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Phnom Penh Morning Market & Breakfast Tour

You'll definitely want to skip your hotel breakfast for this one!

Daily at 8:30am

Duration 3 Hours

$39 USD per Adult

$29 USD Children 4-15

Tour Operated

by Tuktuk

The Essentials:

See how Cambodians wake up and start their day with a morning market and breakfast tour by tuktuk.  Discover hidden foodie gems, enjoy some amazing local coffee, and experience the vibrant Khmer culture – this is your chance to kick off your day like a local, with a local!

Stops

6 stops which include a selection of sit-down restaurants, street-food stalls, a market, and a cafe.

Group Size

Small groups of 2-8 people per tour.

Start & End Location

Hotel pick-up is included from centrally located hotels.

Dietary Requirements

Fish sauce is an essential ingredient in Khmer cuisine.  This tour will be difficult for those who cannot eat fish sauce.

We visit small, family-run eateries that often specialize in one thing, so substitutions are not always available. We are sorry but not all special dietary requests can be accommodated. Please contact us prior to booking if you have any questions or concerns.

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About This Tour:

Perhaps one of the most storied capital cities in the world, Phnom Penh and risen and fallen multiple times since it was first established in the 5th century. The bustling city you see today, developing at warp speed and home to over 2 million people, was a very different place just decades ago – and locals still prefer their traditional way of life.

Those traditions are still strong, and best seen exploring our vibrant local streets in the morning. Try a selection of freshly prepared sesame donuts, one of Cambodia’s most popular morning snacks. Discover our favorite Bai Sach Chrouk (pork with rice) vendor in Phnom Penh to see why it’s THE breakfast for locals. And watch Banh Chev (savory stuffed pancakes) prepared fresh-to-order, radiating with their classic turmeric-yellow color.

While the city is known for its markets, the truth is that many of them these days cater only to tourists. But traditions are strong if you know where to find them, and we’ll visit a less-traveled market to see what locals buy and walk away with a souvenir of our own.

And don’t forget the local coffee, seasonal fresh fruit and juice, and a dessert that’s nothing like you’ve ever had before. All while cruising through our favorite neighborhoods in Phnom Penh by tuktuk.

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What You'll Do:

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Sesame Donut

Meet Aunt Om who freshly prepares sesame donuts, one of Cambodia's most popular morning snacks, and see the passion she has to give each customer a smile.

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Pork

Pork & rice is by far the go-to breakfast for locals...but there's so much more than what's in the name. Grab a stool and sit street-side to find out why.

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Market

Stroll through a bustling open-air market, try what's in-season, and walk away with a handmade souvenir - on us!

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Pancakes

Savory crepes prepared with ground pork, garlic, turmeric, coconut milk, and eggs, then eaten by hand in lettuce wraps. Enough said.

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Neighborhood Joints

Visit our favorite neighborhood joints and truly experience breakfast the local way. These are off the beaten path hidden gems.

Phnom Penh Morning Market & Food Tour Cambodia Coffee

Finish with a signature coffee recipe that won this hip cafe the National Barista Gold Medal in Cambodia!

Featured In:

"A Tuk-Tuk ride through Gastronomic History"

"I was on a historical odyssey and didn’t even know it. These themes are what made the tour come alive. I would have been quite satisfied romping from place to place, beer in hand, but what I found was a premiere introduction to Khmer culture as well as cuisine.”

"Local Khmer Food Odyssey"

"This was one of the best food tours I have been on in a while. What I loved best was that the places we went and the food we ate was authentic and a truly local experience."

"Phnom Penh, Cambodia: I’m In Love"

"At one point we even went to a BBQ place that is apparently usually only a drive-through, except Lost Plate has arranged for a table to be set up on the family’s patio a few nights a week for their tours. I would absolutely suggest making time for it while you’re in Phnom Penh!"

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Take a look at some of our favorite moments from Lost Plate’s morning market and breakfast food tour!

Customer Reviews:

5/5

“We booked this food tour in Phom Penh at the last minute and it was a great decision. Our guide picked us up on time, and showed us the food experience in Phnom Penh in an easy way – going through the streets, he stopped at points where he had to explain something, simply tried food and shared some more background about it. Overall a great adventure to experience local food, and a good opportunity to learn more about culture and history of Cambodia.”

Jonas S

August 2022

5/5

Definitely Recommend!

“Such an awesome experience trying many Cambodian dishes we probably would not have been able to find on our own. Yi was a great guide — super friendly and easy to communicate with. He has a lot of knowledge about all the best local spots and the unique history behind each of the dishes we tried. Definitely recommend!”

Phnom Penh Food Tour Review by Emily

Emily

July 2022

5/5

Enjoyed This Tour!

I’ve been on a number of food tours in Vietnam and Cambodia, and this was an excellent addition to those experiences. Transportation was easy, and our guide made things fun and interesting. They clearly care about their home and their culinary traditions, and I recommend this experience to those visiting Phnom Penh!”

Phnom Penh Food Tour Review by Greg

Greg

July 2022

5/5

“This was a great way to discover local food and what we like. Me and my partner went and there were two other people which was nice to speak to them and hear about their travels. Our tour guide Yi was awesome he spoke English very well and explained about all the local cuisines and culture.”

Caitlin

June 2022

5/5

My friend has been living here for 6 years and I moved here 6 months ago, but neither of us had ever eaten at any of the places we went during the tour. We loved how they brought us to places that are truly local. Most of them specialized in one or two dishes. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting or living in Phnom Penh!

