April 24, 2018

Restaurant Review: The River Balcony

Riverside Balcony bar and restaurant in Battambang Cambodia

This restaurant and bar in Battambang, Cambodia is established on the open air upper floor of an historic riverside home. It can be a bit tricky to find, as it’s a fair bit away from the center of town.

The guidebook and map we had were more than a bit off as well. Most of the motorcycle drivers will know where to go if you get frustrated journeying there on foot. However, strolling there towards sunset will afford you great views of the remaining French colonial architecture.


Lots of twinkling white lights, flowering plants and candles, along with comfy furniture, hip subtle tunes and river water views set the stage for a very relaxing evening escape. The menu is a bit limited but decent, and the drink prices a bit high by Cambodian standards. However, the total bill will still likely be less than you are used to paying back home, and the atmospheric get-away from the rigors of local travel are what you’re after here. Lisa, if you’re reading . . . this place is totally you.

Photo Credits: TrekHound.Com

This article was submitted to the December 16, 2009 edition of Wanderfood Wednesday. As requested, a Cambodian theme article was chosen to coordinate with their fundraising efforts in association with Passports with Purpose – the organization is raising money this year to build a school in Cambodia as well as providing a nurse and other resources for the children.


  1. It sounds like a place I would love to visit :)