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Siem Reap

Eat and meet


  • Cuisine Wat Damnak
    4.5 stars

    Will redefine your relationship with food

    Wat Damnak Area
    T: (077) 347 762

    Few restaurants generate such a stir of anticipation when they open, and fewer yet such consensus: Cuisine Wat Damnak is amazing. The weekly changing set menus are dedicated to bringing you Cambodian food, but this food is so good it transcends boundaries, and the owner/chef, Joannes Riviere, and ... read more

  • The Old House
    4 stars

    Good value Khmer food with class

    Pi Thnou St (opposite Siem Reap provincial hospital), Old Market Area, Siem Reap
    T: (012) 493 948

    About 100 metres from the northern end of Pub Street but a million miles from the genuine free Apsara shows, authentic Cambodian snake and crocodile barbecues and myriad piscene pedicure tanks, you will find a small haven of tranquility, a very classy little Khmer-owned and managed restaurant ... read more

  • The Sugar Palm
    4 stars

    The best amok in town

    Taphul Road
    T: (063) 964 838

    When one of Britain's top chefs, Gordon Ramsey, was looking for a place to go to learn how to cook Khmer food, he went to Sugar Palm. This is a favourite among expats when visitors come to town and they want to showcase the best of Cambodian cooking served in a magnificently preserved traditional ... read more

  • Mr Grill
    4 stars


    Wat Bo Road
    T: (012) 645 772

    Popular with everyone: expats, locals and visitors, Mr Grill has a massive Khmer menu of grills and more (that you can barbecue yourself on the table). The open-air restaurant on Wat Bo Road is something of an institution in Siem Reap, and the busy atmosphere is infectiously dynamic, especially if ... read more

  • Eat with your heart: NGO restaurants in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Fill up and help out

    If you are what you eat, then it’s hard to beat the opportunity to tuck into delicious, healthy food at the same time as supporting a worthwhile cause. Perhaps the way to Cambodia’s heart is through your stomach. Siem Reap has at least four NGO cafés and restaurants, though there’s bound to ... read more

  • How to cook real Cambodian food
    3.5 stars

    Get started

    A few years ago, a young French chef came to Siem Reap as a volunteer to train the students at Sala Baï, an NGO that every year trains about 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians from the surrounding area in the arts of cooking, front of house, house-keeping and waiting tables. The school has a solid ... read more

  • Cambodian food basics
    3.5 stars

    A primer

    Much maligned as the unsavoury cousin of spicier and more glamorous Thai food, real Cambodian cooking is unfortunately under-appreciated by many visitors to Cambodia, although this is hardly their fault. Among the reasons is their simple lack of awareness. “People are familiar with Vietnamese ... read more

  • Fancy a pho? Look no further...
    3.5 stars

    The soup that has it all

    Oh, pho, fabulous pho! To the uninitiated it might sound like it’s only soup, and really who’d want to rhapsodise about soup. But to those in the know about pho, it’s so, so much more than that. This is a soup that has it all. There are many variations but at the heart of it, there’s the ... read more

  • Siem Reap's night food stalls
    3.5 stars


    You wouldn’t believe they were hardly here only two years ago. There’s something about night food stalls in Asia that makes you feel you’ve tapped into something ageless, but in Siem Reap the bustling, sizzling, richly aromatic grills are relatively recent additions. ... read more

  • Fancy Cambodian food in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Upmarket local fare

    Cambodian food does get a bit of a bad rap compared to its neighbours, for numerous reasons of varying soundness, and it can seem incongruous therefore to even associate the words “posh”, “Khmer” and “nosh” (a bit like trying to think of snazzy Welsh food), but associate them you can, ... read more

  • Street food
    3.5 stars

    Great value eats

    Siem Reap is full of restaurants but where to find very simple, very cheap street food? ... read more

  • Marum
    3.5 stars

    A worthy splurge.

