Use this round-up of the best Phnom Penh cafes to track down the best coffee in Phnom Penh. Includes French and European style cafes, artisanal coffee roasters, and cafes with WIFI.
When I was living and working in Cambodia, I was constantly on a mission to find the best coffee in Phnom Penh. I think I sampled just about every coffee shop in the capital at least once or twice before settling on a few favourite go-tos.
Every time I go back to visit, I’m surprised to see how many new Phnom Penh cafes have opened up. You might not notice it at first, but Cambodia’s capital city has an amazing coffee scene that’s only getting better with each passing year.
Artisanal cafes that specialise in European style coffee and coffee roasters are becoming more popular. So are trendy ‘Instagrammable’ Chiang Mai-style cafes and health food cafes that serve single origin coffee plus caffeine-free alternatives (yes, the turmeric latte has arrived in the Kingdom!).
Read next: The ideal 1-3 day itinerary for Phnom Penh.
Many Phnom Penh cafes use locally grown coffee beans sourced from farmers in Mondulkiri (in far-northeastern Cambodia). Beans from neighbouring Laos, Thailand and Vietnam’s Central Highlands region are also very popular.
Phnom Penh cafes aren’t just for expats and tourists, either. The burgeoning cafe scene is very much supported by students and young Cambodians, some of whom have turned into coffee entrepreneurs and opened up their own spaces. Brown Coffee is a locally owned cafe chain that now competes with Starbucks (more on chain cafes later).
Some of the most innovative cafes in Phnom Penh are located in Tuol Kork on the far-western side of the city. But you can still find good coffee in central Phnom Penh. This guide focuses on cafes in Riverside (Sisowath Quay), the Tuol Tompoung (Russian Market) and BKK neighbourhoods, and cafes around Independence Monument.
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Best Phnom Penh cafes
Go hunting for the best coffee in Phnom Penh with my round-up of the 20 best Phnom Penh cafes. I’ve also included a map so you can easily find your way.
Remember that most of these cafes serve food as well. Many of them also feature on my list of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Phnom Penh.
Read next: 9 best Khmer restaurants in Phnom Penh.
Phnom Penh cafes map
Best Phnom Penh cafes near Riverside
Feel Good Cafe
- Address: #79 Street 136
- Opening hours: 7.30am–7.30pm daily
- Come for the… Fairly traded beans.
- Stay for the… Innovative business model.
Feel Good is Cambodia’s premier coffee brand. They have three cafes in the capital (I will cover two of them here), but their beans are also used at countless other cafes and restaurants all over Phnom Penh.
If you walk into a cafe that serves Feel Good Blend, you know it’s going to be smooth, balanced and delicious.
Feel Good’s own venues rank high on my cafe list. The Riverside branch is really handy if your hotel is in Phnom Penh’s main tourist area. The cafe has a friendly vibe, staff are invariably kind, and baristas here undergo training in coffee tasting, latte art, etc. (a few of them are barista champions).
As well as serving awesome coffee, Feel Good Cafe Phnom Penh is employee-owned, meaning staff have a share in the business. The beans they use are sourced directly from small-holder farmers for fair prices, making this a great ethical choice.
Another way to support this innovative business is by taking a culinary class at Feel Good Cooking School in Phnom Penh. If you’re headed to Battambang, I highly recommend visiting their sister cafe, Kinyei, as part of your Battambang itinerary.
Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger
- Address: 275 Preah Sisowath Quay
- Opening hours: 6.30am–9.30pm daily
- Come for the… Croissants.
- Stay for the… Croissants!
Another reliable choice for good coffee near Riverside is Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger. The cafe’s namesake, French baker and food writer Eric Kayser, has businesses (more than 200!) across the region, including in Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.
The Parisian-style patisserie and bakery is best-known for its artisanal breads, croissants, pain au chocolat and other treats – all baked fresh daily on-site.
Unsurprisingly, the coffee is also really good. French style barista brews are made with beans from Coperaco, a US-based boutique micro-roaster that focuses on single-origin and small-batch.
A second branch, Eric Kayser White Mansion, can be found at #26 Street 240 (open 6am–11pm daily).
- Address: #1B Street 102
- Opening hours: 6.30am–10pm daily
- Come for the… Lattes.
- Stay for the… Danishes and fun breakfast food sets.
