While Phnom Penh is an amazing capital city, it bears the scars of a troubled, recent history – the evidence of which can be clearly seen all around you.
As a visitor to this place, you have the fantastic opportunity to not only rub shoulders with the wonderful people who live here, but also directly impact their lives in a positive way. One way you can help is by dining at one of the many charitable restaurants operating in Phnom Penh.
House of Scott is the result of a partnership between Cambodia’s most established NGO, the Cambodian Children’s Fund, and the country’s leading culinary institution, the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia. Both organisations believe in the future of Cambodia and strive for the country’s well- being, by addressing skills-gap and youth unemployment.
Hagar Restaurant features a mouth-watering range of Asian and international food. They also have a weekend buffet and bbq for just $8.50 per person.
Just a short stroll from Hagar you’ll come across Lotus Blanc. Boasting a menu featuring delicious French and Asian cuisine, your meals are prepared and served by students from Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE), a vocational training centre providing free education for underprivileged children.
At Romdeng you’ll be greeted by an enticing array of Khmer dishes. From traditional to contemporary, everything on their menu is authentic and guaranteed to please.
Another Friends International establishment, the aptly named Friends the Restaurant, can be found not far from the National Museum. Famous for its outstanding frozen shakes and daiquiris, along with its scrumptious tapas menu.
The Restore One Café, tucked away on St.123, is a training centre for vulnerable women and provides a 12-month programme, instilling the necessary skills to excell in Phnom Penh’s booming hospitality and tourism sector. They also cook up some of the best burgers in town and do not skimp on the filling!
Nestled just along from the Boeung Keng Kang Market is Craft PEACE Café. This hip eatery is big on style and even bigger on food. The cafe provides an outlet for the craftsmanship and creativity of physically challenged artisans.
Located on Sisowath Quay, Daughters of Cambodia Centre is all about helping victims of trafficking in Cambodia, with their cafés helping to support this cause financially and also to provide valuable training to at-risk women. They also serve up delicious café food which includes mouthwatering bakery items, such as spongy cakes and delicious brownies.
While you are in the area, visit Cambodia’s inaugural solar-powered coffee and food vending tuk-tuk, Aziza’s Coffee, which is staffed by former recycled goods pickers.
At the excellent and highly affordable Eleven One Kitchen, the staff develop their abilities in the best conditions. The enterprise offers employment to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, trained at the likes of Friends International or PSE.