    #8A, B Slokram Village, by Wat Po Langka
    T: (017) 363 284

    The fifth installment from the well-established Tree Alliance group of hospitality training school restaurants, Marum has a lot to live up to. Joining the esteemed ranks of Phnom Penh’s popular Romdeng and Friends restaurants, Marum is the newest of the set and first to land in Siem Reap. ... read more

  • Chamkar
    3.5 stars

    Cosy and friendly

    The Passage
    T: (092) 733 150

    A huge hit with vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike, this very pretty restaurant stands out on The Passage for its elegant decor. The space here is small and intimate, but it always manages to be comfortable, and the location in the middle of The Alley means you're in a prime spot, yet you feel ... read more

  • Khmer Kitchen
    3.5 stars

    Always tasty

    Street 9 & Pub Street Alley, Old Market Area
    T: (063) 964 154 or (012) 763 468

    With its deep red and warm yellow decor, lively atmosphere and rows of wooden tables, Khmer Kitchen bears an uncanny resemblance to a Spanish venta or a Mexican cantina. But the similarity ends with the decor and what you will actually find at this busy eatery in Siem Reap’s tourist centre are ... read more

  • Champey
    3.5 stars

    Fine Khmer food

    The Passage, behind Bar St, through to the Old Market
    T: (063) 964 713

    Beautiful decor and an effort to create some of the finest Khmer food in the Pub Street area make this place stand out. They aim to create Khmer royal cuisine and the food is some of the best Khmer fare available in downtown and the Old Market-facing part of the restaurant is ideal for people ... read more


  • La Boulangerie
    4 stars

    Great breakfasts and salads

    Street 7
    T: (063) 6901 501

    La Boulangerie has usurped the Blue Pumpkin as the best bakery in town in the opinion of many. This very sweet, locally owned and run cafe serves up some excellent value breakfasts, great coffee, and really good value lunches, including salads, sandwiches and quiches. Immensely popular with the ... read more

  • Little Red Fox Espresso
    3.5 stars

    The bomb

    593 Hap Guan Street, Kandal Village, Siem Reap
    T: (016) 669 724

    Expect to find amazing coffee, simple food and endless good humour at this tucked away little cafe with a hair salon popped on top. As the guys who opened this place would say, Little Red Fox Espresso is seriously “the bomb”. Adam Rodwell and David Stirling threw caution to the wind when they ... read more

  • Joe to Go
    3.5 stars

    Generous proportions, reasonable prices

    Street 9, Siem Reap
    T: (063) 969 050

    Simple, unpretentious and comfortable describes both the food and the set-up here. The cafe was set up to fund Global Child, an excellent NGO that seeks to provide a top-notch education for former street children. Simple, unpretentious and comfortable describes both the food and the set-up here. ... read more

  • Coffee in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Go for hot and steamy

    I know some prefer it cool, smooth and slow, but I have to confess I’m a major fan of hot and steamy. Of course, this does usually result in short lived affairs, but I don’t know anyone who could handle that much intensity for longer anyway. Especially with the Italians, God do the Italians ... read more

  • Afternoon tea in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars


    I recently discovered that German baronesses and French princesses can be counted among my forebears, which might explain why I’ve still never set foot in a KFC. It would have been better if the witches hadn’t apparently spent absolutely everything, leaving me with nothing but their tastes, but ... read more

  • Sister Srey Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Superb coffee

    200 Pokambor Ave, Siem Reap
    T: (097) 723 8001

    There’s a lot of heart and humour in this little riverside sweet spot. Sister Srey is the creation of two young Australian sisters who were on all set to make their fame and fortune in London but decided on the way that Siem Reap is actually where it’s at — and who could blame them? They ... read more

  • The Hive
    3.5 stars

    Cool respite, Western food

    631 Psar Kandal St (behind Angkor Riviera Hotel), Siem Reap
    T: (097) 763 3484

    On the edges of the ever cooler Kandal Village, The Hive has proven to be one of the most popular additions to Siem Reap’s growing cafe scene thanks to its friendly vibe, excellent coffees, well-conceived menu and sin-busting range of fruit and veg shakes. ... read more

  • Angkor Cafe
    3 stars

    Flash Angkor option

    Opposite Angkor Wat
    T: (012) 946 227

    Sometimes, when the heat and tiredness of trudging around Angkor sets in, the only cure is a pastry or ice-cream and great big coffee. Part of the Blue Pumpkin chain, it doesn't open till 08:00, though the Pub Street restaurant is open as early as 05:00. The Angkor Café faces the ... read more


  • Haven Training Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    Enjoy an outstanding meal for a good cause

    Sok San Street (20m behind X-Bar)
    T: (078) 342 404

    There are few restaurants in Siem Reap, if any other, where you need to book a couple of days in advance in high season to be sure to get a seat. The well-deserved popularity of Haven Training Restaurant means you need to plan this one in advance and not just rock up if the idea of quality, fairly ... read more

