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Kep Dining & Drinking

 

Dining... Kep is known for its fresh seafood, especially the crab - literally straight from the ocean to your plate. No visit is complete without at least one seafood meal at the oceanfront. Kampot Pepper Crab is a local classic - fresh crab fried with Kampot pepper, some of the finest black pepper in the world. This is a world-class local specialty. Traditional dining venues include the oceanside shacks at Kep’s famous Crab Market, and the seaside dining gazebos strung along the oceanfront.

The oceanfront crabshacks of the Crab Market offer a local atmosphere and a wonderfully unsophisticated dining experience. Generally speaking, the spiffier places are easier, more consistent and have extras like a full bar and cocktails, but the mom-&-pop places offer a more authentic, down-home, if uneven dining experience.

Just as popular as the Crab Market, picnic gazebos line the road near the Kep Beach intersection and in the oceanside park near the Crab Statue. Just find an empty platform that suits you, sit down and they will bring the menu and food to you.

There is also growing number of restaurants serving foreign fare. A few places clustered at the Kep Beach intersection including a couple of Italian places (Italian Corner) and a French bakery (L’Epi D’Or), and another bakery (Le Pain de Jade) and a couple of guesthouse places near the Kep Market area.

Drinking... For sundowners, the place to be is either at a hillside hotel restaurant like Veranda, at the oceanside Sailing Club, or at one of the Crab Market bars, all offering sunset views and full bars. Late evening most of Kep closes down. A couple places at the Crab Market stay open until at least 11PM), with La Baraka often the last to close. The Italian Corner at the beach serves late if there are customers. In the town and the Fisher Village area, the backpacker places are consistently open quite late, including Chez Bebe Bar on the other side Kep Market. Rusty Keyhole bar from Kampot also just opened Kep branch east of town.

 

Kep Restaurants & Bars:

 

Kep Beach area Crab Market GH/Hotel Other Oceanside Fisher Village

Aqua Bar

Roadside beach bar between the Kep Beach area and town, open all day and sometimes late. Full bar, cocktails bar seating, in the oceanside park, near the road.

On Road #33A at Street 2310

The Beach House

Poolside restaurant and bar at the Beach House hotel at the end of Kep Beach. Menu of western and Khmer dishes. Western breakfasts. Full bar - beer, wine, cocktails. Bar, terrace and poolside seating.

Tel: 012-712750

www.thebeachhousekep.com

Located at Kep Beach

Beachside Tacos

Kep’s first Mexican restaurant, also offering a good selection of Cambodian dishes. Tacos, burritos, and 5 different salsas from which to choose, at very reasonable prices. (Mex food for $3-$5, Cambodian dishes for $2.50 and under.) Breakfasts including very nice breakfast burritos. Free WiFi. Open 7AM-11PM. Happy hour 4PM-7PM with $0.50 draft.

Tel: 086-621727

Located at the Kep Beach intersection near the bus station

Black Cat

Sophisticated little hillside cocktail bar and gallery featuring the art of Olivier Menge and others. Art on the garden path and upstairs gallery. Cocktails, conversation and an ocean view. French and English spoken. Near Vanna Guesthouse.

www.facebook.com/blackcatkep

On the hillside near Vanna Guesthouse     

Breezes Restaurant

With beautiful ocean views, Breezes Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic sunset cocktail or seafood dinner. Located directly on the seafront, Breezes serves seafood and tapas that draw inspiration from both Cambodian and European culinary traditions. Relax in lovely outdoor seating and enjoy an original Breezes cocktail while watching the sunset over Kep.

Riverfront road      

Brise De Kep

Very pleasant oceanfront balcony restaurant at Kep Beach. Offering nicely done, reasonably priced French and Asian fare with the emphasis on seafood. Good breakfasts including a very nice Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) properly served with all of the appropriate fresh herbs, sprouts and condiments. Open 6AM - midnight.