Located in the lobby of Central Mansions between Wat Phnom and Raffles, The Shop is an easy walk from Riverside – and the perfect place for a mid-morning pit stop when you’re out exploring central Phnom Penh.
The Shop was founded by Belgian fashion designer Griet Lorre almost 20 years ago, and has been a mainstay of Phnom Penh’s cafe scene ever since. They serve incredible barista coffee made with ultra-creamy milk. If I had to choose, this would probably be my favourite cup of coffee in Phnom Penh.
Prices are a little higher than some other cafes, but the quality of the coffee, food and service is extraordinary. The Shop has five branches in Phnom Penh – look out for another favourite of mine further down the list.
Connecting Hands Training Cafe
- Address: #42 Street 178
- Opening hours: 6am–10pm daily
- Come for the… Peaceful surrounds.
- Stay for the… Social mission.
Connecting Hands Training Cafe is a social enterprise cafe run by an Australian-Cambodian NGO of the same name. The cafe acts as a staging ground where students from a vocational learning program can hone their skills in hospitality, cooking and coffee-making.
It’s a very worthwhile cause – Connecting Hands primarily supports young victims of trafficking and all profits from the cafe are reinvested into the program – but the social mission isn’t the only reason you should visit.
The atmosphere is bright and upbeat, there’s fast WIFI and good air-conditioning, and it’s very close to Riverside. The iced coffees and barista-made lattes are both excellent.
Best Phnom Penh cafes near Independence Monument
Java Creative Cafe
- Address: #56 Sihanouk Boulevard
- Opening hours: 7am–10pm daily
- Come for the… Laptop-friendly tables and fast WIFI.
- Stay for the… Art exhibitions and events.
On any given afternoon, you can always find work meetings and brainstorming sessions going on at Java. The vibe here is creative, productive, and collaborative, which makes it a great place to do some work on your laptop (the super-fast, open WIFI helps too!).
Java has its own house coffee blend, which is sourced from fair trade organic farms in Laos, Vietnam and Thailand and roasted daily in Phnom Penh. I’ve never had a bad cup of coffee here.
There are now four branches of Java across the city, including in Tuol Tompoung and inside the Futures Factory complex near Riverside. But the original Java Cafe near Independence Monument will always be my favourite. It’s set in a gorgeous mansion house and features outdoor seating on the upstairs balcony.
ARTillery Arts Cafe
- Address: Laneway 240 (between Streets 240 & 244)
- Opening hours: 7.30am–9pm daily
- Come for the… Smoothies, Arabica coffee and creative plant-based menu.
- Stay for the… Street art and laneway culture.
Another creative concept cafe, ARTillery is one of the pioneers of Phnom Penh’s sustainable food scene. Medium-roast Arabica coffee is 100% organic, fair trade, and sourced locally – much like a lot of the produce used in the kitchen.
Cashew milk and coconut milk are available. For non-coffee drinkers, there are chai, turmeric and matcha lattes, all sweetened with organic palm sugar.
It’s worth visiting ARTillery just for the setting. Outdoor seating is provided under a shade cloth in Laneway 240, one of the coolest streets in the city. Colourful wall murals provide a vibrant backdrop. Plus, one of my favourite shops in Phnom Penh, Cambodian Creations, is right opposite the cafe.
You can also find an Artillery Cafe in Siem Reap.
Related: Where to find Phnom Penh’s best breakfast.
The Shop 240 & The Chocolate Shop
- Address: #39 Street 240
- Opening hours: 6.30am–8pm daily
- Come for the… Cappuccinos.
- Stay for the… Belgian truffles.
I already mentioned The Shop’s Riverside branch, but I’m also fond of The Shop 240.
The Chocolate Shop 240, right next door, sells amazing Belgian truffles flavoured with Kampot pepper, Mondulkiri honey, and other yummy local ingredients. You can grab a few chocolates then take them next door to eat with your cappuccino.
- Address: #50B Street 240
- Opening hours: 7am–8pm daily
- Come for the… Barista-made coffee.
- Stay for the… All-day breakfast.
This trendy Melbourne-style cafe is right at home on swish Street 240. Enso is huge, sparsely decorated, and a very pleasant space as a result. But it’s often packed to the brim on weekends with families and groups. Fair to say that it’s a firm expat favourite.
