Phnom Penh’s lack of green space can make life difficult for those with pets. However, an increasing number of bars, cafés and restaurants across the capital are opening their doors to – well-behaved – dogs. This month, AsiaLIFE picks some of the top pet-friendly places.
Farm to Table
With its spacious mock farmyard, Farm to Table is not only a leafy haven in the heart of the capital, it is also the perfect place to bring along pet pooches. Its garden, which is dotted with jackfruit trees, tropical plants and fragrant herbs, is already home to resident rooster Ben and a handful of other clucking chickens. And the venue recently adopted a family of super-friendly kittens – so make sure dogs off the lead remain on their best behaviour. In true pet-friendly style, Farm to Table also hosts monthly Doggy Days for dogs and their owners to socialise. Dogs are also welcome to join in the sizzling Friday fun at Farm to Table’s evening live music events from 6pm.
16 Street 360. Tel.078 899 722. Open daily, from 8am to 10pm.
Those wanting to get their health fix in the company of their hounds can stop off at Backyard Café, which allows small dogs inside. With the ultimate aim of providing a cosy, contemporary and casual place for friends to catch up, relax alone or get stuck into some work, dogs haven’t been left out of the mix. This means dog owners wanting to sample the selection of locally-sourced, organically-grown ingredients and tuck into the menu that spans a range of vegan, vegetarian, raw, gluten-free and sugar-free options, don’t have to worry about leaving their furry friend at home.
11b Street 246. Tel. 078 751 715. Open Monday, from 7.30am to 4.30pm, and Tuesday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 9pm.
Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
Botanico’s open-air lush tropical garden makes it the ideal spot to bring along doggies for lunch, dinner or a drink. As avid animal supporters, the wine and beer garden regularly hosts fundraising events for a variety of the country’s animal rescue and adoption organisations. The only request is that guests keep control of their pet’s behaviour. So, Botanico is the perfect place for punters who fancy a few glasses of wine or supping on some top-quality craft beer brewed by Cerevisia while nibbling on perfectly paired bites in the company of their pets. During the day, it also offers shared working space for digital nomads and freelancers.
9b Street 29. Tel. 077 943 135. Open Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 9pm, and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.
There’s no excuse to miss out on Lot 369’s renowned brunch and coffee because the precious pooch can’t be left at home alone because the Aussie-owned, Cambodian-run café and bar in Toul Tom Poung welcomes animals through its doors. The multi-storey venue has a spacious sheltered outside terrace complete with benches, chairs and tables – perfect for dogs to chill out. Inside is air conditioned and there is even a play room to keep the children entertained, making it ideal for families with pets to hang out. And staff are on hand to ensure visiting dogs are provided with a fresh bowl of water.
13c Street 454. Tel. 012 345 541. Open Monday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 9pm, and Sunday, from 8am to 6pm.
Edgar Allen Paw
The welfare of four-legged friends is taken seriously at Edgar Allen Paw, where the main service is providing all the goodies needed to ensure the health of pet pooches – and kitties –is taken care of. As well as providing care, support and products for dogs and cats, the venue also creates a space for owners and their hounds to enjoy a coffee or food, surrounded by other animal owners – a great and safe way to socialise with pets, pick up top tips for taking care of animals and snag some treats, toys and other pet products. While it is mainly dogs who visit the café, the occasional cat has been known to pop in too.