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If you’ve been to Phnom Penh, you’ll know that its food game is on point. From street food to fine dining, this busy little city has an abundance of options for every craving. One staple we all need in our lives is a go-to cafe. Whether you want a quick bite, a place to work, or a spot to meet up with friends, the local coffee shop is a necessity. With all the NGO and humanitarian efforts in Cambodia, it’s no surprise that there’s a plethora of equally awesome cafes that go towards a great cause. We’ve rounded up some of the best ethical, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible cafes in Phnom Penh so you can feel good about yourself while brunching. Win-win, amigos.

Phnom Penh Cafes Key

To help you find your ideal eatery and differentiate what these cafes advocate, we’ve created a key:

 

Socially Responsible: Socially responsible cafe

Environmentally Friendly: Environmentally friendly cafe

Artist Hub: Artist hub

Workspace Friendly: Workspace friendly cafe (sufficient WIFI + table room)

Vegetarian Friendly: Vegan/Vegetarian-friendly

 

Phnom Penh Cafes With a Conscience:

 

Lot 369 Cafe & Bar

Socially ResponsibleEnvironmentally FriendlyWorkspace Friendly

Just a few blocks from the bustling Russian Market, Lot 369 is a hip cafe with a delectable menu. Eat outside on the upcycled furniture surrounded by plants, or chill out upstairs in the aircon. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options (along with meat for the carnivores), all served on second-hand plates and bowls. This environmentally friendly cafe even has a happy hour on Tuesdays from 4pm-9pm where you can enjoy cheap tapas. They pay fair wages to their all-Khmer staff, along with providing benefits and additional training like financial and literacy training.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Lot 369
A burrito bowl from Lot 369 © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: 13 St 454, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: 012 345 541 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9pm, Sunday 8am-6pm

Justice Cafe

Socially ResponsibleEnvironmentally FriendlyWorkspace Friendly
If you need a place to work, Justice Cafe is the perfect spot. This spacious cafe has plenty of desk space and beautiful, broad windows that let in an abundance of natural light. Justice Cafe is also a production studio that produces various types of media, such as internet shows, documentaries, and podcasts. Their goal is to change the way people think about various topics – LGBTQ issues, in particular. Justice Cafe also offers their space and resources for free to allow others to create meaningful projects as well.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Justice Cafe
Justice Cafe © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: D5, street 53BT, Sangkat Boeung Tumpun, Post Office Box 2166, Phnom Penh 12351 – VIEW MAP
Contact: 023 987 263 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

ARTillery Arts Cafe

Environmentally FriendlyArtist HubWorkspace Friendly

ARTillery is both a cafe and gallery, showcasing community art projects. They emphasize healthy, clean eating and always work with local farms in Cambodia to get chemical-free, organic ingredients. Along with having a variety of vegan and vegetarian options, they create meals that target different goals for every type of diet. Whether you’re having gastrointestinal issues, eating gluten-free or wanting to bulk up, ARTillery has an array of options for you. They are also environmentally conscious, working with different organizations to keep Cambodia clean and making sure they reduce plastic, buy locally, compost and recycle.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Artillery Arts Cafe
Falafel plate from Artillery Arts Cafe © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: Alleyway of 240 1/2, No. 82E0 St, St 244, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: 078 985 530 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Every day 7:30am-9pm

Backyard Cafe

Socially ResponsibleEnvironmentally FriendlyWorkspace Friendly
If you’re on a health kick, Backyard Cafe is your best bet for scrumptious, yet highly nutritious food. All of their food is locally sourced and organically grown and they’ve got a vast selection of vegan, vegetarian, sugar-free, and gluten-free options. Their meal plans and juice cleanses make detoxing and eating healthy super easy and they’ll even deliver to your work or school. This minimalistic spot is perfect for freelancers who want to work on their laptops. Along with their sister cafe, the all-vegan Vibe Cafe, 10% of their profits go towards The Good Vibe Foundation, which aims to feed 10,000 school children in Cambodia.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Backyard Cafe
Backyard Cafe © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: 11B Street 246, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: 078 751 715 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday 7:30am-4:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday 7:30am-9pm

