Phnom Penh restaurants are emerging as culinary surprise packages to match larger and more established Southeast Asian neighbours. Traditional Khmer street food surrounds the footpath of haute cuisine restaurants, and cafes and bistros of every variety sprout in alleys and old colonial houses.
Of course you’ll want to try the local food while you’re here, but don’t miss the chance to let Phnom Penh’s foodies delight you with something different, or something you never would have expected to find here. Like most things in Cambodia, dining is cheap so the bill in even the priciest restaurants in Phnom Penh will probably leave a smile on your face.
- Private Angkor Wat & Royal Temples Excursion
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Romdeng will fill your karma bank, as well as your stomach, with goodness. Part of the Friends International program, all the staff have been trained in hospitality, food service and management as part of their program to help poor and at-risk Cambodian children break the poverty cycle. Even the cushions you sit on are made by the students.
Add to that Romdeng’s menu that features recipes from some of the country’s most remote areas and you have a unique, delicious and worthwhile dining experience. If you haven’t had them anywhere else, give the deep-fried tarantulas a try (served with black pepper and lime sauce). A mid-range priced menu with a good selection of international wines and drinks. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10.30pm
- Location: 74, Street 174, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 92 219 565
Khmer Surin is famous for serving authentic Khmer food in a garden setting. In the middle of BKK1’s backpacker district, it stands out with its traditional Khmer timber architecture, and its garden that reaches out into the street to draw you in. But it’s the regional food that you’ll remember.
The menu includes Thai, Vietnamese and Western dishes, but this is definitely the place to try Cambodia’s famous fish amok or beef lok lak. You won’t pay street food prices, but Khmer Surin is still not expensive and the service and ambience make it great value for a comfortable meal. There’s also an extensive cocktail, wine and beer menu. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10.30pm
- Location: 9, Street 57, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 12 887 320
ARTillery Café Phnom Penh is an ideal dining option for health-conscious travellers. When you find yourself craving a real salad or something lighter and fresher than the fried meats and heavy curries you’ve been devouring from street-food vendors and markets, Artillery is the place to go.
Both locations serve the same menu of organic, chemical-free, fair trade ingredients, with a wide range of vegan and raw dishes. Don’t shy away if you’re a carnivore, they also serve great meat dishes, including their pork sausage and scrambled eggs on a toasted sesame bagel for breakfast. If you’ve still got some room for dessert, try the raw key lime pie. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30am to 9pm
- Location: Street 240 1/2, Phnom Penh Cambodia
- Tel: +855 78 985 530
ST 63 BASSAK Restaurant
ST 63 BASSAK Restaurant offers good simple food at amazing prices in Phnom Penh. You’ll find expats, backpackers and trendy locals all enjoying the cheap and tasty dishes from their Khmer, pasta and pizza menus. You’ll also find an outrageously long cocktail menu. You can eat here for less than US$4, which includes draft beer.
The fried noodles and rice are good staples, and ST 63’s version of Khmer roasted eggplant with pork is also a tasty favourite. The indoor-outdoor dining area is small, so its popularity sometimes means sharing a table with other diners if you want to eat straight away.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 11am 11pm
- Location: #02 Street 308, Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 15 647 062
Foreign Correspondent’s Club (FCC)
The Foreign Correspondent’s Club is a Phnom Penh institution. Housed in a French colonial era building overlooking the river and Sisowath Quay, FCC is a great spot for a good western meal, a fancy tropical cocktail, or just to sit at the rooftop bar with a beer and watch the people of Phnom Penh go past.
The menu is all fancy enticing fare, with vegetarian options, at reasonable prices athough being more than the average Phnom Penh restaurant. The tempura prawn shooters are a great appetizer or snack to accompany one of their signature cocktails, like the Kampot Snapper or Hemingway Special. If you’re going to FCC for dinner, make sure you arrive early enough to catch the sunset over the Mekong.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7am to midnight
- Location: 363 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 23 724014
Sesame Noodle Bar
Sesame Noodle Bar is not so much a traditional Asian noodle bar as it poses as a modern, hip hangout with food to match. The freshly made noodles, coupled with salads and meats of your choice, are a refreshing change from the often heavily fried street variety, but the prices are still backpacker-friendly.
It’s a little off the regular tourist track, but well worth the visit if you’re checking out Russian Market or BKK1 while you’re in Phnom Penh. The pork (“Mighty Thor”) buns are great, and if you have a sweet tooth, make sure you try the chocolate sesame balls!
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 11.30am to 2.30pm and from 5pm to 9.30pm
- Location: #9 Street 460, Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 96 868 5780
Piccola Italia Da Luigi
Piccola Italia Da Luigi is arguably the best place for pizza in Phnom Penh. Also referred to as Luigi’s, Piccola is the star of the Tonle Bassac bar and restaurant district on Street 308. With Napoli-style thin crusts and margaritas (the pizza and cocktail variety), you’ll also find delicious pesto and deli products available to dine in or take away.
Run by one of Phnom Penh’s many Italian restaurateurs-turned-locals, Luigi’s is busy most nights, and on weekends it’s best to book to ensure a table. Moderately priced for Phnom Penh, definitely try a Piccolapizza with your favourite topping.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 11.30am to 2pm and from 5.30pm to 10.30pm (closed on Mondays)
- Location: Street 308, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Tel: +855 17 323 273