Life is too short for bad coffee! - Get your fix in the Kingdom of Wonder
With the country experiencing a tourist boom, the number of quality coffee stops in Cambodia is on the rise. These café’s, with their air conditioning and friendly staff are havens of calm in a somewhat hectic (yet stunning) country. With interior designs that would make them look perfectly normal in hipster paradises such as Brooklyn and Shoreditch, these are the one-stop-shops in Cambodia for you to get your caffeine fix in a relaxed atmosphere before heading out again!
Despite being the nation’s capital city, Phnom Penh retains its old-school busy charm, making these café’s the perfect place to recharge your batteries somewhere a little more relaxed!
Story Coffee Roasters
Sat down a side-street across from the statue of the King Father, Story Coffee Roasters quickly became a repeat visit for us throughout our trip! Boasting not just great coffee but an aesthetic interior too, Story’s feel was made only better by the incredibly friendly staff who, not only gave advice on things to do in the city, but also traded some language lessons while we waited!
Click here to see what the Phnom Penh Post had to say about this great café!
Java Café and Gallery
Somewhat the grandfather in the Phnom Penh coffee scene, Java is arguably the place that started it all off. Situated across from the independence monument, Java’s large storefront makes it hard to miss – something you won’t regret the second you walk in. With an extensive food menu at hand, a quick jaunt for a coffee can easily become a lunch break while you plan for the afternoon.
On the opposite side of the city to the other two, Nuk is an ice-cream lover’s delight serving not only good coffee but also made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream, a perfect blend for a scorching day! Not only that, but with a small art gallery using their upstairs space, it can be the perfect foil to relax after Wat Phnom and feeding the monkeys!
Siem Reap, just a stone’s throw from the incredible Angkor Wat is somewhat more tourist’y than its capital neighbour, so it is no surprise that there are more café’s targeting Western visitors to the region! Despite this, we managed to whittle down the options to our top 3!
Around the corner from the stunning Wat Preah Prom Rath (near the Old Market), hive is a Westerners delight and, offering an extensive breakfast menu (yes, it includes avocado!) alongside good coffee and carefully designed interior, is the perfect start to a hectic day exploring the city!
Now this is a bold claim but Vibe may be one of the best Vegan/ Vegetarian café’s we’ve ever tasted. With a long menu of healthy but delicious food, Vibe is a foodie heaven and is somewhat of a paradise for vegans visiting Cambodia. Serving their ethical coffee in what felt like stone mugs cups and their deserts inside coconuts definitely added to the vibe! Pardon the pun. Be sure to get their Amazon acai bowl for a little taste of heaven.
It is also worth noting that Vibe also has a Phnom Penh location called Backyard Cafe.
The Little Red Fox Espresso
We know, we know, all three of these Siem Reap coffee shops are all within 5 minutes of each other… but we can’t help it, Kendall Village has it all! (not to mention you can do them all on a quick crawl) The Little Red Fox though has something the others don’t… a balcony! With views over the street below, we’d argue that the glass-doored balcony had the ability to transport you to on an exotic escape if you weren’t already on one! Go check them out!
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