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Where to go for reasonable backpacker eats in Phnom Penh

Eating on a budget in Phnom Penh is not as hard as you might think. Spending enough time in Phnom Penh and discover some of the most reasonably priced spots in the city.

  1. Happy Patch

Located in the heart of BKK1 on the corner of 62 and 288, a big ex-pat area of the city, Happy Patch may be a favourite haunt of yours. Having a much smaller menu than other restaurants in Asia, what they do they do it well. Thus, anytime coming to Happy Patch, you will never have a bad meal. Burgers, salads and sandwiches are all great, but the local specialities are the real selling point at the moment. There, you can enjoy a tasty dish such as pad Thai or fish amok, with a soft drink or beer included for $3.95. All the staff here are friendly, and they say see you tomorrow every time guests leave. Indochina travel services

  1. Bo-Jangles

Bo-Jangles- source: internet

Situated on the riverside, near street 172 and the backpacker area, Street 1 (Preah Sisowath Quay) with house number #269 in Phsar Kandal 1 Commune, Daun Penh District, Phnom Penh, Bo-Jangles is a riverfront restaurant with outdoor dining. With a massive menu of Khmer and Western cuisines, here, you can easily get a decent dinner for $3-5 together with two Happy Hours: 4pm – 7pm and 10pm – 11pm. This great new little bar / restaurant is unpretentious with hospitable staff and a large and diverse menu, including tasty Asian food and western comfort food.

It is also very good value bearing in mind the position, probably one of the most affordable restaurants to have meal along the riverside strip. Moreover, the owner is actually a Cambodian (young business woman) which makes a pleasant change meanwhile the majority of the restaurants along the riverside belong to expats. 2 Happy Hours: 4PM – 7PM – an excellent choice for sunset cocktails and 10PM – 11PM – a perfect choice for a crazy night.

The artwork on the walls, a collection of colorful Khmer language painted shop signs from around the countryside, signs advertising services such as wedding clothes, electrical repair, motorbike repair shops, hairdressers, laundry and even male pigs for breeding are unique and fascinating features of Bojangles! This restaurant is also conveniently located next to ANZ Royal Bank with an ATM that accepts international debit and credit cards, so, be sure to pop in if you are strolling along the riverside. Vietnam and Cambodia tours

  1. Nike’s Pizza


Nike’s Pizza

Nike’s Pizza- source: internet

Tucked away on the street 282 between Monivong Boulevard and the street 63, Nike’s Pizza is a family run restaurant with the massive menu you can expect when dining in Cambodia’s local restaurants. Besides the focus on Italian food, the burgers are also great with the extra cheesy lasagne. With 50 cents a pop, beer is great too, especially in BKK1.

  1. Artillery

Artillery- source: internet

Even though Artillery is a little pricey for backpackers, when you feel like you need a break from fat food, it is such a great place. Occupying a really lovely little spot on street 278 between 63 and 57, Artillery has the pretty cool interior, with tables made from reclaimed wood and murals on the walls. A lot of salads, sandwiches with artisan breads and beautiful falafel and meze are on the menu showing that the focus is on healthy, organic and raw food. Prices vary from $4.

  1. The Russian Market

Of course, there is no wifi here. However, the pretty rustic food is more street food than restaurant, but in the middle of the Russian market, you can find some of the best food in Cambodia. The market has it all on offer from flavorsome rice and pork dishes to refreshing mango shakes.

  1. 88 Backpackers

Located on the 88 Street, 88 Backpackers is a friendly hostel serving up some awesome burgers and sandwiches. A pool in their bar area that customers can use is the added bonus of this place. However, you should bear in mind that it is not wise to eat before going swimming!

  1. The Laughing Fat Man
The Laughing Fat Man

The Laughing Fat Man- source: internet

Situated on the street 172, in the center of the backpacker territory, the Laughing Fat Man is a little shop front restaurant serving up all the usual backpacker favorites as well as a great breakfast menu including PG Tips and Weetabix!

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