Cambodians like to go to sleep early and rise at the crack of dawn, meaning the majority of eateries shut up shop relatively early. However, there are still plenty of places that keep their doors open late. Here are the 10 best late-night eats in Phnom Penh.
If you’re questioning the quality of a pizza made in the back of a tuk tuk, then Katy Peri’s will allay any fears. As one of the capital’s most popular late-night eats, the mobile pizza cart is often swarming with punters after 2am. Open until about 5am, it also does deliveries so you never need go hungry in the early hours again.
The side room to Pontoon nightclub boasts its own DJ and bar, with a more electro and chilled-out vibe than its commercial big sister next door. Food is served into the early hours, with tapas dishes taking in a range of Asian and fusion options.
This Belgian taverne is a spacious affair on Street 278. It has plenty of seating, with an air conditioned room available if it gets a little too hot. A small stage regularly hosts live music, with a dancefloor to bust some moves – which also hosts weekly salsa classes. More than 40 different Belgian beers are served, as well as a range of other wines, cocktails, spirits and food. A late-night menu is served until about 1am.
This stylish and cosmopolitan restaurant and bar has great views, friendly staff, and delicious food, as well as being a pretty relaxed place to just hang out and watch life on the riverside pass by. An extensive range of cocktails are served at Metro, and if you happen to be hungry, then tuck into a few of their Asian tapas dishes – the Peking duck pancakes and Tequila black pepper prawns are a must.
As the younger sister of Bangkok’s Oskar, Phnom Penh’s offering is a classy affair that welcomes the upper echelons of Khmer society. Boasting an expansive cocktail menu, food and tunes from resident and guest DJs, Oskar is often packed until closing time in the early hours. Its kitchen is open until midnight on weekdays and 1am at weekends.
This classy rooftop bar and restaurant offers stylish surroundings and great views. Private seating is available, with plump sofas dotted throughout the sprawling venue. A range of signature cocktails are served from the well-stocked central bar, which also boasts a wide range of spirits, wines and beers. An extensive food menu is offered until after midnight. This is a popular spot with the upmarket Khmer crowd.
If you’re out until the wee hours, then it’s more than likely you’ve been partying on Street 51 or on Pontoon’s dancefloor. If so, then there are plenty of food options to fill your belly nearby, with a row of food carts lining the stretch of Street 174 outside Pontoon. These offer everything from kebabs and burgers, to chicken nuggets and fried rice.
This joint is the place to go for late-night bites, cooking up a range of eats that will keep hunger at bay until the morning. Specialising in pizza, it also serves kebabs, paninis, and Thai, Indian and Khmer dishes.
For some late-night dim sum or a Chinese feast head to Sam Doo Restaurant, which keeps its doors open until 2am daily. A super-extensive menu takes in more than 200 dishes, from Chinese spring rolls and egg wonton noodle soup, to barbecue pork and chicken feet.
Located in the Champs Elysees Hotel, don’t expect any Michelin Star cooking coming from the kitchen. However, if you’re looking to appease the midnight munchies, then the kitchen – which is open 24/7 – serves up a range of Khmer, Japanese and Chinese dishes. There is also a KTV for those who want to complement their meal with a dose of karaoke.