There are so many places to choose from in Phnom Penh to suit any type of budget.
If you’re after good Yum Cha, try Sam Doo Restaurant. The restaurant is very basic, doesn’t look flash, but the food is good, cheap and has nice friendly staff. We let our friends order for us here and the serves were massive, we ended up taking half of our food back with us.
Street 142 near the Central Markets
Riverside Bistro and Pub is a good place to people watch and enjoy the river views. They have an extensive range of Asian and Western foods on the menu. Try the Pancakes, they are huge.
Sisowath Quay (corner of Street 148)
Another landmark is the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC). It’s in a 3 story colonial style building along the Tonle Sap River with great views. The menu is Asian and Western and their pizzas and sandwiches are really good.
They also have photo shows and exhibitions, there is a Bookshop and a delicatessen on the ground floor
This place is a bit more expensive than most but its worth it just to sit there with an ice cold drink and watch the world go by.
Friends is one of our favorite places. The restaurant opened in 2001 as part of a training initiative of the Cambodian non-government organization Mith Samlanh/Friends.
All the staff are former street kids who have been gaining first-hand experience in the hospitality business, serving customers, taking orders, cooking and learning about hygiene in the workplace. Since opening, The Restaurant has succeeded in becoming wholly self-sufficient and all profits are reinvested into the Training Centre activities.
They also sell a book there called “The Best of Friends, the Restaurant”, which has recipes of food you will find on the menu. The kids did the write-ups and drawings for this book and the cost is $US29. All proceeds from the book go back to the Mith Samlanh Friends organization. Great book and well worth it.
This restaurant is most famous for its Asian and Western tapas ($1 each) and snacks as well as its atmosphere and excellent prices. Its fun atmosphere, great food and fantastic prices have made this restaurant very popular among expatriates and tourists visiting Phnom Penh.
Nice icy cold milkshakes!!! And of course the food is great.
Prices: less than US$10
Address: House 215 Street 13, Phnom Penh Near the National Museum
Romdeng Restaurant is the second of the Friends Restaurants. It promotes Khmer food and culture, so for some authentic food, give them a try. In designing and setting up this restaurant as many Cambodian made products as possible were used.
My favorite dish is the Khmer Chicken Curry. I wasn’t game enough to try the Deep Fried Tarantulas!!
Once again the food, service and prices are great.
Prices: less than US$10
Address: 21, Street 278, Phnom Penh
The Garden Centre Cafe
The Garden Center Café is located in a beautiful cool, tropical garden setting. You are surrounded by hundreds of potted plants which are also on sale. (They also have a landscaping business). The menu is extensive and very reasonably priced.
They have a huge Western Breakfast for $6 and good roasts on Sundays, (also a great place to go for a hangover hamburger and icy cold juice).
Address: Number 23, Street 57, Phnom Penh
Tell Restaurant is one of our favorite restaurants, (they do deliveries as well). They have an extensive menu with a great selection of Western, Khmer, Asian and European meals. There is also a good menu of wines, champagnes and cocktails. Try their desserts, they are mouth watering.
You can sit outside in a garden setting or inside with air-conditioning. There are also private rooms. The meals are very big, so be careful what you order.
Try the Knuckle, very tasty and worth it just for the reaction when you see it, make sure you take your camera!!!
Prices: less than US$10
Address: No 13, Street 90 Phnom Penh
Pon Lok Restaurant
We had such a fun night at this restaurant. There were 7 of us eating and we must have had about 20 staff looking after us and they all seemed so young. It is one of the funniest dining experiences I have ever had. We laughed, danced and joked around with the staff. It was hard trying to eat dessert with one feeding you, at the same time someone else was wiping your forehead with a cold cloth, someone else massing your neck and someone doing your arms as well.
Anyway the food was really nice, from the whole steamed fish to the deep fried prawns, no complaints from any of us. (average prices around US$10.
The restaurant is upstairs with one of the best views over the Tonle Sap.
319-323 Sisowath Quay
23 212 025
Elephant Bar Raffles Hotel Le Royal
The hotel was first established in 1929 and in its early days enjoyed patrons such as Royalty and dignitaries, adventurers and globetrotters. It was also a haven for journalists and foreigners during the 1970-75 civil war.
After a full refurbishment and restoration by Raffles the hotel reopened in 1997.
Happy hour goes for 4 hours (4-8pm) and all drinks are two-for-one prices. Free snacks and Great cocktails.
Street 110 Phnom Penh
FreeBird Bar & Grill
Coldest air conditioning in Phnom Penh and the bar stools are so comfortable. This is a very friendly place and they also have free Chill-con-carne on Saturdays from 2-4pm. We had home delivery from here, highly recommend the Buffalo Wings!!! Good value for money.
Street 240 Phnom Penh
This is a sports bar with free pool table, darts and loads of TVs including two huge screens, great beer selection and pub style meals at reasonable prices.
Well after many bars we finally ended up here at the Pontoon Lounge. Though I have no memory at all of being here, just photos to prove it. (well it was my birthday) Anyway from what I was told it’s a reasonably new place, an open air café by day and a fun lounge/bar by night. They also have a DJ Fridays and Saturdays. Shame I cant remember the place, never mind I will check it out again next year!!
Riverfront at the end of Street 108
Phnom Penh has some fantastic shopping which I will cover in my next report