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Sihanoukville

Eat and meet

Occheuteal and Serendipity Beach

This area has a good selection from beachside shacks and bars through to fancy European restaurants.

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    Sessions
    4 stars

    Late nights, good tunes

    Ochheuteal Beach
    T: (089) 884 260

    Perhaps we're showing our age here, but Sessions is a popular night-time choice on Ochheuteal beach particularly because it has better music than the nearby Dolphin Shack. Featuring mainly English indie, rock and dance music from the '70s, '80s and '90s we could happily while away a few hours here. ... read more

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    Le Bistro Gourmand
    4 stars

    Charmed

    Serendipity Beach Rd
    T: (012) 789 613

    This French Brasserie bakes their own baguettes and croissants fresh every morning. Run by a charming French expat, it's a perfect breakfast spot for a café au lait and pan au chocolat. In the evenings you're likely to find mournful French music on the sound system and men conversing with ... read more

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    Grand Kampuchea
    4 stars

    BBQ bonanza

    23 Tola/Pheah Lumhei Phumin St
    T: (012) 662 010; (016) 839 093

    Nothing sooths sunburn better than a barbecue and for evening barbecues, Grand Kampuchea is an excellent choice. Dishes in a coconut bring to mind paper umbrella and fruit garnishes, but the Khmer dishes such as chicken curry or fish amok, served inside hollowed-out coconuts, are significantly ... read more

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    Sunset Cafe
    4 stars

    Japanese casual dining

    2 Thnou Street, across from Fortuna Hotel near the Golden Lion Roundabout
    T: (016) 781 361

    Right next door to Marco Polo, Sunset Cafe is a Japanese casual dining restaurant that caters to a mostly Japanese clientele. Favourites such as oyokodon, croquettes, ramen, curry rice, Japanese-style hamburgers and udon are all on the menu. Sunset Cafe also serve a few types of sushi, but their ... read more

  • New Sea View Villa Guesthouse and Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville
    T: (092) 759 753, (017) 420 270

    Where do you go for a great meal in a lovely setting in Sihanoukville? The short answer is, “Lots of places,” but if you add, “when you’re on a budget” to that question, it narrows the field substantially. While not the cheapest restaurant in Sihanoukville, the restaurant at the New Sea ... read more

  • Cheap eats in Sihanoukville
    3.5 stars

    Writing about cheap eats in Sihanoukville is a bit like writing about where to find flies in the Australian outback — they’re everywhere. Unlike flies, though, some cheap eateries in Sihanoukville are better than others. These are a few you can count on for a decent meal that will lead you to ... read more

  • Try Bad Panda and then, Maybe Later
    3.5 stars

    If you take a walk down Sihanoukville’s Serendipity Road looking for something to eat during the daylight hours, Bad Panda will probably catch your eye. Return after dark and you may wonder why Bad Panda’s doors are closed and its next door neighbour has invaded its patio space. No, the ... read more

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    Momo's
    3.5 stars

    For a more relaxed evening

    Mithona/Ochheuteal St
    T: (016) 552 611; (097) 458 4110

    If the heaving beach bars are too hectic for your mood, chilled out bar and restaurant Momo's lies just off Serendipity Beach Rd and might be just what you're after. Highlights include four types of absinthe and shisha in nine flavours — work through the lot and let us know how you fared. ... read more

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    JJ's
    3.5 stars

    A backpacker favourite

    Serendipity Beach
    T: (012) 769 109

    Serendipity Beach backpacker favourite JJs is packed every night of the week. They offer a 25c beer to all visitors 21:00 — 22:00 nightly (or a free one with a flyer) and have various drink promotions. You'll always find a collection of gap-year types behind the bar, working in exchange for ... read more

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    Utopia
    3.5 stars

    Terrific location

    Serendipity Beach Rd
    T: (034) 934 319

    Utopia has staked out the choice corner where Serendipity Beach Rd meets Mithona/Ochheuteal St. Their terrific location and drink specials have helped them build a loyal following. The bar, a dark-but-not-too-dark venue, starts pumping drum and bass and electro by 21:00 and doesn't stop until the ... read more

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    Dolphin Shack
    3.5 stars

    Popular and loud

    Ochheuteal Beach
    T: (068) 553 063

    If you're spending your evening stumbling from one bucket to another, chances are at some stage of the evening you'll end up at the very popular Dolphin Shack. This is one of the most happening — and loudest — of the various joints on Ochheuteal Beach. Cheap drinks and excessively loud ... read more

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    Night market
    3.5 stars

    Critters!

