Siem Reap is not for everybody: ‘You hate it, or you love it.’ Some travellers say the city is a huge tourist trap, but I had a great time here and loved the food! My singing tuk tuk driver mr. Chen, preferred singing the songs ‘a little higher’ than the original & the sweet, classy Marineth, who works at the Cambana D’Angkor Suites, made my stay very special. Although Siem Reap is always packed with tourists, because of its location close to the temples of Angkor Wat, this city is one of the poorest in Cambodia. The people are friendly and will help you with everything. Try to give back when you can. You can visit one of the training restaurants, like Marum, for example. A part of the profit goes to charity.
During my stay I visited a lot of vegetarian & vegan restaurants…ok, and tried some cocktails & ice cream too..:-) These are my 8 favorite hotspots in Siem Reap!
I had one of the best vegan pumpkin curries in my life at this vegetarian restaurant in the city centre, for only $5,-! There is no WIFI, but talking to your company is the best way to spend the evening anyway…At least, I hope so..
Training restaurant with excellent wine & tapas at a beautiful location. Local, young waiters are trained here, so they have a better chance at work elsewhere. They serve my favorite Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough Region in New Zealand for only $3,50,- per glass..Oh my… Beautiful setting in a garden.
3. Peace Café
At this peaceful spot you can order healthy salads & juices. They serve some delicious, vegan sushi too! If you would like to find your zen again, after climbing the temples in the blistering heat, you can book a yoga class here. Oh, and the cocktails are cheap & very dangerous..
4. Gelato & Coffee Lab
MUST VISIT!! Don’t miss this delicious ice cream when you’re in town. Try the ‘Dark Chocolate & Pepper’.. The coffee is amazing too! Run by young creatives.
One of my favorite hangouts in Siem Reap & Phnom Penh. Clean, healthy & tasty dishes that are good for your tummy and look amazing on Instagram! Try the homemade tea, a healthy shake and the raw vegan cheesecake! The WIFI is fast.
6. The Night Market
I loved the atmosphere here. Buy a fresh shake for a dollar and wander around. If you would like to try some fried crickets: this is the place to be. The cocktails are cheap too and it is a great place to meet other travellers.
Vegetarian restaurant with a beautiful garden with candlelight. They serve delicious, traditional Cambodian dishes and a very tasty Pad Thai!
8. Miss Wong
Best cocktails in town! This beautiful, romantic venue, that takes you back in time, is the perfect place for an after dinner drink.
Every day a certain area in Siem Reap has no power. Check this before you go somewhere for a smoothie & laptop session. When there is no power, the blender won’t work and the WIFI will be dead… That is what happened to me..
A tuk tuk driver will take you from one end of Siep Reap to the other side of town for $2,-, don’t pay more than that.