Nov 21 2011
We’re heading into cool dry season into Phnom Penh, alternatively known as ice cream season. In the last year or so, ice cream offerings have been popping up all over Phnom Penh. There are still the old Khmer stand-bys, selling icy bowls of beans and coconut milk, but there are also more than a few Western-style ice cream shops in town as well. Here are a few of my favourites:
A Siem Reap favourite now has an outlet on the riverside, where in addition to ice cream they sell a number of delicious bakery items and a have a full dining menu. But it’s the ice cream that people can’t stop talking about. With exotic flavours like ginger and black sesame, durian, four spices and cinnamon and speculoos, as well as more traditional flavours (they’ve got chocolate), Blue Pumpkin wins for biggest and most interesting selection. One scoop is $1.50.
245 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 998 153
Ice cream shop and coffee lounge Chill sticks to more traditional flavours like chocolate, mint chocolate chip and strawberry for $1.50 for one scoop or $2.75 for two. They also have some tempting ice cream sundae concoctions that look pretty amazing. The mezzanine level is a good place to relax and have a cone if you just can’t stand the heat outside any longer.
219 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh
T: (092) 485 593
Billing itself as the coolest ice cream cafe in Cambodia, Toto is certainly the most feminine of the ice cream shops in town. Decorated to look like a little girl’s dream ice cream shop, Toto carries lots of excellent and interesting flavours like tamarind, pandan, durian, watermelon, longan and custard apple. They aren’t the super premium ice creams that we are used to (they bill themselves as having 70% less calories than American ice cream) and are certainly less rich, but they are still pretty good.
74Eo Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 668 999
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