Upper West Side, Slarkram Commune, River Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Browse art and sip coffee at this arty venueA short tuk-tuk ride along the riverside in the direction of the temples is a striking retro Sixties-era villa called The 1961, an art gallery and performance space that was renovated and has now had a co-working space thrown into the mix. Started by designer-artist Loven Ramos, the gallery is worth a look for its frequent changing exhibitions of art, mixed media installations and photography. The venue also holds the occasional DJ sets and gigs. There is a cafe-bar on site where you can sip a drink while browsing magazines (they have an impressive collection for those of us who prefer paper) and a stack of leaflets promoting local arts event that you should check out. A number of local creatives have also opened ateliers here, including Senhoa, an NGO which employs and trains vulnerable women to craft glam jewellery from precious gems, and supports a women’s shelter.