River City Mall is a well-known shopping center aimed at the sale of antiques. It’s also the best destination for serious Asian art lovers to go.
A well-known landmark on the Chao Phraya riverbank, River City has been around since 1984. Originally, it served a niche market of antique collectors and traders, spearheading monthly auction events where sellers and buyers of antiques could meet. Many antique shop owners here are pioneers of the trade and can offer expert advice on their products, whether they’re genuine antiques or modern reproductions. The shopping mall also operates several river cruises and dinner cruises, as well as providing boat transfers to/from the Sathorn Pier (connected with Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain).
Highlight at River City Shopping Complex
River City is a playground for antique lovers and collectors with all of its floors dedicated to high quality antiques and collectibles. Here is a veritable treasure trove of Southeast Asian objets d’art, including ancient Buddha images, ceramics, porcelain, Thai Benjarong (painted porcelain) wares, pottery, old maps and prints, gold and silver ornaments, sculptures, intricate wood carvings and many other rarities from around the globe.
Taking its passion for antique further, River City features monthly auctions at the Si-La-Sai Convention Hall (4th floor) every first Saturday of the month, in tandem with the online auctions. These monthly auctions are organised by the Riverside Auction House, the first legal antique auction house in Thailand, with appraisal experts provided by the Association for the Propagation and Promotion of Objets d’Art. So, this is one way to ensure that your purchase is a genuine antique. Besides antiques and collectibles, River City has a collection of fashion shops selling Thai silk, gems and leather accessories. Home décor items, including wooden masks, bronze sculptures and Thai crafts, are also available.
The really fascinating shops are on the third and fourth floor. There’s a wide variety of Asian art, from old maps to Buddhist works to more recent everyday items from the last century. River City is a really great place to browse, but if you’re going to buy you better know what you’re doing, or have enough money for it not to matter that you ended up with an expensive reproduction rather than a real antique.
River City Dining Experiences
Set by the water’s edge, River City is an ideal place to enjoy a delectable meal, while taking in vistas of the Chao Phraya River. The waterfront promenade has a small lineup of fine-dining restaurants, all featuring outdoor terraces.
La Grande Pearl offers a classic French menu, with a wine cellar,enjoy the impressive symphonic music in the 60′ 80 ‘to give you a flashback. Humming along with every night.
Sala Thai has a prominent outdoor setup, but don’t expect too much when it comes to food and service.
Black Canyon Coffee: Since the first cup of coffee in 1993, we has served million cups of coffee. This guarantees that we are strong and leading Thai owned brand, has moved towards to continue serve premium specialty coffee and superb food dishes to its customers.
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