An independent selection of the best eateries from fine dining to street food in Siem Reap, from Rusty Compass. No paid endorsements.

Siem Reap eating guide

Introduction

| 14 Dec 2017
Last updated 14 Dec 2017

This independent and handpicked guide to Siem Reap's best eating and cafes was last updated in November 2017. We've tried every place on this list - most of them several times.

 

No matter where you are in the world, when tourism dominates a small economy, good local cuisine options tend to suffer. And so it is in Siem Reap - a town that owes its contemporary existence to temple bound travellers.

Don’t despair though - Siem Reap’s culinary options are surprisingly good for a town with almost no indigenous restaurant scene. And it's getting better each year.

The clusters of Khmer restaurants in Pub St and the alley are convenient but they're not the best places to eat.

Siem Reap’s best dining is on the fringe of the Old Market area and further afield. 

Cuisine Wat Damnak is an especially memorable Siem Reap night out and serves an excellent contemporary take on Khmer cuisine with plenty of delicious improvisation. The Raffles Grand d’Angkor Hotel and the Park Hyatt are also doing some interesting things for those looking for an upscale Khmer culinary experience in a five star environment.

The better of the Khmer tourist restaurants - Chanrey Tree, Sugar Palm and Viroth’s -are worth a look for Khmer cuisine in comfortable, tourist-friendly spaces.


There's a good selection of French and other western options as well.

Coffee drinkers will be pleased to note a flourishing scene of cafes serving serious coffee. The Kandal Village area is well worth a look.

There are so many restaurants in Siem Reap that there are bound to be some worthy spots that haven’t made our listing. Let us know your recommendations.

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Banlle Vegetarian Restaurant, Siem Reap

Dependable vegetarian eatery in a peaceful green space with a traditional Cambodian stilt house at its centre. Simple menu with... Read more

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Banlle Vegetarian Restaurant, Siem Reap
Road 26, Phum Wat Bo, Siem Reap

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Butterflies Restaurant, Siem Reap

Another Siem Reap old timer, that feels refereshingly unimproved from the old days. Butterflies is a reliable Khmer style eatery... Read more

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Butterflies Restaurant, Siem Reap
Across 2nd bridge from the old market on Wat Bo side

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George’s Rhumerie, Siem Reap

French cuisine in a large casual indoor and outdoor space. Interesting menu inspired by the chef’s international influences -... Read more

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George’s Rhumerie, Siem Reap
Georges

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Blue Pumpkin Restaurant, Siem Reap

Blue Pumpkin is a homegrown Cambodian patisserie and cafe chain serving pastries, coffee, sandwiches, pastas and salads in six... Read more

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Blue Pumpkin Restaurant, Siem Reap
Near Old Market and Pub St - 563 Mondul 1, Svay Donkum, Siem Reap

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Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant, Siem Reap

Chamkar is the only dedicated vegetarian restaurant close by Siem Reap's Pub St and the Old Market. A simple menu of Khmer vege... Read more

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Chamkar Vegetarian Restaurant, Siem Reap
22A The Passage, Old Market, Siem Reap

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Chanrey Tree Restaurant, Siem Reap

Chanrey Tree is a cool, classy new Khmer Restaurant on the river not far from Siem Reap's Old Market. Read more

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Chanrey Tree Restaurant, Siem Reap
Pokombo Avenue, riverside, between FCC and downtown. Siem Reap
+855 63 767997

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Coffee culture - Siem Reap's best cafes

Here are our picks of the best places to grab a coffee in Siem Reap. There's a good selection of cafes across some interesting... Read more

Cuisine Wat Damnak

Cuisine Wat Damnak is a unique experience of the flavours of Cambodia, interpreted by French chef Joannes Riveriere. It’s very... Read more

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Cuisine Wat Damnak
Off Wat Bo road behind Wat Damnak
+855 (0)77 347 762

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FCC Angkor, Siem Reap

Set in the former French Governor’s residence, FCC Angkor (short for Foreign Correspondents' Club) is the younger relative of... Read more

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FCC Angkor, Siem Reap
Pokambor Ave., next to the Royal Residence, Siem Reap
+855 63 760 283

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Glasshouse Deli and Patisserie, Siem Reap

A perfect retreat if the Siem Reap heat and dust start to get you down. The Glasshouse serves great sandwiches, salads, cakes,... Read more

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Glasshouse Deli and Patisserie, Siem Reap
Park Hyatt Hotel, Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap
+855 6321 1234

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Haven Restaurant,

Haven is a popular social enterprise and training cafe, serving Asian and Western cuisine, in handsome, spacious new premises in... Read more

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Haven Restaurant,
Chocolate Rd, Krong Siem Reap
+855 78 342 404

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Il Forno Italian Restaurant, Siem Reap

Il Forno serves up excellent Italian cuisine in a cosy spot in one of the alleys running off Pub St. Read more

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Il Forno Italian Restaurant, Siem Reap
Pari
+855 78208174

