Rest Your Head
This boutique hotel is great for families, with a nice pool setting and a relaxed feel to the hotel. Rooms are a nice size and well-appointed with all you would need. The price is very reasonable especially when you need to book more than one room.
A charming colonial hotel, this is perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway. It is small, intimate and romantic. The hotel is full of the most beautiful antiques and you’ll feel very at home as soon as you enter this enchanting space.
The pool setting is lovely and the food enjoyable.The hotel is well-located on Mao Tse Tung Boulevard and easy to get to many places.
THE RAFFLES LE ROYAL
With old world luxury, the true beauty of this grand old Colonial is the majestic garden. The other major highlight is the Elephant Bar and all its old charm. I have many fond memories of Friday night cocktails here!
Eat Your Fill
Ocean is situated in the expat area of town and has the most delicious and fresh food . My all-time favourite is the Greek salad followed by the seafood spaghetti. They also stock lovely wines, including one on the top of my list, the Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc!
Owned by an innovative young South African chef, Common Tiger is an amazing gastronomic experience with memorable flavors and an interesting and fresh approach to food. The 5-course tasting menu is a must and leaves a lasting impression.
This is one of my first stops when visiting Phnom Penh. This simple little corner spot is perfect for a quick lunch and I feel very comfortable sitting alone for some quiet time and enjoying my bowl of noodle soup and fresh coconut. This will be the best $2 noodle soup you have ever tried — soothing for the soul, nice and light!
Another little hole in the wall establishment where you can literally make up your own salad — the selection of ingredients is endless and the end result is simply fresh and delicious.
THE CHOCOLATE SHOP
The Chocolate Shop is an absolute must if visiting Phnom Penh . This wonderful chocolate boutique is owned by a fabulous Belgian woman named Griete, who has lived in Cambodia for quite some time.
Shop Your Heart Out
Eric Resina is a Madagascan born textile designer who trained in Paris and who has created incredible textiles for Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Lacroix. He has a small boutique definitely worth visiting in the heart of the city. His collection is unique and his talent in creating interesting textures and new types of fabric from silk is amazing.
Street 240 is the famous little shopping street of Phnom Penh — it runs down the side of the royal Palace and is a pleasure to explore by foot. Here you have Jasmine, an elegant and sophisticated label with timeless clothing made from Cambodian silk. Perfect for formal occasions and cocktail parties, their attention to detail is lovely.
Further down the street you have my Bliss boutique and Spa. Bliss is set in a beautiful old French Colonial building with the original French Tiles, adding to the charm and character of the building. The spa is a nice escape from the dust and frenetic pace of the city.
Designed by the well known Parisian-trained Cambodian Designer Romyda Keth, Ambre’s silhouettes are very flattering to the female form, colourful and sensual and very popular among the French expat ladies. I believe Romyda’s most exquisite work is her formal evening dresses and her bridal wear, truly amazing! Whatever she sets her mind to she does exceptionally well. Her hand made chocolates are my favourite, not only because of the gorgeous packaging, but also her experimentation with so many unusual ingredients like chilli and kampot pepper. If you are an Aussie like myself you will appreciate the kangaroo and koala bear choccies!
This is a wonderful store full of funky bags and iPad covers and so much more! The products are eco-friendly and are fair trade made in Cambodia. Great for gifts!