    Ekareach St, next to the Golden Lions

    Every evening, on Ekareach Street besides the Golden Lions monument, the local night market sets up and dishes up serves up cheap and reliable Khmer fast food. Among the offerings are such delicacies as cockroaches, crickets and tarantellas, so don't forget your camera — and be sure to try ... read more

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    Thida's Inn
    3.5 stars

    Traveller favourites

    2 Thnou St
    T: (012) 495 859

    Serving up Western dishes and traveller's favourites like chilli con carne, bangers and mash, meat pies, Cornish pasties and fish and chips, Thida's Inn is a popular spot with both expats and travellers alike. As an added bonus, their Khmer dishes are also excellent; the beef salad, which is served ... read more

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    Marco Polo
    3.5 stars

    An expat favourite

    2 Thnou Street, next to Sunset Cafe
    T: (092) 920 866

    Set on Thnou Street, next to the popular Japanese restaurant, Sunset Cafe, the expat favourite Marco Polo restaurant is best known for their as-authentic-as-you'll-get-in-Cambodia Italian food. Offerings include wood-fired pizzas and pastas, with the lasagna and margherita pizzas getting especially ... read more

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    Jam's Bar
    3 stars

    See Jam in action

    Serendipity Beach
    T: (077) 350 156

    Open daily, bar 19:00-late, restaurant claims to be open 24/7 Jam's Bar is JJ's less-popular neighbour for no reason other than they have less adorable backpacker bartenders. They offer free beers 23:00 — 00:30 as well as $2 buckets and $1 shots. Jam's has potential: it used to be the tres ... read more

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    Happa
    3 stars

    Popular

    Serendipity Beach Rd
    T: (034) 934 380

    Set on Serendipity Beach Road, popular favourite Happa has expanded to a larger space and is serving teppanyaki, Japanese and Khmer dishes. You can watch the teppanyaki dishes cooked on the iron skillet near the front and mix and match the many small dishes to put together your fare for the ... read more

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    Golden Lion Plaza
    2.5 stars

    An easy pub crawl

    Kanda St
    T: (016) 432 161

    Open daily after sunset and for various sports events Located near the Golden Lion traffic circle, this plaza boasts 10 unimpressive bars. Plaza overstates this venture's sophistication as it's merely an assembly of bamboo businesses that line a dead end street. Still, a pub crawl has never been ... read more

Otres Beach

Otres has a rapidly expanding bar and restaurant scene, though many of the beachside eats are disappointingly repetitive. There are some standouts and even those that seem humdrum have a few noteworthy dishes.

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    Chez Paou
    4 stars

    Yummy baguette sandwiches

    Otres beach
    T: (012) 801 293

    Chez Paou stands out on Otres Beach for its tempting array of yummy baguette sandwiches. The best ones on offer encompass bacon, tomato, garlic, onion, and cheese. If that's not enough to satisfy your craves, there are also French-style crepes and Western breakfasts and snacks to choose from. Need ... read more

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    OC Beach Club
    3.5 stars

    Fine dining on the sand

    Otres One, Sihanoukville
    T: (078) 228 333

    In the centre of Otres Beach One, impressive-looking OC Beach Club offers mouthwatering food in a relaxing atmosphere where wearing bathing suits and sandals is the norm. Frequented by long-term expats looking for a bit of class and travellers whose purse strings aren’t quite as tight as your ... read more

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    Sunshine Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Ask about their boat trips

    Otres Beach
    T: (012) 828 432

    Sunshine Cafe is run by a Polish and Cambodian couple and the menu reflects their respective heritages. They've a large selection of seafood, Western choices and barbecues to enjoy out on the beach or inside the cafe. When you're done eating and drinking, be sure to ask about their boat trips to ... read more

Sihanoukville town

Sihanoukville town has a smattering of bars and restaurants scattered from one end to the other, with the main concentration of spots being along Ekareach St.

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    Espresso Kampuchea
    4 stars

    Comfortable and cosy

    Sopheakmongkol St, next to Freedom Bar
    T: (097) 717 1885

    Comfortable and cosy Espresso Kampuchea is a real cafe with real coffee, serving up great espresso and a variety of other cafe goodies. Their lattes are measurably better than most in Cambodia due to the very entertaining English owner's insistence on sourcing fresh milk. With a mellow soundtrack ... read more

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    Luna D'Autunno
    4 stars

    Excellent

    68 Independent St
    T: (034) 934 280

    There are now two Luna D'Autonno's in Cambodia and three in Vietnam. As you'd expect from the crisp tablecloths and oversized wine cooler, the menu is expensive, and extensive. A mix of ingredients, local (homemade pasta and fresh seafood) and imported (European meats and cheeses) makes for ... read more

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    Holy Cow
    4 stars

    A meal at the Cow is a must.

