If you are in Phnom Penh you will quickly realize how amazing the food is here. Even better is to know that there are some places in which just by eating there you will be doing something good for the local community. This is why I leave you here few of my recommendations!
1- Lotus Blanc
Located in the popular BKK1 area, the Lotus Blanc restaurant provides working opportunities to students from the Hotel Training School at Pour un Sourire d’Enfant (PSE). The school was first set up by partners in France as a way to get children out of poverty, by providing them with opportunities to learn new skills and use them in the workforce. The organisation expanded and has now helped more than 1000 Cambodians find work in the hotel and hospitality industry. They have also expanded to build the restaurant Lotus Blanc, where you can sit down in an immaculate setting and enjoy some traditional French cuisine while in Cambodia.
Address: Street 51 (Pasteur) with house number #152 in Boeung Keng Kang 1 Commune , Chamkar Mon District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Opening times: Mon – Sun 7am – 10pm
2- The Restore One Café
The Restore One mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Cambodia, and one of their many projects to assist this mission is The Restore One Cafe and Training Centre for Young People. Known for some of the best burgers in Phnom Penh, this café provides a 12-month traineeship in hospitality to many young Cambodians and equips them for a successful career ahead. The food here is 5- star and they offer both meals and snacks. Try their famous burgers or indulge in a share plate for two. You won’t be disappointed!
Address: No 23, St 123, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Opening times: Mon – Fri 10:30am – 9:30pm, Sun 10:30am – 9:30pm
3- Daughters of Cambodia – Sugar & Spice Café
Daughter’s of Cambodia is an organisation that aims to free women from the grim, underground sex trafficking industry in Cambodia. The organisation runs a number of retail and service businesses in Phnom Penh, two of which are cafes. The Sugar and Spice cafes are located in separate areas of the city and both boast peaceful settings with a leafy green outlook. You can order from the variety of food options or just choose to have coffee and cake, the coffee is top quality as well! The cafes act as training centres for the women and are an alternative way for them to provide income to their families. Stop in and play a role in ending the cycle of human trafficking in Cambodia.
Sugar & Spice Café – 65, Street 178 | Upper Level of Visitor Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Mon – Sat 9am – 5:30pm
Sugar & Spice Garden Café – #130A, Street 430, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Mon – Sat 7:30am – 4pm
4- Romdeng & Friends Restaurant
Both these restaurants are social enterprises of the TREE alliance, a very reputable global alliance of training restaurants, supporting a number of NGO’s throughout Asia. They know how to make an impact using social business, and they know how to do it well. You’ll find prices to be a little higher than usual but the organisation has changed the lives of many people in Cambodia over the past decade, and continues to provide high quality food and service, as well as social impact, through their restaurants.
Romdeng – #74 Street 174, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Mon – Sun 11am – 22:30
Friends Restaurant – #215 Street 13, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mon – Sun 11am – 21pm
You can find them both : http://tree-alliance.org