Caffeine addicts can be reassured that they’ll be able to get their fix wherever they may be in Cambodia. And in the Kingdom’s second largest city, it’s no different, with the area awash with coffee shop choices. Here are some of the best cafes in Battambang.
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Kinyei Cafe, Krong Battambang | Courtesy of Kinyei Cafe
Serving up some of the finest coffee in the country, this social enterprise is a must-visit. Founded in 2009, Kinyei Cafe has helped train and find employment for more than 80 young Cambodians in the area. As well as its super-chilled atmosphere, it uses Feel Good coffee beans — some of the best you’ll find in the country — and serves up a delicious selection of food.
Cafe Eden, Krong Battambang | Courtesy of Cafe Eden
As another popular Battambang coffee haunt, Cafe Eden offers a wide variety of coffees, all served by its well-trained army of baristas. Food is served throughout the day, and takes in breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner options. Wine and beer are also served for those looking for something harder.
Quaint and cosy, Choco L’Art Cafe is run by a French-Khmer couple who like to treat the place as a home-away-from-home. Home-baked treats are the order of the day, with breads, cakes and desserts cooked up fresh daily. Breakfast, brunch and lunch is also served.
The Lonely Tree Cafe is another social enterprise that aims to elevate Battambang’s underprivileged youth and people with disabilities from poverty. As well as serving up a selection of drinks and dishes, it sells a variety of handicrafts made by local communities.
Cafe Crema Coffee&Roastery is another coffee shop that strives to raise the quality of Cambodia’s coffee movement. Offering roasting and barista training, it serves up its creative collection of coffees to guests.
Cafe Jireh, Krong Battambang | Courtesy of Cafe Jireh
Cafe Jireh serves up a sumptuous selection of iced and hot coffees, as well as other drinks, in a stylish setting. With plenty of sofas and tables and chairs, the cafe can cater to large groups, and offers food.
Cha Buzz Battambang, Battambang | Courtesy of Cha Buzz Battambang
Cambodian to the core, Cha Buzz Battambang has the AC cranked up and specialises in iced coffees, milkshakes, smoothies and teas. A range of Cambodian dishes are also offered on the menu. It is slightly out of town, on the other side of the river from the city centre.
While street coffee carts are nothing new to Cambodia, as the younger generation embraces the coffee revolution, a new wave of hip carts are cropping up across the country, and The Street Latte is one of them. Enjoy a coffee served from a trendy cart while watching life pass by from chairs and tables set up on the street.
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