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Battambang Cambodia Dining and Drinking

Battambang’s dining and drinking scene is modest but interesting and varied, with good inexpensive local dining at places like White Rose and Chinese Noodle Dumpling, several places serving proper international fare such as Green Mango, Riverside Balcony and Eden, and some more unique offerings, especially in the Walking District area, such as Choco l’Art, Bar Libations and Vintage.

The picturesque Walking District is of special note. The area of just a few square blocks harbors more than a dozen cafes and bars as well as a few shops and galleries in classic colonial era buildings, especially between Street 121 (‘Pub Street’) and the market along Streets 1.5, 2 and 2.5. 

The ‘Night Market’ on the riverfront in front of Phsar Nath is a great place to try local foods. The stands and cafes are geared for the locals but are foreigner friendly, and very inexpensive. Noodle dishes, soups, pate sandwiches, fried meats, Cambodian fruit shakes and more. There is a similar evening cluster of food stands near the Provincial Museum.

Come early evening, there is a pretty good choice of places for sundowners. Riverside BalconyBar Libations, Lotus Bar, Madison Corner and Here There Be Dragons are all good places to begin. Battambang shuts down fairly early, with Madison Corner often the last bar in the Walking District to shut its doors at night.

 Restaurants and Bars:

 

Restaurants and Bars:

 

 

Bar Libations 
Sophisticated sidewalk wine and tapas bar at Bric-à-Brac. Perfect cocktails and a choice seven different well-chosen wines by the glass. A lovely tapas, including rillettes and a tasty cheese plate. Great place for people watching from the sidewalk tables.  
Tel 077-531562

www.bric-a-brac.asia

Corner Streets 2/119, Walking District      

 

Cafe HOC 
NGO-based restaurant offering value priced “Bio Asian Fusion Cuisine” with a strong Japanese influence. Many of the veggies and herbs are grown in the NGO garden. $3 breakfast buffet ($3), and a lunch buffet on Sunday. 
Tel: 012-591210

Street 117, 2 blocks west of Street 3

 

Chinese Noodle Dumpling 
Maybe the best dining in town. If you like noodles, this is the place to go. A small, local restaurant with folding tables, plastic chairs, limited English and absolutely brilliant fresh-made noodles, for soups, dumplings, buns, fried noodles, pretty much every Chinese standard. Everything for around $2 each. Especially busy at breakfast and lunch. Great place.

Street 2, just down the road from White Rose

 

Choco L’Art 
Relaxing little cafe with an artsy ambiance and a nice airy roadside deck shaded by plants as well as cushioned coffee lounge comfort indoors. Good salads and sandwiches, fresh baked bread, and salted crepes. Good pressed coffees, with a choice of different beans. Art from graduates of Phare Fine Arts School on display.

Street 117, a block west of Street 3

 

 

 

Delicious Restaurant & Bar 
Big open place on Pub Street with covered indoor seating nd breezy sidewalk tables as well. A couple of doors down from Madison corner. Real good prices. Real home cooked Cambodian food and a bit of western western comfort food. MSG-free. Happy hour 3PM-8PM. Free WiFi. 7PM-11PM. One of the last bars to close at night. 
Tel: 069-584859

Walking District, Street 121                                    

 

 

                     

Eden 
Modern, fully air-conditioned restaurant on the riverfront serving a substantial selection of western favorites from burgers and ribs to pizzas, Mexican food and salads and popular western breakfasts. Full bar and cocktails. Wifi.

www.cafeedencambodia.com

Street 1, riverfront, south of Street 109

 

Flavors of India 
Good, authentic, moderately priced Indian restaurant on ‘Pub Street’ in the Walking District. Tandoori, Tikka, Masalas, Indian breads, mutton, chicken.

Walking District, Pub Street (Street 121)

 

 

anesha Family Guesthouse 
Friendly, popular place with good affordable food and drink and a loyal following of expats and travelers. Full bar with cheap drinks. Tasty western and Khmer foods served indoors or curbside. Relaxing atmosphere. Sunday BBQ. Happy Day draft $0.75. Free pool table and WiFi. And they can help you with all the standard travel needs - motorcycle and bicycle rental, local tours and transport, bus tickets to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap,  Boat tickets to Siem Reap, lots of local info. A traveler friendly place.

www.ganeshaguesthouse.com

Walking District, Street 1.5

 

 


The Green Mango Café & Bakery 
Comfortable a/c restaurant and bakery, offering a selection of western and American dishes such as burgers, wraps, burritos and good western breakfasts. Large, rotating selection of bakery items - bagels, cakes, cookies, pies, muffins and breads. Free Wifi. Free delivery. 
Tel: 017-315450

Street 159D (river road, east side)

 