Tel: 097-6298797

Kep Beach intersection

Chez Bebe

A Zen bar in the rice paddies just the other side of Kep Market. Laid back air, cheap drinks, rustic surroundings, Kep Ink tattoos next door. Open at 2PM until late. Very good late night bar. Open from2PM until at least 2AM.

A couple of blocks from the Kep Market. Look for the sign 'Chez Bebe' on the main road, about 200 meters back in the paddies.

The Crab Kitchen
Classic Crab Market seafood restaurant - a long wooden shack hovering over the ocean’s edge with a big selection of fresh seafood dishes. Friendly people, local ambiance. A nice balance between rustic local and spiffed up international. And the bar style veranda seating facing the sea is a nice touch. Full bar with cocktails and a 4PM-8PM happy hour.

Tel: 016-789994.

Kep Crab Market

The Democrat Restaurant
Oceanside restaurant and bar at the Kep Crab Market. A step up from the average Crab Market place with US Democrat Party decor and very friendly and attentive service. Offering Cambodian food with the emphasis firmly on fresh seafood. Try the unique and very well reviewed Crab Amok. Full bar, cocktails and a selection of wines. Wifi. Open 9:00AM-10:00PM.

www.facebook.com/The-Democrat-Restaurant

Kep Crab Market

Italian Corner

Comfortable little Italian/Cambodian place at the Beach intersection. Pizzas, pastas, a few mains, regional choices, even some fast foods. Full bar, sometimes open late, one of the last places to close for the night.

Tel: 012-953427, 097-6772078

Located at Kep Beach intersection, near the bus stop

Jasmine Diamond Restaurant

A classic, rustic, family-run Crab Market crabshack offering all of the usual fresh-from-the-ocean fare and Khmer dishes. Crab dinner for 20,000R-40,000R. Ocean’s edge, sunset view. An authentic Crab Market dining experience. Offering seafood delivery al over Cambodia.

Open: 6AM-11PM

Tel: 097-7359434

Crab Market                                                     

Kep Lodge

Comfortable restaurant with great views over the Gulf of Thailand with a variety of Röstis (Swiss style potatoes), serving some of the best pizzas in town. Real Cheese Fondue and Raclette and the very popular Cambodian BBQ, prepared on your table are also available. Big variety of salads. Happy hour from 5:30PM till 7:00PM. Consistently great reviews from customers. Visa/MC

Tel: 092-435330

www.keplodge.com

Off Road #33A, at the end of ‘Pepper Street’, 500 meters north of the Vishnu Traffic Circle                                                     

Knai Bang Chatt

Fine dining next to the sea. Recently opened to the public, this upscale seaside restaurant serves regional seafood dishes featuring fresh local produce and spices. Choose from daily set menus and a la carte fare, complimented by extensive bar and wine list. Reservations.

www.knaibangchatt.com

Oceanfront, off Road 33A, a hundred meters from the Vishnu Statue Traffic Circle  

La Baraka
Pizzeria, classic crab restaurant and western bar in the Crab Market. Oceanside dining like all of the crabshack, but uniquely, La Baraka also has a 1st floor terrace. Serving wood-fired pizzas, western dishes as well as all of the crab market seafood classics. and a proper western style full bar. Often one of the last places in the Market to close for the night. Good place for an after dinner drink.

Kep Crab Market

Le Bout du Monde

Lovely hillside restaurant with a view over the jungle and ocean. Serving Khmer and French inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner using organic products. Homemade ice-creams and Breton pancakes at anytime of the day. Enter from the guesthouse side or the national park road.

Tel: 012-801968

www.leboutdumondekep.com

Located on the hillside. From Road #33A, turn east (toward the hill) at the oceanfront road intersection.

Led Zeppelin

Unique place on the hillside in the National Park, offering one of the best sunset views in Kep. Cozy balcony with a few tables, salads, sandwiches and drinks. Lots of area information. Recommended. National Park Road. 8PM-4PM, closed Mondays.

