Great breakfasts and light lunches, lovely shakes and real plunger coffee; all while learning Khmer sign language! The best address in Kampot.
What to experience ?
If you happen to be staying or passing by Kampot then be sure to drop by the Epic Arts Café for some of the best home-made cakes this side of the mountain. Whether enjoying a casual breakfast or a quick bite before an adventurous or lazy day, the Café is a great place to enjoy delicious home-made cakes and brownies, bagels, biscuits, scones, French press coffee, a proper cup of ‘English’ tea, and delicious meals and drinks.
Apart from providing both locals and passers-by with full and contented stomachs, travellers can purchase a range of handicrafts and products on display at the Café, all of which have been sourced from partner organisations working to empower the livelihoods of people living with disabilities in Cambodia.
A unique feature of the Café is the opportunity for customers to communicate with the staff in sign language. For a bit of fun and interaction, try ordering breakfast or a coffee in sign language. There are books available to show you how.
In addition to the Café artistic performances and events are held every three months at the local Epic Arts Centre, and are advertised at the Café, so remember to keep your eyes open for upcoming events.
The Café is open daily from 7am till 6pm.
How does it help?
Epic Arts believes in a world where ‘Every Person Counts’ and where people living with disabilities are valued, accepted and respected. The Epic Arts Café is equally a space for young people with disabilities who may not have had access to education to learn and develop skills in hospitality. Their aim is to develop the Café so it is entirely managed in the long term by local staff with disabilities.
The Café provides employment for eight people living with disabilities, and is a fund raising opportunity for the work of the organisation Epic Arts. On a daily basis, the Café serves people, many of whom are tourists who have heard of Epic Arts’ work, and wish to offer their support. The upstairs space is also used by the local deaf community to gather, and develop activities.
All staff receive positive benefits and substantial salaries. All profits made from the business are put into the further development of training for Café staff, project development, or additional programmes within Epic Arts in Cambodia.
At present the Café generates enough revenue to be self-sufficient, and provides a small amount of monetary support to Epic Arts’ programmes such as workshops, training programmes and creation of performances, in London, Cambodia and China.
Epic Arts Cafe
Sovann Sakor, Kompong Kandal
PO Box 737, Kampot, Cambodia,
Tel: +855 (0)33 932 247