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TripAdvisor’s Top 10 budget eateries in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is known for its diverse history, from temples to palaces and examples of the city’s French colonial background. The climate, beautiful scenery and history all play a part in making Phnom Penh a favourite with backpackers.

Budget is always a key factor when it comes to the travelling experience but there is no need to break the bank. With the average backpacker’s limited funds in mind, TripAdvisor has put together its list of top low-cost Phnom Penh eateries, according to TripAdvisor travellers, to ensure that if you’re planning a trip to the city, you can experience its gastro-delights without having to compromise your budget*:

1. Friends Restaurant

Located near the National Museum this is a colourful restaurant offering a blend of Asian and Western style tapas. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “We had the best meal here by far in Phnom Penh. The food and drinks were outstanding.”

2. Yumi

Changing its menu twice-daily, Yumi is a Japanese restaurant serving fresh seafood and meat cooked on a yakitori grill. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The food was some of the best we had in Cambodia.”

3. The Lost Room

Tucked away in the discreet location of Street 21, The Lost Room is an intimate restaurant serving small plates of food meant for sharing. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “We are counting down the days until we return to this restaurant – the seabass is incredible.”

4. The Chat'n Chew

Located in a backpacker hotspot, the Chat'n Chew features an eclectic menu including Cambodian, American and Italian cuisine. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “We literally ate here at least once a day during our week in Phnom Penh. Great food.”

5. The Shop Bakery, Cafe & Catering

Serving a Mediterranean-inspired menu, The Shop offers quiches, paninis, pastries and salads made from fresh ingredients. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Nice relaxed atmosphere. It’s a good place to go for a chat or to read whilst sampling their delights.”


A relaxed restaurant with an earthy, natural décor, K'NYAY serves Cambodian, vegetarian and vegan food. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “A gem of an experience. Lovely food, atmosphere and location.”

7. Freebird Bar & Grill

A comfortable restaurant with a wooden bar and stools serving a good selection of dishes including chilli con carne and buffalo wings. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “Immaculately presented with food and service as good as anywhere in Phnom Penh.”

8. ARTillery

Located down a small alley close to the Mosaic gallery, ARTillery is an organic café serving locally sourced food. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The food is delicious and original, and the cafe itself is great and totally unique.”

9. Bloom Cafe & Training Centre

Perfect for lovers of all things sweet, Bloom Café offers edible art in the form of cupcakes and cookies in a variety of colours and flavours. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “A quiet hideaway with some of the most amazing cakes, and definitely the best coffee I've found in Cambodia.”

10.  L'Orchidee Restaurant

Just minutes away from the Russian market, L'Orchidee Restaurant blends Cambodian and French cuisine in a relaxed dining experience. As one TripAdvisor traveller commented, “The chef really knows how to make delicious and delicately flavoured dishes, and the atmosphere is great.”

For more information on Phnom Penh, go to TripAdvisor's Phnom Penh page

*List is selected according to the TripAdvisor Popularity Index

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