Having already spent a week in Cambodia before arriving in Phnom Penh, I already had a little introduction to Cambodian food. Despite this, the answer to where to eat in Phnom Penh continued to surprise me. From street food to restaurants, modern cafes to an eclectic mix of cuisines, Phnom Penh definitely delivered (literally, the food delivery service was great!). Here’s our guide on where to eat in Phnom Penh…
Where To Eat In Phnom Penh
I left Cambodia with mixed feelings about their street food. I had some great street food, but probably not as much or as vibrant as other destinations. But here’s what we did have and love…
Pork Rice (Bai Sach Chrouk)
Every morning we went back to the same Pork Rice family shop, where the pork rice was delicious and slightly different everyday. We would get a pork rice and an iced coffee and some tea. Some days it would come with soup, some days with egg, and always with pickle. with pickle. Everyday, the pork rice was one of my highlights, not just because of the dish, but because of the people too.
Street 143, near corner of street 320
Leek Cakes (Num Kuy Chhay)
Leek cakes were soft savoury delights that we tried with street vendors passing by. Definitely worth a try at least once, hopefully you pass by one in your time in Phnom Penh.
Curly Sweets At The Russian Market
I’m not sure what these are called, and I only found them at the front of the Russian market on one occasion, but they were so delicious, if you’re at the market you should definitely keep an eye out. They were crispy, wafer like, rolled sweets with a coconut filling.
Street 155, Phnom Penh
Food Markets At The Night Market
The Night Markets in Phnom Penh aren’t that fantastic in terms of shopping, and at the time we were there there was some really ‘interesting’ karaoke going on, but I absolutely loved the concept of the food markets there. An area is covered in mats, you find the food you would like to eat, take off your shoes and have a cement picnic. Our favourite food there was actually an Indian Samosa and Coconut Ice cream.
106/Preah Moha Ksatreiyani Kossamak Ave, Phnom Penh
Cafes + Coffee
I was so surprised with the number of great cafes in Phnom Penh. Over our few weeks here we definitely tried out our fair share and found our favourites.
ARTillery is down a beautiful alley in Phnom Penh. The setting is great, the food is delicious and healthy, a great place for breakfast, lunch or just a snack.
Alleyway of St. 240 1/2, No. 82E0 St 244, Phnom Penh
Backyard cafe was the only place I could find an Acai bowl in all of Phnom Penh. That was delicious, and Chris had a sandwich to rival my acai bowl. A great spot for a healthy lunch, not too far from The Royal Palace if you are in the area doing some sightseeing.
11B Street 246, Phnom Penh
TINI Cafe & Bar
Near the Russian market, TINI cafe + bar is true to it’s name. A great little setting, it will provide your drinks from day to night.
57, street 450 Toul Tom Poung, Phnom Penh
Brown is somewhat of an institution in Phnom Penh. You should never be too far away from a Brown coffee shop. My favourite one was the two storey Brown (details below), that had great drinks and simple but tasty food. A great place to whip out the laptop or come with a group.
Brown Roastery – #23, st. 57 Corner 294 Sangkat Beoung Keng Kong
Digby’s is part cafe – part grocer – part butcher. It has lots of seating in a nice setting. We didn’t try the food but the drinks were great.
197 street 63, Phnom Penh
Feel Good Cafe
Although I didn’t find the setting as nice as some of the other cafes mentioned here, it was still a great option with great coffee. Here they employ and train young Cambodians in business.
79, street 136, Phnom Penh
The Shop is a French style cafe in Phnom Penh (with a chocolate shop to go with it) serving up delicious food and desserts.
38, Street 337, Phnom Penh
Java Cafe is not only a cafe but an art gallery too. We only had the drinks and sweets and loved them both.
56 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh
Friends The Restaurant
Friends The Restaurant is a tapas style restaurant that trains and invests in Cambodian youth. The food and atmosphere make it a great night out.
215 Street 13, Phnom Penh
Malis was a fancy Cambodian restaurant, and didn’t disappoint. The meals we had here were delicious, including Royal Mak Mee salad, Saraman Beef and the Kampot Pepper Brulee for dessert.
136 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
Small, busy and with a great ambience, Taqueria Corona will satisfy your Mexican tastebuds. Servings and flavour are big.
14E, Pasteur (St. 51), Phnom Penh
The Italian House
Although we never actually visited the restaurant itself, we did get delivery (mealtemple.com) and the pizza was exactly what we had hoped for, think Naples style pizza.
Street 312, Phnom Penh
Che Culo is a relaxed bar and eatery. It serves small dishes and a range of drinks and cocktails. The food here was great, perfect for a snack or a meal, and the atmosphere and design will definitely win you over.
6B, Street 302, BKK1, Phnom Penh
Sesame Noodle Bar
A little Japanese restaurant not to far from the Russian Market, it was the Sesame house noodle that made this place special.
9 Street 460, Phnom Penh
Chinese Noodle Restaurant
Not a fancy restaurant by any means, simple plastic seats and tables which are often all full, this place makes their hand-pulled noodles right in front of you. We loved the noodles and the steamed wontons, and came back here for the simple but great meals.
551 Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh
The Lost Room
The lost room serves smaller sharing plates with a fusion of different cuisines. I thought I’d love this place, and don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy it and the food was definitely tasty, but I wasn’t wowed. Come here if you are after a unique setting and after fusion cuisine.
43, street 21, Phnom Penh
We didn’t make it to Piccola Italia, but we heard great things about the Italian food, and it’s very popular with the local expats. Located near the buzzing Bassac Lane, it’s one we definitely want to try next time.
Street 308, Phnom Penh
Chocolate Shop, by the same people who have The Shop cafe, have an extremely tempting array of chocolate on display. If you need your chocolate fix, you’ve come to the right place.
35, Street 240, Phnom Penh
Bars + Rooftop Views
Eclipse Sky Bar
Eclipse Sky Bar is on the 23rd floor, and although the bar and drinks are nice, the standout is obviously the view. We came here just before sunset, and it was amazing looking out over the city.
455, Monivong Blvd, Phnom Penh Tower, 23rd Floor, Sangkat, Phnom Penh
Bassac Lane is literally a laneway of small bars all with a unique theme, and often unique drinks. We had a drink at The Library and loved the atmosphere and feel.
Laneway off Street 308, Phnom Penh
FCC Rooftop Bar
Set across from the river, FCC rooftop bar is a popular spot to grab a drink with views of the water.
363 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
Markets + Supermarkets
We attempted to cook a few times in Phnom Penh. One thing to note is that groceries at supermarkets can be extremely expensive in Phnom Penh (at least from our experience). But our favourite supermarket and shopping centre was AEON mall, which was fairly modern and had a great range. If you plan on buying fresh fruit and produce, we liked the look of the Russian Market the best.
AEON Mall – 132, Street Samdach Sothearos, Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh
Russian Market – Street 155, Phnom Penh