For foodies, Phnom Penh is the real deal, boasting a superb selection of restaurants that showcase the best in Khmer cooking, as well as the greatest hits from world cuisines such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, French, Italian, Spanish, Mexican and more. Visitors to Phnom Penh are spoilt for choice these days.
Russian Market Area
There is nothing better than an iced coffee or fresh fruit shake after surviving the scrum that is the Russian Market. In the market's central food-stall area, look out for the charismatic Mr Bounnareth, whose patented 'best iced coffee in Phnom Penh' has been living up to its name for more than three decades. Other stalls sell fried noodles and banh chev (meat or seafood and veggies wrapped inside a thin egg pancake and lettuce leaf) for US$1 to US$2.
The streets emanating east and south from the Russian Market are home to several stand-out restaurants and bars.