Street 178

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Start with some beaut gowns at Am­bre (see Adv. Shop.), in a colo­nial build­ing at 37, St. 178 (near Pas­teur St. aka St. 51). With Am­bre on your left, head up St. 178 to­wards the river and find con­tempo Kh­mer art at Xem De­sign / 023 722 252 / be­fore charg­ing up with a java jolt and éclair at #9a La Patis­serie / 012 534 900. Con­tinue across Norodom Blvd. past the stone carv­ing work­shops and check out work by young artists at #34e Romeet (see Ac­tiv­i­ties), be­fore see­ing it hap­pen at the de­light­ful, crum­bling School of Fine Arts, where vis­i­tors are wel­come. Cross back to the left where the art shops are and try #65 Daugh­ters / 077 657 678 / daugh­ter­sof cam­bo­ / for pretty ecobags and cro­cheted scarves, and Theam’s House at #47 / 023 211 808. Choices. Cross again for the fab Na­tional Mu­seum, with the Royal Palace a block be­hind (see Ac­tiv­i­ties for both), or, take the next left into St. 13 for NGO Kh­mer diner Friends at #215 / 012 802 072. Splurge on stun­ning sil­ver at #33 Gar­den of De­sire (see Stand­out Stores) be­fore head­ing left on Sot­hearos to find Sa Sa Bas­sac Gallery (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) at #18 with cut­tingedge lo­cal art. Need a pam­per? Head back to the cnr for Bo­dia Spa / 023 226 199 / bo­ / above U-care for a good rub, oth­er­wise push on and bag guilt-free sacs and scarves at char­ity-based Kra­van House at #13 / 023 990 195. Fi­nally, end your spend by the river with a mo­jito at the iconic FCC / 363 Sisowath Quay. Oh, go on then, make it two!

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