  • Abacus
    4.5 stars

    A real treat

    Off Route 6 (Behind Acleda Bank)
    T: (012) 644 286

    A classic French menu in a romantic garden or elegant interior setting, impeccable service and incredible food mean a trip to Abacus is always a special occasion. The focus is French, but with some special Asian twists in places. Special dishes include arguably the best carpaccio in town, and a ... read more

  • Il Forno
    4.5 stars

    Superstar Italiano

    The Lane
    T: (078) 208 174

    Authentic Italian cooking in an inviting, relaxed but very thoughtful streetside restaurant. Il Forno went from non-existence to pre-eminence in about 24 hours flat. Created by a young Italian family, the rich aroma of authenticity wafts from every dish. Their pizzas are crisp and thin based, ... read more

  • Ivy 2
    4 stars

    Vegetarians and tapas lovers' delight

    Off Pokambor Avenue
    T: (012) 800 860

    A relaxed, open-terrace festooned with greenery and some of the most highly-rated vegetarian food in town make this a go-to spot for many. Ivy 2 has possibly the biggest vegetarian menu in town, and whether you're a vegetarian or meat-lover, their cheesey mash will have you swooning. Their ... read more

  • Fresh at Chilli Si Dang
    4 stars

    Relaxed and friendly

    Wat Bo
    T: (017) 875 129

    Set on the east bank of Siem Reap river, Fresh at Chilli Si Dang offers airy streetside and riverside eating with prices that are reasonable and service that is prompt and quite chatty. A small, relaxed and friendly bar, this is a good place to drop into if you want to find out what's happening in ... read more

  • Gay-friendly hotels and bars in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Siem Reap may be small compared to nearby travel hotspots such as Bangkok and Phnom Penh, but the gay scene here is very well formed. A Buddhist country, Cambodia is generally pretty tolerant of homosexuality, though there remains heavy pressure on young men and women to follow the traditional path ... read more

  • International food in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    A wrap

    The rest of the world may be coming late to Siem Reap, but this town hasn’t stinted when it comes to serving up top quality food from almost every corner of the globe and you can travel the world from here, provided you’re happy to use a plate instead of a magic carpet. We are still missing out ... read more

  • Vegetarian food in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Can be a bit of a challenge

    Unlike India, it’s not easy in Cambodia to find a sympathetic ear if you’re a vegetarian. Instead, you will be confronted with everything ranging from open disbelief, to dark mutterings that the barang is clearly mad, to acts of rebellion with secret sprinklings of shrimp or bacon bits. And ... read more

  • Best supermarkets in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Midnight munchies?

    So many tourist markets, boutiques, jewellers and craft shops in Siem Reap can make shopping here a real pleasure. On the other hand, if you have a case of the midnight munchies, or just need batteries, its charms can seem a little over-worked. The practical things in life can rarely be found in ... read more

  • The Siem Reap mega-breakfast round-up
    3.5 stars

    Breakfast like a king

    They say you should breakfast like a king, and they also say you should start the day as you mean to carry on. So a right royal brekkie is clearly the only way to go or people will think you’re depressed. More to the point, temple hopping around Angkor and its surrounds is hard work, and a good ... read more

  • Italian restaurants in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    The restaurants are fantastic

    Cambodia may be a Johnny-come-lately on the Southeast Asia tourist trail, but there’s one area where they’ve already caught up with, even exceeded, their neighbours. The restaurants here (in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) are fantastic. The Cambodian culinary scene has developed in less than ... read more

  • Tapas in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Praise be, in that case, for tapas

    For many people searing Asian temperatures are something of an appetite killer (would that I were one of them). Even after a day of meandering around temples or browsing markets, come dinnertime the ravening hunger that one might look forward to satisfying on a cold winter’s day just isn’t ... read more

  • Siem Reap's top dining establishments
    3.5 stars

    Many to choose from

    If you want to get the best eats in Siem Reap, you’ve got to get out of town. It’s true there are some lovely restaurants in the heart of Siem Reap, and some truly excellent ones too (Il Forno, for one example). But if you’re looking for a real treat, then you’d better grab a tuk tuk. ... read more

  • The best Caesar salads in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    The first truly globalised recipe

    It’s possible that Caesar salad may be the first truly globalised recipe (provided one excludes the fat, salt, sugar and multiple-chemical delivery systems marketed by fast food dealers). The popular assemblage, once the preserve of restaurants with Maitre d’s that let you know you’d failed ... read more

