Tini Cafe and Bar

Tini Cafe and Bar

Cute and chilled

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Tucked away on one of the streets running off the Russian Market is Tini Cafe and Bar: tiny by name, and of course, tiny by nature. The little two-storey, all-white outfit nestled in a short stretch of old wooden houses that have somehow been spared the busy neighbourhood wrecking ball, is a cafe by day and wine bar by night.

Travelfish says:
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Blink and you’ll miss it.

We stopped by the month-old operation (in October 2015) for a quick morning macchiato, but instead had an introduction to the cortado ($1.75). It’s just an espresso with a dollop of warm milk added; while similar to a macchiato, the latter is strictly speaking cut with just a little milk foam. You don’t really expect to discover the Spanish version of your favourite Italian drink in a backstreet of Phnom Penh, but that’s the beauty of travel intersecting with globalisation, we guess.

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From small things good things grow.

Chemex drip coffee is offered ($2.50), as are fresh juices, teas, kombucha and sodas, while pastries from Christophe’s La Patisserie are $1.50 to $4. Ice cream might be just the ticket for a mid-morning, mid-market treat too, priced at $1 a scoop or $2 for three — with flavours like ginger-black sesame and green mango-kaffir lime, three sounds good to us.

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Simple.

By evenings, we can imagine this spot filling with the neighbourhood’s design and creative types — they must be here, there’s a pizza joint called Brooklyn just around the corner — rubbing shoulders on the little balcony upstairs overlooking the street, lounging at one of the half-dozen tables or so low-slung wooden tables and chairs, or jostling for position in the little front courtyard.

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The view is of a rapidly changing neighbourhood.

The specialty cocktail list (all $4) is, of course, a tiny seven drinks long, but all the offerings sound good: think Campari Spritz, a mix of white wine, Campari, soda and orange, or a Mai Khmai, white and gold rum, Cointreau, plus orange, pineapple and lime. Glasses of wine are $4 or $5. A buy-one, get-one happy hour runs 17:00-19:00.

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His and hers art.

A plate of hand-roasted cashews with kaffir lime and salt are $2/$4, or try some dried beef from Preah Vihear for $1.50/$3. You can also order in from restaurants in the neighbourhood (we suspect the Brooklyn pizza does well).

This is an easy air-conditioned spot to make a beeline towards if you need a break from the market. If you’d like somewhere more local with more of a range of home-style pastries, old favourite, locally owned Sisters cafe is just a block away. For a more substantial breakfast or lunch, check out Alma’s.

Contact details for Tini Cafe and Bar

Address: Street 450 near Street 135, Phnom Penh

T: (017) 555 450 

tiniartsdrinks@gmail
https://www.facebook.com/TiniPP450
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º54'59.27" E, 11º32'24.31" N
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