The Hive

Cool respite, Western food

What we say: 3.5 stars

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.

Small but sleek.

Small but sleek.

This hip little place turns over a brisk crowd of early morning souls seeking redemption through the comprehensive selection of detoxing, refreshing, rejuvenating and actually very delicious shakes. If you’re feeling so inclined, the team here will help you work out a proper meal-replacement and detox plan that suits your needs over how ever many days you want to do it.

For those who have more to play (or live) for, the menu offers a smart selection of dishes that take their cues from across the globe and are full of flavour. Day breakers include one of the better eggs Benedicts in town ($5), Bircher muesli with fruit salad ($4), a “chickpea riot” ($4.75) with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes pan-fried in dukkah, served with rocket, watercress and two poached eggs, or sometimes the simple things in life are the best, like smashed avocado on rye with homemade tomato chutney ($4.50).

Things get heartier on the lunch menu. Here’ll you’ll find smoked salmon on rye ($5.50), or falafel with mint lime slaw ($4.50), Kotu roti with curry sauce and chicken ($5) or veg ($4), plus a selection of sandwiches, wraps and salads. The sandwiches and wraps are served with chunky chips and fries.

Unassuming building from the outside. Unassumingly good food inside.

Unassuming from the outside. Unassumingly good food inside.

The space is small, modern and mildly urban, and the owner has cunningly installed a mezzanine in order to maximise it. The rather sheer stairs take a moment to get used to, but the comfortable floor seating provides a nice retreat from the chatter down below. It also has air-conditioning, a luxury/respite that is still relatively rare in Siem Reap, though less so as times march inevitably on.

Contact details
631 Psar Kandal St (behind Angkor Riviera Hotel), Siem Reap
T: (097) 763 3484
Open: Wed-Mon, 07:00-18:00
About the author
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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631 Psar Kandal St (behind Angkor Riviera Hotel), Siem Reap
T: (097) 763 3484

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