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Jungle Burger Sports Bar

Kiwi owned burger joint with a devoted base of expat fans. Pub atmosphere, good burgers and beers and a jovial welcoming Kiwi... Read more

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Jungle Burger Sports Bar
Street 26, Between the River and Wat Bo Road

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Kandal Village - cafes and restaurants

Great coffee, healthy food and cool, small, boutiques over a few quiet blocks not far from the Old Market area. A good spot to... Read more

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Kandal Village - cafes and restaurants
Central Market St to Preah Sangreach Tep Vong St, Siem Reap

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King's Road Angkor, Siem Reap

The King’s Road Angkor collection of restaurants, cafes and bars is an easy place to grab a meal and a drink if you’d prefer to... Read more

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King's Road Angkor, Siem Reap
Corner of Makara & Achar Sva Street, Old Market Bridge, Siem Reap

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La Boulangerie Cafe, Siem Reap

There's nothing flash about the decor at La Boulangerie Cafe but it's a good spot for breakfast or a baguette, quiche or salad... Read more

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La Boulangerie Cafe, Siem Reap
St 7 - 1 block north of Pub St, Siem Reap
+ 855 88 791 9610

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La Cabane la cuisine de filles

French cuisine in a fancy space. The feel is more casual though. Good food. Service is friendly but a tad clunky. Things might... Read more

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La Cabane la cuisine de filles
27 St just off Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap

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Le Malraux Restaurant, Siem Reap

A French restaurant curiously named after the 1920s French temple plunderer, Andre Malraux. Malraux went on to become Minister... Read more

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Le Malraux Restaurant, Siem Reap
Psah Chas Alley 1, Siem Reap

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Marum Restaurant, Siem Reap

Marum is a training restaurant in a pleasant outdoor space serving Khmer tapas. Read more

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Marum Restaurant, Siem Reap
8A, B Phum Slokram Siem Reap - between Wat Polanka and Catholic Church
+(855) 17 363 284

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Mirage Art Cafe, Siem Reap

Mirage Cafe is a tiny, soulful spot, focused on coffee and art. Come by for a cup and check out the work on display. Mirage is... Read more

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Mirage Art Cafe, Siem Reap
27th St just off Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap

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Mr Grill Restaurant, Siem Reap

Mr Grill is a lively, local, no frills spot serving up Khmer favourites. Staff are especially enthusiastic about their BBQ... Read more

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Mr Grill Restaurant, Siem Reap
Wat Bo Rd, Wat Bo, Siem Reap - near Soria Moria Hotel

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Olive Cuisine de Saison, Siem Reap

Olive Cuisine de Saison has quickly established itself as one of Siem Reap’s most popular French restaurants. Read more

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Olive Cuisine de Saison, Siem Reap
Opposite Angkor Trade Centre - just off Pokambor Ave, Siem Reap
+855 63 769 899

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Peace Cafe, Siem Reap

Peace Cafe is a pleasant vegetarian cafe on a shaded block with a traditional Khmer house, sofas and laid back vibe (it changed... Read more

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Peace Cafe, Siem Reap
River Road, next to Ann Kau Saa Pagoda, Siem Reap
+855 63 965 210

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Red Piano Restaurant - Siem Reap

Serving dependable western and local dishes in an airy French era shophouse, Red Piano was an early arrival on Pub St. It... Read more

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Red Piano Restaurant - Siem Reap
Pub St, No 341, Svay Dangkom, Mondul I, Siem Reap

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Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap

Sister Srey's a lively little traveller cafe in an airy shophouse on the Siem Reap riverfront. Read more

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Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap
200 Pokambor St Siem Reap - riverside - close by old market

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Street food Siem Reap

There are street food options all over Siem Reap. We've only explored a handful. If you feel like experimenting, the best... Read more

Sugar Palm Restaurant, Siem Reap

A Siem Reap survivor that's Khmer-Australian owned. Sugar Palmmoved to a new location in 2017 in the Wat Bo area. It's a good... Read more

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Sugar Palm Restaurant, Siem Reap
Street 27, opposite Pannasastra University, Krong Siem Reap

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The Hashi Japanese Restaurant, Siem Reap

Dined here for the first time in November 2017 and was very pleased. Good flavours from an extensive menu, with attentive... Read more

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The Hashi Japanese Restaurant, Siem Reap
Wat Bo Rd, near St 22, Siem Reap

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The Hive, Siem Reap

The Hive is a popular Australian owned coffee shop, juice and fresh food bar in Siem Reap’s Kandal Villge area not far from Pub... Read more

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The Hive, Siem Reap
Kandal Village - Behind hospital just off Pokambor Ave.
+855 97 763 3484

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Touich Restaurant, Siem Reap

Touich is a simple but very popular family-run Khmer restaurant that’s a little out of the way but worth the effort. Read more

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Touich Restaurant, Siem Reap
Behind Wat Enkosei ( Wat leu ), Siem Reap
+855 (0) 92 80 80 40

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