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Thursday, 27th October 2016

Where should you eat in Phnom Penh?

Phnom Penh is one of Cambodia's most exciting destinations. Packed with cultural wonders such as the Royal Palace, this bustling, vibrant city is also one of the very best places to eat in the country.

In fact, according to the Khmer Times, the Restaurant Association of Cambodia is seeing more and more restaurants opening in the city, giving travellers all the more reason to visit. Indeed, it stated that there are now almost 1,000 places to eat in Phnom Penh and, with the city already enjoying a good reputation for its cuisine, for visitors this means even more choice.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Phnom Penh.


Malis is one of the top Khmer restaurants in Phnom Penh. This upmarket establishment is an excellent place to try authentic Cambodian cuisine, and it has a fantastic, intimate ambience to boot. While being an ideal place for an indulgent dinner, with its traditional soups and perfectly cooked meats, Malis is also a great spot for breakfast. At this time of day, you'll find the food is especially well-priced. 

Chinese House

This fusion restaurant is another spot with an amazing ambience. The place to come for contemporary Pan-Asian Pacific flavours, this eatery also has a chic cocktail bar downstairs, not to mention an outdoor terrace. As well as serving up a menu that contains a unique blend of East and West, this restaurant also regularly hosts live music. 


Romdeng, meanwhile, is the place to go to try rural Cambodian cuisine. Spiced beef soup, lotus and chicken salad, and tiger prawn curry are just a few examples of the delicious, authentic cuisine you can try here. Plus, it's got a great setting in a beautiful colonial villa.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club

Situated overlooking the Tonle Sap river, the Foreign Correspondents' Club Restaurant (or FCC, as it's often referred to) blends Asian and Western cuisine. The FCC has long been a meeting point for travellers and locals, and the restaurant carries through this through with the menu it serves. You can come here to indulge in a few favourites from home - such as fish and chips or pizza - but you'll find it hard to pass up the Cambodian specialities, such as beef lok lak or by char. 

Friends the Restaurant

Also well worth a look is Friends the Restaurant, which serves up tapas and smoothies. A great place to go for a quick bite to eat, it's as well as known for its ethos as it is for its food. In fact, this restaurant trains former homeless youngsters, teaching them about cooking, hygiene and customer service, meaning you can not only enjoy the food here, but feel good about supporting an excellent cause.

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Take a route less travelled in Phnom Penh (30th September 2015)