  • Mexican food in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    You're a long way from Matzalan

    I’m not American, which you can tell by the fact that I eat burgers with a knife and fork (frankly, the concept of having to unhinge your jaw in order to put food in your mouth seems freakish and bizarre), have an almost disturbing neurosis about “proper” spelling, and get very twitchy when ... read more

  • French in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Wine cheese and more

    Being born French is nature’s way of fondly ruffling your hair and gently patting you on the bum before letting you off to play in the world safe in the knowledge that you’re one of the favoured. Because while it’s possible that the French may indeed have the most terrifying children’s ... read more

  • Garden restaurants in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Food with a view of sorts

    While some might argue that a large bowl of glistening French fries is the best accompaniment to any dish, sometimes it doesn’t quite do the trick. In fact, what might work best is simply a better view, and this can be hard to come by in Siem Reap. The colour green is said to create feelings of ... read more

  • Siem Reap restaurants: Reservations recommended
    3.5 stars

    Booking ahead can be prudent

    For a long time one of the joys of Siem Reap was that with so many choices of places to dine, the thought of booking anywhere was almost unimaginable except, perhaps, at some of the classier hotel bistros, and even then that would mostly be for form rather than necessity. It added to the sense of ... read more

  • Kerala Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Authentic South Indian fare.

    Alley West, Old Market Area
    T: (086) 217 701

    Kerala Restaurant — named after the southwest Indian state of Kerala — on Siem Reap’s increasingly chi-chi Alley West is as good a reason as any to give yourself a break from Khmer cuisine and treat yourself to an authentic South Indian meal in pleasant, informal surroundings and at ... read more

  • Peace Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Vegetarian hit.

    Street 26, Wat Bo Area, Siem Reap
    T: (063) 965 210, (092) 177 127

    In a town that owes its place on the tourist map to some of the most spectacular spiritual monuments in history, it’s only fitting that you can still find a quiet retreat to feed your own 21st century spiritual needs — and re-fuel with some quality vegetarian food at the same time — just a ... read more

  • Le Triskell d'Angkor
    3.5 stars

    For a little Gallic twist

    Street 10

    Originally a creperie which also served some really excellent pizzas, the owner recently expanded the premises and the menu to accommodate those who were looking for some local dishes too. The crepes are excellent, and served with delicious pickles that beautifully off-set the flavours. Rich ... read more

  • The Indian
    3.5 stars

    Cracking Indian food

    Street 9
    T: (017) 928 471

    A posher spot for some good Indian nosh, and slightly more expensive than elsewhere, but The Indian is generally considered worth it. Its glassed-in front takes you away from the hustle and bustle outside, and the service is very good. Siem Reap is spoiled for choice when it comes to Indian ... read more

  • Maharajah
    3.5 stars

    Typical Indian fare

    Sivatha Boulevard
    T: (063) 966 221

    Anyone in a hurry for a curry is spoiled for choice in this town. You cannot go wrong by dropping in to any one of the ones that you might happen to pass. However, with the greatest respect to all the excellent others, Maharajah seems to strike the best balance for quality and value for money. ... read more

  • Cafe Central
    3.5 stars

    Classy for a meal or chill-out

    Corner of Street 11 and Street 9, Old Market area, Siem Reap
    T: T: (017) 692 997

    Cool and breezy Cafe Central occupies the ground floor of a classic cream-coloured colonial building on a commanding corner spot opposite Siem Reap’s Old Market. Set midway between the slow flowing river and one end of the town’s celebrated Pub Street, the location is hard to beat. With shady ... read more

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    Hawaii Pizza House
    3 stars

    More than pizza

    No. 122, Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap
    T: (012) 850 362

    If you’re drawn in just on the name of this simple and inexpensive establishment, with its basic decoration and semi open-air set up, then you’d have been misled, since family-run Hawaii Pizza offers much more than just a respectable pizza. ... read more


  • Laundry
    4.5 stars

    Get all washed up

    Street 9

    Do not bring your laundry here, just bring your relaxed self for this super-chilled out spot. The Laundry Bar swiftly becomes the favourite haunt of everyone who crosses its threshold. Its laid-back vibe, very cool music, lively pool tables and a bar that only closes when the last person leaves ... read more

