During my trip to Cambodia, I spend a few days in Phnom Penh. I’ve been looking for the best food spots in Phnom Penh. All food spots listed below have good vegetarian options, and some have good vegan dishes too. From breakfast, to lunch and from dinner to late-night snacks: on this page you’ll find all the top food spots in Phnom Penh.
The stalls at the Night Market sell all kinds of food and are great for the adventurous eater. From some of the foods you’ll have no idea what it is, some are very exotic (think: grasshoppers) and some are very tricky (fruits are allways a hygiene risk at markets). But it is an experience on its own to sit down at the mats on the square together with the locals.
The Shop has three restaurants in Phnomh Penh, and two more Chocolate shops. I went to the one in the Central Manors hotel for lunch. There are many vegetarian dishes on the menu of The Shop, and most of them are quite Instagrammable too. We went for the Pita Hummus (it wasn’t very high in taste) and the vegetarian Eggs Bennedict with mushrooms that were a winner. They also sell chocolates and sweets at The Shop restaurants.
One of my Instagram followers recommended Bistrot Langka to me and it happened to be around the corner from our hotel. I’d probably have never found it otherwise as it’s located in a small windy street. It’s a bit more upclass restaurant with French-Asian food on the menu. The vegetarian dish with gnocchi, truffle cream and mushrooms was delicious.
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
It’s a bit of a search, but it’s worth it. Botanico Wine & Beer Garden is a pleasant outdoor area with a bar that serves drinks and fingerfood. It specializes in craftbeers and if you’re a beerlover it’s nice to order the beer-tasting.
Feeling fancy? The Elephant Bar is the place to go! This bar is located in the beautiful Raffles Phnom Penh Hotel. It’s mostly known for its Afternoon Tea where you get a whole selection of small bites with a big pot of tea. But they’re also open for lunch, tapas and light meals from noon to midnight. You’ll see why it’s called Elephant Bar when you get there. You can play a game with your company to see who can spot the most amount of Elephants.
Friends the Restaurant
There are a couple of restaurants in Cambodia that have a social cause. Friends the Restaurant in Phnom Penh is one of those restaurants. They call themselves a ‘training restaurant’ as they train students for the hospitality industry. By having lunch or dinner at the Friends restaurant you help them getting work experience and a good training.
Artillery Arts Cafe
Artillery is an art gallery and cafe in one. On the menu are many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes. They work with many organic and local ingredients. Pictured you see their Fawaffles (Falafel waffles) with smashed avocado, a poached egg and homemade Hollandaise sauce.
Artillery Cafe also has a branch in Siem Reap.
Backyard Cafe is your place to go to for healthy food! They have many vegetarian, vegan and raw options and allways focus on wholefoods. Many of the ingredients that they use are organic. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner.