Coffee culture - Siem Reap's best cafes - review by Rusty Compass
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Coffee culture - Siem Reap's best cafes

| 12 Dec 2017
Coffee culture - Siem Reap's best cafes
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12 Dec 2017

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 spaces. Australians are inordinately represented among the owners - not a bad thing if you like Australia's cafe scene. Cool locally owned cafes are popping up too. Most of these places are in, or close by, Kandal Village.

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Crane Cafe

Good coffee and an interesting space with a local feel - Crane's locally owned. Cool spot to hang out and break up a day of temple climbing. Located in Kandal Village.

Address: Central Market St, Kandal Village, Siem Reap

 

Crane Cafe, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Crane Cafe, Siem Reap

 

Brother Bong Cafe

The young owner of Brother Bong learned his craft at Australian owned Sister Srey (see below). He’s now created his own successful cafe. He mentioned his appreciation of the support from the girls at Sister Srey - a cool story. Brother Bong is located among the backpacker hostels on what’s become known as Funky Lane.

Address: Funky Lane, Siem Reap

 

Brother Bong Cafe, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Brother Bong Cafe, Siem Reap

 

The Hive

Been a favourite since opening. Australian owned Hive recently changed to another Australian pair of hands. Still doing a fine job. Located in Kandal Village.

Address: Central Market St, Kandal Village, Siem Reap

 

The Hive Cafe, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Hive Cafe, Siem Reap

 

The Little Red Fox

Great for a quick coffee downstairs, or head upstairs for a more comfortable space to linger, rip through some work or get stuck into some tasty food. Located in Kandal Village.

Address: Hap Gian St, Kandal Village, Siem Reap

 

The Little Red Fox Espresso, Kandal Village, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer The Little Red Fox Espresso, Kandal Village, Siem Reap


Mirage Art Cafe

This is a tiny, soulful spot focused on coffee and art. Come by for a cup and check out the work on display on the walls. Mirage is owned by a Canadian Khmer and his Korean partner. I stumbled across this place towards the end of my stay in Siem Reap. Glad I did. Don’t expect anything slick. It’s a friendly, artsy space. While we were there, a bunch of little art projects were unfolding on the main table.

Address: 27th St just off Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap

 

Mirage Cafe, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Mirage Cafe, Siem Reap

 

Sister Srey Cafe

Two sisters from Melbourne, arguably Ausralia’s cafe capital, may have been the first to do serious coffee in Siem Reap. They now run a successful operation in a cool shophouse overlooking the river. Apart from great coffee, Sister Srey’s a popular breakfast and lunch option with a mix of cafe standards and an emphasis on things healthy.

Address: 200 Pokambor Avenue, Krong Siem Reap,

 

Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap
Photo: Mark Bowyer Sister Srey Cafe, Siem Reap
 

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