab is probably your best bet. The easiest and quickest way is to take a 30-40 mins taxi ride from Sutthisan or Lat Phrao MRT Station.
13/16 Soi Pradit Manutham, Bueng Kum, Bangkok 10230
Mon-Sun, 5pm to 1am
Waterside Resort Restaurant – Facebook
The Rome is a brand-new themed restaurant that models itself after… well… Rome!
While it does take many artistic liberties in its interpretation of the iconic Italian city (like the impressive pool in it’s centre), The Rome does an impressive job of creating a gorgeous al fresco space reminiscent of the trattorias of Rome.
Perfect for those seeking a cosy yet magical dining experience
But in spite of its name, the point isn’t to scrutinise its comparison with Rome. Rather, come to appreciate it for what it is — a gorgeously built themed establishment that’s filled with fascinating furnishings, innovative dining concepts and inspired backdrops (that aren’t exactly all Roman, but beautiful nonetheless). Take for example the ‘sunken in’ dining tables that sit you inside the pool, surrounding you with water as you tuck into either Thai or Western food that the restaurant serves.
Again, if you’re here for the picture-op, come around 5:00pm to take full advantage of the sunset’s glow.
Overall, The Rome is much smaller in comparison to Chocolate Ville and less crowded too, which may be perfect for those seeking a cosy yet magical dining experience with friends, family or your beloved. Like any good restaurant, a live band will serenade you with lovely numbers that complement the mood.
One more thing. Whether nature calls or not, make it a point to visit their toilets. They are uniquely designed and are a treat in itself.
The easiest and quickest way is to take a 20-30 mins taxi ride from the Bang Wa BTS Station. The Rome is situated right along the main road, so it’s easy to grab a cab back to the city after a meal here.
Nong Khang Phlu, Nong Khaem, Bangkok 10160
Mon-Sun, 5pm to Midnight
The Rome – Facebook
Villa De Bear
Villa De Bear is an immaculately designed themed restaurant that clearly draws its inspiration from the wood toy factories famous in Erzgebirge, Germany. In this case, it’s about bear toys… or is it?
Step inside and you’ll discover that this place’s got plenty of personality.
Opens for both lunch and dinner, with a different feel under the sun or moon
The tale is that a young bear named Villy (that iconic black bear that’s the face of the place) had taken over his dear uncle’s toy factory, but turned it into a (massive) restaurant. Villy, you see, was more talented in making delicious food than toys, and decided to spread joy with his beautifully presented and lovingly cooked dishes for the all the world to enjoy.
And enjoy we most certainly do! We think Villy has a hidden talent for interior design and landscaping too. Giant gears, threads and buttons adorn the ceilings and walls, while adorable bears and inspirational quotes line the furnishings and cushions. Dining inside and outside each offer completely different charms, in addition to the many different scenic spots that make up this food village. On top of that, Villa de Bear opens for both lunch and dinner, and the place looks and feels completely different when under the sun or moon light.
Like the other themed restaurants on our list, you’re bound to be back for a different experience the next time around (this one probably more so than the others, we think!)
It’s just a 10 minutes taxi ride from the Bang Wa BTS station. It might be a good idea to visit the famous Asiatique night market or Khao San Road after your visit to Villa De Bear as they are all located on the West side of Bangkok city.
5 Ratchapruk Rd, Bang Ramad, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170
Mon-Sun, 11am to Midnight
Villa De Bear – Facebook
Possibly the most different of the lot here, 66 Station is less restaurant, more bar and party hotspot. This is a place for the in-crowd, the young and the young at heart.
It is quite a sight to behold, and sets you in the mood for a night of crazy fun
Inspired after vintage American and British gas stations and garages, this ultra-grunge and funkadelic mega bar is smattered with 60s cars, vintage bikes, random car plates, highway signs and other funky junk. It even has a swimming pool. Go figure.
Together, it is quite a sight to behold and sets you in the mood for a night of crazy fun.
66 Station is great for parties, gatherings with friends and groups looking for a smashing good time together. Locals from all over the city flock here for great food and drinks. Naturally, we don’t recommend this for those seeking a romantic night out. The other four mega restaurants on our list are quainter for sweethearts. But of course, if good booze, booming music and fun crowds are your thing, then by all means make 66 Station your date night. And if you’re single and looking, well… there’s plenty of eye candy here for you.
With regular mini-concerts and special events held every month, it is no wonder that 66 Station is packed almost every night. We strongly recommend checking out their Facebook page to find out if something special’s happening that night, so you can properly plan your visit.
Now, if you want to take your party up a notch, 66 Station is right next to the popular NOXS club.
The easiest and quickest way is to take a 20-30 mins taxi ride from Sutthisan or Lat Phrao MRT Station. 66 Station is situated right along the main road, so it’s easy to grab a cab back to the city after an evening there. If you’re still up for it, you can pop by the Hua Mum night market which is just 3mins away by taxi.
If you spent the day shopping at the newly opened CentralFestival EastVille shopping mall, 66 Station is just a mere 300 metres away.
Pradit Manutham Road, Bangkok 10230
Mon-Sun, 6pm to 3am
66 Station – Facebook