    Ekareach St
    T: (012) 478 510

    Holy Cow took its name from a local bovine with mysterious healing powers. While a bite of the beef cottage pie may not be curative, it sure is comforting. The menu, though mostly Western, transcends the ordinary burger and pizza offerings. Interesting salads, jacket potatoes and sandwiches means ... read more

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    Ku Kai
    4 stars

    Best Japanese in town

    144 7 Makara St
    T: (012) 593 339

    Hidden down a nondescript side street in downtown Sihanoukville, Ku Kai offers the best Japanese cuisine you'll find in town and it's very affordable as well. ... read more

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    Starfish
    4 stars

    Delicious cookies

    Behind Samudera Market
    T: (012) 952 011

    Starfish is a project designed to help disabled Khmers help themselves, offers delicious cookies, brownies, quiches and other treats in a quiet garden setting. Coffee is good, too, making this a great spot to curl up with a book for a few hours. Staff are also being trained in massage and they need ... read more

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    The Britannia
    3.5 stars

    Sunday roast!

    St 109, block after Freedom Bar
    T: (016) 647 650

    If you're missing your Sunday roasts, stop by The Britannia on a Sunday at 15:00. If you miss that, don't fret as they also serve up other English treats, like gammon, rashers, mushy peas, pasties and fish and chips, every day of the week. Although not particularly cosy, it's a good place to grab a ... read more

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    Cafe Sushi
    3.5 stars

    #25 Ekareach St

    #25 Ekareach St
    T: (016) 487 866

    This is one of the only places in Sihanoukville town that busies themselves serving up real sushi and sashimi — it's Japanese-owned and they have a few good specials each day like octopus, tuna and various salt-grilled fishes. In an unusual slant, Cafe Sushi also organise fishing tours if you ... read more

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    Fisherman's Den
    3.5 stars

    A sports bar that means business

    Ekareach St
    T: (012) 702 478;(016) 784 811

    This is a sports bar that means business. They've three satellite dishes, with a fourth on the way, streaming sporting events from all over the world. Kiwi-owned, they particularly make sure that all of the rugby, cricket and Scottish football matches are shown, as are special events like the Super ... read more

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    Don Bosco Hotel School
    3.5 stars

    Gelato Italiano

    Makara St
    T: (034) 933 765; (097) 970 3834

    A block away fron Luna D'Autunno is the Don Bosco Hotel School, where you can enjoy more tasty food and support another worthy venture. The school trains at-risk Cambodian youths to work in the tourism industry. A group of these polite, professional students staff the Gelato Italiano. The cuisine ... read more

Victory Hill

This is the centre of the backpacker quarter above Victory Beach and has a good selection of places offering cheap fare, along with an ever changing array of newer and flashier places.

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    Cory's Uptown
    4 stars

    Ddelicious extra-thin pizza

    Victory Hill at Ekareach St
    T: (097) 666 8244; (011) 824 163

    Cory's was once set on Otres beach but when it relocated to Victory Hill a renaming was in order and so Cory's Uptown arrived. Run by an American, Cory's serve up delicious extra-thin pizza and icy cold beers. In our experience, the Koh Ru pizza with sausage, ham, mushroom, olives and green pepper ... read more

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    Retox
    3.5 stars

    Cozy with burgers

    Victory Hill
    T: (016) 330 277

    This cosy little bar with the cute name seems to avoid some of the madness of neighbouring establishments. They've a great music selection, both English and Khmer, and also have live music when the mood so strikes. If you offer to play a set, they'll pay you in beer. There are comfy couches, a pool ... read more

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    Les Rougets
    3.5 stars

    Came highly recommended

    Victory Hill
    T: (077) 921 528

    When we asked around, this was one of the most commonly recommended places among local expats in Sihanoukville. In fact, it would be fair to say they raved about the Laotian and French cuisine at Les Rougets. Run by a friendly husband and wife team from France and Laos respectively, Les Rougets has ... read more

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    Maharajah Royal Indian Cuisine
    3.5 stars

    For your South Asian hit

    Victory Hill
    T: (015) 966 221

    When it comes to South Asian food in Sihanoukville, Maharajah Royal Indian Cuisine claims to serve the only authentic halal food in town. While we don't know if that's true as we didn't try every place in town, we can advise that they do have a solid Indian menu if you're in the mood for a curry ... read more

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    The Look
    3.5 stars

    Has a little bit of everything

    Victory Hill
    T: (092) 328 051

    On the scene since 2007, the Swiss-Khmer run The Look bar and restaurant serves a little of everything, but it's their Western food that is the most interesting. Bratwurst, beef pies, pork chops and chicken tutti frutti area all on the menu and the friendly staff makes the place that much more ... read more

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    Corner Bar
    3.5 stars

    Long running

    Victory Hill
    T: (012) 479 395

    The long-running Corner Bar offers good tunes, fine pizza and ice cold drinks. It is a popular casual hang out spot attracting both expats and travellers alike with its affordable meals and drinks. If you're staying on Victory Hill chances are you'll find yourself here at some stage or another, ... read more



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