If you’ve missed breakfast but can’t wait until lunch then the Boeung Keng Kang 1 area of Phnom Penh – known as BKK1 – is dotted with brunch spots. Here are the 10 best places to fuel up for the day.
This restaurant boasts a lush leafy courtyard with a tractor, free-range hens running about and potted plants for sale, giving it a farm-like edge and making it a great family escape within the city. As the brainchild of the team behind ARTillery, Farm to Table’s aim is to promote organic food and farming within Cambodia, boasting a range of healthy meals that take in breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as fruit and vegetable shakes. Vegetarians and vegans have plenty of options on the menu, and if you fancy a bit of live music, then 6pm on a Friday is the time to go.
French bakery Eric Kayser offers a range of French-inspired breads, pastries, baked goods and bistro snacks to eat in or take away. Its BKK1 offering is relatively small and can fill up quickly during lunch time. A range of coffees, teas and fruit juices are also available.
Nestled in a tropical garden, this laid-back eatery serves up authentic and delicious casual Khmer cuisine. Boasting a cosy and comfortable atmosphere, Eleven One Kitchen cooks up a range of local treats – with a bargain breakfast and set lunch menu to boot. As well as serving authentic fish amok, it offers a fish amok burger, where a fish fillet smothered in amok sauce is served in a homemade bun. Wash it down with a fresh fruit smoothie or coconut.
Digby’s is a chic modern restaurant and grocers that prides itself on providing the capital with top quality produce, ranging from meats and cheeses, to bread, fruit and packaged goods. It is also home to a restaurant that serves up a fusion of food, blending the tastes of Asia with the West. Breakfast, lunch sets and a la carte dishes are served.
Situated a stone’s throw from Independence Monument, Joma Bakery Café BKK offers air-conditioned respite from the capital’s humidity. Spread across three floors, the coffee shop is popular with Phnom Penh’s digital nomad crowd. It serves a range of breakfast dishes, including oat French toast with mango, breakfast burrito and eggs, bacon and toast, as well as baked goods, salads, wraps and sandwiches.
As the brainchild of four Cambodian cousins, Brown is well and truly a homegrown success story. Since opening its inaugural store in 2009, Brown has helped fuel the capital’s coffee shop culture among the younger generation and now boasts more than 14 outlets, a baking facility and training centre. Offering bright, breezy, air-conditioned interiors, expect all outlets to be packed from dawn until dusk. Breakfast dishes are served throughout the day, as well as more substantial meals.
This family-run restaurant, located in Anise Hotel, serves a range of Southeast Asian specialities, with an obvious firm focus on Cambodian cuisine. All of the usual local dishes spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner are on offer, including a range of rice and noodle dishes, authentic Cambodian curries – which are much milder and sweeter than its neighbours – and seafood options.
Patio hotel’s Elephant sky bar not only offers great views of the city and the city’s best rooftop infinity pool from its 9th floor spot, it also serves great food that spans Western delights, Asian favourites and European bites. For a lazy breakfast, the kitchen is open until 10.30am, lunch is served from noon to 2pm, and dinner from 6pm to 11pm.
The masterminds behind the Mad Monkey brand have built up a series of responsible hostels across Cambodia that cater to the modern-day flashpacking crowd. Boasting stylish dorms and private rooms, a pool, tours and a bar and restaurant, outside guests can indulge on the top quality range of Western and Asian food offered throughout the day. And if you’re desperate to start the day with a hearty fry-up, then this is the place to be.
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