I've been going to Phnom Penh quite often lately for some projects. It's a mere 6 hour travel by bus but it feels like I'm going to another country. Phnom Penh's mood is so different from Siem Reap that I always consider it sort of a vacation when I'm there. Here's a few of the places I went to in Phnom Penh:
Sophy&Sina. Doesn't look like this building is in Phnom Penh, non? This shop sells original designer bags and items plus an atelier for made-to-measure needs of Khmer fashionistas. On the 5th floor is also the office of F Magazine, the best fashion magazine in Cambodia.
Bistro Lorenzo. A Filipino restaurant serving delicious sizzling squid adobo, paksiw na isda, seafood valenciana and other famous Pinoy dishes that I don't eat (you know, the meat dishes, hehehe).
Blue Pumpkin at the riverside. Stunning view of the river while you indulge in sinfully delectable ice cream, pastries and cakes. They also serve meals based on Khmer favorites but done in a Blue Pumpkin twist. Lovely place to relax especially with an all-white interior and huge comfy daybeds.
Rahu. From the same group that manages Metro comes this charming and chic place for Japanese nibbles and continental small plates while you enjoy a bottle of wine. The moody place is perfect for gossips with friends while you secretly eye the who's who in the crowd.
Korean Grill at Naga World. Lovely food at this Korean restaurant in Phnom Penh's biggest entertainment complex. The most memorable part of the dish was the rice porridge starter. Sublime flavor! The bibimbap was also good and I would go back just for that.
Some Pinoys from the Maldives who are friends with my blogger friend wanted to take a photo with me. It was embarassing but what the heck! It's so nice meeting them there and quite a funny coincidence, don't you think?
Nod's Moist Chocolate Cake. One of the best chocolate cake I have ever tasted. I think he accepts orders so if you're in Phnom Penh and you want to try this you can contact me and I will give you his number.
Franco and moi.
Eng and Toefi.
Noodle House. This hole-in-a-wall place serves that smoky, wok fried noodles you can only get from authentic Chinese restos. You can tell the noodles are also freshly made because of the texture and taste. Yummy! We also got some fried tofu with vegetables and it was a perfect compliment. I think we also had some vegetable dumplings, too. Very affordable place to eat although it's not really chic.