There’s a whole world of food waiting to be discovered in Phnom Penh’s vast and eclectic restaurant scene, which caters to almost every taste imaginable. We guarantee you’ll never be short of options.
There are so many places to eat in the city that you couldn’t possibly try them all. We’ll give you a selection here, but for even more info get online to our website to check out the full article, and loads of other great tips!
At most restaurants, one of the country’s favourite beers, Angkor, will be on offer. This quality lager has earned the brand numerous Gold Awards from Monde Selection, making it a source of national pride.
Another highly popular local brew is Cambodia Beer, a refreshing and easy to drink lager with a rich, fruity head and a full-bodied and creamy flavour. Regional and global brands such as Tiger and Heineken are also widely available though generally command a premium price.
The FCC is housed on the Riverside in a beautiful colonial building complete with wide open balconies. It serves up classic Khmer dishes like fish amok and beef lok lak, as well as burgers, pastas and pizza all for a moderate price.
There are other main contenders along Riverside to drop by for a drink and a nibble. KWest Restaurant, on the ground floor of the Amanjaya Pancam Suites Hotel, crafts Khmer and Western food, although they are best known for their pepper-coated sirloin steak and pork chops in a creamy mustard sauce.
Chinese House may take the cake for the trendiest of all the Riverside spots, found in a meticulously decorated colonial-era Chinese mansion. The lounge area offers
Greek & Oriental tapas, while the more formal upstairs features French & Asian-inspired cuisine.
Long established Kravanh serves market inspired dishes great for extended lunches such as the delicate Plea Trey or Khor Sach Chrok. They now have a second location in the heart of Phnom Penh’s vibrant Russian market area.
Those looking for a meal with a difference should visit Dine in the Dark, where visitors attempt to feast in a pitch black room. A fun and surprising dining experience for both vegetarians and meat eaters.
Duplex provides a truly international menu that includes Belgian specialities like home made meatballs, vol au vent chicken stew, and Belgian fries, along with Australian steaks, Khmer rice, and seafood pasta.
Nham Central, on the second floor of Exchange Square, also grants the chance to stuff yourself with delicious Khmer food. The spacious but cozy area can seat more than a 100 diners tucking into the likes of the $2.50 Khmer set (soup, main and dessert) or $4.50 weekly special with a drink.
Another hot venue in Exchange Square is the latest outlet of global franchise Hard Rock Cafe, which now has an incredible 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos operating in 75 countries worldwide. The menu is stacked with classic American cuisine items: if you’re as hungry as Elvis we can heartily recommend the Jumbo Combo to share for starters, the Cobb salad, the Original Legendary Burger, the Famous Fajitas, and a hot fudge brownie for dessert.
The Shop is famous for serving a wide range of breakfast items, homemade pastries, delectable sandwiches, healthy salads and more. The focus here is on freshness and quality. It’s been a favourite for tourists, expats, and locals alike for over 15 years now. The Chocolate Shop two doors down offers the same menu with air-conditioning, but the pièce de résistance is an enormous glass cabinet stuffed with locally made Belgian chocolates, truffles, and macaroons. Offering the same coziness as the original, The Shop TK and The Shop 102 are also must-visits.
Phka Slaa restaurant is set in a beautiful colonial villa. It revisits the tastes of authentic Khmer cuisine by offering numerous provincial culinary specialties. The chef puts all his heart in reviving those childhood flavours for your enjoyment.
Hops Brewery & Craft Beer Garden on St.228 is a not to be missed, serving German classics, such as Nuremberg sausage with sauerkraut, alongside their perfectly brewed beers made with 100% natural and imported ingredients.
Blue Pumpkin is one of the best French bakeries in town, and has a few locations. Its a great breakfast spot where you can grab a fresh and flaky croissant, brioche, or danish with a frothy cappuccino or latte. But check out their lunch and dinner menus also, where they offer a great selection of freshly produced dishes with a European feel.
An international French bakery brand, currently with seven outlets spread across the capital including their Riverside location, is Eric Kayser. Check out their best-selling Baguette Monge, with its cooked cereals flavour and pointed extremities, or their Monge Tart, an iconic pastry made of layers of cream cheese and shortcrust, topped with red berries.
The opening of Alchemy GastroPub has made the Russian Market neighbourhood that much more fashionable. Gourmet versions of tasty American treats like braised short ribs, skirt steak, and mac n’ cheese are served here.
