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Siem Reap

Eat and meet

Introduction

  • International food
    4.5 stars

    A wrap

    Siem Reap restaurants serve 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 on one continent, and hopefully we may see some African food here one day soon, ... read more

  • Cambodian food basics
    4.5 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

  • Street food
    4.5 stars

    Great value eats

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

  • NGO restaurants
    4 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

  • Vegetarian food
    3.5 stars

    A bit of a challenge

    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 sometimes the ... read more

  • Italian restaurants
    3.5 stars

    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

  • Mexican food
    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

  • Fancy Cambodian food
    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

  • Best places for afternoon tea
    3.5 stars

    Indulge

    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

  • Garden restaurants
    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

  • How to cook real Cambodian food
    3 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

  • Supermarkets
    2.5 stars

    The practical stuff

    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

Khmer

  • Cuisine Wat Damnak
    4.5 stars

    Amazing

    Wat Damnak Area
    T: (077) 347 762

    FYI: Closed till May 4, 2015 for annual break.After three years in operation, Cuisine Wat Damnak made it on to the list of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, but this is likely to be only the beginning of great stuff for this small, unpretentious and fantastic establishment. Owner-chef Joannes ... read more

  • Cafe Indochine
    4 stars

    Romance and great food

    44 Sivatha Blvd, Siem Reap
    T: (012) 630 958

    One of the last traditional Khmer wooden villas remaining in the centre of Siem Reap is home to Cafe Indochine, creating a romantic, intimate setting for this classic Khmer restaurant with some additional international turns. ... read more

  • Marum
    4 stars

    A worthy splurge

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

    Run by Kaliyan Mith, an NGO working with street children in Siem Reap, Marum makes dining for a worthy cause something to savour. Sitting in a similar category of quality cuisine to the delightful and always busy Haven training school restaurant, Marum raises the bar slightly with regards to both ... 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

    Best amok in town

    Taphul Rd, Siem Reap
    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. ... read more

  • Mr Grill
    4 stars

    Sizzling

    Wat Bo Rd, Siem Reap
    T: (012) 645 772

    Popular with expats, locals and visitors alike, Mr Grill has a massive menu of grills and dishes, including fish, meat and veg selections that you can grill yourself at the table, as well as an a la carte menu of Cambodian, and some Western, dishes. ... 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. ... read more

  • Khmer Kitchen
    3.5 stars

    Always tasty

    Street 9 & Pub Street Alley, Old Market area, Siem Reap
    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. ... read more

Cafes

  • Best coffee joints
    4.5 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

  • Gelato Lab
    4 stars

    Can't beat it

    Hospital Street, Siem Reap
    T: (085) 757 590

    No expense has been spared here to bring customers the very best ice-cream and coffee in town or, very possibly, the region. Every day, a state-of-the-art machine churns out fresh ice-creams and sorbets that are bursting with the pure flavours of organic milk and local fruits, as well as the best ... read more

  • La Boulangerie
    4 stars

    Great breakfasts and salads

    Street 7
    T: (063) 6901 501

    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. ... 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. ... 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. ... 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

  • Upstairs Cafe
    3.5 stars

    Sweeeeeet

    Wat Bo Rd, Siem Reap
    T: (097) 304 3600

    Upstairs Cafe is a stylish, warm-hearted cafe with a dash of quirkiness thrown into the mix. Come for the delicious cakes but be tempted by the salads, sandwiches and teas as well. ... 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. ... read more

International

  • Haven Training Restaurant
    4.5 stars

    An outstanding meal for a good cause

    Sok San Street (20m behind X-Bar), Siem Reap
    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), Siem Reap
    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. ... 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. ... read more

  • La Cabane La Cuisine des Filles
    4 stars

    Honest French food

    New Street A, Siem Reap
    T: (078) 697 833

    A small and rather unassuming lane transports you from the neon-lit crush of Pub Street towards La Cabane La Cuisine des Filles, a one-minute walk in time and space and a world away in atmosphere and service. ... 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. ... 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. ... read more

  • The Purple Elephant
    3.5 stars

    Cheap Thai

    Bakheng Road, Siem Reap
    T: (089) 642 956

    It is one of Siem Reap’s quirks that while you can find excellent cooking from places as far flung as Mexico, Italy and the Philippines, it’s really hard to find decent food rooted in the traditions of neighbouring Thailand. Fortunately we have The Purple Elephant to plug the gap, and it’s ... read more

  • Breakfasts
    3.5 stars

    Start the day 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

  • Tapas
    3.5 stars

    Finger-lickin' good

    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

  • French restaurants
    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

  • Kerala Restaurant
    3.5 stars

    Authentic South Indian fare

    Alley West, Old Market area, Siem Reap
    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. ... read more

  • The Indian
    3.5 stars

    Cracking Indian food

    Street 9, Siem Reap
    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. ... 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 but 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

  • 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

Bars

  • Wine
    4.5 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

  • Best happy hours
    4.5 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

  • Laundry Bar
    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. ... read more

  • Miss Wong
    4.5 stars

    Funky

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

    In a few short years, Miss Wong has elevated itself to institutional status. ... read more

  • Linga Bar
    4 stars

    Classy and gay-friendly

    The Passage
    T: (012) 246 912

    Siem Reap’s first gay bar opened 10 years ago, and swiftly made a name for itself for its superb cocktails, late-night partying and supreme people-watching potential. The Saturday night ladyboy revues were a howling crowd-pleaser too. But times move on. Linga was also one of the first foreign ... 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

  • Siem Reap’s Cambodian Pub Street
    3.5 stars

    Go 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

  • 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. ... read more

  • The Station Winebar
    3.5 stars

    Delicate wines, 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

    Tapas

    Alley West, Siem Reap

    For a break from the crowds and hustle, Picasso offers a calm respite, and the sangria doesn't hurt either. ... 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. ... 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. ... read more

  • Gay-friendly hotels and bars in Siem Reap
    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

  • Rooftop bars
    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

  • Where to go for drinks off Pub Street
    5 stars

    Cocktail o'clock!

    Siem Reap is not a town you’ll struggle to find a drink in — just ask the expats — and Pub Street, as the name suggests, is full of restaurants and bars catering to the tourist masses, which is part of its problem. Trying to have a drink with friends in anything resembling an atmosphere is ... read more



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