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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 Balcony, Bar 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:

 

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

www.facebook.com/cafehoc

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)

Ganesha 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

Noodle Restaurant
Inexpensive local restaurant a few doors down from the White Rose. A bit more geared to locals than foreigners, but they have an English menu and some of the better inexpensive Chinese/.Khmer food in town. Super popular local breakfast place. Packed every morning. Great place for a Cambodian noodle soup (kuiteo) or fried meat with rice breakfast. Also serves good Cambodian style coffee (try the ine coffee with sweet milk - cafe tuk d'ko tuk'kaw)

Walking District, Pub Street (Street 121)

The Pizza Company
The Battambang branch of the popular, country-wide chain, The Pizza Company. International-style pizzas from more traditional thin crust cheese pizzas to seafood pizzas with cheese and sausage-stuffed crusts. Well known for their free fast reliable pizza delivery. Call a pizza to the hotel for dinner.

Tel: 023-880880

www.efg.com.kh

Street 1, corner of Street 109, riverfront

Pomme (Pomme d’amour)
Long-running, recently remodeled. Double wide and open face, with a big full bar serving cold draft, shots, cocktails, and even has a wine selection. Khmer cuisine with a French twist. Beef steak, tartar, ribs, several desserts.

Walking District, Street 2.5       

Red Chili Mexican Grill
Chipotle style Mexican food - burritos and burrito bowls, tacos, nachos, salsa and guacamole, built-to-order, all at reasonable prices, easy to fill your belly for less than $5. Delivery available. Open 3:00PM-8:30PM, Monday-Saturday. Located in front of Green Mango Cafe on the riverfront road (east side).
Tel: 088-8717825

www.facebook.com/RedChiliMexicanGrill

Street 159D, riverfront road east side., in front of Green Mango

Riverside Balcony
One of my favorite places. Lovely location and the perfect building for it - a large open balcony bar hovering over the lushly vegetated river’s edge. Covered, breezy, nice view, riverside atmosphere. Full stocked bar, proper sit down bar with good cocktails and cold draft. Very good pizzas and other western dishes on the board. Perfect place for a sundowner and dinner. Friendly people.

www.facebook.com/theriversidebalconybar

South end of town, on the riverside

Vintage
Wine, mezze and more at this homey little bar with sidewalk seating in the heart of the Walking District. The eclectic decor, the welcoming French proprietor seem a perfect fit amongst the quiant old world ambiance of Street 2.5. Full bar, several wines by the glass, and a surprisingly good selection of foods including some good tapas, Khmer dishes and a few unexpected choices such as a variety of sushis.

Street 2.5, Walking District

White Rose
Popular with locals, tourists and expats alike, this long running corner-shop Cambodian restaurant offers an a huge menu of mostly Cambodian and Chinese food and a few westernish dishes. Loc Lac, fried rice, fried noodles, lots of soups, many wok fried meat and vegetable dishes. All at very reasonable prices. All day western and and a pretty good Cambodian breakfast. Open 6:00AM-10:00PM

Walking District, Corner Street 2 & Pub Street (Street 121)

 

 

 

 

 

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