Dos Besos dishes out authentic and delicious Mexican food and drinks. Try the enchiladas, carnitas tacos. chimichanga, and fresh churro bites, washed down with a fair few frozen margaritas.
The Exchange has excellently balanced menu offering smaller sharing plates for a group, and classy dishes like pan-seared red snapper and twice-cooked tamarind duck. Their burger is regarded as one of the best in town so don’t miss out on that.
For more burgers with all the fixings, take a stop by American restaurant Lone Pine. The gluttonous best of American comfort food can be found here, particularly some southern specialities like Cajun Po Boy, barbecued pulled pork, biscuits and plenty of chilli.
Your dining experience at Atlas Grillhouse will surely be one of most memorable ones. Imported US and Australian steaks are among the most popular menu items, in addition to American style smoked ribs, and famous smoked Mac n’ Cheese.
But wait! We almost forgot the Italians! All pasta is made fresh at Il Forno, where you’ll find some mouth-watering menu items like ravioli filled with prawns and sea bass or gnocchi with porcini mushrooms. Wood-fired pizzas, panini, and meaty mains round out the menu.
Getting back to some regional dishes, Emperors of China has specialities from across the wide culinary expanses of China. Their lengthy menu has highlights like crispy Beijing duck, Shanghai dumplings, and sautéed slice mutton.
Now with five locations across the city, Dim Sum Emperors issues all manner of things Hong Kong and Guangdong. Their extensive dim sum list includes classic pork and shrimp dim sum, as well as barbecue pork buns.
Japanese izakaya-style restaurant Iza at Rosewood Hotel in Vattanac Capital Tower serves up a repertoire that includes classic, international and contemporary fare. Dining at a robata-yaki grill section is a special occasion and is an interactive, informal, yet deeply traditional dining experience. Guests sit around an interactive kitchen with counter seating and watch as master chefs skilfully prepare the barbecue.
Rokku Sushi Lounge + Bistro brings a novel twist to Asian fusion. Fresh nigiri, sashimi, and sushi are an excellent way to start a meal, or make for their own spread with options such as fatty tuna sashimi and the Laura Mam Rock & Roll, named after the Cambodian pop star and co-owner. Rokku’s fusion really gets going, though, on the dinner menu with spicy ahi tuna tacos and unagi linguine.
Botanico is a wine and beer garden restaurant/bar offering a well-rounded selection of food that pairs well with our drinks. Several vegetarian offerings are included.
Set within a leafy oasis of calm, it’s
a great place for a quiet meal. They also have regular events.
On the Corner le Resto du Coin on Riverside offers a mix of Khmer, Thai and French – where else can you find cheese fondue, steak tartare, and pineapple fried rice on the same menu?
Meanwhile, Luna d’Autunno has been specialising in Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizza since 2003 (claiming to be Phnom Penh’s original wood oven pizzeria!). The menu has been designed by their consultant chef from Australia with regular specials.
Cadillac / Manhattan is a two in one venue offering traditional US fare with the timber lined décor of a stylish diner, an elliptical bar being the central feature. Classics include; Texas chilli, beef stew, hotdogs, Southern fried chicken, shrimps, meatloaf, and ribs. Check out their $5 Fridays!
Mama Wong’s is a cool urban eatery where you can enjoy a great mix of Chinese street and comfort foods, with some excellent fusion dishes in there. Their must-try dishes have to be the handmade dumplings and pulled noodle dishes, such as Duck & Sweet Potato Pot Stickers, and the Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup.
Craft Beer Garden by Cerevisia Brewery is set to become one of the most unique beer gardens in the Riverside area. Their creative and highly experienced chef, Al Schaaf, has built a superb menu comprising of Asian foods, and classic Western and Eastern dishes. Guests can order Asian fusion dishes including fish tacos, or something more like their Falafel salad.
Domino’s Pizza has a few locations around the city, all offering their internationally loved toppings and signature base of course! Enjoy a Pepperoni, Hot & Blazing, or Meatzza pizza amongst others, as well as chicken wings, cheesy bread, and a Chocolate Lava Cake to finish off!
Tous Le Jours is a French-Asian Bakery serving a unique selection of bakery goods and beverages made with the highest quality ingredients from South Korea. They have a huge range of savoury and sweet breads, pastries, and cakes.