Image credit to Cuisine Wat Damnak
A melting pot of food & drink
Phnom Penh is a foodie paradise, with such amazing variety that you can eat your way through authentic Khmer cuisine while enjoying French, Italian, Chinese, Indian and other styles of cooking at the same time. Tonle Bassac is a thriving district filled with trendy restaurants and bars so it’s a great place to explore, especially as it’s so close to Capri by Fraser Phnom Penh.
One of the best restaurants in the neighbourhood is Malis which offers fine dining Khmer cuisine by celebrity chef Luu Meng, who is determined to preserve the unique flavours of his heritage.
For something more casual, especially if you’d like sample the local street food but is not too adventurous, Sovanna II Restaurant is the answer. Dig into seafood, rice, noodles and barbecued meat that’s bursting with authentic flavours in clean, bright surroundings.
Bar-hoppers will find plenty of hip watering holes in Bassac Lane around Street 308. It has a western expat vibe, and is a haven for beer lovers with every variety available. Red Bar, which is close to Malis, is one of the oldest, with cheap beer and a lively ambience. Cloud is a creative arts space that combines drinks and culture.
Another nearby district to check out is Boeung Keng Kang, one of the busiest commercial areas in the city that’s also full of cafes and restaurants. Backyard Cafe (St 63, BKK 1) is a 7-minute walk from Capri by Fraser Phnom Penh and is popular for its coffee and vegetarian menu.
If you want to indulge, Cuisine Wat Damnak comes highly recommended for its elegant Cambodian cuisine with a French twist. Chef Johannes Riviere prepares a gourmet experience with ingredients sourced mainly from local farms and villages in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
And to wind down for the day, the rooftop bar Sundown Social Club is the right place to be for cool cocktails and a view that overlooks the Russian market. Order a pina colada or banana daiquiri and watch the sun go down over the captivating and colourful city of Phnom Penh.