FCC (Foreign Correspondent Club), Phnom Penh
The FCC is the up market place to drink and where you'll find the NGO's watering of an evening. Located on the Sisowath Quay... The drink here are a little more expensive, but the decor and surrounding are worth it....lol
Dress Code: Smart Casual is prefered
Just before sundown head for the FCC club on sisowath quay. Take a seat near the balcony, grab an Angkor Beer and settle down to watch the sunset and the people promenading on sisowath quay.
Dress Code: Definately not!
The FCC is extremely popular with tourists and ex-pats alike, and although it has a great location with a fantastic rooftop bar offering great views, it wasn’t the place for us. The drinks were overpriced. The food was inauthentic. Although it wasn’t our kind of place I can see how it is a popular spot with a lot of tourists. Because that’s exactly what you’ll find here, tourists, tourists, their kids and more tourists. If you’re looking for a little bit of home and to hang out with fellow tourists, this is your place. $$$
The Foreign Correspondents Club opened in the early Nineties and became famous for its bar and for the restaurant that looks out from its balcony on the second floor to one of the best views in Phnom Penh.
It has always been popular as a meeting point for journalists, businessmen, politicians and academics from all over the world.
Over the years, the Club has grown by buying up neighbouring shophouses and breaking through the walls to create seven large hotel style rooms in wooden-floored colonial style with beautiful modern bathrooms.
The FCC is a great place to stop for an icy cold drink and their fish & chips are a nice change from the local food.
Happy hour 5-7. Glasses of wine half price, Draught Beer 1 Dollar. FCC is in a colonial setting, really comfortable chairs. Views of the river on one side and views of the national musuem on the other. Good atmosphere. Didn't eat here as food a little overpriced. Worth a least one visit. You don't need a press card to get in and you don't need to dress up if you don't want to.
Dress Code: As you are
The Foreign Correspondents Club is one of those old world places from another generation. These kinds of clubs existed in countries around the world in the days of G&Ts on the verandah, B52s hitting at Hanoi, gentlemen colonial officers dreaming of home and old men in white suits plotting plantations and mines.
As in many other cities, the FCC was a home from home for the journalists and photographers at a time when global communication took three weeks and news was exchanged around the bar.
Today, the FCC is simply a restaurant and a bar - albeit one with a wonderful view of the Tonle Sap and the bustling promenade outside.
The idle fans and the wide open rooms are a great place to unwind and have a drink or a meal, and the regularly changing photographic exhibitions provide an ephemeral link with the good old days.
In a sense, visiting the FCC is a "thing to do" as much as a place to eat or drink. History is here but you ave to thnk about it. The present is here today, as well, perhaps charactersed by the difference between the fortunate few who can afford the luxuries of modern cuisine and the beggars outside.
FCC is a place for thinking about how fortunate you are to be on the inside, and not outside on the pavement.
The restaurant at 2nd Floor has Tonle Sap River view to the front and Royal Palace view to the back.
Dress Code: casual
I didn't really hit any nights spots but a few people headed to the FCC (Foreign Correspondence Club) No membership necessary. There is also something like 18 casinos in Phnom Penh.