My friends often ask me about good places to eat in Siem Reap, a town I visited last year. I usually don’t write too many details about my experiences on my travel blog. But this is for one of my colleagues. So today I will summarize the restaurants which I visited in Siem Reap. Siem Reap is a city that is easy to fall in love with. The magnificent, historical Angkor Wat made me remember how small I am. Apart from temple hopping, though, the joyful part of travelling to this city is about eating. The laid back city offers a variety of choices when it comes to food. These are my five recommended places to eat if you are in Siem Reap.
- Old House Restaurant
This is a hidden gem which I found unexpectedly when I was walking around the night market. It is actually on Hospital Street opposite the Siem Reap Provincial Hospital. You can get all kinds of traditional Khmer cuisine there. This is the real authentic taste! Try Amok and pomelo salad. The traditional Cambodian amok is fish whipped into a mousse with coconut cream on top. It is served in a cup of banana leaves.
- Sister Srey Café
One reason I love travelling is waking up late to have brunch at a good restaurant in town. This social enterprise café was founded by two sisters from Australia. They help their staff continue their education through university. The atmosphere there is warm and friendly. The food, of course, is super delicious and very instagramable. I wish I could wake up to delicious brunches like that every day. This is a must-stop when you are in Siem Reap. I had the summer mango and chicken burger, watermelon juice, and I ended sweetly with passionfruit cake.
- Mamma Shop
My love for Italian food has been growing for the past few years. I think it is as much about the dining experience as it is about the food. I haven’t been to Italy yet, but I enjoy every dish at Italian restaurants. You might wonder how I know that this is my favourite restaurant in town without even trying the others. I had read a ton of reviews before choosing this restaurant. As like you, I don’t want to waste one of my few evenings in Siem Reap going to a bad restaurant. The chef himself is an Italian, if I am not wrong. The restaurant is small, clean, and the decoration is simple. The staff are friendly and efficient. Remember, it is all about the experience. I don’t recommend a place for the taste alone. A good experience has a great influence on how the food tastes. By the way, forget about the calories. You are on holiday!
- Miss Wong Cocktail Bar
I always wonder how I would feel stepping back into old China. Going to this little bar is a little like diving into a classy film from the old days. It has a spectacular old Shanghai decoration and excellent cocktails. It is on a dimly lit alley called ‘’The Lane’’ near Pub Street, Siem Reap. Send yourself back in time in an old Shanghai themed atmosphere.
- Joe to Go
I usually give myself a bit of time to get to know the city that I am visiting. I don’t follow a strict itinerary to see the city just to take the mandatory photos. I need to feel the city. The best way to do that is to find a café where you can do your pleasure reading and enjoy some local food or drinks. This restaurant café is a fusion place which offers a variety of choices. I tried mint lime juice. There is a gallery of paintings in the front of the restaurant. It is very near the old market. Don’t worry. You will find everything within walking distance. Just keep walking, keep walking.