Phnom Penh has apparently changed quiet a lot in the last few years, and most of the cafes I frequented seemed relatively new.
Foreign Correspondents Club
The Foreign Correspondents Club is by far the oldest and most prestigious establishment among this café list. Althgouh it is no longer an exclusive club, the atmosphere can be enjoyed restaurant or lounge. I enjoyed sitting by the window sipping a coffee and watching traffic go by along the river. And I did evesdrop on a conversation between two journalists! How cliché!
Jave House is also a Phnom Penh classic and a place that everyone should visit. I ordered a filet mignon with brie cheese sauce, and sautéed potatoes for USD $6. Incredible. The ice teas were also excellent.
Sisco is a new café that seemed to still be learning the ropes. It was being remodeled when I visited, but the staff were friendly and the drinks and donut were great. Nice views from the second floor.
Mojo is a brand new café with a nightclub atmosphere. I loved going in the day and sitting by the window. At night, the place can get rather dark with the all-black interior. Food and drink were excellent and cheap. I recommend the Pad Thai!
Brown Coffee is a local chain and ended up being my favorite place to work. Reliable wifi, delicious pastries, and the best Iced Coffee with Condensed Milk that I had in Cambodia, where just some of the reasons I kept returning.
Gong Cha is a Taiwanese Bubble Tea chain. I usually don’t go to bubble tea cafes when I want to write, but I found Gong Cha’s Phnom Penh branch surprisingly atmospheric.