Located on the hillside. From Road #33A, turn east (toward the hill) at the oceanfront road intersection.

Le Pain du Jade

Bakery and cafe on the 'Fisher Village' road, oceanside near Kep Market. A variety of fresh baked traditional French breads, quiche, brioche, pies, and snacks. Good coffee. Cool place. Several nearby backpacker friendly places - guesthouses, restaurants, bars.

www.facebook.com/people/Pain-De-Jade-Kep

On the oceanfront road, behind Kep Market, near the Fishing Village.

L'Epi D'Or

French bakery and café at the Kep Beach intersection (Beach Square side). Excellent selection of fresh baked breads (including many specialty breads) , cakes and pastries. Cakes made to order. Good-value selection of western breakfasts. Good coffees including espresso. Another branch is located in Kampot.

www.facebook.com/lepidorkep

Located at Kep Beach intersection

Rusty Keyhole Kep

SThat’s right! Rusty Keyhole from Kampot, now in Kep. Same great menu of western favorites including Rusty’s famous ribs. Kitchen open to 9:30 and bar open late. Big TV showing sports and events. Located with Rusty Keyhole Bungalows.

www.keprusty.com

just off Road #33A, about 2km past Kep Market  

Sailing Club

Ideal for watching sunset. A former fisherman’s house built with a pier and a dock. Offering a variety of cocktails and a great menu for lunch and dinner. A very popular Sunday brunch. Pool table, ping-pong, volleyball. While you are there, hire a Hobie Cat, do some windsurfing or kayaking on the ocean. Check the website for special event. Free wifi. Open Tue - Sun, 10:00AM - 11:00PM.

Tel: 078-333685

www.knaibangchatt.com

Oceanside, next to Knai Bang Chhat, off Road 33A, a hundred meters from the Vishnu Statue Traffic Circle

Seagull Le Mouette  
Crab Market, ocean’s edge crab shack, one of the many family places but with more finish, and still maintaining the tradition of classic, authentic Crab Market fare. Especially good sunset view, especially from the loft seating – a great place for a sundowner. Full bar with cold beer and cocktails. Pretty good service. The fresh seafood is of course the best thing on the menu. The local ocean fish dishes and classic crab dishes (like pepper crab) are especially good. Open hours: 9:00AM - 10:00PM

Tel: 097-7435480  Facebook

Kep Crab Market

The Strand
A true culinary experience in a wonderful setting . A Kep fine dining experience where Chef Janine (South African 5-star ex-Chef) and her Cambodian team invites you to taste a fusion of international and local cuisine. “The daily fresh  ingredients evoke a sense of adventure and lift the senses whilst sampling authentic Cambodian flavors.” Open daily from 7:00AM - 10PM.

Tel: 078-333686

Oceanfront, at Knai Bang Chhat, off Road 33A, a hundred meters from the Vishnu Statue Traffic Circle

Veranda Natural Resort


The Secret Bar and Restaurant: A unique open-air restaurant surrounded with mountains and with a sweeping view of the Kep seaside and sunset. Offering a wide range of fresh seafood, Asian and western cuisine. Also daily breakfast buffet, a la carte dining, and happy hour. Generous portions, good wine selection, free wifi and scheduled live music.

 

Veranda Bakery & Coffee Shop: Freshly baked breads, Danishes, croissants, pastries and cakes. 15 different ice cream flavors, espresso coffee, latte macchiato. Café lounge that has a great view of the ocean and surrounding mountains. Free wifi. Custom made birthday cakes. Range: $1.50 - $4.50

 

Veranda Pool Bar: Two pool bars - one by the Garden Swimming Pool and another at the Infinity Pool! Scenic mountain surroundings and ocean sunset view. Specialty cocktails, beers and wines. Happy hour 5PM - 7PM.

 

Visa/MC  Tel: 012-888619  036-6388588 
www.veranda-resort.com

Located on the hillside. From Road #33A, turn east (toward the hill) at the oceanfront road intersection.

 

 

 

 

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