Coffee is prepared with sustainably sourced Khmer coffee beans by a team of baristas stationed out the front. If you’re in a hurry or the dining room is full, you can grab a latte to go from the coffee station (just remember to bring your reusable cup!).
- Address: #11B Street 246
- Opening hours: 7.30am–9pm Tues–Sun (closes 4.30pm Mondays)
- Come for the… Healthy meals and drinks.
- Stay for the… Chic surrounds.
When it first opened, Backyard Cafe was one of the few places in Phnom Penh where you could find vegetarian, vegan and raw foods on the menu. Now, there are dozens of like-minded eateries all over the city. Backyard remains one of my favourites.
Cold-pressed juices are the specialty here, but I can vouch for the coffee as well. House-made raw treats from the cake cabinet (raw key lime pie and the like) go down particularly well with a latte brewed from organic Lao and Vietnamese beans. I also love this cafe’s interior – it’s quiet, cool, and very chill.
Their sister cafe, Vibe, also features on this list.
Best Phnom Penh cafes in Tuol Tompoung
Lot 369 TTP
- Address: Street 454 (halfway along)
- Opening hours: 7.30am–6.30pm daily
- Come for the… Melbourne-style flat whites.
- Stay for the… Atmosphere.
Lot 369 is one of the best places in Phnom Penh for Melbourne-style flat whites. The Australian couple behind this wildly popular cafe (they now have a second branch in the BKK 1 neighbourhood) also run SHE Investments, an innovative start-up that offers business training and mentoring to Cambodian businesswomen.
The espresso coffee here is always spot-on. They also do French press and cold brew. They use their own Lot 369 Blend (sourced from Feel Good), and offer single-origin Woodstamp beans from Ethiopia.
Non-dairy drinkers can opt for cashew milk, which is made in-house daily. There are plenty of coffee-free offerings as well, including iced Kampot tea with lemongrass and pepper.
My top tip is to come on a Wednesday, when all coffees are just $1.
- Address: #57 Street 450
- Opening hours: 9am–9pm daily
- Come for the… Cold drip.
- Stay for the… Order-in street food.
TINI is the tiniest cafe on this list, and probably one of the smallest venues in the city. Set inside a narrow two-story house around the corner from the Russian Market, there are only a couple of tables, a balcony bench, and a few stools around the bar.
The atmosphere is intimate!
Beautiful as the interior is, with its vaulted ceiling and few select pieces of art for decoration, this place is all about the coffee. The Cambodian-American owners know their stuff – many people will tell you this is the best coffee in Phnom Penh.
Specialty espresso, pour-over, Chemex and drip coffee are made using TINI’s own blend of Feel Good coffee. The menu also features a few Phnom Penh-inspired creations, including Caffe TikTik, iced doubled espresso with sweet milk (an elevated version of street coffee).
TINI is too small for a kitchen. Instead, they can order in a plate of street food for you from a local vendor. In the evenings, it transforms into a cocktail bar.
- Address: Street 135 (cnr Street 446)
- Opening hours: 6.30am–8pm daily
- Come for the… Barista coffee.
- Stay for the… Detailed decor.
The brainchild of entrepreneur Oeng Raksmeypich, La Chronique is a beautiful little cafe with a fit-out that pays homage to post-independence 1960s Cambodia.
Oeng is a trained barista who has represented Cambodia at the World Barista Championship. Her passion for coffee and attention to detail can be felt in every aspect of the cafe… When I was there, the barista wouldn’t let me photograph my latte because he insisted the crema wasn’t perfect!
Locally roasted beans supplied by Feel Good are used for espresso coffee, cold drip and pour-overs. In addition to the air-conditioned cafe downstairs, there’s a patio upstairs.
- Address: #26A Street 446
- Opening hours: 7.30am–9pm Tues–Sun (closes 4.30pm Mondays)
- Come for the… Iced Americanos.
- Stay for the… Rooftop terrace.
The pure vegan offshoot of Backyard Cafe, Vibe has taken over a multi-story house in Russian Market and transformed it into an airy, vibrant cafe.
Vibe is all about clean eating (think superfoods and juice cleanses); but as at Backyard, there’s no skimping on flavour. The coffee, made with an organic blend of beans from Vietnam and Laos, is reliably good. I usually opt for an iced Americano (the healthy option, ha ha) to go with my breakfast.