Jars of Clay

Socially ResponsibleWorkspace Friendly
Coming from various backgrounds of hardship, the women behind Jars of Clay have created a family-oriented business that employs disadvantaged and at-risk Cambodian women. Their aim is to create sustainable employment for young women to support their families. To learn more about their individual stories, go here. This modest cafe offers both Khmer and Western food and an assortment of cakes and other desserts. To further help the community, 10% of their profits are donated to local NGOs.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Jars of Clay
Jars of Clay Cafe © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Locations: 1. 39B St 155, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP2. Oknha Try Heng St. (2011), Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: 1. 012 800 160  2. 092 674 975 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30am-9pm

Tini

Artist HubWorkspace Friendly
This trendy spot was formerly an old, wooden shophouse, but was converted into a cafe and bar that showcases Cambodian art. Check out the cinema, design and other art exhibitions while sipping on one of their amazing coffees. Tini offers a wide selection of coffee including drip, espresso, and cold brew. They also have specialty drinks and a Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm, offering buy 1 get 1 free house wines and cocktails.

Phnom Penh Cafe | Tini
Upstairs balcony seating at Tini © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: #57, St.450 Toul Tom Poung 1, Phnom Penh 12310 – VIEW MAP
Contact: 017 555 450 | Facebook
Hours: Every day 9am-9pm

Java Creative Café

Socially ResponsibleArtist HubWorkspace Friendly
Probably the largest on the list, Java is a two-story cafe with a breezy, plant-filled terrace on the second floor. This cafe is also an art gallery and is ideal for those wanting to work on their laptops for a few hours and eat a delicious panini or bagel. They recently opened their third location in the Russian Market neighborhood, which is doubling as a theater to bring meaningful and diverse art to the local community. Their current resident dance troop, Prumsodun Ok & NATYARASA, performs classical Khmer dances with a fresh new take. As Cambodia’s first gay dance company, they are activists for the LGBTQ community.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Java Café & Gallery
Upstairs terrace at Java Café & Gallery © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic

Location: 1. 56 Sihanouk Blvd, Samdach Preah Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP | 2. 20A, St. 337, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP | 3. No. 53 Street 468
Contact: 012 833 512 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Every day 7am-10pm

Connecting Hands

Socially ResponsibleWorkspace Friendly
This not-for-profit cafe supports women and children in multiple ways. Every week, they cook and deliver nutritious meals to young women coming from human trafficking, sex slavery, poverty or other vulnerable backgrounds. This feeding program is a way to support other women and introduce them to Connecting Hands where they are given an opportunity to work. First, they undergo a year and a half training program to eventually earn a hospitality certificate. After their training, they either remain at Connecting Hands as cooks, baristas or service staff, or are assisted with finding jobs elsewhere. Their goal is to empower women to create sustainable lives for themselves and fully lift them out of poverty or any other unfortunate situation they are in.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Connecting Hands Cafe
Breakfast at Connecting Hands Cafe © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: #13 Samdach Preah Sokun Meanbon St. (178), Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: 0433 705 897 | WebsiteFacebook
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 9am-5pm

Sugar ‘n Spice Cafe at Daughters of Cambodia

Socially ResponsibleWorkspace Friendly
Sugar ‘n Spice sits above the Daughters of Cambodia Visitor Centre at the riverside. The aim of this inspiring establishment is to help women out of sex trafficking, an industry that is still very prevalent in Cambodia. Not only does Daughters of Cambodia give them work opportunities with fair wages, but they provide recovery programs, medical treatment, and life skills classes. Women that join Daughters and choose to leave the sex industry are given another chance at education to further improve their lives. They have a cafe, Sugar ‘n Spice, with views overlooking the river, along with a spa and a shop below where they sell hand-made products.

Phnom Penh Cafes | Daughters of
Sugar ‘n Spice Cafe at Daughters of Cambodia © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

Location: 321 Sisowath Quay, Phnom Penh – VIEW MAP
Contact: +855 89 910 203 | Website | Facebook
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm

Phnom Penh Cafes | Daughters of Cambodia
Wall art at Daughters of Cambodia © Courtesy of Kirsten Muolic/Mad Monkey

 

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