Khmer food is one of the major national identity indicators that reflect the ways of life and mindset of the Cambodian people and are characterized in meat dishes and sweets. Cambodia has always been rich in variety of products and crops since ancient times. That richness manifests itself in the types of food that offers something different for every palate.
All famous international brands of soft drinks are available in Cambodia.Coffee is available in most restaurants, served black or with generous dollops of condensed milk, which makes it very sweet. One can find excellent fruit smoothies all over the country, known locally as tikalok.
The local beer is Angkor , which is produced by an Australian joint venture in Sihanoukwille. Other brands include Heineken, Tiger, San Miguel, Carlsberg, VB, Foster's and Grolsch.
Cafes and Bars
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are the best places for pubs and bars. Elsewhere around Cambodia, drinking takes places at street stalls, in restaurants and in nightclubs.
Phnom Penh is the place for dancing and nightlife. There are several clubs that carry a good mix of locals and foreigners, such as Rock, Spark, U2.
Nightlife in Phnom Penh tends to begin fairly late - a 9 P.M. start is usual, after a leisurely meal and some drinks at a bar. Drink prices can be steep, but one can always pop outside and get a swift half from a street vendor
Outside Phnom Penh, nightlife is dominated by Khmer nightclubs. These are basically 'hostess clubs' aimed at men, however, foreign women are welcome to enter. They offer live music and are good places to learn a bit about Khmer dancing.
Since the encouragement from the Ministry of Fine Arts and Culture and the Cambodian people's strong support and interest in Khmer films, most abandoned cinemas have been re-opened. Recently, Khmer films are very popular for Cambodians, not only in urban areas but also provinces. Khmer movies can be viewed around the city at the main streets - such as Kirirom Cinema - Sihanouk blvd., Luxe Cinema - Norodom blvd., Vimean Tip, Monivong Blvd.
English language movies shown in private viewing rooms at Movie Street Video Center, #116, Sihanouk Blvd., The French Cultural Center (Street 184) hosts French films at 6:30PM every few days. The Russian Market (Toul Tom Pong) carries the most recent movies and CDs.
Public performances of Khmer traditional dance are few. The places to find traditional dancing are a few hotels in Phnom Penh and most local restaurants in Siem Reap. Check the local English-language newspapers for lists of upcoming events.
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