Since the encouragement from the
Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture and the
Cambodian people strongly support to the
Khmer films, most abandoned cinemas have
been re-open. Recently, the Khmer films is
very popular for Cambodian people not only
in city but also provinces. The Khmer movies
can be seen around the city at the main
street - such as Kirirom Cinema - Sihanouk
blvd., Luxe Cinema - Norodom blvd., Vimean
Tip - Monivong blvd...
English language movies shown in private
viewing rooms at Movie Street Video Center,
#116, Sihanouk blvd., The French Cultural
Center (Street 184) hosts French films at
6:30PM every few days. The Russian Market (Toul
Tom Pong) carries the most recent movies
Nightclubs, Pub and Bars
Phnom Penh is a surprisingly good
little party town, offering a dusk till dawn
nightlife and a variety of places from which to
choose - from dance clubs and sports bars to
neighborhood pubs and upscale clubs. Bars and clubs
are scattered across the town but as the city is not
all that large, it’s never more than a five or ten
minute ride between places, usually less. And there
are several little clusters of bars and nightspots
around town allowing you to stroll easily from one
to the next.
The riverfront area has the greatest number and
variety of places with dozens of bars and
restaurants stretching along Sisowath Quay and up
the side streets from the riverfront. Street 104 at
the north end of the riverfront area and Street 136
mid-riverfront both harbor a goodly collection of
sports and hostess bars and western restaurants.
More than enough places to bar hop they night away.
Though most of the bars right on the riverfront tend
to close around midnight, almost all of the the bars
(especially the hostess bars) on Street 104 and
Street 136 are serving until at least 3:00AM, some
Another little huddle of
hostess bars sits at the corner of Street
108 and Norodom Blvd. Late night, Street 51
between Streets 154 and 174 is a happening
place to be. A varied collection of more
than a dozen bars including the Walkabout,
Zeppelin Café, Howies and Heart of Darkness
are squeezed along a couple of blocks. The
street’s busiest after midnight with some
places open past 4:00AM. Street 51 is also a
good place to place to get a midnight snack.
The Walkabout kitchen is open 24 hours and
there are a couple of food wagons serving
burgers, skewers and hot dogs that sit in
front of Howie Bar and stay open till
For live music check out
the Bayon Pearnik magazine and the back page
of the Friday Cambodia Daily. Regular venues
include Memphis Pub delivering up live rock
& roll and blues every evening Monday
through Saturday, the lobby bars at the
major hotels with Cambodian and Filipino
bands playing popular music, The Winking
Frog with a live band playing into the
evening Fridays and Saturdays and the Bopha
Phnom Penh Titanic offering a mix of live
popular music and open mike. Though not a
regular event, Sharky Bar hosts occasional
live rock on Friday and Saturday nights.
Phnom Penh is the place for disco nightlife.
There are several clubs that see a good mix
of locals and foreigners, like Rock, Spark,
U2... Nightlife in Phnom Penh tends to begin
fairly late - an 9 pm start is usual, after
a leisurely meal and some drinks at a bar.
Drink prices can be steep, but you can
always pop outside and get a swift half from
a street seller.
Siem Reap’s nightlife stretches to near dawn
these days with Pub Street coming to life around
dusk and the last bars and clubs in town closing as
late as 4:00AM. Nightlife venues are scattered
across the town but many are clustered in the Old
Market area, especially along Pub Street. The bars
in the Pub Street area offer amazing early evening
happy hour deals and some places stay open well into
the wee hours. But the action is not limited to Pub
Street. Less crowded, less touristy, more individual
places can be found in the Wat Bo and Old Market
areas, along the river road and Sivatha Blvd. And
for something completely different, the Cambodian
discos such as Zone One and Sok San get going around
10:00PM and close by 2:00 or 3:00AM. There's more
live music in Siem Reap nowadays with Angkor Palace
Resort and Sokha Angkor Resort offering Filipino
bands playing live popular music every evening.
Listings in dark blue offer a nightlife venue in
addition to other services such as restaurant
Dining Out in Siem Reap and Traditional Dance
Public performances of Khmer traditional
dance are few and far between. The places to
find are at few hotel in Phnom Penh and most
local restaurants in Siem Reap. The best
Khmer Traditional Dance show with dinner can be seen
at Kulen II restaurant in Siem Reap city center. Check the
local English-language newspapers for news
of upcoming events.
comparatively small town, Siem Reap offers an
amazing range of cuisines and dining venues. The
emphasis is, of course, on Khmer food, which can be
found at restaurants across town, but European and
other Asian cuisines are also well represented,
including Italian, Thai, German, Vietnamese, Indian,
Chinese, Korean, Japanese and, of course, French.
Given Cambodia's long relationship with France and
France's gastronomic traditions, it is no surprise
some of the town’s finest venues offer French
cuisine. Also of interest to the gastronome, some
finer venues are offering Khmer-Asian-western fusion
and contemporary cuisines quite unique to Cambodia.
Restaurants are scattered across the town but none
is more than a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away.
Many restaurants, including
several specializing in Khmer food, are concentrated
into the Old Market area, especially around ‘Pub
Street.’ Make sure to set aside one dinner to attend
a traditional 'Apsara' dance performance. Listings
in maroon offer traditional performances. See
Traditional Performances for more details.
Dining Out in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh (map) offers an
excellent selection of dining venues ranging from
fine Khmer and French dining to American style bar &
grills and budget noodle & rice shops. But the
emphasis is of course on Khmer (Cambodian) food.
Khmer cuisine shares many similarities with other
Southeast Asian foods, including dishes such as
curries, sates and fish-based meals, but Khmer
cookery tends to be much more delicately spiced than
other regional cuisines and is rarely spicy hot.
Cambodian breakfast consists of noodle soup (kui-teo)
or fried meat with rice and pickled vegetables and
dinner is made up of courses of salads, a soup and a
main dish with rice. Meats are served bite-size and
the table is set with fork, spoon and chop sticks,
but no knife. Perhaps the most popular first Khmer
dish for foreigners is Amok, a yellow coconut curry,
usually made with fish and traditionally cooked and
served in a fresh coconut.
Chinese food is also very popular and the city
sports a goodly number and range of Chinese places
from budget-priced dumpling shops strung along
Street 136 near Phsar Thmey to top-end restaurants
such as Xiang Palace at the InterContinental Phnom
Penh Hotel and Yi Sang.
Most western cuisines are well-represented in Phnom
Penh - pizzerias, home-cooked British and American
food, contemporary delis and cafés, fine German,
Italian and especially French restaurants. Given
Cambodia's long relationship with France and Gallic
gastronomic traditions, it is no surprise some of
Phnom Penh’s finest and most interesting dining
venues are French.
Many of the restaurants are clustered into certain
areas of town. Dozens of restaurants and bars line
the riverfront dining and shopping area near the
Royal Palace and Boeung Keng Kang 1 is dotted with
local and foreign restaurants, especially along
Street 278. Budget eateries and bars can be found
along Street 93 next to the Boeung Kak Lake, an area
popular with backpackers. For very late night
munchies. For home delivery.