Phnom Penh’s street 240, with its quaint architecture and shops, has been a favorite among the city’s expats and visitors for many years. The street houses several boutiques, wine bars, gastro pubs, and a high-end chocolatier. A uniquely different shopping and dining experience can be found in street 240 ½; a tucked-away small alley off of street 240.
Anyone looking for quirky and one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories will feel right at home here. There are several small shops selling creations by up-and-coming local designers. But Crash Test Dummies is definitely the shop one cannot and shouldn’t miss. Almost everything sold here is handmade, and often in support of a social cause. Whether it be hand-painted canvas shoes, or eye-catching fashion jewelry, the assortment here includes everything from crazy to normal.
A not so normal liquor store is located at the end of 240 ½: La Familia, “Purveyors of Fine Spirits & Experiences”. The latter part of the store’s tagline says it all. A visit to La Familia is a must, and an experience that will not so soon be forgotten. The varieties of rums, tequilas, gins, vodkas, etc. that can be found and tasted here speak volume. In addition to a “select portfolio of the world’s finest artisanal spirits and premium brands”, La Familia also hosts well-visited regular fun cocktail-related events and workshops.
Visually, street 240 ½ stands out through its street art. The organization Cambodia Urban Art, who runs the recently opened Bar & Art Gallery in the street, has played a major role in promoting and preserving street art and artists; not only in this small alley, but throughout Phnom Penh.
EATING and DRINKING
Artillery was the first business that opened on Street 240 ½ back in 2011. This health café and arts venue offers creative and healthy menu choices, which include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, in a beautiful multi-level setting. The Café also operates a sister restaurant in Siem Reap, and offers cleansing, dieting, art- and handcrafted products to its customers.
Phnom Penh’s best late-night eats can be enjoyed at the Townhouse Supper Club; one of the alley’s more prominent and exclusive tenants. Carnivores and seafood lovers can satisfy their hunger here until long after midnight.
Across the Townhouse Supper Club is Bar Sito; the restaurant’s sister bar and self-acclaimed “first Speakeasy in Phnom Penh”. It is a small, yet beautifully designed space where people from all walks of life come to enjoy a must-experience-atmosphere and pillar of Phnom Penh’s cocktail scene.
Street 240 ½’s flair is best experienced during evening hours, when patrons dine and drink in the alley, while soft light and music from the various venues amplify the ambiance of this unique and less than 300 ft. short alley.