Healthy Foods @ Coconut House Restaurant 
Breezy loft restaurant at the Coconut House guesthouse. Big selection of homemade Khmer and western dishes prepared using a “healthy plate” concept, using only the best quality oils, selected fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. Catering. Lunch boxes. Cooking classes. Price from 2.5$-6$.
Tel: 053-6655447

www.facebook.com/thecoconuthouse

Street 300, east side of river

 

Here Be Dragons 
Cheap beer and cocktails, and a wide range of Khmer and Western food, including homemade sausages and burgers, a traditional steamed fish amok and Full English Breakfast. Eat and drink swinging in a hammock in the garden, or sitting with friends round a pub table under a canopy of flowers. Open late. Weekly pub quiz and barbecues. 
Tel: 089-264895

Street 159D, near Wat Sangker

 

Jasmine Hotel & Sky Bar  
Perfect spot to enjoy sunsets"
With both a modern café serving international quality coffees and other beverages on the ground floor. And one of only a handful of skybars in the city atop the roof. They regularly feature live music and sports. The menu is primarily Cambodian dishes accompanied by plenty of cocktail and beer options perfect for enjoying the view during sundown.

Tel: 092-949950

www.jasminebattambanghotel.com

# 441, Tuol Ta Ek Village

 

 

Jaan Bai 
Popular, NGO based, contemporary restaurant serving excellent Cambodian cuisine, a very nice tapas, and a selection of cocktails. Choice of comfortable, indoor, air-conditioned dining and unique curbside platform seating which are very popular in the evenings for sundowners and snacks.

www.cambodianchildrenstrust.org

Walking District, Street 2, corner of the Street 1.5 turnoff


Khmer Delight 
Friendly, long-running restaurant with comfortable curbside and indoor seating, serving Khmer and international dishes including a good lasagna and Khmer Pizza. Good service. Full bar. Free WiFi. Happy Hour 5PM-7PM.

www.khmerdelight.com

Walking District, between Streets 2 and 2.5

 

Khmer Thai Dishes 
Local family restaurant next to the main market, just off the riverfront, almost opposite the Night Market. As the name says, all Khmer and Thai dishes including most of the classics - Loc Lac, Phad Thai, Amok, Tom Yum soup, excellent fruit shakes...all at very reasonable prices. 7AM - 10PM

Street 113, just off the riverfront, next to the Phsar Nat market

 

Kinyei 
Cozy little coffee shop in the corner of quaint little Street 1.5. Long-running with a few recent changes including partnering with the good people at Feel Good Cafe in Phnom Penh. Serving coffee in every form, made from Southeast Asian bean in various blends. Concise menu of salads, sandwiches, cakes and snacks. 7AM-4PM.

www.kinyei.org

Street 1.5, Walking District

 

La Casa
The newest addition to the Battambang dining scene, La Casa is serving up some excellent, authentic thin crust pizza. The real thing. Also a selection of pastas, salads, starts and a bar with cocktails. 11AM - 3PM / 5PM - 11PM (closed Monday). Happy Hour 5PM - 7PM

www.lacasabattambang.com

Street 115, in front of Royal Hotel, Phsar Nath market

Libations Bar 
Sophisticated sidewalk wine and tapas bar at Bric-à-Brac. Perfect cocktails and a choice seven wines by the glass. A lovely tapas, including rillettes and a tasty cheese plate. Great people watching from the sidewalk tables.

Tel: 077-531562

Corner Streets 2/119, Walking District

 

Lotus Gallery and Bar 
In the heart of the Walking District on Street 2.5, Lotus is a contemporary art space upstairs, and a bar and cafe downstairs. Comfortable curbside and bar seating. Full bar with beers, wines and cocktails. Full menu offering a choice of international and Khmer dishes including some nice tapas. Happy Hour 3PM-9PM. The art space hosts regularly changing exhibitions of primarily local contemporary art by locals and expat artists.

www.facebook.com/Lotusbattambang

Walking District, Street 2.5

 

Madison Corner 
One of the more popular western run places in town, especially in the evenings. Good full bar, indoor and cool curbside seating. Of course, cold draft beer, shot and cocktails, and interestingly a choice of home-made rums. Large variety of ice creams and local snacks. Excellent crepes. Popular bar, especially in the evening, often one of the last places in town to close in the evening.

7:00AM - Late

Walking District, Corner Street 2.5/Pub St (Street 121)

 

Nary Kitchen 
Battambang's Nary Kitchen is a family-run restaurant that serves inexpensive, delicious Khmer food. The simple menu is filled with classics like lok lak and Cambodian stir-fries, all of them priced at $3 or less. The staff get ingredients fresh from the market every day and there are many options for vegetarians. 
Tel: 012-763950

Street 111, near Phsar Nath

 

 
 

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