This is a great cafe for working in. WIFI is good, and you can spread out at the long communal tables or lounge on the rooftop terrace (as long as it’s not raining!).
- Address: #67 Street 450
- Opening hours: 11am–2am daily
- Come for the… Leafy terrace and iced Americanos.
- Stay for the… Home-style Bruneian food.
Intégrité is technically a restaurant/bar, not a cafe. But since it’s open until 2am, it’s one of the few places in Tuol Tompoung where you can get a late-night coffee hit.
The owners, a couple from Malaysia and Brunei, have done an amazing job with the fit-out. I absolutely adore the balcony, with its comfy couches, leafy plants, and view over the neighbourhood. There is a designated coffee area downstairs as you first walk in, but if it’s quiet, try to get a seat outside.
The kitchen specialises in home-style Bruneian cuisine, and barista coffee comes courtesy of Feel Good. This is one of the only places in Phnom Penh where I’ve seen Café Viennois on the blackboard.
Farmhouse Coffee Space
- Address: #78 Street 454
- Opening hours: 7am–7pm daily
- Come for the… Instagram-worthy interior.
- Stay for the… Light meals and friendly service.
Part cafe, part homewares stores, Farmhouse is very much geared towards the Instagram crowd (just look at that inspirational wall art!).
Having said that, it’s clearly backed by a team who have solid coffee knowledge. As well as espresso and iced lattes, they offer pour-over coffee and Chemex.
There are some inventive summer concoctions on the menu, including the ‘Iced Yellow Americano’ made from house-blend double espresso with freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey. It must also be said that prices here are very reasonable.
Ministry of Cat
- Address: #5 Street 442
- Opening hours: 8.30am–7pm Tues–Sun (closed Mondays)
- Come for the… Furry friends.
- Stay for the… Coffee & vegetarian breakfasts.
Ministry of Cat is Cambodia’s first rescue cat cafe. In a nutshell, they take street cats (fully vaccinated, de-sexed, etc.) and offer them a halfway home. Over breakfast or lunch, you can hang out with the cats – who I must say are very outgoing and affectionate compared to other cat cafe cats I’ve met in the past.
The hope is that a few love affairs and subsequent cat adoptions will come about as a result. They already have several success stories under their belt.
Even without the admirable animal welfare angle, this would still be a lovely cafe. The barista coffee is delicious, and there’s a very cute smoothie menu with all drinks named after feline pop-culture characters.
You can even buy one of the cats lunch by adding 50 cents onto your bill.
Best Phnom Penh cafes in BKK 1
- Address: #340 Street 370
- Opening hours: 8am–8pm daily
- Come for the… Intoxicating aroma.
- Stay for the… Single-origin coffee.
As you enter this unassuming, dimly lit cafe on a backstreet in suburban BKK, the aroma of roasting coffee beans greets you at the door. That’s always a good sign.
Tarrazu, named after the famous coffee-growing region in Costa Rica, was founded by a Korean couple living in Phnom Penh. They took on a challenge most shy away from – they shipped a Probatone 5kg bean roaster to Cambodia from Germany (via Korea, mind you).
They work with single-origin coffee beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, Kenya and Colombia – but not Cambodia. This is specialty coffee through and through, and prices reflect that. They also sell a range of fancy looking coffee equipment.
Feel Good Cafe & Coffee Roasters 2
- Address: #11B Street 29
- Opening hours: 7.30am–4.30pm
- Come for the… Coffee.
- Stay for the… Relaxing courtyard.
Feel Good’s second branch in Phnom Penh, the BKK 1 coffee shop, is where you’ll see, hear and smell the coffee roaster churning through delicious waves of chocolate-coloured beans.
I love this space for working or just relaxing, especially the outdoor courtyard. There are bags of ground coffee for sale at the front counter if you’re so inclined.
Farm to Table
- Address: #16 Street 360
- Opening hours: 8am–10pm daily
- Come for the… Chicken waffles.
- Stay for the… Live music and events.
As the name suggests, Farm to Table is underpinned by a food philosophy that highlights direct trade, locally made and zero-waste. Organic Arabica beans are roasted in Phnom Penh and used for French press and espresso coffees.
Coffee isn’t the main focus, but it is delicious – especially with a dash of organic palm sugar syrup. The massive outdoor courtyard is one of the nicest places in Phnom Penh to meet friends on a Sunday afternoon – especially if there’s live music on.
