Cool respite, Western food
What we say:
Just round the corner from Common Grounds cafe, The Hive has proven to be one of the most popular additions to Siem Reap’s ever-expanding cafe scene. Diners return time and time again like bees to the honeypot for consistently good, tastes-like-home, Western food at this Australian-run eatery.
With a modern, industrial look that wouldn’t look out of place in a city like London, the cafe is far cry from Cambodia in terms of style. The same can be said for the food menu: smoked salmon on rye, Caesar salad wraps, burgers, pizzas and house-made baked goods. You will however find a token Khmer chicken curry plus fried rice, just to remind you that you’re still in Asia. The cafe serves up breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon sweet treats and portions are plenty; all sandwiches are served with chunky fries and salad.
Vegetarians can rejoice at a menu that hasn’t completely forgotten their existence. Pumpkin pizza (US$6), summer couscous salad (US$4.50) and grilled vegetable panini (US$4.75) are some of the options on the modest menu. The health conscious can savour a large selection of fresh fruit juices and shakes with names like ‘Rehydrate’ and ‘Skin and tonic’.
With temperature pushing on 40 degrees in the hottest months of the year, there are surprisingly few places in town, outside of hotels, to dine in with air-con. Thankfully The Hive provides a cool breeze as strong as the coffee – so it would be worth going the few minutes’ walk away from Pub Street if you’re in need of some respite from the sweltering heat.
The cafe itself is small yet a popular hangout spot, meaning it can get busy over lunch (and it also makes overhearing other people’s conversations fairly easy, even if you’re not trying!). Space has been maximised with a mezzanine — you need to be at least a little nimble to climb the stairs — with compact Japanese-style floor seating.
Other options with Western classics if you need a fix include Central Cafe, The Sun and La Boulangerie. Directly opposite The Hive sits the Ivy 2 Guesthouse, which also has good Western food — and an entire, additional vegetarian menu.
Contact details631 Psar Kandal St, Behind Angkor Riviera Hotel
T: (097) 763 3484
Open: Wed-Mon, 07:00-18:00
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