Bistrot de L’Institute Francais, Phnom Penh - review by Rusty Compass
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Bistrot de L’Institute Francais, Phnom Penh

| 26 Feb 2015


Bistrot de L’Institute Francais, Phnom Penh
218 184 St, Phnom Penh
+855 (0) 12495841


Price guide: $$ Set menu from $10USD

Our rating
26 Feb 2015

Bistrot de L’Institute Francais is a great little casual bistro and cafe attached the library and exhibition space of the Institute which is a French government cultural outpost.

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It’s hard to imagine governments funding restaurants and cafes in foreign lands in these neoliberal times. So visitors to Phnom Penh can be grateful for the French government’s old world view of soft power. In addition to a French language library and an exhibition space that’s well worth checking out, they’ve bolted on Bistrot - a cafe with pleasant, indoor and outdoor spaces and a simple but tasty bistro menu.

Pop by for a casual breakfast, lunch or a coffee, or come in the evening for a glass of wine or dinner in the more fancy indoor restaurant. The shaded grounds are good for a quiet read or conversation.

There are two and three course menus from $10USD.

Prices are reasonable and this is a welcome retreat in the midst of Phnom Penh’s chaos. Check out what’s happening at the Institute too.

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Mark Bowyer
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