Note that both food and drinks err on the expensive side.
The Pelican Food Company
- Address: #52B Street 282
- Opening hours: 7.30am–8.30pm daily
- Come for the… Savoury pies.
- Stay for the… French press coffee with cinnamon.
There are few things an Australian abroad loves more than an Aussie-style beef pie when they’re least expecting it.
The Pelican Food Company is a godsend for anyone who’s missing their meat pies, Polish pierogi, sourdough bread or challah. Yes, the range of baked (and boiled) goods at this cafe is quite diverse, but the uniting themes here are homemade and delicious. The shortcrust, buttery pies are my favourite – there’s a different variety on special every day.
Equally, the coffee here is very good and a bit different from the norm. French press blends are flavoured with turmeric and ginger, ‘Christmas-style’ with cinnamon, or with coconut oil. They come with a little egg timer so you get the brew time right.
The coffee itself is sourced from Rumblefish Specialty Roasters, based out of Cafe Espresso in Kampot.
Bonus: Coffee chains in Phnom Penh
Alongside its specialty cafes, Phnom Penh has three main cafe chains. Brown Coffee Company is locally owned and managed. It’s my pick of the bunch.
Starbucks is also hugely popular in Cambodia. You can find branches all over Phnom Penh, especially around BKK 1. Amazon is another popular coffee chain that mainly caters to local tastes (i.e. the coffee is usually pretty sweet).
I always say go for the locally owned, independent or small cafe when you can. But in case of emergency, you’re never more than a few blocks away from one of these three chains.
Where to stay in Phnom Penh
I know I’ve recommended enough coffee to keep you awake for several weeks straight… But you will need to rest your head at some point!
Luxury: Raffles Le Royal (Riverside) is Phnom Penh’s premier hotel and really can’t be beat for a luxury experience. For something different, designer hotel The Balé is located a bit further out of town and has a peaceful riverfront setting. Read my review of The Balé.
Mid-range: Double Leaf is my go-to hotel in Phnom Penh. It’s located in Russian Market – my favourite neighbourhood and old stomping ground.
If you prefer to stay near Riverside, Point Boutique Hotel has views to the water, a gin-themed rooftop bar, and is close to all the action of Sisowath Quay.
5 things to pack for Phnom Penh
- A reusable water bottle. Absolutely essential in Cambodia for minimising plastic waste and staying hydrated. I love my S’Well water bottle – it’s vacuum insulated to keep water icy cold for the whole day, and it doesn’t sweat. If you like your ice coffee, pack a reusable smoothie cup as well.
- Rehydration tablets or sachets. At the end of a long day bike riding or exploring temples, your body will be crying out for electrolytes (believe me!). I prefer Hydralyte tablets because they come in a handy tube. If you forget to bring some from home, the Double D brand is sold at most pharmacies and grocery stores in Cambodia.
- Rain jacket and travel umbrella for the wet season. Wet season is my favourite time to travel in Cambodia because the countryside is so verdant. Downpours come out of nowhere, so it’s essential to have a rain jacket with you at all times (I love the packable rain jackets by Lomon for women and EZRUN for men). I also carry a travel umbrella in case it’s too hot and steamy to wear a jacket. This one is UPF 50+, making it great for sun cover as well.
- A sturdy day pack. An anti-theft backpack is particularly good for the cities, especially Phnom Penh. Opt for a minimalist backpack that doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb.
- Cambodia guide book. I prefer Lonely Planet’s dedicated Cambodia guidebook or regional guidebook that also covers Laos, Vietnam and Northern Thailand.
Do you need a visa for Cambodia?
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More Phnom Penh travel resources
- 51 free things to do in Phnom Penh – the ultimate Phnom Penh guide
- Where to stay in Phnom Penh
- My favourite day and half-day tours in Phnom Penh
- The best hotel swimming pools in Phnom Penh
- How to take a day trip from Phnom Penh to Silk Island
- How to have an ethical wildlife encounter near Phnom Penh
- Staying at The Balé, Phnom Penh’s coolest luxury hotel
Which of these Phnom Penh cafes do you think serves the best coffee? Do you have a favourite Phnom Penh coffee shop that’s not on the list? I’d love to hear your recommendations – leave me a note in the comments below!