Anne B.

April 2022

5/5

This was hands-down the best thing we did in a whole month in Cambodia. The food was amazing of course, but the best thing was experiencing it with such a knowledgeable and fun guide. We’ve got a whole new appreciation for Khmer cuisine – this tour is a MUST-DO!

jemimagrace

March 2022

5/5

The Best of Cambodian Food

Yi’s knowledge of Cambodian food, it’s history and roots makes this a memorable experience. From understanding ingredients, iconic locations and the history behind each dish—Yi made sure he introduced us to the best of Cambodian food. I’m writing this review after spending a few more days in Cambodia and I can safely say the flavours Yi introduced us to are great enough to rank in the top 5!

Lost Plate Phnom Penh Food Tour Review by Amna

Amna

March 2022

5/5

An Excellent Guide!

We had a great time on this tour! Yi was an excellent guide, really easy to talk to and fun to hang out with. Most of the places we stopped felt like hidden gems and the food was delicious!

Lost Plate Phnom Penh Food Tour Review by Lizzie

Lizzie

March 2022

COVID-19 Health & Safety.

  • Flexible Cancellation Policy: We have always offered one of the most flexible cancellation policies in the industry and that hasn’t changed. You are able to reschedule your tour or receive a 100% refund for all cancellations made at least 48 hours before the tour start time. Your reservations with Lost Plate are worry-free.
  • Symptom-Free: We require that all guides and guests are not ill when joining a tour. Guides or guests showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, will be asked to not join the tour.
  • Masks: In general, there are no mask mandates in our destinations but we do recommend wearing one when in public.
  • Sanitization: Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the tour.
  • Your guide has the right to refuse service to anyone who does not cooperate with our health & safety requests. All Lost Plate tour guides are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns with any of these details, please contact us before your tour begins.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Come hungry because you will get a lot of food! We are not a tasting tour, we provide much more than a full meal’s worth of food so we recommend you skip breakfast before the tour and arrive hungry!

This tour also includes coffee and fruit during the tour, plus unlimited bottled water.

We have many happy customers who do all of our tours in each city! We have designed our tours to ensure that each dish is unique to each tour and there aren’t ANY repeats. This tour is extremely different from our evening tour and joining both tours would give you huge insight into the local foodie scene.

We encourage you to pick the tours that best fit your itinerary and we offer a 10% discount if booking more than one tour.

We sure do! If you decide to do more than one tour with us we are happy to offer you a 10% discount off your total amount. It doesn’t matter if the tour is in the same city or a different city, we want to keep feeding you as long as you let us. Our online booking system will automatically deduct the discount from your total if booking online at the same time. If you decide to add more tours later, your original confirmation email will include a promo code to use on those bookings. Also, children ages 4-15 receive a discount on all tours (3 & under are free).

Our tours have been designed to accommodate as many diets as possible while still remaining authentic and delicious.  We prepare our tour menu beforehand, so please let us know if you have special requirements when you book.

Please note that Khmer cuisine features a lot of fish sauce as a natural salt (don’t worry, it’s not fishy), which is the most common issue we follow-up with guests about.

Vegetarian: We can accommodate this, vegetarians can eat at most, if not all, of the stops depending on how flexible the diet is to fish sauce. 

Fun fact: there’s no Khmer word for vegetarian, even saying “no-meat diet” would still include fish/oyster sauces and meat-based broths, so saying vegetarian in Khmer would actually require a long-winded explanation.

Vegan: This tour will be extremely limited for vegans. You may be able to eat in some stops depending on how strict your diet is to fish sauce. We still get vegans on the tour who are curious to learn about traditional culture. Talk to us and we’ll let you know how many courses you’ll have. 

Fun fact: If there’s no word for vegetarian, the idea of veganism is at the horizons of the Khmer language’s cognition. The closest thing to it, and how we explain it to our vendors, is “temple-food” which is the diet Buddhist monks observe, built around as little suffering and negative karma as possible.

Food allergies: This tour is easily adaptable to those who are gluten intolerant, and feel free to bring your own booze if you want to keep up with everyone on the beer! Please let us know if you have any other allergies or restrictions, we’ve heard every type under the sun. 

Bookings cancelled 2 days (48 hours) or more before your tour are fully refundable (100% refund). Bookings cancelled within 48 hours notice are not refundable. Cancellations must be communicated by email to info@lostplate.com or by phone. If you would like to reschedule your tour with less than 48 hours notice, we will need to charge 50% of your total since we are unable to fill your spots at short notice.

Our minimum is 2 and maximum is 8. There’s no flag to follow, or megaphone, or tacky uniforms. It’s small enough to be intimate, but big enough to get away with trying several dishes at each stop. You’ll get plenty of face-time with the experts. Bottom line is, you’ll follow the guide through a super-local experience and make friends along the way. It is awfully common for our guests to continue the morning together after the tour.

The tour starts at 8:30am, and we offer free hotel pick-up at central locations. When you complete your booking online, you’ll be able to provide your hotel name and address (or you can notify us later if you’re not sure where you’re staying yet) and we will send you an estimated pick-up time the day before your tour, which is typically between 8:20-8:40am. We’ll meet you at the lobby with a Lost Plate sign .

The tour will end at a cafe near to the Russian Market. Your guide will be able to assist you about how to get wherever you’d like to go next.

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Phnom Penh Morning Breakfast Tour by Tuktuk

5/5

$39/person

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