What’s new in your neighborhood: Russian Market

Phnom Penh’s Russian Market neighborhood is constantly transforming as it continues to respond to the influx of residents in search of cheaper housing and a more relaxed atmosphere than the city center. It’s easy to miss some of the many new spots popping up, so we thought we’d do a quick round up.

Long After Dark Russian Market Phnom Penh

Long After Dark’s extensive selections of whiskey and vinyl records.

Long After Dark

Whiskey lovers, look no further. Long After Dark’s collection of over 50 whiskeys has something for every palate. Not a whiskey drinker? There’s also a full bar with unique cocktails, wines, and beer and cider on tap. The modest but expanding food menu includes burgers (both meat and vegetarian), pastas, “toastie” sandwiches, and other grilled pub fare. The lunch menu includes a variety of $5 pastas, juices, and iced coffees. Every week a different “whiskey of the week” is featured on special (you can stay up to date on that via their Facebook page).

Banh Mi & Bros (new Russian Market location)

The successful banh mi restaurant centered around the traditional Vietnamese sandwich just opened its second Phnom Penh location in Russian Market on Street 450. Advertising the “same taste, same quality, same bros” as the original, the menu still includes a range of meat options including pork, chicken, beef, and shrimp. They also offer a vegan banh mi (eggplant replaces the meat), a few curry and soup options, and desserts.

Tummy Filler Cafe & Pub

If you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for traditional Khmer or Western food, Tummy Filler Cafe offers the best of both worlds. Their menu boasts Asian soups, fried rice, noodles, and Khmer classics like lok lak and amok. But it also serves up Western salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and fish & chips. Tummy Filler opens early every day with a range of breakfast foods and specialty coffee drinks. Their bar menu includes wine, beer, and mixed drinks with a selection of unique fruity and frozen cocktails.

Russian Market restaurants

Try a range of international street food and snacks at Mr. Mab in Russian Market.

Mr. Mab 123 Global Street Food

Want to try Cambodian street food, but worried about sanitation or unsure how to ask about ingredients? Mr. Mab 123 aims to make Khmer street food more accessible to expats and travelers. Mr. Mab 123’s menu is an ode to street food around the world. In addition to highlighting classic Khmer street foods, it offers European and Asian street favorites. The drink menu includes a wide selection of beers, cocktails, and rum and whiskey flights.This is Mr. Mab’s second Phnom Penh location, the original being a seafood and cocktail bar in BKK1. They also have two locations in Kep: one at Spring Valley Resort and one at the crab market.

Tipico Tapas

Check out Tipico Tapas if you love Spanish food or just like being able to order three small dishes instead of one large one. Focusing on traditional food from Barcelona and the Balearic islands, Tipico also offers dishes that fuse Spanish and local flavors. The constantly expanding drinks menu centers around wines, premium gins, and perfecting the classic gin and tonic. They offer a full bar and large glasses of red or white sangria. On weekends, Tipico offers a paella brunch special and every Wednesday is Ladies Night with buy-one-get-one-free alcoholic drinks from 5 p.m. until close.

Roots and Burgers

Located just below Tipico on on the first floor, and managed by the same team, Roots and Burgers focuses on bao buns, root vegetables and Asian fusion burgers. The fast-casual concept offers a healthier spin on the ‘burger and fries’ tradition with creative root-vegetable-based sides and toppings. Don’t worry if you’re attached to your side of classic white potato french fries — you can order those too! The root vegetable theme extends to the cocktail menu with features like the sweet potato old fashioned. Roots and Burgers also serves a variety of coffee drinks, breakfast dishes, and Asian desserts including a collection of shaved ice dishes from around the globe. Weekend brunch specials include free flow beer or cocktails.

Phnom Climb Community Gym

After indulging in many of the new spots listed above, you might be ready to balance that food and drink with some fitness. Phnom Climb, the first climbing gym in Phnom Penh, offers a fun way to switch up your workout. Offering indoor bouldering, top rope climbing, and lead climbing, Phnom Climb has something for the experienced climber as well as the newbie. If you’re new to climbing, there is a one-hour belaying introduction course where you can learn climbing and belaying basics. (Belaying is the term for manning the climbing rope for another person while they climb). They also host rotating courses, outdoor climbing trips, and workshops including events for children and teens. Pricing options range from drop-in to annual memberships, and equipment rental is available.

Long After Dark

Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12 p.m. to midnight
86 Street 450, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
facebook.com/longafterdarkcambodia

Banh Mi & Bros

Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
78 Street 450, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
facebook.com/banhmiandbros

Tummy Filler Cafe & Pub

Open daily, 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
28A Street 460, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 017 559 168
facebook.com/Tummy-Filler-Café-Pub

Mr. Mab 123 Global Street Food

Open Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
69 Street 123, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 087 525 777
mrmab.com

Tipico Tapas

Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
80 Street 454 (2nd floor), Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 023 986 453
tipicotapas.com

Roots and Burgers

Open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
80 Street 454 (1st floor), Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 023 986 452
http://www.rootsandburgers.com

Phnom Climb Community Gym

Open Monday to Thursday, 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 to 11 a.m. adnd 3 to 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 to 8 p.m.
345 Street 460, Toul Tom Pong, Phnom Penh
T: 017 897 105
phnomclimb.com

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