  • Miss Wong
    4.5 stars


    The Lane, alley parallel to The Passage
    T: (092) 428 332

    In a few short years, Miss Wong has elevated itself to institutional status. This cocktail bar is small, friendly and, when it gets going, very lively. The cocktails are what make people come, the conversation usually makes them stay. The decor is China-chic-kitsch, a difficult balance but ... read more

  • Best happy hours in Siem Reap
    4 stars

    Sip in affordable style

    Buy one get one? With so many bars and restaurants in Siem Reap you can do better than that thanks to the numerous happy hour deals that will keep you merry come cocktail o’clock. But why bother with a happy hour in the first place? Alcohol is very, very cheap in Cambodia – we’re talking ... read more

  • Where to go for drinks off Pub Street
    4 stars

    Cocktail o'clock!

    Siem Reap is not a town you’ll struggle to find a drink in — just ask the expats. Pub Street, as the name would suggest, is full of restaurants and bars catering to the tourist throngs, but you can also live it up a little or sip cocktails in a slightly classier ambiance if you step just a few ... read more

  • Linga Bar
    4 stars

    First gay hang out

    The Passage
    T: (012) 246 912

    It's a great spot, gay or not, in no small part due to its excellent cocktails, which they describe as monumental — and they're not far off the money. The bar has a sophisticated ambience, with low-slung seating and contemporary art holding the walls up. There is a small dance-floor at the ... read more

  • Pub quiz mania
    3.5 stars

    Exercise your noodle.

    There’s something so attractive about pub quizzes: here’s an opportunity to enjoy a few beers with friends adjoined to the very exciting possibility of being able to show off your arcane knowledge of ’80s pop music or South American butterfly genera. The competitive edge adds a certain ... read more

  • Rooftop bars in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    Plenty to see.

    Cambodia’s a very flat country inland. There are mountains along the border with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam – well, hills really but I’m not going to quibble – and even more along the southwest coastline, but inland all you’ll see is great expanses of flatness broken only by the stubble ... read more

  • Siem Reap’s Cambodian Pub Street
    3.5 stars

    More local

    I was talking to an Irish nurse recently who was describing her two years spent volunteering in a provincial Cambodian hospital, living in a building beside the hospital with no television, electricity or fridge, no pizza, wine or cheese, no internet, pub quizzes or bags of Kettle Chips from the ... read more

  • Wine in Siem Reap
    3.5 stars

    The bucket is for the ice.

    When it’s as hot in Siem Reap as it has been lately (though do we dare for a respite after the last few days of storms), there’s not a great deal you can do except restrict movement as much as possible (mainly so that you don’t skid in great lakes of your own sweat and break important things ... read more

  • X-Bar
    3.5 stars

    Great rooftop

    Sivatha Blvd
    T: (012) 263 271

    Located opposite the end of Pub Street on Sivatha Boulevard, X-Bar has a great rooftop location. View aside, there is plenty to keep you occupied such as pool tables, table football, large screen X Box games, and a massive screen for sports and other events. The entrance is just down a side ... read more

  • The Station Winebar
    3.5 stars

    Delicate wines and high energy cabaret

    Street 7, Old Market Area, Siem Reap
    T: (097) 850 4043

    There has been no regular train service in Cambodia since at least 2009, and even when there was it didn’t go anywhere near Siem Reap. So how The Station Winebar got its name remains a bit of a mystery. One thing is for sure, though, whether you are on foot, bicycle, moto or tuk tuk, it’s a ... read more

  • Picasso
    3.5 stars


    Alley West

    For a break from the crowds and hustle, Picasso offers a calm respite, and the sangria doesn't hurt either. On those days when the heat and humidity drive you to drink then Picasso is probably the place to head for. In a long, air-con room that's been designed to look like a brick tunnel, the ... read more

  • Angkor What?
    3.5 stars

    The original bar

    Bar St
    T: (012) 490 755

    Unmissable for all the home-spun graffiti that covers almost every inch of every wall, this is Pub Street's party central, and one of its longest running establishments. Angkor What? has now achieved institutional status, and is on the list of virtually everyone coming here. It gets crowded after ... read more

  • FCC Angkor
    3.5 stars

    Refreshing escape

    Pokambor Ave
    T: (063) 760 283

    It's just one of those things that you have to do while you're here: drop into the FCC Angkor for a happy hour cocktail at sunset and soak up the beautiful old colonial charm. If you explore a little, you'll find photographs up on the walls from the 60s and 70s that instantly transport you into a ... read more

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