Sundowners in Phnom Penh

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What we say: 3.5 stars

One of the loveliest times in Phnom Penh is sunset, when the locals start their aerobics routines and the expats allow themselves the first cocktail of the day. Some of the best spots for sundowners are those that overlook the river. Here are a few of my favourites.

What's more beautiful than a cocktail at sunset?

Le Moon K-West

One of my favourite choices for sunset drinks, although definitely not the cheapest option in town, is Le Moon K-West. Atop the Amanjaya Hotel, they command their high prices by overlooking the river, a couple of pagodas and one of the scariest intersections in Phnom Penh. This allows the tourist to appreciate the magnificence of both the geography and the cunning of drivers who don’t find themselves constrained by trivialities such as traffic laws or indicators.

Amanjaya Hotel, 1 Sisowath Quay at Street 154, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 219 579

Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon has outdoor seating that gives patrons a view of the Royal Palace, the Tonle Sap and lively Mok Vaeng park, which is filled with Cambodians going about their business, which often includes selling balloons, insects and corn-on-the-cob. The bar is quite small and usually not very busy, making it a good choice for those who are crowd-phobic or want to appreciate the sunset from the street level.

391 St 184, Phnom Penh
T: (081) 535 509


Another rooftop option, Chow offers seating that overlooks the Tonle Sap as well as a teeny-tiny pool that customers are free to use while enjoying their cocktails. The sunset views are spectacular, and they also have a menu that includes all the usual items with the interesting addition of Spanish tapas. Chow is also good value, offering a two-for-one happy hour, although the place can sometimes get fairly crowded around sunset.

227 Sisowath Quay, at the Quay Hotel, Phnom Penh
T: (023) 224 894

About the author
Previously, Lina has been based in Oakland, California, New York City, Dublin and London. Lina spends most of her time thinking about food, travel and synthpop. She's currently based in Siem Reap.
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