Dining and Entertainment
The following is a selection of venues for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a great selection of good cafés.
Brown: One of the successful coffee brands in Cambodia, Brown is sometimes referred to as Cambodia’s Starbucks. It has a number of locations across Phnom Penh. In BKK1 alone, it has 3 separate locations. One of its locations is St. 51 Corner 302 Near British International School, Boengkengkang 1, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh. It has delivery service too.
Starbucks: It serves coffee, beverages and some light refreshments. It also has several locations in Phnom Penh. One of them is at No.14, St 57, BKK1, Phnom Penh.
Joma: It serves more or less the same items as those of Brown.
Eric Kayser: This is a French bakery in Cambodia. It serves breads, pastries and coffee and beverages with a few locations in Phnom Penh.
The Chocolate Shop: The shop serves traditional Belgian chocolates, meals and a great selection of food to order.
Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Cambodia (FCCC): The FCCC has a second-floor view of the waterfront overlooking the Mekong and Tonle Sap, located at #363 Sisowath Quay about 3/4 mile up from the Himawari Hotel. A favorite hangout for foreigners both resident and passing through. Lots of “characters” in this place.
Le Rit’s: Run by a French NGO with daily set menu–no choices. Located at # 71, Street 240.
Shiva Shakti: A nice Indian restaurant with great flavors. Located #17, Street 63.
Magnolia Restaurant: Vietnamese Restaurant offering a selection of Vietnam dishes at a reasonable price range at corner of St. 242 and 51.
Tom Yum Kung: Specialized in Thai and Khmer food, # 10, St.278, BKK 1.
Piccola Italia Da Luigi: Very good Pizza restaurant, # M36 E0, St. 308, Sangkat Tunle Bassac,
Riverhouse: Nice Moroccan food at the riverfront, corner of Sisowath Quay and Street 110.
Java Café and Gallery: Wide selection of teas, coffee and homemade desserts for breakfast or afternoon tea. #56E1, Sihanouk Boulevard, east of the Independence Monument. Light lunch menu. Open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays
If it ever comes to the point of craving good old hamburgers and fries, there’s Carl’s JR on Corner of St. 51 and St. 310 Boeung Keng Kang (BKK1).
National Museum: Built in 1917 and located near the Royal Palace, the National Museum has a modest but good collection dating back to the Angkorian era, as well as pre- and post-Angkorian artifacts. The roof of the museum is home to thousands of bats, including some rare species, but these long-time inhabitants are now kept separate from the viewing halls by a false ceiling.
Silver Pagoda: Located in the grounds of the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda is so named for its 5,000 silver floor tiles weighing one kilogram each. On display are many other valuable statues and artifacts, including a life-sized gold Buddha inlaid with nearly 10,000 diamonds. (Entrance fee to the Royal Palace is $10 for foreign visitors)
Wat Phnom: Wat Phnom is a pagoda on a small hill (phnom) where according to Khmer folklore, in the 14th century a wealthy lady named Penh discovered a stone and four bronze Buddha statues in a hole in the trunk of a tree that had come to rest on the river banks during a flood of the Mekong. A small wooden temple was built at the top of the hill to house the sculptures. In 1434, the Khmer capital was moved to Phnom Penh and the original small building, now damaged, was rebuilt. (Entrance fee to Wat Phnom is roughly $1 per person)
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: This museum will be one of our site visits. Officially the Museum of Genocidal Crimes, Tuol Sleng was a former high school converted for use as a prison and interrogation center, the largest such center operated by the Khmer Rouge and notable for the systematic interrogation and torture of high-ranking cadre suspected of treason, including over 20 members of the Party’s own Central Committee. Visitors can see the cells where prisoners were detained, a room with photographs of hundreds of victims mounted on the wall, and scenes of atrocities painted by an artist among the few surviving inmates left behind when the Vietnamese forces arrived in Phnom Penh on January 7, 1979. It is a stark and chilling place. (Entrance fee is $8 per person and audio tour is $1)
Cheung Ek Killing Fields: About 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh lies the site of the mass graves that give it its familiar name. The road to the site is usually congested. A memorial stupa stands in front of the execution grounds, housing about 8,000 skulls of victims of execution during the dark years of Khmer Rouge rule.
Mekong Boat Trip: Boats are available hire on the waterfront (Sisowath Quay). Rates are usually about $2 per hour, you can enjoy a relaxing trip on the Tonle Sap in front of the riverfront area and around the Chruoy Chungvar promontory to several kilometers upstream on the Mekong. Bring along your own drinks and refreshments.
Aeon Mall: This is a high-end mall. It has everything from groceries, electronics, cinema, ice skating arena, clothes, books, cafés, restaurants and all sorts of items you could normally find in a department store.
Russian Market: Locally known as Psah Toul Tompung, this covered market is a favorite among tourists and resident expatriates alike. With a little haggling, good deals are available on silk, handicrafts, jewelry, antique-looking items, Vietnamese pottery, CDs, travel gear, even bargain deals on exported clothing. When finished, sit down for a pleasant tea or coffee, cakes and other refreshments at Jars of Clay, about 50 meters down from the southeast corner of the market.
Central Market (Psah Thmei in Khmer name or it translates as “new market”)
The Phnom Penh Central Market is housed in a colonial-style building in the heart of the Cambodian capital. Within the four wings and around the compound outside are on sale almost anything you can think of, including electronic equipment, clothing, watches, bags, suitcases, dried and fresh foodstuff, jewellery, clothes from cheap t-shirts to krama (Khmer scarves), pseudo-antique, books including photocopied travel guides and lots of souvenirs. The market is about 15 minutes-walk from TAF office.
Phnom Penh’s new Night Market on the riverfront is aimed squarely at visitors and tourists, offering a wide and varied selection of Cambodian handicrafts silks, art, curios and souvenirs and food. The atmosphere offers a much more relaxing retail experience than a typical local market—most goods are sold at reasonable prices. The night market appears to be a promising addition to the city’s shopping scene. And the fact more goods on offer are locally made.
Hours: 5pm to midnight, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
Location: located at the riverfront on Street 1 or Preah Sisowath Quay.
Ranjana: On the northeast side of the Russian Market, operates two shops (one at #17 Street 450) selling handicrafts, silks, silver in more modern designs, bags, and cards.
Couleurs D’Asie: At #33 Street 240 offers wall hangings from various countries, curtains, bedspreads, and other handicrafts.
Tabitha Cambodia: Another NGO shop at# 239 Street 51 corner of St. 360, sells handicrafts, silk bedspreads, embroidery, children’s toys, and cards.
New Art Gallery: At # 20 Street 9 features paintings from Cambodia and Vietnam. Also, there is a long row of art shops on Street 178 near the National Museum.
Garden of Desire: This is local jewel store. The store contains stunning jewels with designs and cultural inspiration. All gem stones are from Cambodia.
Address 33 Preah Ang Makhak Vann St. (178) Across from the National Museum